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New Yorkers Honeymooning in London

Thank you so much for the information. We made a reservation for St. John and are really looking forward to it!

In terms of "near" - I suppose we mean reasonable traveling distance for dinner - ie not a super expensive cab ride across the entire city, or somewhere we'd have to switch a bunch of metro lines to get to. I suppose we're happy to go anywhere for dinner as long as it's easily accessible by the metro or a reasonable cab fair.

I guess a five mile radius? Does that make sense?

Thanks again - I look forward to your list!

Sep 22, 2013
bbnyc in U.K./Ireland

New Yorkers Honeymooning in London

St. John's looks great - made a reservation! We're staying in Westminister, how do you suggest we get to the restaurant? Is it far? Also, do you have any suggestions for some great places that are near where we are staying (Intercontinental Westminister)?

Looking into Anchor and Hope now!

Sep 21, 2013
bbnyc in U.K./Ireland

New Yorkers Honeymooning in London

Thank you for your suggestions!

We're definitely big meat eaters. On a recent trip to Montreal, the highlight of our trip was our dinner at Joe Beef, if that helps... :)

Sep 21, 2013
bbnyc in U.K./Ireland

New Yorkers Honeymooning in Paris

We won't eat dinner until around 9:00 or 9:30 - it's the same time we generally eat out in New York. Also, we understand that the areas we will be in are going to have a high concentration of tourists, but, like you said, we're just trying to avoid the traps. There are many restaurants even in Midtown Manhattan that are not "touristy."

Sep 21, 2013
bbnyc in France

New Yorkers Honeymooning in Paris

Revised list:

Pirouette*
La Cuisine de Philippe
Semilla
Josephine Chez Dumonet*
Petrelle
Les Premices

What are the prices like at each of these?
Thanks for your help!

Sep 20, 2013
bbnyc in France

New Yorkers Honeymooning in Paris

The list so far:

Pirouette*
La Cuisine de Philippe
Semilla
Josephine Chez Dumonet*
Le Voltaire or Le Petit Voltaire
Petrelle
Les Premices

Any thoughts? Thank you all!

Sep 19, 2013
bbnyc in France

New Yorkers Honeymooning in Paris

Thank you for the great suggestions! I keep hearing about Pirouette and am definitely considering it as an option!

We have an outpost of Benoit in NYC, so is there another recommendation for a classic French Parisian bistro?

Thank you!

Sep 19, 2013
bbnyc in France

New Yorkers Honeymooning in London

In terms of local NYC cuisine, restaurants we like include the Minetta Tavern, Public, Vinegar Hill House, ABC Kitchen, and many more. We are pretty adventurous eaters and like bold flavors. We’d be interested in exploring restaurants that are edgy with the their menus, but we’re also interested in new spins on traditional British cuisine. While there’s no doubt a huge variety and number of restaurants in the city, what would be recommended for a three night sample?

In terms of energy – we definitely don’t want a nightclub but we also don’t want to eat somewhere extremely formal or stuffy. Somewhere locals who eat well frequent – a place we’ll really get a sense of the life of the city.

We’re staying in Westminister. I know London is a big place, so it would be preferable to stay within a reasonable cab fare from the hotel for dinners.

Thank you!

Sep 19, 2013
bbnyc in U.K./Ireland

New Yorkers Honeymooning in London

Two New Yorkers in London for three nights in late October (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights) before heading to Paris. What would your recommendations be for a perfect three night itinerary to sample the best in local cusine?

We're looking for energetic restaurants - casual but still upscale. We'd love to sample both traditional / classic and more contemporary fare.

We're in our early thirties and are self-described 'foodies'. We love trying new restaurants in our hometown of NYC, and look forward to your recommendations for dinners in London!

Thank you!

Sep 19, 2013
bbnyc in U.K./Ireland

New Yorkers Honeymooning in Paris

My partner and I will be honeymooning in Paris from Friday, October 25 – Wednesday, October 30. We’re staying in the Vendome district next to the Jardin des Tuileries. We’re looking for a handful of dinner recommendations for some very memorable and special meals.

We’re both in our early thirties and coming from New York City. It will be our first time in the city (as adults at least!) Without really knowing what the options are, I would say we’re looking for energetic bistros or brasseries that are distinctly Parisian and showcase the best of the local cuisine. We want to avoid touristy restaurants, or overly expensive restaurants. We’d like to avoid the extremely stuffy and formal restaurants. We’re looking for upscale casual…

We’d like to try both classic French / Parisian cusine, as well as new French cuisine.

We have five dinners in the city (Friday-Tuesday night) - what would your perfect dining itinerary be?

Thank you so much for your suggestions. We’re incredibly excited about this trip!

Sep 19, 2013
bbnyc in France

Cocktail Party for 60-70 People in Manhattan - suggestions?

My partner and I are having our wedding in Manhattan and have many out-of-town guests arriving from all over the country. We're planning on having a 'welcome cocktail reception' in the early evening the night before the wedding (from 6-8pm) and expect about 60-70 of our close friends and family to be there. During that time, we'd like a limited open bar (wine, prosecco, beer) and light hors d'oeuvres. (We'd offer more, like a full bar, but we're trying to keep our costs down!) Our guests will be staying at hotel in Midtown East (E. 50s and Park) but we're open to considering places in nearby neighborhoods also (neither one of us spends very much time in Midtown, so were not too familiar with the options and possibilities.)

In terms of vibe, we're looking for something that is distinctively New York and has a special and unique feel. We would like to have the party in a restaurant or bar that is a really cool space architecturally - we love the Beaux Arts and Art Deco architecture that is so prevalent in the city.

