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Easter Bread: Last Minute Suggestion

Does anyone have a recommendation for a bakery in Manhattan (preferably downtown) to buy Easter Bread before heading out of town this weekend. I don't have time to go to Brooklyn where I would normally go to pick this up.

Apr 10, 2009
Rock48nj in Manhattan

In town next week, confused and overwhelmed with selectiing 3-4 places for Italian dinners?

The only way I have eaten at both Babbo and Scarpetta is at the bar and the Scarpetta experience is much more enjoyable in my opinion. Love them both, but at Scarpetta you have a bit more room, and I agree the service is great. I enjoy sitting down at the end near the station... great place to eat a little, converse a little, drink a little and eat some more.

Apr 08, 2009
Rock48nj in Manhattan

BBQ FOR BIRTHDAY

I've been a fan of Dinosaur since first visiting my then g/f now wife up at Cuse, but for a birthday, if you don't mind substituting brisket for pulled pork, beef for pork ribs... I think Hill Country is a fun atmosphere and great food.

Apr 08, 2009
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Looking for favorite bakeries

and if you are down near Billy's go to La Bergamote

May 20, 2008
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Cheesesteaks

I can cosign on Woggies. The dudes are from Conshy, steaks are good, wings are pretty decent, definitely comes close to the Philly experience. There was also a Tony Lukes outpost on 9th ave near the Lincoln tunnel for a while its now a different name but same owner and they get Amarosos and other goods delivered up from philly. I can’t speak for the steak because Ive only ordered the Roast Pork Italian which was on par with philly.

Carls and 99 miles are on the same level in my opinion

Im a Pats fan as well, but also like Dalesandros and some of the smaller spots like Chubbys in Roxborough

May 15, 2008
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Churrascaria Plataforma Prices?

If you are staying in the city for the weekend, I would seriously consider the short trip across the hudson to Newark if you are looking to hit up a churrascaria for rodizio. Everyone has their favorites but for half the price at a place like Seabras, Brasillia, Iberia etc you can get an equally delicious fill of meat.

May 12, 2008
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe - What a mixed bag! (long review)

Very surprised with some of these posts, I have eaten at USC a number of times over my 6+ years of living in Manhattan most recently in February (which is not too recent)and I always felt as though service there was one of the restaurant's strong points.

May 12, 2008
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Wildwood BBQ

I'll second the general consensus in this thread, good not great. I went last Tuesday with my fiance. We split a combo plate of Ribs, Pulled Pork and Sausage. The ribs were good though a bit dry. Sauces were excellent though. We ordered the texas style sausage which was pretty decent. The pulled pork was IMO a bit of a disappointment, somewhat dry not a ton of flavor. I did like the beer battered jalapeno slices we had as starters and the salt and vinegar chips as a side were great. Great bourbon/whiskey and decent beer offerings.

I never judge a BBQ place on a single visit so I will likely head back for another try. It seems like a solid but probably not spectacular addition to the BBQ scene.

May 12, 2008
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Reco for company dinner 70$ pp

Any thoughts? about 10 people fairly short notice so nowhere impossible to get resos. No restrictions on location or cuisine, but it may work for commuters not to stray to far from the Grand Central to Penn Station corridor. Ideally for me nowhere too tired.

Jan 07, 2008
Rock48nj in Manhattan

El Quinto Pino?

Went last night, I really enjoyed it but my fiancé definitely likes TiaPol a bit more. Menu is more limited a bit more unique and I think almost entirely pork based. No tables, bar and stool seating, super small spot in what used to be a small coffee shop type place that I can’t remember the name of.

We had a wonderful braised pork shoulder sandwich along with some stewed garbanzo beans, cod fritters and pork cracklings. The cracklings were unreal. Fritters very good but not standout, garbanzo beans were great. Like I said very heavy on the pork, a salad with pig ear, ect. So if swine is not your thing you may not be into it.

Sep 28, 2007
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Help: Last Minute Advice

I enjoy Sparks as well (more with the guys though), a little too old NY for this outing. Thanks for the Fleur de Sel info.

Sep 27, 2007
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Help: Last Minute Advice

Thanks for the open table call, have never really used it much before…these are my options as I see it now, focusing on places we have never been:
Uncle Jacks
Quality Meats
Nougatine
Fleur de Sel
Morimoto

Any strong recommendations on which out of this lot to pick? I’m leaning towards Nougatine or Quality Meats

Sep 27, 2007
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Help: Last Minute Advice

Ok further update, scrambled and called around some, I know its a different direction but got a reservation at Nougatine (sp) at a great time for us (8:45), with a request for the main dining room if it opens up. Any other thoughts?

For background, we live very close to the aforementioned MoriMoto, dine out pretty regularly have been fortunate to experience many of the city’s great spots. This is not a money is no object dinner, but I don’t mind spending on great food and obviosuly looking to try and get a resonable reservation time.

Sep 27, 2007
Rock48nj in Manhattan

Help: Last Minute Advice

OK, so I’m dumb and waited a bit too long to secure resos for a birthday dinner tomorrow night. Right now I have 8:15 at Morimoto locked in, but we have dined at Morimoto in Philly and she has hinted she wants a steak meal. Strip House is booked until 10 as you would imagine, have already eaten at Craft Steak a few times, any other ideas for something in that vein or anywhere else that may be worth a shot.

Sep 27, 2007
Rock48nj in Manhattan