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Isla Verde-Need Recs. within walking of Water and Beach Club, Tartak St.

Staying at the above in early March. Need good, ethnic recs. within walking. Adventurous eaters, but wouldn't mind a good burger either.

Thank you.

Also, for one fancy meal in Old San Juan, what's worthy these days?

Jan 24, 2011
JGS in Latin America & Caribbean

In n Out burger locations on the drive from SFO to Monterey?

Hi All,

Traveling west at the end of the month and want an In n Out fix on the way from the SFO airport to Monterey. What are my options, those which will keep me from going too far afield.

Thank you.

Aug 13, 2010
JGS in California

Special, homestyle breakfast /brunch needed bet. Centerville, VA and Silver Spring, MD area--no Cracker Barrel!

We will be heading home to NY on Sunday morning from the Centerville area and would like to stop for a special breakfast on the way. No chains! We are looking for a "real", homemade breakfast. Good pancakes, omelettes, fritatta, quiche, perhaps?

TIA.

Jun 03, 2010
JGS in Washington DC & Baltimore

Puglia of Little Italy any good...opening in place of City Cafe July

Puglia in Little Italy is awful. Seriously bad red sauce joint populated exclusively by tourists. It was decent when I was a child, with singing waiters, etc. Hasn't been good in years. In fact, the only authentic Little Italy area currently is Arthur Ave. in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Several very good places-the best being Roberto and his sister (and less expensive) restaurant, Zero Otto Nove.

May 25, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Will Gary Danko satisfy an unadventurous and picky eater or is it a waste of money

Hi SF Hounds,

I'm coming to SF Labor Day with my fiance who is is not a hound. He doesn't eat fish at all and is generally picky and likes plain food. I have not been to Gary Danko yet and would love to try it.

Will he find enough to satisfy him or will he be frustrated and will we be wasting our money? He would probably be looking for beef as a main course.

On a side note, is A16 still worthy? I was there two years ago and loved it and would like to go back.

TIA

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A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Apr 08, 2010
JGS in San Francisco Bay Area

Chow worthy Montauk Restaurants in the off-season

Thanks Coll!

I always enjoy reading your posts.

I will report back after the weekend.

Mar 02, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Chow worthy Montauk Restaurants in the off-season

Thank you. I have been to the Montauket for drinks and heard the food was good, although it is a little more "old man's bar" than I might like for dinner, esp. But, it could be good for lunch.

Sounds like O'Murphy' s is our dinner spot unless we want to trek to EH or Amagansett.

I have always heard about the Inlet. Do they serve anything other than fish, as my SO does not eat fish...boo!!!!!

Mar 01, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Chow worthy Montauk Restaurants in the off-season

Need Montauk recs for the upcoming weekend (3/6-7).

Is the Shagwong still good? Just basics, good burger, steaks, fish, etc. Nothing too trendy.

Looking for the "old reliables."

Thank you.

Mar 01, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Wedding at Crescent Beach Club - looking for rehearsal dinner recs nearby

No, not any longer. It is now owned by the person/people who own Walk Street on Seventh St. in Garden City.

It's still very good.

Feb 08, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Newsday calls out Long Island Chowhounds- and justifiably

Pollos el Paisa is great and very economical. I agree, it is mostly Hispanic I notice as well. I tell everyone I know about it. Where else can two people stuff themselves silly w/ a huge pitcher of sangria for $35!

Frankly, I think LI'ers are scared to move away from chains and totally lacking in imagination or any desire for variety in their diet. They simply don't know any better I believe. Thankfully my city years and my Mom's culinary skills upon which I was raised keep me away from chains at all costs and always in search of good chow! Oaxaca in Huntington is another good spot and the owners/staff are so hospitable and warm. Also like Meditteranean Kabob House in Westbury.

Feb 04, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Stango's Glen Cove

Very mediocre. Pizza is not great, too doughy and the entrees are somewhat lacking in flavor.

