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Mid-price fancy restaurant

Thanks for all the input and great recommendations! We ended up going to Betony, and it was lovely. It is not a super fancy restaurant, but it's elegant and we were slightly dressed up and fit in perfectly. We were at a corner table on the second floor and had a nice view of the dining room and bar. It was comfortably quiet, so we had an easy time talking. The service was very attentive. And we came in precisely on budget.

And the food! Everything we had was good, and some of it was fantastic. The two dishes that really stood out were the Marinated Trout Roe on Puffed Rice with Cucumber and the Sheep’s Milk Ravioli with Eggplant and Mustard Greens.

Honestly, I would really recommend going just for drinks and the trout roe on puffed rice. It was delicious.

Oct 25, 2013
dylanpm in Manhattan

Mid-price fancy restaurant

Ha. Yes. I want dinner.

Sep 10, 2013
dylanpm in Manhattan

Mid-price fancy restaurant

I'd rather stick to lunch for this meal, for the atmosphere.

Sep 10, 2013
dylanpm in Manhattan

Mid-price fancy restaurant

Neither of us are big drinkers, so I would expect one drink each. The budget is a little flexible, but I'm looking to spend about $60pp on food alone.

Sep 07, 2013
dylanpm in Manhattan

Mid-price fancy restaurant

I'm new to the city (Astoria), and my boyfriend is coming for a visit for our anniversary next month. We're looking to go to a fancy dinner, but our budget is 100pp (ideally including drinks and tip). The quality of the food is the most important factor, but I would also like a place that's relatively elegant and not freakishly loud. I'd like to be able to dress up a little without feeling out of place.

I'm a pescatarian and my boyfriend eats everything. I'm leaning toward vaguely French or new American food, but I'm flexible. We both love seafood.

So far, the restaurants I've found on Chowhound with menus that interest me are: Perilla, Betony, and Blue Hill. Other suggestions are totally welcome.

Sep 07, 2013
dylanpm in Manhattan

New Bonsoiree? Alternatives?

I am going to be in Chicago visiting my sister for my birthday and we're looking to go out to a fancy dinner. I will be there the weekend of the Oct 5th, so I think I've missed my chance to get a reservation at many places. I am considering Bonsoiree, but I hesitate because they have a new chef. Has anyone been there since Beverly Kim took over? If you recommend against it, do you have any alternative suggestions?

I am a fish-eating vegetarian, but other than that I have no restrictions. Bonsoiree is barely in my price range, so I am not up for anything more expensive. (Under $200 for two people would be ideal.) A tasting menu is appealing, but not necessary since I know it can get pretty expensive.

I am going to be in Logan Square, where my sister lives, but I am happy to go anywhere that we can get by public transit in under an hour. We also might be dining on Thursday or Monday, so I might be able to get in somewhere I couldn't on the weekend.

Sep 23, 2012
dylanpm in Chicago Area

Veggie Breakfast Sausage Recipes

I have had a few store bought veggie breakfast sausages that were fine, but none of them have been particularly special. However, this one restaurant in my area makes amazing veggie breakfast sausage petties. I know it's not vegan (it has cheese) and that's not an issue for me, but other than that I don't know how they're made. Has anyone found any good veggie sausage recipes? It doesn't need to taste like meat obviously, but having a good taste and texture is important.

Jun 03, 2012
dylanpm in Vegetarian & Vegan