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bagel recs

The Waldorf is not terribly far from the midtown Ess-a-bagel. And one of those will fuel you for your days adventures (and into the next)

Ess-a is one end of the distribution of good bagels in NY... the oversized thick skinned ones served with plenty of NY sarcasm at the counter (particularly if you order like a lame midwesterner)

Feb 27, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Ha ha... I was at Kefi last weekend after a movie and the service was in fact inept... brusque... wrong appetizer arrived etc... but still good for a 6PM Sunday night meal at that $$ point.

Feb 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Go to Parm at lunch... I am a foodie grown man... and I love me a good meatball or chicken parm sandwich at lunch. .. and the pasta is fine and at lunch eat in is fine there.

mermaid is not Le Bernadin... but it ain't dingy... it is a perfect UWS place for good fish with kids in tow.

Red Farm is a winner... so much so that the wait can be an issue on weekend dinners. .. but it couldn't be more kid appropriate or convenient to The Beacon

Feb 24, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Yes... before 8 is family hour

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

For the 2 adults meal check out Bat Boulud by Lincoln Center. Def open late. Further than Saumeria Rosi but not far.
For convenient good comfort food check out Fairway cafe. If you like it go back...

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

Polpette is good red sauce Italian... is it best on the list... not sure... but it is good. Polepette has GREAT meatballs... better than Meatball Shop IMHO... But a kid may like meatball shop better.
Speaking of red sauce Italian; Parm on Columbus and 70th is a great lunch stop. Salumeria Rosi is tight and just less "fun" even while it is quite good

Are you staying at The Beacon?

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS w/kids - refining list

All except Salumeria Rosi will fit

Fairway has a cafe and definitely fits.. Citarella does not.

Add Shake Shack (77th and Columbus), Jacobs Pickles, Meatball Shop (I like Polpette better but the 5 year old might enjoy Meatball Shop more), Jin Ramen at Amsterdam and 84th (or so) Maison Kayser at Broadway and about 76th is like a museum for pastries...

Feb 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

Gluten free soy is available in Fairway and elsewhere pretty easily. As sushi is near and dear to the gluten intolerant many of them do carry their own bottles. My niece does.

Feb 17, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

I would give a +1 to Risotteria Melotti (or the original Risotteria on Bleeker)

add Bistango (3rd/29th)

Mooncake Foods (28 Watts St)

Dessert at Tu Lu's Bakery 338 E11th.

on the UWS (so on the 1/2/3... not the 4/5/6) is Nice Matin which has a reliable Gluten Free menu as does its sister NIzza in Midtown west on 9th and 45th if memory serves (you can yelp them)

Check the menus online to ensure they $$ meets your limits. They are strict Gluten Free places so that is not a problem. And you didn't ask if it is wise to go on a dinner date for a 1st date so I won't opine...

Feb 17, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Katzs Deli

That is funny, I had not realized it was a 9 year old thread that got revived by some Carnegie Deli lovin troll

Feb 04, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan
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Katzs Deli

I have a food scale.. meat only... laid on some plastic wrap to keep it clean. Could weigh out the pickles and cole slaw slaw too. (the most interesting discovery might just be a final determination of the effect of a tip on the counterman)

And if ZaZa want to be part of the study he would have to break with tradition and put his cole slaw and russian on after the weighing (abomination that it is) (or maybe try a bit with mustard as g-d himself commands and he will be converted and have a "Meg Ryan moment")

Feb 03, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Katzs Deli

Some of the comments above that mention Carnegie mostly elicit an "are you kidding " response... there is always one troll that says silly stuff like that.. (and the sandwiches at the 2 places are priced withing 46 cents of each other)

But it might be time for an experiment/taste test. Would require a few people to pull it off so we could split the sandwiches and live through it.

Hit the main pastrami spots; Katz's, 2nd Ave, Sarge's, Pastrami Queen, Mile End and for laughs... Carnegie. Weigh the meats (ordering 2 at Katz's from the same line.. customer #1 tips, customer #2 does not or tips after the sandwich is built) and then the team taste tests the sandwiches.. time to put this silliness to rest. I have done this before but never in a single day. Katz's always wins, Sarge's is second and 2nd Ave is 3rd. (need to test Pastrami Queen as it does get props from respected hounds)

Feb 03, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Katzs Deli

Ha ha... I was going to the the same about the cole slaw and Russian on pastrami - a tragedy

Feb 03, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS wings recommendations?

Atomic wings are all over the place ... though not at Blondies. My mistake, maybe they once were??

http://atomicwings.com/location-search/

there are 10 spots in Manhattan to get them

Feb 03, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

UWS wings recommendations?

Reply is a tad late as it is 4th Quarter....

Blondies wings are Atomic wings....

And getting takeout on SB Sunday is a nightmare....

Feb 01, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Katzs Deli

Slight overstatement... sandwich still weighs in... And anyone who puts Carnegie above Katz's is, well, wrong.

Manhattan Poutine

Brindle Room. Used to be a special, now it on the menu full time.

Jan 29, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Valentine's Day in Yorkville, NYC

Go on open table and see what is open. That night tends to book up

Jan 27, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

best ny style eggroll

Oh... you must mean the lukewarm greasy thing in a wax paper sleeve that comes with the delivery lunch special... They are everywhere. Just go to any local Chinese place that does not turn up on the CH rankings...

That said, the only egg roll I'd call NY Style is the Katz's Pastrami egg roll at Red Farm
(though I'm sure it would be better in LA with Langers Pastrami because the wrapper would surely be superior)

Jan 27, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Where is the best kosher food in Manhattan?

Sarge's soup is pretty good too (and pastrami ranks in the upper tiers for Manhattan... 2nd best? 3rd best?)

Jan 23, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Prediction: Arte Cafe UWS will soon have the same fate as Arte Pasta and Arte Around the Corner

When the slice at Fred and Peppers is fresh it is good... and they are fresh often enough I had some just the other weekend...

Jan 15, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Prediction: Arte Cafe UWS will soon have the same fate as Arte Pasta and Arte Around the Corner

Arte did have quite a lot of space (side street as it was... it was close enough to the corner to be nearly prime) the rent had to be high.

I don't miss most of that list, can't even remember my last visit to most of the list... but Harry's... ahhh those football sized gut bombs hit the spot sometimes. Now I have to haul up to 80th and Burrito Box

Jan 14, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jin Ramen - 82 and Amsterdam

a bit less robust/diluted or cooked for less time... (which is "not as good" right)

May have been a victim of the later hour on a Sunday eve..

Jan 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Jin Ramen - 82 and Amsterdam

I went last night at the later end for a cold Sunday... had the tonkatsu as well.. and thought it a little weak compared to Harlem...

Jan 12, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Does anyone know if you can get Bulletproof Coffee in coffee shops? Or is that something you can only make at home?

I am sure someone will offer it... but it takes just a few minutes longer than regular coffee... just got to add the butter and coconut oil and blend (reviews of the "magic" of this aside)

Or, drink coffee, eat some Kerrygold butter off a knife and go (the coconut oil is a very questionable part of this anyway)

Jan 06, 2015
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Best Italian Upper West Side

I had dinner at Parm last night. Food was fine but no more than that. I can see getting there during the week for dinner at the bar or take out but it does not rise to weekend dining. The fabulous heroes (sammies/sangwiches) will be on my weekend lunch route for sure though.

Dec 28, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Best Italian Upper West Side

Spiga is another good one too.. good food and a romantic gem of a room

Dec 25, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Best Italian Upper West Side

I have always been underwhelmed by Celeste (and the wait can be a killer) I love some of the pizzas at Osteria Cotta, I really like the meatballs and other red sauce basics at Polpette (better than meatball shop IMHO, and the MBS ordering system is silly (flame away))

I am eating at Parm on Sat night.. will report in.

Dec 25, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

Well, even though you are a downtowner (and probably recognizable by your all black wardrobe and tattoos and piercings) you are still a Noo Yawka and a Chowhound so you would venture beyond the official border (and besides... you probably get a kick out of staring at us UWS locals in our J Crew outfits as the moms and dads push the strollers on Broadway)

Dec 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

Ok, not like we are debating the Cuba initiative or what to do about North Korean hackers...

But I find tourists from Lincoln Center do not cross 66th... indeed il Violino is an easy rez before curtain time and it is locals at Cafe Lux etc before a show. Though I do get asked by tourists in Central Park (or used to before Tavern on the Green reopened) where to eat nearby and they sometimes wander to Columbus

Dec 18, 2014
dyrewolf in Manhattan