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Coming to Paris in January. Looking for recommendation on one epic dinner

John -
Just so you know, I ended up booking L'Astrance for lunch and Septime for dinner. :)

Jan 09, 2014
deylamian in France

Coming to Paris in January. Looking for recommendation on one epic dinner

I'd be interested to hear more on this as well.

Oct 09, 2013
deylamian in France

Coming to Paris in January. Looking for recommendation on one epic dinner

John,
I'd be interested to hear some additional feedback from you. What are a couple of your favorites that you feel would be worth me trying?

I'm more than happy to retract my expectations of an 11 Madison or FL if you have some other great suggestions. :)

Oct 07, 2013
deylamian in France

Coming to Paris in January. Looking for recommendation on one epic dinner

Hi all,
I'm making a quick 4 night trip to Paris in mid January. I plan on eating my way through the city, but am also interested in doing one dinner without worrying too much about budget. Similar to the French Laundry of San Francisco, the Alinea of Chicago, the 11 Madison or Per Se of New York City. I'm not too familiar with the options in Paris, and though I've done a lot of research, I'm having a hard time narrowing down my options.

Are there 2 or 3 restaurants that you would recommend for me to narrow my options down to? I'm a lover of all food, but I would love something that includes some meat dishes and not limited to seafood, and considering I'm in France, ideally a French cuisine.

There are too many options for me to pick from! L'Astrance seems intriguing, any thoughts on that?

Thanks so much!

Oct 07, 2013
deylamian in France

Mission style burritos...

Hahah I never knew of a fly problem....definitely haven't noticed anything in the past couple years, so I'm assuming they took care of it.

Oct 18, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Mission style burritos...

Yup, based on your description, you'll flip out (in a good way), when you try one. Also, if you like Avocado, imo, it's the best part of a good MB..getting a few nice sized slices of avocado make the burrito what it is.

I can see the chipotle/mission burrito connection.

Oct 18, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need some suggestions!

This looks awesome. Unfortunately, the wedding is on Saturday! ugh.

Oct 18, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Mission style burritos...

I couldn't disagree more. The reason I love Mission Burritos is that the balance of meat/other stuff, is perfect. Not saying ALL MB's are great, so maybe we've gone to different locations. I'm telling you, El Farolito is unbelievable.

With that said, everyone likes their Burritos, Pizza, BBQ, etc, different, so a burrito I love could potentially not appeal to you.

When all said and done, though, 99% of the MB spots I've been to have actually been loaded up on meat...

Oct 18, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need some suggestions!

Parkside looks perfect!

Oct 17, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Coming back from San Francisco - need a quick Seafood suggestion

Kathryn - I'd say about $80-$100 PP after tax, tip, etc. Probably will include one bottle of wine.
Mom is more of a fish person; Halibut, Salmon, etc. Not as much into the clams, oysters.

I'll recap my trip in this thread shortly. It was very very brief, as I was only there for two nights for work. My next trip will be 4 nights, so I'll hopefully have a lot more feedback.

Oct 17, 2011
deylamian in Manhattan

Mission style burritos...

I live in San Francisco, and honestly, Mission Burritos are at a completely different level than Chipotle. Don't get me wrong; I absolutely love Chipotle.

Mission Burritos (if you're ever here, go to El Farolito...get the Chorizo) are one of my absolute favorite eats in all of SF. A buddy of mine who visited me from Austin, who LOVES his Mexican food, said he's never had anything close.

It's worth a trip out here just to try one. ;)

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Chipotle
900 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626

Oct 17, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Coming back from San Francisco - need a quick Seafood suggestion

I'm heading out to Manhattan in November, and looking for a solid place to take my parents - the restaurant itself doesn't need to be a Seafood spot by any means, but having a few great seafood options (for the mom) are needed. Probably trying to keep it at a $$$ level, as opposed to $$$$.

I'm thinking something similar to Marc Forgione (which I've never been; do you guys recommend?)

Also, worth noting. I just got back from my trip last week, where you all gave tons of suggestions.
I tried Momufuku Ssam; phenomenal. Loved Death and Co as well. And of course, Russ and Daughters; worth all the hype.

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Marc Forgione
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

Oct 17, 2011
deylamian in Manhattan

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need some suggestions!

Thank you! I've actually heard great things about La Condesa - will go there on Thursday night. As for Wednesday, my only issue is that I don't arrive until 10pm...so I'm wondering if there are any great places open until 11/midnight.

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La Condesa
400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Oct 17, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need some suggestions!

Hi there,
I'm heading your way this Wednesday night w/ my GF for a wedding....looking for some suggestions.

Definitely doing Franklin BBQ on Thursday morning (planning on getting there around 10am)....Beyond that, do you have suggestions on a late dinner for Wednesday night, and a Thursday night dinner as well? Hoping to keep it around downtown (so that we can check out some bars afterwards), and have it be a fun atmosphere.

I'm a big-time foodie, but on this trip, we're moreso looking for fun, vibrant places to eat. Not caring for a stuffy, white tablecloth type of dinner, but at the same time, somewhere with great food would be a huge plus.

Any ideas??

Thanks in advance!

Oct 17, 2011
deylamian in Austin

Heading your way for 2 nights from San Francisco

Any love for Grimaldi's? I've heard some amazing things...

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Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

Oct 10, 2011
deylamian in Manhattan

Heading your way for 2 nights from San Francisco

Good input, thank you.

