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Suggestions for a SoCal Visitor, First Time in SF

Hi all, I'll be traveling up to San Francisco for a couple of days for the new years and need some restaurant suggestions for a few meals. We are traveling up to Monterey for the aquarium for the first day and will be staying at Parc 55 in Union Square. We rented a car but will be returning it the first day so we will be relying heavily on public transportation. We're staying from the 12/29-1/1 and I needed help finding 2 lunch recs and 1 dinner rec preferably non-Asian since there are a lot in SoCal. Looking mainly for must-trys in SF.

Our first day we have dinner planned at Mission Street Oyster Bar with some friends, but the lunch is still open for suggestions. For NYE dinner, I am looking for a nicer/romantic restaurant with a budget of ~$200 for both of us with or without alcohol.

Thanks all!

Dec 23, 2013
endyyy in San Francisco Bay Area

Scarpetta anyone?

Did you indicate that you had the vouchers when booking your table? I just bought 9 vouchers and plan on getting 2 more for a family brunch. I hope you'll enjoy your brunch!!

Aug 11, 2012
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

Scarpetta anyone?

Has anyone used the travelzoo deal? The fine print said you can't make reservation through open table. Does that mean we have to call and let them know we are using the coupon before hand?

Aug 10, 2012
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

Returning to LV in March--Where else should I go?

That must've been a delicious trip! I am headed to LV as well next week and am debating between Le Cirque and Sage. I have yet to dine at either one and was wondering which restaurant you'd recommend?

Thanks for the excellent reviews btw.

Mar 29, 2012
endyyy in Las Vegas

Breakfast in Arcadia

If you are able to drive a bit, Julienne in San Marino has really good breakfast, but it is a bit pricey.

Mar 08, 2012
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

5 Days in Tokyo, need some recs please!

Thanks Robb, will try to get a reservation at one of those. Do you know if they're foreigner friendly?

Jan 16, 2012
endyyy in Japan

5 Days in Tokyo, need some recs please!

Just checked out Nakamura, do I need reservation for this place? is the address Shibuya 3-13-5, Ipuse Bldg 2F-B?

Thanks

Jan 15, 2012
endyyy in Japan

5 Days in Tokyo, need some recs please!

Thanks for the recs, will look into tofuya-ukai. We will probably go there for dinner, I noticed that there are 3 different sets for dinner, wihch do you recommend?

So currently, I will try to get a reservation at sushi saito for lunch, if thats full, I will try to get one at Sushi Ichi. Also thinking about trying out yamashiroya when I am in shibuya, anyone have experience?

Thanks!

Jan 15, 2012
endyyy in Japan

5 Days in Tokyo, need some recs please!

Thanks for the tips silverjay and akated! I will definitely check out katsukura and fu'unji for my ramen and tonkatsu meal in Shinjuku.

Great observation on the greasy/oily meals point silverjay, I did not realize that most of the food I have listed are either fried or greasy. Do you have any recommendations for a nabe meal? (preferably seafood or tofu). My companion and I loves hot pot and it will be freezing in Japan so we'd love to have a nabe meal.

I am actually going to be in Tokyo on 1/17 so I may not be able to get a reservation at sushi saito.. Is it just as difficult to get a reservation for lunch? If that route fails I will browse through ninisix's list of sushi in Ginza. Are the prices for sushi in Ginza significantly more than lunch prices?

Also, does anyone know of any dessert we should not miss out on?

Thanks for the help!!

Jan 12, 2012
endyyy in Japan

5 Days in Tokyo, need some recs please!

Thanks for the recommendations Babreu and Ninisix!! I am looking for Japanese influenced tan tan ramen. I will check out those restaurants.

If I am going to Tsukiji, I should eat sushi in Ginza for lunch instead? What should I try at Tsukiji? I am told to go as early as possible and numerous people recommended Sushi Dai. I was thinking of dining at Tsunahachi because it is close to our hotel, do you have other recommendations for food in Shinjuku? i.e. tonkatsu or anything else worth trying?

I have had Kaiseki maybe once or twice, but never had a kaiseki-nabe. Is it just a hot pot style kaiseki? If so, it sounds very interesting. I think we'd prefer tofu-nabe over fish,but will look into it if you have any restaurant recs?

Also, does anyone have opinions on Ichi-ran ramen and fuunji?

After searching for yakiniku, I am planning on adding ayano kouji to our list. Opinions?

Thanks!!

Jan 10, 2012
endyyy in Japan

5 Days in Tokyo, need some recs please!

Hello fellow hounders, I will be traveling to Tokyo from Taiwan for the first time and will be staying at hyatt regency in west shinjuku for 5 days and 4 nights. This is our first time in Tokyo and I was hoping that I can get some recommendations for restaurants in the following categories. Our budget is around 5000 yen per meal per person with an exception of 1 nice/expensive dinner probably around 15000-20000/person. Will be leaving in a week so hopefully the restaurant recommended will still have availability.

