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Hi -Going to be in Morris county tonight and tomorrow night,

Caffe Navona on Rt. 46 in Rockaway is excellent, and you eat at the bar there. I've heard from several people that Riviera Maya, a new Mexican place also on 46 in Rockaway is very good, just a few hundred yards east of Navona, but have not been there so cannot say personally.

Apr 22, 2014
CAB226 in New Jersey

Dinner and drinks walking from 39th & 8th

Have been to HK, but not too recently -- have always had a good meal and taasty cocktails there, though.

Jul 13, 2012
CAB226 in Manhattan

Dinner and drinks walking from 39th & 8th

Dafni is great! But they only have a license to serve wine, so no cocktails.

Jul 13, 2012
CAB226 in Manhattan

German Restaurant for Large Group?

If you go to the bottom of the main page on thier website and click "explore the food menu", you see the very expensive prices. If you just click on top on "explore the food menu", you get choices for menus you can open in PDF format with the more reasonalbe prices. Strange.

Jul 13, 2012
CAB226 in New Jersey

City Winery sucks

I went to City Winery a few weeks ago and had some food & wine before the concert we were seeing (Janis Ian). My friend and I had bar seats, so maybe that helped with the service, as it was fine -- nothing exceptional, but nothing to complain about either. The food was also good. Had scallops (very tasty, if a bit pricey -- $15 for 2 scallops), lamb chops, and cheese plate. Also had their rose and their zinfandel. Perfectly decent wines. Loved the space, by the way -- great place for a concert -- very intimate.

As to your issue, though, its DOES seem that there was some sort of miscommunication between OT and CW. And it does seem that they shoudl have contacted you sooner if they were not going to be open for dinner that night. If it was an issue of their just deciding it, based on perhpas new issues that had come up as a result of the New Yorker event, they should have indicated such and, I would think, apologized profusely.

I will say that the way they run things when there is a concert is that people can come in beforehand and sit at the bar (perhaps sit at tables, that I'm not sure of, though) but if the seat is sold for the concert, and the ticketholder comes in, you have to vacate the seat. could be a litte off-putting, but I suppsoe if you know the deal ahead of time....

Oct 13, 2009
CAB226 in Manhattan

Salumeria Rosi - is pre-set table time standard?

I think it is standard practice there. I was there earlier this year and made a reservation -- I was told all that was availalbe were bar seats (no problem -- my friend and I like to sit at the bar) and that we'd have to out in1.5 hours for another reservation. When we were seated, the bartender told us that they say that a lot and it isn't necessarily the case; and it wasn't the case that night.

Oct 08, 2009
CAB226 in Manhattan

Help ! Oregon Coast Trip

I was on the Oregon Coast the last week in July and can concur that Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro in Seaside is excellent. Had a bowl of tasty chowder at the Chowder Bowl in Nye Beach -- don't know that I'd say it was the best I've ever had, but it was up there.

Tillamook cheese factory was a madhouse the day we were there (normal or not, I don't know), although the line for free samples moved quickly, and the samples were tasty. Very reasonably priced cheese if you are going to buy some. I will agree with Leonardo that Blue Heron is ridiculously touristy, but my friend wanted to go, so we went anyway. We both very much enjoyed their Smoked Brie (thought the other ones fairly blah, though).

Regarding the comments about Yachats, I don't know anything about the Adobe's Sunday Brunch, but my friend and I stopped for a drink -- the drinks were good (nothing fancy -- vodka martini and margarita, but well-made) and the view WAS great. We were going to have dinner there, but neither the dinner menu nor the wine list were particularly inspiring. We ended up that night at the Drift Inn, which JillO above didn't care for. We both ordered the same thing -- crab-crusted halibut and thought it was quite tasty, so I personally would not steer people away from it. One place in Yachats I would wholeheartedly recommend is the Yachats River House -- great space, sophisticated and very tasty cuisine, good wine list. Friend had a mushroom pate appetizer, while I had a squid and seaweed salad. We both had the tandoori salmon for our mains. Shared dessert was a simple dish of warm berries with homemade hazlenut ice cream. Perfect complements to each other and nice light sweet to end the meal.

Another place I would receommend is JP's in Cannon Beach -- again, sophisticed food, good wines, good service, and friendly staff.

Have a great trip! (we did)

Aug 13, 2009
CAB226 in Pacific Northwest

Oregon Road Trip (Where to Eat?)

Don't know why it popped into my head now, a day later; but I thought I might not have said where Yummy was, and as it turns out, I didn't. It's in Seaside.

Aug 11, 2009
CAB226 in Pacific Northwest

Oregon Road Trip (Where to Eat?)

I just got back from my first trip or Oregon a week ago, and we ate at some great places. We were only one night in Portland, but Le Pigeon was fabulous -- really interesting preparations and food combinations.

Up in Astoria, we did not get to Drina Daisy (only there for the day and wanted to see the river while we lunched), but Baked Alaska was very good. Had oysters and soup & salad. The soup was a salmon bisque that was creamy and wonderfully flavorful. The salad had mushrooms and fennel and red onion and was fine, but was kind of bland, even with extra fresh-ground pepper.

In Yachats, we had an excellent dinner at the Yachats River House -- very sophisticated food. Apps included a roasted mushroom pate and a squid & seaweed salad. For dinner we had the tandoori salmon. Also in Yachats right next to the River House was a littel fish market I'm not remembering the name of right now (I know, not much help there) -- they serve breakfast through dinner, as well as fresh fish. We had a lunch there that was great -- grilled scallops and chips. Very tasty grilled scallops and hot, crispy fries.

In Cannon Beach, JP's was delicious also. Very friendly and knowledgable staff at this family-run place. I don't recall the appetizers we had here, but do recall thinking they were very good. Mains, we both had the salmon cordon bleu -- very different and tasty -- a bit rich, but not over-the-top rich. Dessert was a South American lime dish that had some chile-laced chocolate in it (not too much chile, but enough to taste it).

Our other top-notch meal was at Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro. Not sure if kids are allowed here -- possibly 16 and over only? I had an excellent salad with peaches, feta, and hazelnuts over greens, and my friend had tuna tartar which she raved about. My main was the catch of the day (coho salmon) which is prepared in parchment with a caper sauce. My friend had the shrimp with capers and feta.

I don't have links for you, but I think all these places have websites if you Google them (not sure about the fish market/restaurant). Have a great trip!

Aug 10, 2009
CAB226 in Pacific Northwest

Wine to Pair with Chicken Cordon Bleu

Thanks. I'm liking the idea of bubbles. It's not the typical choice, so might be interesting.

Feb 24, 2009
CAB226 in Wine

Wine to Pair with Chicken Cordon Bleu

It's not a fancy dinner party, so I wouldn't want to go for a particularly expensive bottle. Maybe in the mid-teens?

Feb 24, 2009
CAB226 in Wine

Wine to Pair with Chicken Cordon Bleu

Hi --

I'm going to a dinner party Saturday and Chicken Cordon Bleu will be served. I was asked to bring a bottle of wine and was wondering what might pair well. I tried searching in a couple of places online and saw a blanket answer of Chardonnay, without any style info given. Since the style can run from the big, buttery, oaky (which we don't like) to something at the opposite end of the spectrum like a Chablis, "chardonnay" really didn't tell me anything. I was also thinking, on the red side, that a Pinot Noir might work.

Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks.

Feb 24, 2009
CAB226 in Wine

St. Croix - special occasion restaurant

Not sure when you are going -- in fact, you may have already been and come back home by now. Anyway, I was last inSt. Croix a coupel of years ago, and Kendrick's, right in downtown Christiansted, was excellent. Definitley "fine-dining with great food", very good service, and a beautiful atmosphere. Enjoy.