As for pizza, I think I'm looking for NY style pizza, as we have our share of very good Neapolitan pizza in SF. Yes, I absolutely love deli food, but at the same time, not sure if I'll have the time to do pizza, a nice sit down, as well as a deli or two....especially considering I'll be in all day conferences both days that I'm there.

Oct 10, 2011
deylamian in Manhattan

Heading your way for 2 nights from San Francisco

Hi All,
I have a work conference in Tribeca this Tuesday and Wednesday, so, I'll essentially only have two evenings to explore in your amazing city.

I am a bit of a foodie, but have never made my way out to NYC. I'm hoping to try one semi nice dinner (nothing too stuffy), and, considering I'm a HUGE pizza freak, I'd like one of my two dinners to be pizza.

With that said, what are some thoughts on places to eat, things to do, etc, during my short visit? I'm thinking Marc Forgione (my hotel is one block from Forgione) or Momofuku Noodle Bar one night. Thoughts? As for pizza, what are some suggestions, preferably somewhat close?

Also, are there any great bars (I'm into intricate, unique, cocktails) in Tribeca? I'm completely lost on where to go, what to see, where to eat, etc, considering what a short trip this will be, yet I do want to take advantage of my short time there. (i.e. do I waste my time going to Times Square, Empire State Building, etc). Again, I'll have from only 6pm onward for this Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Thanks in advance!!

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

Marc Forgione
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

Oct 09, 2011
deylamian in Manhattan

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need a couple of more "Must Do's/Eats"!!

Great stuff; Thank you.

May 10, 2011
deylamian in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco -- need one "Must Do" when it comes to dinner

Awesome suggestions -- Thanks all. I'm thinking Neptune Oyster is a must. Debating between Ten Tables and Craigie on Main...thinking Craigie.

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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Ten Tables
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

May 09, 2011
deylamian in Greater Boston Area

Visiting from San Francisco -- need one "Must Do" when it comes to dinner

Hi All-

Visiting for a weekend with a buddy on the weekend of June 10th -- staying in Back Bay.

Was looking for a few options on a great restaurant worth checking out one night while I'm there.

Thinking somewhere not on the white tablecloth, stuffy, end of things....maybe something a little more modern, and let's price isn't too much of an issue in this case.

I'm thinking about checking out one of Barbara Lynch's spots...is No. 9 Park worth going to?

Also, I'm a big "Cocktail" guy -- so if you have any recommendations on unique cocktail spots, that would be great as well.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

May 07, 2011
deylamian in Greater Boston Area

big budget high brow baller status dinner

No Coi? Benu?

Coi is absolutely awesome imo...

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Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need a couple of more "Must Do's/Eats"!!

Avec looks perfect!! I'll definitely check it out. It reminds me (based on what I'm reading/seeing) of NOPA here in San Francisco, which is one of my favorite restaurants in the City.

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Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

May 05, 2011
deylamian in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need a couple of more "Must Do's/Eats"!!

Yea, I made reservations at GATG -- 4:30 PM on my last night there (Tuesday).
I'm also on the wait list for Alinea -- 155th person. :-/

Thanks for the advice on Great Lake -- I like that idea of checking it out after the Cubs game.

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Great Lake
1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

May 05, 2011
deylamian in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need a couple of more "Must Do's/Eats"!!

I'm not too big on the White Tablecloth, Formal Dining, stuffy atmosphere, "Coat Required" type of restaurant...though if it's worth the experience, I wouldn't be opposed. I'm definitely into Contemporary American, hip, modern places,. Purely on the fact I'm going to be there for only a few days, I don't want to wait too long to get in anywhere -- which is why I'm looking at places with availability. (Aviary is the exception) With that said, Tru, L20, Boka, and Takashi all have a couple openings for the days I'll be in town.

I'm leaning toward TRU and L20; are they worth the pricetag, and if so, which would you recommend?

Thanks!

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Boka
1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

May 05, 2011
deylamian in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need a couple of more "Must Do's/Eats"!!

Great -- Thank you. Drawing Room looks great.

My problem is now this -- I have NO IDEA what restaurant to pick besides Girl&The Goat.. It's the same pain people have when they visit San Francisco; so many amazing options, I have no idea to narrow it down.

Alinea was booked (obviously), so now I'm looking for something I can reserve for either Saturday or Sunday night -- It doesn't have to be at a 3 michelin star level (I'd actually prefer not)....Maybe Boka, Takashi, or Tru??

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Boka
1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

The Drawing Room
937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

May 05, 2011
deylamian in Chicago Area

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need a couple of more "Must Do's/Eats"!!

Hey all --

My girlfriend and I will be visiting from San Francisco on Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get reservations at Alinea, so I'm hoping we can at least get into Aviary at some point to try some of the drinks.

Here is what we're up to during the 4 nights we'll be there....My question is this; what are a couple "MUST DO's," "MUST DRINKS," or "MUST EATS" that we should check out that aren't on my list? We love intricate cocktails, and I'm a HUGE pizza freak (especially Chicago style, so any options besides the ones I listed would be great), and definitely don't want to miss out on any "must's" that your city has to offer, so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

Eats:
Girl and the Goat.
Lou Malnati's
XOCO
Jam or Purple Pig for brunch
Great Lake pizza -- is it worth they hype?
Giordano's

Cocktails:
Aviary --
Violet Hour
The Whistler

To Do's
Art Institute
Willis Tower
Wendella Boat Tour
Cubs game on Memorial Day

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Great Lake
1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Violet Hour
1247 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

May 05, 2011
deylamian in Chicago Area