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Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

And it belongs to the owners of Sant'Ambroeus and Felice... It's really good, but pricey..
Great cocktails program!

1 day ago
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Best Italian in midtown east or upper east side?

Felidia!!

1 day ago
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piccolo angolo?

I've been to pagani a few weeks ago...
In my opinion is a notch below piccolo angolo. Food is just ok, not great, prices are on the higher side and when we went out we all said that considering all the good italian places in the neighborood we wouldn't go back.

Piccolo Angolo is 10 minutes walking from Pagani and da Marcella is 5 minutes away. Both better options in my opinion.

Apr 12, 2014
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piccolo angolo?

Piccolo Angolo!

Apr 09, 2014
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Weekday breakfast SOHO

Dominique Ansel Bakery, Ladurè or the new Home Sweet Home on west broadway.

Apr 09, 2014
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Planning French themed birthday, need help with the desserts!!!

+1 Francois Payard

Apr 08, 2014
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Best desserts in NYC

Del Posto's desserts are amazing.. They play with savory ingredients and sweet making some great dishes.

Mar 25, 2014
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List of restaurants in NYC--which should we try?

Ok... Did you see the menu lately though? They have 4 seafood and 4 meat entrees and only 3 out of 8 starter with seafood..

Mar 14, 2014
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List of restaurants in NYC--which should we try?

What about Annisa?

Mar 14, 2014
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EMERGENCY: Downtown Manhattan restaurant recommendation??

Jungsik...

Mar 10, 2014
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Birthday DInner; annisa vs. recette???

Annisa, fancier, more classy, in my opinion food is marginally better but the big difference is the room itself. At recette you will be dining shoulder to shoulder with the other customers, at Annisa you will have space and nobody will bother you during your dinner.

That being said I'm a big fan of Recette starters...

As a couple I wouldn't think twice and go to annisa, as a group of friends I'd choose recette.

Mar 04, 2014
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Best almond croissant in EV/UnSq/Gram?

Francois Payard Bakery

Mar 04, 2014
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brunch/saturday lunch with mother in law, mom and teenage daughter

I think David Burke Kitchen should make everyone happy..

Mar 03, 2014
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Verona, how about: antica torretta, alla ruota, al duca?

Antica Torretta is a little fancier than your usual osteria, it's one of my favorite restaurant in the city center, I usually get fish/seafood dishes but everything is pretty good.

Alla Ruota (are you talking about the one above Negrar in Valpolicella?) have been hit and miss for me lately, great service, I love the location, good primi, not a big fan of their secondi. If I remember well they have some really good wines at a great price.

If you want to try an other trattoria in the Negrar area, not far from Alla Ruota, you can go to Trattoria dalla Bice, really good rustic food, cheap good valpolicella wine, everything is homemade and really good.

Al Duca is the quintessential osteria, simple, typical food from Verona. Stick with the traditional dishes and you won't be disappointed.

Locanda i 4 cuochi and La Fontanina are safe bets, you can't go wrong with them.

If I may I'd highly recommend a restaurant in Lazise, on the garda lake. It's called Alla Grotta and I think it's the best seafood restaurant (with a lot of lake fresh products) in the area together with the Oste Scuro in the city.

I don't know if you heard about Trattoria da Nanni in Affi, 15 minutes from Verona. It's a really particular restaurant, the decor, the ambience and the service is amazing, there's a written menu that doesn't really mean a thing because the host will tell you the 5-6 dishes his wife is cooking for that night. What's unique is that those dishes won't be some osteria-style rustic things but their own take on fine dining.
It's really good.

Mar 03, 2014
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Bday dinner - help me narrow down!

Among those three I wouldn't hesitate to choose the nomad...

Mar 02, 2014
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Birthday dinner for ~20 people downtown on a Saturday night

Macao Trading Co.
Nice place, good atmosphere in the weekend, great drinks, food is good/ok, and you might be able to get the whole lounge/room downstairs for yourself.

Feb 28, 2014
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Midtown east client lunch?

Aquavit, Casa Lever, Felidia

Feb 28, 2014
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west village cocktails

Pegu

Feb 27, 2014
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Sicilian Food in New York?

Piccola cucina in SoHo is quite good.. Not great.. But arancini and parmigiana are pretty good.

Feb 27, 2014
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Restaurants during Restaurant Week where you actually get a good deal?

The Dutch, Lincoln, Maialino and David Burke Kitchen let you choose dishes from their regular menu instead of making a RW menu with simpler and often worse dishes like many others do..
Casa Mono is usually pretty good and I think it's their first year in RW.
Perry Street or JoJo are good but like Toqueville and David Burke Kitchen they have Prix Fix lunches all year round anyway..

Feb 18, 2014
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Chicken Liver Mousse at The NoMad - soooo good

Did you try the plat fruit de mer yet? It's most definitely not a classic fruit de mer dish... Delicious!

Feb 18, 2014
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Chicken Liver Mousse at The NoMad - soooo good

Chicken for two!

Feb 18, 2014
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Jungsik: tasting menu or a la carte?

Tasting menu is a safe bet, you will enjoy the experience and if it's your first time there you will sample many of their best dishes.

That being said I always ordered a la carte because I prefer to choose my favorite dishes and make my own menu. I usually order four savory dishes (all of them small size) and a dessert. I admit I'm not a big eater but consider that the tasting menu dishes are usually smaller then the small size a la carte ones.

You will get amouses and petit four anyway (sometime with the tasting menu they give you an additional amouse, a soup, but I got it while going a la carte as well once or twice).

Feb 10, 2014
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Cronuts that good???

Weekdays are usually better, I pass by the bakery every day on my way to the office and a couple of times I stopped around 9 and got one of the last cronut of the day after 10 minutes..

Feb 08, 2014
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Cronuts that good???

I agree with the insanity of staying in line outdoor for hours for a cronut, that being said after eating both I found Cronuts to be better then Do'ssaint... Much better..

Feb 08, 2014
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Best pizza in Little Italy?

Forcella Bowery is not too far and in my opinion it's way better than anything in Little Italy..

Feb 07, 2014
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Custom Menu

We did it for a friend's brithday at Giovanni Rana a couple of weeks ago.. We were all pretty happy!

Feb 06, 2014
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Authentic British pub food

a salt and battery

Feb 06, 2014
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History of Pizza: Italy and America [split from Manhattan]

May I just ask you where did you find historical records about migrations between southern and norther italy?

As you just said those were not my opinions, they stem from the history of my country.
What kind of facts are you looking for and what facts are you bringing to back up your assertion?

Have you ever spent some time looking at the last names of different regions of Italy? It's the easiest way to learn about migrations and it tells you a lot about how people from the south of Italy were traveling along the country way before the 20th century. The fact that Italy as a state existed for 150 years doesn't really mean anything in this context.

May I ask you where did you read that migrations where not very significant until the 1950s? Again, a quick look at the history of Italy would easily show you how people were migrating since the Romans, and I'm pretty sure there have been more neapolitans traveling the peninsula in 1900 years then neapolitans traveling to the US in the first 20 years of the 20th century.
This last sentence is actually not backed up by facts, just statistics. But I trust my statistics when they talk about people traveling for a few hours in their own country for 1900 years vs people boarding ships toward a new continent.

Feb 02, 2014
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Best "not-so-well-known" Fine-Dining-Restaurants in Manhattan?

They're not really "not-so-well-known" but you could try out Aquavit (unless you're from a scandinavian country), Jungsik, The Nomad, 15 East and Tamarind Tribeca and I promise you won't be disappointed...

Jan 27, 2014
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