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Bags of frozen Pão de queijo in Manhattan

Does anyone know where I can get bags of frozen Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese breads) in Manhattan? I used to go to a grocery store in Little Brazil, but have been told all of those places are long gone. Thanks...

Aug 03, 2013
jcooper in Manhattan

Boqueria Flatiron - No reservations, is it worth waiting for?

Rrems: Take another look at your BlackboardEats coupon. Mine has both locations listed and is good for 1 visit to each. I went to Flatiron the other Friday and @ 7pm there was an hour wait (and we left). At Spring Street I have never had to wait provided I was there 7pm or earlier. The food, BTW, is delicious.

Aug 03, 2013
jcooper in Manhattan

Gelato in Florence

Two days ago we went to Le Parigine, via dei servi 41r. It has a cow out front and is hard to miss. Excellent gelato and not packed with tourists. You might give it a try. Its a straight shot up from the Duomo.

Mar 29, 2012
jcooper in Italy

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

Bar Cotto on Columbus 84/85 has really good pizza. I don't think they deliver but you can get it to go. Also Dean's on West 85th, off Broadway, makes excellent pizza and they do deliver.

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Dean's Pizzeria
215 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024

Cotta
513 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

Feb 13, 2012
jcooper in Manhattan

UWS over Thanksgiving

Be aware that with hoards of people coming to see the balloons being blown up on Wednesday night, neighborhood restaurants are jammed and service is totally stressed. If you're here then, planning on getting out of the 'hood that night to eat is something to think about.

Nov 07, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

Casa Mono or Torrisi Italian Specialties?

You can go sit in Bar Jamon, next door to Casa Mono, and have some wine and small plates while waiting for a table to open up. If you don't finish your wine, they will move it over to Casa Mono for you (apparently there are some crazy City rules that need to be followed, but they take care of it). We did this a month or two ago and loved it. We've never been anything but impressed with Casa Mono. Torissi -- it was a nice meal and decently priced, but I I don't need to go back.

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Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Bar Jamon
125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Torrisi Italian Specialties
250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Oct 30, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

Columbus Bakery

Sadly, the Columbus Bakery on Col/84 is gone, replaced by a succession of bad restaurants (a mac & pizza place, followed by a meatball restaurant -- one worse than the next). Looks like a vegan/veggie place is coming next (Blossom Cafe is a block away and never looks filled. I must be missing something as to why two similar places will do well when one is just getting by). I wish them well, but would really prefer Columbus Bakery....

Oct 19, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

Dinner for a group of 10~12

I am looking for ideas for places that could accomodate a group of 10~12 adventurous eaters looking for someplace new and fun. Flexible as to location and cuisine. We would like to keep cost to no more than $100 per person, all in. We are not big drinkers, so the $100 pp could go mostly toward food. Places like the Breslin whole pig dinner are appealing, but I am concerned about how noisy the Breslin can be. Thanks, as always.

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The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Jun 07, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

Columbus Tavern / Ditch Plains UWS

My wife and I had dinner at Ditch Plains last Friday night. Overall, we liked it -- although there are some "just opened" issues. First, the food was really good. We shared a Manhattan clam chowder. Lots of chunks of clams and very tasty. My wife had the broiled fish special (can't recall the exact fish, but it was simple and delicious). It came with a mound of green salad. I had the fish and chips, which I enjoyed. Lots of crisp chips -- enough fries so wandering hands could satisfy themselves but leave enough for me too. I think the fish had a light coating and then quickly fried (which is good -- I hate all that batter making the fish soggy)

The service was a little ditzy. When we asked the waiter for his favorite dishes, he didn't name a single fish dish. He messed up the wine order -- but when he realized it, he fixed it quickly and graciously. They seem to focus on half-bottles instead of individual glasses of wine.

The meal was about $80 for the two of us (1 app, 2 mains, a half-bottle of wine) including tax/tip less the 15% f&f discount (which I think has since expired).

The room itself is pretty pedestrian. There are flat screens over the bar with endless loops of surfing. Maybe they were trying to recreate a plain fish shack, but ended up with achieving boring instead of quaint. All in all, the food will keep me coming back but it won't be my go-to place.

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Ditch Plains
100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

Mar 01, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

Should waiters tell you how much a special costs?

[This thread was moved from the Manhattan board. --The Chowhound Team]

How many times have you ordered the special entree or app lovingly described by the waiter in every way except price, only to find out it was 50% more than the average menu listed item? Sure, you can always ask, but that can be awkward. I like the idea of specials being listed, with price, on a card attached tot he menu or on a clearly visible blackboard. I just ate at Chimichurri Grill (609 9th Ave), where the average entree (including steaks) are about $28. Two of us had the rib eye special and were surprised when we got the bill -- $44 each. Is this an opportunity for some consumer friendly regulation or is it my own damn fault? Curious to see what the community thinks....

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Chimichurri Grill
606 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Jan 30, 2011
jcooper in Not About Food

9th Avenue in the 40's -- what is new and good?

We ended up at Chimichuri Grill on 9th Ave and 44th. Theater was on 42nd St and with the cold and slush, no one wanted to walk too far. I had been there a couple times before. The place was packed, service was so-so, but the food was very good. Last time I ate there, it was a much better value -- it feels like they raised their prices substantially. I really dislike when a special turns out to be 50% higher in price than their average entree and the waiter doesn't go out of his way to let you know. $44 for a rib eye (it came with a slice of tomato and some watercress) vs $28 for most entrees left us with a bad taste (no pun intended). Thanks for the other suggestions.

Jan 30, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

Restaurant week 2011 musts and must nots

I had a RW lunch at Dovetail earlier this week. Service was great, food excellent. Very enjoyable all around. On a different note, I made a RW week Friday dinner reservation on opentable at A Voce Columbus. When they called to confirm, they noted that they did not serve the RW menu for dinner, except for Sundays. I asked why opentable would allow the booking, they said they've complained to opentable, but couldn't get them to program the system to reflect the correct schedule. OK -- that is understandable albeit unfortunate. But when the maitre d' (who by now had gotten on the phone) told me that if we only ordered appetizers and desert that we could probably get away with spending the same amount on dinner as a RW menu, I thought it was totally condescending. It went from being opentable's problem to being the restaurant's.

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A Voce
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jan 28, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

9th Avenue in the 40's -- what is new and good?

It looks like there have been a couple new places opening up on 9th Avenue in the 40s. I am looking for a place pre-theater. Pretty much open to anything. Any suggestions? Thanks as always....

Jan 28, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

1st trip in 15 years - 4 nights....do me up.

If you are going to look at schools, let the Board know which ones so you can get neighborhood specific feedback. Perhaps some suggestions for food on a student budget would help too? We don't have Kogi, but have a couple trucks that could give them a run for their money. BTW, I ate at Lucques, Mozza, and Church & State last time I was in LA and enjoyed them all.

Jan 18, 2011
jcooper in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

I was expecting it to have been well executed and be tasty. Just because it is "American-Chinese" doesn't mean it will be poorly done. But thanks for your, um, helpful comment.

Dec 30, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

UWS rejoice! Grand Sichuan coming to Amsterdam

Did takeout last night. Ordered boneless ribs, beef lo mein, and general tso's. Had to stick to basics 'cause of the family. Ribs were very good, lo mein tasteless, and the general tso's was simply the worst rendition I have ever had -- and being a long suffering UWS chinese food eater, that is really saying something. All soggy fry and bad taste. Two bites and into the garbage it went. I hope I simply ordered badly, but this was a pretty poor start. Delivery was reasonably quick and the staff (telephone order taker and delivery guy) seemed friendly.

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Grand Sichuan
307 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Dec 30, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Traif review - best meal in a long time...

We had dinner at Traif last night, sitting at the bar. I have to agree with Motosport -- WOW!!! I wanted to lick most plates clean. The brussel sprout salad was unforgettable. We also had the lettuce wrapped duck confit, foie with fingerlings, calamari, ribs and bacon donuts. Next time, I probably would substitute something else for the duck and calamari -- but that is not to say they weren't good, just not as unique as some other things on the menu that I would like to try. It was too cold for the backyard, but the space looked inviting. Really inventive food, well trained & fun staff, and nice, if cramped and a bit noisy, atmosphere.

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Traif
229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nov 21, 2010
jcooper in Outer Boroughs

Eataly NYC

I had a porchetta sandwich there the other day. It was horrible. The pork had little taste, texture was blah and absolutely nothing crunchy, and gobs of fat. At $13 vs Porchetta at $10, there is no comparison. I've also had a rotisserie chicken. The meat was moist, but very very salty. Priced about 50% above Whole Foods or Fairway, it too is a pass. While I love the vibe and scale of Eataly, the food could use some work.

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Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Sep 26, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Recette review

I had dinner the other night at Recette. I can't say anything bad about the food. The roasted corn soup and scallops were good. The deserts were great. But the service and attitude -- ugh! Our friends got there a little earlier than we did. The place was empty, but they insisted that "policy" dictated they could not be seated (presumably until we arrived -- why is that?). And when they did sit, the hostess insisted they push the table virtually up against the wall giving them barely enough room to breath. Bread came only after a couple requests. The waitress kept pushing us to order three plates -- even though two were fine and I have a healthy appetite. A request to substitute lentils from a dish was flatly refused. The waitress' suggestion was "just order something else". I can respect a chef's desire to deliver the taste and texture that was intended, but on a small menu, there ought to be Plan B for each dish. The bigger problem is the menu itself. The food just didn't sound exciting. Everything felt like I "had that before" -- even though the execution was perfectly good. Oh, and the place was "I can't hear you even though you are next to me" noisy. I had really high hopes for Recette, but don't need to go back.

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Recette
328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

Sep 03, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Suggestions for a dinner for 14, some gluten-free options

I could use some help on a place that could accomodate 14 of us. One person is eating gluten-free. Prefer below 14th Street, but Chelsea, HK, or UWS is ok too. Pretty flexible on cuisine -- although there is a general preferences for Italian, Latin, Tapas, or Asian fusion. We are trying to keep costs under control -- say $50 per person all in (ex-liquor). A good wine and beer list is a plus. I was hoping for a big round table or something that wouldn't make the people at the ends feel like they were banished to suburbia. A separate room or area would be good. Thanks.

Aug 09, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Chinatown area suggestions please...not necessarily only Asian

Thanks for the data dump. While the comments are somewhat dated (most are from 2008), I am hoping that the reviews still valid. Any more current observations would be welcome. I was also hoping to find out about some non-Asian places too.

May 29, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Chinatown area suggestions please...not necessarily only Asian

I am working for a couple weeks on Walker Street, near Centre and looking for cheap lunch ideas, Asian or otherwise. Ideally within an area bordered by Grand, Worth, Church, and Centre. Thanks.

May 26, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Market Table or Blue Hill

I hosted a party in the back room at Blue Hill. The food and service were wonderful, The room was a little cramped (maybe we had 18 or 20 people....I don't really remember).I'd go back to Blue Hill a minute. I went to Market Table based on loving Little Owl and wasn't really wowed with the food. Not really a "destination" place like Blue Hill is. Market Table is good, solid, albeit unremarkable

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Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Market Table
54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

Apr 01, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Any other lunch deal like Jean George??

How about del Posto? I have never been, but hear the $29 lunch is excellent. Has anyone tried it and have comments to share?

Mar 21, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Looking for Tasting Menu/Private Room for Group of 20/25

I am looking for suggestions for where I can host a dinner for 20 to 25 people. Ideally we'd like a tasting menu in a private room. We value good food and service. Inventive cuisine is fine (think, say, Degustation) although prefer something not totally off the tracks. Italian, Spanish, American are good bets. Asian or Latin are probably not ideal. Prefer downtown location. Budget is $150 p/p including beverages, tax. Thanks for your help.....

Feb 04, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Restaurant Week 2010 - What are your picks??

OK. In the NYC RW web page, it says "Call Now" as opposed to "Book Now" in the Reserve column. I just assumed that meant no Opentable. Good to know.

http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek

Feb 01, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Restaurant Week 2010 - What are your picks??

My wife and I just had RW lunch at SD26. It was our first visit. It was really good. We started with the seared tuna & puntarella and the raviolliio (sp?) apps (a single large ravioli with an egg on top). I haven't had puntarella that good since Rome. The raviollio was amazing (based on the tiniest taste my wife would give me). For mains, I had the chicken, my wife had the bass. Mine was better. We chose for desert the panna cotta and a chocolate & mocca log. But looked like more than we could eat, but we managed to put them away. Very delicious. Service was good but not overbearing. The room is really pretty. I liked the touch screen wine list "thingy". It gives more information that one can usually get, although I'd like to see it match wine with food. The wine pour was a little small, I thought. The focaccia was really nice, too. I wish they were on opentable though. That might account for them not being full.

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SD26
19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

Feb 01, 2010
jcooper in Manhattan

Ko or WD-50

I haven't been to WD-50 in a while, but didn't care for it when I went. I was at Ko about 2 months ago and it was great. Each course was interesting, the wine pairings delicious, and the setting was fun (although I agree with those who wonder why the cooks don't engage the patrons -- it seems like they are programmed to be frosty). But do not underestimate the difficulty of getting a Ko reservation, The place is tiny. You have to request the reservation on line at 10:00 am exactly and specify number of diners and time within seconds after that -- a 5 second lag will be mean you'll be too late. It may take weeks of practice, a dose of good luck, and a very fast internet connection. Another Ko-like option is Degustation, also in the EV. Similar vibe, great food and win, but much more approachable and a lot less money.

Dec 09, 2009
jcooper in Manhattan

Is either A Voce worth trying?

My wife and I had dinner at A Voce Columbus last night after the theater. The decor is nice and front desk personnel were pleasant enough. I especially liked the window into the kitchen. It was late and not that crowded, so maybe we didn't experience the high noise level that others suffered. I recall that their downtown location was the nosiest restaurant I can remember going to (and won't return as a result). My wife had a salad to start and tortellini in a broth. I had the grilled squid and pork chop. For desert we each had a single scoop of ice cream (expresso and dark chocolate -- at $3 a scoop it was the best value desert I've had in a long time). My squid was pretty tasteless and my wife's salad was overdressed. The tortellini was very salty. It came in a bowl which, at first impression, made it look like it was a tiny portion, but in reality was plenty. I guess they liked the shape of the bowl, but didn't consider what kind of first impression, however subtle, it made. The pork chop was very good and enormous. Nothing we ordered made us sit up and say "we'd like to order this dish again". It just wasn't that special. I wonder how much the menu changes each day (it was printed just for the day) -- but frankly I doubt I am going to bother to find out. Our waiter seemed a bit strange, alternating between English and French. That took us by surprise since it is an Italian restaurant. We thought it was just him, but then overheard another waiter doing the same thing (and this wasn't just saying "bon appetite"). Our waiter had an accent that seemed like it was out of some method acting class. All in all, it is hard to recommend A Voce Columbus.

Dec 05, 2009
jcooper in Manhattan

UWS Wine Bars -- what do people think?

There seems to be a critical mass of wine bars on the UWS now (for the purposes of the this post, defined as 59th to 96th). What do people think about them? Are there an standouts? Do some specialize? How about the food?

Sep 19, 2009
jcooper in Manhattan