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Need great place for dinner between New London and New Bedford

We usually take 95 from New London.But we can easily get off to go to a side town

Need great place for dinner between New London and New Bedford

On Thursday evening my husband and I are hauling a trailer with a sailboat after landing at the ferry in New London at 6:30PM. We will be on our way to New Bedford where we will spend the night. So we need somewhere to eat dinner where it is relatively easy to park( really can't see downtown Mystic for instance). We also don't want to go miles off the beaten path. However we don't want tourist or 95 food either, so can go off highway a bit for a great meal.In addition we will be driving slowly so I don't think we can make it all the way to New Bedford for dinner. Most likely we need to find a place for dining about 7PM ; this means we should be closer to Eastern CT or into RI.

We are open to any kind of food at any price as long as it is great. Don't care about a view etc. More about the food.

Thank you in advance

Buzzards Bay dinner

Thank you for all the recommendations. Another couple who will be traveling with us, discovered Osteria la Civetta her on Chowhound. They had dinner there last night and loved it ; so they went ahead and made dinner reservations for all 6 of us for Friday night. I just read about it here and checked out the menu. Having spent 3 nights in Bologna, which is where the food at the restaurant is based, I know this will be a good choice.

By the way, for all 3 of my trips to Italy, including Bologna, the recommendations here were simply outstanding.

So the decision is made and I know I will be happy.

Buzzards Bay dinner

I am going to Buzzards Bay for a sailing regatta( staying in Cataumet) . We have one night free and need room for a total of 6 adults. A local suggested either The Courtyard or The Parrot. Anyone tried these?

I don't see many great reviews for these places but I think the host thought they were close to the place where a cocktail party is being held beforehand. However we have cars and can go anywhere within reason. Would rather have really good food.

Suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time; I love the recommendations I get here

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

So we just ate at MP Taverna and had a wonderful time. Service was exemplary. Food delicious. We started with the bulgar salad. Fresh and delicious . Next we had the Greek sausage which was juicy and full of flavor . We also had the Grandma's meatballs which were good as well although I liked the sausage better. The toasted bread with the sausage was soo good. Next we had a special of artichoke risotto which was perfect . The dumplings filled with cheese were ok but we were quite full by now so I only ate the sauce which was quite good. We also had a bottle of wine. 91 bucks before tip was so reasonable for great atmosphere, good service and great food. Happy

Before we went to Artopolis bakery and bought all sorts of goodies for our trip tomorrow . Yummy place so easy to want to buy everything

Thanks for suggestions. All great. We had a lovely night

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Ha ha I am not exactly a tourist. Lived in Manhattan for years. Just live out on Eastern LI now. But thank you about your advice. I decided to eat at MP Taverna based on recommendations here

Jun 17, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

MP Taverna early impression

Thank you all. I have decided to give MP taverna a try. By all accounts I think it will be the best for a birthday celebration.

Jun 17, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Thank you. I will keep Tournesol in mind for my next trip but I have decided to go with MP Taverna because of the high praise here on Chow and elsewhere. Plus it just looks nicer for a birthday celebration. I will also be sure to report back after my return. I can't tell everyone how much I enjoy using this site. The recommendations are always spot on.

Jun 17, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

Thank you all. From one link above I am now settled on Greek in Astoria. Trying to decide between MP Taverna( leaning towards this one) and Agnanti

Jun 16, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

MP Taverna early impression

I am between this place and Agnanti for my husband's birthday dinner. Leaning toward MP, but would like a comparison

Jun 16, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Dinner fairly close to La Guardia; have car

We are flying this Wed on an early flight from La Guardia; we live on Eastern Long Island so will have to spend night in hotel near airport. But that night, Tuesday, is my husband's birthday. So we thought we would drive in, eat a lovely dinner, and then drive to hotel. We can be anywhere since we have a car but don't want to be too far if we have enjoyed a bottle of wine. I know Flushing is quite close but we do not want Chinese( just had a big meal last week in Chinatown). We also do not want Indian. Would prefer French, with Italian or American second. One place that looked good that I read about here in Astoria called Cafe Triskell is closed on Tuesday. Bummer

Ideas?

Jun 16, 2013
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

thanks! we leave for airport in a few hours. Just deleting emails now so when I come back I only have around a thousand. ugh

Jul 24, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

Thanks Jen. But I think those threads are too old. But anyway I think I am all set. trying Vetro's sounds good and I need a peaceful quiet meal before a long flight to London for Olympics( our daughter is an athlete on US Sailing Team

Jul 24, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

Thank you. Looks good. I will try. Much appreciated

Jul 23, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner anywhere on way to JFK

We have a Tuesday 10pm flight from JFK and will be traveling from Eastern Long Island. We wish to have an early dinner fairly close toward city so could be on Long Island or Queens around5:30 so we can get done and park car by around 7:30 at the car park area near airport. In the past we have eaten at a meal close to 495 in Roslyn or Mineola. But none of these were very special. I read here that Don Peppes was good but reviews are old. The area we could eat in is large just as it is not too far off beaten path to airport . We could eat somewhere and still drive to car park area after dinner if it takes about a half hour or so. Again we want to park car by 7:30. We like most kinds of food .thanks for your thoughts

Jul 22, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Sounds wonderful but on Saturday we will be watching an Olympic Sporting event at Earls Court in the morning and I am not sure yet what we are doing that afternoon but hoping to have tickets to some event. Also we have to pack as we leave London at 5 AM the next morning to drive through countryside and see gardens and castles etc until we get to Weymouth for our daughter's sailing. Maybe next time .....

Jun 01, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Thanks for letting me know and for the information about Sampler

May 31, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Thank you. I read a review somewhere else that mentioned the duck sandwiches. Must be good and I will hunt for them

May 31, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Ok I checked out everything and I think I will definitely try Bospherous kabob one night and for lunch after touring the Tower of London we will cross the London Bridge and eat at Borough Market. My husband and I love markets and this one sounds good. ( Ever been to the old fish market in Tokyo? Fabulous). For last night( not sure where we will be if we get more tickets to events we might try gessler . After our trip, I will report back here. Thanks again

May 30, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

One more question: do they serve alcohol? Probably not but thought I would ask. I checked out web site but couldn't tell.We are definitely going there at least once. Thanks again

May 26, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

lexdevil This place sounds great, thanks. Is the hot sauce really really hot? We aren't into flaming hot and it would be good to know in advance.LOL

May 26, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Thank you all for the help. I am busy right now with Holiday weekend guests but will check out all the suggestions as soon as I can. I so love Chowhound. When we went to Italy 3 times I had the best meals thanks to this site. And last year we ate at some great places in Austria. Why is this site so much better than all the others like Yelp etc? And it is amazing how many people don't know about Chowhound. Well got to make lunch. Thanks again and I will be back just as soon as I check everything out

May 26, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

Help with meals in Chelsea and around St Paul's or other tourist areas [London]

Our daughter is in the Olympics ( USA 2012 Olympic Sailing Team) this year so we are headed to London July 24. We have to go south of London for the actual sailing events so will only be in London for 4 nights. Some friends are letting us stay in their house in Chelsea so we need places to eat around there. With all the tickets etc the whole trip is quite costly so we don't need Michelin experience places. I mean I am from NY and can get fancy anytime and with our dollar so weak I want good places but not too expensive. For dinner I noted Le Colombier which is very close to where we will be staying. After walking all day we don't want to stray too far from our place, although a mile or two is ok. I also noted Bumpkin, Bangkok, Bistro 15, and The Pig's Ear. Again all of these are close to where we are staying. All have some good ratings and some bad. So I am at a loss. We like all kinds of food except Indian.

We have to go one night near to the South Kensington Tube station so a few choices in this area would be good too.

