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Salad Bars close to subway stations

I think there is a salad bar called "sushi and salad" or something close to that near St. Patrick station near university and Dundas. Entrance on centre st which is one st east of university south of Dundas.

Visitors, travellers, tourists and other Chowhounds who do not live in NYC, which places do you revisit when you visit Manhattan?

I go to New York about 2-3 times per year. I have revisited The Bar Room at the Modern, The Breslin for breakfast/brunch and Levain Bakery for the chocolate chip walnut cookie the most times, I think. I also just made a repeat visit to the NoMad for the chicken. I also seem to usually end up at a Sarabeths on most trips, although I don't think it is amazing - it always seems convenient and safe when I am travelling with other people and there are numerous locations.

Aug 05, 2013
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3 days in Toronto for a late 20 s couple. Looking for local favorites!

This might get erased, but since the answer is no, I haven't been to Casa Mono, so can't compare, I don't think it makes sense to post it to another thread.

3 days in Toronto for a late 20 s couple. Looking for local favorites!

I have been to both Bar Isabel and Tertulia relatively recently, and think that they are not that similar. Bar Isabel is more Spanish inspired to me than actual tapas. I highly enjoyed both though.

Louro Brunch

Just wanted to do a quick report back. Ended up going to Louro on a Tuesday night, relatively close to closing time. It was not busy at all, but we had great service and really enjoyed the food and cocktails. The chef sent out two complimentary dishes which ended up being two of my favorites, although I would not have likely picked them - the kibby goat salad with falafel and the turkey egg dish. Not sure if it is a regular occurrence for the chef to send out extra dishes or if he was making up for having to cancel our Sunday reservation, but it was appreciated, although we ended up being so stuffed we could not try dessert.

Jul 12, 2013
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Restaurants in Toronto where those who eat meat, dairy, and eggs--and those who don't--can eat, enjoy, and leave feeling happy with their meal. Any ideas?

+1 for Woodlot. I have had recent very good meals there and great choices all around.

Louro Brunch

Thanks!! Unfortunately, I think I have plans that I can't change for Monday evening. I did make a reservation for Tuesday dinner for the regular menu!

Jun 26, 2013
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Louro Brunch

Hi all,
I know there is a very long thread on this restaurant already, but I don't think anyone has mentioned that Louro has just started a Sunday brunch (if I missed it being mentioned in the thread, I'm sorry). I think the first brunch service was this past Sunday. Did anyone happen to go? If so, how was it?

I think at least for the summer or for the time being, they are only doing brunch and not dinner on Sundays. I am visiting from Toronto from this Saturday to next Wednesday, and had made an Opentable reservation for Sunday evening. I actually received a call from David Santos today(voicemail, because I missed the call) saying that Opentable made an error and that they had to cancel my dinner reservation because they were only doing brunch. I was very impressed with the personal call. I am going to call back tomorrow to clarify and hopefully make a new reservation.
Thanks!

Jun 25, 2013
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Great food for 8 ppl near Park Hyatt on Avenue Rd.

I think that Messis has closed and that the owners of The Harbord Room opened another restaurant, TRH and Co in the old Messis space.

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

I also agree that pancakes followed by the RGR LES tour could be too much (speaking from experience because I actually attempted to do it on a trip two years ago), but is doable if you cut out some stops, like I did (but what's the fun in that?).

May 31, 2013
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Scaramouche Alternative for 60th Birthday Dinner

Thanks all!

I've been with my dad to Scarpetta, Auberge du Pommier (albeit during a "licious" event), and Nota Bene for other family birthday/special celebrations in the past. I think that we should try somewhere different this time. Also, my brother and his wife just went to Canoe recently, and have indicated that they are not interested in going back so soon (and they had some complaints that I cannot recall the details of - although I had no complaints about my one meal there a few years back).

In hindsight, I should have added Splendido to my original post, but for some reason I was thinking that it was more expensive than the places I listed, which upon further thought and looking at the website again, I don't think it is. I think I was having brain-freeze and thinking of the prices from when I went to Splendido in 2006, prior to the change. I had a great anniversary dinner there with my husband last June, so will definitely reconsider it.

Regarding the rest of my "Best of 2013" list, while I do think my dad may enjoy some of the restaurants, besides Scaramouche and Splendido, I don't think they have the right feel for this time (all a little too casual). We also went to ICI for my birthday last year, and while I loved it, he was not that impressed with his meal (I can't remember what he ordered though).

I've been to Actinolite with my husband, but also don't think it will be the right feel for this celebration. I also thought the menu was relatively limited, although the food was very well executed.

Right now I am leaning towards George, but will have to pass it by the rest of my family!

Thanks again!!

Scaramouche Alternative for 60th Birthday Dinner

Hi all.
I am looking for a some advice regarding a 60th birthday dinner for my dad in the middle of May. I have been asked to pick a restaurant for approximately 6 people. My go to choice would be Scaramouche, but I have been told my dad wants to try something different. He generally likes relatively simple food. So far I am thinking of George, Jacobs and Co. (or another steak house, given his preferences), Chiado or Mistura (or another italian restaurant in a similar vein). What do people think of these choices? I am open to other and newer suggestions as well.
Thank you!!

Ben and Izzy's Deli

True.

Chicken at NoMad - is it that good?

+1!!

Jan 04, 2013
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Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2013 voting

It was mentioned above twice I think - It was just referred to as "Shoto" and not "Momofuku Shoto" - although I do think that a lot of people may have not tried it yet due to the pricepoint.

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2013 voting

Splendido
Scaramouche
The Saint
Enoteca Sociale
ICI
Le Select
Sidecar
Cava
Beast
Harbord Room

Northern Spy vs. Back Forty

Thanks all! I went to Northern Spy with 2 friends this Saturday night and we all enjoyed our meals, including kale salad, pork sticky buns, lamb, shrimp and chicken. I do agree that the seating was quite tight though.

Oct 09, 2012
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Northern Spy vs. Back Forty

Thanks!!

Sep 16, 2012
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Northern Spy vs. Back Forty

If you had to pick one of these two, for dinner, which would you pick and why? Thank you!!

Sep 15, 2012
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Weeknight prix fixe dinner in Toronto?

The Sunday-Wednesday Prix Fixe at Sidecar is only $25. I think it is a very good deal.

Looking for something yummy in the general vicinity of the East Village where we can pick up a late afternoon meal to eat on our 6:00 flight from LaGuardia...

I am going to agree that Katz's does not travel very well. I actually just brought a Katz's pastrami sandwich to eat for dinner on my flight back to Toronto on Monday, and it was not great by the time I got to eating it on the plane. Much better warm!

Jul 12, 2012
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Question re Wait Times for Danji, The Spotted Pig and Tertulia

Thanks! Will do. Yeah, I have been trying to decide whether the city will be less busy than normal and have talked to some friends, but there doesn't seem to be a general consensus, given the timing of 4th of July.

Jun 23, 2012
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Question re Wait Times for Danji, The Spotted Pig and Tertulia

Hi all,
What do you think that the wait times would be at the following restaurants between 9:30-10 p.m. on a Thursday (specifically, July 5)?

1. Danji

2. The Spotted Pig

3. Tertulia

Thanks!!

Jun 23, 2012
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HELP WITH OUR ITINERARY!!! 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP!!

Also, I have highly enjoyed Bouchon (Venetian) and Tableau (Wynn) for brunch.

Jun 19, 2012
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HELP WITH OUR ITINERARY!!! 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP!!

I was in Las Vegas for 5 nights in March, and went to the first four of the five places you listed for dinner as well. I actually ended up enjoying Sage the least, which was very unexpected, given the good things I had read about it on this and other boards, and based on reviews by my mother, who had gone two times in the past. I possibly had the worst short ribs that I have ever had (oddly cooked, not tender, weird texture for short ribs). However, I really enjoyed the egg appetizer and my mother enjoyed her steak. Not sure if the short ribs are always like that, or if I went on an off night. Lotus of Siam was amazing. I think they have the same menu for lunch and also a buffet, but everything I have read has suggested sticking with the menu and not getting the buffett. I highly enjoyed Jaleo (which I think I liked slightly better than Julian Serrano, which I went to on a previous visit in 2010). I also enjoyed Craftsteak, but liked CUT better on a previous visit., in terms of service and quality of the steak. I would also recommend The Barrymore, which is slightly off the strip, in a small, older (but revamped) hotel called The Royal Resort. It is a newer restaurant that evokes an "old Vegas" feel with good American food.

Jun 19, 2012
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NYC trip - next week

I am from Toronto as well, but travel to New York a few times per year, primarily on food focused visits, planned with the help of the excellent Chowhounds on this site. In the past year I have been to EMP for the 4 course lunch, had dinner at Maialino, been to the Modern Bar Room for lunch, ABC Kitchen for dinner and Minetta Tavern for brunch. I enjoyed all of these, but think I was the least impressed with ABC Kitchen (in terms of food and service, however, we were there on Christmas Day, so it may not be a fair assessment) and would agree that it may make sense to substitute something that Toronto does not do as well for that meal. I haven't had tapas in New York, but am also planning an itinerary for an upcoming trip, and plan to try to hit either Txikito or Tertulia. In terms of Mexican, I enjoyed Toloache last summer, as a pre-theater dinner, but it seems like Empellon Cocina is getting a lot of recent positive buzz on this site. In terms of the EMP lunch, I think it depends on what time your reservation is for and if you get all the "extras" that Charles received. We didn't, but the meal was still amazing. I think we were there for approximately 2.5 hours, as Charles had been quoted. I also think it depends on what you decide to order at Maialino - I know if you are planning on actually ordering the Maialino, it may be quite filling, but I think it is possible to make a good meal out of lighter dishes (i.e. apps, pastas etc) if you want.

Jun 19, 2012
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Where to eat in NYC

I'm also from Toronto, and think Craft is a good suggestion. My husband and I went there for our 1st anniversary and really enjoyed it.

Jun 06, 2012
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Please help with recs for a really good (veg/fish friendly) Italian restaurant

I'd recommend Scarpetta, which has very good veg/fish options.

Jun 01, 2012
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Craft or Ciano --- Balthazar or DBGB

I was at Craft for an anniversary celebration, and the short ribs, hen of the woods mushrooms and potato puree were excellent. I also tried a braised halibut dish that was very good, as well as the beet salad.

May 23, 2012
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Thai One On, (Avenue Rd north of Wilson) Aw c'mon, I should have known though!

I agree that Thai Plate is probably the best bet in that neighbourhood. I have not tried the Avenue Rd./Wilson Thai One On, because had negative experiences with a Thai One On around University and Dundas.