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Restaurant Suggestion in Lambertville

Agree here, too. Not only is this "true Mexican fare", but it is "true Peruvian fare", as well. Order the ceviche tasting platter.

35 minutes ago
famdoc in New Jersey

Restaurant Suggestion in Lambertville

Spaetzle, this subject has been discussed many times here. Simply search for prior threads using the search feature, above.

That said, my favorite is certainly The Pass. D'floret is excellent, too, as is the Hamilton Grill Room. Via Ponte in Stockton for outstanding Italian.

37 minutes ago
famdoc in New Jersey

Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

As I said, it was excellent. Recommend the grilled octopus and grilled orata.

1 day ago
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

B√Ętard

First visit to Batard.
Impressions:

Food is outstanding. An excellent value for $65/3-courses
Plenty of good wines for $50-100/bottle.

Noise level deafening by 9 PM, despite new noise-baffling ceiling.
Servers made no eye contact with us. Getting wine refilled, seconds on bread, check was major work.
There were several tables of big spenders in the room.
Needless to say, they got a great deal of attention.
Those tables in the middle are huge. Unless you're a party of 6 or 8, don't sit there (request a smaller table when you make your reservation).

Would certainly go back, but there are some bugs to be worked out....are you listening, Mr. Nieporent?

Jul 24, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Unheralded Brooklyn Restaurants

From Brooklyn Fare to Pok Pok NY and everywhere in between, there are scores of popular restaurants in Brooklyn. Which are your favorite "unheralded" Brooklyn restaurants?

The idea for assembling this list came after I enjoyed an outstanding meal at Park Slope's Okeanos, which has (quietly) been preparing excellent mezzes and fresh grilled fish for several years. Among the highlights of our meal were the grilled octopus, the taramosalata and the freshly grilled daurade (orata). A nice selection of affordable Greek wines, knowledgeable staff and a good price point (think $50 pp for shared mezzes and an appetizer, a fresh fish and a glass of wine).

Do other hounds have any opinion on Okeanos? Other "unheralded" Brooklyn restaurants?

Jul 23, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Logan Inn

Thanks for taking one for the team. I'll stick to The Pass, Hamilton's Grill Room, D'Floret and other nearby tried-and-true favorites. Some of your experiences there were inexcusable, but I would have repetitively questioned the assertion that a popular New Hope restaurant was "first-come, first-served" on a weekend evening.

Jul 20, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

Why bother eating at a casino (unless you're a high-roller and get comped meals), when Atlantic City has many fine, independent restaurants, including this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/din...

Jul 17, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Tea room near New Hope/Lambertville

A loss for the area. Always enjoyed their scones, served warm with butter and jam. And, the wide choice of newspapers and magazines for browsing. Never felt rushed. Employed young people from the area, who were always helpful and courteous.

Jul 17, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Tea room near New Hope/Lambertville

The House of Coffee, in Peddler's Village (Lahaska, PA) is about six miles from Lambertville and has a nice selection of teas. Can get a bit crowded and there's no table service, so, if you're trying to impress a client, it may not be perfect, but if you just want to talk and sip tea and have a scone or other pastry, it's perfect.

Jul 16, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

My son was born at NYU Medical Center (26 years ago) and my buddy brought HSF dim sum to my wife's hospital room for friends and family to share. At that time, there was also an HSF in Chinatown.

Jul 13, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There was another restaurant on the ground floor of the Time-Life Building in the 70s. Can't quite remember its name, but my parents used to take us to eat there before matinees on Broadway. Any ideas?

Jul 10, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Lived on the UES from 1985-90. On E. 86 St. Between 1st and 2ns, there was a Belgian place called Flammand. Outstanding food, great value. Owner was always generous, comping us dessert or drinks. He closed the place when he and the chef (whose name, I think, was Bernard) had a falling out. Subsequently discovered the owner had a bit of a coke habit and committed suicide shortly after closing the place.

+1 for Larre's, which was my Grandma's favorite. Also +1 for $4.95 curry dinners on E. 6 St., which, we believed, all shared a common kitchen. Sugar Reef. "Cuban-Chinese" on UWS (rice and beans for $2).

Arlequino on Perry St. Breaded artichokes.

Jun 30, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan
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Annisa or Union Square Cafe?

+1 on Annisa.
+1000 on criticism of the practice of holding more than one reservation for the same time (I know, you and your husband didn't communicated on this one and you've canceled USC).

Jun 19, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

St Malo

Plan to walk along the Port de la Houle in Cancale, perhaps in the late afternoon, where oyster vendors display their catch. Choose a dozen or more of those that most appeal to you, order a half bottle of Gros Plant and enjoy one of life's greatest pleasures.

Jun 19, 2014
famdoc in France

One of the best "other" restaurant blogs for NYC online

Thanks for making me aware of this one. I've always depended upon Dave Cook's eatingintranslation.com or the musings of Robert Sietsema.

Jun 16, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs
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groupon, restaurant.com, living social, amazon local etc?

Fully agree.

On the other hand, some restaurants cap the amount of restaurant.com credit you can use. For example, our local French bistro, serving decent food, accepts up to $20 in restaurant.com certificates, but requires a minimum of $37.50 purchase. However, a couple ordering dinner and wine is going to spend nearly $100, so they're really filling seats for a 20% discount. Not bad for them.

Jun 09, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

groupon, restaurant.com, living social, amazon local etc?

