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4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

That Starbucks at 75th and Amsterdam is small and yes, it will be mobbed. Meet at the Aroma Coffee at 72nd and Broadway It is near the subway station you want anyway and it is much bigger. If you come up to the finish Sat you'll see it between the 2/3 train station and the park (but closer to the station) On the other side of Broadway / Amsterdam (they cross there_) there is a Starbucks, Mcd's, Pinkberry, Paris Baguette and a slice joint. (farther down 72nd near West End is the Emerald Inn where I may be hoisting a few beers and chomping on a burger..
Cheesecake in the days before?? Buy one Saturday and eat that after the race.
If you have specific question head over the the Runners World online forum I gave you the link for and message me.
One crucial piece of advice... it can be very cold in Staten Island. You need layers of throw down clothes. .. sweats and tbe like that you wear to the corrals and discard...

about 12 hours ago
dyrewolf in Manhattan

4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

When are you going to the Expo. By Friday after 12 noon is is crowded there. YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO ON SATURDAY. Honestly, go from the airport to the Expo and get your bibs.

Your menu would be a little rich for me pre race.. I'd push Luke's to Monday and get a carb/protein lunch that day. And hydrate like mad.

You have a 4PM rez at Tony's good The place will be mobbed as there are 48,000 people and their travel partners carb loading (in truth about 20% of the race is local and like me will be eating spaghetti at my own table). Half of them are foreign, staying in Midtown and don't speak English. I would top up after the show but not at Levain (which is close to the finish line by the way). Identify your race morning meal and make sure you have the bagels on Sat night or know the place will be open. What wave are you in (bib numbers are already up on the web) and are you taking the ferry? If so, what time. Race morning is stressful and busy and you MUST eat so getthat squared away... more important to your race experience than every other meal here (Sat aft/night are also super important)

West Side Steakhouse is fine... I am never in the mood for that post race. I hit the bars near the finish directly from the finish (maybe stopping by the gym for a shower) beer, wings, maybe a burger and then head home and take a nap. I usually have something like a preasembled lasagna in the fridge that I can just heat up (and a cinder block sized chunk really hits the spot that night) Of course I am a local so it is no big deal to me... but you're from Miami.. you got steak too so if you can't get into Lugars or Wolfgangs there is no point IMHO. You could go to Katz's deli post race. It is a NY institution and is down near the apt you are staying at and you can get in and out... and avoid falling asleep at the table.

about 17 hours ago
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Italian Pre NYC Marathon Meal

Don't know when you want to eat so not sure about availability They do have tables at 7:00 (I tend to eat at 6:00 pre race)

Cara Mia
Bocca di Bacco
Tavola
Bella Luna (upper west side)

Oct 16, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Italian Pre NYC Marathon Meal

Look here and follow the links also to the runners world online NY Marathon site. You will find a ton of relevant info

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/991717

Also note that the Times Sq area will be mobbed with runners and other areas.. as long as you stay on the West Side are very easy to get to

Oct 16, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

Don't use family reunion. Find a restaurant or coffee shop outside the finish area in the 70's and meet there. On Broadway and 75 or 76 there is a Starbucks, also at Broadway between 71/72 there is SBUX, frozen yogurt, McD's, Pizza (actually a decent neighborhood slice) Maoz falafel.

There are a slew of places near Amsterdam and 79 that are full of finishers, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Jake's Dilemma, Vai, and more

This is on topic... mostly food places (but really, go to the Runners World NY Marathon forum... so much good intel there that is running related)

Oct 11, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

+1 on Marta, you can walk in and eat at the pizza bar. the potato pizza has inspired love songs (and it is a carb fest if a little fat laden for a pre race meal. I'd eat that on Friday

Oct 10, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

If you are staying in Tribeca the way out from the finish is the subway (it is free for finishers in fact if there is someone there to work the gate) if you chose the no baggage option you exit the park at about 76th, get the poncho and are shuttled down towards 74th before they let you loose (last year anyway). Head for the train at 72nd and Broadway. If you chose a baggage option you will exit the park higher up.. the subway at Broadway and 79th is closer but it is a local.. go one stop to 72nd and get the express. It is not hard to get out of there once out of the park... as long as you don't look for a cab. (and you can get to the ferry to the start easily from Tribeca

The go to post race treatment is wings/burgers and booze... Ice baths are for training when you need to recover to train some more.

