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Last minute restaurant suggestions in Portugal

We are leaving soon and have not looked into any restaurants! Looking for local cuisine, seafood, toddler-friendly lunch and dinner spots in:
Porto
Pinhao region
Vila Nova Milfontes
Zambujeira do Mar
Odeceixe
Lagos
Lisbon.
Budget is very flexible. Also looking for cafes with excellent coffee.
We'd like to stay clear of tourist traps, and like to experience the culture through local cuisine. Toddler friendly is important, so super-fancy fine dining places would probably not work for us.
Thanks!

Jul 11, 2014
manny6 in Spain/Portugal

Casual birthday lunch on the Hudson

Not open for Saturday lunch. I've been to his other restaurants and they are always good.

Casual birthday lunch on the Hudson

Not open for Saturday lunch, but looks great.

Casual birthday lunch on the Hudson

Yes, too far.

Casual birthday lunch on the Hudson

I should have mentioned this would be a Saturday lunch. Nether Red Hat or X20 seem to be open for Saturday lunch.

Casual birthday lunch on the Hudson

I'm looking for a recommendation for a casual but nice birthday lunch on the Hudson (any town within 50 miles of NYC) with river views. The only other requirement would be that the restaurant should be baby-friendly (at least for lunch). Any cuisine works.

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

Thank you for all these suggestions. Will check them out. Never been to any of them.

May 09, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

Always wanted to try this, but couldn't convince my dining partner that the menu would have things other than meat-heavy options.

May 09, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

Thanks for the tips on Jungsik. I will definitely try it out this time or another time in the near future.

May 09, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

I might try Louro and request a booth.

May 09, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

Perilla is excellent - been there before and want to try something new. Will check out the others - thanks.

May 09, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

Well Jungsik looks great. I eat a lot of Korean and love it but I usually don't like watered down or fancy ethnic cuisine unless its very tasty. Is this similar to Danji in HK but better? I like that place.

May 08, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

WV, Soho, EV, LES, Gramercy all fine.

May 08, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

Yes thanks - I've been here before and it is good. But I didn't find it great, and I regularly cook skirt steak (with and without a chimichurri marinade) , and dare I say it tastes better! They have good rib-eyes and t-bones too and I have good memories of the place. Will probably skip for this occasion though, but thank you for reminding me of this place!

May 08, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Low-key romantic downtown dinner with spacious seating

I'm looking for a suggestion for dinner for the two of us for a special occasion. Has to be low-key (no dress code), not looking for ultra hyped-up places that have long lines and wait lists and snotty attitudes. Also would like there to be enough seating space to enjoy a private dinner without my elbow in our neighbor's lap. Anything from French, Italian, new American, etc. is fine. Nothing too eclectic or modern. For context, I've lived in Manhattan for over a decade and sampled/enjoyed everything from the holes-in-the-wall in the LES/EV/HK to high-end dining to foodie paradises. I'm just coming up short this time, so need a little help!

May 08, 2013
manny6 in Manhattan

Quick Rome recs

Also had some great napoletana pizza at Al Forno della Soffitta today.

Oct 23, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Went there today. It topped all the best gelato experiences we had so far. And we tried over 20 gelaterias all over country many of which were already very good. Ciampini is great but a different kind oh Gelato. Torce has such a large amount of insane flavours it's hard to fathom how it's pssoible. I got 85% chocolate, celery and cream+gewurtztriminer. All just just astonishingly good.

Oct 23, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Thanks again - Remo was phenomenal. Although it's well know and in the guide books I didn't see any tourists and the place was packed with locals lining up. Felt like a true Roman experience. Pizza was very different from napoletana or anything else I've had before but I loved it. I can see why one would claim it's the best in Rome.
No more (massive) eating for me today on my last day in Rome as I have engaged in too much gluttony for 2+ weeks. Will make an exception for coffee and gelato though. Are fattamorgana, gracchi and Settimo worth the detour or will giolotti do the job?

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Remo
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Oct 23, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Pizza Bianca at Roscioli's bakery was right on!

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Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Oct 22, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Hey thanks for the suggestion. Going go Remo tonight and looking forward to it. Roscioli was incredible. Had the burrata, carbonara, mozzarella di bufala, rigatoni,
alla matriciana, some mortadella with pecorino and beef carpacio with pecorino - all of which were outstanding and probably the best versions of each I've ever head
except for the mortadella. The great prosecco and vermentino helped wash down all that food. Service was friendly and professional and although
a waiter spilled some sauce on me accidentally and ruined a favorite shirt of mine, it was handled very well. Gelato at caruso and ciampini both excellent although different from each other.