Just got an offer from an outfit called homerun.com, which is a groupon wannabe, offering a $100 restaurant.com card for $20. I'm going to pass, because I still have nearly $100 in restaurant.com credit and there's really only one restaurant I regularly go to that accepts them. Sorry to say, the number of quality restaurants in my area participating in restaurant.com has dwindled.

Jun 09, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

First visit since "new" menu (ie, $49 prix-fixe, four-course dinner). Apertivo was a thimble-cup of chilled "soup" featuring a piece of salmon at the bottom and a "salad" featuring four medium-sized marinated smelts. This was somewhat more than an amuse and somewhat less than a course, as the smelts were delivered to the table for sharing, while each diner received a "soup".

The only other change is that the cheese plate is now considered a dessert option, without a supplement.

Comment: this week's menu had only two (2) first course choices and two (2) main course choices. We thought this was a bit limiting. Quantity and quality remain unchanged and impeccable, by all standards.

As I've commented in prior postings, the service, from the elegant hostess, to the waitpersons and the busboy, was top-notch. I am particularly pleased that we were not rushed from our table at the conclusion of our meal. In fact, despite it being a Saturday evening, we were afforded plenty of time to wrap up our conversation (important note: we did not notice anyone waiting to be seated, so we were not preventing others from starting their evening).

One final note: upon being seated, a "wine list" was given to us, featuring a selection of four wines by noted California winemaker Sean Thackeray, priced from $40 to $70 a bottle. Not sure where The Pass is going with this: no wine license was seen, the majority of guests still BYO. Losing the BYO option will be a major discouragement for us, as we bring some of our best wines to enjoy with Matt's incredible meals. Time will tell.

Is The Pass still a deal at $49? An unqualified yes for two reasons: quality is top-notch in every way, and, by comparison with other preferred Bucks and Hunterdon restaurants, The Pass is still priced competitively at $49.

Jun 09, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Rte. 27 (Edison-Highland Park-Franklin Park-Kendall Park) Indian food route

Would like to hear from locals about their favorite Indian joints along this route. Please specify type of cuisine (Northern, Southern, etc.) and reasons for your preference, along with recommended dishes.

We've passed through the area a dozen or so times and have been happy with food at Sapthagiri (a sister restaurant to the very fine vegetarian place in Jersey City) and at Udipi Cafe, where we were able to peer through the window into the kitchen to see our dosas being made.

I'm particularly amused (maybe "amused" is not the right word, but you get what I mean) by how unassuming most of these places are, being mostly in strip malls and mostly family-run.

Jun 07, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Favorites from Wayne to Frenchtown

It's a solid list. Agree with foody4life that you have to try The Pass. There's a recent thread on the New Jersey board about it.

I've enjoyed Maize, in Perkasie, PA, about 20 minutes north of Doylestown. Worth trying. Be aware that it's a place that demands a leisurely pace and I've had some server issues. But the food is the best there is in Bucks.

Jun 04, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

There's no doubt about it: The Pass is fast becoming a destination restaurant. Look for features in national travel and food magazines, look for four-week waits for a table on weekends, look for a Pass B&B. It's nice to be able to say "I knew you when".

Looking forward to trying both the new menu ( this weekend) and the chef's menu ( perhaps later this summer).

Jun 03, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey
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Best Restaurant in Beach Haven in Long Beach Island?

Beach Haven Fishery. Unpretentious. Always fresh. Great chowdah. What more could you want?

Jun 03, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Genevieve's Kitchen -Doylestown

I posted this on an earlier visit to Genevieve's back in March. Very pleased with our experience there.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970660

May 28, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

@jmoryl: We've had discussions here about people's opinions on the best restaurants in the Bucks/Hunterdon area. The Pass has moved to near the top of my list.
If you enjoy good wine and want a fantastic meal, I recommend Maize in Perkasie. It's a bit of a trip from Hunterdon, but if you live in Bucks, worth the travel.

May 22, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

You are correct: it was $42.50 the last six time we were there. To me, it is certainly worth the extra seven bucks.

May 21, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

$35? It was $42.50 since opening, I believe.

May 21, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

Hey, Ambrose. You've always been level-headed about restaurants. Let's give this a chance. We know that the previous prix-fixe price was a great value by any standard. And, it was in place from opening day until recently, a span of more than a year. Let's not assume the apertivo is the bowl of chips you sometimes got. Finally, let's just order the cheese plate and be glad there's no longer a supplement. On top of all that, it's BYO. I say at $125 per couple, including tip, it's still a great value.

May 21, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

It was bound to happen, but the prix-fixe at The Pass has had a slight price increase: it is now $49. The great news is that, for the price, you also get a fourth course, called an "apertivo" and there is NO LONGER a supplement for the cheese course.

We've been frequent diners at The Pass and count it as one of our two or three favorite Bucks/Hunterdon spots. Haven't been there since that format change, but would safely say it's still a "strong buy" at this price.

Our next visit won't be until early June, so if any other hounds have been there recently, would like to know what the "apertivo" is.

May 21, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

New Hope Pubs/Bars for Wedding After Party

Inn at the Hawke and The Boat Yard are your best choices.

May 21, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Marea or Juni

Happy Anniversary! I welcome others to chime in here, but I always cringe a bit when I read posts from Chowhounds who are holding two reservations at the same time, with the intention of cancelling one. It just seems as if it would be more considerate to other diners if those Chowhounds would decide before booking simultaneous reservations. I'm thinking about a number of times I've tried to book a table at a place a month in advance and found they were already fully booked. Wonder how many of those reservations would subsequently be canceled.

Just my two cents. Interested in hearing where others stand on this issue.

May 15, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan
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