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Getting a group together for Ivan Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar [July 17, 2012]

Hi, Hounds!

In case you haven't heard, Ivan Orkin (of Ivan Ramen fame in Japan) will serve up several ramen dishes at Momofuku Noodle Bar 's dinner service on July 17, 2012. The Momofuku Noodle crew will also serve several special noodle dishes to go along with Orkin's fare. For more info on the service, see here: http://momofuku.tumblr.com/post/27079...

Are Hounds interested in getting a group together and chowing down at Momofuku for Ivan Ramen? It will be awesome to get at least 4-5 Hounds together, so we can order different items and experience Ivan Ramen's variety (as well as any new bowls from the Momofuku crew). Dinner starts at 530PM, and it will probably be packed, so we should probably congregate no later than 6PM.

I am not sure what the procedure is for doing get-togethers like this, so I apologize if I am out of line. If you are interested, though, then please comment below, and we'll go from there!

Jul 16, 2012
balabat in Manhattan

10 hours in Chicago

Thanks again, camusman!

The Gage looks great, but I'm wondering if it'll serve only its brunch menu tomorrow early afternoon. Its lunch seems to be aces, but its brunch menu is not quite as alluring. I can't figure out the restaurant's brunch/lunch situation from its website.

The Gage's lunch menu is particularly appealing to me because of its sandwich roster. I am a bit of a sandwich fiend (particularly less-than-traditional sandwiches, but also reverent updates of classic 'wiches), and I would like to have an excellent sandwich while in Chicago. If the Gage does not pan out, what are some good alternatives? This thread -- http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635349 -- seems to recommend Jerry's and Pastoral. Any preference? I don't mind going a bit out of the way for Jerry's if it's exceptional. Pastoral is near Millennium Park, though, so that might be the clincher.

Honestly, if I cannot make it into TGATG, then I'll be happy with hitting up Bayless's joint at the airport to finish things off. It'll be a nice topper, I think.

In any case, thanks so much for the suggestions, camusman. Totally appreciate it!

Dec 02, 2011
balabat in Chicago Area

10 hours in Chicago

Thanks, camusman!

I am up for taking any public transportation. I figure I'll use the Blue Line to get into the main city, and I'll be fine with using buses (as well as walking).

I don't think I'll go to a traditional breakfast place, unless it is an exotic/unusual/groundbreaking location. I just don't have the time to grab a bite before hitting up Hot Doug's when it opens at 10:30 AM.

I did not know about the Bayless-O'Hare location. I might just eliminate Xoco from my day and sample Bayless's Frontera fare at the airport, especially if the wait at Xoco is too long. (If the wait is not too long? Then I'll double up, of course!)

I'm definitely keeping Hot Doug's on the list. The last time I was in Chicago, I really wanted to go there, but it was closed for some sort of staff holiday. And, yes, duck fat fries don't hurt. (So to speak.)

I might spend an hour in Millennium Park, weather permitting. If the weather's crappy--and the weather report seems to indicate that it will be--then I'll just continue grubbing. I might do Lou Malnati's after Xoco, assuming that the wait won't be super long, and assuming that the Park will be out of the question.

(Speaking of which, any good places to grub at the Park?)

I was hoping to have an early dinner at The Goat and the Girl, but the walk-in wait will probably be terrible. Any recommendations for an alternative?

Thanks!

Dec 02, 2011
balabat in Chicago Area

10 hours in Chicago

Hi, ChiChowers!

So, I have about a 10-hour layover in Chicago tomorrow (Saturday, 12/3), from 8:30 in the morning to 7:15 in the evening. (I fly in and out of O'Hare. I am giving myself roughly 10 hours because of transportation time to and from the airport, as well as time for checking in for my departure flight, although I can probably do the latter online.) The last time I was in Chicago was the summer of 2010, but only for a few days, and I spent most of my time touring architectural/cultural highlights. This time, I want to go on an epic foodie binge. Any suggestions? I am open to pretty much anything, although I want to try and hit as many spots as possible and still be able to waddle back onto my return flight at night. In other words, I am fine with street food-type suggestions, including the city's best hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches. I might be able to squeeze in lunch at a sit-down restaurant, perhaps a nice tapas-style joint.

I've done a bit of preliminary research, and I would love to try Hot Doug's--perhaps first or second thing in the morning, as soon as it opens for business. I would also love to try one of Rick Bayless's restaurants for lunch or perhaps a really early dinner, but I don't want to spend too much time waiting for tables. (Would Xoco be a good choice for a Saturday lunch?) Alternates will be welcome.

FYI, my tastes run toward the exotic, but I am up for pretty much anything, as long as it is relatively quick to acquire, quick to devour, and highly recommended.

Thanks, and sorry for the super-late notice!

Oh, and I'm flying in from New York, and I consider myself a bit of an NYC foodie, so factor that in however you wish. (In other words, I have had some stellar pizza in NYC and do not necessarily need to have Chicago pizza--although I do love deep-dish for what it represents, I remain a thin-slicer.) AND, I don't drink alcohol, so unless the food is really good there, I probably would like to stay away from bars/pubs.

Thanks!

Dec 02, 2011
balabat in Chicago Area

Looking for Haagen Dazs Sweet Chai Latte Ice Cream

Hi, hounds!

The title to the post says it all: I'm craving HD's seasonal sweet chai latte ice cream, but I've scoured a number of Duane Reades, CVSes, and the like for the last week, to no avail. The flavor is a limited edition, and it'll go bye-bye at the end of September. If you've spotted the flavor, then please help a chai addict out, will ya?

Thanks!

