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One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

I could probably write the entire menu right now. Very descriptive, and loving this thread.

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Lupa is pretty low-key.

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Sounds like a combination of Lupa and Babbo (sticking with the same chef). Maybe a dell'anima. Can certainly pass on that.

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Wow.. Thanks, Robert. Really appreciated.

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

We like to drink, and we like to eat... so if we got there early ~6pm on a Friday, hopefully it wouldn't be two hours, but two is OK.

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Thanks!

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Now I just want to eat at La Ciccia to see who is right!

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Thanks - Yes, my friend said reservations are almost impossible. I looked and seems like they are booked 8 weeks out. We are flying in that morning and I'm sure we'll be exhausted so maybe we'll get there at like 6 and wait.

Any idea if you have to actually wait there, or can go get a drink and they'll text/call when table it ready?

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

A co-worker just recommended State Bird - how does that compare with the options listed below?

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Thanks, Robert. Zuni has been mentioned a ton. We'll probably skip the long tasting-menu meal this visit.

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Thank you!

First trip to NYC

Yes, indeed. Was very disappointed, unfortunately. Had high hopes, maybe I need to give it another go.

Jun 07, 2015
orenshapiro in Manhattan

First trip to NYC

Makes sense... but still, Robertas... mmmm nomnomnomnom

Jun 07, 2015
orenshapiro in Manhattan

First trip to NYC

I really think you should consider Paulie Gee's or Robertas for Pizza. I thought both of them blow all the other places mentioned (Johns, Di Fara, Patsys (was very meh)) out of the water. I recently went to SRO pizza and I thought it was solid. Cool area too, can do drinks at the Wren before - not in the same league as mentioned above, but cool.

Dead Rabbit is good but location is also not great. Someone else mentioned PDT which is very enjoyable. Death & Co. also I can second. Good scene and delicious cocktails. PDT is somewhat "secret" which is also fun.

Big fan of Estela. I would definitely say no to Noodle Bar. If you want some noodles go to Ippudo (as you mentioned), Minca, or maybe Corcoran for some Soba.

One place I love for dinner is Joseph Leonard's. No reservations and it may be a bit of a wait, but go at 7pm or before and then you can go for drinks at any number of places in the area.

Jun 07, 2015
orenshapiro in Manhattan

One date-night, two solo lunches, one solo dinner, mid-July - go!

Hello -

Heading to San Fran for the first time with wife in mid July. Arrive Friday and stay at some hotel on the wharf Friday night. Want to have a very good meal - doesn't need to be fancy by any means (but can be), but maybe something different from NYC? I heard about Benu somewhere?

Then we're heading to Sonoma (Healdsburg) and if you have any recs there that would be great, but no biggie.

Lastly I'll be back in San Fran solo on Monday and Tuesday, leaving Wednesday. Lunch recs for both days? Solo sick meal on Tuesday night? Adventurous, perhaps. Or just super fresh. Something awesome, chill. Maybe I'll sit at a bar?

Thank you!

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks!

Aug 24, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Lunch close to Sumo stadium Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Sumida?

Thanks guys!! Great suggestions really appreciate it. Any idea if lunch is packed during a rush or if either accept reserve rations? Boar stew sounds amazing but may be a bit too heavy before sumo (pun intended)

Aug 24, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Lunch close to Sumo stadium Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Sumida?

We have tickets for Sumo on Thursday, September 18th. Our tentative plan was to go to the area around noon, have a great lunch, go to the Edo Museum, and then go to Sumo from about 2:30 - 5 (or so).

No sushi since we have reservations that evening at Mizutani.

Any suggestions? All I've been reading about is Sumo style restaurants (huge bowls of soup with meat and veggies) but that doesn't sound like a must try.

Any noodle places or great izikayas in the area? (or something I don't even know about?) Doesn't have to be right in Sumida - subway stop or two away is fine.

Thanks!

Aug 24, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Upcoming culinary events in Tokyo?

I'm going to Tokyo around the same time (September 16 - 20) and have been looking for the same. The only thing I found is that (and I'm not sure if this is even accurate) since the Grand Sumo tournament will be then, the Chankonabe or "sumo cuisine" restaurants in the area all have specials.

It doesn't seem that interesting to me, to be honest, but thought I'd share.

Aug 24, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Recommended cooking classes in Kyoto or Osaka? Preferably lunch time/afternoon classes.

Funny post as I am looking for the same thing. Randomly, the #1 ranked "activity" in Kyoto based on Tripadvisor is Haru Cooking Class.

246 people said excellent
1 said very good
1 said average

Pretty solid all around. I'm e-mailing with him (her?) and trying to figure out if it's worth it

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction...

Oren

Aug 24, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan
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Wings in Manhattan?

I second Bon-Chon. Amazing place, very cool scene, phenomenal wings.

Aug 06, 2014
orenshapiro in Manhattan

where would you go for some classy bachelorette drink/food celebrations?

I would say Sammy's Romanian Steakhouse is a lock for this.

Aug 06, 2014
orenshapiro in Manhattan

Best Cocktails 2014

I second ZZ's clam bar. Incredible place and delicious cocktails.

But I think the best drinks I've had in NYC are in Apotheke in chinatown. Such a cool vibe, cool location, AMAZING cocktails.

Aug 06, 2014
orenshapiro in Manhattan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

So before I write to the Ritz in Kyoto and ask them to book a reservation at Shoraian, what are some other places you all recommend?

I like the idea of a tofu restaurant, even though I am definitively a carnivore, because it seems like something special and out of the ordinary.

Am I better off going with a beef place, or a seafood place? We are already doing a Kaiseki meal at our Ryokan, Tawaraya. We'll have plenty of sushi and noodles in Tokyo.

Thanks!

Aug 06, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thank you so much! Very helpful info!

Currently I'm waiting to hear back from my concierge in regards to the possibility of getting reservations at some of the "best-ranked" sushi places...

I heard cabs are a nightmare cost-wise and the subway is the way to go...

The first day and night it just really depends on how we feel. I hope that we are so amped up from our wedding and to finally be celebrating our honeymoon that we crush it all night! But, after a 14 hour flight, we may very well crash in which case we'd want to be close to the hotel.

Thanks again!

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks again!

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Right - appreciate that... Just trying to combine "experiencing Japan" while also the food.

Have you heard anything, good or bad, about the following places in Asakusa: Raishuken, Koyanagi, Asakisa Namiki Yabu Soba, Sansada, Kamiya Bar, Suzuyo?

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

Thanks so much, Silverjay.

Would you recommend Morishita over Asakusa?

Really, really appreciate it!

Oren

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

And that's why I'm posting! Because I wasn't sure. Gonpachi is OUT.

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan

Honeymoon in Tokyo/Kyoto for foodies!

so I'm guessing totally nix Gonpachi from my list... Done!

Aug 05, 2014
orenshapiro in Japan