For one lunch I need a place in the tourist area where we will be seeing the sights.We will be finishing the Tower of London and will be in the ST Paul's area around lunch one day and would like a place near there. Or since we will be walking back toward Westmister and Parliament area we could eat any place for lunch between there and St Paul area.I made a quick reservation for 28-50 based on my Michelin Guide. But really I am wide open. I have looked at so many restaurants I am going crazy and so ask for help here as I always get great advice.

The only meal I have planned is a Afternoon TEa for our first night as we can eat at 5:30 and then crash. Lastly we will be going to many classic pubs as we head south to Weymouth where the sailing is taking place. But if you guys think a good London pub is a choice then that is ok too.

May 25, 2012
clarkgranny in U.K./Ireland

first timer to Vegas for 2 nights

I have never been to Vegas before and I am probably never going back. But i have to attend a conference there and will be only free after 5PM for tow nights, A Monday and a Tuesday. Usually I travel with my husband but I will be alone. Which restaurant is best for a single woman? I am thinking Sage so I can sit at the bar. But read good things about Scarpetta and La Cirque. At least one night I will attend a show( still figuring out which one). Thoughts? I am leaving NY tomorrow

Mar 03, 2012
clarkgranny in Las Vegas

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

Thanks to all for your advice about our trip to Flushing. We ended up going to the New World Mall. We got there about 11:00 AM when things were just opening up. We first strolled around to get a lay of the land. We saw so many Chinese eating at the GRand REstaurant upstairs that we thought we would sit down for an early lunch as we were drooling with anticipation. The dim sum was good but I wouldn't say great. Still the overall ambiance was fun.So much red and glitter.Next we headed to the food court area for our plan was to get takeout to bring home for our dinner that night. I can't remember which stalls we got what at but everything we got was delicious that night. Definitely better than the food at Grand restaurant. We did especially like a cold shrimp roll at the Vietnamese stand. We ended up with a shopping trip at the supermarket. This was our favorite experience. We loaded up on fresh greens and seafood. Everything is so reasonably priced and the variety is wonderful.We even saw a black chicken but we were a bit afraid to get this. We did buy a duck which we will have tonight. Last night we cooked the bok choy with shrimp we had bought. So our Friday journey has led us to have wonderful food for several days. A worthwhile trip and we will go again. It was all too much to take in for just one day.

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Grand Restaurant
40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

Feb 19, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

Hi joe,

My husband and I live on Eastern Long Island and are going to be in NYC Friday. We are looking for great chinese and had been thinking about Chinatown. But then I kept reading about Flushing and thought we could go there on the way back home. So my question is as a first timer to Flushing should we just go tot the New World Mall ( this would be for lunch on Friday) or should we go to a restaurant? Oh and we want to get some food supplies as well.

Feb 15, 2012
clarkgranny in Outer Boroughs

Vienna for One Night in Oct

Sorry I never said the restaurant was terrible, The person I know who lives in Vienna said I simply must not go there. I agree with you about Chowhound. I have gotten so many great choices from this board. My meals in Italy and Austria were outstanding. I wrote about Italy ones as well. I only changed one restaurant from recommendations here in Venice and it was a big mistake. I love Chowhound and all the advice! Thanks again. Our trip was very enjoyable.

Nov 08, 2011
clarkgranny in Europe

Vienna for One Night in Oct

Someone who lives in Vienna and owns a restaurant suggested the place. They said the one I was going to, Plachutta, was a terrible place.So I changed at the last minute. Probably not wise.The prices were high and I didn't like how the bill said" Tip Not Included" at the bottom. Seemed odd. But we had had a lot to drink and I just paid with a tip. Again the food and service was very good, so no harm done really. However as a side note, I was horribly ill that night. Now I blamed it on too much alcohol, but maybe it was the food. Who knows?

Nov 08, 2011
clarkgranny in Europe

Report on trip to Venice

It is hard to say exactly what we didn't like about La Bitta. Again we had just arrived from the US and we were tired when we ate there. But of all the restaurants I ate at while in Italy( And this is our 3rd time) they were the least friendly. I just felt like they didn't care about us. Also the food was not as good as the other restaurants but of course still good. Just not divine like the other places. My husband did say the first course was very good I remember. Have a good time!

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La Bitta
Dorsoduro 2753A, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Venezia 30123, IT

Nov 08, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy

Report on trip to Venice

So after all the help from chowhound I wanted to report back on our experiences in Venice this October:

Wed after arriving from NY we went to Cantinone del Vino Gia Schiavi for wine and small sandwiches. Delicious first experience. We were going to go to dinner to Ai 4 Feri but literally next door was La Bitta. We thought the atmosphere at La Bitta was way more romantic and cozy for our first night. Feri looked more like a pizza parlor place,in terms of atmosphere. Very bright; just a personal choice. We were extremely jet lagged at this point which might have influenced our opinion. But we did not like the waiter or the people at the La Bitta and probably ended up making a wrong choice. Should have stuck with chowhound recommendations. Food was OK but very heavy; not great. Hardly remember what I had really.

Thur: we had lunch at Alle Testiere( pouring rain; hard to find the place as first time in Venice and hard to see way through all the umbrellas); very good. I had razor clams to start; yum! Husband had a large shrimp in garlic sauce. Also excellent; as main course I had a local fish and hubby had pasta with clams (sorry about not writing down Italian actual names. We did take pictures of each course, which was touristy enough. Couldn’t spend time writing everything down too). Of course as tiramisu lovers we had to try that for dessert. And we also had a lite chocolate cake dessert with whip cream and other delicious things. The whole meal was wonderful. The service was great too; there was a couple from NY sitting next to us and they were real foodies. Their food also looked very good and they enjoyed the place although they didn’t think it as good as their dinner the other night at a place I have already forgotten.

Thurs dinner was at Fiaschetteria Toscana. We liked this so much we went back for dinner the next night! I kept the receipt so can say exactly what we had: first course: Cappesante Nostra Forno ( Scallops) and Gamberetti Con Polenta; excellent! Next course was Gnocchi Porcini and Tagliolini Tartufo. The tagliolini was expensive ( 34 euros but divine; had to try truffles once while in Europe. Then we had our sides. We had ordered Fondi Di Carciofo, which was the most disappointing, as it was mushy. But artichokes really aren’t in season so we shouldn’t have ordered. We also had Verdure Fritte; dessert was Crème Brule’ and Crostata Crème Fichi (a fig tart); we were stuffed but the whole meal and experience was a delight. Again we made reservations for the next night as we enjoyed the meal so much

Friday we went out to Murano and just had a sandwich at a deli for lunch. Dinner was supposed to be at Antiche Carampane but the only reservations we could get were for 9:30 PM, which was very late for us considering we were picking up a rental car in the morning to go to Austria. This is another reason we ate at Fiaschetteria Toscana again on Friday night. For starters we had Tagliolini Neri Astice and Sogliolette in Saor( had to try Saor at least once while in Venice). Very good. For main course we had Spaghetti Cozze Mazzanco and Tagliata Lombo Chianina with a salad to split; for dessert we had Rovesciata Di Mele Caramele and Crostata Alle Mandorle. Highly recommend Fiaschetteria Toscana.

We had wine with our lunches and dinners but I didn’t note them as we are not wine connoisseurs and generally are happy with whatever the waiters recommend. This time they did not steer us wrong and we enjoyed the wine immensely throughout Italy. All in all I liked Venice but the food cannot compare to Bologna (see separate post) where we went for two days after our week in Austria (see separate post). Also we liked the food best in Southern Italy from last year’s trip (mostly Puglia)

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La Bitta
Dorsoduro 2753A, Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Venezia 30123, IT

Antiche Carampane
Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Ai 4 Feri
Calle Lunga de San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2754, Venice, Veneto 30123, IT

Fiaschetteria Toscana
Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

Alle Testiere
Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

Nov 07, 2011
clarkgranny in Italy