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Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

I've been on 108th St for four years after more than a decade in the West 80s. We loved that area but this is even better. I think it's an underrated neighborhood.

Nov 18, 2014
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Logistical help needed for bring a meal to friend

If you use several smaller containers, then they will also have more flexibility for fitting them into the fridge or freezer than one big one--they can stack them or put them in different corners, etc.

Nov 16, 2014
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Baked ( Tribeca)

I'm a a fan of their books--

Nov 16, 2014
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Solo dining spots with social opportunities (20s-30s)?

Not exactly what you asked for, but would you consider a cooking class, or wine course/tasting? That might be a good way to meet like-minded people. Just a thought--

Nov 13, 2014
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need a super light waffle recipe

It's my all-time favorite waffle recipe and really easy once you work out the timing to fit your schedule. I used to make it for my family for Christmas breakfast when I was in high school.

Nov 09, 2014
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Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

I've wondered too. I would swear that sign has been up since last winter.

Oct 31, 2014
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Live From Piedmont

At first glance I thought you wrote that the dessert reminded you of the ending of Breaking Bad. And I thought, hmmmm, maybe I wouldn't order that...

Oct 27, 2014
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4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

I agree with dyrewolf, I'd keep my plans loose for Sunday night, because you don't know how you're going to feel. I always had trouble eating anything after the marathon, let alone be in the mood to go out and have a full sit down dinner. I'd make sure I had something on hand in my hotel room or collect some take out ideas if you want to stay in and names of places that don't need reservations if you feel like going out.

Oh, and yes, also agree--Staten Island in the morning is freezing (probably more so if you're used to Miami) so wear some layers of throw away clothes to start.

Oct 20, 2014
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36 hours in the city...

Here's a really helpful website for the subway:
www.hopstop.com

I think they have an iphone app--

EDIT: And I just saw Kathryn's note about the iphone app not being worthwhile anymore. So...never mind.

Oct 14, 2014
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Prices for Butter?

Yes, I've found that Trader Joe's ($3.79/pound, I think) and Whole Foods ($3.49/pound) have the best prices for butter in NYC. Most grocery stores are close to $4.99/pound for national brands. I bake a lot for friends and family so I'm always on the lookout for a good butter deal.

Oct 14, 2014
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Solo traveller wanting to meet local or someone to eat with

Movies are open here on Christmas day, and they're usually packed. Going to a movie is a popular thing to do here on Christmas.

Oct 08, 2014
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Lots of wild blackberries

I was looking up info about canning tonight (there are a lot of wild blackberries ripening in the park near me...) and found this starter kit--only $10 (plus shipping).
http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/b...

Aug 08, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking

Food related television commercial failures

I always think he must be the most underpaid person in the entertainment industry, because I can't imagine what kind of compensation could make up for what he must hear from other kids.

Wouldn't it be great, though, if he grew up to be a dashing leading man, and then one day, someone digs up this commercial...?

Jul 31, 2014
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cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

That's funny, I also had a lot of trouble with math in school, but could just breeze through those logic problems. One year I was on the verge of failing geometry, but then we did a logic unit, and that pulled my grade up to a C-. Whew

As for the initial inquiry--I'm vegan and I would be delighted if I was at a dinner party and ratatouille was on the menu.

Jul 29, 2014
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Christmas lunch/dinner and NYE in NYC - 2014

On Christmas day, many people like to go to a movie and get Chinese food.

Jul 10, 2014
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Bye Bye CRUMBS

I remember when the first Crumbs opened on Amsterdam near 76th St, almost across from an Equinox gym. You'd see people walk out of Equinox and directly into Crumbs. I thought, "You'll never go broke opening an ice cream store or bakery across from a gym..." I guess the problem was all the other non-gym-adjacent locations.

Jul 08, 2014
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NYC Fine Dining Reading List

Yes! Thanks--

Jun 15, 2014
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NYC Fine Dining Reading List

I feel like I read a book that covers the 19th century/early 20th century evolution of the restaurant but can't think of it right now.

For mid to late 20th century information, maybe you should consider the biography of NY Times restaurant critic Craig Claiborne that came out a few years ago: "The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance," by Thomas McNamee. I haven't read it, but I know he was hugely influential during that time period; life story information aside, I would think it would give a portrait of the era. I think another NY Times critic after him, Gail Greene, also has a memoir.

For real primary source material, I'd probably dive into the NY Times archives and read restaurant reviews or other Food section articles.

Jun 14, 2014
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Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

If you're going to go up into the 100s, then I'll say Zoma at 113th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. There's also a fascinating looking little cocktail bar next door to it called 67 Orange St that I wish I knew more about (I can't drink so I'm no use there).

Jun 11, 2014
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Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

Yay!! Come on up here, everyone! It's great! They've only been open about six months maybe...? They look like they're doing well, though.

(P.S. It's the B/C, not A train at W 116th)

Jun 11, 2014
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Flatiron District with a 5 year old foodie

Or if they go up to the Museum of Natural History (which most five year olds like), there is the Shake Shack up there. I don't think the lines at that one are too difficult to manage.

Jun 09, 2014
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first time in NY

This discussion of Best Slices is only a few months old and may be some help:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966337

Jun 03, 2014
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Simple Salmon dish?

Or the Whole Foods at 97th and Columbus may be closer (I'm interpreting Upper Upper West Side as low to mid 100s).

May 05, 2014
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More Torontonians Seeking Distinctly NYC Tastes

"And Nathan’s is such an institution that I’m sure we will end up there for hot dogs one time."

Just keep in mind that it's a pretty long trip to Coney Island; you can't just pop over there and back.

Apr 26, 2014
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Challenge: various diet requirements and various locations

Babycakes also has several cookbooks, so if you try anything you really like, you can find out how to make it at home!

Also, there's a highly regarded vegan food truck called the Cinnamon Snail that always has a lot of different sweets. They post where they're going to be on Twitter: @VeganLunchTruck. Might be worth checking to see if they'll be anywhere you'll be.

Apr 23, 2014
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Challenge: various diet requirements and various locations

Babycakes is a well-known vegan bakery: http://www.babycakesnyc.com/

Apr 22, 2014
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What to expect at a Nepalese restaurant?

I've been to Nepal. I remember dal, momos, dal, naan-like breads, yak cheese, dal, more dal...

Apr 15, 2014
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Is anyone taking this course with the old NY times restaurant critic ????

No, unfortunately, but I would guess that he would prefer to be described as "the former NY Times restaurant critic."

Apr 08, 2014
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“Authenticity,” he confided to me, “is a bourgeois value posing as an aesthetic one.”

May I ask what book you're referring to?

Apr 08, 2014
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Prix Fixe Lunch in Manhattan

From 168 St, Red Rooster is about four stops on the C train and one or two avenues walk east. I don't think that's that much more inconvenient than anything else from that starting point...

Apr 06, 2014
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