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Dinner choices on a budget

I am going to New York in about a month and have made one reservation at Marseille but need one more recommendation. I am going in with my parents who are very price conscious. I know where I would go but my parents don't like to pay a lot for dinner. Is there a place that we can go like Marseille that will fit into their 40$ before tax drinks and tip budget and my foodie standards? We prefer within a short cab ride of the theater district but am not a deal breaker.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Nov 16, 2013
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Dinner in RTP Again

This is I believe the best advice not taken, I was mostly disappointed with my meal at Poole's.

I am a huge fan of beef carpaccio so when i saw it on the menu for an app it was a no brainer decision. The dish was overwhelmingly covered with dill which ended up taking over every bite and the delecate beef carpaccio was hidden. After pushing the dill off to the side it was quite delecate and intricate. I looked at the young lady next to me's app which was tomatoes and some grilled bread, and she had formed the same mountain of dill that I ended up with.

On to the Entre, I had the rosemarry chicken which was deboned way too early in the cooking process which left it dry and lifeless, however the bed of mashpotatoes that it rested on were heavenly and added some much needed moisture to the chicken.

The highlight of my meal was a delightful marscapone tart with blueberries and myer lemon curd. It was so good it was beyond description.

All in all it wasn't a bad meal but in no way was it a meal I would rush back to next time I am in RTP.

Jun 29, 2012
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Dinner in RTP Again

We just arived today and are staying in Durham at the Hilton on Page road. We had lunch at MEZ because i couldn't convince my boss to go to the backyard bbq pit over here. Tonight we are going to try and hit either poole's or something down in RTP and tomorrow I am going alone and from recommendations I think Elaine's or Lantern would be my choice.

Jun 27, 2012
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Dinner in RTP Again

Thank you for your sugestions I will definitely look at those other options. Poole's was at top of my list and your confirmation makes me very sure I will stop by there.

Jun 25, 2012
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Dinner in RTP Again

I wanted to thank all the hounders who helped me last year durring my trip down to RTP it was a great food success and got to have an amazing meal at Watts Grocery and the ambiance at Angus barn was great but do tend to agree with the comments made about price vs what you get.

I will be heading back down to RTP and was looking to visit some more of the sites that were on the list from last year. Please let me know if anything has changed or a new place is beter than something on this list. I only have 2 nights and will probably be eating at top 2:

Poole's
Elaine's on Franklin
Crook's corner
18 Seaboard
Frazier's
J Betskis
Revolution
Lantern

I just read that Magnolia Grill closed which was top on my list for this trip I heard so many nice things about it I wish I would have went last time. Please let me know if i am making the right choices with Poole's and Elaine's on Franklin and if there is anything else you would recommend.

Note: my work budget is 50$ pp prior to tax and tip

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jun 25, 2012
bubblesdlev in Southeast

2 Dinners and 1 lunch recommendation

Hi we are coming into New York for a weekend and need recommendations for pretheater dinners in the areas of our places that are not too costly. My mother-in-law looks at prices all the time and I want to avoid all comments and go places < 35$ pp w/o drinks, tax or tip. I have already made a reservation for Marseille on Sunday night which is near "Memphis" on 42nd. If you have beter recommendations in that area please let me know. Else Saturday night we are seeing Chicago on 49th and are staying on 52nd near 7th ave so something in that general area would be nice.

Also we are seeing the Matinee of Memphis on 42nd so a pre theater lunch is also needed.

I know this is a lot of information but basically I am looking for your recommendations <35 pp before tax time and without drinks for.

Lunch and Dinner near 42nd (current dinner is Marseille)
Dinner Near 49th to 52nd.

Thanks

May 07, 2012
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Romantic Evening for two

I am looking for a romantic evening Ideas for 2 I have thought of the following choices please weigh in with your opinions:

Clio
Menton
Mistral
#9
Bristol Lounge
Meritage
Troquet

We have dietary restrictions which don't go well with tasting menus but are normally fine with pre fixe menus. What is your opinion on those choices or please feel free to throw your own idea into the mix.

