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Best sushi (delivery) East 80s/90s?

Gajymaru closed and Ooki last night was terrible. Any recs?

Aug 21, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Japanese - East Vill/LES/Soho/Nolita

Location fits the bill and menu does seem to be expansive enough to accommodate our picky eater. Reviews seem less than enthused. Have you been?

Aug 21, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Japanese - East Vill/LES/Soho/Nolita

Looking for a girls' night out starting point. A couple gals really like sushi, another one who doesn't eat seafood. Location must accommodate both. Feeling should be fun, not too fancy, food good (of course!).

Aug 21, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner in Tribeca

We just did Perry Street for our anniversary. Depends on the vibe you want, but after massages at Trump Soho, champagne on the roof and a romantic stroll, it hit the right chord. Also considered Scalini Fedeli but reviews were mixed and we cared more about food than traditionally romantic feel.

Aug 18, 2014
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Torrisi - @ $100 prix-fixe, still worth it?

Has anyone been recently?

Jul 31, 2014
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Anniversary Dinner - New thoughts?

Eh, we weren't impressed w Juni. To be fair, we went right when they opened but the best part of the meal was the aperitif at the bar. Service fell flat.

Jul 29, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner - New thoughts?

Great suggestion - we loved Mas - but went there for our last romantic
occasion ;-)

Jul 29, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner - New thoughts?

Annisa was great. Haven't been to Bouley bc we usually favor uptown restaurants of that type (e.g. Daniel), and because reviews on Bouley have been consistently mixed. We love small places like Blue Hill, bigger venues like Del Posto, casual but sexy like Raoul's... honestly, my tastes run the spectrum. Just trying to think of something that we haven't done / or haven't done in awhile with a private, warm ambience.

Jul 29, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Anniversary Dinner - New thoughts?

We've been to most top-notch restaurants in NY and this year, may want something small and romantic. Location - below midtown. Any new thoughts/suggestions?

Jul 29, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

I'm not referring to the alcove. We booked a private room upstairs that overlooks the garden. It was very "private" and spills out into the wine room which was lovely for cocktails and pictures. And yes, they require a prix fixe and a small room fee.

Jul 22, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

All - we ended up going with a private room at Barbetta. It was perfect for the occasion and exceeded my expectations.

Jul 21, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

Sounds great but crazy minimum (5-6k Sat night!) and they're not big fish eaters. (I'd love it…)

Jul 16, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

I'm looking for a private room for a 60th anniversary party for my in-laws. Preferably Italian food… good Italian food. We want it to be nice but not over the top (they're not into 5 star dining). 11 people. Barbetta is one option - thoughts?

Jul 16, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Nice dinner for four - Manhattan

I'm fairly confident but am particular about steaks - we usually go to a great steakhouse when craving that. Have you ever just broiled one at home? Italian for them would be Italian-American.

Feb 06, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Home Cooking

Nice dinner for four - Manhattan

Hosting a dear friend and her boyfriend (hopefully soon to be hubby!) this weekend for dinner. There will be four of us in total. They are a traditional couple who love an excellent steak or Italian food. What should I cook? I want a full meal and dessert that will not require too much effort while they're here. I already have cheese for appetizers when they arrive.

Feb 05, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Home Cooking

Ristorante Morini - Going on Sat - any reviews/comments?

Welcome recommendations...

Jan 10, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Oblanda - Serbian waffle dessert - where to find in NYC?

Hi - we have a wonderful Serbian babysitter and she just showed me Oblanda - I must try this! Where can I find it in Manhattan?

Jan 08, 2014
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Bice - Old school, going tonight - suggestions?

I let someone else make the reservation and we had to be in midtown. Believe me, if I could change it I would!!! (Temptation of Caviar Russe is around the corner.). Help!

Dec 07, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Bice - Old school, going tonight - suggestions?

Last minute reservations... this was all that was available. Oddly, I've never been. Any recommendations?

Dec 07, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Best bagel near Grand Central

Love Ess-a-bagel. I also think Zaro's in Grand Central has surprisingly delicious bagels.

Oct 17, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Must haves at Carbone tonight?

Also... thoughts on the halibut? Not a typical Italian food, but I may be craving fish.

Oct 11, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Boulud Sud tomorrow - best dishes?

I've read some mixed reviews. Anything particularly good? Anything to avoid?

Thanks!

Oct 03, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Soho / Downtown Tonight

We feel like the only people in Manhattan tonight! Couldn't leave this weekend and headed downtown to Greene Street. Where should we go for dinner? Nothing too fancy, but would love to try a new place on the scene. New as in the last year...

Soho, Nolita, E. Vill. recs welcome.

Aug 31, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Restaurant like Blue Hill NYC for Sat. night

We did the 6-course at Juni and were happy with our decision. The amuses were delicious - a carrot chip with goat cheese mousse, a mushroom dish and a corn espuma (WOW). For dinner I had the foie gras (very good), the tuscan kale soup (ok - maybe too "green" in flavor), tasted the ravioli (excellent), the black bass (excellent... black truffle sabayon was sensational), the lobster w baby leeks (this was bad - the lobster tail was very overcooked and the size of a langostine / crayfish), veal tenderloin (very good) and shared desserts. Overall, it was a nice time though there are a couple opportunities in service (ability to explain elements of dish), and again... that lobster was a disappointment that hopefully will be corrected soon.

Thanks for the recommendation!

Aug 26, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Restaurant like Blue Hill NYC for Sat. night

We landed on Juni. I'll let the group know how it is after dinner tomorrow. Thanks again.

Aug 23, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Restaurant like Blue Hill NYC for Sat. night

OK - you guys are the best!! So now I have dueling reservations at Mas and Juni. Which to choose?! Mas is reliable bc we've been. Juni intrigues us both. The pictures you dishes looked particularly tiny and I never, ever say that. As between the two??

Aug 21, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Restaurant like Blue Hill NYC for Sat. night

We have not. Not sure everything grilled is appealing to us... can you provide any feedback?

(At Mas last visit, we did a tasting menu. It was elegant, romantic and excellent.)

Aug 21, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Restaurant like Blue Hill NYC for Sat. night

We have been to Blue HIll NYC and Stone Barns and are looking for something different for my husband's birthday celebration on Sat. night. We have reservations at Mas (we've been and it was good) but are wondering if there are other high-end farm-to-table restaurants that we should consider instead. Thanks!!

Aug 21, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Best foie gras dishes in NYC

Wow - I was just wondering why NoMad's chicken hadn't yet made the list. That was a wonderful preparation/integration of foie.

Also, some of the classic seared versions (eg La Grenouille) are fantastic.

Aug 09, 2013
BonVivantNYC in Manhattan

Dining Around Anguilla

Unfortunately, it was closed for the season the day after we arrived. And, the hotel ultimately flubbed on our reservation for Veya... so we missed it :-(

We did, however, go to Hibernia. Generally, it was very good. Lobster casserole in a Thai preparation (similar to green curry, with coconut and basil) was excellent, as was the salad w chevre appetizer. (Local greens are great!) The drive was a bit longer than we can tolerate though the taxi service they offer is a great deal.