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

We were there on a Saturday evening about two weeks ago and were discourage by our server, after consulting the kitchen, from ordering the tasting menu. The a la carte certainly had enough choices to make us happy.

Jan 28, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Hamilton's Grill Room

---HGR has always taken credit cards
---Many restaurants now require a credit card number when booking. Just a few miles from HGR, The Pass is a comparable restaurant, that requires diners booking through Open Table to secure reservations with a credit card
---I come down on the side that the quality of the food and the experience at HGR makes it worth spending a bit extra
---I was last there just before this new policy, so I can only trust you all that it really exists. If it does, it's not particularly good PR
---Like so many other belly aches on Chowhound (and, this one's a legitimate belly ache), I wish as many people would speak up to management about it as those who write about it. I'm sure I'm not alone among those who feel that if you're paying to dine in a restaurant, you are entitled to speak up if you're (legitimately) treated discourteously. Willing to bet there would be an "Alice's Restaurant" phenomenon here ("And if three people do it! Can you imagine three people walkin' in, singin'a bar of "Alice's Restaurant"and walkin'out? They may think it's an organization!
And can you imagine fifty people a day? I said FIFTY people a day
Walkin' in, singin' a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walkin' out? Friends, they may think it's a MOVEMENT").

Jan 13, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey
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Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

First visit, yesterday, for lunch. Vegetable empanadas were gorgeous, flaky, light and tasty. Runa salad, consisting of a quinoa base topped with lettuce and other salad veggies, was tasty. But, what attracted me the most was the catch of the day, the mahi, served to another table. Beautiful presentation and the customer looked very satisfied, practically inhaling the dish. Sauces are the strong point here: virtually every dish presented with some colorful sauce, utilizing Peruvian herbs and spices. Service was excellent. Did not have any cebiches, but will next visit.

Jan 12, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey

Tacos and empanadas in Doylestown

New taqueria in downtown Doylestown, and Empanada Mama open a few months. Any feedback?

Jan 04, 2015
famdoc in Philadelphia

Pizza in/near Lambertville

Allow me to change my prior recommendation to say that Lambertville's own Nomad spin-off, Liberty Hall Pizza, is excellent. You no longer need to travel to Hopewell for outstanding wood-oven fired Neopolitan-style pizza.

Jan 04, 2015
famdoc in New Jersey
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Best time to visit Katz's and Russ & Daughters

I'm not sure whether you're referring to Russ and Daughters' store or cafe. I can't speak for the cafe, but there is little, if any, wait at the store most afternoons. In addition, you can order for pick-up without a wait, through their web site. IMHO, the wait on busy days at the store is part of the Russ and Daughters experience. The people waiting are always talkative, nice and full of stories of years of shopping there.

Dec 22, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Pizza in/near Lambertville

This is VERY exciting:

libertyhallpizza.com

Dec 20, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

Service has definitely slipped there. As I described in my most recent entry, the hostess was overwhelmed and, as a result, a bottleneck developed at the entrance. A relatively inexperienced server mispronounced several menu items and brought our mains before our starters. In the past, there was a server who had been there for many years who could be relied upon to make the dining experience more enjoyable. I think he's retired or moved on.

Dec 17, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

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

Hmmm....reviving this thread because I've noticed yet another change: The Pass is back to the $40 three-course prix-fixe, in addition to the $75 six-course chef's dinner. Now, we can order a la carte. Cheese is no longer an option on the three-course (unless you order it separately for $8/$14).
Finally, instead of three starters and three mains to choose from, we're now offered five choices from each.

Haven't been there since the new format, so am anxious to hear from others who have. We're headed back just after Christmas.

Dec 16, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

LOURO: PROVING ME WRONG ABOUT COMPLEX MIXTURES

"I think the key to this restaurant is that Mr. Santos cooks with cheerfulness. That is his key ingredient. "

The best description I have read of David's approach to cooking.
Glad you liked the place. I've been a fan since the day he opened.
Suggest you check out his Monday night supper clubs.

Nov 28, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Good pre-matinee restaurant near Lincoln Center

That's a bit tight. Lincoln can serve quickly (perhaps you need to limit yourself to a starter and a pasta) if you inform your server you've got a 1 PM curtain. There's always a bowl of soup or a sandwich at (gasp!) Le Pain Quotidien.

Nov 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Pre Theatre

Marseille and Nizza, which, I believe, are owned by same group, both have quite good food, reasonably priced, with agreeable service. Tell your server you have a curtain to catch and you'll be served promptly. Recommend the bouillabaisse at Marseille and the socca at Nizza. If you can't get a reservation with such short notice, you can eat at the bar at either place.

Nov 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Bâtard

Figured I'd update this thread, as I made a return visit last evening and am pleased to report a much more tolerable noise level, outstanding service and a delightful meal. Highly recommend the roasted beet linzer and the cod. Appreciated the number of quality wines priced at $65 or less. Also noted a number of guests enjoying their meal at the bar. On my prior visit, found the bartender to be delightful. Can imagine walking in for a meal at the bar as being a great way to spend an hour or so.

Nov 12, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Virtually empty each time I've passed it.
They need to do some outreach/marketing.

Nov 06, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

First time at Zahav

Tayim is more than enough food and a sampling of everything that's great about Zahav. Consider requesting a wine pairing.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992777

enjoy! I'm confident you'll be hooked by the great cuisine, the service and the ambiance.

