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Restaurant Recs for two this week

I am looking for a restaurant to go to dinner with my boyfrind this week. Nothing too fancy, but casual chic (or at least a cool atmospere); I went to plenty of very fancy restaurants as a kid and am looking for a more relaxed but hip atmosphere (not stuffy). I would say around $50pp or less not including drinks or tip. Anything goes for him in terms of food as long as it is good and pretty much the same for me (although I would prefer to avoid japanese - unless there are many non-sushi options that are good).

My target area is the UESl But I am willing to travel.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciatedl.

Jul 04, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Help Me Love 97th & Lex

Also meant to tell you that I lived in midtown east near 1st avenue in the upper 50's for a few months a while ago. I remember there being a few great Japanese stores that sold lots of authentic (straight from Japan) ingredients. Not produce but great staples if you want to make a Japanese meal. This was a while ago but I am sure at least one or two of them are still around. I wish I could tell you the name but you can always take the subway down to 59th and go east to third or second. I do know the few I went to were all on side streets, I think off third or second and were either on 58th or 59th. Hope your move goes smoothly.

Jun 09, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Help Me Love 97th & Lex

In terms of finding asian ingredients. I am like you. I prefer to cook that food myself. I find it tasted better and I know what is in it. I do sometimes go to restaurants and pick up ingredients or sauces from them sometimes. I started doing that in college when I was in Westchester. I grew up on the UES and live here now. I know that there are many overprices stores around here, but I have found that certain things at each store are reasonable. Annie's fruits and vegetables on Lex btw. 88 & 89th has SOME reasonable items and a lot of overpriced things. They have wonton skins, dumpling skins and rice paper for fresh (raw) spring rolls. I do with they had regular spring roll wrappers (I am still looking for those). Most of their groceries are ridiculous, but you have to know what to get and they are open 24/7 if you are in a pinch. They do have good ginger dressing, great bean sprouts that you can buy by the pound and some other unusual veggies (mini zucchini and patty pan (sp?) squash. They do have lots of asian veggies but sometimes you have to ask them because they seem to hide them. If you find any good places (especially a farmers market) let me know. I just moved back here earlier this year and am reacquanting myself to the neighborhood. Welcome to the UES!

Jun 09, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

Thank you so much! This place looks fabulous. I lentil-quinoa burger sounds so good. I am definitel going there.

Jun 07, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Great restaurant for dinner with boyfriend. Not too expensive (under $40pp not including alcohol)

I love beyoglu. I am not sure if he will like it. I will look into sojourn. Thanks

Jun 07, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

Thanks.

Jun 06, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Great restaurant for dinner with boyfriend. Not too expensive (under $40pp not including alcohol)

I am looking for a good restaurant to go to with my bf for tomorrow night. I would prefer the upper east side but am willing to travel a little. Food and ambiance are important. He prefers no asian or italian food (he said he is just not in the mood for that right now). Other than that everything else goes. I would prefer seafood and he eats everything. I dont drink alcohol so that is not important to me. I dont want to break the bank tomorrow because this is kind of a normal date night but I am just looking for something new and most of the great restaurants I know are Italian.
Thanks in advance for your comments.

Jun 06, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

thanks for the link. It was a great article and gave me some good ideas of places to try. I will do that soon. Unfortunately none of the places were on the upper east side. Looking for a place where I can order delivery for tonight. I will definitely try Hillstone's burger soon. I liked their food last time I was there and am dying to try their veggie burger. It sounds so good.

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Hillstone
378 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

Jun 03, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

That sounds good. Yeah...I like edamame. I am not a fan of soy meats or tofu, tempeh or seitan. I used to go to the French Roast a lot when I was younger. I forgot all about it. I dont think they had the burger back when I went, but I will be sure to check it out.
Thanks

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French Roast
2340 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Jun 03, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

I am gonna try the Blue Smoke veggie burger. I am not that into mushrooms, so I am not a fan of Shake Shack's veg option. The quinoa based burger sounds interesting. Thank you for responding. No one else seems to have any interest.

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Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Jun 02, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Best price for good quality Parmigiano-Reggiano in Manhattan

I love Citarella's. It is more expensive than Fresh Direct but butter quality. I have ordered plenty from Fresh Direct. I would say it is average Reggiano. I use it for everyday things. But when I want something more special or am having company I definitely go for Citarella's. (UES location on 3rd Avenue). I find it to be very fresh and pungent. Probably because of the high turnover. I also think that peapod.com's is just as good as Fresh Directs if not better and I think sometimes it is a little cheaper.

Jun 02, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

where can I find a great homemade veggie burger (non soy based)?

I am looking for a restaurant where I can find a great veggie burger. I prefer a non-soy based kinda grainy burger. Non eggy and not soy tasting. It can have soy I would just rather not be able to taste it. Doesn't matter if it is a casual or fancy place cause I will probably just get it to go. I live on the upper east and prefer to find a local place. I have had some good ones on the LES but am looking to find a place that I can frequent this summer, so the closer to home the better. Thanks for your help.

Jun 02, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Fresh Direct - Previously Frozen Wild Salmon

I have ordered it in the last month...it is okay. Not great but not bad. I know this sounds strange but I have been ever more impressed with peapod.com's fish. not their frozen fish but their previously frozen fish. I normally shop at Citarella and hesitantly ordered peapod's previously frozen tuna and tilapia. The tuna is literally some of the best I have ever had. Even better than Citarella and much cheaper. You may want to try their salmon. Peapod works just like Fresh Direct and I think that their produce is so much better.

Mar 22, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

what is the best caesar dressing?

thanks...not a fan of Kens...when I checked the website I realized I have tried it. I guess for what I want, I have to make it.

Mar 22, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Where can I find a great veg. spring roll WITHOUT TOFU?

I love vegetable spring rolls but I hate tofu! I feel like everywhere I go to get spring rolls and dumplings their are either stuffed with tofu or mushrooms. I like neither. I know this sounds picky, but I feel like before tofu was all the rave, it was much easier to find a spring roll stuffed with plenty of veggies. I can live with the mushrooms, but I would prefer it even more if they were not there either. I live on the UES but am willing to travel if they are really good. Any suggestions?

Mar 22, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

what is the best caesar dressing?

where can i find that?

Mar 22, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Vegetarian beggar budget - UES

Definitely go to Lenny's on 1st Avenue and 68th (bagel and deli shop, lots of veggie choices and cheap), The New Market Place on 70th and 1st (deli with vegetarian options for under 6 bucks), Shanghai 2nd Ave between 71 and 72 (cheap chinese, friendly service, okay food), I know a lot of cheap places to eat but most of them are either closer to 90th street on the east side cause that's where I live and am on a major budget a lot of the times and am a veg.

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New Market Place
419 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

Shanghai
1388 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Mar 21, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

ISO Real Caesar Salad

Centolire makes the best caesar!

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Centolire
1167 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

Mar 21, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

what is the best caesar dressing?

Sounds good and classic. I will try. I have no problem with the fact that I know I am eating egg yolks when I eat caesar salad but when I have to make it myself the egg yolks gross me out. But I know it won't taste the same without them.

Mar 21, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

what is the best caesar dressing?

I will try it next time I am around Fairway. I generally like their stuff.

Mar 21, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Vegetarian UES

also I meant to tell you that if you are just looking for vegetarian and not vegan Counter is good. There menu is not very extensive, but the food is good.

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Counter
105 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Mar 21, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

what is the best caesar dressing?

thanks...I kinda thought that there was no such thing as good store bought. I usually go to Centolire in NYC and they made it fresh tableside with the egg, anchovies etc... I just wanted to make my own salad with certain additions that I like to add.
I will try Pietro's...I think I have been there before but years ago.
It is hard because as a kid I was lucky to enjoy the finer restaurants in NYC and now that I am on my own sometimes it is just too much money. The days of going to La Grenouille and Per Se are over for now unless it is a special day or my family is going for their usual nightly dinners.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Centolire
1167 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

Mar 20, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

what is the best caesar dressing?

what is the best store bought caesar dressing? I am craving a good salad but like to make my own. If not where is the best place to get one in manhattan, preferably on the upper east side.

Mar 20, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

uhockey's NYC thoughts and reviews 2/16-2/20: Del Posto, Compose, Aldea, Lincoln, EMP, Corton, Breslin, Morini, and more.

I tried to contact you through your blog but could not connect. is your email the same as your aim? (but obviously @aol.com) I am interested in this pizza outing.

Mar 19, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan

Vegetarian UES

I would recommend candle cafe...if you want to spend a little more it is definitely worth it to go to their sister rest. candle 79 it is much better and the ambiance is way better. The chick pea cake is to die for. (get extra sauce). Gobo is good for takeout but the service isnt great for sit down meals. (they also get a horrible review from the nyc health department even though they managed to get a good grade). Hope that helps.

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Candle 79
154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

Mar 19, 2011
mccaugheyd in Manhattan