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Fairway going downhill?

Will play devils advocate for a second here... Is it us? When the first few Fairways opened, shopping like this was such a novelty. I actually considered the view from my apt in the Beacon down to the West Side Fairway worthy of watching. When the first Whole Foods opened in NY, I would take a subway from Brooklyn to shop. Now Fresh Direct and even Amazon will deliver speciality items. Have we all just outgrown the novelty and created our own monsters?

Aug 17, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan
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Fairway going downhill?

I was at the Red Hook store this past weekend and it was empty. Saddened me. One person working the fish counter. Signs advertising a BBQ but we couldn't find one. Yes, sad.

Aug 12, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Best lunch with clients in Midtown/Time Square?

I had an excellent lunch at Esca today. The $25 restaurant week menu was helpful.

Jul 28, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

I have never successfully bought bananas from Costco. No idea what the issue is...

Jul 28, 2015
carfreeinla in Chains

And NJ's best burger is....

And so happy that Newark is getting this attention for food. It is well deserved

Jul 16, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Sunday dinner between Newark and Edison

I am intrigued by the Peruvian restaurants in Harrison. Has anyone tried any?

Jul 11, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Where to eat by Prudential Center (Newark)

so sorry for your loss

Jul 08, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Where to eat by Prudential Center (Newark)

The thread above mentions some places in the area- You might want to consider Hobby's too...
are you really looking for fast food on this site?

Jul 07, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

Wow. I have been looking for this- what was the brand?

Jul 07, 2015
carfreeinla in Chains

Newark, NJ restaurants suitable for family dinner with Granny / Prudential graduation

While it does take you out of the Ironbound, I would not suggest it for the food.

May 16, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Good restaurants near Newark Airport (NJ)

Portugal Express had been suggested to us by a SI friend- we tried twice and it disappointed both times. Maybe better than the tourist traps but not nearly as good as many of the Ironbound restaurants. The other issue- though you shouldn't experience with an early dinner- is that if you are in a time crunch, it gets busy. Obviously that means that not everyone agrees with my assessment!!!

Apr 20, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Real Sichuan food in Bay Ridge

5th ave and 87th st

Apr 15, 2015
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Alva Restaurant near Pru Center

Tried the restaurant in the new Indigo hotel, near the Pru Center. A bit amazed at the menu- had all of the buzz words- La Frieda beef, Mast chocolate, Balthazar baked goods. A welcome addition to the neighborhood! First- the service was excellent- waitstaff was personable and attentive. That being said, the place was not exactly buzzing so it wasn't a true test. Ordered the burger. It was cooked more than I had hoped and wasn't in any way funky- which I would have liked. Fries were delicious. I didn't like the onion jam that came with it- thankfully on the side. Overall though, this is a great alternative to many of the other places in the area $13 for a hotel restaurant burger is reasonable and I will be back. Hopefully, this will be the go to place for breakfast in the neighborhood.

Apr 10, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Supermarket in Brooklyn for Passover items

+1 for Shoprite on Ave I. And you have Amazing Savings for paper needs next door. I was in a Shoprite in NJ yesterday and it barely had any Passover foods.

Mar 30, 2015
carfreeinla in Outer Boroughs

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2015

this has been a topic for discussion on various celiac websites. Sounds like it was not by design.

Mar 20, 2015
carfreeinla in Chains

Menupages?

totally agree. But on the other hand, you can only eat at one place at a time.

Mar 17, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Menupages?

Try Opentable.com You can use it to make your reservations. It has all of the features that you are looking for. And you can use it for cities almost all over the world.

Mar 16, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

While we are waiting to hear what they want... If a guy took me to Pommes Frites on a first date, I would have married him on the spot!

Feb 18, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

on the contrary, I think that you have lots of choices. Ok no red meat, no gluten no dairy. Tell us what you DO like.

Feb 17, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

First date - with restrictions

Since when?

Feb 17, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Can one find good pasteis de natas in the city?

Getting to Newark is a breeze. And while you are at the bakeries, stop for BBQ!

Feb 11, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Is Tops diner really all that?

If I have one issue with Tops it is that every once in a while the burgers are not cooked as ordered- and they are too rare ( I order mine medium rare and these are raw).

Feb 08, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Affordable place near Lincoln Plaza?

Whole Foods Salad Bar. I am not kidding .

Feb 04, 2015
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Is Tops diner really all that?

Yup. Love the Topless Burger. Skip the fries.

Feb 02, 2015
carfreeinla in New Jersey

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

Tried to go last night. We could not get a reservation but was encouraged to walk in so we did. One two top outside. When the hostess saw that I was alone she asked where my other party was. I pointed at him walking up and she said that the rule was that both parties had to be present in the restaurant and we would lose the table. He was literally outside and we were being seated outside. It was the most surreal thing. As we stood dumbfounded outside of the place, another couple walked out. They were fifteen minutes late and they lost the reservation that they had made. We walked a few blocks and had a perfectly nice meal at the Nickel Diner for a fraction of the price.

Jan 25, 2015
carfreeinla in Los Angeles Area

Sydney Restaurants

Having just come back... My three favorite lunches were Fix St James and the restaurant at the contemporary art museum with Mamak as a less refined ( and farther away) third. The one place I would NOT go back to was Rockpool Bar and Grill. Your dinner request is pretty vague! So many options!

Pre-Opera Dinner Reservations in Sydney

What about the restaurant at the Park Hyatt? We recently stayed at the hotel and the breakfast was nice. They have an afternoon tea too. My assumption is that it will be pricey however.

List of places serving the best burgers in NYC

Have to add Molly's. In fact i read your post three times to make sure that I didn't miss it.

Dec 12, 2014
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Lunch near Penn Station?

A great choice. IMHO, the pub room ( n reservations)is the place for lunch- though you can ask for the pub menu in the main room.

Dec 12, 2014
carfreeinla in Manhattan

Gluten free in Melbourne- a recap

Never thought that I would ever find such awareness of gluten free food as I have in Melbourne. It has been 4 days of great meals. Every single place offered me gluten free bread and all promised that if they toasted it, it was not in a shared heat source. Not one server had to be prompted to check with the kitchen. They all could recite which dishes were gluten free. That in itself is amazing. In preparing our itinerary, I wanted variety and the ability to explore neighborhoods but not spend too much time traveling.
Breakfast was at our hotel- The Langham. Nearly cried when I saw the dedicated GF station complete with dedicated toaster! But by buffet standards, overall a b minus.
Lunches-
Birdman Eating ( a disappointment for the food and the fact they no longer have the menus they list on the web)
Cookie- No question the best Thai I have had in years
Woodland House- Wouldn't go back- only time I was served something that wasn't GF. Food was too precious but wonderfully prepared.
Dinners-
Cumulus- dreaming about the corn soup it was so delicious. Noisy and a scene.
Mamak- as good as Sydney outpost. Bustling!
Hell of the North- My vote for the best meal we had the whole trip and great ambience. This is the kind of place every neighborhood should have. Heard them take reservations from 2 celiacs and a nut allergy. Took them with respect.
St Crispin- 2nd best meal but lost points for the noise level. Also the most expensive meal and least flavorful GF bread.

Wish I had known- Safe House on Commercial. Passed it but didn't have time to stop in. A completely GF restaurant. GF Pizza at Queen Victoria Market.
All in all, Melbourne is celiac heaven.