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Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

We ended up eating three dinners in New York. On our first night we had dinner at Yuba, with a pre-dinner drink in the bar at Union Square Café. Great service at both places, and for people from Tucson, Arizona, this was the best sushi we'd ever had. (Plenty of food, and with a cocktail for each of us at Union Square Café and sake at Yuba, we were all in at about $115.)

On Sunday night we met my daughter's boyfriend and his family at Barchetta. (His parents picked the place.) Very nice dinner. Not perfect, but very nice. My half of the bill for six, with two nice bottles of wine and one Martini, with two courses for each person--a couple of us has salads and a starter as the main--was $220.

On our last night--Memorial Day--we walked into Momofuku SSam Bar and were seated within 20 minutes. Great dinner. We shared the pork buns, there was a steak and octopus--as good as any I've eaten--and two cocktails. All in our bill was $120.

Two great meals, and one very good one. For the rest of our visit we had a Sicilian slice from Prince St. Pizza (excellent), a Yonah Schimmel knish, a Super Heebster from Russ & Daughters, great bagels from Black Seed Bagelry, a slice of mushroom pie from Sullivan St. Bakery, just OK sushi from Aura Thai, and lots of street food. Great fun, lots of walking, and plenty of tasty food.

May 30, 2014
lawyerbriefs in Manhattan
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Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

Thanks all, for the good advice! Some strategizing is necessary, clearly, and the budget may need to grow a bit too. Thanks again.

Apr 27, 2014
lawyerbriefs in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

I'm giving my 21 year old daughter her first taste of New York next month. (I've been many times, albeit not so much with money in my wallet.)

We'll likely be in town from Saturday afternoon through Wednesday morning over Memorial Day weekend. We want to avoid touristy places, but both of us like to eat and drink well. (I also know some big name places do serve fine food.) We'll likely be staying somewhere below Grand Central Station, and both walk and do public transportation.

Dinners in the $100-150 range for two, including a total of 2-3 drinks. Lunches for less, and we're very willing to hit a great restaurant at lunch time and do "downscale" at dinner.

No Indian or Asian, other than sushi, and we're from Arizona and can't imagine good Mexican food east of Albuquerque. My daughter also doesn't love pasta.

Downscale advice also welcomed

Apr 12, 2014
lawyerbriefs in Manhattan

Tucson Thanksgiving

Thanks for the invite. We booked Acacia. Nice menu (no buffet), they make a fine martini--important for me and my stepdad--and it's close to home.

Nov 18, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Southwest

Fat Rice-Wine Pairings

I'm preparing Fat Rice tonight, from the Bon Appetit published recipe (featuring the dish from the Chicago restaurant.) Any suggestions for wine pairings? Any additional comments/suggestions?

Nov 16, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Wine

Fat Rice-Wine Pairings

I'm preparing Fat Rice tonight, from the Bon Appetit published recipe (featuring the dish from the Chicago restaurant.) Any suggestions for wine pairings? Any additional comments/suggestions?

Nov 16, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Wine

Fat Rice-Wine Pairings

Thanks. The recipe comes from the restaurant, which is why I posted on Chicago, but I'll put it there.

Nov 16, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Chicago Area

Fat Rice-Wine Pairings

Greetings from the desert (Tucson, AZ)! I'm preparing Fat Rice tonight, from the Bon Appetit published recipe. Any suggestions for wine pairings? Any additional comments/suggestions?

Nov 16, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Chicago Area

Tucson Thanksgiving

We need a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner in Tucson, for 11/28/2013. Three people. We'd prefer a non-buffet. Suggestions?

Nov 13, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Southwest

Phoenix Dinner

14th! HB to you!!!

Lots of Facebook chatter about Chelsea's Kitchen. Been there?

