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Abe & Louie's or Grill 23

Grill 23 is the better steakhouse. A&L only really has convenience and the big basement room (and Capital Grille actually does as well as them for that).

Bogey's is fun, but not white glove service. It is also curated, and doesn't have the full choice of cuts, apps and seafood. Curley's has a good bar program though.

For real steakhouses, Moo's is also quite good and in the running. Also generally has better availability (larger dining room) than G23.

Where to go near north waltham for good fish dinner?

Not a ton of options, naked fish is the best one. All the ethnic joints are mediocre.

How much should one expect to pay for fresh squeezed juice at a Midtown NYC hotel?

It is incredible. Got into it staying at the Parker for work but when I had a place in midtown I would go there on weekends on my own dime. Ideal hung over but I promised someone we'd get brunch place. Line is long but they text you. And you probably don't need to eat all day after that.

Also, I'm OK with the pricing because it is pretty much in line with the rest of the place. What I find absurd is hotels in Minneapolis charging $25 for a grapefruit half. My friend has a theory they did some thinking, figured the anorexic businesswomen had a $25 breakfast expense limit and would not order anything else.

Delivery sushi-- really?! [moved from Manhattan board]

Honestly I'm OK with that because the difference between decent and incredible sushi is so much bigger than decent but incredible burgers, pizza or pasta. It's only in dishes with overwhelming flavor (sushi, steak, etc.) and minimal sauce that tiny changes in freshness are detectable.

Delivery sushi-- really?! [moved from Manhattan board]

Hatsuhana and Gari both deliver in midtown. Given, it isn't top tier, but it's very acceptable sushi and an excellent food option for the banker/lawyer/salaryman spending another late night in the office.

I never get why people order from Aki or the like though, and why they are consistently the highest rated places on seamless.

Bday Dinner Reco in Chelsea/West Village

There is the Cookshop/Red Cat/Trestle on 10th trifecta in that area for New American.

How much should one expect to pay for fresh squeezed juice at a Midtown NYC hotel?

On a per glass basis Norma's in the Parker does unlimited fresh squeezed juice. Ideal for when you are thirsty / hung over.

Longest brunch line/wait in NYC?

Nobody actually waits in line though, more like ladies who their name down and get some shopping or spa in.

Need dinner rec's for dinner before heading to JFK?

Also I can't resist what is this 2007. Please forgive me, I did my best to be helpful in my previous post.

Need dinner rec's for dinner before heading to JFK?

Avoid the Capital Grill on Wall Street by the way. Turns into a madhouse (especially Friday). Keen's is the gold standard of scotch in NYC (also mutton, if you like that). Blue Smoke I personally think is overrated. Another option in a similar vein is Craft in Flatiron, they have some nice big bottles of beer to split along with small-batch bourbons. That will be closer to the tunnel for you.

Carnegie or Katz's, and why?

NYC locals go to Carnegie because it is in Midtown and a viable lunch for lawyers, bankers, etc.

You eat that stuff for 25 years and it ends up being what gets ordered for your retirement party (after your 2nd heart attack).

Couple brings crying baby to three star Michelin restaurant.....;

Probably should kick them out. The question is what happens then, which illustrates a few problems with the 3-star Michelin model.

Because of the restricted supply and razor-thin margins you get draconian cancellation policies. Add that to a good amount of aspirational dining, which means you have a lot less social pressure (vs. being a repeat diner) and probably less fear-of-god etiquette drilled into you and people do crazy things. Ideally the onus would then be on the (expensive) restaurant to help you out in a bad situation. But again, because of the massive value they have to offer to be competitive and the less repeat nature of the custom the restaurant won't do it. And you get a horrific experience for one party and the general stress of having something appalling like this happen discourages others.

Sao Paulo

I'll be staying in the suburbs with family friends (US expats). Want to take them to dinner as a thank you (and as an excuse to see the best of Sao Paulo, which is supposedly a dining mecca). Any recommendation? This will be in a couple weeks at the end of January if that helps with reservation timing. Probably prefer something with a more traditional menu to a really long tasting. Local flavor would be nice as well if possible.

San Juan--what do you think of these choices?

Marmalade is awesome. Good call to avoid Dragonfly, food is secondary to the lounge scene.

I also highly recommend the unpretentious (bit divey actually) but awesome Punto de Vista (next to the cruise ship terminal). It's run by a food-lover from NJ that does a great skirt steak but also one of the few edible mofungos in San Juan. Margaritas are in plastic cups but are better than anything I have ever been able to make (even with an immersion blender - horrible idea to use one while drinking though).

Sushi restaurant with more than sushi

Only decent thing there are the burgers, and they are overpriced. But when I worked in the area doing delivery at 3:30pm was a lifesaver.

Have you though about sushi dojo? I think they do cooked entrees as well.

Nobu is good and incredibly trendy Japanese but not incredible sushi.


Really? Brinkley's is fun, but its not exactly great food.