Having said that, it gets points for the nostalgia value. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but if in the area, it's not a horrible choice. Where else can you still find a restaurant with tiny windows, an old man's bar on one side, grey wallboard panelling and red curtains. It hasn't changed a bit.

Feb 04, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Wedding at Crescent Beach Club - looking for rehearsal dinner recs nearby

I live in Oyster Bay, the neighboring town and can tell you that the nearby pickings are very slim. Having said that, there are three good restaurants nearby. Wild Honey and Fiddleheads in Oyster Bay village and Mill Creek Tavern, which is literally down the block from the Crescent Beach Club. For rehearsal dinner purposes, I would say Fiddleheads is best food-wise. It is newly re-opened under new management, and is excellent, varied, eclectic menu. I have been there five times since they opened and have had great experiences. Mussels, lots of fish on the menu, chops, steak, several excellent pasta dishes, coconut cake to die for! Silk hankies pasta dish is heaven. Having said that, the atmosphere is not great. Very plain and uninspired decor, more of a strip mall type storefront, although it is not in a strip mall per se.

Wild Honey, is great in terms of decor (it's in a very historical bldg., which was once Teddy Roosevelt's office.) You may know that his home, Sagamore Hill is in Oyster Bay. The food is very good, not outstanding, but very good and fairly reliable. Again, fish, pasta, some steaks, chops. The menu is not quite as inventive as Fiddlehead's, but for a rehearsal dinner, I would choose Wild Honey b/c it fits both bills--food and ambience.

Mill Creek Tavern in Bayville is good as well. They might be a bit more accommodating price wise, as Bayville is very out of the way and they probably would be eager for a party of 40. Having said that, don't know that you would want both the wedding and rehearsal within steps of one another. Be advised, Mill Creek Tavern is not on the water.

I think these three are your best bets. I don't get rehearsal dinner vibe at Angelina's and frankly think the food is just okay and it has a bling bling, Mob vibe to it IMHO. And I'm Italian, so I don't feel discriminatory saying that!

Feb 04, 2010
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Need inexpensive recs in Newport for THIS WEEKEND! New Year's

Had a great weekend in Newport! Food and otherwise!

Two excellent dinners:

Perro Salado, great Mexican. Amazing sticky ribs, guacamole, empanadas, corn-crusted shrimp salad, etc. Great ambience, crowd & service. Loved it.

Spark, great fusion. Had excellent steak tartare served on potato medallions and a delicious poached salmon salad. Again, nice vibe and very nice staff and great service. Would have loved to have tried the Shrimp Nachos from Tucker's menu, but had no room. Will be back to both the above asap!

Muddville Pub, clam chowder was sub-par, not very "clammy" and the flavor was somewhat bland. Mostly just milky. Overcooked burger with so-so fries. Also, didn't care for the renovation, the place looks too new and is lacking the pubby atmosphere it had in its former incarnation.

Atlantic Grille breakfast was very expensive and the eggs benedict were terrible. Bland hollandaise, with the consistency of glue, raw English muffin, overcooked egg and chewy ham. Found $33 for breakfast with a $4 side of bacon to be excessive.

Newport is still a great town, and the dining scene is thriving. What a treat!

Jan 04, 2010
JGS in Southern New England

Need inexpensive recs in Newport for THIS WEEKEND! New Year's

Thank you both. This is exactly the type of info I needed! Great.

Any good breakfast recs.? When I was there this summer I saw a little, tiny Greek (maybe?) place on I think Spring St.? The road that runs parallel to Bellevue, up behind town, as you approached Broadway. I know about the place on Bellevue near the Tennis HoF, a woman's name, I believe.

Sorry that my OP makes me sound like an alcoholic, over-eater, upon re-reading it!!! :))

Dec 30, 2009
JGS in Southern New England

Need inexpensive recs in Newport for THIS WEEKEND! New Year's

Hi All,

My boyfriend is a sober, non-foodie, (I'm the exact reverse) so despite my desires to the contrary, I'm ISO pub-ish, cozy spots, with good burgers, pasta, etc. Not pricey and not pretentious.