Our tentative schedule: arriving on tuesday and will probably just explore the shinjuku area so will need a dinner and lunch rec.

Will spend a day at disneyland and tokyo sea. (any food I should try? I've gone to the Anaheim disneyland numerous times)

Will spend a day in Harajuku/shibuya area shopping. ( lunch and dinner recs?)

Don't have plans for the other days yet, but will travel around Tokyo for good food :)

Food we want to try:

Sushi - Sushi Saito (lunch) or maybe something around the tsukiji market or anywhere else

Ramen - There is fuunji near our hotel, but I was wondering if anyone know if theres good dan dan mien ramen? (tried it at honolulu and never found one like it)

Tempura - Saw multiple people recommend tsunahachi rin and close to hotel

Yakiniku, tonkatsu, desserts - haven't found places yet

Also, recommendations for the expensive dinner? Looking for an unique japanese experience.

Traveler details: We're both from los angeles and can only speak mandarin and english. I can read most kanji as well. Looking for foreigner friendly restaurants.

Thanks hounds! If anyone needs recs from taipei I'd be happy provide some recs as well.

Jan 09, 2012
endyyy in Japan

LQ@SK 8/28-8/30 Menu. Do not miss!

thanks for the review! What was the price for the meal?

Aug 29, 2011
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

favorite waffles?

Have you tried the liege waffle at Syrup? Is the one at Shaky Alibi better?

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Shaky Alibi
7401 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

May 05, 2011
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

Best Burger in LA?

I've had both 26 beach and rustic canyon and I think rustic canyon is better

Apr 21, 2011
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

Lawry's Beverly Hills - Saturday Night Meating

Best creamed corn ever!!!

Feb 23, 2011
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

Coming to LA for 3 Days and I have done some homework!

I also recommend Porto's bakery if you have time. The cheese rolls there are to die for!!

Feb 02, 2011
endyyy in Los Angeles Area

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Hello hounds, I just returned from my trip to NYC and wanted thank everyone for their recommendations! I'll also give a short review of my dining experiences during my trip for those who are interested!

First meal we had there was at Clinton's Bakery. Ordered the blueberry pancakes and the tomato jam and egg biscuit. Blueberry pancakes were very delicious, probably the best pancakes I've ever had. Very fluffy and moist. The egg biscuits were good as well, but a little bland for my taste. On the walk back to the subway, we stumbled upon Russ & Daughters, so we stepped in for a classic bagel with smoked salmon. Not really a big fan of smoked salmon, but my girlfriend said it was very good! For dinner, we decided to dine at blue ribbon brasserie, although the wait was an hour plus. We ordered the bone marrow & ox tail, fried chicken, and a rack of lamb. The marrow dish was amazing, the marrow, ox tail worked very well together. The fried chicken and rack of lamb were good, but nothing to write home about. However, my girlfriend thought the fried chicken were very good though.

Next day, we had shake shack for lunch. Ordered the shack burger and the cheese fries. I really liked the burger and the cheese on the fries, but didn't like the way the fries were cut, it wasn't very flavorful. Then we walked over to Alice's tea cup for hot tea and a red velvet cupcake. Cupcake was decent, not very sweet, which I liked. We then walked over to levain bakery and WOW! Their cookies are huge and delicious, and they were all fresh as our cookie was warm when we ordered. We didn't end up going to Pio Pio so we went to Ippudo at 6 to put down our name and walked over to Pommes Frites for a snack while we waited. We ordered the regular fries with roasted garlic sauce. The fries had a pretty big portion and honestly, I wasn't very impressed. Without the sauce the fries were very bland. Ippudo ramen was very good and well worth the wait though! I definitely recommend the pork buns, they were a lot better than I expected! For ramen, we ordered the modern ramen and the spicy miso ramen and we both liked the charred spicy miso more. The ramen was very good as well. For late night we got food at the halal carts on 53rd and 6th. The chicken and rice were good, but it got cold really fast due to the weather.

Our last day, we had Maialino for breakfast. We ordered the Bomboloni, raviolo, and a egg with tomato sauce thing. The bombolonis were delicious! Little sugar balls packed with cream and flavor. My raviolo was very good as well, but the portion was very small. My partner liked her dish as well. We walked over to max brenner after and got toffee hot chocolate, which was too sweet for my taste. The place was nice, but it looked like a place we could have skipped. We went to Spots Dessert bar after and ordered the yuzu Eskimo, hot tea, and some cupcakes. The Eskimo was very interested and delicious! I personally like yuzu so I enjoyed it very much. The cupcakes at Spot were great as well, I think it was better than Alice's tea cup and Magnolia bakery. For our last meal, we went to Marea for a late dinner. We went with the four course pf and ordered the ricci also. I had the foie gras with hamachi (I think), fusilli, sea bass, and white chocolate mousse while my girlfriend had oysters, risotto, fish, and caramello. The ricci came out first and I must say it was very interesting to taste the lardo and uni together, but I liked it a lot. My gf's oysters were very fresh and my foie gras and hamachi were very good also. My partner's risotto was good, but she felt like it was similar to other risottos she's had. I was very excited about the fusilli, but as I tried it out, I thought it was okay. Don't get my wrong, it was very good, but simply tasted like tomato sauce with octopus. The fish impressed us though, as we both enjoyed our fish. It was flavorful and cooked very well and crisp. My partner enjoyed her caramello dessert very much and claimed that it was the best dessert shes ever had. Overall, it was an excellent meal and I would definitely encourage everyone to try it!

