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Special occasion tasting menu

Thanks for the thorough reply! I actually just tried Open Table again and happened into a Monday reservation a few weeks from now. Very much looking forward to it!

Oct 21, 2011
bigfish813 in Manhattan

Special occasion tasting menu

Good to know! I will keep Brooklyn Fare in mind for a future special occasion.

Oct 20, 2011
bigfish813 in Manhattan

Special occasion tasting menu

I am not looking to go on the actual birthday...I'm actually very flexible on the date but Open Table had me thinking it was totally booked for the next month. I will call though-perhaps that is the secret! And thanks so much everyone for the excellent advice!

Oct 20, 2011
bigfish813 in Manhattan

Special occasion tasting menu

Thanks for the input everyone! Brooklyn Fare definitely interests me a lot, but it may not be quite the atmosphere I want. By the way, does anyone know the approximate cost of a tasting menu there? Anyway, I am thinking EMP seems just right-now I have to figure out how to land a reservation there!

Oct 20, 2011
bigfish813 in Manhattan

Special occasion tasting menu

Hello! My mother's 60th birthday is approaching and I would like to treat her to a fabulous meal. She has never done a tasting menu and very much wants to, so this seems like the perfect excuse. I am looking for a place that will go the extra mile and make this a very special evening. While I hesitate to say price is no object, I'm definitely willing to spend if it will be worth it. My mother loves seafood, is not a big fan of Italian food, and is open to eating just about anything. I would like a place that serves dishes we can discuss at length and marvel at. Above all, I want this to be a dining experience unlike any she's ever had. I am considering EMP and Le Bernadin, but I'm definitely open to other suggestions. Thanks!

Oct 19, 2011
bigfish813 in Manhattan

Moderately priced restaurant in the Theater District

This is totally last minute, but I am hopeful that one of you Chowhounds will come through with a perfect recommendation!

Tomorrow my family and I are going to a play at the Longacre Theatre at 220 West 48th Street. We are looking for a relatively inexpensive place (say, $25 a person) to eat after the show. Ideally we would like a place within a couple blocks of that theatre, and something with some fairly traditional options (for my father, who hates a lot of exciting foods) would be great.

One place I was looking at was Kyotofu. It might be a tough sell for my dad, but the prices seemed good. Anyone know anything about it?

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Kyotofu
705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Mar 26, 2011
bigfish813 in Manhattan

Where to eat/stay in NOLA?

I only had it once but I really wasn't wowed by the "crunch lunch" at Emeril's. It was fine, but 2 out of 3 courses were bland and fairly standard. I think the lunch deal at August is MUCH better for a similar price.

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mar 14, 2011
bigfish813 in New Orleans

Where to eat/stay in NOLA?

Boucherie is a great little spot that will keep you well under a $100 total, even with three courses and drinks. It is not nearly as fancy as, say, Commander's Palace, but the food is always delicious and the atmosphere elegant but relaxed. Their menu changes every month, but two standouts were the tamarind lacquered scallops and the duck confit.

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Mar 13, 2011
bigfish813 in New Orleans

Best Jambalaya?

If you want a cheap place in the FQ I would highly recommend Coop's Place on Decatur. They do a rabbit jambalaya that's smoky and full of flavor. Probably the best I've had in NO. It's a tiny place (like, a dozen or so tables), so be prepared for a bit of a wait. It's worth it though! I also really dig their fried chicken.

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Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Mar 12, 2011
bigfish813 in New Orleans

Just NAOE or several other restaurants?

The prices certainly are appealing at Yakko San! It sounds great-what dishes in particular would you recommend?

Just NAOE or several other restaurants?

Hmm that is good to know...we were intrigued by a few of the pork dishes so perhaps we'll go there for a little snack rather than a whole meal. I have a reservation for NAOE next Sunday and cannot wait to go! It sounds like a unique and lovely experience.

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NAOE
175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Just NAOE or several other restaurants?

Thanks so much for all the help! It sounds like it is worth the pricetag to experience Naoe, so we will probably go there and just try not to go too crazy on the nigiri. That means we will have to be a bit cheap the other days, so any additional suggestions on inexpensive local spots would be much appreciated!

Just NAOE or several other restaurants?

Thanks tpigeon! We will have a car, so we should be able to get anywhere without too much trouble. Everything I could find said Naoe will be 100 dollars a person, but if we don't do sake and only have a few sushi courses it seems like we could come in around 50 or 60. Is that right?

Just NAOE or several other restaurants?

Hi! A friend and I will be in Miami for a few days next week and I've been scouring the Chowhound boards to decide where to eat. Here is the dilemma, however: We are both semi-broke twenty-somethings but love fancy food. Would you recommend splurging on NAOE and eating cheaply the rest of the time or using our "fancy food" budget for several less spendy meals (we're thinking places like Xixon and Pubbelly)? Obviously it would be nice to do both, but our funds are sadly limited. It's my first time in Miami and who knows when I'll be back, so I want to make it count! Thanks for the help!

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NAOE
175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

Anyone been to Alice's Restaurant, Lake Hopatcong lately??

Bummer to see all these negative comments about Alice's! Perhaps they have just recently gotten their act together, but I was there a few days ago and haven't a single complaint about the food or service. Our waitress was friendly without being intrusive and the food was excellent (I had grilled salt and pepper shrimp over butternut squash risotto). The only odd thing was the music-everything from Lil' Wayne to Judy Garland played during our meal. Having lived in the boonies of North Jersey for most of my life, though, it is refreshing to see a place of this caliber open here. I will certainly be back, and I encourage anyone who is unsure to just give it a try!

Mar 09, 2011
bigfish813 in New Jersey