Nov 06, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

The ever-expanding Numero 28 empire has recently opened a branch on Seventh Ave. in Park Slope, an approximately 15 minute walk from Barclays.

http://parkslopestoop.com/blog/busine...

I've eaten at their East Village branch and found it to be acceptable, but not superb.

Nov 06, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Terrific Danish in Red Bank

I think this thread deserves to be resuscitated. We visited the Danish Cafe for the first time this weekend and were floored by the quality and value of the food and the graciousness of the staff.

The herring and lox platter ($12.50) features three generous slices of lox, two large pieces each of herring in vinegar marinade and herring in curry sauce, a wonderful piquant mustard, several slices of rugbrod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugbr%C3..., a hard-boiled egg and a small salad. In NYC, this platter would cost twice as much.

Service is friendly and attentive, with owners and a waitress each visiting our table to serve and check on our satisfaction.

We left without having any of the danish pastries, but they looked wonderful.

Finally, mention should be made of the Danish Cafe's monthly prix-fixe, four course Danish dinners ($38, BYO), described as a mouth-watering smorgasbord of meats, fish, savory pies and desserts, served over the course of three hours ("It's how we do it in Denmark: dinner is an evening's event").

I agree: this is a highlight of Red Bank's growing diverse dining scene.

Oct 27, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

If you go to Paulie Gee's, mention my Eater.com name.
And, at Brooklyn Central, try some of the side dishes, as well as the pizzas.

Oct 20, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Zahav wine pairing

We both had the bronzino. I am not a strict white wine-with-fish person, and neither is Zahav. It worked just fine.

Oct 20, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

I think you're going to find this a challenge on a Saturday evening with two kids. Paulie Gee's is the finest pizza in Brooklyn, perhaps the city, but is a 15 minute drive from Barclay's. Franny's makes excellent pizza (I'm partial to their clam pie), but does not take reservations. I've walked into Franny's when full and taken a seat at the bar. However, with two kids, that might be logistically (and legally) difficult. Campo di Fiore has closed.

I have to recommend Brooklyn Central (http://www.brooklyncentralpizza.com/#...), which is a ten minute walk from Barclay's, is seldom packed and can easily seat a party of four with two kids. Their pizzas are excellent and, I think, underrated among Brooklyn pizzerias.

Oct 20, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Zahav wine pairing

No, we did not. However, I believe if I had requested one, they would have poured a Lebanese wine. We had an Australian dry riesling with the salatim, a Pinot from Lake County (California) with the mezzes, the Galil Bordeaux-style blend with our main course and a tawny port with the dessert.

I resisted the temptation to photograph my entire meal, but two-thirds through our salatim, I yielded to temptation. Sort of makes you want to return there tonight, don't it?

Oct 20, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Zahav wine pairing

Another fabulous meal at Zahav (have been here both for kitchen counter dinner and regular dining). This time, we inquired about, and ordered, the wine pairing with the Tayim (Taste of Zahav menu).
If you tell your server your wine likes and dislikes, you will be very pleased with the pairings. We particularly liked the 09 Galil Bordeaux-blend poured with our main course. Priced at $35 per person, this is an attractive alternative to purchasing wine by the bottle. A generous pour of a different wine was provided with each course, including dessert. As always, service was attentive and warm and the food extraordinary. Zahav remains one of Philly's top dining choices. It hasn't slipped a bit.

Oct 20, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Lunch, not brunch, on Saturday--Center City/Museums

Looking for suggestions of restaurants serving lunch, not brunch, on Saturdays. We'll be doing a lot of walking, so light lunch preferred and vegetarian/seafood options are a must.

Oct 16, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Pizza in/near Lambertville

Without a doubt, Nomad in Hopewell is the best choice for pizza in the Lambertville area. Arrive early, as it gets crowded at peak hours.

Sep 29, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Bâtard

Chowhound is littered with grievances about dishes that were not comped when hounds failed to call attention to the failed dish after the first bite or two. Not saying you should not have been acknowledged, both verbally and financially, but you did state you ate 2/3 of it. Sounds as if 4/5'ths of your meal was satisfactory.
3/3'rds of my meal was satisfactory. I didn't care for the noise level and found the service lopsided towards the big spenders.
I'll go back.

Bâtard

I found Juni to be the exception: very low noise level, even when full. But, all things considered, you are correct; most restaurants that have opened in the last decade are deafening.

Aug 29, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

I agree with your assessment of the price/quality factor at HGR. Nonetheless, as long-time customers (and NYC residents who spend a lot of time in Bucks County), there's a certain comfort with the food and the personalities there. I'm a fan of Mark Miller on the grill and know when he's grilling, I'm getting quality. I also know he buys his provisions carefully, not cutting corners. His fish supplier is top-notch and he buys many vegetables from Bucks County farmers.

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Special occasion? BYO? Outdoor dining? Seems like Hamilton's Grill Room fits that description 100%.

Curry Hill Thali favorite Bhojan CLOSED

Long-time Curry Hill favorite Bhojan, best known for its affordable thali dinners (and for its frequent appearances on Groupon) has closed. What are you other favorite Curry Hill Indian restaurants?

Aug 27, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Bâtard

Couldn't hear my dining companion at a two-top.
To some of us, that's relevant.

Aug 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan