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Had some delicious crawdads as a course at Le Restaurant this past weekend. BUT given the way their menu works and the, um, glitches experienced during the meal ... it might be risky.

Apr 01, 2014
frafflesass in Manhattan

Best Farm to Table in DC?

Visiting DC for a long weekend in May and coming from NYC. We're looking for a farm to table dinner one night, I'm curious what restaurants are doing it the best (i.e., chefs balancing local sourcing w/ great cooking) in DC.

On a different note, what are the most interesting things happening food wise. Please leave off anything close to "molecular gastronomy.

Budget isn't an issue, but would like it to be accessible by the metro.

Mar 05, 2014
frafflesass in Washington DC & Baltimore

comfortable and delicious birthday dinner

I've booked Juni. I have a soft spot for menus structured like that. It's not til mid-Feb, but I'll report back.

Jan 09, 2014
frafflesass in Manhattan

comfortable and delicious birthday dinner

Hadn't considered Annisa. I'll look into it, thanks.
Jungsik has been on our list for a while, perhaps this is the time.

We actually went to Picholine last year and it was a disaster. They forgot one of our courses and then got a couple more out of order — don't remember the food because the service was so bad.

Went to Mas recently. It wasn't bad, but I did think it was overpriced for the quality of ingredients they used.

Jan 08, 2014
frafflesass in Manhattan

comfortable and delicious birthday dinner

As my Husband's birthday approaches, I'm looking for a fantastic dinner spot. We love Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill and Betony, but eat at those places regularly enough as it is. I'd love to try a new spot that is "white tablecloth" at heart, but still warm, friendly and — of course — the food is top notch.

Non-ridiculous tasting menus are in play, EMP and The Modern are out for reasons and I've got more than 28 days to make a reservation. And just for an added idea of our taste, Prune, The Nomad and pre-drug bust Gwynnett St. are some other favorites.

Okay, hive mind, what do you have for me?

Jan 08, 2014
frafflesass in Manhattan

Brunch cocktails beyond mimosas and bloody marys?

What are the best brunch spots with cocktail lists that go beyond the standard? Bellinis, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys are fine, but where can I find a Corpse Reviver? (Incredible brunch fare would be nice, too.)

Aug 24, 2012
frafflesass in Manhattan

Any feed back on Calliope - newish French bistro in E. Village?

Honestly, I was not impressed. The beef tongue was oversauced, the tomato tart was good — but it reminded me of something I'd want for lunch from a small cafe, and the mains were bland (Lamb, Rabbit) and not at all right for the season. We didn't stay for dessert, which was sad because the baba au rhum actually looked edible. This place is getting a LOT of hype right now, and I think it's just that.

Aug 14, 2012
frafflesass in Manhattan

Best date night restaurants downtown?

Recently moved to NYC and having a pretty good (yet sometimes frustrating) time finding interesting "date night" restaurants. We go out once a week, and tend to lean more towards Farm-to-table, New American, French, rustic Italian, and seafood spots. Clearly all the top-tier places are obvious (EMP, Per Se), but what are some other key spots. Really enjoyed Gramercy Tavern, L'Artusi, and Prima, Saxon+Parole was okay. Totally underwhelmed by Locanda Verde and Balthazar.

Bonus points for places will exceptionally executed cocktail menus.

Aug 06, 2012
frafflesass in Manhattan