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Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Just an invited guest who was a frequent flyer at OTTO when we visited NYC. Nice of them to remember us when they came north. Bugsey34 We made our reservation for dinner tonite when we left Tues night. But I got opentable notice that they were listed. Haven't checked yet. FYI I had the much touted Marta ( Danny Meyers) pizza in NYC last night. It was good. Babbo Enoteca better imo. Think I will need a 12 step program.

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Went to F&F soft opening last night. It was fabulous. We are big fans of OTTO in NYC and this is indeed that plus more. More ambitious and extensive menu and larger portion offerings with great stuff coming from wood fired pizza oven, grille and ability to deep fry. Pizza totally different from NYC in a very good way. Service was efficient , informed and kind even with first night jitters. Energetic room but it wasn't distracting or headache inducing at all. As per OTTO bread sticks and rustic baguette wrapped on table. Wine served in quartinos. We had Bobbo chopped salad which was perfectly dressed and had many veggies in addition to several lettuces and chopped ham, then pepperanato nicely nicely done , meatballs ( beef and pork) which were large but fluffy not too compressed but not falling apart in a good red sauce Round 2 we ordered a Margherita pizza thin crust nice char not overloaded with mozzarella or basil. Not a slice left. And we had an order of the grilled hot Italian sausage. 2 huge links with good char ( too much to finish ). But did absolutely have to share an order of olive oil gelato. Perfect ending. I think portions more generous than NYC but prices not inflated in fact more than reasonable for the location ( pizza was 9 bucks and substantial in size) with definitely more ambitious offerings including several grilled meats ...Dennis from the bar in NYC is very involved and was in full training mode last night. Outdoor seating on the way for summer months. Open 11- midnight 7 days a week. We live very close by and now have an excellent reason to walk over the bridge. Likely a few nights a week! A wonderful addition and a very laudable maiden voyage. Suspect will be a tough ticket quite soon.

Montauroux and environs

Thank you Pennafort menu looks perfect for my husband and me while Moines appears that it may accommodate a family meal. Much appreciated.

Mar 22, 2015
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Montauroux and environs

Have rented a villa in Montauroux for family reunion. End of June. 7 adults 3 kids aged 9,11,13. Well behaved , relatively good eaters in fact 13 yo has loved foie since she was 3 . Looking for a place or two in Montauroux or within 20 min drive for a family meal ( lunch and or dinner) and also looking for more upscale where my husband and I can dine alone. Again lunch or dinner. Expect to eat most often in villa and understand there is a supermarket in Montauroux near the villa. Any recs re specialty food shoppes for cheese bread etc welcomed. Parigi I have seen your mention of La Jas de Soupie but not sure it is still open as can't find much on web. Love a good roast chicken and that would have been heavenly. Are we doomed to haul back to Nice? If so that will be the rare lunch. And therefore would appreciate strong recs in Nice as well. Price not a consideration. Never been to south before and very happy to be going. Thank you for your thoughts.

Mar 21, 2015
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Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Took advice to call Four Seasons concierge and the line up now is :
Thursday Nota Bene
Friday Bar Isabel ( hoorah)
Sat Splendido
Sunday Dim Sum Luckee
Thanks everyone and I will report back.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write the above. Immensely helpful. And I will report back.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

But original question ...Is Carbon corporate and staid?

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

No but I will thanks. Raval looks too fish centric for me ( perfect for husband) ....Is Isabel more balanced ? I thought more non fish options at Isabel which would make me happy.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Thanks for the quick and thoughtful responses. Flipped out Opus for Splendido and Crown Princess does not appear to accept reservations. I will call tomorrow as Dim Sum is not a strong suit in Boston. Is Carbon corporate? We were looking for something fun and interesting for Friday night. Bar Isabel fully committed which would have been my first choice for Friday. Ideas for runner up?

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Next weekend we are coming from Boston. 3 dinners (thurs fri sat) have been reading the board along with a few recs from well Toronto traveled friends. Here are the dinner reservations: Nota Bene , Carbon and Opus. Any mistakes? Need a rec for brunch Sunday , staying at Four Seasons and flying out of City airport. Eat most anything. Price not a consideration, just food..... And wine! And a place to linger for a couple of hours between check out and 4pm return flight Thanks very much.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thanks everyone esp CHamster. It was perfect. We had 20 people and a wee one ( 7 mos old and not a peep from him) Bella took great care of us and I highly recommend both the salads and the delicious pizza. We ate til we couldn't and little ETOH ...more than reasonable check. Big tip for big accommodation. Gave credit to CH ( chowhound and c hamster) for the find. Very much appreciated support during a difficult time. Thank you.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

All set with just an email. Colleen incredibly helpful. Thanks All.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Bingo. Calling now. Thank you !

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thanks Hamster. Any opinions on Tavolo at Ashmont. Also very close ... Sonnys and VR were always dreadful even 40 years ago!

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thank you both. I have done the Commons as well but after the funeral service. This will now be 16 adults I think just looking for pizza , salad and drinks. This will be after the wake the night before the funeral so they prefer pizza to sit down coursed dinner. Private room not an absolute but if you were to choose btw Sonnys or Villa Rosa ( is it still even there?) or any better pie ...where? Google is my friend. I am looking ....

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Need to locate a casual spot for 10-15 family members post wake Tues at around 730. Doubt any children. Extended family who haven't seen each other in a long while. Happy with pizza and drinks.Wake in Lower Mills...my vintage when I lived in the area was Sonnys , Villa Rosa or Venezia. Any thoughts...not too expensive. But a step up from a bar would be good. Some elders (80+) so accessibility and parking really helpful. Pegmeister are you out there? Many thanks.

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

Rachel lots of adversity , but persevered as long as they could. Totally awesome steak frite if I recall..

Jan 15, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

I was in NYC early September 11, 2001 I was likely on the last plane ( from Boston arrival at 830am) to go around the tip of Manhattan and the Towers intact. Was a great ( at the time) restaurant downtown Cap Souto Freres ? where I had many a business dinner. Shortly after I got home several days later I tried to call them fearing the worst. The manager answered and responded to my frantic inquiry re their well being " we are here, we are well, our soufflés rise and New York will once again". Adversity and solidarity. Let the food reign. My deepest belated and heartfelt sympathy and I truly feel your pain.

Jan 15, 2015
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Sometimes last minute is good

50/50 experience. Loved Carbone as much as the one other time I visited. Great table facing into second dining room. Excellent sidecar to start. Half order of rigatoni vodka sauce. I could live on that stuff. If you had one meal...etc. not an overpowering portion. Ordered veal Milanese. Good size chop not obscene with mushroom sauce to die for. Chop was a bit tough for veal but not dry. Gifted me a meatball which was delicious Service stellar. Again a shtick but a well done shtick. Will return and stick with apps ( loved the baked clams at lunch) and can't imagine not ordering the rigatoni.
Not so great with Ma Peche. And we have been many time pre the makeover and the dim sum approach and always loved it. My bad that I requested a table vs bar seating. Just thought it would be more comfortable on an old back after a 12 hour work day. Regretted that as was in a middle table ( 3 two tops per row) in the middle of the room. Had face set for pork bun which never appeared and habanero chicken ( Ellenost and I tend to have very similar taste) anyhow ordered cocktail which seemed to have been lost in the shuffle but did appear 20 minutes after I ordered it. Said I was interested in the buns and 1/2 Hab chicken. Was warned of large chicken portion but forged ahead. Chicken appeared almost instantly and while I loved the crust the bird was pretty dry to the point where I had to request a steak knife ( yeah I wasn't treating it as finger food). 6 pieces essentially wing leg 2 thighs partial breast and actually the back which had no meat to mention. So not cartoon portion at all. I was offered one cart ,soup...so passed. Disappointing and maybe a singleton taking a 2 top was a source of quick shuffle and short shrift service. So many restaurants so little time....will venture elsewhere next visit.

Jan 13, 2015
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Sometimes last minute is good

Just tried opentable late last night. Solo dining. Tonight Carbone , tomorrow Ma Peche. Rigatoni vodka and fried chicken within 2 days. Le Lipitor on Wednesday.

Jan 12, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

No John circa 2003 if I recall. Maybe it was the company or the occasion as three of the 10 participants are no longer with us. Personal choice but my very best memory of food in Paris. It was magic.

Jan 01, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

Me too. The most memorable meal of my 65 year life.

Jan 01, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

January 2015 Openings and Closings

Anyone have any scoop on when Serafina ( old Radius space) will open. Have a business mtg Jan 29 and need dinner for 20 +\- colleagues. Perfect location.

Pete Wells's Top 10 New Restaurants -- thoughts?

Loved Batard and want to keep The Simone a secret just for us.

Dec 31, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Pete Wells Top 10 New Restaurants NYC

The Simone damn now we'll never get in!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/din...

Dec 27, 2014
Capeannetoo in Food Media & News

Delivery to Auxerre help please

Thanks all. Through much trial and a few errors including a fraud alert from American Express I managed a grand basket of chocolates from Le Grande Epicerie. Google translate is my friend and I am praying it is indeed delivered to our Friend and not here to me ! Although I would eat it all. Happy Holidays.

Dec 21, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

Delivery to Auxerre help please

Thanks agree re the cheese thing but she loves it ( and gougeres) and is housebound. Thank u so much.

Dec 20, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

Delivery to Auxerre help please

We have a dear friend in Auxerre who is not well. We are in Boston USA I am wondering if someone would help re how to send her lovely chocolates or fine teas or even cheeses. I am not concerned price or costs for shipping etc. would like to send her something in time for the new year and suspect sourcing out of France makes the most sense. Much appreciate your advice.