Birthday Dinner Ideas

20ish people, all in their early-mid 20s. Ideally 30s or lower to make post-dinner activities convenient, but either East or West is fine.

Looking for great food, good group seating/service and good beverage options. Doesn't need to be very avant-garde with prep or an overly trendy scene, although some celebratory ambiance and a crowd skewing younger would be nice if we aren't in a private room. Would also consider a large-party dish like the bo ssam at momofuku.

Keen's is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC and an easy fallback but there might be a vegetarian or two and while I'm content to drink scotch, some of the girls want a bit more wine variety.

Coffee Roasters

I'm been banned from roasting in my apartment unfortunately. The original idea of giving me the beans was it would be a fun project.

Great Affordable eats near 55th St and 5th Ave...HELP!

They exist, just not in the mid-50s within a couple blocks of Park/5th Ave. Your choices are ethnic places like Joe Shanghai and Ise (formerly Menkui Tei) or restaurants like Aquavit, Seasonal (what I would recommend) or Del Friscos that have lunch specials. Everything else is sort of a waste (i.e. places like Fresco and Fig & Olive) and will likely be over your budget.

Coffee Roasters

I was recently given two pounds of an excellent Kona Peaberry coffee, but the beans are green. I am reluctant to roast them myself, does anyone know a place in the city that will do it for me?

Help! Brunch Buffet with Oysters?

Several of the Koreatown places have raw bars. I've had the oysters at Ichi Umi (as well as sushi/sashimi) during their brunch buffet several times and its always been very fresh. Layout is good for groups too.

Sushi of Gari - best location?

I keep hearing about how one of the guys at Tribeca is the best Gari has right now, but honestly I prefer more traditional preparation when I do eat high-end sushi so i don't know from experience.

looking for casual midtown 45th-59th-- pastas, small plates...

The Smith on 2nd is less loud than some of the other locations and should be fine Sunday night.

Staying at the Essex House across from Central Park Labor Day w/e

Its specifically a UES in the mid-2000s thing, and I've never gotten over the old bias.

Manhattan Chowhound on 3-Day Trip

Going to SF for the first time next weekend. Primary purpose is to see friends, but no reason we can't catch up over good wine and food. Will be in the Tenderloin/Nob Hill/Russian Hill neighborhoods.

Would appreciate a few good lunch recommendations (moderate or fine with prix fixee) along with a couple dinner recommendations (one casual tap room/wine bar with good food and one great restaurant). This isn't a food pilgrimage so I'm not shooting for 2-3 Michelin star type places, and certainly no long tasting menus (Sons & Daughters is on the bubble for this reason).

Cuisine wise, I eat pretty much everything, but while I'm here would like to try out what this city does best. For instance, Nopa sounds perfect. I eat ethnic food quite often in NYC, but with the exception of Chinatown dim sum, doubt I will eat on on this trip (recommendations appreciated).

Staying at the Essex House across from Central Park Labor Day w/e

Used to live next to the NYAC.
You are lucky to have one of the best premium bakeries/cafes close by in Petrossian. Almond croissant is a must there (before 12pm on weekends, they always run out).
You also have a 1 michelin starred Austrian weinbar across the street in Seasonal, more modern than cozy but still casual.
For coal oven pizza, Angelo's on 57th and 6th Avenue and Don Antonio's a few blocks down for that fried starita.
Viet/Thai go west to hell's kitchen, won't we as good as queens but still good and relatively inexpensive.
Soup Dumplings at Joe Shanghai are a block and a half west on 56th St. Ippudo ramen is several blocks south.

I almost never do casual italian as it is generally on of the most overpriced and disappointing things in NYC, but serafina is a couple blocks away. For fine italian, Quality Meats just opened up Quality italian on 57th and 6th and everyone I know who has gone there raves about it.

I would not limit yourself by miles walking but rather what is easily accessible via subway (E/B/D and F are all within a block). That opens up flatiron, chelsea and soho. Great casual American can be found in the bar rooms of the NYC restaurant empires (notably Craftbar).

Where do you dine at least once a month?

Eatery!, Norma's, Sushi of Gari, Porteno, Seasonal, Bann, Ise (Menkui-Tei), Benares, Joe Shanghai, Nocello, The Smith, Burger Joint.

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

Back Bay (one by symphony).

What are some of the worst conceived burgers in Manhattan?

walk the extra few blocks to melt shop for tots

5 nights in NYC (from San Francisco!) - Feedback please

I like Tamarind (original Gramercy) and view it as the best fine dining Indian in NYC. The Tribeca location can be spotty service (it may have gotten better, I just haven't gone back since shortly after opening). Certainly Tribeca over Junoon (I was at a horror show of a celebration dinner there, although the food isn't bad and I really liked the cocktails and wine list). As a memo, I'm ethnically North Indian.

For tapas, perhaps ABC Cocina?

Nobu would be worth the time. The money is a separate question.

Normally I'd say Gotham over Park Avenue but the current greatest hits Summer menu may tip the scales in favor of Park Avenue.