I'm hoping I can cajole him into Tucker's Bistro, but it's way over his head! But, I may need a Tucker fix.

Is the pub-style place near the baseball field w/ the good chowder still good?

Help!!!!!!! Arriving on Friday morning.

TIA.

Dec 28, 2009
JGS in Southern New England

Worst PIzza on Long Island

Mario's chain is horrid, especially the one in OBay. No flavor, way too much dough.

Garden City pizza is horrid as well.

Nov 13, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Porto Vivo-Huntington--Anyone Been? Reviews?

I've heard absolutely no buzz about this place.

How is it? Food, prices, ambience, sound level, etc.

Would it be suitable for a surprise birthday dinner. Do they have a private room or a quiet back room type situation.

Thank you.

Oct 29, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Need Truffles Dinner for Friday night!

Looking for truffles, something exceptional please. $ not a concern.

Two couples, so not too loud.

TIA.

Oct 29, 2009
JGS in Manhattan

Dinner Recs. within walking of Brooklyn Bridge Marriott for Thursday

Three foodies, two kids, need dinner on Thursday night, walk from Marriott. Not too $$. All cuisines are options. Fun vibe preferred, nothing stuffy or high end. Perhaps a good pub-style place? Or, is Grimaldi's within walking? Is it still good? Do they serve beer/wine?

Thank you in advance.

Sep 07, 2009
JGS in Outer Boroughs

Two thumbs up for Antares Cafe!

Erica,

We had a very disappointing meal there on Monday night. There were only two other tables occupied and the service was terrible. We weren't offered drinks, the server just came over after about 20 mins. and asked to take our order. She was very sweet and I got the sense from her air of weariness that she was used to hearing complaints.

The menu is vastly different from last summer, what with the incarnation of Antares as a Tiki Bar. I found it uninspiring and kind of dull. Frankly, I had a hard time finding anything to order. Several choices seemed very out of place for the surroundings and the casual atmosphere. Rack of lamb, roast pork loin, etc. That said, after ordering the duck confit quesadillas, the server returned after another 10 mins. to let me know that they were out of duck. My second choice (which I can no longer recall), they were also out of. Odd, to be out of two items on a Monday night, with only two occupied tables! I imagine they are just keeping their stock very low.

Anyway, we had the following: An appetizer of buffalo wings. Passable, nothing special. Roasted pork loin, very dry, accompanied by luke warm veggies and yellow rice. Fish and Chips, okay, not too flavorful. Hamburger, ordered medium-rare, arrived gray inside. Second pass, a bit less gray, but certainly not pink in the middle, and burned to a crisp on the underside. This development elicited a round of drinks on the house. Good call on their part.

Lastly, the ginger creme-brulee was literally about 1/8 of an inch thick! Truly, it barely covered the bottom of the ramekin. Tasted good, but it seemed as if the chef was scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with one portion. Thank God we didn't order two!

The Antares of last summer was very good, one of our better meals out East. They were serving Blowfish, which you rarely see on a menu. I had a delicious piece of codfish with a lemony crust as I recall.

This summer, skip it. Another casualty of musical chefs, etc.

Jul 22, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Not to miss on Long Island, anything goes

In no particular order:

Japanese:
Kura Barn in Huntington for Japanese, expensive but very good.
Shogi, in Westbury, hole in the wall, but good and fresh. Yuko the owner, is dinner and a show and worth the trip alone.

Bar Food and then some:

Finnegan's in Huntington, great sandwiches, salmon, specials, burgers, etc. Truly underestimated food. Frankly, I'd rather no one else know about the food there, it's very small. Plus, great bartenders and it's an institution.

Italian:
Iavarrone Bros., in New Hyde Park. Above average.

Pizza:
Grimaldi's Coal Oven, Garden City

Small plates/Eclectic American:

The Brass Rail in Locust Valley. Very good.

Good Pastas, Pesto Sauce and then some:

Tutto Pazzo in Halesite (Huntington):
If you stick with pastas and simple fare, very good. Don't get too elaborate!