Dec 23, 2008
CAB226 in Latin America & Caribbean

need to find nips

And if you are talking about the "airplane bottles", jewel4352, while I don't know anything specifically about the Chicago asrea, in the Northern NJ area, they are available at most liquor stores, usually near the checkout.

Oct 30, 2008
CAB226 in Chicago Area

Salt - a gastropub - Byram NJ

I was trying to figure out where to go for dinner Saturday night and came across this thread. Sounded interesting, and their website made it look good too, so we tried it. It was fine. Great beer selections. Good food. Not a huge menu, but not small either. Had the goat cheese croquettes -- very good, although kind of expected a little more of the salad -- really, less than half of the plate was filled. My friend had the macaroni & cheese -- good, but could have been hotter. Oh -- a little odd: they don't serve bread at all, just a small dish of pickle slices. I had the Balbriggan salmon. Salmon was prepared very well, crisp pecan crust, cooked nicely, but the mashed sweet potatoes didn't realy go with it, to my tastebuds. My friend had a special of chicken with pepper jack cheese in a rosemary jus, with grilled sweet corn and tomatoes, over regular mashed potatoes. Very tasty. We shared the flourless chocolate cake -- dense and chocolatey, a little sweeter than I would have preferred -- two decent sized wedges to the portion (good thing we shared as we still left a bite or two on the plate). We liked the place, but don't live right near there, about 20 minutes drive -- didn't think it was necessarily worth driving for, but would have no problems going back if going with another couple who lived in the area.

Aug 18, 2008
CAB226 in New Jersey

Russian Vodka in Central Jersey?

I noticed Russian Standard at The Wine Library in Springfield a couple of weeks ago. Don't know if that's "central" enough for you, though.

Jan 25, 2008
CAB226 in New Jersey

Wine tasting class in manhattan?

I took a four-class introductory series at NYC Wine Company. The guy who owns the company, Andrew, is really down-to-earth and "normal" -- totally NOT any sort of wine snob. His background is in production and has made wine in Hungary and Bordeaux and Sonoma County. You always also get bread and cheeses and olives and cured meats. In addition to the 4-class series, they do all sorts of different individual classes. The website is www.nycwineclass.com

Jan 22, 2008
CAB226 in Manhattan

Cooking Classes in central NJ

I've never been to any, but Classic Thyme in Westfield does cooking classes; and I've heard good things about them.

http://www.westfieldtoday.com/classic...

Nov 09, 2007
CAB226 in New Jersey

1st Night Of 5 In Manhattan..............

I haven't been to all of the places you suggest; and of the ones I have been to, the most recent was back in March, so I don't know that I'm much of a position to make a recommendation. However, I do know that Patria has been closed for several years now.

One totally different (i.e., not on your list) place I really like is Telepan on the Upper West Side -- market-driven food, really tasty, nicely presented, excellent and attentive (but not hovering) service, and wines that paired very nicely with the food we got. I will also say that of what you've listed, the one place I REALLY want to go, and soon, is Eleven Madison Park. I have heard such wonderful things about what Chef Humm has been doing since he took over a year (?) ago.

Good luck in finding your restaurant.

Nov 06, 2007
CAB226 in Manhattan

Brunch on Sunday near City Center

Hi. Two of us have tickets for the 1:30 matinee performance of American Ballet Theatre this Sunday (11/4) and wanted to get brunch beforehand. Of course, we didn't realize when we bought the tickets that the Marathon was that day, but I don't think that will be too problematic. Anyway, the two places I had thought of are Rue 57 and Redeye Grill. Any comments pro or con for either, or another suggestion? Thanks a bunch.

Oct 29, 2007
CAB226 in Manhattan

oktoberfest in NJ

The Black Forest Inn in Stanhope has an Oktoberfest menu every weekend in October.

Oct 10, 2007
CAB226 in Mid-Atlantic