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Cherry

Just wondering if anyone has dined at Cherry (Japanese/French) on West 16th? If so, would like to hear about the experience (food/ambiance). Thanks!

May 24, 2014
Debbie in Manhattan

Ft. Lauderdale Dining Options?

Addressing your "nice" dinner on Saturday night: You might try Canyon in Ft. Laud. which is upscale Southwestern food. It has great fresh and creative salads, and a wide selection of small plates with several vegan selections. (The only caveat is that they do not take reservations so you will probably wait awhile at the bar.) I have taken vegetarians to Casa d'Angelo which serves consistently great Italian and my vegan friends always want to go back. Casa d'Angelo will also alter ANY dish on the menu to fit your needs. You might also look at Johnny V on Las Olas which presents plenty of vegetarian options. You can walk along Las Olas after dinner too. (Both Casa and Johnny V's have indoor and outdoor seating while Canyon does not). These suggestions are all close by, excellent, and have very nice atmosphere (but with no real dress code)... in my opinion. Enjoy!

Apr 16, 2014
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale
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Las Olas Blvd. Anywhere worth trying?

For mid-priced with nice, trendy, dark atmosphere, lively bar, and good food....take a look at Yolo.

Jan 18, 2014
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

upscale italian on sunrise blvd near galleria with excellent eggplant dish

Perhaps you may be thinking of Il Mulino? Right next to the movie theater....

Jan 18, 2014
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale
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Carmel-Monterey High End Food and Wine

Thanks so much to all for the very useful feedback! We are staying at the Inn at Spanish Bay and had already planned to drive to Big Sur and eat at Ventana. We need one more dinner reservation and would like it to be relaxed but still with a nice atmosphere. Trendy and lively is fine or more comfortable and refined would be great too----- as long as its not too casual. I was considering Italian, seafood, or even American/continental fare. Would La Balena, Il Vecchio, Passion Fish or 1833 be good choices?

Jan 13, 2014
Debbie in California

Carmel-Monterey High End Food and Wine

I am heading to Pebble Beach for a special birthday weekend with a group of five during the first week of February. For the birthday celebration, we have booked Marius at Bernardus Lodge and Winery and may opt to do a wine tasting before dinner. My question is: Are there any other wineries in the Carmel-Monterey area that offer dinner---perhaps in a wine cave setting or that offer a very special experience that we might consider? Great restaurant suggestions would also be greatly appreciated!

Jan 06, 2014
Debbie in California

Business dinner - north Ft L/Pompano area

At Casa D'Angelo, for 30-40 people, you could take over the entire back room and have a separate space all to yourselves. The menu is large, food is great, and wine list is extensive......

Nov 16, 2013
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Great Food-Good Ambiance-Great Wine? Miami to Ft Lauderdale

If you are looking for great food, skip Sage, Fulvios, and Hwd. Prime. Instead, go to Casa de Angelo in Fort Lauderdale for much better food, ambiance, and an enormous and special wine list. Its always great. Take a look at the menu online and then imagine that they always add a wide variety of specials each night. The only negative is that its a bit further from your hotel (about a 20 min drive) but worth it in my opinion.

May 02, 2013
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Rome- Seeking Atmosphere as Well as Food

Hi Elizabeth. This is why I made my own suggestions and asked the concierge to choose from MY list. However, he/she still reserved the additional restaurant that may, in fact, accept payment in return for sending guests. I plan to make changes as necessary and still seek an additional dinner in Rome that would appeal to my three sons who are in their 20's but are adventurous eaters and discriminating foodies.....I will also buy your app for assistance!

Jul 24, 2012
Debbie in Italy

Rome- Seeking Atmosphere as Well as Food

Thank you so VERY much for the responses thus far. I think I will substitute Antico Arco for Girarosto Fiorentina for sure. My family has nixed the idea of wearing jackets in the summer heat so I will also cancel Imago. Any other ideas for lovely or fun/ trendy places (with great food of course!......??

Jul 23, 2012
Debbie in Italy

Rome- Seeking Atmosphere as Well as Food

Thanks for your reply mbfant! Girarrosto Fiorentino came from the concierge! I had not even heard of that one. I have not been to Rome in several years so my choices were made from reading online reviews and asking a respected Italian chef in Florida where I live. My suggestions to the concierge were: Antico Arco, Checchino, Glass Hostaria, All' Oro, Perrilli, Antico Arco. Metamorfosi, Antica Pesa, and La Rosetta al Panteon. Imago was also on my radar because other Americans who have been there say the view is breathtaking. Rome is our first stop so I want our dinners to be special......