Aug 20, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Phoenix

Phoenix Dinner

I need a dinner spot for two for a middle-aged man's birthday dinner. (Me!) My wife and I lean toward places with the ability to pick and choose, as opposed to tasting menus or traditional three or four course meals. No Asian or steak houses; Italian, seafood, Mexican and Southwestern preferred. Flexible about location, although Scottsdale/North Phoenix preferred. Cocktails a must. Saturday night in September. Cost not an issue. TIA

Aug 19, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Phoenix

Seafood For One; State Bird Provisions [San Francisco]

Thanks for clarifying. Sorry for any false alarms.

Seafood For One; State Bird Provisions [San Francisco]

I'll be in San Francisco for a Thursday-Sunday trip. Looking for a seafood dinner. I was jazzed by the Block + Tackle menu in Portland, and by what I saw of Connie & Ted's in LA. Any recommendations for San Francisco, along those lines.

Separately, the weekend I am in town is the last weekend before State Bird Provisions closes. Worth a visit? Do I have any likelihood that I'll get in? What if I have someone with you? Any suggestions.

Your Top 5 restaurants in downtown San Diego?

Arriving on Wednesday for five days--in the heat protection plan--and your comments on The Blind Burro have me totally sold.

Jun 22, 2013
lawyerbriefs in San Diego

Lunch in East Valley

Thanks. We ate at The MIssion. Excellent food and service!

Jun 17, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Phoenix

Lunch in East Valley

Traveling between the Musical Instrument Museum--4800 block of east Mayo Blvd.--and east Mesa on Saturday afternoon. Lunch ideas, please. Price not an issue. Not looking for a fancy meal, but quality food a must. Having a glass of wine a nice additional feature. No Asian food; anything else works.

Thanks.

Jun 14, 2013
lawyerbriefs in Phoenix

Chicago Restaurant Rec

Thanks for all of the good suggestions. Any reason not to consider Sable for dinner? The menu looks pretty good.

Aug 16, 2012
lawyerbriefs in Chicago Area

Chicago Restaurant Rec

Staying on E. Wacker Dr. on Friday night. Need a dinner recommendation for middle-aged male foodie and two almost-20 college students. Upper limit of $150 or so, including my martini (my martini is a must), but we need not hit the limit, and can also exceed it by a bit! The girls are pretty adventuresome, but fond of steak and other quality proteins. No pasta palaces, please. Walking distance preferred, but none of us are shy about a bit of a walking trek

Aug 15, 2012
lawyerbriefs in Chicago Area

Pueblo CO Dinner Recommendation

My late teens daughter and I will be in Pueblo, CO on a Monday night in August. Looking for a nice places with good steaks, but an exceptional burger or great sandwich selection will also work. Cost not an issue, but the choice must make a good martini and have a decent wine by the glass selection. Preference for a choice near a reasonable but clean and safe hotel.

Thanks.

Jun 26, 2012
lawyerbriefs in Mountain States

Mt. Rushmore and Sioux Falls, SD Dinner Recommendations

My late teens daughter and I will be in Mt. Rushmore and Sioux Falls, SD, one night each, on a Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in August. Looking for nice places with good steaks, but an exceptional burger or great sandwich selection will also work. Cost not an issue, but the choice must make a good martini and have a decent wine by the glass selection. Preference for a choice near a reasonable but clean and safe hotel.

Thanks.

Jun 26, 2012
lawyerbriefs in Great Plains

Omaha-One Night, Alone

I'll be in Omaha and Oklahoma City for one night each--a Monday and a Tuesday, respectively--in August, by myself, traveling by car through the Midwest. I like reasonably plain food, i.e., no fancy French sauces or Chef driven fancy plates. Fish or steak are good choices, but an exceptional burger or great sandwich selection will also work. Cost not an issue, but the choice must make a good martini and have a decent wine by the glass selection. Preference for a choice near a reasonable but clean and safe hotel.

Thanks.

Jun 23, 2012
lawyerbriefs in Great Plains

Tucson favorites >$15 pp

That sandwich place by Bookman's bookstore --name, please, someone?-- is also good.

Beyond Bread!

