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Dirty French for Lunch

That's interesting that you say that, loratiff. The only Torrisi restaurant I've been to is Carbone, and honestly, I didn't get it. I think we may have ordered wrong, but everything was WAY too garlicky for my taste (possible that I just don't love red sauce Italian though too - even if done in a high end throwback way). The menu/concept at Dirty French appeals to me though and from reading your other posts, I think we may have similar tastes.

May 24, 2015
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Dirty French for Lunch

Thanks!! Tuna tartare is one of my favourite dishes, so will make sure to order that if we end up going!

May 23, 2015
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Dirty French for Lunch

Thanks! Unfortunately it is a Thursday lunch. I hadnt heard of that restaurant, so thanks for pointing it out!

May 21, 2015
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Dirty French for Lunch

Hi all! I was wondering if anybody has been to Dirty French for lunch? I am coming back to New York July 9 to 12 with my mother and my best friend and her mother (my friend and I are 33, the mothers are early-mid 60s). My friend and her mother are not interested in Dirty French, and my mom and I have one lunch without them. Is it worth it for lunch? Thanks!!!

May 21, 2015
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Ft Lauderdale

Hi! You will get better responses if you post on the Miami/Ft Lauderdale board. For steakhouse though, I like Steak 954.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

1. Splendido
2. Scaramouche
3. Bar Isabel
4. Jacobs & Co.
5. Harbord Room
6. Campagnolo
7. Mistura
8. Woodlot
9. The Chase
10. Bent

NoMad Bar Wait Times

Thanks!

Oct 02, 2014
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NoMad Bar Wait Times

Thanks for the quick reply. Not worried about the price of the NoMad Bar, but would like to be eating within about 30 to 40 minutes of getting there, given that the game will probably be over between 9-930 and I would rather not be just starting to eat at 11. Do you know if it is hard to walk in to The Breslin now that they started taking reservations? The problem with making a reservation is that I don't know when the game is actually going to end (in case there is overtime etc). I could just make a reservation at the Breslin for 10/10 15 though, and get a drink at the Ace if we are early I guess. l looked into moving my Carbone reservation to a later time, but it seems to be a no go.
Any other suggestions?
Thanks again!

Oct 02, 2014
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NoMad Bar Wait Times

Hi all. I will be visiting New York next weekend from Toronto and was wondering what type of wait times there have been for a late dinner at the NoMad Bar. I am thinking of going after the Rangers/Leafs hockey game next Sunday.
Also,any other suggestions for a restaurant that is good for walk ins that would be not too far from Madison Square Gardens/our walk back to our hotel in NoMad? We had reservations for Carbone, but have to cancel because of the hockey game. Was also thinking of The Breslin,which we have really liked at breakfast on previous trips, but have never been to for dinner, but I understand they started taking reservations now, right?
Thanks so much!

Oct 02, 2014
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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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