Jul 23, 2012
Debbie in Italy

Rome- Seeking Atmosphere as Well as Food

I am arrving in Rome on 7/28 and have three dinners to plan with my husband and three sons who are in their twenties. (One dinner will be on Sunday). We are well-traveled food and wine lovers. After doing a great deal of research on the board, I sent my preferred restaurant selections to the hotel concierge (we are staying at the Hassler). He reserved Girarosto Fiorentino, Imago, and Checciono. Only Checchino was on my list. My question is---is Imago ultra formal? I have heard that the view is unbeatable but I note that jackets are required. Although the quality of the food is very important to us...so is the atmosphere of the restaurant. We tend to like either a beautiful space or a trendy/fun environment. We do not have a dining budget and are willing to spend more for wonderful food and wine. We are just looking for memorable meals. Any advice or comments from fellow Chowhounders would be greatly appreciated.

Jul 23, 2012
Debbie in Italy

First time in Miami - looking for Chowish meals

Do Michael's Genuine for "different" and really good local food. I prefer to sit inside bc I like the atmosphere, especially in the main dining room but they offer outside seating as well. (You must book MG well in advance.) One other suggestion for Italian that's always good would be Osteria del Teatro on South Beach.I like Bourbon Steak (like Tpigeon) but it may bit a bit too far of a drive for you.

Jun 15, 2012
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Stella! Good meal but with some significant missteps (sadly)

We have dined at Stella MANY times. The food has typically been very good but when we recently dined there in late August, things were "off." To start we were asked to wait at least 20 minutes in the bar area. Moreover, the risotto was inferior and sticky. On the other hand, Tenderlion was well cooked and the sea bass and duck were very good. HOWEVER, the service was simply terrible for a restaurant of this caliber! My husband sat for at least 15 minutes with the wine list in hand waiting for ANYONE to come back and take our order and then a second round of drinks came that we had NOT ordered. Many servers were running around the restaurant but none was warm, friendly, or attentive. Don't get me worng, the food at !Stella is very good----but poor and unfriendly service is simply intolerable at such high prices.

Sep 17, 2011
Debbie in New Orleans

Twenty 8 Tables (Saratoga Springs)

Most of us ordered the very generous salads first. Two shared an enormous seafood casserole special...and loved it. Two had chicken parm and another had the chicken breast with carmelized onions (that particular entree did not recieve rave reviews though.) We shared many desserts (sent over by Ron) but can only recall that the cannoli was very good! Sorry FDR, but we ate at Siros and Prime at Saratoga National in three nights and our selections are a bit of a blur! BTW, Siros and Prime were really great too!

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Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Aug 06, 2011
Debbie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Twenty 8 Tables (Saratoga Springs)

Went last week (on Thursday night). We were a table of 7 and the service was great. Owner came over and sat down. Everyone was happy with their food. It may not please real foodies but we thought it was among the best in Saratoga. The atmosphere was fun, dark, and lively.

Aug 05, 2011
Debbie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Saratoga Springs--Upscale recommendations

Sorry financialdistrictresident!....just hit your link....but would still like to see a menu and hear from someone who has been to Siro's new Trattoria.

Jul 24, 2011
Debbie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Saratoga Springs--Upscale recommendations

Thank you very much for your suggestions! I will ask for Steve at Saratoga National.....Twenty Eight Tables looks quite nice....I was considering Chianti (have been there before when they did not take reservations) but may switch this one to Twenty Eight Tables. Am I correct that "The Lodge" has been sold and re-opened as Siro's Trattoria?? I see a few scattered mentions of this online and have read Trakman's post but there is no website or menu as of yet that I can find. I am concerned that it may be too soon to try this one. Would love to hear if anyone has been or knows. I appreciate everyone's advice!

Jul 24, 2011
Debbie in New York State (exc. NYC)

Saratoga Springs--Upscale recommendations

I am traveling to Saratoga next week. Have been there many times before---but need help selecting two upscale restaurants. Thus far, we already have reservations at Siros and Prime at Saratoga National. After searching the boards, I was thinking of Mouzon House or Maestros (have never been)---or possibly Siros Trattoria---but wasn't sure if it is actually up and running. Would like a nice/comfortable atmosphere with great food (American French, or Italian). Cost is not really a factor and we have a car. Any advice and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Mouzon House
1 York Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Jul 23, 2011
Debbie in New York State (exc. NYC)

nice restaurant for birthday

Suggest Casa de Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. The portions are large and it is considered an upscale venue with very nice decor and terrific service. Its Italian and has a large menu with many, many specials. Try the apple tart or warm chocolate cake for your birthday treat. Both are wonderful. I would suggest Red if you're thinking about South Beach. Also very nice and has lots of selections. This is a steakhouse but has plenty to choose from. Its trendy and fun....Can't go wrong with either of these in my opinion......

