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June Honeymoon - Trip Report

What a great report! That sounds like the perfect honeymoon! Congrats to you and your wife :)

Aug 09, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Kin Shop Review (Thai Fried Chicken)

Just went to Kin Shop for the first time on Friday night. Even though it was during restaurant week and felt a bit rushed, we enjoyed it immensely. We had the fried broccoli with Chinese sausage, and the pork belly and oyster salad to start and both were very good, if not earth shattering. My boyfriend and I both got the Northern Thai Style Curry for my main and it was phenomenal. I am literally still craving it and cannot wait to get back to have it again. Perfect combination of flavors and heat, the brisket was amazing, and the noodles were perfectly cooked. Shared the panna cotta for desert, which was pretty good as well. For the price point, I was blown away. I'll definitely be back.

We also had excellent cocktails before dinner at a little bar called Pour George which is a few blocks from Kin Shop. Cool place and the grey goose/ blood orange/ basil drink that I had was fantastic. Cocktails at Kin Shop were just OK.

Aug 06, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Bachelorette Party Dinner

Stanton Social (or Beauty & Essex) or 'inoteca.

Aug 06, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Annisa or Public: Which reservation should I cancel?

Hi all,

I have a reservation for Annisa next Saturday and for Public next Sunday. In the interest of saving a few bucks, I think I'm going to cancel one of them. We will likely be doing the tasting menu at whichever restaurant we choose.

Advice?

Thanks in advance.

Jul 02, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 6 [old]

That salad looks great. I made a similar zucchini capracio salad topped with toasted pine nuts and mint on father's day via a ChowHound "no-cook" recipe. Also made corn and tomato salad with raw sweet corn, halved cherry tomatoes, a tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of a lemon, salt, pepper, and cilantro -- it was super easy, healthy, and awesome. A huge hit at my house.

Jun 21, 2012
kmbeer in Home Cooking

Minetta Tavern for wife's 30th Birthday ( good idea or not)? Also, Black Label Burger-- Is It Worth It?

Thanks for posting this, NYCGuy -- it applies to me as well, as I'm going to Minetta on Sunday for my (27th) birthday. I've never been and was very excited when my boyfriend told me he scored a reservation.

I'm curious why some think it is not appropriate for a 30th birthday? Also -- it seems that although the black label burger is great, many on this board recommend getting other menu items -- what, specifically, would you all recommend?

Thanks!

Jun 19, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 6 [old]

Sounds great! I'll definitely make that this week. Thanks!

Jun 19, 2012
kmbeer in Home Cooking

WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 6 [old]

Great advice, Chairman. It seems almost impossible to believe that I could ever view running as "fun," but you're right -- maybe if I start slow and build up my endurance it won't be as bad. The interval idea is smart also -- I feel like it would be much easier to stomach one or two minutes of faster running than setting out for a three mile jog. I think I might start running a block and walking a block near my apartment when I get home from work since it's been really nice in New York during the evenings lately. Thanks again!

Jun 19, 2012
kmbeer in Home Cooking

WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 6 [old]

Thanks so much, everyone! Great suggestions, as to be expected :). Plus, I feel a little more motivated already -- even just feeling like part of a group can give the extra support to push yourself that much further!

I think maybe I'll start walking in the mornings so it's not too daunting to have to wake up early AND get to the gym or go for a run. I can probably swing getting up at 6:30.

Juju - that baked oatmeal sounds great -- how do you make that?

Jun 18, 2012
kmbeer in Home Cooking

WEIGHT WATCHER FOODIES - WHAT ARE YOU COOKING? PART 6 [old]

Hi fellow CH'ers and WW'ers!

I've been lurking on this board for quite a while, but this is my first post. I started WW in January and lost 18 pounds over about four months, but after a trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day (where I literally ate and drank whatever I felt like eating or drinking whenever I felt like eating or drinking it!), I couldn't get back on track and gained 4. I loved the way I felt while on WW, so I am really making an effort to start tracking and getting serious again. It's just so hard after you get out of the routine for a while, but the support on this board is fantastic. (Thanks for that!)

I really want to start exercising with some regularity again, but I typically don't get home from work until around 8:30 and, after I cook and eat dinner, it's 10:00. I know I should probably try to work out in the morning, but I am SO not a morning person. My boyfriend and I tried it for a week and gave up when the alarm clock went off at 6 a.m. on the fifth day. What are all of your exercise routines and/or motivations when you are tired and hungry after a long day of work??

I was also wondering if anyone had any tips for pre-preparing meals over the weekend so that prep time is minimized when cooking during the week.

Hoping to gain some inspiration and start loosing again!

Jun 18, 2012
kmbeer in Home Cooking

What to Order at Marc Forgione?

So we went with the tasting menu at Marc Forgione and it was incredible. Easily one of the top ten meals of my life. We had four amuses, the kampachi tartare, BBQ oysters, chili lobster, tortellini with duck confit in a truffle butter sauce, halibut with the "proposal" sauce, and the veal tenderloin. I was in a food coma by the time the dessert course came, so I can't recall what it was.

The standouts were the tartare, duck confit tortellini, and the halibut. The only course we didn't care for was the veal tenderloin -- the flavors were a bit overpowering and it felt too heavy for the meal. But the other courses more than made up for it. Fantastic service and a great, casual ambiance. Overall, an amazing meal. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

We had a few drinks at Mudville 9 prior to dinner and I tried an Ommegang Seduction, a chocolately, porter-like brown ale, and an IPA that I can't recall right now. Good beer selection and laid-back place.

Coincidentally, however, my new favorite beer was the one I got at Marc Forgione -- the Victory Golden Monkey, a spicy and citrusy Belgian triple.

Thanks again, everyone, for the suggestions!

Jun 18, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

What to Order at Marc Forgione?

Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! Much appreciated. I will be sure to report back.

Jun 15, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Sage Reception Review

Completely agree about the scallops. I crave that dish at least once a week. What did you think about the beverage pairings?

(And congrats on tying the knot!)

Jun 14, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

What to Order at Marc Forgione?

Hi CH'ers,

Have an 8:00 p.m. reservation for two at Marc Forgione tomorrow night. Based upon reviews on this board, I am thinking the BBQ oysters and/or the chili lobster, and the chicken for two. Would only one appetizer and the chicken be enough? And, if so, which should we go with: oysters or lobster? Any entrees better than the chicken?

Also -- any suggestions for bars with a decent craft beer selection nearby?

Thanks in advance!

Jun 14, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Trip Report

Was in Vegas from Sunday, May 27 through Wednesday, May 30, and ate some great (and some not so great) food.

Bouchon - Couldn't pass up the chicken and waffles, which are only served on Saturday and Sunday, upon our arrival Sunday morning, despite the fact that we planned on having breakfast there the following morning. We started with the Kumamoto oysters, which were plump and delicious. The chicken and waffles are amazing, probably my favorite meal in Vegas. Perfect blend of sweet and savory. My boyfriend had the omelet of the day, which was short rib and cheddar, if I remember correctly. Definitely tasty, but it didn't hold a candle to my chicken and waffles. Tasty mimosa's made it a perfect start to the trip.

Pink's - mid-afternoon snack. I forget what it was called, but my hot dog had barbecue sauce and cold slaw. Satisfied a craving, but was nothing to write home about.

RM Seafood - I was impressed by the food here. We ate downstairs since we wanted something casual for the first night, and although I was apprehensive, it turned out to be a good meal. My parents joined us for dinner are we split three appetizers: the grilled octopus, the fried calamari with hot peppers, and the crab cakes. The octopus was grilled perfectly and was a great texture - not too tender, but not too tough. The calamari had a nice coating for a great crunch and the hot peppers added a bit of much-needed spice to the dish. The crabcakes were also excellent, as they consisted of real lump crab with little filler. For dinner, I had the scallops with pork belly, which was excellent. The scallops were subtly sweet and perfectly cooked and the salty pork belly provided great flavor balance. Would definitely come here again.

Bouchon (again) - When I saw that the special of the day was chicken and waffles on Monday morning, I momentarily debated getting it again, but figured that I should try something new. Going off of recommendations provided on this board, I got the Ouef with Boudin Blanc. The eggs were delicate and perfectly scrambled, and the white sausage was tasty (though I will admit that the flavor took some getting used to), but the standout was the croissant. Buttery, flaky, and huge, it was incredibly satisfying.

Sensi - I had reservations at Michael Mina for Monday night and, when we arrived, they informed us that they did not permit men to wear shorts in the restaurant. Of course, my boyfriend was dressed in shorts and a polo shirt. Although I wanted to run back to the hotel with him so that he could change, I was vetoed, and we made the short walk through the Bellagio lobby to Sensi. I had never heard of Sensi before and was quite upset that I wouldn't be able to try the tartar and lobster pot pie at Michael Mina, so I suppose I had a bad attitude going into the meal. Sensi is strange in that it has four very different and distinct portions of the menu (Italian, Indian, grilled items, and seafood). I don't really understand the restauran't concept. The bread basket was great -- doughy, grilled naan bread and crunchy chickpea bread flats flavored with curry. The appetizers were decent -- we split the grilled octopus (too chewy for my taste), the steamed pork buns (average), and the steamed shrimp (essentially shrimp cocktail). I had the pork duet for my main meal and was very underwhelmed. It was far too bland and fatty (and I LOVE fatty pork belly). The saving grace was the dessert sampler, which, at around $35, we figured would just be four selected desserts on a plate, but what turned out to be a four-tiered sampling of every single dessert on the menu, including mini ice cream cones, macaroons, mini doughnuts with dipping sauces, cakes, pies, etc. We were stuffed that point, but the dessert was excellent. I would return to Sensi just for that sampler (hopefully next time after dining at Michael Mina, sans shorts!). It is worth noting that the service was excellent at Sensi. Wine and water was constantly refilled, and we lingered for about an hour after dinner and never once felt rushed.

Verandah - I was looking forward to the huevos rancheros at Verandah for days, but it fell flat. There was too much cheese, the black beans were under cooked, and it think the dish would have been more successful had the chorizo been sliced and spread throughout, rather than in two thick links. I tasted the eggs Benedict, which was decent. The coffee was probably my favorite part of the meal. Service was mediocre as well -- not terrible, but the waitress was simply not friendly. I certainly won't go out of my way to return.

Holsteins - I love this place. We stopped in for a few beers and sliders before heading to the pool. I had the Ommegage Abbey Ale, which was great. Awesome selection of Belgian bottles and different American crafts on tap. I had the ahi tuna sliders, which were filling enough to satisfy me until dinner but not so heavy that I didn't want to eat for the rest of the night. Great flavor profiles with a spicy mayo and an asian slaw. My boyfriend had the Oreo milkshake (definitely dessert, but it was amazing), and a nut brown ale, the name of which escapes me. He also got the el machete burger, which was pretty bad ass. We ate at the bar, and the bartender and barback were great -- both were super friendly and the bartender bought us a shot. I'll be in town for a bachelorette party later in the year, and will definitely make this a must stop -- seems like it would be a fun place to hang out with a bunch of friends.

Sage - I love Sage. My favorite restaurant in Vegas (followed closely by Bouchon), and, quite possibly, my favorite restaurant anywhere. From the drink selection to the impeccably executed food to the incredible service, it just doesn't get any better. I love that an amuse bouche and tiny dessert is standard. We did the four course tasting menu with beer pairings (couldn't do the chef's tasting menu as it requires participation of the whole table and my parents didn't want to go for it). For my first course, I had the foie gras brulee paired with a saison -- I won't get into it since its covered extensively on this board, but it is heaven. Also tasted my boyfriend's artichoke dish and it was delicious. For the second course, we had scallops with oxtail and mushrooms, and it was phenomenal -- maybe even my favorite course of the night. Scallops were perfectly cooked and everything just worked wonderfully together. The third course was the 48-hour beef belly, paired with Chimay reserve (quite possibly my favorite beer ever). Finally, I had the pine nut tart, paired with Lindeman's Raspberry Framboise. It was a great end to the meal, the sweetness of the beer complimenting the nuttiness of the tart. Service was, as always, incredible. And the bacon rolls at the start of the meal are still in my dreams.

Jean Philippe Patisserie - since it was in the Aria and we wanted to squeeze in some more gambling before our flight home, we picked up a chocolate croissant, an almond croissant and some coffee for breakfast on our last day. The almond croissant was a little too sweet and the filling seems concentrated in the center of the pastry, but the chocolate croissant was excellent. The coffee could have been stronger, but it did its job. Though it pains me to pay $20 for two pastries, an OJ, and a cup of coffee, it was a good end to a fabulous trip.

Jun 06, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Good Bar with Craft Beer and Good Food to Watch the Ranger Game Tonight

Thanks, everyone, for the great suggestions. I think we're going to do Cannibal early and possibly stay through the game. However, we are meeting up with another couple for the game, and they want to go someplace with an outdoor drinking area -- is there any place in Manhattan where you can watch a game while drinking outside? I can't really think of any..

May 25, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Good Bar with Craft Beer and Good Food to Watch the Ranger Game Tonight

Wow.. Beer Authority has a lot of good Belgians on tap. Will def try that place out. Can't image the food being any good, though...

May 25, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Good Bar with Craft Beer and Good Food to Watch the Ranger Game Tonight

Thanks, Riverman. I love Resto's beer selection, so I'm sure Cannibal will be equally good.

May 25, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Good Bar with Craft Beer and Good Food to Watch the Ranger Game Tonight

Hi All,

Looking for a bar with good food and a good selection of craft beer for the Ranger game tonight. I was thinking Rattle N Hum would be great beer-wise, but I have never eaten there and don't suppose the food is anything to write home about.

There is availability at the Tap Room at Collichio and Sons, which would be great for beer and food, but I have never been -- is it conductive to watching sports?

Anyone have any reliable go-tos for good food, good beer, and good sports watching?

Location doesn't matter (though the east side would be ideal).

Thanks in advance!

May 25, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

B & B vs. Sage for a solo bar dinner?

The wine is probably better at B&B, but I wasn't blown away by the food. Sage, on the other hand, is excellent. I also much prefer the bar at Sage, as the bar at B&B is tight and feels too close to the entrance of the restaurant. Plus, the food, on average, at B&B is much heavier. There are many more "lighter" options at Sage.

May 25, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

What should I order at...

Ok, leaving Sunday (cannot wait!) and have all reservations made. Now I just need to know what everyone recommends at the following places:

Sunday:

Snack / Lunch: Public House in the Venetian. Never been but the crazy selection of beers and the poutine fries look too good to pass up.

Dinner: RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay. Suggestions?

Monday:

Breakfast: Bouchon. Bummed that they don't have the Chicken and Waffles for weekday breakfasts. Other suggestions?

Dinner: Michael Mina. Most likely going to do the tasting menu if they don't require whole-table participation. Lobster pot pie is a must.

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Verandah at the Four Seasons. I'm thinking I need to go with the huevos rancheros.

Dinner: Sage at Aria. Likely doing the tasting menu with beer pairing here.

Gimme your thoughts! Thanks in advance.

May 23, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Italian Restaurant Advice For My Birthday!!!

I'm a huge fan of Supper, but it can be a hassle to get a table on the weekend, as they don't take reservations. They have a tiny wine bar next door, but it's often packed. If you don't mind waiting, though, I don't think you can go wrong there. Very reasonably priced, as well. The Caesar salad, spaghetti al limone, and risotto are awesome.

I also really liked Crispo, though I've only been there once. The ambiance was a little weird (we were seated in the atrium-type portion of the restaurant during the winter) and the place was quite loud, but I thought the food was good. Had a really great super-Tuscan wine there as well, though I can't recall the name.

Agree with the above that Lupa is great for pasta, but leaves something to be desired with regard to entrees.

May 08, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Bachelorette Dinner Lower East Side

I just recently went to a Bachelorette dinner for at 'inoteca and it was excellent. They served everything family style (salads -- including an amazing beet salad with hazelnuts, charcuterie platter, eggplant, mussels and clams in white wine sauce, roast chicken, nutella panini, cheese platter) for only $40/pp.

There was plenty of food to go around (and we had a ton left over), and everything was delicious. The wine selection is decent. Plus, they seated us in their "wine cellar." There were two other (smaller) parties downstairs, but it was small enough to give the room a private feel. You could do dinner at 'incoteca and then head elsewhere for cocktails.

I like Stanton Social and agree that a small plates style place would be good for a Bachelorette, but found some of the items to be hit or miss, when you start ordering cocktails, the night becomes pretty pricey.

Can't comment on Beauty and Essex as I've never been there, but have been meaning to try it.

May 08, 2012
kmbeer in Manhattan

Tasting Menus: Mandatory Participation of Whole Table?

Thanks, zack.

Apr 26, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Tasting Menus: Mandatory Participation of Whole Table?

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone could shed some light on whether the participation of the entire table is required for the tasting menus at Sage and Michael Mina. There is nothing written on the tasting menus available online regarding this and I would love to do the tasting menu at both, but the people I will be dining with will probably not be as enthusiastic.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 25, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Thoughts on Blue Ribbon in the Cosmo?

Thanks, raider! Didn't know that I could do a beer pairing at Sage. Will definitely try that out!

Apr 25, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Thoughts on Blue Ribbon in the Cosmo?

Thanks for all the recommendations -- very much appreciated. I made reservations and the dining itinerary looks as follows:

- Sunday: Dinner at RM Upstairs;
- Monday: Breakfast at Bouchon, Dinner at Michael Mina;
- Tuesday: Breakfast at Verandah; Dinner at Sage.

I'm also looking for a place for lunch to hit on Sunday afternoon after we land. It will just be me and my boyfriend and we both love beer, so I was thinking of Todd English's P.U.B or Holsteins in the Cosmo....

Also just came across Public House in the Venetian, which looks to have an awesome beer list.

Thoughts?

Apr 25, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Thoughts on Blue Ribbon in the Cosmo?

Thanks, everyone, for all the input! Very much appreciated. I think you guys have talked me out of American Fish and have me leaning more toward RM Seafood. The RM Seafood menu looks great -- has anyone done the tasting menu there?

DYING to try e but we will be in Vegas this time with my parents and they are of the "I'll have the roast chicken" variety so e wouldn't really be their bag. (Or maybe this is what I tell myself because I don't think my bank account could take the hit that e would produce!)

I'm being annoying now -- what are everyone's thoughts on Fiamma?

Thanks again!

Apr 17, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Thoughts on Blue Ribbon in the Cosmo?

Thanks for the input, A5! I am actually not married to American Fish as I've never been there (been to Sage and Bouchon and itching to go back so those two are keepers). But I'm definitely open to suggestions -- what is your top seafood pick?

I think I'll probably end up skipping Blue Ribbon (though the fried chicken sounds delicious). Scarpetta is in the running, but I feel like its almost a waste of a Vegas restaurant since we have one in NY.

Suggestions??

Apr 17, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas

Thoughts on Blue Ribbon in the Cosmo?

Hi all,

I am starting to make reservations for my May 27-30 trip. So far, definites are Sage and American Fish for dinner; Bouchon and Verandah for brunch. I need one more dinner and was thinking of Blue Ribbon in the Cosmo, but I haven't seen much talk about it on these boards. Anyone have any opinions?

Thanks in advance!

Apr 17, 2012
kmbeer in Las Vegas