Most of the places we have looked into require us to rent out the entire restaurant, or bar, for a fee - give that we're hosting the cocktail reception on a Saturday night when they have a lot of business. So we're looking for a place that has an annex or place that can be reserved for a group. What we don't want is to be put in a banquet room or a space that feels disconnected from the rest of the atmosphere and energy of the establishment.

Our budget is around $50 per person for this event. If anyone has any ideas, we'd be very grateful. I've always loved the suggestions from my Chowhound friends. Even though this isn't a distinctly 'foodie' concern, I thought some of you might have some ideas. We've all been somewhere in the city, at some point, where we think, "wow, this would be a cool place to have a party!" But it's easy to forget those places when you're planning an event!

Thanks everyone!

Jul 05, 2013
bbnyc in Manhattan

Last Minute Reservations this Friday and Saturday, suggestions please!

We have some guests coming in this weekend from Dallas, and we need to get a reservation for a party of four for both Friday and Saturday night.

They've been to NYC several times, and are pretty familiar with the culinary scene. I've really been wanting to try ABC Kitchen, and now also ABC Cocina, but getting a reservation is hopeless!

Below is the criteria for restaurants that would fit the bill:

1) Upscale but not stuffy or too formal (upscale casual?)
2) Energetic but relaxed (as in we could talk to one another)
3) Upbeat but not trendy
4) Local crowds
5) Ala carte - no prix fixe menus
6) Lighter fare - nothing too heavy
7) Anywhere between Midtown and the Village, or the Upper East Side

Places they've liked in the past: Public, Perry Street, Waverly Inn, Annisa, Minetta Tavern, La Bilboquette, etc.

Help!

Thank you, chowhound friends!

May 09, 2013
bbnyc in Manhattan

Two Fun, Upbeat Dinners in New York for Thirty-something Guests

Thanks for the suggestion! I imagine Momofuku Ssam would be sort of a nightmare for a party of 6 on a Saturday night if they don't take reservations...

Other than Empellon, any other good ideas for a group dinner?

Thanks again.

Feb 12, 2013
bbnyc in Manhattan

Two Fun, Upbeat Dinners in New York for Thirty-something Guests

Thank you all for the suggestions! To answer some of the questions, the visiting couple are coming from Dallas, and they are very open-minded when it comes to different kinds of cuisine.

I think the first night, we might try Louro. The menu looks great, the ambience seems really nice, and I've heard good things. I was able to get a reservation for 4 at 8:30.

Now, for the second night, there will be 6 of us (two friends are joining.) I'm debating between Empellon Cocina and Momofuku Ssam Bar. Which would be better for a group?

Thanks again for all of the great suggestions!

Feb 12, 2013
bbnyc in Manhattan

Two Fun, Upbeat Dinners in New York for Thirty-something Guests

Hello everyone! This is my second time posting on these boards, and I always find your recommendations and restaurant savvy extremely helpful!

My twin sister and her husband, both in their early thirties, are coming to town in early March for two nights. We’re looking for a really great food itinerary for their trip!

I consider myself a foodie, and have eaten at many of the great NYC restaurants, but I’m having a difficult time narrowing it down to two restaurants for dinner.

Here’s the criteria: somewhere delicious, mid-priced (around $25 for entrée) but with a nice, upbeat atmosphere, younger but still sophisticated crowd (thirties, not twenties), and impressive / unique for an out of town guest. Anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Maybe there’s someplace new that fits the bill?

Personally, I like vibrant bistro environments, and prefer smaller, neighborhood restaurants to larger, more clubby restaurants (like Beauty and Essex, Buddakan, etc.)

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Feb 12, 2013
bbnyc in Manhattan

Newport, RI Restaurant Itinerary Recommendations

My boyfriend and I are visiting Newport in a couple of weeks and we’re looking for some good restaurant recommendations. We’re both in our late twenties / early thirties and are looking forward to our romantic getaway weekend from the city. The types of restaurants in the city we like are upscale casual, neighborhood bistros with great food and lots of character. For Newport, we’re looking for a couple of dinner spots that are romantic with a nice atmosphere, but still casual and moderately priced (around $20-25 for entrees.) It would be nice to have dinner one night at a restaurant that is very representative of Newport – perhaps a great seafood restaurant? The next night, we’d like to depart from seafood / New England fare and try something different.

We’re staying at a bed and breakfast, so we will have a large breakfast provided to start our day. We’ll probably go somewhere in the afternoon for a snack and drinks, somewhere fun and casual for relaxing in the afternoon after a day of sightseeing, so please feel free to recommend locations for that as well.

To break it down, we’re looking for:

Dinner Friday night
Dinner Saturday night
Bar / Afternoon snack locations

After reading through various forums, the following restaurants sound appealing for dinner reservations. Any comments, suggestions, additions, or subtractions to the list would be super helpful! I also put reasons for why each sound like they’d be good options.

Mooring Restaurant (New England fare, a good place to taste the regional cuisine and seafood of Newport)
Mama Lucia’s (seems like a cozy place with great Italian food, and a good departure from seafood)
Perro Salado (we love Mexican, and this place seems like it had inventive cuisine and a good atmosphere)
Clarke Cooke House (seems to be highly recommended, although I’m a little concerned it will be too fancy / stuffy for us)
Café Zelda (seems like a good neighborhood place, similar to a NYC bistro)

Any great casual seafood recommendations for a late lunch would welcome, too.

Thanks for your help!

Mar 07, 2012
bbnyc in Southern New England