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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.

1 day ago
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

Bâtard

Apparently, there are still tables available tonight.
Would suggest requesting tables near the front, as the noise level in the interior of the restaurant is extraordinary.

Aug 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Bâtard

3-star NYT review by Pete Wells:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/din...

Aug 26, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

ZaZa: I'm a big fan of Arthur Russell's music. The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in his music. Much of his unreleased material has been released (just check Amazon or iTunes) and his music has been used for the soundtracks of at least one film and a commercial in the UK (search YouTube for "Arthur Russell/This is How We Walk on the Moon/Commercial T-Mobile UK"). And, in a month, the Red Hot organization will be releasing a compilation of covers of Arthur's music by major contemporary musicians, benefitting AIDS charities.

Aug 25, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan
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Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

We were just at Hamilton's Grill Room on Friday. Portions were abundant and delicious. It was a bit of a slow night, I think they even seated a few walk-ins. No back-up at front, which seems to happen on busier nights. It's a bit pricey, by Bucks County standards ($17 for six oysters, fish and meat specials $32-38), but the setting is worth a few extra bucks, don't you think?

Aug 24, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

One "e" in Nedick's.

Aug 20, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan

Calling all Bucks County Chowhounds

Used to be a place in Newtown called Basil Leaf. Apparently closed. Liked their pho.

Aug 18, 2014
famdoc in Philadelphia

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There was an urban legend that all the Indian restaurants on E. 6th St. shared the same kitchen.

There was also a macrobiotic joint in amongst all the Indian joints. I believe it was called The Cauldron.

Aug 15, 2014
famdoc in Manhattan
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