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Elsewhere restaurant on 43th st?

I just went to Elsewhere a few weeks ago and LOVED it. We sat in their indoor garden (which feels like you're outside.) The only complaint there was that the tables were too low for the chairs. The service was delightful and I thought the food was amazing.

We started with bacon and butter flavored popcorn and then the asparagus soup (it was so fresh and creamy and was all about the asparagus).. For my entree I ordered the chorizo crusted Pork chop which was tender and juicy - but not too salty (which I was slightly worried about given the chorizo). It was also a mammoth portion! My friend had the hanger steak, which was perfectly cooked. She didn't love the spaetzle that came with it because it had rhubarb in it as well, but I loved the sweet and sour effect it brought to the dish. I saw the roasted bone marrow go by and wished we had ordered that as well! We were running late for a show, so I didn't get to have dessert, but I thought everything else was wonderful and will definitely go back.

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Elsewhere
403 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Jun 21, 2011
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Pre-theater dinner... Cafe Boulud?

Cafe Boulud is a good option, or if you want to be somewhere closer to the theater, try Elsewhere - it has a lovely indoor garden that feels like you're eating outside. And the food is delicious and has something for everyone- everything from bone marrow to chorizo crusted pork chop, and bacon flavored popcorn for a snack.

For a special treat, see if you can get a reservation at Bar Centrale after the show. It's a speakeasy on 46th and 8th (just next to Joe Allen). There's no sign or address or anything on the door. It looks and feels like you''re walking into someone's brownstone! But there's a chance you'll see some celebs after the show. The last time I was there I saw Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Elizabeth Moss all in one sitting!

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Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Joe Allen
326 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Bar Centrale
324 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Elsewhere
403 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Jun 21, 2011
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Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

I'm going to Elsewhere for the first time this weekend before seeing Million Dollar Quartet. Its menu looks like it has options for the foodie as well as the classics - everything from roasted bone marrow and braised rabbit to hanger steak and a burger. I'll let you know how it is!

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Elsewhere
403 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Jun 02, 2011
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Lamb in manhattan

I second the lamb burger at the Breslin! It's more expensive, but the Breslin also has a whole lamb dinner (for 8-12 people) that is amazing!

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

Jun 02, 2011
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Help in choosing a restaurant from this list

ahh - good point! I completely mis-spoke there didn't I? Still say Scarpetta to get a variety of "restauranteurs".

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Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

May 26, 2011
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First trip to manhattan, suggestions please

if you're staying at the ACE you HAVE to go to the Breslin. You can get reservations there as a guest of the hotel, and the food is simply divine. I recently did a review for the restaurant for Examiner.com - you can see the slideshow here: http://www.examiner.com/fine-dining-in-new-york/tour-of-a-breslin-bar-dining-room-meal-picture.

Bresline Review:
Entering the The Breslin Bar & Dining Room (29th street between 5th and 6th avenues), is like stepping into a trendy, British hunting lodge. The staff is made up of young, attractive hipsters, and the clientele is much the same. This combined with the fact that the restaurant sits in the middle of the über-chic Ace Hotel makes dining here an adventure. You will have to fight your way through the dance club in the lobby to get to the restroom, but might have a celebrity sighting on the way.

The cocktails at the bar are inspired by the classics. The London Calling is a tart, updated version of a cosmopolitan made of vodka, blackcurrant syrup and topped with Prosecco. They also mix a killer martini, which comes with three large olives. That said, be aware that the olives contain a large pit. And if beer is your preference – especially this week during American Craft Beer Week - they have a variety of cask beer, along with Spotted Pig Bitter made exclusively for The Breslin and The Spotted Pig.

The best part of April Bloomfield’s nouveau gastropub; however, is the eclectic menu of comfort food that has an option (or two, or three) for every palate. Though best known for the Chargrilled Lamb Burger, make sure to start with some of the unique snacks and small plates.

The Beef and Stilton Pie is the perfect four bites to start your meal. The crust is golden brown and crispy and the beef on the inside is as tender and juicy as a slow cooked pot roast. The stilton cheese melts on the inside, creating a delicate sauce that engulfs the meat.

Even if you don’t like caesar salads, this version is unsurpassed by all others. The Herbed caesar salad with anchovy croutons is a bit pricey at $14, but worth every penny. The dressing provides an explosion of lemon and salt, and the surprise on the plate is the pork-fried parsley. It’s also big enough to share with up to four people.

