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Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

So ... whatever happened on your trip? Did you go? Where did you end up eating?

I've just came across this thread, and now I'm dying to know how everything went. ???

Dee

Feb 26, 2012
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

Yes, when I was at the Broadway play .... there were allot of stares also. And when we ate out afterwards. Also, at the hotel a few times, and in the hotel restaurant.

Wow ... I guess she isn't just any food writer!

Apr 12, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

whs: Yes, that would have made sense .... but I was watched constantly, by many of the diners, the whole time we were there. The owner never went far from our table, and was continually asking me if I needed anything. It was quite surreal.

I looked up Ruth Reichl, and I do look allot like her ... and read she's a food author. If that's the case, that would make sense. LOL

Regardless, I loved loved loved the souffles!

Apr 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Searchging for my next " WOW, that was amazing dinner". What would you suggest?

I'm surprised no one has suggested La Grenouille yet. I just returned from my first visit to NYC, and loved the experience! Very elegant, service was superb, food was delicious, especially the chocolate souffle. Reservations needed.

Of course, I only know this one fine restaurant, but I certainly would recommend it.

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Apr 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

First visit to NYC - Birthday dinner recommendation?

So, I'm back ... and thought I'd let you all know how it went. Cross posted in 'what to wear to La Grenouille, since I wasn't sure where this should go.

First night was Shula's Steak House in the Westin Hotel I was staying at, since I was tired from the train ride. I ordered the Filet Mignon, my date ordered the Salmon. We also had a side dish of creamed spinach.

First time around, my steak was too rare, but second time was perfect, and melt in your mouth. My date's Salmon was delicious, I had a taste. The spinach was also very good, a bit of onion, lots of creamy sauce and cheese. Nice crusty bread, but the butter was hard. All around, a very good meal.

Friday, my birthday ... I met my son and girlfriend, we had breakfast at a small little hidden place, but forgot name, it wasn't far from hotel in Times Square. I had eggs, hash browns and croissant. Another good meal.

My son and I went to Little Italy and Chinatown. We wanted some vegetable egg rolls, which I thought would be easy to find, but took awhile. Finally found them at Old Sichuan. Nice little place, but we ordered to go. The egg rolls were small, greasy and delicious. I dripped the grease all over my blouse, but enjoyed them nonetheless. They were $1.00 each ... great price!

Stopped at a street vendor selling tiny cannolis (3 for $5.00). We got one of each ... very very good.

Friday night was my birthday dinner at La Grenouille. My date made a mistake on the street address, and the cab dropped us off 2 blocks away, I had to walk in my heels, and they were new, that was interesting. The entrance was very small, much smaller than I pictured, in one door, to the next door, very tiny space in between. LOL

Once inside though, you were treated royally. Coats were checked and not sure if the gentleman was the owner, but he spoke only French, welcomed us,. and never left us for long, once seated. He did not wait on us, but was always stopping to ask if I was fine, satisfied, happy, etc. etc. The other waiters were very efficient, attending to our every need, and some we never thought we needed. :)

Fresh flowers as noted, fresh bouquet on table, silverware was replaced and interchanged constantly. The small cookies that were brought in before order were very good. The asparagus soup was oh so tiny, but oh so good. Water was replenished constantly.

One note here, before I continue: I was looking for celebrities, and did spot one, but can't remember his name now ... but strangely, everyone was looking at me. Several couples never took their eyes off me, smiled at me many times, one man with his wife, stared at me, more than talk to her, it was quite strange. I either looked really good or really bad. LOL .. or perhaps I looked like someone famous. I couldn't figure it out.