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Bristol Lounge
200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Troquet
140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Meritage Restaurant
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Nov 15, 2011
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Which Dinning option would you choose

Thank you for your insight I booked Cafe Bouchard. We will see how it goes.

May 26, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southern New England

One more recommendation for a special dinner PLEASE!

I second Toro and Gas Light as well as throwing in Ecco into the mix as well.

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Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Gas Light Cafe
59 Schofield Ave, Dudley, MA 01571

Ecco
107 Porter St, Boston, MA 02128

May 24, 2011
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Which Dinning option would you choose

I am coming down to Newport, RI for my 1st anniversary and would like a dinner recomendation. I have fully done my research but would like to confirm my understanding and maybe get any other ideas you may have.

Dinner Options:

Restaurant Bouchard - it seems to be best best option if ambiance isn't key factor

Tellulah on Thames - Seems like good option

Fluke - Have seen this restaurant a lot on boards usually with good words

Castle Hill Inn - Best view from what I have read.

Red Parrot - Friend recommendation not read much about it on boards

Post Dinner:

Castle Hill Inn - For drinks and Sunset seems to be #1 recomended option for romance

Mad Hatter Bakery - seems to be getting love

My friend recomended a Gelato place and i found a place called Cold Fusion Gelato but haven't seen much on it.

What in your opinion (money is not the issue) is the best dinner in Newport. I don't really care about ambiance I want a great meal. If you had one night in newport what would you do post dinner as well?

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Red Parrot
348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

May 24, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southern New England

An Outsider Review of eating in RTP

So I was down in the Triangle for business for a week and for those of you that are coming on this board to look for the best place to eat here is an outsider opinion that has lived and eaten some of the best places in the world.

Our first real meal came Monday night at The Pit in Raleigh while traveling there we thought we were in the wrong area until suddenly your at a quite nice restaurant. They take opentable reservations and I would severely recommend doing so. If you’re waiting in line already still check open table from your phone. 5 minutes out we made an open table reservation and when we got there they had a 30+ minute wait (if the waiting people only knew); however we were sat right away at a great seat in the nicer area. My Co-worker and I were slightly disappointed that the pulled pork was sold out but that’s what happens when it takes so long to make. We had an appetizer of Chicken wings that had a salty smoked taste to them and absolutely no heat. It was actually quite good and would have them a second time. For dinner I had the brisket and turkey while my Co-worker had brisket and meatloaf. We both found the brisket to be on par with other Bar-B-Que places we have been to in the past nothing outstanding. And our second meats of turkey and meatloaf fell flat.

Tuesday night my Co-Worker and I went to a CH recommendation of Watts Grocery in Durham. Once again we were surprised by the surroundings and in this case the building itself. It didn't look fine dining to me but I would put this up there with some of the fine dining in New York and Chicago (of around the same price point). For appetizer my co-worker had rabbit liver pate with strawberry and arugula salad and home made mustard. Which he felt was amazing, while I had the strawberry arugala and home made ricotta salad w/ peppered graham crackers and balsamic dressing. I felt the only thing wrong with my appetizer was that it needed a touch more of the sweet elements but that could be because they graham crackers were great. For entre I saw the words duck fat hollandaise and knew what I was having my co-worker had the seared tuna on a beet salad which he liked. Mine to be more specific was a perfectly grilled ribeye with grilled asparagus home made tater tots and a duck fat hollandaise. My meal was absolutely perfect and usually I can find a fault in almost everything I eat but this had everything I needed but never knew I wanted. I did have dessert here and it was a very good strawberry rhubarb tart with vanilla ice cream and chili caramel. As my company will be sending me to RTP hopefully often this is a must return every time I come back thanks to all that mentioned this.

Wednesday night we wanted to complete the Triangle and we were going to go to Elaine's on Franklin but we decided on going for home brewed Carolina beers at the Carolina Brewery down the street from Elaine's. The beer sampler was served in 4 oz. glasses and was the highlight of my culinary experience that night. It was what tasted like microwaved buffalo wings and a one temp (mid well to well done) burger. If your at Elaine's for dinner and want to go for a beer afterwards 5.75 gets you 7 4 oz glasses of 7 different home brewed beers and some are really good.

I stop the night dinning train for a second to mention our lunch. Up until now we had little time for lunch and we were going to Jimmy Johns or subway and what not. But for lunch on Thursday we went to a great little place in Durham called the Backyard BBQ Pit on 55. For practically nothing they serve up some of the most delectable brisket with gravy, baked beans, and greens. It was so good we made it a point to eat there for lunch on Friday. This place serves you fast, has homemade fresh squeezed Lemonade, and is a must hit lunch spot if you are in the area.

Thursday night we went over to the Angus Barn and were delighted with the atmosphere (I got my wife's present from the awesome gift shop). It was a great experience but the food did not match. Given the mixed reviews I was not going in expecting much and to that point the Angus Barn didn't disappoint but in the same vane it didn't wow me. Nothing sticks out from my meal (Prime Rib, Caesar salad, and baked potato) as great but nothing sticks out as awful either. It was a great ambiance but I feel like there has to be a better steak place than this in the triangle (Rib eye at Watts was way better). I know that right up the street is a Sullivan’s and if it is anything like the one in Chicago it has got to be good.

We left on Friday so no dinners to report. So without further adieu here is my List:

Must Returns places
Watt's Grocery
Backyard BBQ Pit (lunch)

Might Return to...
Angus Barn (wasn't awful I may give second chance)
The Pit (it was good and eventually I will return but not an every time stop)

Won't Return to
Carolina Brewery (unless it’s for a beer)

Thanks once again to all of you for your suggestions I was not disappointed with either of your selections that we chose.

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Watts Grocery
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

Angus Barn Restaurant
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

Watt's Grocery
1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

May 24, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Lunch / Dinner in RTP

Thanks to everyone for your assistance my co-worker and I are headed down on monday and are excited to work and eat at some of these places. I just found out however that he can't eat carbs and little to no sugars so it lowers what we can eat. But i have seen a few on that list where we can go.

If you have any more sugestions now until monday please don't hesistate to sugest them I appreciate this all.

May 13, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Lunch / Dinner in RTP

this list is amazing and I will look into everyone of them in order to pick out the right one. The Angus Barn sounds interesting and could be a good place to eat if we work late since it is so close.

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Angus Barn Restaurant
9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

May 11, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Lunch / Dinner in RTP

I am going to be down there 4 nights so I can try most of those places is there a can't miss on that list?

May 11, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Lunch / Dinner in RTP

Thank you both for the help and I won't be traveling alone I have a co-worker joining me

May 11, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Lunch / Dinner in RTP

I am headed down to triangle park area for work and staying right near the triangle park at the Marriott. I would love to get good recommendations for Lunch and dinner in the area. I will have a rental car for travel but would hope the travel is worth it. I have a budget of 50$ before tax and tip that I loose if I don't use for dinner. I have a separate lunch budget that isn't of any concern. Basically I would love any ideas and to note if they are best for lunch or dinner.

I saw Backyard BBQ Pit on MvF but heard many comments about how it has gone downhill if this is true I need a new hound worthy BBQ place.
Thanks in advance for your help

May 10, 2011
bubblesdlev in Southeast

Post Theater Dinner

We are going to a sunday Matinee of Spiderman at Foxwoods theatre, and are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on 8th ave between 48th and 49th. We don't mind taking a cab to wherever but I would like to do a nice place around 160 for the two of us inclusive of tax and tip (I will go higher if it is worth the extra). We are going to DB Bistro pre theatre Saturday so french bistro is covered, so thinking Italian, Steakhouse, or Asian (non sushi).

Thanks

Dec 14, 2010
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Where to eat on our trip.