The Chargrilled lamb burger, which was named one of the Top 25 Best Things to Eat by Wined & Dine, comes on a hearty bun and is topped with creamy feta cheese that brings out the zesty seasoning in the ground lamb. It is served on a cutting board along with “thrice cooked” fries and homemade cumin mayo served on the side. The tender, juicy meat visibly drips back onto the plate with each bite, meeting the basic requirement for any good burger: messy, messy, messy. To note, you will not be asked what temperature you prefer. They only serve this burger medium rare.

The Ribeye with ramp béarnaise and chips (aka the same “thrice cooked” fries that come with the burger) is in one word, succulent. The ribeye is a boneless cut that comes from the same part of the animal as prime rib. Because of the luscious marbling throughout, this steak is loaded with flavor and remains tender and juicy from the grill to your plate. The ramp béarnaise sauce adds a layer of garlicky, lemon zest that stands up to the bold flavor of the steak.

For sides, consider the Asparagus with lardo or the Cabbage and bacon. Both options are extremely fresh with a crisp, tangy finish.

No meal is complete without dessert, or “pudding,” as they say at this restaurant. The Brioche doughnuts are the perfect ending to a decadent meal. This dessert comes with five, plump doughnuts rolled in sugar that are unexpectedly light and fluffy. They are accompanied by three dipping sauces: spiced maple butter, dark chocolate, and salted caramel. Feel free to mix and match to try all of the different flavors.

One important note: The Breslin does not accept reservations unless you are a guest of the hotel or a group of 8-12 people for one of the chef’s table tasting meals. You have a choice of either the Suckling pig dinner, featuring a whole-roasted suckling pig or the Lamb dinner featuring all parts of the lamb including lamb chops, the head, liver, kidneys andleg of lamb. These tasting dinners can also be accompanied with a wine pairing for an extra fee.

Continue reading on Examiner.com The Breslin Bar & Dining Room: Where hipsters and fine dining converge - New York fine dining | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/fine-dining-i...

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

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

May 26, 2011
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Romantic restaurant in between Times Square and Central Park

You could try ViceVersa on 51st between 8th and 9th. Great italian food, soft lighting, not too loud. They also have a lovely garden area outside.

Or, though it's more expensive than what you're looking for, Aureole is one of the most romantic spots in the city, and their tasting menus are refined and elegant, and it's worth the price tag.

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Aureole
135 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

ViceVersa
325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

May 26, 2011
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Help in choosing a restaurant from this list

I'd also vote for Scarpetta so you can try out the different chefs. (Maialino is also Danny Meyers, like Eleven Madison Park). It's not too loud, all the pastas there are homemade on site - and the pink snapper is beautiful!

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

May 26, 2011
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Colicchio opening a Biergarden? Excited about it or not?

Agreed - I hate crowds... but maybe it will open up the Standard Biergarten a little, so that if it's too crowded, you have a plan b!

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The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

May 26, 2011
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Any Menus with Soft Shell Crabs?

It's not soft-shell, but thought you might be interested in these two crab themed dinners (from GrubStreet):

News from LTO today: The one and only Eddie Huang of Baohaus and Xiao Ye will be replacing current pop-up chef Leah Cohen when her stint ends there (by the way, tonight as well as tomorrow and on Friday, Cohen is offering a $55 three-course dinner in addition to the five-course option). From June 3 till 9, Huang will serve a five-course family-style dinner that’s $88 per head, with the additional option of pairing courses with Four Loko beer, Champagne, and a Pimms Cup. The feast, as you can see from Huang’s explanation as well as the menu, is centered around blue crabs, and Huang isn’t the only one doing the crab thing: The Mermaid Inn has announced that from Sunday till next Tuesday, all three locations will be offering a crab boil complete with the bibs and mallets. $24 gets you a bucket of Maryland Blue Crabs, cornbread, red bliss tomatoes, and grilled corn on the cob. Here’s Huang on the LTO dinner, plus a video documenting the Fatty Crew’s recent stint at the restaurant.(http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/05/we_got_crabs_eddie_huang_does.html?e=grubstreet--20110525

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Mermaid Inn
96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Mermaid Inn
568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

May 25, 2011
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Best Lunch in East 30s or 40s

Artisinal on 32nd and park is one of my absolute favorites! It has a huge selection of cheese, foundue, as well as traditional french staples like Steak Frites. Their grilled cheese options are allo amazing, whether you eat meat or not! plus, the prices at lunch are much more reasonable than dinner. They even have a soup, salad and sandwich option or a $25 prix fixe!

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Artisanal
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

May 25, 2011
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SD26: Another evening in Uovo heaven

This one has been on my list for a while - after your description, I need to move it up to the top!

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May 24, 2011
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Any Menus with Soft Shell Crabs?

I was just at Almond (22st and broadway) and they had a soft shell crab appetizer that was delicious!

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Almond
12 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

May 24, 2011
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