Back to the food: The cheese souffle wasn't on the menu, my date thought I was mistaken about them having it, and I said .. absolutely they have it. The gentleman that stayed with us, said that indeed he would make sure I had the souffle. He asked if I wanted a dessert one also, so they could prepare it early. I ordered the chocolate and my date ordered the Grande Marnier. The cheese souffle was DELICIOUS ... to die for! I have a small appetite, and wanted room for dessert, so halfway through, I asked if I could take the rest with me, but they said no, they didn't do that. I thought I've read here, where others have taken food home.? Perhaps because it was a souffle? Eggs? Not sure .. but was disappointed in that, so I ate as much as I could.

The chocolate souffle was amazing! Oh my! I really really tried to eat it all, but just couldn't. Couldn't take that either. Darn!

When I got up to leave, everyone watched me leave ... the couple that was sitting in front of us, smiled and waved. I really wish I knew what that was all about!

All in all, I LOVED the experience there, an would love to go again.

I had a slice of NY style pizza, but can't remember the name ... just stopped somewhere to get a piece in a small bakery/pizza shop and ate it on the go. Very good! Bought a pretzel at Battery Park, and a bag of roasted candied cashews. They were really tasty! And of course, a hot dog, from a vendor outside my hotel.

After the Broadway play on Saturday night, stopped in a small restaurant across the street, again, forgot name, but had pie with meringue that reached the sky. LOL ... ok, maybe not that high. Ordered hot dog pieces in biscuit with HOT mustard ... too hot for me. Last meal was in a local pub, potato skins and apple pie ala mode.

I did find Momofuku and bought: slice of crack pie, slice of candy bar pie, cornflake and compost cookie. I loved the cornflake cookie and the pie .. but not the compost.

Had THICK hot chocolate at City Bakery ... used spoon near end and ate like pudding. Excellent and a wonderful chocolate treat, but a bit too much.

I may have forgotten some, if I remember I'll add later. ... but all in all .. everything was great. Had a really good time, busy, crazy, fast paced, stressful at times,. emotional at times,. but a really good trip. The Westin hotel has GREAT beds and showers ... and i slept wonderfully every night.

Diana

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City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Shula's
270 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036

Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Apr 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

So, I'm back ... and thought I'd let you all know how it went. Cross posted in my birthday thread also, since I wasn't sure where to put my update.

First night was Shula's Steak House in the Westin Hotel I was staying at, since I was tired from the train ride. I ordered the Filet Mignon, my date ordered the Salmon. We also had a side dish of creamed spinach.

First time around, my steak was too rare, but second time was perfect, and melt in your mouth. My date's Salmon was delicious, I had a taste. The spinach was also very good, a bit of onion, lots of creamy sauce and cheese. Nice crusty bread, but the butter was hard. All around, a very good meal.

Friday, my birthday ... I met my son and girlfriend, we had breakfast at a small little hidden place, but forgot name, it wasn't far from hotel in Times Square. I had eggs, hash browns and croissant. Another good meal.

My son and I went to Little Italy and Chinatown. We wanted some vegetable egg rolls, which I thought would be easy to find, but took awhile. Finally found them at Old Sichuan. Nice little place, but we ordered to go. The egg rolls were small, greasy and delicious. I dripped the grease all over my blouse, but enjoyed them nonetheless. They were $1.00 each ... great price!

Stopped at a street vendor selling tiny cannolis (3 for $5.00). We got one of each ... very very good.

Friday night was my birthday dinner at La Grenouille. My date made a mistake on the street address, and the cab dropped us off 2 blocks away, I had to walk in my heels, and they were new, that was interesting. The entrance was very small, much smaller than I pictured, in one door, to the next door, very tiny space in between. LOL

Once inside though, you were treated royally. Coats were checked and not sure if the gentleman was the owner, but he spoke only French, welcomed us,. and never left us for long, once seated. He did not wait on us, but was always stopping to ask if I was fine, satisfied, happy, etc. etc. The other waiters were very efficient, attending to our every need, and some we never thought we needed. :)

Fresh flowers as noted, fresh bouquet on table, silverware was replaced and interchanged constantly. The small cookies that were brought in before order were very good. The asparagus soup was oh so tiny, but oh so good. Water was replenished constantly.

One note here, before I continue: I was looking for celebrities, and did spot one, but can't remember his name now ... but strangely, everyone was looking at me. Several couples never took their eyes off me, smiled at me many times, one man with his wife, stared at me, more than talk to her, it was quite strange. I either looked really good or really bad. LOL .. or perhaps I looked like someone famous. I couldn't figure it out.

Back to the food: The cheese souffle wasn't on the menu, my date thought I was mistaken about them having it, and I said .. absolutely they have it. The gentleman that stayed with us, said that indeed he would make sure I had the souffle. He asked if I wanted a dessert one also, so they could prepare it early. I ordered the chocolate and my date ordered the Grande Marnier. The cheese souffle was DELICIOUS ... to die for! I have a small appetite, and wanted room for dessert, so halfway through, I asked if I could take the rest with me, but they said no, they didn't do that. I thought I've read here, where others have taken food home.? Perhaps because it was a souffle? Eggs? Not sure .. but was disappointed in that, so I ate as much as I could.

The chocolate souffle was amazing! Oh my! I really really tried to eat it all, but just couldn't. Couldn't take that either. Darn!

When I got up to leave, everyone watched me leave ... the couple that was sitting in front of us, smiled and waved. I really wish I knew what that was all about!

All in all, I LOVED the experience there, an would love to go again.

I had a slice of NY style pizza, but can't remember the name ... just stopped somewhere to get a piece in a small bakery/pizza shop and ate it on the go. Very good! Bought a pretzel at Battery Park, and a bag of roasted candied cashews. They were really tasty! And of course, a hot dog, from a vendor outside my hotel.

After the Broadway play on Saturday night, stopped in a small restaurant across the street, again, forgot name, but had pie with meringue that reached the sky. LOL ... ok, maybe not that high. Ordered hot dog pieces in biscuit with HOT mustard ... too hot for me. Last meal was in a local pub, potato skins and apple pie ala mode.

I did find Momofuku and bought: slice of crack pie, slice of candy bar pie, cornflake and compost cookie. I loved the cornflake cookie and the pie .. but not the compost.

Had THICK hot chocolate at City Bakery ... used spoon near end and ate like pudding. Excellent and a wonderful chocolate treat, but a bit too much.

I may have forgotten some, if I remember I'll add later. ... but all in all .. everything was great. Had a really good time, busy, crazy, fast paced, stressful at times,. emotional at times,. but a really good trip. The Westin hotel has GREAT beds and showers ... and i slept wonderfully every night.

Diana

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City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Shula's
270 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036

Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Apr 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

My eating experience on my 4 day trip to NYC

So, I'm back ... and thought I'd let you all know how it went.

First night was Shula's Steak House in the Westin Hotel I was staying at, since I was tired from the train ride. I ordered the Filet Mignon, my date ordered the Salmon. We also had a side dish of creamed spinach.

First time around, my steak was too rare, but second time was perfect, and melt in your mouth. My date's Salmon was delicious, I had a taste. The spinach was also very good, a bit of onion, lots of creamy sauce and cheese. Nice crusty bread, but the butter was hard. All around, a very good meal.

Friday, my birthday ... I met my son and girlfriend, we had breakfast at a small little hidden place, but forgot name, it wasn't far from hotel in Times Square. I had eggs, hash browns and croissant. Another good meal.

My son and I went to Little Italy and Chinatown. We wanted some vegetable egg rolls, which I thought would be easy to find, but took awhile. Finally found them at Old Sichuan. Nice little place, but we ordered to go. The egg rolls were small, greasy and delicious. I dripped the grease all over my blouse, but enjoyed them nonetheless. They were $1.00 each ... great price!

Stopped at a street vendor selling tiny cannolis (3 for $5.00). We got one of each ... very very good.

