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Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

Regarding Semilla, I agree completely. On our last trip to Paris, this was the one place I would not return to. Unexceptional food, sloppily plated. Loud Brits and Americans. Never again.

Mar 01, 2015
rrems in France

Please help me decide on Italian for my birthday

fdr,

I think you missed that the original post is over a year old.

Feb 28, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

1 year anniversary - small, seasonal and intimate.

I love both Annisa and Recette, just not sure they are right for a meat-and-potatoes type. If he is okay with the menus these are wonderful options.

Feb 24, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

I would first tell them to take it off the bill, and if the server refused, I would then resort to the wonderful suggestion above and take it out of the tip. If that happened a few times you can bet the practice would end. Please write to the management and let them know how you feel about this.

Feb 20, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

cheap thai or indian food inthe village

You are probably right about Isaan food, though I think you are misreading the post. I take it to mean a group of six fifteen-year-olds, and I think that's what everyone else is assuming. That said, this is a fairly old post, so I think it's also safe to assume this lunch has already happened. OP has not given any feedback or responded to recs, so why is everyone still going on about this?

Feb 20, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Dinner in Manhattan for memorable occasion, but not $$$$$$$$

I'm sure GT would be lovely, but agree there is no need to spend that much. This is why I recommended places like Annisa, Tocqueville and Riverpark.

Feb 19, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Dinner in Manhattan for memorable occasion, but not $$$$$$$$

Be careful with regard to Zagat ratings. They are not very reliable IMO. That's why we rely on CH.

I've not been to Wu Liang Ye, but if you don't want to eat Sichuan food, why go to a Sichuan restaurant, where the non-Sichuan dishes are likely to be inferior.

Feb 16, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Excellent lunch today at Haldi in Curry Hill -- Hemant Mathur's new Kolkata-themed restaurant

So, we tried it for dinner this week, and the beer selection is limited. We had 1947's, which is fine for a lager, but I would prefer to see some stouts and porters.

The food was good, but we were disappointed that the menu was much smaller than the old one which is still on the website and had a lot of interesting-looking dishes that are no longer there.

A detailed report is on my blog:

http://robertrems.omm

Feb 14, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Lake Como recommendations

For a group that size, absolutely. I don't know about the other places, but Silvio has a very good website and some of the family speak fluent English, so whether by phone or email you will not have a problem. They are also very busy and get a lot of large groups, so plan well in advance.

Feb 13, 2015
rrems in Italy

Lake Como recommendations

That's great to know. Even more reason to go there.

Feb 13, 2015
rrems in Italy

Italian

Crispo

Feb 12, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Lake Como recommendations

If you take a ferry to Bellagio, you can then walk or take a taxi to Albergo Silvio, in the village of Loppia just at the edge of Bellagio. They serve fish that they catch themselves in the lake. Both the food and the setting are memorable.

Feb 12, 2015
rrems in Italy

Dining IN Lincoln Center?

How about Andanada? It's only a few blocks away, and you can have tapas or a standard meal. The food is excellent. I've not been to Lincoln but it seems that would be a fine option too.

Feb 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Best place for high Tea in NYC???

Sorry, no, not in NY. Not because there isn't anything good, just that it's not something we are in the habit of doing. We've done it a number of times in Britain and Ireland, as it just feels like something you must do when there, but at home it loses its excitement (if that makes any sense).

Feb 10, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Madrid - a first timer's experience

<we always found ourselves starving hungry by 8pm and nowhere open yet>

Since you are from the US, you were in a completely different time zone when in Europe, therefore eating at completely different times from when you do at home, so why does it matter what the clock says? When we are in Spain, we simply adjust our life to Spanish eating times. Get up later, go to bed later, eat later. It's really quite simple.

<Also. many restaurants close at about 2pm>

Really, where? Restaurants that only serve breakfast? More likely they didn't open until after 2. No Spanish person would eat lunch before 2:30 or 3:00. 3:30 to 4 is more customary. On our recent trip, we were happy that we could make a long driving trip to the next destination without getting up at the crack of dawn and still arrive in plenty of time for lunch.

Feb 10, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal
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Fiftieth Birthday Dinner in Venice

Agreed. I can't think of a better place than Al Covo.

Feb 10, 2015
rrems in Italy
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Best place for high Tea in NYC???

Apologies if I sound like a know-it-all, but just so you understand what you are asking for, an English "high tea" is an early evening working class family meal of meat, fish, beans, casseroles, or other heavy foods, possibly accompanied by tea. "Tea" or "afternoon tea", served between 3 and 5, is the one with the finger sandwiches, scones, and fancy cakes. I think the latter is what you mean.

Good pizza and rice balls?

Rubirosa
Marta

Feb 08, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Dinner in Manhattan for memorable occasion, but not $$$$$$$$

Take a look at Riverpark. We've been there many times, and our dinner there the other night was excellent. Really interesting food. I had a spaghetti Carbonara with smoked sturgeon and bottarga that was out of this world. It's a bit out of the way, and the ambience and view over the East River make it feel different and special. I would also check out Annisa (gets booked far in advance) and Tocqueville.

Feb 07, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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Dinner in Manhattan for memorable occasion, but not $$$$$$$$

Why do we always get these questions with dollar signs? Can't you just state an amount (in NUMBERS)? Is this really so difficult?

Aside from that, have you done ANY research? Do some reading on this board, use the search function. If you ask more specific questions, you will get more useful answers (we don't get paid for this, you know).

Feb 06, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

Though I like Tertulia, it is loud and cramped, so beware. Andanada has a lively buzz, but is much more comfortable and not terribly noisy.

Feb 06, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Tapas or other shared small plates on the UWS

I don't recall seeing many bad reports on CH for Andanada, but maybe I'm forgetting because I like it so much. I don't think you would be disappointed. Someone else suggested Salumeria Rosi, and I can't disagree with that, as the food is excellent, though the seating is somewhat tight.

Feb 05, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Excellent lunch today at Haldi in Curry Hill -- Hemant Mathur's new Kolkata-themed restaurant

Has anyone noticed if Haldi has an interesting beer list? I love Malai Marke and along with great food, they have a wonderful selection of beers, while Chote Nawab does not.

Feb 05, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Shu Han Ju - New Szechuan at 6th Ave. and 11th St.

I got the card a while ago, after having been there a couple of times. It was only because of Pooki's mention of it that I knew it existed. They did not offer it, I asked for it.

Jan 28, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Shu Han Ju - New Szechuan at 6th Ave. and 11th St.

We were there again tonight, and had the pork belly appetizer, the free soup dumplings, Chengdu prawns, and tea-smoked duck. I always add some chili paste to the duck. Great meal.

Jan 27, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Macelleria - Butcher Shop in Gansevoort Market

I'll definitely check it out.

Jan 27, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Macelleria - Butcher Shop in Gansevoort Market

Thanks for the info, but the correct spelling is Macelleria (as in your link above). How are the prices?

Jan 27, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

4 days in midtown NY - where to eat?

Since your are okay with going out of midtown, I will add:

Louro
Annisa
Recette
Tocqueville

Jan 27, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Do you mean Szechuan Gourmet?

Jan 26, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

PLEASE CRITIQUE MY UPCOMING FEB TRIP TO NYC

Though the rabbit meatballs are quite tasty, don't expect to recognize any rabbit flavor in them. They could just as easily be chicken, veal or pork, or some combination thereof. I'd order them anyway.

Jan 22, 2015
rrems in Manhattan