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Bar Bolonat

Has this opened yet? If so, has anyone gone?

Oct 26, 2013
pace in Manhattan

New Spin on the perennial Regional Italian question, maybe?

I Trulli -- Puglia

Oct 25, 2013
pace in Manhattan

Santiago & Valparaiso

I'll be in Santiago for 4 nights later this month and will be taking a day trip to Valpo from there. I've searched this board and found restaurant recs that are several years old, including . . .

In Valpo:
Pasta y Vino
Rincon del Mar (upstairs in farmers market)
Rest Tanino at Casa del Bosque
Altzaga
La Concepcion
Chiringuito

In Santiago:
Aqui Esta Coco
Le Bistrot
La Mar
Liguria
Ana Maria
Puerto Fuy

My questions are:

1. Where would you go if you had just one lunch in Valpo?
2. Are there any places that are newer and deserve to be recommended?

All types of food and price points welcome.
We'll be staying at the Hotel Orly.

Thank you.

Sep 05, 2013
pace in Latin America & Caribbean

Natural, light and GOOD (downtown)

Rosemary's, Greenwich Ave & W. 10th, they have a rooftop "farm." Casual.

Jul 25, 2013
pace in Manhattan

Umami Burger coming to NYC

where Amber used to be, I believe.

Jul 25, 2013
pace in Manhattan

Zio or Crispo

I don't know Zio either, but the food is not very good at Crispo. The best thing about the place is their garden.

Jul 25, 2013
pace in Manhattan

Remich, Luxembourg tonite!

Staying in Remich tonite and tomorrow night. Have a car. Any suggestions for lunch and dinners? Regional food, good ambience, any price range preferred. Thank you!

Jun 04, 2013
pace in Europe

Non-restaurant Chow places to visit?

Faicco's Pork Store at 260 Bleecker Street, between Cornelia and Morton Streets
and
Rocco's Pastry Shop at 243 Bleecker

Jan 14, 2013
pace in Manhattan

Quick dinner near 92nd Street Y this Thursday?

Thanks, everybody. I'm going to suggest to our group that we choose between Pescalou and Peri Ela. We can spend a solid hour and 15 minutes at the restaurant and still have 15 minutes to walk to the Y, so these two places should easily work. I appreciate your thoughts on Paola's and Le Paris as well. We go to the Y a good bit and now we have a couple of new places to look forward to!

Mar 05, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Quick dinner near 92nd Street Y this Thursday?

Hi Guts -- I'm so glad you posted, since I highly value your advice.

Peri Ela looks great. Can't find Nick's on-line. Do you know if they have a web site?

Also, others in our group have suggested Paola's, Le Paris, and Pescalou. I find widely varying reviews of them on-line, from "romantic" to "cramped" and "noisy".
Have you been to any of those places?

Thanks.

Mar 04, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Berlin Review

Fuffy -- I just saw your post! If you're out there, I'd love to hear where you ate during your Berlin visit.

Mar 04, 2011
pace in Europe

Quick dinner near 92nd Street Y this Thursday?

Going to a lecture at the 92nd Street Y (at Lex) this Thursday. We'll be a group of 6 and only have an hour and 15 minutes for dinner before the event. Looking for a casual restaurant nearby, preferrably within a few blocks of the Y. Decent food of any type, no place fancy (since we won't have time to linger), but not a deli or hamburger joint either. Thanks.

Mar 04, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Low to Mid-priced birthday dinner

You might want to go check www.villagevines.com to see if any of the restaurants you're interested in are offering discounts.

Feb 15, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Low to Mid-priced birthday dinner

While tiny, the room is cozy and romantic, the staff is very welcoming, and the crab cakes are quite good.

Feb 15, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern or Gotham?

Depends in part on the ambience you're looking for. Gramercy is more downtown. Gotham is more elegant.

Feb 15, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Great Eggplant Parmesan

Have you had their "Gnocchi 4 Magi"?

Feb 13, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Manzo

Thank you for posting!