Friday night was my birthday dinner at La Grenouille. My date made a mistake on the street address, and the cab dropped us off 2 blocks away, I had to walk in my heels, and they were new, that was interesting. The entrance was very small, much smaller than I pictured, in one door, to the next door, very tiny space in between. LOL

Once inside though, you were treated royally. Coats were checked and not sure if the gentleman was the owner, but he spoke only French, welcomed us,. and never left us for long, once seated. He did not wait on us, but was always stopping to ask if I was fine, satisfied, happy, etc. etc. The other waiters were very efficient, attending to our every need, and some we never thought we needed. :)

Fresh flowers as noted, fresh bouquet on table, silverware was replaced and interchanged constantly. The small cookies that were brought in before order were very good. The asparagus soup was oh so tiny, but oh so good. Water was replenished constantly.

One note here, before I continue: I was looking for celebrities, and did spot one, but can't remember his name now ... but strangely, everyone was looking at me. Several couples never took their eyes off me, smiled at me many times, one man with his wife, stared at me, more than talk to her, it was quite strange. I either looked really good or really bad. LOL .. or perhaps I looked like someone famous. I couldn't figure it out.

Back to the food: The cheese souffle wasn't on the menu, my date thought I was mistaken about them having it, and I said .. absolutely they have it. The gentleman that stayed with us, said that indeed he would make sure I had the souffle. He asked if I wanted a dessert one also, so they could prepare it early. I ordered the chocolate and my date ordered the Grande Marnier. The cheese souffle was DELICIOUS ... to die for! I have a small appetite, and wanted room for dessert, so halfway through, I asked if I could take the rest with me, but they said no, they didn't do that. I thought I've read here, where others have taken food home.? Perhaps because it was a souffle? Eggs? Not sure .. but was disappointed in that, so I ate as much as I could.

The chocolate souffle was amazing! Oh my! I really really tried to eat it all, but just couldn't. Couldn't take that either. Darn!

When I got up to leave, everyone watched me leave ... the couple that was sitting in front of us, smiled and waved. I really wish I knew what that was all about!

All in all, I LOVED the experience there, an would love to go again.

I had a slice of NY style pizza, but can't remember the name ... just stopped somewhere to get a piece in a small bakery/pizza shop and ate it on the go. Very good! Bought a pretzel at Battery Park, and a bag of roasted candied cashews. They were really tasty! And of course, a hot dog, from a vendor outside my hotel.

After the Broadway play on Saturday night, stopped in a small restaurant across the street, again, forgot name, but had pie with meringue that reached the sky. LOL ... ok, maybe not that high. Ordered hot dog pieces in biscuit with HOT mustard ... too hot for me. Last meal was in a local pub, potato skins and apple pie ala mode.

I did find Momofuku and bought: slice of crack pie, slice of candy bar pie, cornflake and compost cookie. I loved the cornflake cookie and the pie .. but not the compost.

Had THICK hot chocolate at City Bakery ... used spoon near end and ate like pudding. Excellent and a wonderful chocolate treat, but a bit too much.

I may have forgotten some, if I remember I'll add later. ... but all in all .. everything was great. Had a really good time, busy, crazy, fast paced, stressful at times,. emotional at times,. but a really good trip. The Westin hotel has GREAT beds and showers ... and i slept wonderfully every night.

Diana

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City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Shula's
270 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036

Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Apr 05, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

I will be ... I'm ordering the chocolate souffle. :)

Mar 27, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

I'll report back asap ... leaving this Thursday and will return on Tuesday.

Mar 27, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

Yes, am planning on ordering the cheese souffle for dinner and chocolate souffle for dessert. :)

Mar 21, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

I'll do my best :)

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

Dress isn't sleeveless, and will bring a sweater/shawl in case.

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

Glad you approve. LOL

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

Does anybody happen to know if it tends to be warm or cool inside?

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

My date will be wearing a jacket, a suit most likely. I was thinking a black dress, with my pearl jewelry. No jeans ... this is my birthday, I WANT to dress up.

