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800 Degrees - Disappointing

I am very surprised to see ANY disappointment with this place. I go here all the time and it's great.

I have tried pizza all over LA, but this place is the best for the cost/benefit ratio. It's good pizza, but don't try comparing it to places that have fewer customers and are more particular about their pizza.

I would go as far to say its better than most of the sit-down pizza places you can find in LA. Most, but not all. And I love the concept.

Just my 2 cents. It's good pizza.

Mar 26, 2013
PDFierro in Los Angeles Area

Looking for all kinds of places to eat alone in (mostly) central LA and (a little) Westside

Bear with me, as I haven't done my full research like I normally do before posting on Chowhound. I feel bad, actually. But I will be digging into it very soon.

In two weeks I'm going to be in Los Angeles for a week without a car. I usually go to New York City and there you aren't really limited without a car, so I will try to list the areas of L.A. I will be in the most and that will kickstart my search.

I'm staying in Wilshire Center. I'm primarily going to be in central LA -- that means Downtown, WeHo, Koreatown, etc. But I will also be in Westwood, Santa Monica, and a few other places. So while I'm primarily looking for places near where I'll be everyday, feel free to mention some places I could go while I am on the westside!

When I'm in NYC, I like to eat at good local places that range anywhere from casual to fancy but not so fancy that I'd be out of place. Just not super expensive either.

Where are some good pizza places? I love woodfired. Awesome bakeries? Any restaurants that have bar seating or you think someone eating alone would enjoy the atmosphere.

Thanks, I realize my request is somewhat vague. But hoping I can get some must-do suggestions and then I'm sure I can build my places to go to by searching on here.

May 14, 2012
PDFierro in Los Angeles Area

Anywhere to eat in BPC I'm not thinking of?

I couldn't find anything on it a few days ago. Thanks kathryn.

Dec 30, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Anywhere to eat in BPC I'm not thinking of?

Hi, just a solo diner here in New York at the moment. I have tried some new places that were recommended to me in my prior thread, but what about solely in Battery Park City? Prefer it to be in, but a short walk is fine.

I have done Inatesso and Shake Shack, but that's it. Didn't have much time to go to the area when I was there in August.

Can anyone recommend Blue Smoke? What happened to North End Grill? Not really into chinese, but might try out Liberty View.

Anything from casual to classy is good. Just not sure what I might be missing, despite my Googling and searching on here. Though I know there isn't much in the way of dining in the area.

Dec 30, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Critique/fine-tune my solo dining itinerary for this week: looking for additional places

Thanks again kathryn, always helpful. I was actually going back to your prior suggestions you gave me.

Places like Union Square Cafe, Hearth, Momofuku are in my head right now. Thanks, should be pretty easy now.

Dec 27, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Critique/fine-tune my solo dining itinerary for this week: looking for additional places

OK, now that things with my trip are more clear, I would like my food picks to be nitpicked and for suggestions to be made on what I could change or even additional places to go that I haven't thought of yet. Based on my preferences and where I will be.

I will be in the city from Thursday to Tuesday. I'm staying in the East Village, and by myself as noted in the title.

I don't have a set food itinerary, but here are some places I'm thinking about:

Grand Central Oyster Bar-Thinking about for lunch first day or second/some other day, wanted to hit it last time but Irene prevented that.

Dean's Pizzeria Tribeca
Tribeca Grill
Sarabeth's
Locanda Verde
Inatesso Pizzabar-ate there before, but would love another trip if there is extra time

I will also be in BPC/Tribeca/Lower Manhattan for quite a bit, but in other areas as well. Any good spots in the Villages? UWS?

I would like to try Blue Smoke in BPC but have heard nothing but negative. I take it North End Grill is not open yet as I cannot find anything on it.

I am going to a Knicks game and a Broadway show (Broadway is the first night), would love suggestions for somewhere to eat pre-theatre. Either close by or on the way.

I have my casual places covered, Shake Shack, Charlys, etc. Any good 24-hour places I haven't heard of? I will be out late a few nights, so recommendations for that will be great as well.

I will probably only be able to have an actual real sit-down dinner a few nights, and I realize I didn't list that many places, but I have a lot of maybes and plan to do some heavy researching tomorrow to even better prepare myself.

I have heard of Hearth, and might do that along with a bunch of other maybes. Some nice places with bar or counter seating would be good.

Bakeries? I have done Grandaisy and Bouchon. Where could I get some delicious cinnamon rolls? But open to all kinds of sweets.

My taste of pizza is Sicillian and Naples/wood fired, but other kinds are great too. I've already done Motorino.

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide. As I said I have a bunch of maybes right now, but looking to narrow that down when I get into it tomorrow. Looking for suggestions on sit-down places, along with the ones I've mentioned, more than anything.

Dec 26, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Grand Central Oyster Bar-reservation for bar seating?

I'm finally going to make it over to Grand Central Oyster Bar this time. I was once told on here that I would not need a reservation if dining at the bar. It will be just me.

Is this true? I will be going a few days before the New Year, probably for lunch (weekday). Would I just be able to walk right in?

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Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Dec 22, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Not-too-crazy restaurants for solo dining week of New Year's?

Sorry, I realize my question was vague and should have been more specific. I love anything from pizza to burgers, seafood, etc.

Two really good pizza places I ate at last time were Motorino and Inatesso in BPC. Loved the atmosphere of Inatesso. won't be dressing super fancy. Grand Central Oyster Bar was my #1 place to go to back in August, but I never made it there.

I won't be eating dinner on the 31st as I'm doing the Times Square thing, but I will be in town 5 nights. I just assumed everywhere would be hectic, but I guess not.

Hearth looks pretty good.

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Inatteso
28 West St, New York, NY 10006

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Dec 16, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Not-too-crazy restaurants for solo dining week of New Year's?

I'm coming into the city on the 29th, and I know it's going to be super crazy. Would restaurants anywhere be more crowded than usual? I'm staying in the East Village, but will be all over Manhattan. Any suggestions for BPC/Lower Manhattan would be good, too.

I was there during Irene, and I kind of missed some places I wanted to eat at, but I have my list of casual places to eat at down pat. I'm looking for places to sit down and have a nice dinner, somewhere to look forward to going to eat at night.

I like all types of food, surprise me. Not really set on a certain style. Looking for some places not casual but not super fancy either. Somewhere I can eat by myself.

If there is a super busy place you think I would like, don't be afraid to mention it. I don't mind crowds, but I know everywhere will be packed because of the week it is.

Dec 15, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Solo traveler in search of casual (pizza/bakery, etc.) and regular dining recommendations

Just a quick trip report here, I didn't even make it to the Oyster Bar and a few other places because of the hurricane. A little disappointed that I couldn't make it to some of the places I wanted to go to, but I was satisfied and your suggestions most certainly helped with dining on my trip. Ate at a more variety of places before.

For bakeries, made it to Grandaisy and Bouchon. Pizza ... Motorino and Inatesso in Battery Park. And a few other slice joints. Motorino was good. Shake Shack, and a few others that were on this list.

Would have liked to have gone to New Amsterdam Market and a few others, but I will be here again this year. So next time for the places I missed.

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Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Grandaisy Bakery
176 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Inatteso
28 West St, New York, NY 10006

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Aug 31, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Worthwhile places to eat at in Battery Park City?

Thanks for the info. Yeah, I did some exploring in Tribeca and other areas just by BPC and there seemed to be a lot of dining options just outside of BPC. I will def. check out some of these places when I am there again this year. Will have more time, but I really like the area.

Aug 31, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Worthwhile places to eat at in Battery Park City?

So, I ate at Shake Shack and I made it over to Inatesso. Loved Inatesso. While there might be better pizza places, it was good and I really liked their restaurant. BPC is an area I was spending a lot of time in, only less this trip because of the hurricane.

Look forward to checking out some others and North End Grill later in the year. Does anyone have a date for that is it just winter 2011?

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North End Grill
104 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

Aug 31, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Worthwhile places to eat at in Battery Park City?

I did eat at Shake Shack yesterday afternoon. And as my first time going to Shake Shack, it was damn good. I suppose I shouldn't be hanging around BPC over the weekend, but I do want to hit up Inatteso or P.J. Clarke's.

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P.J. Clarke's
250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Inatteso
28 West St, New York, NY 10006

Shake Shack
215 Murray St, New York, NY 10282

Aug 26, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Worthwhile places to eat at in Battery Park City?

I'm going to be spending a good amount of time in BPC, and I would like to eat somewhere when I'm there. Prefer it to actually be in BPC, but no big deal if it's nearby. Any good options or am I stuck with the World Financial Center options?

Any type of food is fine, I'm not picky. Just somewhere I can go by myself for a nice weekday mid-afternoon lunch.

Aug 22, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Solo traveler in search of casual (pizza/bakery, etc.) and regular dining recommendations

I'm here Wednesday-Monday of next week, so New Amsterdam Market looks interesting.

Any recommendations on delis outside the usual suspects? I ate at Charlys and that was good for the type of deli it was.

All these suggestions have helped greatly, now I have a better idea.

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Charly's
110 Trinity Pl, New York, NY 10006

New Amsterdam Market
South St Peck Slip, New York, NY 10038

Aug 17, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Solo traveler in search of casual (pizza/bakery, etc.) and regular dining recommendations

I absolutely loved the Union Square Green Market, but thanks for letting me about the others. I love markets.

Aug 17, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Solo traveler in search of casual (pizza/bakery, etc.) and regular dining recommendations

I appreciate all the tips, I was worried my question would be too vague or I wouldn't be coming through clear enough. I realize most questions are more specific, but I am looking to cover a broad range of dining here.

I will answer the questions and provide more info.

1. Where have you eaten before and which places were your favorite?
I ate at so many pizza places I forgot some of the names. Nothing I did too much research on, but I would like to hit Lombardi's this time. Only that you have to order a whole pie, but I'm a big eater.

Bouchon Bakery was mentioned, I went there and Tom's Restaurant by Columbia. And some others that aren't coming to my head right now.

3. Do you already have any must-visits on your itinerary, outside of Grand Central Oyster Bar?

No other must-visits I don't think, but a lot of 'oh yeah, I'm going to eat there for sure' places. I have a good idea of some places I'm going to eat at maybe, but looking to hear of places I'm not really familiar with. Mainly some diners come to mind on my list as maybes, such as Persching Square Cafe and some places in Union Square. I just researched a bunch of places that sound like a yes.

For bakeries: more into sweet items, but like bread also. I'm trying to start working in a bakery soon, so eating at quality NYC bakeries is a must.

Really, it depends what you're looking for: gas oven style, coal oven style, Naples style? A slice? A pie? IMO, Grimaldi's is actually not as good as other places in town (too soggy/wet). Takeout? Sit down? Or is standing up OK with you?

Standing up places are more than fine. There is this wonderful hot dog place in Chicago where that's the only option. I love all kinds of pizza, but my favorites (other than the typical style) would be sicillian and wood fired.

Good to know about not needing a reservation at the Oyster Bar. I thought I did, but only if you get a table? I'd be fine eating at the bar for a weekday lunch?

My only disappointment with my prior trips to NYC was that I didn't even scratch the surface of the food options the city has to offer. I'm looking for this trip to be well-planned in that aspect. I suppose the best thing to do is start making a list and narrow it down by category and such and then for the sit-down type of places such as Oyster Bar, figure out a day/time for those. Instead of having all these maybe places in my head, given that my options here are limitless. It would be easy to get overwhelmed.

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Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Grand Central Oyster Bar
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Grimaldi's
47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

Aug 16, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan

Solo traveler in search of casual (pizza/bakery, etc.) and regular dining recommendations

Sorry for the almost vague question, tried my best to word it right and get everything in there. This is my first post on Chowhound (long-time browser) and next week I will be going to NYC for the 3rd time. I am staying on the UWS and for 5 nights/6 days, so plenty of time to eat at a bunch of good places.

I did some searching on the board and found a ton of recommendations, but still wanted to create a question based on my factors. Almost anywhere in Manhattan is fine, I'm not limited ... and price isn't really a concern, as long as it's not something outrageous.

In my first 2 trips to NYC last year, I ate at some good places so I have a few in mind, but this time I'm looking to have a somewhat clearer view of my dining itenerary. I don't feel as if my eating selection was very organized last time around.

As I said, I will be traveling by myself. And I might be living here soon enough. I won't be wearing anything too fancy, just a presentable look of jeans/good t-shirt. I'm not opposed to eating at some sit-down restaurants, as long as I wouldn't feel too uncomfortable. I saw that some of these recommendations have bar areas to dine at.

Mostly what I'm looking for is delis, bakeries, pizza shops, etc. That's up my alley. Diners also. Where do I begin? I suppose I would be best served by just discovering on-the-go, but knowing the can't-miss places would help. I have a somewhat basic knowledge already having been here before.

I am going to eat at the Oyster Bar. Am I best served making a reservation ASAP?

To narrow it down, some of my favorite areas and places I'll be in the most are the Union Square area, UWS (Morningside Heights also), Battery Park, and a few other neighborhoods. But open to anywhere.

Thanks, hope I came through clear enough.

Aug 15, 2011
PDFierro in Manhattan