Feb 12, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Great Eggplant Parmesan

Craving great eggplant parm. Prefer eggpalnt slices to baked, rather than fried. Any Manhattan location, any price, any ambience. OK if it's on the menu as an app, entree, or side -- but not looking for a sandwich. Thanks!

Feb 12, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Upscale mexican

Suenos, definitely

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Suenos
311 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Feb 12, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Your favorite places near 16th St & 8th Ave!

Gradisca
August
The New French
Kin Shop
Ofrenda
I Sodi

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Gradisca
126 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

I Sodi
105 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

The New French
522 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Ofrenda
113 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Feb 12, 2011
pace in Manhattan

New to Chowhound... Looking for a Valentines Day LES restaurant

Zerza, East Village

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Zerza
308 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

Feb 12, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Peter Luger as a vegetarian?

I'm in your veggie boat. Nothing to eat there, but happily went to be with friends. All comes down to your choice.

Feb 12, 2011
pace in Outer Boroughs

Gnocchi for lunch?

You've made ricotta gnocchi sound irrestistable, regardless of its sauce or frenchiness level.

Now, can I switch tracks here and ask if you have suggestions for a great eggplant parmesan place. Not much on this board on the topic. Prefer the eggplant to be baked, rather than fried. OK, even if it's only offered as a side. Downtown preferred, but will travel for great eggplant parm!

Feb 09, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Gnocchi for lunch?

From reading your suggestions, I'm debating between Ai Fiori and Osteria Morini. I know, two very different places in terms of ambience, but I'm sure my mother would like either.

Looking at their on-line menus, they're gnocchi are also different. At Ai Fiori, it's gnochetti with shellfish and at Morini, it's ricotta gnocchi with tomato and speck. Since my mohter is a red sauce girl, I'm thinking Morini would be a safer bet. But, I've never had ricotta gnocchi.

Can anyone tell me how they differ in taste from traditional potato gnocchi?

Feb 08, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Gnocchi for lunch?

Exciting suggestions, since I have been to and love Alto, Del Posto, Po and Lupa, and have been wanting to try Marea, Ai Fiori, Morini, and Lincoln. You've both given me a lot to look into. Thanks!

Feb 05, 2011
pace in Manhattan

First visit to NYC - Birthday dinner recommendation?

Love Le Grenouille's food, service, and the place is gorgeous. For more casual, and more private if you can get a booth, consider Ouest.

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Ouest
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Feb 05, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Gnocchi for lunch?

I've searched this board for the best gnocchi and, except for mia dona, the restaurants suggested are not open for lunch or their web sites do not show gnocchi on their lunch menus.

I'm taking my mother out to lunch for her 85th bday and gnocchi is her favorite food. So, where would you recommend? Price no object. Upscale ambience. Downtown to midtown OK.

Thanks!

Feb 05, 2011
pace in Manhattan

Boozy Brunch Ideas

Had a nice mid-week lunch at Lusso a few weeks ago. While there, I saw they have a Sunday brunch at $25 pp including unlimited brunch-type "cocktails".

Feb 19, 2010
pace in Manhattan

Next Week in Berlin + A Birthday

And when I do go back, I'll hope to hear from you about what's new!! Thanks again, your advice was invaluable and spot on!

Feb 10, 2010
pace in Europe

Next Week in Berlin + A Birthday

Back from Berlin and want to thank you, lingua and Trip Klaus, for your time and great suggestions by reporting on where we ate and what we thought.

First, we loved Berlin and wished we could have stayed longer! And, we were very happy with all the restaurants we went to. The ambience, service, and friendliness of a restaurant are as important to us as the food, and we were very pleased with all of those aspects as we ate our way through Berlin.

While there are jokes floating around these and other food boards to the contrary, in all the places we ate we found restaurant staff to be extremely friendly, happy to chat, and downright jovial!

If we had one complaint it is that we found the food – across the board – to be too heavily salted. In all fairness, I should say that we never add salt to food we eat in restaurants and use very little salt when cooking at home. So, while it might just be us, we thought the food was on the salty side everywhere we ate.

I am including the specific dishes we ordered, because we were very pleased with each.

Of the restaurants we went to, our favorites were Weinbar Rutz and Renger-Patzsch.

At Rutz, we had dinner upstairs and ordered the 4-course “surprise menu” with wine pairings. They were very accommodating about substitutions, when I asked that my meal not include any meat other than poultry. (Note that they do not serve the upstairs menu downstairs, nor the downstairs menu upstairs.) The place is visually striking, with its full glass wall downstairs that has floor-to-ceiling shelves on which empty wine bottles are treated like pieces of sculpture. A flight of pink stone-looking stairs (are they alabaster??) lead to the upstairs restaurant, which is dimly lighted with a candle on each table. The upstairs room is shaped like a “U” and is open in the center, allowing a view of the downstairs bar. We were seated along the front window wall, where -- outside the glass wall -- there’s a narrow balcony with concrete flower boxes planted with grape vines.

Each of the four courses consisted of about 4 wonderful small items, presented on narrow, rectangular white plates. Sorry I can’t recall everything we were served, but it was all terrific! Here’s what I can remember, but some courses included one item more than listed below.

1st course: sliced duck breast, foie gras, elderberry sorbet, aspic

2nd course: pike perch over cubed Jerusalem artichokes, potato and sauerkraut mash

3rd course: venison and pumpkin 3-ways (for the meat-eater)
vegetable dish for the non-meat-eater – spinach pasta topped with fresh spinach leaves, beet root puree, golden beets, baked feta cheese

4th course: apple strudel, port wine ice cream over honeyed apples, cubes of green apple aspic, chocolate/coffee cake

The cost for this 3-1/2 hour feast was 62 euros pp for food, 43 euros pp for wine. I regret that I cannot say what the wines were, but they were German and French, all white wines except for the venison course, sweet wines for the duck and dessert courses, all moderate pours – not huge, but not stingy.

The room at Renger-Patzsch looked stark and bright to us at first, but we fell in love with the place’s black and white photos (taken by the restaurant’s namesake) and its overall ambience – wooden benches, wainscoting, and table tops, frosted hanging globe ceiling fixtures, pretty bar upfront. We had read that seating is at communal tables, but there are two- and four-tops and all parties were seated individually while we were there. We got there at 8:30 PM and the room started getting busy at about 9:30 PM.

For a starter we shared the vegetarian Alsatian tarte of leeks, walnuts, and blue cheese (8 euros). It was so good that I wish I had one right now! It was very large and we were only able to eat half, then took the rest home. It would still be a lot to eat if ordered as an entrée for one person.

For mains, we had the beef shoulder (in red wine sauce with carrots, parsnips, dates wrapped in bacon, and potato rosemary cakes – 14 euros) and the quail chops (with porcini risotto and grilled vegetables – 15 euros). The quail was excellent, but the risotto was a little undercooked.

So, having said that those were our favorite restaurants, we also loved Reinhard’s and
Lutter & Wegner.

We had a fantastic dinner at the Reinhard’s on the Ku’damm. First, 6 Fines de Claires “G” oysters (15 euros) and 6 Tsarskaya oysters (17 euros) to share. Then, Barberie duck breast with cassis sauce, green beans, and an entire BOWL of creamy potato gratin. Yum, one of the best entrees of the visit! Our other main was beef bourguignon with mashed parsley potatoes and vegetables (17 euros). For dessert, we shared what was called a “chocolate parfait.” When we asked what was in it, our waitress explained that it had “Christmas spices,” which turned out to be cinnamon and nutmeg.