Thanks everyone for the recommendations, it helped my made up my mind about numerous restaurants that I wanted to try!

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Pommes Frites
123 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Pio Pio
210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Feb 02, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Thanks for the additional suggestions, but since I am have Maialino and Marea on sunday and they're both Italian, I was thinking of trying a different cuisine. I am able to make a reservation at DB Bistro Moderne, but have read numerous negative reviews about the restaurant. The location of the restaurant is literally a 2 minute walk from my hotel, so I'd like to eat there, but has anyone been disappointed by DB bistro moderne?

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

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Jan 27, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Thanks for the tips Jess and thew! I will definitely try to pick up some cookies(or cookie) from levain. Are the lines generally long?

Jan 27, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Thanks for the tips! I think I'll try to finish up my bagels before entering Katz. I did not realize that they were so close together!

Any restaurant recommendations around time sqaure, just in case we get lazy to travel down to blue ribbon. Thanks!

Jan 26, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Thanks for the tip thew, will try to convince my significant other that Katz is better than lombardi's lol

Jan 26, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Thanks for the tip kathryn! Any recommendations for Clinton St. Baking Company other than the blueberry pancakes?

Hopefully the wait won't be too crazy at Blue Ribbon..

Jan 26, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Yes, I meant Spot Dessert Bar! Made it sound like a completely different place haha. Going to try to go to Blue Ribbon on Friday for dinner.

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Spot Dessert Bar
13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Jan 26, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Thanks for the recommendation! Will definitely try the bombolini if its available

Jan 26, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Please critique my first NYC dining exp!

Hello hounds!

I've finally narrowed down my choices of restaurants and dessert places to visit in my short trip to NYC this weekend and I was hoping that you guys can give some inputs on what to order at the restaurants.

We are arriving in NY early in the morning so we're probably going to eat Clinton's bakery for breakfast then either lombardi's or Katz for lunch. After that we will probably get dessert at Sports Dessert Bar. As for dinner, I have yet to make a reservation, but was thinking of dining at a Blue Ribbon restaurant or something similar to that (any recommendations?)

Saturday we will probably get breakfast at Russ & Daughters and then head up to central park and have shake shack for lunch. Then maybe grab some cupcakes from Alice's Teacup. For dinner, our friends want to meet up at Pio Pio for some Peruvian food.

Our last full day in NY, we will have breakfast at Maialino. Any recommendations on what to order? Then we will try to get a spot at Ippudo for a late lunch. Our last meal will be at Marea after a show of lion king.

Sorry for the long post, but any tips is appreciated!

Thanks!

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Pio Pio
210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Jan 26, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Help Choosing Dinner!

Thanks for the recommendation, I am most intrigued by the fusili pasta with bone marrow and octopus. How many dishes do people typically order there for dinner?

Jan 20, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Help Choosing Dinner!

Thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely look into both Blue Ribbon and Kin Shop to get a taste of their bone marrow.

Jan 20, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Help Choosing Dinner!

Thanks for the advice!

One of the reasons I am leaning towards Marea is because of its location to to the theatre, but we are willing to travel if the food is worth it. We wanted to have a memorable last meal in NYC, which is why I need the expert advices of NYC Chowhounds :)

As for cuisine we are open to anything other than Asian because we have a lot of great options for that in SoCal. As for the neighborhood, I suppose 15-20 minutes from the Minskoff Theatre is fine.

Does anyone have any other recommendations for a restaurant that serves bone marrow? We have a dinner open on Friday and I'd love to try that! Perhaps something like Blue Ribbon?

Thanks!!

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Jan 19, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Help Choosing Dinner!

Hi Simon

Sorry for being unclear in my first post, but I am looking for a any type of cuisine really and probably looking for a romantic ambiance. I know Peter Luger is not really a romantic restaurant, but I have heard great things about it. We pretty much want to leave NY knowing that we tried something magnificent.

Thanks!

Jan 18, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan

Help Choosing Dinner!

Hello Hounds,

I will be visiting NYC for first time with my significant other and will need a restaurant recommendation for a Sunday night. I am open to any type of restaurant and my budget is around $80/person. I will be watching a show at 6:30 so I was hoping for a restaurant that can be booked around 9:30.

I am currently contemplating between Marea, Peter Luger, or Degustation(from reading numerous posts). Any suggestions welcomed!

Thanks

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Jan 18, 2011
endyyy in Manhattan