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walk home with a Baguette from La Toulousaine

I've tried the baguette 3 times...I kept hoping my experiences were anomalies...but I'm sorry to say that the baguettes are not worthy the trip. Not at all.

Dec 10, 2012
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old fashioned "ladies who lunch" French bistro on UES

Neither is a bistro.

Dec 10, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Awful Service at Yasuda

Heheh.

Oct 29, 2012
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Is there a French restaurant that straddles the great middle?

I like La Mangeoire, but "fantastic" is an extreme exaggeration. It's fine for what it is, but nowhere near "fantastic."

Oct 24, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Is there a French restaurant that straddles the great middle?

Given the parameters described by the OP, I heartily second the recommendation for Benoit.

Oct 24, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Is there a French restaurant that straddles the great middle?

La Silhouette is not worth a visit. The food is not worthy of the place's reputation, not by a longshot.

Oct 24, 2012
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Seeking very kosher restaurant in midtown

Taam Tov

Jun 28, 2012
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Manhattan with a kid and a baby

Obviously the 5 year old will sit in a regular chair - but what are you planning on doing with the baby - bringing in a carseat, or.....?

Jun 10, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

La Toulousaine

Does anybody know if they've started baking baguettes yet? Their oven was supposed to arrive by the end of April but I haven't been there since...

May 06, 2012
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Babbo vs. Del Posto

The food is better at Babbo. But I'm not a big fan of either restaurant.

Apr 19, 2012
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Eleven Madison Park & Picky Eater

Don't go there with this person - go elsewhere with her, and if you want to go to EMP, go with someone else.

Apr 01, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Hearth or Il Buco for private party?

Definitely Hearth.

Mar 31, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

HEARTBREAK heart's broken?

I hope the food is better than Heartbreak's was.

Mar 31, 2012
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Red Rooster tonight- what to get?

The fried chicken is not "amazing," and while RR is a fun scene, the food is not special.

Mar 20, 2012
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Best Mexican Food in NYC

I think the food at El Paso is mediocre and it's a really lazy kitchen. Don't bother.

Mar 14, 2012
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Best Mexican Food in NYC

Cafe Ollin on 108th

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Cafe Ollin
339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

Mar 14, 2012
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king's carriage house east 82nd st - special lunch

Cafe Sabarsky

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Cafe Sabarsky
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Mar 13, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

king's carriage house east 82nd st - special lunch

What is your budget? King's Carriage House is a sweet place, but the food is not good. Do you have to stay in the east 80s?

Mar 13, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Bouley or Corton?

ellenost, I'm headed to Bouley for lunch (weekday) soon...any current recommendations for/on the lunch menu? I haven't been in quite a while.

Thanks.

Feb 28, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Help--which of these are NOT kid friendly??

Agree with this completely - except if you do the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern you'll be fine at 5:30 with the kids - just not in the formal dining room. You don't need a reservation for the Tavern Room.

Feb 28, 2012
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cheese at Fairway - too many strikes to count

I have found Agata to be reliable in the cheese department.

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Agata & Valentina
1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

Feb 27, 2012
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cheese at Fairway - too many strikes to count

That's it - I'm finished buying cheese at Fairway. Too many times I have gotten cheese in poor condition, way past eating condition, ammoniated, overrripe, and just not good quality. Today on 86th St. was the last straw. And this is over time at all 3 Manhattan stores. Clearly they have no quality control given their size and rapid expansion, at least not in the cheese department. That's it - no more cheese from Fairway for me.

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Fairway Market
2350 12th Ave, New York, NY 10027

Fairway Market
2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Fairway Market
240 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

Feb 27, 2012
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Yorkville Hungarian Meat Market substitute?

Any number of stores in Greenpoint
Also try Schaller & Weber

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Schaller & Weber
1654 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Feb 27, 2012
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Harlem Shambles

This is a pretty good new butcher in Harlem. Nice cuts, good quality, reasonable prices.

But the main guy has never heard the word "offal" before. At least not before today. I mean really, a butcher that doesn't know the world "offal" ?

And no, they cannot get tripe. "Too difficult to get," he said. Hmm.

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Harlem Shambles
2141 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Feb 22, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

RUGALACH

Leelee's rugalach are very good indeed.

Feb 22, 2012
gutsofsteel in Manhattan

Where has all the Fresh Fish Gone?

What type of fish are you looking for? Wild, farmed? What type?

Feb 21, 2012
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Casual UES lunch on Sunday with kids

Lexington Candy Shop may be a step back in time, but most of the food is lousy, the service obnoxious, and it's rushed and uncomfortable and not a place for a group of 8.

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Lexington Candy Shop
1226 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028

Feb 16, 2012
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Lobster dinner delivery upper east side

Atlantic Grill

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Atlantic Grill
1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Feb 11, 2012
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Iconic NYC Restaurants?

Russ & Daughters is not a restaurant.

Feb 08, 2012
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Fine Dining with a pregnant wife

Every pregnant woman makes her own decisions about she will and won't eat. Best thing is to call the restaurant well ahead of time and tell them what she won't eat and they will accomodate her.

Feb 01, 2012
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