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Bâtard

I was there last night too. Great vibe. I did notice the crowd skewed much older than I'd expected. As in adult parents with adult children to elderly couple and even a few groups of elderly women. Loved my octopus pastrami (above photo) and NY Strip. Bread service average.

Burgundies on the wine list are spectacular. And the head somm was just bursting with happiness all evening. Drew was all over the place, as above poster said.

Seated in front area. The corner booth at the end of the bar that faces the entrance, and had zero problems with noise. I did get blinded by the sun through the front door for about 8 minutes as it set.

Three of us, 3 courses, each with a drink before dinner, one bottle of wine, each with after dinner drink. All in, $500.

about 2 hours ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

Bâtard

Coincidentally, I have reservations for tonight.

When I confirmed my rez for this evening I said, "Party of 3. You know, the same number of STARS YOU WERE AWARDED by the Times!"

I dined at The NoMad when it got its Michelin star and it was so much fun. Team was full of smiles and pride.

about 18 hours ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

Weakest cuisines

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/rea...

You know about search engines, right?

about 18 hours ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

What is omakase?

about 19 hours ago
thegforceny in General Topics

Gini ?

I googled 'Gini Soda NY' and the first item was Marche du Sud.

1 day ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

What is omakase?

What is omakase?

Here' s a great one I've had. Perhaps you can take ideas from this review.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/din...

Also, search on Manhattan and/or LA boards and see reviews of recent posters' experiences. (I like 15 East, Nakazawa) Steal those you like and incorporate into a cohesive, thematic experience.

2 days ago
thegforceny in General Topics

Dinner near Le Parker Meridien for US open championship weekend

For Italian - Marea
Betony

Both are pricey but you should be ok if only one drink.

You'll probably walk by Trattoria del Arte at some point - don't eat there.

2 days ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

theater district brunch recs + a few neat recs in soho area

SOHO
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
The Dutch
Balthazar
Lupa
Lure

Theatre requests are asked quite often on this board. Perhaps a search might bring up some options of interest and then you can inquire about them. (Upper right corner box. This board: Search)

2 days ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

Need RockCenterish suggestion for visiting friends

That's the winner! Forgot about it. Great choice.

BTW, OP Fig and Olive in not appropriate for a 25th Anniversary dinner. Nothing special.

2 days ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

Need RockCenterish suggestion for visiting friends

The Modern
Aquavit

2 days ago
thegforceny in Manhattan

Hottest Restaurant in New York

Aug 22, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

And Thirty years ago!! In great detail!

Aug 20, 2014
thegforceny in Not About Food

Mexican Cheese in Manhattan

Essex Market
Zaragoza Grocery
Tulcingo del Valle (small store next to dining) and Tehuitzingo (mostly packaged stuff, sometimes fresh)

Aug 20, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Club Macanudo
The Grand Havana Room (membership)
Bar and Books (various locations)

Aug 20, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Sweet 16 in NYC?

They are 16 years old.

What's your favorite Little Wisco restaurant?

http://littlewisco.com/

(See what I did there?)

Aug 20, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

What's your favorite Little Wisco restaurant?

Perla/Montmartre tied.

Aug 19, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Sweet 16 in NYC?

Malia Obama had a group of 8 friends there last year. It has a very glamorous feel and decor, but average food. You and your guests can get dressed up for it. House/pop music. It would be more than the stated budget though as they would make you do a fixed menu for 15 people, especially if you want it on a Saturday night which is prime dining time.

Here is a fun and festive feeling option that is inexpensive. Maybe you could do something in Times Square after:

http://www.qirestaurant.com/timesquare/

Look at the gallery.

Aug 19, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

It's relative. FWIW, Tribeca is continuously on lists of the wealthiest zipcodes in the country, not just the city.

Nobu was one of the first Nieporent restaurants that was part of the creation of that neighborhood. To me it is a neighborhood restaurant with prices that match its demographics.

Aug 19, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

This board is only for Manhattan. Post on the Outerboroughs board for the others.

In the past 3-5 years we've had an entrance of quite good Isaan Thai food. Still no Vietnamese to speak of. Indian, meh.

Aug 19, 2014
thegforceny in Outer Boroughs

Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

Perhaps Marc Forgione. Don't go to Nobu for a celebration. At this point it's just a solid neighborhood place to me.

Aug 19, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

birthday dinner and/or bar for a group?

Anything from your previous post:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/930460

Where did you wind up?

Aug 18, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Suggestions for dinner, super flexible and open

Gato
Narcisa
Barchetta

Aug 14, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

where can i find crumpets in NYC?

Hi there - this post is from 2004, so I wouldn't expect the recipe. Try the homecooking board for recipes.

Aug 14, 2014
thegforceny in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a NYC restaurant to host a private dinner for 8 foodie/wine loving clients. Would love to do it at Nomad but they are booked. Any suggestions?

Aug 13, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Steak Diane

Aug 13, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

l'artusi or SD26? food emergency

Lunch about 2 months ago at SD26 was not very good. Just average to poor. Dated decor. Would never go back and I work nearby.

L'artusi has v v good pastas.

Aug 12, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Barchetta - Stylish Seafood in Chelsea from Esca Chef

Racine's is great. Sexy little neighborhood wine bar.

Aug 12, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan

Barchetta - Stylish Seafood in Chelsea from Esca Chef

I enjoyed that Sicilian white on a previous visit. Last night the Erbaluce di Caluso was great.

Aug 12, 2014
thegforceny in Manhattan