New American:

Wild Honey, Oyster Bay
Very good food and very overlooked. Nice atmosphere, dark, quiet, etc. Some surprising standouts, good fresh fish, bread pudding,etc.
The only restaurant worth visiting in Obay.

Jun 15, 2009
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Piccolo-Huntington, LI-Need Recs.

Please reply! Would love the feedback, so I order the right things! Thank you.

Mar 25, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Piccolo-Huntington, LI-Need Recs.

Hi All,

Going to Piccolo for the first time on Friday night, THIS WEEK, 3/27, would love recs. on what's worthy, what to avoid, etc.

TIA.

Chow on!

Mar 24, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Huntington/Northport Area

I agree--Bistro Cassis is now awful. Although, the Roslyn location (Citron) is still pretty good, IMHO.

I like Kura Barn for a few very specific things--best Mexican and Indian rolls anywhere. Love their tempura too. I stick to a few basics and am never unhappy, although it's pricey.

On the burger front--gotta say I think Finnegan's burger beats Canterbury's any day. Not to mention, much of their other food is good too. Better onion soup than Canterbury's and great pot roast as well. Most people only know it as a hang-out bar, but the food is pretty good and the atmosphere is much better than Canterbury's, whose bar is terrible.

Mar 10, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Bistro Cassis, Huntington; second disappointing visit

Funny, b/c I've only been there twice in total, once in early Nov. and second time the weekend before Christmas. Both times I thought the food and service were both quite forgettable. I had wondered what all the fuss was about to begin with....and the prices are fairly steep.

Bistro Citron in Roslyn is okay to sit at the bar and eat, and I am a fan of Ray the bartender there. But, that location is certainly not a destination for me either.

Jan 25, 2009
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Returning to the New York I Once Loved

I remember it well from my days at Fordham, lived right around the corner. I have not been in that spot in a few years. I THINK it might still be there, but couldn't say w/ certaintly. I didn't remember it being called the American though...the Flame at 58th and Ninth was also good. I believe that is still there.

Dec 27, 2008
JGS in Manhattan

Sat lunch on Long Island

I third Fatfish...wish I lived closer. Have been for lunch several times in summer, great view, good food, have not been disappointed.

Nov 08, 2008
JGS in General Tristate Archive

Visit the Chocolate Lady-in Oyster Bay--A great addition to town

Chowhound is a web site devoted to chow and the pursuit of it, not to web sites.

I don't really care about the web site, I was encouraging people to visit Lee's adorable shop and sample her delicious chocolates, etc.

One of the problems on LI is that people are too focused on chains to the exclusion (and demise) of small businesses that NEED our support, obviously now more than ever. When I find a small business that I think is worthy of support I mention it. It's not a competition and I'm sure the other store you mention is lovely as well.

As far as the web site, frankly, I don't think a small, artisenal chocolate shop needs to focus on her web site. The only way this business will make it, is with walk in traffic, so walk in people!

Nov 05, 2008
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tupelo Honey, Seacliff - or Mimms, Roslyn

Personally, I think Mim's is very overpriced for what it is (Syosset location, have never been to Rosyln.)

It's very loud and the food, while fine, is not outstanding and has gotten very pricey. I think they recently changed their menu. Recently had a bill of $100 for two apps, three glasses of wine and a steak salad. Outrageous. Won't be back.

Nov 03, 2008
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)

Visit the Chocolate Lady-in Oyster Bay--A great addition to town

Support this shop when in OBay. The owner Lee, is a chocolatier with recipes passed to her from her Grandmother who was also. She's a sweetheart.

A delight and a real throwback. Don't miss the "blank" in a cup! A small cup of divine, rich, warm chocolate. Wonderful, artisenal chocolate made right on the premises, and gifts, etc.

Right across the street from Canterbury Ale's on Audrey Ave.

This is a special place.

Nov 03, 2008
JGS in New York State (exc. NYC)