Jul 14, 2011
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Kane Steakhouse

Went last weekend. The new design is lovely but somehow the space is still somewhat loud despite the fact that the dining room was not full when we left at 11:30. The service was simply awful. Our table of four had to ask the waiter to take our drink orders more than once and then we also had to make a special request for our wine selection as well....! After ordering the wine---we were told that they were out of the bottle we had chosen. We noticed our waiter slowly typing other orders onto a nearby computer screen and this may have resulted in the long delay we experienced in being asked for our food orders. The Kane salad was fair, burrata and wedge salads were better. We ate steaks and fish but nothing was great or comes close to similar dishes at Red or Prime 112. Lobster mac and cheese and creamed spinach were both good. Sweet potatoe fries were tasty (and quite sweet rather than salty) but onion rings were not very good at all. Doughnuts for dessert were very good but another minty dessert (which I can't fully recall) fell short and was left relatively uneaten. I wanted to like Kane the experience was less than stellar.

Jul 11, 2011
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Foodies Visiting Miami

For great Italian food I would add Osteria Del Teatro on South Beach to the suggestions provided thus far. It is extremely consistent, has warm service, and the dishes are delicious. The menu online only gives a small sampling of the offerings.

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Osteria Del Teatro
1443 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Jul 08, 2011
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale - ISO great fried chicken, baby back ribs & ice cream! (Not necessarily at the same place!)

For ice cream----I love Kilwins at 809 East Las Olas Boulevard. It's located right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.....I looooove the coconut ice cream with pieces of toasted coconut shavings! But all of the flavors are terrific. Kilwins also makes a wide variety of chocolates, candy apples, fudge, etc. (http://www.kilwins.com/) Jaxons is pretty good too but its more old school and, in my opinion, I think Kilwins tops it. Enjoy!

Jun 15, 2011
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South Beach for 50th B'day - thinking about the following:

Just adding another opinion here.....I do not consider the inside atmosphere at Casa Tua to be all that special. This is just my personal opinion, of course. Sitting outside there is nice but I always worry about the weather. Another consideration for italian food with atmosphere would be Il Gabbiano which is on the water and has both inside and outdoor seating. My favorite italian restaurant on South Beach for wonderful food is Osteria del Teatro. I always enjoy the food there but it is less trendy than the others for a 50th BD. (I prefer the food there to Casa Tua. though). I haven't been to the new Forge only because the reviews have been so mixed. Wherever you go....have a wonderful birthday dinner!

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Casa Tua
1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Feb 17, 2011
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Can anyone suggest a local bakery that will deliver chocolate covered strawberries to the UES?
I am also interested in local delivery of a gift basket containing liquor (not necessarily wine) as well. I am from elsewhere so any advice from locals would be greatly appreciated!

Dec 02, 2010
Debbie in Manhattan

Please help NYC-er narrow down restaurant choices

Sometimes too many opinions can get confusing.....but based on your "narrowed down list" above-----I'd skip Casa Tua. This is my personal opinion, however, I am just not impressed and have stopped going there. If you want great italian, then I would suggest Osteria del Teatro. The food and service are wonderful there and its right in South Beach. I'm also a big fan of Michael's Genuine and like Michy's too. Hakkasan is decent and perhaps more trendy than some of the others. Enjoy.....

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Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

Hakkasan
Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

Casa Tua
1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Nov 09, 2010
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Maialino versus Locanda Verde

Looking for excellent italian food in an appealing, stylish atmosphere.
Which would you suggest? Other recommendations would be appreciated too. Thanks in advance!

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Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Oct 15, 2010
Debbie in Manhattan

Looking for 2 places for dinner spots that I can't miss and 2 for lunch??

For one of your dinners in Fort Lauderdale I would suggest Casa de Angelo or Valentinos. Both are italian and are consistently good. I would say that the atmosphere is more upscale at Casa de Angelo but the food is great at both. If you go to Casa, ask to sit in the wine room. Just fyi, Valentinos does not have a full liquor license. Goiovanni (the chef there) spends a great deal of time working with various chefs in NYC.....

Sep 23, 2010
Debbie in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Cuvee

Still wondering if there has been a recent change in chefs at Cuvee.

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Cuvee Restaurant
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Aug 14, 2010
Debbie in New Orleans

Cuvee

I have liked Cuvee in the past but have noted that there may have been a change in chefs. I have also read a few poor reviews online of late. Can anyone who has been there recently adivse me further? I am looking for an upscale atmosphere for 9 people who are just meeting for the first time. Price is not an object but we would probably do best with a varied menu. Love August but think it may be a bit too much. Will Stella accommodate large groups? Thanks in advance....!

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Cuvee Restaurant
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jul 30, 2010
Debbie in New Orleans