There is a lot on NYM specific info (including a food thread) here.
http://community.runnersworld.com/for...

And remember to bring toilet paper to the start... they run out

Oct 10, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

I am a single (at the moment) grown man and I don't want to give up good food at the moment either. I do have a good many friends who have many responsibilities so less time and less $$. I also am not keen to take some 1st or 2nd date to some of the better places (later on sure). I prefer eating at the bar, often with a nice bottle all for myself but completely understand others who prefer a tasting menu and a table.

Yes, a restaurant has every right to refuse a single at a 2 top... 30 days in advance that may well make sense... it makes a lot less sense 3 hours in advance (which is opposite to the policy at Per Se) 3 hours in advance the bird in hand is sure... the 2 in the bush have a lower odds of turning up (75%? 50%??) And good customers are worth more than their next one meal too.

Matzah ball soup to go!

Not really. Use schmaltz or corn oil but never canola as your oil in the mix. Drop them into the biggest vat of boiling water so that it does not stop boiling when you put them in. 20 minutes later drop them into the broth. It is all about the boil for lightness.

That said, best takeout is Sarge's

Sep 26, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Marta - When in NYC, do as...

I am going next Sunday...

Sep 17, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Thanksgiving Manhattan NYC

At some point OpenTable will have a special Thanksgiving page that will show all the options (there will be lots from traditional turkey and stuffing to dim sum to anything else)

Sep 06, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

Tocqueville belongs on the list too and rezzies are usually getable

Betony too

Aug 21, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Fun but nice UWS restaurant for group of 5

+1 on Cotta and Red farm
(no comment on Tessa as I have not been...)

Aug 14, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Fun but nice UWS restaurant for group of 5

The bread at Bustan can't touch Taboon

Aug 13, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Fun but nice UWS restaurant for group of 5

Fishtag is best of the list you show

the new Meatball shop (81/Amsterdam) is fun and packed

Jacobs Pickles is fun
+1 on Bodrum and Mermaid

Aug 13, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

kathryn - her posts are thorough to say the least... she seems to remember every prior post on the board and quickly links them

ellenost - has a great writing style and knowledge of higher end places.

There are many many more... but those two stand out (to me)

Spend some time following the board and you'll find your own faves.

Jul 09, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Union Square Cafe Closing

If rents are rising a building that has no tenants is worth more in a sale as there are no leases to encumber the value.

If markets rents rise, why should a landlord accept less? There is value in a long term tenant but why lease something for 50% of what you could get from someone else? I ask all the posters... if you own your apartment and decide to sell... will you take the lowest offer or the highest?

Jun 24, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Dinner within a 15 Walk of Columbus Circle

No... it is 1 crosstown block from Broadway to West End(or not even a full one from Broadway to Yasaka) just as Pan pointed out in saying "Add another 3 for the avenue block from Broadway to West End" So it actually is 16/20 or 8 tenths.. yes, a long walk but not quite as long as you were saying... had you read Pan's post more carefully before correcting him... you might have seen his math actually was right.

Jun 20, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

Ummm.. I was being sarcastic... I cancel rezzies all the time.. as long as you do it in time a place that would otherwise be booked solid refills the table. If they were not booked then no one missed a table that they wanted.

Jun 20, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

not to dismiss how utterly evil you are for holding two rezzies... it is summer, the city is FILLED with tourists... a prime table at USq Cafe will be refilled in no time if you gave up the rez earlier in the week (you're still very evil of course)

I have eaten at Union Square many times over the years.. I ate at Anissa like 2 weeks after the most recent NY Times review (lucky timing... had the rez before the review came out) and have eaten there several times as well... I think it is a wonderful place... def more special than Union Square but also pricier.. I would assign them similar Price/experience ratios.

Jun 20, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

Ha... very good... you are prob right on that.
Still, it is a cash cow.

Jun 20, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

I wouldn't cry for Danny Meyer... he is literally printing money at Shake Shack... There was something I read recently about how Shake Shack supported Eleven Madison through the recession.
Now, I I happen to like Shake Shack, it is fast food "style" with quality ingredients... but Mr Softeee may just have better profit margins than labortorio de gelato or whatever the gourmet competition is

Jun 20, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Butcher with extra-old dry-aged steaks in the city?

Try Florence Meat market in the Village not sure if they do super aged but they got good steaks (on the same street as Perilla if I recall)

Another best is Dickson Farmstand Meats in The Chelsea Market

I get 30 day usually, 45 day sometimes but never had 60 day... never even heard of 120 day. Almost seems like competition that would be besides the point...

Jun 17, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

The Clam - Super nice people

So, after reading these great reviews I popped in last Saturday around 6:00PM with no rez. They had a table that they said they needed back at 7:45.. so no problem.

Oysters to start (they were very, very good... plump and fresh.

Next up my date and I split the fried oyster/lobster sandwich - also just great. And the clam fried rice - very good

Staff was very nice and I will be back for a proper 8:30 dinner some night soon

Jun 17, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

The Clam - Super nice people

How tough is it to get a table. The reviews have me salivating... open table doesn't show much but is looks more like they don't post the prime hours to opentable... I suppose I could just call and see.

Jun 12, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

How much lox?

1/4 lb a person is pretty heavy. When I eat a bagel and lox and nothing else I am less than 4oz (2 1/2 oz maybe) and I like the stuff a lot.... so I think 2 lbs is a comfortable overage...

Jun 04, 2014
dyrewolf in General Topics

Stanley Cup Playoffs

They do have a TV in the kitchen at Per Se, (last time I had the tour anyway) and it was tuned to the kitchen at The French Laundry.

There will be a million places to watch the game.. but the food is morelikely deep fried than cooked sous vide... dipping sauces more likely than herbed foams...
That said... (I know sports bars on UWS best) I plan to enjoy the games for a few nights from a licensed establishment... Blondies on W79th, The Emerald Inn on W 72nd (food is better than you'd expect) In midtown east a mid tier sushi place - Tenzan does have good TV's behinds the bar

Jun 02, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

GROUP OF 10 Teachers seeking dinner/lunch in Upper East Side/Lower East Side

Lunch near Wall St has nothing really great, but if you are looking for lunch after the Museum it may make sense to head into Chinatown or Tribeca

Near the Tenemant museum there are several great options.. Russ and Daughters Cafe is high on the list... so is Katz's There was a great article in yesterdays NY Times on some of the stuff there abouts
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/din...

For Upper East Side, my first thought for a large group looking for a pleasant atmosphere for dinner is Atlantic Grill (in the 70's) There are a lot of choices ... give us some food preferences

May 29, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Is Russ & Daughters Cafe everything l hoped it would be? Yes.

I have to take my father (born on Orchard St) here for breakfast one day... walk him around for a while and then to Katz's for lunch.. he will think he died and went to heaven. Def not on Fathers Day though... the lines will be insane with all the old guys just like him.

May 28, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

College group Lexington & E 24th. Sushi? Ramen?

There is a very reliable second tier ramen place at 22nd and Lex if I recall.. Terakawa at 18 Lexington Ave.

not sure if there are any bargains but one can get a lot of choices at Eataly lunch counters (23rd and 5th) and the variety of places that have cropped up around 24th and 25th 5th Ave to 6th Ave.... it really is a mini gourmet area

May 26, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan