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Best places in/around Atlantic City

We'll be in the area all summer, tell me your favorite places or any new ones I should try. Upscale, hole in the wall, any cuisine, and anything within a half hour of AC. Thanks!

Jun 12, 2013
nattie23nyc in New Jersey

Bfast tomm @ 10 am w toddler and out of towner?

Please rec any restaurants that are reasonably kid friendly and open at 10 a.m. on a Sunday for breakfast/brunch with an old friend and our daughter, 20 mos. would prefer not just any coffee shop/diner but it doesn't have to be an impressive restaurant or anything. Just good food. Anywhere in Manhattan is fine. Thanks!

Mar 31, 2012
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Plan first trip w/o baby

Going to Miami with my husband for 5 nights, first trip without our daughter so I want to hit some new spots, go out in SOBE, just make it a great trip. Haven't been in Miami in a year and not without kids in 2 years. We'll be staying in Sunny Isles so we're open to any area really. Give me your suggestions, Chowhounds!

Jan 22, 2012
nattie23nyc in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Anniversary dinner in lower Westchester tomorrow night?

please give me your recs, need not be white table cloth, just delicious.

Sep 06, 2011
nattie23nyc in New York State (exc. NYC)

We are coming from italy need some good suggestion

For BBQ, I recommend Mara's Homemade on 6th Street -- the brisket is great, ribs, and the seafood that they have as well. It's where I go when I want BBQ. Keeping it under $50 per person won't be a problem.

Japanese, you may have a problem keeping the bill down but I would recommend either Blue Ribbon Sushi if you insist on staying downtown or, if you're willing to travel to the Upper East Side, either Sushi of Gari or Sushi Seki, both absolutely delicious. Go to Sushi of Gari on the East Side, not the West, which is on East 77th Street.

A great restaurant that has a reasonably priced prix fix is Apiary (around East 11th Street, I think on 3rd Avenue). All the food is delicious, and the desserts shouldn't be missed.

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Blue Ribbon Sushi
119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Mara's Homemade
342 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

Apiary
60 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Mar 11, 2011
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Great Cuban near Sunny Isles?

Have heard about Little Havana and Padrino's, which is better? Any other suggestions?

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Little Havana Restaurant
12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181

Padrino's Restaurant
2500 E Hallandale Beach Blvd Ste I, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Nov 21, 2010
nattie23nyc in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

where to buy kosher curry paste in nyc?

I'd like to find green curry paste specifically. Have heard good things about IMO Foods pastes but don't know where to buy. Preferably on the UES. TIA

Oct 28, 2010
nattie23nyc in Kosher

Where to buy kosher curry paste?

I'd like to find green curry paste specifically. Have heard good things about IMO Foods pastes but don't know where to buy. Preferably on the UES. TIA

Oct 28, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Dinner w/ 3 mos old near Sunny Isles

Unfortunately, I know Timo well because of it's location. I had had a few decent meals there and then last year, because of ease, my husband decided to have my birthday dinner there with about 12 friends, all in from NYC. What a disappointment -- food was about half as good as any other time, they got items from our pre-picked menu wrong, and service was slow as death. Can't see going back there. I appreciate the suggestion though, keep 'em coming.

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Timo Restaurant
17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

Oct 16, 2010
nattie23nyc in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Dinner w/ 3 mos old near Sunny Isles

We'll be bringing our baby to Miami with all the grandparents this week and looking for good, pretty casual dining not far from 171st & Collins where it won't be tough to bring her in her car seat (preferably attached to her stroller which we can pull up to the table). We loved Michael's Genuine the last time we were down there pre-baby but did have to wait about 40 mins for our reservation; then again, that was a Friday night as well. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

Oct 16, 2010
nattie23nyc in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Casual, outdoor dinner for 4 downtown tonight?

Anywhere below 23rd I'd say. Nothing too pork-centric. TIA!