Sep 06, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Solo dining at Le Bernadin?

Hi, Aymal.

FYI, Le Bernardin will close for the entire month of August for renovations.

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/05/...

As a side note, I dine solo quite often, even in high-end restaurants, and it's never a problem for me or other diners. You go for the food, after all--if you wanted company, you'd bring it!

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Jun 17, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Sadly, I was not able to snag a reservation. I had thought that Noodle Bar took reservations up to a week in advance, no further, but it takes reservations a month in advance, and my graduation night was completely booked. I ended up doing Pulino's on the Bowery--four pizza pies, several sides, and generally a good time by all. I'll hit up Noodle Bar one of these days, though.

Thanks for all your suggestions, everyone. This community is AWESOME!

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Pulino's
282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Jun 04, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Thanks, RGR! Now, THAT'S a large meal! Yep, I think the Noodle Bar is in pole position now. The one knock on it is the apparent fact that rezzies for the chicken dinner seem to only be available for 5:30, 6:00, and then 10:00 onward every night. My graduation ceremony ends at around 6:30 PM, so the earliest that we'll get to have the dinner is at 10:00 PM. I guess I'll have to find something to do with the group for a couple or three hours before dinner--perhaps I shall set them loose on the city and have them reconvene at Noodle Bar at 10:00 PM. Or, perhaps we can have some light pre-dinner snacks/drinks somewhere--emphasis on the "light," since we need to save space to dig into the chicken dinner! Any suggestions?

May 10, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Thanks, Tex!

I've heard/read some concerns about the small portion sizes at DBGB, and if my group has any overriding preference, it is large meal sizes as opposed to tasting-type portions.

I have no problem with hitting an outer borough to celebrate. It would take a little bit more time to get there from my ceremony venue, but that's the sort of mini-adventure I want my guests to have, especially given how most of them would otherwise not venture beyond Manhattan.

I just took a look at Roberta's large format menus, and they look great--and they're reasonably priced to boot! Roberta's has zoomed to the top of my list. Thanks, Tex!

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DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

May 10, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Thanks!

DBGB's $500 whole pig blowout sounds amazing--so much so that I'm willing to go a bit above my $500 limit, especially if I get some of my fellow graduates to chip in. The regular menu seems swell, too, and my guests are pretty laid-back folks, so that sounds promising.

I'm also very interested in Momofuku Noodle Bar's Fried Chicken Dinner. Anyone have any thoughts about it?

Thanks for the suggestions, mjm!

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

May 10, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Thanks, Nancy! I come from a Pacific island, where communal eating is the norm, so I'm really keen on family-style dining. I might take my sister to Gotham Bar for a weekday lunch before skedaddles out of the city.

NYU has been great, and I'm even (somewhat) employed! All cause for celebration, I think!

May 09, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Thanks, RGR!

None of us are heavy drinkers--indeed, a couple of us are teetotalers--and those of us who will drink will probably order no more than a glass of wine or perhaps a beer on tap.

The Maialino suggestion sounds great. I will look into it further. Thanks!

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Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

May 09, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Graduation Celebration Dinner

Hi, hounds!

So, I'm graduating from NYU Law on the 20th, and I want to take a few guests out to dinner to celebrate. Eater NY did a list a while back of the city's Top Ten Large Format Crowd-Worthy Meals -- http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/04/... -- the list includes the 7 Ways dinner from Ma Peche and Resto's large format feast. Do you folks have any other suggestions? There will be 5-6 people in my party (including myself), and I am willing to spend up to about $500 total on the meal (although I would be absolutely okay with spending far less). Large format meals are great ideas, but I am open to suggestions for ala carte dining where the food is copious and delicious and fit for a graduation celebration. No vegetarians in my party, and our preferences are broad, from Asian to classic American to European. (As long as the food is good, we're there!

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Thanks in advance!

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Resto
111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

May 09, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

New Menu at The Spotted Pig?

Hi, chowhounds!

So, I've been jonesing for The Spotted Pig's legendary Cubano Sandwich, and I was planning on hitting The Pig on Monday during lunchtime for the 'wich. I just checked the resy's website, though, and this page -- http://thespottedpig.com/food.php?men... -- for the their lunch menu does not show the Cubano! Not only that, but the site says that the menu pages were updated on April 27, just a few days ago! Fearing that The Pig had revamped its menu and dropped the Cubano, I called the resy tonight asking whether the 'wich is still being served, and I was told by the host that it still is. Not only that, but the host did not seem to know of any menu changes.

So, I'm not sure what's going on. Have you dined at The Pig recently, and if so, can you confirm there being a new menu and/or the deletion of the Cubano from the menu? Thanks!

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Apr 30, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Best Snickerdoodles in New York City?

Thanks, Aimee! I live within five minutes from Insomnia, so I'll drop in today!

Apr 26, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Best Snickerdoodles in New York City?

Hi, all!

Thank you for being an awesome community. I've already been assisted with a beef-stew hunt, and I'm looking for help yet again. Basically, I'd like to get recommendations for excellent snickerdoodles in NYC. I am willing to travel to any of the five boroughs for them; they're for a dearly loved one, after all!

Thank you in advance!

Apr 25, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Best Beef Stew in New York City?

Thanks for the AWESOME suggestions! Sorry for the late reply; been away from the 'Net for most of the day. Looks like I have a beef-stew crawl coming up!

Apr 21, 2011
balabat in Manhattan

Best Beef Stew in New York City?

Hi, hounds!

Just wondering: what eatery makes the best beef stew in NYC? Traditional and non-traditional stews are welcome. Thanks!

Apr 21, 2011
balabat in Manhattan