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Beyond Bread
6260 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712

Sep 24, 2011
lawyerbriefs in Southwest

Chocolate

We're doing a Sunday afternoon party for a charitable organization we're involved with. As part of the spread, we want a chocolate board with, maybe, two or three chunks of chocolate, with knives for hacking off pieces.We'll probably have 60 or so people, other desserts and plenty of hors d'oeuvres. Maybe we need two or three half kilo or kilo-sized pieces of chocolate. Nothing too fancy (read: expensive), but decent, i.e., better than Hershey's. Any ideas? I did some on line looking and didn't get far, and I'd like to avoid spending much, if anything, for shipping to Tucson.

TIA

Jan 20, 2011
lawyerbriefs in Home Cooking

Onion Ring Love...your fave's in SD?

Not even a close call: The best ones I've ever had, anywhere are the rings at Peohe's. Nothing else worth eating there, but the rings with a Martini or a Sauvignon Blanc are Heaven on Earth.

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Peohe's
1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

Jan 04, 2011
lawyerbriefs in San Diego

1995 Opus One/Pairing

My mom brought over a bottle of wine for a Christmas brunch, and said she thought it was probably pretty good. 1995 Opus One. I tried to give it back four times, and she insisted that we enjoy it.

Six of us--five drinkers, with the other couples pretty expert with wine--will be eating and drinking next Saturday. I'm cooking. The Opus will only go so far, of course. I was leaning toward short ribs, as they can't be overcooked and are stress free at the last minute. Other suggestions, as to main course, other courses and other wines.

Jan 01, 2011
lawyerbriefs in Wine

only-in-Tucson eats near Oracle and Ina?

There is, in an old video store at the southeast corner, in the Safeway shopping center. Excellent food and reasonable prices.

Dec 27, 2010
lawyerbriefs in Southwest

The Abbey/Tucson

My wife and I had dinner this evening at The Abbey, Jax "sister." I made a reservation at 4 p.m.--the day before Thanksgiving, for the same evening--and my choices were 6 (or earlier) or 7:45 (or later). Busy place.

We were seated promptly, but in the bar area. Noisier, probably, than the dining area, although the place is one big room. Very loud! (The group next to us was especially loud. Imagine how I felt as we left and my wife greeted the guy in the group of five or six. My wife's hairdresser, who she saw earlier in the day. I guess I bought his dinner!)

Service was excellent. Prompt, without seeming hurried. Clear pride in place, a characteristic I noted with the staff at Jax as well. Nothing sells better for me than informed servers who think their restaurant is special, as long as it is. Borth Jax and The Abbey are!

Great pumpernickel bread with white raisins was served with cocktails. Very tasty. We shared a side of great hush puppies ($6) to start. Flavorful, and not loaded with salt like most hush puppies I've eaten. My wife had the fish of the day ($21, I think), which was seared scallops with an escarole salad and other stuff. Very fine scallops, as good as any I've eaten. I had the mussels and rock shrimp with chorizo and fries ($14). Very nice, although the mussels were small and nothing special. The combination was good, but I wish The Abbey used green lip mussels.

All in all, for $63 (with one martini, tax and tip) we had an excellent meal. In and out in an hour, and very loud, but we'll be back. I definitely want to try the burger.

Nov 24, 2010
lawyerbriefs in Southwest

Flagstaff Lunch

I'll be passing through Flagstaff, alone, on a Sunday at around 1:30-2:00. I wanted to try Diablo Burger, but it's closed on Sunday. Other suggestions? Nothing fancy, but good food is a requirement. TIA.

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Diablo Burger
120 N Leroux St Ste 112, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Nov 05, 2010
lawyerbriefs in Southwest

Appetizer/Meal Advice Needed

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Oct 10, 2010
lawyerbriefs in San Diego

Octopus

Any recommendations for octopus? We'll be downtown, with no car, and I crave some grilled octopus, nicely charred. No place too fancy, but no taco trucks or takeout, either.

Oct 06, 2010
lawyerbriefs in San Diego