Jun 30, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Please tell me the restaurant that has blown you away within the last 6 months...

It may not be on a par with some others mentioned, and may not be the something special you're looking for, but Apiary is delicious every time, from appetizer to dessert. Also, Collechio and Sons was delicious and the space is beautiful, certainly birthday dinner worthy -- and I personally thought the desserts stole the show, best carrot cake I ever had and an upside down banana cake that was awesome.

Jun 30, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Please tell me the restaurant that has blown you away within the last 6 months...

Agreed, thought it was ridiculously overpriced for what I got and would personally not go back. Some others at my table ordered dishes they were happier with than mine, but even they admitted that, for the price, it wasn't "mind-blowing" as it should be.

Jun 30, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

30th birthday dinner for 10-12 people

I just had a dinner for about 12 people for work at Mia Dona on E. 58th Street and I have to say, what a meal and an unbelievable value. It may have been owing to the fact that it was a weeknight, but here's what we got: 4 courses (app, pasta, main and dessert, all full-sized portions and actually ended up being a crazy amount of food but so delicious, think a choice of 3 or 4 for each course) AND unlimited wine (very good, a red and a white that they serve by the glass regularly) all for $70 per person. And the food really was very tasty. You may not be into the midtown east location, but I recommend looking into it.

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Mia Dona
206 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

May 18, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Sunday brunch around theater dist/Hell's Kitchen?

In-laws coming in from Philly to meet friends in town from Arizona for brunch in a couple of weeks before going to a show. I'm sure they want good to great food, but don't want to break the bank (I'm thinking Norma's may be a little pricy, and I think I remember seeing on this board that it's not all it's cracked up to be anyway). Looking my Zagat I saw Pietrasanta recommended, but their website doesn't indicate that they have a brunch menu, just the regular salads/pastas/entrees. Also thought of the Sarabeth's on CPS, but that may be an overpriced experience as well. Suggestions? Thanks!

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Pietrasanta
683 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Apr 08, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Experiences with Abigail Kirsch or recommendations for other large event caterers?

I don't want to say, because we kind of strong-armed our way into the venue letting us use them. That said, you shouldn't let an official "approved list" deter you -- if you want a caterer, ask the venue and you can probably get them in (unless it's an exclusive like AK has all over the place). Sterling has all the necessary insurance, etc., caters at some of the most high-end venues (NYPL comes to mind), so I wouldn't be surprised if you could get them in to a venue you wanted.

Jan 26, 2010
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Soccarat Paella - AWFUL

Wow, chorosch, I can't believe your story is worse than mine. As to prdct's comment below, and not to be combative, but I don't see how opening up more space would make the service worse or the chef that much more of an a***ole. I think they are just very, very comfortable serving what many consider good food (because, notably, in my opinion, really fantastic Spanish fare doesn't exist in NYC, much like really killer Mexican food). I'll leave this place to the masses, just sorry I killed a whole night on it. My pizza from my corner shop Delizia on First Ave was, on the other hand, as delicious as it always is.

Dec 15, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Soccarat Paella - AWFUL

It takes a lot for me to black list a restaurant, and publicly warn people against it, but considering the love affair people have been having with this place I really felt compelled to share my experience over the past 48 hours.

It all began on Sunday night, at 5:30 p.m., a half hour aftert they opened. It was a rainy, miserable night and the city was pretty dead. I showed up with my husband and a friend from out of town. FYI, they don't take reservations and you can't even speak to a live person when you call, you can only leave a message. Anyway, the restaurant has two sides, one room filled with tables the other with one four-top and a long bar with seating. We were informed it would be an hour wait to sit at the bar; they refused to seat us at the four-top table (we were too few) and the other room was completely empty. Idiocy. We left and said we'd try again another night.

Fast forward to yesterday night. Hubbie and I were in the neighborhood and, only because people rave about this place and we have been craving arroz negro since we went to the best place for it in Madrid with our friends who live there, we decide to give it another shot. We're told the wait will be 20 minutes, and they take our cell number and offer to call us if we want to have a cocktail nearby. We get the call 50 minutes later; after saying we were just around the corner, they guy tells us to hurry right over. We leave half-drunk drinks at the bar and hurry over, only to be told we have to wait -- and we do, another 15 minutes. In the interim, we put in our order for the arroz negro. When we are finally seated, we order the gambas al ajillo which arrive almost instantaneously and were completely unseasoned except for the garlic and oil they were sitting in and the shrimp were overcooked. We were starving and ate them. Finally, the arroz negro arrives and it looks, well, disgusting. The rice is in a thin layer; sprinkled on top of the rice are the a few boiled shrimp, a total of two scallops which were sliced into about 6 paper thin slices and scattered, a few pieces of raw red pepper and a few fava beans (not in season) also sliced in half, all boiled and totally unseasoned. The aioli they served with it had the consistency of dried out mayonaisse, not creamy at all, just lumpy. We dig in, considering our hunger and how long we've waited. The first spoonfuls reveal there are absolutely no calamari in this dish. After we try it, the rice is hard and crunchy. We dig around in the pan to see that none of the bottom is crispy, and we realize that the rice is just raw. Disappointed, we send it back. The bartender/waiter comes back from the kitchen and I assume he'll over us a free tapas while we wait for another paella. NOT SO. Instead, he informs us that the chef has asked if we would like some tapas INSTEAD. When pressed, he explains that they both tasted it and it was fine. We ask him to bring it back out, and we cut into rice grains and show him how they are not cooked through. After bringing it back to the kitchen, he returns and informs us that they chef said it was cooked perfectly and we can have tapas if we want. So, basically, the chef said f**k them, I know what I'm doing and I'm not going to try to please them with another paella. How European.

Needless to say, we walked out and spent the rest of the way home trying to pick uncooked rice out of our teeth.

Do yourselves a favor, if you're looking for good paella (or anything else, from what I could see) don't come here. Malaga on the UES is much better, probably El Faro as well though their food can be underseasoned, and at least their service is pleasant.

Dec 15, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Holiday dinner for 14, East side, $100 pp all-in?

I've been asked to come up with some ideas for a dinner for the women at my firm, in the East 50s, 60s or 70s, where we can dine for $100 per person (including drinks, tip). I'd like something a little upscale (though I know that's tough for the price), quiet enough where we can hear each other speak, but not stiff or quiet. A private room would be great, but between the holiday season and the size of the party I know that may not be possible. Any suggestions, hounds??

Nov 16, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Wedding Brunch Locations?

Park Avenue Winter/Autumn/Summer/Spring.

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Park Avenue Cafe
100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

Nov 16, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Prepared Chicken Stock??

Stay away from Citarella's, it's awful!

Nov 16, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

looking for a restaurant for visiting parents who have opposite-ish tastes

Stay away from Capsouto Freres, I know it's kind of a landmark but I went very recently and was totally underwhelmed. I can't recommend Park Avenue Autumn (or what will probably be Park Avenue Winter by then) enough -- they always have a filet on the menu, food is always well prepared, service always great, and the decor is lovely and ever-changing (seasonally). There's usually at least two pasta dishes on the menu as well.

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Park Avenue Cafe
100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

Capsouto Freres
451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

Nov 09, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Dinner in Midtown, Maybe Near Penn Station?

Looking for a good restaurant for an early dinner either around Penn Station or east of Penn Station (would rather go east than north to find a good meal) -- about $50 pp would be fine, nothing too greasy, no Korean BBQ, please.

Thanks!

Oct 12, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Need suggestion for christening after party

I just had dinner at Salute, and it was NOT GOOD. I've eaten there before, and it's the kind of place you eat in just because you have to for the area -- I wouldn't go to it otherwise. If that area works for you, I would look into I Trulli, which gets great reviews and has a garden.

