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Nice Restaurants with Whole or Half Booths?

Commerce! They even have two person booths.

Feb 26, 2014
mc22 in Manhattan

40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

This one is sort of random, but I had such a fun time at Po in the west village the other night. Chatty bartender, lots of fun.

There are some other cute and cozy west village spots that could be fun. I'm having trouble thinking of where wuoldn't be too loud right now though...

Overall, I always think listening to Kathryn is the way to go!

Feb 26, 2014
mc22 in Manhattan

Collecting NYC Food Experiences For a Gift...

I'm trying to put together a gift for my fiancee's birthday. The idea is to really take advantage of the city but also to do some cooking classes since we are about to get a ton of new kitchen stuff (yay! exciting!).

I was thinking cheese at Murray's, wine at Otto, a class at ICE (any recommendations?)

I'd be up for fun food tours or other experiences too! Would love recommendations of specific classes or activities that people on here have enjoyed.

Sep 26, 2013
mc22 in Manhattan

This... or that?

Thank you so much Tombstone! I hate to press further, but do you have any specific Chardonnay or syrah recs? (LOVE the syrah idea). We are in Texas and keeping things under $20, at least in theory...

Sep 16, 2013
mc22 in Wine

This... or that?

Ah thank you all for the honest replies! The truth is we are having over 300 people and with multiple buffet stations and passed apps, so given dinner is ~1 hour and cocktails/dancing (including passed apps and later dessert) is ~5 hours, I thought matching would be hard so I would just go with what I might order first walking in.

A guest at our wedding will probably at some point try ceviche, chili fried oysters and shrimp and grits, short ribs, bacon wrapped quail, rum banana cake, and if they hang in late enough - sliders with fries.

I am actually a HUGE riesling fan - it is probably my restaurant go to (because chardonnays and I have an iffy history!) but I am afraid thats an underrated wine that people think they dont like even though they do, and I am not sure I am ready to educate this many people?

Since we are doing a full open bar I am not sure how that factors in here either - maybe i actually should be catering to the real wine drinkers?

Sep 16, 2013
mc22 in Wine

This... or that?

So a couple months ago several of y'all were very helpful with some thoughts on wedding wine. I've narrowed things down, and would love to hear how I am doing. It's a buffett and we are serving a variety of foods, so wine that works for (indoor, fall) cocktail hour and then food is key. We'd like to keep bottles under $20.

Sparkling:
Gruet Brut or Segura Viudas Aria Brut?

White:
I am thinking sauvignon blanc. Wines I have seen recommended and that are available include Babich (2010, $12), Kim Crawford (2011, $13), Groth (2012, $18), Villa Maria (2010, $13), Matua Valley (2012, $9), Spy Valley (2011/12, $18) or Smythe & Renfield ($12.99).

I have also seen some other varietals that looked interesting. La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (2010, $17) or Foxglove San Luis Obispo Chardonnay (2009, $15) or perhaps the Dragonstone riesling (2009/2010 $17).

Or am I totally missing something - Loire Valley ideas perhaps?

I have the same situation with reds, but I thought I'd start here! Thank you!

Sep 15, 2013
mc22 in Wine

Pakta vs 41 Degrees

My fiancee and I are stopping in Barcelona for three nights as part of an extended layover at the end of our honeymoon to Morocco. Unfortunately Tickets is already booked up solid, but space remains at either Pakta or 41 degrees. I haven't seen much about Pakta on this board yet, but then again it is new. My question for you all is whether 41 degrees is really worth the extra couple hundred euro. I know the meal itself is worth it, but would we also be totally excited and happy at Pakta? Or should we spring for it?

Thanks for your help!

Sep 07, 2013
mc22 in Spain/Portugal

Houston Food Trucks That Cater

I'd like to have a brunch or lunch for around 150 people catered. It will be a Saturday. Breakfast food would be awesome, but lunch food is good too.

My big question: do y'all know which Houston food trucks might be up for this? Have you had any experience with similar events?

Thanks for the help!

Jul 31, 2013
mc22 in Houston

Austin for a Group - Dinner and Brunch Suggestions

Is there anywhere on Rainey you would suggest particularly for dinner? I tried El Naranjo but they are closed for an event. I'm not sure we are into the sausage and beer of Bangers either. And THANK YOU for the help!

Jul 30, 2013
mc22 in Austin

Austin for a Group - Dinner and Brunch Suggestions

Ahhh you know us so well! I like all of these suggestions! What do you think for a dinner though?

Jul 28, 2013
mc22 in Austin

Cote du Rhone - available in Texas - wedding?

Thanks guys, this is a great start for me. I am really intrigued by the Gruet idea. I need to convince my parents that they don't need to spend large amounts of money here to get perfectly acceptable quality beverages and then I will be good to go! (Perhaps this happens more often than I realize, but this is a case where the bride is definitely the more cost-concious and her mother is not-so-much!)

The idea of going Texan is really cool so thanks for that CellarReserve. I may consider putting a bottle in guest welcome bags!

Jul 26, 2013
mc22 in Wine

Austin for a Group - Dinner and Brunch Suggestions

Yes, this is probably what you think it is. I'm sorry! NYC Hound headed to Austin for a weekend with a bachelorette group. This is not so much a Dirty 6th crowd as a classy wine bar or hipster dive sort of crowd, if that makes sense. That being said, we are looking to do quintessentially Austin things and, well, it's a bachelorette. It's several in the group's first trip to Texas!

Here are some of the restaurants I have come across. I would love to do an Uchi (love love love the Houston location) but we are also trying to keep costs reasonable.

Staying in Clarksville but definitely willing to cab and travel.

Trudy's
Max's Wine Dive
Moonshine (brunch?)
Iron Works, Salt Lick or Stubbs (though Stubb's concerts that weekend aren't very appealing to me)
Tacos and Tequila
Second
La Condesa
Taverna
Cru
Green Pastures (brunch?)
East Side Cafe (ditto?)

What are y'all's thoughts? Where am I missing? We will likely go out in SoCo, Rainey Street or East End one night and maybe stay closer to home the other night. Would love any guidance!

Jul 26, 2013
mc22 in Austin

Cote du Rhone - available in Texas - wedding?

We are having a wedding, like many posters, but I have a very specific question so hopefully someone can help me out. It is a buffet serving a number of foods so I am not so interested in pairings. Instead, I thought we should just serve the wine we like (that has wide appeal). My fiancee and I have gone wine tasting together in a number of regions over the years, but the region surrounding Avignon has definitely been our favorite.

For the wedding, I don't even think we need Rhone wines necessarily, but I do think Rhone style would be great. It's an October wedding so I think it will fit the time of year well. Does anyone have any suggestions for bottles that we could get in TX? I think the $12-$15 range is probably what we are looking at, though our budget is flexible.

Recs for white and sparkling also appreciated :) For white, I think we'll go sauvignon blanc (maaaybe pinot grigio?). For sparkling, I only care that it is not too sweet! So many weddings recently have had sweet champagnes - I think to stand up to the cake, but I prefer my champagne to stand alone!

Jul 15, 2013
mc22 in Wine

Setting up a kitchen - which of this equipment?

Just wanted to say thanks to all for these suggestions. I'm leaning towards going the kaleo route and subbing in fewer high end pieces - while probably registering for the lower end and then returning them for such. Annoying, yes. But practical!

Jul 15, 2013
mc22 in Cookware

Setting up a kitchen - which of this equipment?

Great point! Thank you c oliver.

Jul 15, 2013
mc22 in Cookware

Setting up a kitchen - which of this equipment?

After living with roommates for years, I have been cooking with wildly inappropriate pots and pans for six months. All purchased in a cheap set from Target 6 years ago. But now I'm getting married - woooo. I know this question gets asked a lot (and I have certainly perused the board for those threads), but it also seems like it is fun to answer.

I put together a list of recommended pots and pans, but I feel like there is some overlap. We are having a big wedding so I'm not concerned about cutting down the number, just more about not having too much overlap and inefficiency, if that makes sense?

I don't currently have a grill pan of any sort and living in an apartment have always wanted one, so I would be curious what people recommend. We cook a lot and a great variety of dishes - more vegetarian than meats but the occasional braising happens in our house and I love a good pot of chili. My fiancee is all about scrambled eggs with anything and also likes to make different (sometimses weird) pasta sauces. He recently did roasted beets and salmon on pasta, which was definitely a mistake. Hopefully that helps you get an idea of what's happening in the kitchen! We are avoiding appliances because of space - I'd rather have a pot that can cook rice and do more than a rice cooker at this stage of my life. I also left off a really big stockpot for similar space reasons - some day when I do more canning and large-scale soups and such I'll just get myself one :)

Here's what I've thought of. What should I cut? I can't think anything is missing, but if so, let me know that too!

AC Stainless steel fy pans, 10" and 12"
AC non-stick fry pan, 8"
AC Stainless steel large roaster with rack
All-clad double burner grill (not sure if this is the best choice?)
AC SS 2-quart saucepan
AC SS 4-quart saucepan
All clad SS Steamer Set - 3 Qt
SS Stock pot - 7 Qt
wok
Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart briaser
Le creuset 6 3/4 quart oval dutch oven
Le crueset 5 1/2 quart round dutch oven
Lodge cast iron round fry pan 10"

What do y'all think? Thanks for any help you can provide! Having bought cookware for all of my non-cooking friends I am excited to finally set up my own kitchen in a more lasting way!

Jun 26, 2013
mc22 in Cookware

Three Martini Lunches Below Houston

Thanks for the suggestions! Someone else is paying and they are weekdays :) Win-win!

May 10, 2013
mc22 in Manhattan

Three Martini Lunches Below Houston

Okay, I don't really mean "three martini." What I DO mean is where would you go on a $65 expense account lunch budget?

Looking for different cuisines and different neighborhoods. Tribeca? Soho? LES? Financial District? Weigh-in please!

May 10, 2013
mc22 in Manhattan

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas - Armadillo Palace Booked!

I'm getting married in October - so far away, right? I have a vision for our rehearsal dinner where it will be somewhere fun and casual that can turn into a bar night as more out of town guests arrive in town. Oh, and feed around 75 at least? We have tons of out of town guests, so Armadillo Palace seemed like it would fit the bill perfectly.

Quelle tragique. Chowhounds! Help me out! Fiancee's family is from out of town, so I'd like to do it at a restaurant to make life easier for them! We're probably feeding anywhere from 75 to 100 but the key is that I want for the "afterparty" to be in the same place if possible. I hate going to weddings and meeting up at a bar waiting for the bridal party to arrive. It's sometimes awkward! It's like you aren't on the A-team.

Hopefully what I'm explaining makes sense. Either way would love to know ideas. OH! And it needs to be close to the Galleria/museum district/heights/montrose areas.

Jan 16, 2013
mc22 in Houston

Help a tourist out? Prague, Budapest, Bucharest - Hungarian wine trip? Pilzn?

Thanks all for the recommendations! Will post more details later but for now can I just say that Lokal and the Golden Tyger made Prague for us? :)

Aug 17, 2012
mc22 in Europe

Budapest - Klassz - avoid!

It may be a shame but that's why I put it in the title. There are enough pro-Klassz posts to balance it out! Definitely a victim of its own success. When I say 45 minutes to order, I meant water and drinks. It was an hour for food. That's one experience but others that night were having the same. Perhaps if it had been accompanied by more than a "oops, have you been waiting long?" we would have left happier!

On the other hand we had a great meal at Bock Bistro! And the wine country is not to be missed! I think Budapest food culture has a bright future!

Aug 17, 2012
mc22 in Europe

Budapest - Klassz - avoid!

Longer trip report to follow, but Im partially curious how much pushback I get here. Went to Klassz tonight in Budapest and it took us fortu five minutes to order! I had plans for later that are now shot! And we are polite yet not shrinking violets. Our waitress was spready waaay too thin. I would not come again!

Aug 10, 2012
mc22 in Europe

Help a tourist out? Prague, Budapest, Bucharest - Hungarian wine trip? Pilzn?

Edited to add: we are in our late 20s. We really like seeing what's new in different cities if that makes sense? That's the other reason I started a new post. Though as a New Yorker it's crazy when people are always doing that here - our chowhound board is a bit insane though. (come to New York and go to the new restaurant at the Nomad! I'm trying to pass the love back with a recommendation on this end :))

Aug 03, 2012
mc22 in Europe

Help a tourist out? Prague, Budapest, Bucharest - Hungarian wine trip? Pilzn?

Hello fellow chowhounders! NYC hound here headed to Eastern Europe. Soon. We are literally planning this trip on the fly. We'll be spending several days in Prague and Budapest, driving down into Transylvania (or taking a train there and on to Bucharest, still in the planning phase).

In Prague, we're staying at the Hotel Aria. In Budapest at the Sofitel. Not sure yet for Bucharest. Planning the usual tourist pursuits, once I figure out what those are... in other words, help!

Where should we EAT? Any suggestions for those three cities? I've been searching the boards but I'm getting overwhelmed and the trip is so soon! It sounds like lokal is a great idea in Prague. And we should definitely hit the covered market in Budapest.

I'd like to do a day trip out of Prague to Pilzn or out of Budapest to wine country - have y'all had any experience with either place? Good idea?

Thanks for any help you can provide!!!

-grateful in NYC

Aug 03, 2012
mc22 in Europe

Le Castelas Sivergues - Lunch or Dinner?

Report! We went for lunch. And we enjoyed the roast pig, so that again answers that question! (It was a Sunday).

It took quite a while to drive up there, but that's because we were coming from the market at L'Isle Sur La Sorgue (though we spent the night in Saignon - go figure).

Very welcome! I learned that the key is just to say you have a reservation, no matter what (we did). But if you didn't, lie. Lie like a rug. There was plenty of food. (That is if you aren't a huge party). Was glad I didn't have to worry about that though!

The set-up was a little strange in that there was a big lunch area in one place and then a separate private party down the hill a bit. I don't think it was a wedding, I decided it was a vows renewal and my significant other declared me the cheesiest person in the world (pre-cheese course!) But what a fun spot!

Other aesthetic observations: I had heard much about the goats, but not so much about the pigs?! If you don't like farm animals, avoid avoid avoid. I thought they were kind of fun if occasionally disruptive. There are a lot! And they are under the table and nosing you from behind. The goat was positively civilized in comparison! My best mental image of the day was a pig trotting long between tables looking as pleased as could be - with an oversized baguette clasped firmly in his jaw.

I would also note that a major difference (I would imagine) b/w lunch and dinner is probably the number of kids. There were 30 or so kids under age 10 running around that Sunday. I would imagine the number is less for dinner? I like kids, and they were cute with the animals, but if you don't want to feel like you are part of a 2nd grade field trip you might want to err on the side of dinner? Unless you have kids to bring with you! In which case I can't think of anything more fun!

As for the food - delicious, of course. Although that is 50% the food and 50% the atmosphere. And you really do feel like you know a special secret when you get up there - albeit a secret you share with many. I very much enjoyed the country pate to begin - the lentils were nice but a little soggy. And the charcuterie. The cheese plate was beautiful! An education in and of itself with all sorts of varieties - I would have loved to have someone explain them, but as it was I just enjoyed. And I was ready to buy honey at every farmstand we passed after enjoying it with the cheese.

The roast pork was great and a lot of fun - it did feel freshly prepared. Although it was a bit sad to look down at Wilbur just as I was biting into his brother. Vegetarians, beware. The red peppers and lentils were lovely, but this place is not for you!

Thanks to all for the info and suggestions.

Jul 04, 2011
mc22 in France

Eating and Sleeping outside of Paris (very long)

I know I shouldn't be using this site for travel info, but given that the travel is food-inspired, this is the best community out there. THANK YOU. Seems perfect. I will totally start working that into my plans!

Jun 23, 2011
mc22 in France

Le Castelas Sivergues - Lunch or Dinner?

Kurtis, so helpful! As was your entire trip report! You literally inspired the entire vacation! (I'm in Paris, so that was easy to make happen).

Wanted to pass that along so you could feel good about having disciples following you to deliciosness in Provence. And thanks for that info - I'll probably stay elsewhere as I am not such a morning person and wouldn't be much fun around then anyways!

Jun 23, 2011
mc22 in France

Eating and Sleeping outside of Paris (very long)

Mangeur have you stayed there or just eaten there? I didn't see much about the accomodations on the internet, but it sounds great! (In the midst of trip planning myself!)

Jun 23, 2011
mc22 in France

Le Reminet or Drouant (or elsewhere?)

Thanks much all - will report back!

Jun 20, 2011
mc22 in France

Le Castelas Sivergues - Lunch or Dinner?

Planning a trip to the region and would love to visit. It will be late June, so not worried about the light. Would y'all recommend Saturday dinner or Sunday lunch? Also if doing Saturday dinner, does anyone have experience with staying there? Or somewhere nearby?

I've searched all over the place and found lots of cool pictures and descriptions of the road, but nothing concrete. Thanks for any help you can provide!

Jun 19, 2011
mc22 in France