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

Thank you for your reply ... I would never wear jeans, so that's not an issue. I was thinking either a black dress with jewelry, or black dress pants and nice blouse/sweater.

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

What to wear to La Grenouille?

I realize this isn't a 'food' question ... but I'd like to ask those who have gone to La Grenouille, what they wore, and what they would suggest for a woman to wear?

My date will be dressed in a suit I'm sure, so no problem there.

Do all the women wear dresses, or would dress pants be fine?

Thank you,
Diana

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

First visit to NYC - Birthday dinner recommendation?

LOL West ... it's a 'blind' date in the sense that we've not met in person yet, but we've been talking on the phone for months, and have traded many recent photos, also have seen each other on cam ... so no surprise as to what we look like. :)

All we have to hope for, is that we enjoy each other's company, and go from there. My hotel is paid for, my train ticket is round trip, my son will be in NYC at the same time, so even if it doesn't work out, I could stay and enjoy myself.

Will report back, on all food places I went, and a bit of how it went with us. :)

Diana

Mar 19, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

First visit to NYC - Birthday dinner recommendation?

So have decided on La Grenouille for my birthday dinner. I'm ordering the cheese souffle and the chocolate souffle for dessert. I have a small appetite, so the small cheese should be fine, that way I'll have room for the dessert.

Thank you all! :) Only 16 more days before I leave!

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 15, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thanks so much for all those suggestions. I'd rather not make them, since I'm trying not to eat too many sweets ... but love to indulge in one every so often.

I'll try and hit as many of those as I can get to. :)

Mar 15, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

YUM! Those look SO good, I'll be stopping there for sure. :)

Mar 15, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anybody?

Mar 13, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'll be in NYC for first time end of March ... and I'd like to find a soft chocolate chip cookie, that hasn't got too many chips .. I happen to not like allot of them, it's overwhelming for me. I do like the buttery taste to an extent.

Which would you suggest for more cookie than chip, soft and a bit buttery?

Mar 10, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Cheese Souffle at La Grenouille ?

I have a very tiny appetite, so I need to be careful of what I order. If I order appetizer, I don't usually have room for main course ... so probably will only order cheese souffle for main course, then choc. souffle for dessert. Even then, I'm sure I'll be stuffed. LOL

My date (meeting him for first time) will also order us a bottle of wine, all though I also drink very little. :)

And yes, I'll be sure and report back on not only La Grenouille, but the River Cafe, where we're going for just dessert ... and a few other places also.

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best place to buy "fresh" Halvah?

Actually, Economy Candy was on my list of shops to stop at anyway! :)

So I'm checking for the halvah there for sure.

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Economy Candy
108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Mar 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Cheese Souffle at La Grenouille ?

Yes, I've read allot about the caramel one .. but for dessert, I'm definitely ordering the chocolate souffle. I've just seen very little mentioned about the cheese one .. which I will order for my main course.

Mar 06, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best place to buy "fresh" Halvah?

Thanks everyone ... will check both places out ... YUM!

Mar 05, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Best place to buy "fresh" Halvah?

I'm coming to NY end of March ... and hear there's lots of places that sell fresh sliced halvah there. I'd LOVE some, here you only buy it packaged, and can be sitting there awhile, certainly not fresh.

Where can I get it the freshest?

Thanks

Mar 05, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

Cheese Souffle at La Grenouille ?

Has anyone here ever had the cheese souffle at La Grenouille? I see reviews on the chocolate and Grand Manier souffle, but not much on the cheese.

I'd love to know what you thought of it. And I will be ordering the chocolate souffle for dessert. :)

Thank you,
Diana

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Mar 05, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan

First visit to NYC - Birthday dinner recommendation?

Yup, got the names wrong, that looked like a Q to me at first glance. :)

Feb 07, 2011
DeeMe in Manhattan