Oct 06, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Help Me Find the Best Mexican Restaurant in NYC!

Suenos in Chelsea always provides a delicious, solid meal.

Oct 06, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Experiences with Abigail Kirsch or recommendations for other large event caterers?

I would say that's true. IMHO, the only reason to go with Kirsch is if you absolutely fall in love with a venue she has an exclusive at and are willing to suck up using her for the sake of the venue (and many people do this). She's definitely not the top in food or service, and I don't think anyone really says as much (except maybe her). I wasn't into any of her venues (in fact, had something very specific in mind myself) but from talking with other brides and caterers I think you get a lot better, more creative food and more accommodating service for your money out of Sterling. Happy venue/caterer hunting!

Oct 05, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Quiet dinner spot for four in soho or east village TONIGHT?

Just went to Hundred Acres on MacDougal and had the dinner you're looking for: we were with another couple, had quiet catch-up conversation and a delicious meal including glasses of wine/cocktails and the bill was in your range. I say go for it. Another suggestion would be 12 Chairs, which was lovely, but it seems a bit louder and I was only there for lunch. I think you might be able to do Yerba Buena (now with two locations, one EV one WV) for that amount and food is great, may be a bit louder.

Oct 05, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Experiences with Abigail Kirsch or recommendations for other large event caterers?

As you said, cooking for 2 is not cooking for 200, and this is more true in terms of entrees than cocktail hour (trust me, the lobster roll you try at your tasting will be just like those served during your cocktail hour). As long as you can tell from the tasting that they are capable of producing delicious food, I would say they next key to success for a sit-down dinner is the service. I noticed right away that Sterling doesn't skimp on that; nothing worse than being at a wedding and you can't find a person to bring you a fork, or a drink, or your entree because there's not enough servers. There is always a tasting, and that helps, but I would say reputation and service are most important after food (especially when it's your own wedding!). Example: I was very impressed with the word-of-mouth Sterling gets; I also know that they are the caterers for all Rockefeller family events including weddings (and that says a lot -- I mean, money's clearly not a deciding factor there, they can afford whoever they want); when I would call, I would get a return call within 24 hours max (I've heard of brides having to call their caterers several times over a matter of weeks to get some attention, and pulling their hair out in the process); I had heard other brides and moms-of-brides rave about the service, and how calm Ari is under pressure -- this is obviously a great asset day-of, when you don't want to surround yourself with a basket case who can't get their job done without looking like they are freaking out; service was in fact impeccable, everyone was served seamlessly; oh, and I almost forgot, you can totally sneak into a wedding they are catering (and you're in luck since the season is starting up again) to witness their skills first-hand.

To answer the ballpark question, I would say about $175 a head, give or take.

Oct 05, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan

Calling All Caterers

Lollipop lamb chops are always a hit, and you can sear the rack ahead of time, finish in the oven and slice. Same thing with chicken skewers. For veggie options, you could do little toasts/bread rounds, use a pastry bag to pipe a goat cheese on to them, and then do a drop of pesto on top. Mini burgers (turkey, beef, lamb) can easily be done ahead of time and assembled on-site. Grilled shrimp or shrimp cocktail can be made ahead. I'm trying to think of items that aren't labor-intensive...... Soup shooters are easy, but you'll need 100 shot glasses. I would pick up Martha Stewart's hors d'oeuvres cookbook and thumb through for some more ideas.

Oct 03, 2009
nattie23nyc in Home Cooking

Delicious, casual but pretty Italian, under $100 pp?

I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for my Mom this Saturday night and am looking for an Italian restaurant that is fun & casual, though still pretty (no checkered table cloths, but no fine dining either), delicious from apps to desserts (Mom is a dessert fiend), great (and consistent) service, and around $100 pp including a drink or two. Neighborhood not an issue. I've heard good things about Pepolino and Apizz, thoughts?

Sep 30, 2009
nattie23nyc in Manhattan