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Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Remo
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Oct 22, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Will try the burrata, carbonara and tartare at Roscioli.
We did not like L'arcangelo last night. Service and clientele were too stuffy for my taste. Also felt like a kid in there although we are mid 30s. Besides all that, the food was the worst of our trip so far. Got the suppli which not mind-blowing, cacio e pepe and rigatoni al matriana which were too al dente to the point of being unpleasantly chewy. I know they are known for al dente, and even if their version is truly authentic I found it tough to enjoy (no pun intended). 3 dishes, water and an ungenerous pour of a glass of house white - 65 euros for 2 people. Certainly the most overpriced meal of our trip. I don't know whether they had an off night (doubt it) or perhaps its just a matter of different strokes for different folks! I think I'm done with cacio e pepe. After having one version that was cooked well but overly salty and another that was perfectly seasoned but overly chewy, I don't know what's considered authentic or good, but it's a pass for me.
Looking forward to Roscioli tonight. Don't have enough appetite or time for more than 1 more big meal after that bit there's plenty of room for gelato, coffee and pizza! Any other Roman pizza you'd suggest that is closer to Via Veneto? Remo looks a bit out of the way.

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Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Remo
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Oct 21, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Thanks for the tips. I went to L'asino d'Oro today. Incredible food and value for lunch. Dolce excellent too. It wasn't quite traditional I guess but nevertheless great. Pizzarium - wow! They should rename it to world pizza research lab. Outstanding pizza with perfectly paired delicious
toppings. I usually just love the plain old tomato only or margherita but this was ridiculous. I hesitate after eating all the pizza I've eaten before, but this was THE best although napoletana is a different beast.
Going to L'Arcangelo tonight and Roscoili tomorrow night. Will try to check out da Remo and Danilo as well. What do you think of Nerone?
I thank you again.

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L'Arcangelo
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

Remo
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Pizzarium
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

Oct 21, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Either way, sounds like I could skip both!

Oct 21, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Also would welcome coffee and gelato suggestions. Tazza d'Oro was amazing but St Eustachio so far just good. Will keep trying. For Gelato I have Caruso, Fatta Morgana, Settimo and Gracchi so far. Please let me know if I need to make reservations at any restaurants you suggest. So far I've just been walking in and although I had a few close calls I've been able to get seated almost right away or within an hour or so.

Oct 20, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Quick Rome recs

Thanks to you chowhounder regulars here on the Italy board I have eaten my way very well through Venice, ER, Florence and Umbria. There has been a marked difference between your suggestions and random places I went to or even those recommended by hotel conceriege, etc. The Gambero, Michelin, Ristorante d'Italia etc. stickers on the restaurant windows are also somewhat indicative of the food. I plan to share my favorites when I get back to NYC. 
I am now stuck in Rome, with limited Internet access and time until I leave (typing this up on my phone!). I beleive I have already had some of the best Venetian, Tuscan, Umbrian and Bolognese food and unless the place has some special twist one might appreciate, I'm really trying to get mind-blowing regional Roman food and pizza. Reading through previous Chowhound posts so far I have a short list:
Al Duello 
Forno Campo de' Fiori (tried once already at 5:30pm but was unimpressed, Pizza Bianca was decent though, maybe aim to go in the morning when they serve it hot and not cold and hard like when I went?)
L'Arcangelo 
L'Asino d'Oro
La Campana 
La Taverna dei Monti 
Pizzarium
Ristorante Santa Cristina al Quirinale 
Trattoria da Danilo 
Ditarambo (tried already, not bad, my first Cacio e pepe - it was good but not amazing)

So in short looking for about half a dozen choices that would really highlight the best of Roman cooking and sit-down pizza (I think I should be good with Pizzarium for taglio pizza). I prefer traditional or traditional with modern twist/ presentation but not looking for overly inventive or experimental cuisine. I am staying in Via Veneto a few minutes from Barebrini metro stop but plan to be all over Rome. I look forward to your suggestions. 

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La Campana
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

L'Arcangelo
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

Pizzarium
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

L'Asino d'Oro
Via del Boschetto 73, Rome, Lazio 00184, IT

Santa Cristina al Quirinale
Via della Cordonata,21, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

Oct 20, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Umbria Agriturismo and Restaurant recommendations

Ok thanks. Will base myself out of Speleto and Perugia and get the Locanda d'Italia book.

Oct 16, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Umbria Agriturismo and Restaurant recommendations

I looked through the links, yes.

Oct 16, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Umbria Agriturismo and Restaurant recommendations

Will be going to Umbria for 3 days, arriving in Perugia or any other town accessible by train from Florence and then renting a car. We are looking to drive around and eating what might be in season - truffles/ funghi, olive oil, wild boar, pears, etc. A night or two at an Agriturismo might be the perfect thing to do.

Oct 15, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Italy trip food suggestions

Understood. Basically I have to pay for good food. The visitors/locals ratio tells me that 'local' food would me more about the local ingredients and perhaps traditional Venetian dishes than what current locals actually eat.

Oct 07, 2011
manny6 in Italy

Agriturismo and restaurants in Umbria

I appreciate your help. I got off topic with the travel stuff. We have decided Pisa is a must do for us but we can give up Tuscan countryside for Umbria.

Oct 07, 2011
manny6 in Italy