Thanks for the Correction i fixed it :). My husband is the foodie and I am trying to make this a memorable birthday....

Thanks again Kathryn i read that walkthrough and it reminded me that I want to go to Katz Deli and have some pastrami

Dec 14, 2010
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Where to eat on our trip.

Thank you for the great information I think I have a lot of reading to do.. I head that John's pizza in Times Square is good or should I go outside this area to get it? Our lunch / Dinner budget isn't set in stone we are open to whatever. I will definitely look into Jean-Georges for lunch.

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Dec 14, 2010
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Where to eat on our trip.

My husband and I are staying in NYC for President's weekend from the 18th to the 21st and are looking for recommendations on our trip.

We need recomendations for the following:
1.) Where in the area can we get a reasonablly priced breakfast? (can go 3 different places)
2.) Prix Fixe "Pre Theater" menu restaurant? (was thinking DB Bistro Moderne to eat at a Boulud restaurant for $45 sounds too good to pass up but is thier better options?)
3.) Best Pizza in NYC? Best Pizza in the area?
4.) any other must hit lunch spots in the area?
5.) Recommendations on Chef's Table for 2 NYC?

I know its a lot of question but thank you for your help if you can answer any questions it would be very much apreciated.

EDIT: We are staying right near 48th and 8th Ave and seeing a play at the foxwoods theater on 42nd

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DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Dec 13, 2010
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Better Bobby Flay restaurant

Thank you how is the atmosphere of Mesa Grill is it romantic or loud?

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Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Dec 10, 2010
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Better Bobby Flay restaurant

My husband's favorite TV Chef is Bobby Flay and for his 30th birthday I am thinking about taking him to NYC (he has never been) and taking him to either Mesa Grill or Bar Americain. Can you tell me which in your opinion has beter food and which is beter ambiance for a birthday?

Thank you in advance for your assistance

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Bar Americain
152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Dec 09, 2010
bubblesdlev in Manhattan

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

Wow so many choices but I am not for the drive up to maine when for the same drive I can take him to CT and go gambling and have a mini vegas night (which was an option) and eat at david burke prime or craftsteak or even bar americain. not at same level as these restaurants but what guy doesn't like the vegas feel.... I was thinking of taking a 2 hour drive or so down to like stamford and grenwich to a B&B and then drive the hour down to NYC for the day and still get a romantic B&B.

I want to thank you guys for your help I am deciding between going into new york city (saving per se for truely home sick since he loves bobby flay on tv yet has never ate at one of his restaurants just hope one of his restaurants don't disappoint) and staying here doing chefs table at L'Espalier or doing Menton. Tough choices but you guys gave me such good ides i really apreciate it. If you are ever going to chicago and need tips or advice I can only hope to extend you the assistance you provided me.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Dec 09, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

I know its not posible to top alinea so best of his life isn't posible I guess but I moved him to boston cause of my job and want to show him food in boston isn't that bad... Maybe thats a beter way to put it make him not feel aweful he is not able to go to alinea... and maybe you are right maybe going home he can have an afternoon with the guys or the family and a night with me at alinea... He did enjoyed sorellina for the most part.

Dec 08, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

Both of those sound good as well as I didn't think about taking a bus or something to new york...

Dec 08, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

Is Westleigh beter then L'Espalier, No. 9, and Clio all mentioned on these boards?

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Dec 08, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

that sounds interesting thank you I will look into it. I just moved from Chicago I am use to being able to go to Alinea, les nomades, topolobambo, or even L2O depending on what food type you are looking for and what you are celebrating.

Dec 08, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

I have no price range and no location requirements I just want him to have the best dinner of his life.

Dec 07, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Recomendations for a 30th Birthday

I want to take my husband out for a nice romantic evening, and before I plan what else we do I would like help findiing the perfect restaurant. If you were planning a special birthday and could go anywhere where would you want to go?

He loves every kind of food, and my only dislike is sushi. This doesn't have to be limited to places with a tasting / chef's menu.

thank you in advance for all your assistance.

