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Quick place for lunch near the Garden State Parkway or TPke in northern NJ?

Can't talk about sub or sandwich places, but Edison is a little India. Search this site for info about the many Indian restaurants in Edison.

1 day ago
famdoc in New Jersey

Quick place for lunch near the Garden State Parkway or TPke in northern NJ?

To quote a famous line from SNL...what exit?

1 day ago
famdoc in New Jersey

New Hope Premium Fountain Beverages

The connection to New Hope, the borough, is interesting: the beverages were developed while the owners operated the now-defunct Peace Out Pizza in New Hope. Talk about finding gold in a pile of ashes...

1 day ago
famdoc in Philadelphia

Top New Places in Last 6 Months

Narcissa is quite good.

Obviously, by limiting yourself to "must-not-miss" and "new", you are excluding must-not-miss and old. You are also risking crowds, noise and that all-important self-absorbed "scene". That said, we ate an early (6:30) dinner at Narcissa and quite enjoyed it.

Apr 15, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Inexpensive to midrange Italian in park slope

I've had both La Villa and Da Nonna Rosa cater family gatherings and, frankly, I prefer La Villa.

Apr 10, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive to midrange Italian in park slope

Very few of the fancier Italian joints (Al di la, Convivium) will be able to seat a party that size on a Saturday evening, even if their price point were in your range. For what you are describing, La Villa seems like the natural choice. Their pastas, pizzas and salads are all quite serviceable and your guests will be happy enough. It's really an old-school red-sauce joint updated for the Park Slope generation. They catered a similar dinner for my extended family a few months back and did a fine job. Nobody complained about the food.

Apr 09, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs
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D'floret

@coldbeer: I like your enthusiasm, but even Dennis will acknowledge he's not flawless, while Springsteen, I think all will agree, is.

Apr 07, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

D'floret

Shortly after D'floret opened, I started this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858951

We've been back a number of times since. It remains a strong choice for fine dining in Lambertville. The menu has been tweaked somewhat, but Foy's "signature" dishes remain on the menu. Foy recently hired a new sous-chef, who, it appears, has worked in several top restaurants on the West Coast.

Apr 07, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

The Pass - New Charcuterie/Restaurant in Rosemont, NJ

Consider your mouth already open. You gotta believe Matt reads this. He's got the right price point and, hopefully, won't be raising it any time soon.

Apr 04, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Brooklyn Chinese or Chinese-ish for 20th Anniversary dinner?

Agree that Pacificana isn't what it used to be.
East Harbor would be my first choice.

Apr 03, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Chinese or Chinese-ish for 20th Anniversary dinner?

Absolutely agree with East Harbor.
As an alternative, there's Pacificana and Lucky 8.
Finally, there's the food court at the Fei Long Supermarket, for a real family-style experience.

Apr 03, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Ramps??

2-4 weeks, according to most sources. Spring was late this year. Look for higher prices than last year.

Apr 01, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Dinner in Bucks County/NE

My first dinner experience at Caleb's was not spectacular:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922752#8544130

Perhaps I should give it another try.

But, I've passed the sign outside of Barley Sheaf advertising its new dinner menu, so I'm anxious to hear from others their experiences.

http://www.barleysheaf.com/new-hope-d...

Got to say, if you're going to charge $32-33 for fish entrees, it ought to be incredible. Perhaps those prices are the new normal for seafood, but they remind me of NYC/Philly prices.

Apr 01, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Biagio Wood-fired Pizza in Red Bank Shuttered!

I liked their pies. And, the staff was pleasant. Guess rent and expenses exceed income. Common story.

Mar 31, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Biagio Wood-fired Pizza in Red Bank Shuttered!

Any idea if this is temporary or permanent?
Had to get my pizza fix at Tommy's Coal Oven Pizza, instead.

Mar 31, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Dinner in Bucks County/NE

Just had my first visit to Genevieve's Kitchen in Doylestown, which, at 11 weeks old, qualifies as "new". Here's my review:

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

The rear dining room seats about 12-15. You could probably book it a few days in advance.

Mar 30, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Genevieve's Kitchen--Doylestown

Genevieve's Kitchen, in the space formerly occupied by Drew Abbate's very fine Vine and Fig Tree Bistro, across from the County Theater in Doylestown, has been open just three months and was packed on a recent Saturday evening.

Featuring Italian-influenced cuisine, including homemade pastas and a variety of meat and fish dishes, Genevieve's is a relatively casual, BYO restaurant. There are three rooms: a front room (which can get quite loud when all tables are occupied), a center room adjoining the open kitchen and a rear room. As warm weather arrives, outdoor seating will be available.

We visited for the first time on a recent Saturday evening. Reservations for Fridays and Saturdays appear to be a must.
Upon entering, I was impressed with the friendliness and elegance of the floor staff. This restaurant features, obviously, a woman chef (relatively rare in Bucks County, as it is elsewhere), but also a staff of attentive and friendly servers, hosts and bus people, all of whom are women.

Prices are average for upper-echelon Bucks County restaurants, with starters ranging from $8-12, salads in the same range, pastas $15-17 (although a 'ravioli of the day' is priced markedly higher) and fish and meat entrees are $15-25 (specials were priced up to $32 on the evening we visited). The total check, for a couple sharing a starter or salad, each having a pasta or main, and sharing a dessert, can be $65-100, including tax and tip.

Highlights at our recent meal included a medley of three varieties of raviolis (ricotta/asparagus, ricotta/celery, plus a third) and a grouper served over mashed potatoes in a red sauce. The grouper was done perfectly and the accompanying potatoes tasty. The ravioli were quite good, although I would have liked them to be plated so that each one could be tasted individually, instead of stacked, which resulted in some mixing of flavors.

Genevieve's had enough floor staff to accommodate a full house on a Saturday evening. As I mentioned, they were cheerful and attentive and seemed to work in pairs.

Genevieve's is a welcome addition to the Bucks/Hunterdon county dining scene. We now have at least a half dozen fine dining destinations, including The Pass in Rosemont, D'floret and Hamilton's Grill Room in Lambertville, Via Ponte in Stockton, Maize in Perkasie and, now Genevieve's in Doylestown.

http://www.genevieveskitchen.com/

Mar 30, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

+1 on El Tule.

Mar 28, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Dinner in Bucks County/NE

With enough notice, you could probably book your party at one of several of the better Bucks County restaurants. I agree with cwdonald that The Pass is just about the best thing to come along in years. You can reserve on Open Table, although probably not for a party that size. A call to the restaurant might yield success on that count.

D'Floret in Lambertville is another relatively new restaurant where Chef Dennis Foy is doing some nice things. The room is small, maybe 30 covers in total.

I've had private events at Hamilton's Grill Room, an old-timer by any measure of Bucks/Hunterdon longevity, but always tasty.

Had my first visit to Il Melograno in Doylestown and was very impressed. Odd to find such a good place in a strip mall.

Agree, also, that Quinoa is probably a great choice, based upon my experiences at Il Tule.

Mar 28, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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The Pass - New Charcuterie/Restaurant in Rosemont, NJ

As exciting as the Bucks/Hunterdon dining scene is, I'm getting pretty close to booking a standing reservation each weekend at The Pass. I mean, with a menu that changes weekly and several intriguing offerings each time the menu changes, I'll never be bored.

Mar 27, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey
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blanca vs. brooklyn fare

Both reservations are difficult and test your patience.
Let us know how you fare.

Mar 26, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

The Pass - New Charcuterie/Restaurant in Rosemont, NJ

Another enjoyable visit to The Pass.
Matt Ridgway has fine-tuned his front-of-house and service personnel to make dining there an even more pleasurable experience. A new hostess welcomes guests at the entrance without delay and had no hesitation in seating guests. Service was even more attentive than ever, with two new faces on the floor and one very familiar woman whom we've appreciated as our server on prior visits.

What impressed me most about my most recent visit, at which I ordered the fish starter and fish main was the kitchen's ability to deliver perfectly-done, still warm food.
The rouget sat atop squid, two foods with different cooking times and potential for over- or under-cooking.
Both were tender and tasty.

Mar 23, 2014
famdoc in New Jersey

Soft Opening of Park Slope Japanese restaurant features outstanding omakase

Did you have the fried oyster? Brings back great memories of fried clam strips along the New England coast. By the way, Mano recommended the uni he received from Japan. It was, perhaps the most tasty, subtle uni I've ever had ($8). Won't last long: that tray was small.

Mar 14, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Soft Opening of Park Slope Japanese restaurant features outstanding omakase

I believe we were seated to your left, arriving about a third of the way through your omakase. You and your wife seemed to be enjoying your meal immensely (and made an excellent choice in ordering the unfiltered sake). Didn't quite catch what Mano-San invited you back to enjoy next week, however.

Mar 14, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Soft Opening of Park Slope Japanese restaurant features outstanding omakase

The reality is that word is out on Katsuei and you will need to book a table in advance most nights. Sushi bar seating is going to be even more precious, particularly if your party is any more than 2 people. Look for sushi bar seating to be for regulars only. Whatever...it's our neighborhood gem and worth the extra effort to enjoy. We're headed back tonight to celebrate a friend's birthday...his first visit to Katsuei.

Mar 13, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

jfk layover

Not a joke: I misread the OP, thought it was 5-8 PM.
In that case, looks like he's going to have catch some sleep or read a good book.

Mar 07, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

jfk layover

Don Peppe in S. Ozone Park.
You're going to cut it close, though.
And, this subject has been covered in multiple prior threads.

Mar 07, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Soft Opening of Park Slope Japanese restaurant features outstanding omakase

The New York Times' "Hungry City" columnist, Ligaya Mishan, has discovered Katsuei:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/din...

Mar 06, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

Belizean food in NYC?

Been to Belize twice. The food is varied, depending upon the region. The distinctive style, found mostly in the Southeast, is the cuisine of the Garifuna people. There is an annual Garifuna festival in NY, where you can certainly sample Garifuna cuisine:

http://www.eatingintranslation.com/2011/04/garifuna-day.html

Never been there, but there is one Garifuna restaurant in the Bronx:

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/1...

Mar 02, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs

1 or 8 Sushi - Williamsburg - could be one of the best omakase meals in NYC

which one are you referring to?

Feb 24, 2014
famdoc in Outer Boroughs