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A Couple of Questions for this Weekend

We are in town for a few days and have most of our dining plans set. We ate at Xoco this morning which was great and would be pleased eating here at least a couple times more for breakfast/brunch. Is it worth throwing Bongo Room, or another suggestion, into the mix. Just to note, we are going to Frontera tonight. Second, we are in from NC and are big Tarheel fans so we are looking for suggestions on a good place to watch the games with above average food and a good beer selection. Lastly, we have been here before and tried Pizzeria Due, which was good, but wondering if we should do Lou Malnati's or give Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder a shot for something unique? Thanks in advance for all comments and suggestions.

Mar 22, 2013
AgentTech in Chicago Area

Times Square - Need Help Filling in the Gaps

Just got back from our trip. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Didn't get to do all that I had hoped but got to several great places.

Shopsins - We shared the H9- chorizo, hatch, and mac & cheese pancake, pound cake french toast and pork tamale. Also shared an order of sausage and cheese grits. All of it was very good. Outside signage was lacking so we walked by it a couple of times before realizing it was inside the Essex Market. We were there right at opening and got one of the few remaining tables. We had to wait to order because they only take four orders at a time. This just gave us an opportunity to enjoy the unique atmosphere and colorful language. We would definitely return. When we finished there was at least an hour an a half wait.

Afterwards we made a stop at The Pickle Guys and bought a quart for the trip home. I enjoyed one back home for breakfast this morning.

Doughnut Plant - Tried the tres leches and peanut butter and blackberry jam doughnut. The PB&J was good but the tres leches was the 'bombdiggity.'

Blue Smoke - This was my least favorite of the trip not that it was bad but certainly not overwhelmingly good. Coming from North Carolina, it probably wasn't the best choice but wanted to see how well it was done there as I had read that some of the research for the restaurant was done at one of our favorite BBQ places in NC, Allen & Sons. We were going to get an order of baby back and an order of beef ribs. They were out of the beef ribs due to Santa Con but they could be ordered on the combo platter? Anyway we went with the combo rib platter. They were good but not great and service was the same.

John's of Bleeker Street - Shared a small but still good sized pizza. Sauce and crust both very good. Service was quick and efficient.

We made a quick stop at Otto Pizzeria for a glass of wine, cheese plate, and the other worldly olive oil gelato. We will be back for this again.

We did try out Toloache for a early snack one night. We had the spicy guacamole and a few margaritas, all were good.Service seemed somewhat indifferent but it was an odd time of day.

We had Shake Shack twice because of the proximity to our hotel. I had the SmokeShack and fries both times and treated myself to a concrete once. All good and just what we needed, upon arrival after being bumped from our original 6:00 a.m. flight - we had to fly into LGA instead of JFK but our luggage apparently wasn't made aware of the switch (not mentioning the airline here - AA cough, cough) and then again we stopped in just prior to departure.

We tried to make it to Guantanamera for dinner one evening but the wait was a tad long, next time.

Finally not certain if I found this here or not but we went to Cafe Habana for lunch one day. There was a 40 minute wait. We killed time walking around the neighborhood. My wife had the chilaqiles verdes. I had the Cuban sandwich and we shared an order of the Mexican street corn. Tables were cramped but the food and service were both very good to excellent.

Thanks again for all of your great suggestions. I felt we had a good trip but suppose we will have to schedule another to hit all of the places we missed. What a shame.

Dec 18, 2012
AgentTech in Manhattan

Times Square - Need Help Filling in the Gaps

Here for a the next few days and plan to hit quite a few of the recommended spots on the forum: The Doughnut Plant, Crif Dogs, Shopshins, Momofuku, Russ and Daughters and more if we can get to it. We were wondering though if their were any recommendations for the following: Cuban, Spanish, and Puerto Rican restaurants that would be worth the visit. We are staying in the Theater District but willing to venture out. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Dec 14, 2012
AgentTech in Manhattan

Christmas Dinner in Oahu

I plan on cooking in a couple of nights on the North Shore. Any recommendations for local produce seafood markets?

Dec 26, 2010
AgentTech in Hawaii

Christmas Dinner in Oahu

Thanks for the recommendation. We love Thai, so definitely plan on checking this one out.

Dec 26, 2010
AgentTech in Hawaii

Christmas Dinner in Oahu

Was able to get in to Roy's Restaurant Waikiki Beach for Dinner. Lucky, but very good. Had a Portuguese dog and fries at Hank's Haute Dogs on Coral St. for lunch today. Looking for dinner tonight in Waikiki, no decisions yet and breakfast for the morning. Headed to N. Shore tomorrow afternoon.

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Hank's Haute Dogs
324 Coral St, Honolulu, HI

Roy's Restaurants
226 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI

Dec 26, 2010
AgentTech in Hawaii

Christmas Dinner in Oahu

My family and I will be in Oahu for Christmas for the first time and are looking for a place to eat dinner on the 25th and the 26th. There will be eight of us with two children, ages 11 and 14. We also be staying in the North Shore area for four days later in the week. Any recommendations for that are would be appreciated as well, lunch, dinner, and breakfast spots. Most of the family is pretty adventurous and willing to try something new. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

By the way we are staying at the Outrigger for the 25th and 26th.

Dec 24, 2010
AgentTech in Hawaii