Dec 07, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area

Sorellina

I felt before I post questions to the Boston board I might as well give a review. My Husband and I went to Sorellina the other night for my birthday and had an exquisite time.

The Arrival

We had theatre tickets and so we needed to be in the first sitting. We arrived early and were not allowed to sit at our table until first sitting at 5:30 but the hostess was very apologetic and offered us the choice to sit at the bar or the bench. We chose to look at the restaurant and eventually settled on the bench. We were not the first group there however as my husband told the waitress we need to get out for the theatre she sat us first.

The Décor

Let me back track a bit when I talk about Décor and note that Sorellina has a wonderful location at a fork and the exterior façade is clean and inviting, and once you enter your not disappointed. Nice dark hardwoods accented by white couch like booths it is sheek and modern. The table we got was for two people and we had an L shaped booth so both of us were at a smaller table but both got booth seats and next to each other. I can’t speak to how comfortable the chairs are but I sank into those booths and even got a pillow too. The décor in my book was a 10/10.

Appetizers

For appetizers I ordered the Caesar salad and my husband ordered the tuna tartar. The Caesar salad had an upscale presentation with a single wedge of romaine lettuce and a single long crouton. It was both artistic and tasty; however it was nothing overly special about it. My husbands tuna tartar was absolutely stunning in both presentation and taste. It was served in a white bowl with crushed ice in it and then a glass bowl on top of the crushed ice with his appetizer. His appetizer was the tuna tartar on top of a spicy mustarda aioli, a hint of chili vinegar, and a freshly fried wonton to eat it with. The spiciness of the mustard paired perfectly with the tuna, my husband didn’t want to let me taste any of it. After he gave me a bite I could see why the cool sushi grade tuna married so harmoniously with the spicy mustarda aioli. If I had gotten the tartar as well it would be a 10/10 but since I had the Caesar salad 8/10

Main Course

For the main course I had the 8 oz Filet with beech mushrooms, whipped potatoes and a Barolo sauce. My husband got either a fish special which I believe was sea bass mushrooms and butternut squash. My dish was cooked perfectly to medium rare temperature as requested, and the balance of salty and sweet melded perfectly I thoroughly enjoyed how everything worked together in my mouth. My husbands main course on the other hand was not good at all. His fish was presented beautifully skin side up in a gorgeous fall orange colored sauce; however the presentation was misleading. A pet peave of mine is that if you place a piece of fish skin side up you better be sure that the skin is crispy, and it was crispy around the edges and overly soggy in the center. The balance of the dish was a bit off he mentioned that it was a bit too sweet and he was searching for the acid that he never could find. Overall I would give my main course a 9/10 but he said his was a 6 so lets call it a 7.5/10.

Dessert

Since it was my birthday I got the cioccolato and my husband got the zeppole. My cioccolato was a well prepared budino with vanilla gelato. The gelato was great but the star was the budino which was sweet and rich but the gelato helped bring it back to a perfect level of sweetness for a desert. My husbands Zeppole was 3 freshly fried zeppole and the honey ginger was nice, his only complaint was there were only 3. It was an amazing cap to a great first part of the evening. I would give it a 9/10

Service

The service overall for the night was not bad as I said the hostess at the beginning was very apologetic that she couldn’t seat us right away and our waitress was nice but nothing memorable, our waters were filled constantly and they cleared our tables when we were done. Maybe it was because we had to go to the theatre but there was nothing special about the service in my humble opinion. I would give the service a 7/10

Overall

Overall my impression is that the tuna tartar is a must try, and be wary of the fish the skin is probably hit or miss but their food is balanced well, and desert was a great capping point to this part of the evening. I would give Sorellina 4.5 stars but since that isn't an option I gave it 5 stars and if you want a nice night out this is a great choice.

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Sorellina
One Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116

Sorellina
1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Dec 07, 2010
bubblesdlev in Greater Boston Area