Dec 20, 2014
Capeannetoo in France

Weekend report

Thanks to all who helped to reaffirm or redirect our choices. Unseasonably warm and dry and Holiday spirit abounded . We try to get to NYC from BOS every quarter for theater and food. We did 3 plays in 2 days and ate very well all 4 days we were in the City. Most meals planned. A couple standins.
Kajitsu. What a lovely lunch surprise. Salad tofu broth and the most exquisite tempura. Would have been happy with just the tempura. Shaved salt? Really how do they do that? Spare quiet room Excellent service until the room started to fill With one server and one buser we had to cancel dessert due to matinee tickets. But totally satisfied as a serious carnivore with a vegan lunch.
Gramercy Tavern this was a last minute late reservation. We had confirmed at Awadh and they called early evening to cancel us! Asked if we would come early but the point was after theater dining Anyhow the Holiday festivities were in full swing at GT which thanks to Opentable welcomed us at 10:30. We had 2 course and i started with fall salad of kale, squash and pumpkin seeds. Great flavor but awfully chewy...sometimes salads just hit me that way. Then had chicken and sausage which was a perfect portion for the hour we were dining. And great favors. Number 2 on my hit parade of chicken preps over the weekend. Impeccable service. Friendly but polished anticipating our needs but not hovering.
Piora. This turned out to be a big disappointment. Nice room garden view lovely. Server starts with pretension. Just the intro and his " and have we dined with us before" soured me and is just plain silly. Followed by a lot of " have we made choices" and more "we" so that I began to think he was going to pull up a chair. Started with market vegetables which I loved. Very fresh and dressed perfectly. Then ordered ( wait wait don't tell me ) chicken. About which I remember nothing. The annoyance began initially when we ordered a bottle of wine. Our server disappeared. And I mean disappeared until we were nearly done with appetizers. Had to flag another server down to ask about wine. Our server finally returned to advise he couldn't locate our choice. It wasn't like we wanted to marry the bottle and would gladly have made a substitute choice so we could enjoy with apps and not have a full bottle for the mains. He seemed annoyed that I was annoyed and I think we just agreed not to like each other at all. WE didn't get along. Food not that memorable for me or husband so likely not to return.
Carbone. Lunch was great fun. Loved the shtick as they can pull it off in contrast to a joint like Scadela Felini which I found to be a cartoon and just bad food. With a combo of Holiday songs and Frank Sinatra playing somewhat loudly in the background and my waiter successfully crooning along I enjoyed the best sidecar no rim of the trip. And I enjoyed them everywhere we ate that had a full bar. It was delicious , husband arrived a bit late but I was made to feel totally welcomed and relaxed. The antipasto with warm mozzarella was a very nice surprise. I started with the baked clams. Oh my. 9 sweet things with 3 preps. Casino, oreganata ( ?sp) and something just a bit too fishy for me with roe. Nevertheless they disappeared. Then the rigatoni with vodka sauce. A friend told me she moaned when she ate that and happily so did I. It was marvelous and I would go back again and again just for that rigatoni.
Batard. Long awaited and worth the wait. Lovely room. Excellent service. Allowed us to dine in quite a leisurely fashion. Haven't been there since it was Montrachet which I loved and this to me is a wonderful reincarnation. Started with cauliflower soup with charred onion and thyme. Some of my favorite food groups. Fantastic. Moved on to veal tenderloin medium rare wrapped in pastry with a perfect deep veal sauce. Totally satisfied. Our only misstep was ordering a 2010 Gevry Chambertin that was pricey ( 140ish). It had no Nose. It had no taste . It was an empty suit of a bottle. Tried to have discussion with sommelier not to refuse it as there was nothing wrong, just nothing going on. He seemed uncomfortable so I dropped what was just intended to be a discussion about how sometimes you just can't tell a wine by its label. Anyhow will surely be on the repeat list.
I've saved the best for last. The most enjoyable NYC meal in a very long time with many heavy weight contenders, was to be had at The Simone. Everything just clicked. The room was lovely. Tina's welcome warm and genuine. The service made us feel very special. And oh the food! I started with the twice baked goat cheese soufflé served with a small perfectly dressed side salad. Rich rich and wonderful. I followed with the roast chicken crisp skin with rich sauce served over a fricassee of mushrooms , touch of pancetta and it was heaven. Chocolate pot du creme shared for dessert. I was transported to Paris during this meal. It is a must go back for us. We were reminded of how we use to feel about Cello on UES.
Note that we had a decent to really good bottle of wine with every meal (50-140 range). Husband had salad starter and fish main without fail. We know who the heart healthy one Is and his favorite dish was the octopus pastrami at Batard.
One last ugh...for logistical reasons we had a light lunch bite at the lounge of Asiate Columbus Circle prior to returning to the airport on Tuesday. Vile...chicken club was a dried out hockey puck of hard long ago cooked chicken sitting on soggy toast with a sadly drooped piece of lettuce and a pink tomato. Would have planned better and gone to Red Farm.
Well that's it. Can't wait til February theater weekend ...thanks for all the suggestions.

Dec 18, 2014
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Tasting menu

Yes been twice. Can't remember exact dishes but felt creative and excellent value. Quiet room. Good cocktail. Great service and I recall some bites were surprises. Looked like this but were really something else. X vs y. Good choice in my opinion. Would gladly return.

Nov 16, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan