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Lunch in Memphis

My family and I are planning a trip to Memphis and we're looking for spots for lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. My husband wants to check-out Midtown so that would be our first choice for location (we'll be at Automatic Slim's for Saturday night dinner.). We'll have a baby with us so we'd would prefer not to have an insane wait for Sunday brunch. Thanks in advance!

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Automatic Slim's Restaurant
83 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

Eating in Japan while pregnant

My husband and I are going to Tokyo and the Kansai region for two weeks in September. I’ll be 10-12 weeks pregnant (not the greatest timing, I know.)

I was hoping someone might be able to clue me in on some of the dietary dos and don’ts that women follow in Japan. If I stuck to US recommendations – particularly regarding raw fish and MSG – I’d hardly be able to eat anything. In the same vein, are there foods (or types of establishments) I should definitely avoid while I’m there?

Aug 23, 2010
NYCfoodgirl in General Topics

Oysters, dim sum and more!

Thanks for the suggestions. I think I did report back on my last trip -- and it was delicious -- but I'm looking for something more specific this time around. And if SF is anything like NY, I'm sure you must have a number of new places to recommend.

I've definitely heard of Yank Sing -- who hasn't? It's in literally every SF guidebook and article -- but I was wondering if there might be hidden gems.

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Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

Oysters, dim sum and more!

I'm returning to San Francisco for the fourth time and looking for your recommendations.

In particular, I need a good dine-at-the-bar kind of place in or near Union Square. I'm thinking about something casual -- maybe some place that will be showing some sort of sports game so I don't feel too awkward.

And location-agnostic ...

Your recommendations for the best dim sum brunch.

Your recommendations for the best oysters/beer ... is Hog Island THE place for that?

Thanks everyone!

Yankee game, good food, downtown?

A friend and I are looking for a place with TVs to watch the Yankee game tonight … type of food doesn’t matter but we want someplace relatively quiet where we can also talk easily (i.e. no blaring music.) Sitting at a table – as opposed to the bar – preferred. We’d like to stay below 25th Street, give or take, but east/west side doesn’t matter.

For some reason I’m drawing a complete blank on this.

Oct 09, 2009
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

Jersey City dinner help: Grove St. Path stop

Haha, thanks for all the suggestions! By the way, I think you mean the SIXTH borough.

Jersey City dinner help: Grove St. Path stop

I just moved from Manhattan to Jersey City and a couple of our friends are coming over tonight to visit (one is a professional food reviewer – so no pressure there). They’ve never been to JC and I’m trying to convince them it’s awesome! Anyway, where should we take them? I’m looking for someplace that’s a short walk from the Grove Street stop. Good drinks a plus.

Low-key dinner downtown

I’ll be in Chicago next week and looking for moderately priced bar and grill type places (or anywhere similarly low-key … can be Asian, Mexican, etc.) where I can relax after a long day at the convention center and perhaps eat at the bar. I’d like to be within walking distance of the Harrison Street el stop (but I’m from NY – “walking distance” can be a mile or so), and I’ll be myself so I’d like to avoid anywhere that’s a “scene” or where I’ll feel out of place eating alone. Unassuming, laidback, delicious – I think that about sums it up.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 09, 2008
NYCfoodgirl in Chicago Area

Best Manhattan Steakhouse

This is really helpful. Thanks again!

Jan 27, 2008
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

Why do many people still think going out on Valentine's Day is a good idea?

For us, going out for V-day IS the present. We're both foodies on a budget but we'll splurge on one of the Zagat Top 50 as a gift. Also, he's a doctor (still in residency) so we never actually get to go out on the 14th anyway!

Jan 24, 2008
NYCfoodgirl in Not About Food

Best Manhattan Steakhouse

I want to treat my boyfriend to a steakhouse dinner for Valentine's Day, but I don't know which one to pick. We've already been to Peter Luger's and the Palm, so I want something different. Also, it would be great if there were fish options too -- I'm not much of a meat eater (hence the yearly treat for him.)

Thanks in advance --

Jan 24, 2008
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

Need Help - Etiquette for dinner w/boss

Chances are, the boss will -- and should -- pay. Even likelier, the dinner is on the company tab. You wouldn't be wrong to assume that. However, watch for cues. You may notice whether or not your boss pulls out her corporate card. Also, if the husband picks up the check, you should probably offer to split (since he's obviously NOT putting it on any expense account related to work -- assuming he doesn't work at your company.) If the boss hastily grabs it, you're probably in the clear.

Regardless, good luck and enjoy!

Jan 18, 2008
NYCfoodgirl in Not About Food

NYC Itinerary - comments?

You're absolutely right. I stand corrected.

Nov 19, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

NYC Itinerary - comments?

I went to Blue Fin in Times Square for a business lunch and really enjoyed it. A bit pricey, but not totally inaccessible. (Same people as Blue Smoke.)

Nov 16, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

Bread issue again...new situation

I didn't say it had to be free or even readily available. But the OP was asking if it were "acceptable" to ask for bread at the bar and if the bartenders have a "responsibility" to provide it. I believe that some states say yes -- if you serve alcohol and someone asks for food, you are obligated to provide it (whether you charge for it is another matter.) In the same vein, a bar that doesn't serve food can't prevent you from ordering, say, pizza and having it delivered. That's pretty common in New York, actually, and some bars will even provide take-out menus.

Nov 16, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Not About Food

Bread issue again...new situation

I could be completely wrong, but I thought there was a law in New York that if you serve alcohol, you have to provide food or allow customers to bring it in if they want it.