We had a late, light lunch at Lutter & Wegner, which is right across from the Gendarmenmarkt. We loved the room, with all the modern art – paintings and sculpture – on every surface, even the room’s columns. Lovely, with white tablecloths and warm service. We started with Celeste consommé (7 euros) and cauliflower veloute with smoked duck (7 euros). Next courses were beef tartar (16 euros) and what was called a smoked sturgeon “parfait”, although it did not at all resemble what we call a parfait. Attractively laid out on a plate were slices of wonderful smoked sturgeon and salmon along with quail eggs.

We also enjoyed Marjellchen and Leibniz-Klause, which seemed similar to us in that the dining rooms and menus of both were more traditional than modern.

At Marjellchen, where the room was very cozy and the service very accommodating, we started by sharing fried and breaded mushrooms in garlic cream, too large a portion to finish. One of our second courses was the cold appetizer of Pomeranian duck breast (with apple rings and cream). The other was calves liver with mashed potatoes, onions, and baked apple rings. As good as all that was, dessert turned out to be the highlight of the meal – “Tipsy prunes”, which were prunes in a sauce of brandy, rum, sugar, and crunchy oats, served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. OMG good!! (Sorry, I did not write down prices at this meal.)

At Leibniz-Klause we started with broccoli gratineed with gorgonzola (delish – 11.50 euros and worth every bit of it) and oxtail soup (6.50 euros). Our mains were chicken fricassee (white wine sauce, peas, mushrooms, white asparagus) with buttered rice (13.50 euros) and pork stinko (riesen eisbein) with sauerkraut, horseradish, mustard, and mashed peas (15 euros). For dessert we had apple strudel with vanilla ice cream (6.50 euros) plus chocolate mousse with whipped cream (7 euros). (This was late in the trip and we were past sharing a dessert!)

We had a very nice lunch at KaDeWe’s Silberterrasse Restaurant. We did not have starters there. One main was Kalbsschnitzel (2 huge pieces) with warm potato salad with bacon (17.90 euros). For the other we had “graved lachs” – a beautiful salmon plate (with the edges dredged in finely chopped dill), the best potato fritters, honey mustard dill sauce, raw vegetables, and lettuces (14.90 euros). This dish was actually listed on the menu as an appetizer, but was large enough for a light main course.

We also had a pleasant light lunch at Literaturhaus Café. Rigatoni with rabbit ragu and a tomato, mozzarella, and olive pesto sandwich on ciabatta. It’s a calm, quiet and relaxed café on a pretty side street.

My least favorite dinner of the trip was probably at Austeria Brasserie. While the food was good, I just didn’t think it was up to the same standards as the restaurants listed above. The service was very professional and very friendly. The room was rather stark and bland. (I feel badly writing this because there was nothing really wrong with the place. The food was good and our waiter could not have been nicer. I just didn’t love it like I did the other restaurants we went to. Plus, when we were there, all the other diners were also tourists, a situation I really do not prefer.) We started with cucumber salad (6 euros) and lobster bisque with a seafood ravioli (9 euros). For our main courses we had a ½ cooked lobster (27 euros) and a “ladies portion” (150g) of filet with bérnaise sauce and potatoes (18 euros). For dessert we shared a 3-cheese plate – goat, cow, sheep – accompanied by grapes, walnuts, and mustard fig.

As for wine, we ordered only German wines and followed Klause’s suggestions – and as a result, we were very pleased. We had mostly red wines with our meals. As aperitifs, we discovered sekt and aperol sekt. Despite reading in Time Out Berlin that German red wines are not very good, we found them to be very enjoyable. We liked the 2007 Kasleberg Spatburgunder from Salwey (there’s an umlaut over the first “a” of each word, I just don’t know how to make the correct marks with my keyboard), the 2007 Mathias Gaul Pas de Deux , and the 2006 Mathias Gaul Spatburgunder, from Pfalz.

We also discovered German bitters. Our favorite was Borgman, followed by Underberg. Also tried Radeburger Bitter, which was a little too strong for our taste.

I believe that’s it! Thank you again for your help in finding memorable restaurants and meals in Berlin. We can’t wait to return!!

Feb 09, 2010
pace in Europe