Nov 15, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Not About Food

Dining alone

Thank you everyone for your advice. I just got back from my trip. I ended up eating at the bar every night -- twice at the vegan restaurant attached to my hotel (I'm not vegan) and once at a sports bar. The sports bar was actually kind of fun; I ended up chatting with a few people around my own age -- it was nice to meet some locals and fellow "tourists." The only problem was that I got hit on non-stop ... and not in a good way.
I felt bad making the bartender play chaperone, so I didn't hang around for a second drink, even though I was enjoying the game on TV.

On my last night I skipped dinner altogether, and just had a big lunch (somehow lunch alone is less intimidating.) I tried my "foodie" picks during the day. It was still a good trip, and I'll just have to go back with my boyfriend next time!

Nov 07, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Not About Food

Dining alone

I travel frequently for business. When I'm in a new city, I always want to try new restaurants, but end up feeling self-conscious about eating by myself. I often end up getting take-out. Are there tips for overcoming this self-consciousness, or otherwise eating well while dining alone?

(I'm in my mid-20s, and I don't think dining solo in a "nice" restaurant is as common.)

Nov 02, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Not About Food

Inexpensive lunches near 7th Ave and 28th Street

There's a good sushi place on 26th between 6th and 7th. It's not "cheap," but it won't break the bank.

Oct 19, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

Upstate NY Road Trip - Need Dinner Recommendation

Thanks anyway. We won't get into Ithaca till midnight, so we were hoping to eat along the way. Cornell alum, so know all about the food options once we get there -- never thought twice about highway food until now!

Visiting LA for the First Time

Thanks everyone!!

Oct 05, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Los Angeles Area

Good Eats In Buffalo?

Rue Franklin ... that's the one.

Good Eats In Buffalo?

I'm from NYC but my boyfriend went to school in Buffalo. Far and away, Hutch's is the best of the bunch up there. We also enjoyed Papaya, Amaryllis, and the French place that's owned by the same people as Amaryllis (sorry, blanking.) Mother's is good too, though not our favorite.

You won't break the bank at too many places in Buffalo, though my perception of "mid-level" might be skewed ...

Upstate NY Road Trip - Need Dinner Recommendation

My friends and I are taking a road trip from Manhattan to Ithaca (280 to 80 to 380 to 81, etc.) Are there any good roadside diners or restaurants that aren't too far off the exit?

Visiting LA for the First Time

Wow, thanks everyone! It seems like the "east side" and Hollywood are the foodie areas, huh? (Also, I should have mentioned that my aunt is in North Hollywood, so I'll be there in addition to Alhambra.) Are there other neighborhoods (Santa Monica?) with interesting restaurants?

(Also, I was cracking up about the Pinkberry commentary. We do have them here in Manhattan -- there's one eight blocks from my apartment. It might be worth driving by one in LA just to see if the lines are as insane!)

I was also surprised how many people mentioned Asian and Mexican. Any good fusion places? What about Italian, salads, or seafood? Just to mix it up!

Thanks again -- I'm embarrassed to say that I know very little about LA neighborhoods; I think it's a lot more complicated than NY too.

Oct 04, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Los Angeles Area

Visiting LA for the First Time

I'm a 20-something New Yorker visiting LA for the first time, and looking for suggestions on (moderately-priced) places to eat. I want to avoid most of the touristy stuff (i.e. no studio tours or stalking celebrities) -- I think -- but I do want to plan a "food itinerary" that takes me to a number of different neighborhoods so I get a sense of the city. I eat all kinds of food, and I'll have a car.

I'll be on my own for a night or two, with a family member for another night or two, and then spending time with a friend from Alhambra (who hasn't actually lived in LA since high school, so we both need suggestions.)

Oct 03, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Los Angeles Area

Where We Ate in SF

Sorry for the delay in my reply, Ceekskat. At Perbacco, we were told the menu changes daily. But, for what it's worth, we had the salmon crudo and stuffed peppers (stuffed with crab, maybe? I don't remember) as an appetizer, then my boyfriend had the duck ravioli and I had the gnocchi.

And we had planned to go to The House instead of Sauce but were too lazy to make the trip to North Beach that night. We found Sauce reviewed in a local magazine -- I had tilapia, my boyfriend had the bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and we split the portobello fries. Even the bread was tasty! Would have loved to try the Guinness sundaes but we were stuffed.

To everyone else, thanks for your suggestions, and I can't wait to go back!

Where We Ate in SF

My boyfriend and I just returned from a trip to SF, and had a fantastic -- and delicious -- time. Here's where we ate:

Saturday: for a just-got-off-a-six-hour-flight-from-JFK pick-me-up
Samovar (Yerba Buena garden) -- can't beat the beautiful setting ... great little date spot

Dinner: La Taqueria (Mission) -- yum, what good pizza is to NY

Sunday:
Brunch: Baker Street Bistro (Marina) -- simple, fresh ingredients ... basic but hit the spot
Dinner: Brandy Ho's (North Beach) -- the one disappointment ... while the fried oysters were some of the best we've had (fresh and flavorful), the main dishes were salty and fairly average

Monday:
Lunch: Slanted Door (Ferry Building) -- yes, this place lives up to the hype ... great location too
Dinner: Sauce (Hayes Valley) -- we loved loved loved this place ... everything we tried was spot-on ... comfort food with a twist

Tuesday:
Dinner: Perbacco (Financial District) -- found this place on OpenTable; it's the second-most-booked (after Slated Door), apparently, and we could see why -- everything from the fish to the gnocchi was excellent

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Third Momofuku. Also Aquavit.

Sep 13, 2007
NYCfoodgirl in Manhattan

Non-touristy restaurants (suggestions for NY-er)

Robert and whiner, thanks. This board can be overwhelming if you don't search for a specific restaurant name!