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Gramercy Tavern reservations

Is there a trick to this? I know with Babbo you start calling 30 days ahead at 10 am. Gramercy Tavern is on Open Table, but you can only get reservations for crappy times during the week. If I want a Saturday res, what's the best strategy.

FYI - re: Babbo. If you go there at 10 am, 30 days ahead of time, they take your reservation before they even answer the phones. I got an 8 pm Saturday night res no problem.

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Feb 17, 2011
quentin in Manhattan

Di Fara on a Friday?

If you could arrive at 11 you won't wait. You might wait a bit at noon, but I don't think that long. I'd try it.

Motorino will cost as much if not more than Lucali's. Great pizza though.

Cheaper alternatives: Grimaldi's, Lombardi's, Totonno's in Coney Island

575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Aug 05, 2010
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Locanda Verde walk-in

If I try to do a walk-in, for a table for 2, at 5:30 when they open this Sunday, do you think I'll get a table?

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 07, 2010
quentin in Manhattan

Testaccio - A Vague Question

Have you tried Google maps to look at the street? I followed your directions and I came up with Ne Arte Ne Parte.

May 10, 2010
quentin in Italy

Brunch at Wave Hill in Riverdale

Has anyone ever done this before? Does the $22 include champagne or mimosas? Is the food any good? Thanks!

Mar 25, 2010
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Paulie Gee's - New pizza in Greenpoint

I went tonight. I thought the pizza was very good, but the dough had a serious lack of salt. It was very disappointing because the crust seemed great in every other way. I didn't finish eating it because it was bland. Hopefully that's just an opening glitch and they up the salt in the dough. Other than that, very good. Sauce was very fresh tasting. Pizza gets a bit soggy after a while, so probably not a great take-out option.

Paulie Gee's
60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Mar 11, 2010
quentin in Outer Boroughs

A question about Kesté ...

I've been to both Mozza and Bianco -- although not Keste. However, I think most premium neopolitan places in New York (ones I have tried: Co., Motorino, etc.) will compare favorably to either of those places. I preferred Bianco to Mozza, fyi. So, I'd certainly try Keste.

Sep 13, 2009
quentin in Manhattan

Best Pizza/Italian in Sunnyside/Woodside

Sadly, pizza is pretty awful in the 'hood. Rosario's on Skillman around 50th is okay. The only good Italian is Sapori D'ischia in Woodside. Do a search and you'll hear more about them. It's a serious Italian restaurant though and they don't deliver. They do have pizza which is okay.

Sep 01, 2009
quentin in Outer Boroughs

best margaritas

If Brklynbobby is not home, the margarita at Stone Park Cafe is good. I haven't been there in a while, but it was on the cocktail menu, fitting called "El Mejor Margarita"

Aug 28, 2009
quentin in Outer Boroughs

What happened to Corner Bistro burgers?

It's been longer than the fall of 2008, maybe even like 2, 3 years ago.

May 08, 2009
quentin in Manhattan

What happened to Corner Bistro burgers?

I went to Corner Bistro last night and the burgers were huge! Both I and my friend who've been there plenty of times over the years, thought it was easily double the size it normally was. When did they change? I preferred the old, smaller ones. I actually had to remove the tomato from the burger to get it into my face.

May 08, 2009
quentin in Manhattan

nice place in Sunnyside

Have you tried Claret, the wine bar on 46th and Skillman? They have small plates that are pretty good. The beet salad and mac n cheese were good. They have wine and beer.

May 03, 2009
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Convivium Osteria Tips

There are a lot of people on this board who have gotten this surly waiter. I must have gotten the other one, who was perfectly fine. So, the best table would be the ones that guy isn't waiting on, but I'm not sure how you figure that out! It's been quite a while since I ate there, but everyone enjoyed their food.

Asking how much you want to spend isn't necessarily a bad question, but if the guy was being a jerk anyway I'm sure that's how it came out. Sometimes I'll pick a wine in the range I want to spend and ask if they have recommendations based on that price range.

Apr 08, 2009
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Sunnyside - Manolo's Mexican or Haab Cafe?

I've been to the Haab. I like it actually. I have only gotten breakfast there, or a torta. Both the breakfast and tortas are good. They serve chipotle mayo with the fries. They're really cheap, and the space is nice. Open windows, so it's more welcoming than the places with the closed blinds. The staff is very nice, friendly and bilingual. It's more of a breakfast/lunch place so it's not trying to compete with De Mole, but for what it is, it's quite good. Their coffee is very good too.

Apr 07, 2009
quentin in Outer Boroughs

New Wine Bar in Sunnyside

I went recently too. I thought the wine prices were reasonable. Definitely more economical to get a bottle or carafe vs. a glass, which is odd. Why not just have it be 1/4 of the bottle price? I thought the cheese was reasonable and you got a good portion. Not the most exciting cheese selection but the cheese was good and comes from Murrays. Another weird thing was that the bartender didn't have you taste the wine before pouring it. In fact I had a carafe filled from two bottles (the first bottle ran out) and the bartender topped it with a new bottle w/out testing it. What if it were corked, you would have ruined the other good half of the carafe.

Other than that, a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Jan 03, 2009
quentin in Outer Boroughs

cocktails in Sunnyside?

There are no loungy, low key spots you speak of. They're all Irish pubs or sports bars, or dumps. Your best shot might be Quaint? They have a bar, it's certainly low-key. It's a restaurant but there's a large bar you can sit at. The food's not bad either. I've also read on this board that you can get a good cocktail at Dazie's, but that the food stinks. I think that's you're best bet for the neighborhood. Otherwise head to LIC or Astoria.

Oct 29, 2008
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Sunnyside - The Fruitless Search For A Decent Slice of Pizza

Still no decent slice of pizza in Sunnyside, probably Rosario's is the best. But I did a little mini-tasing of nearby whole-pie establishments. Sapori D'ischia in Woodside, Manetta's in L.I.C. and Bella Via in L.I.C. Sapori D and Manetta's have personal size pizza's and Bella Via's is a smal pie, enough for 2.

All 3 were pretty good--much better than anything you'll get in Sunnyside.

Bella Via was the best due to the crust. It's airier, while the other 2 crusts are much flater and drier. I tried the marghetrita and prociutto/arugula. I don't recommend the prociutto pizza. They don't slice the prociutto thin enough so when you bit into a piece of prociutto the whole thing rips off half the pie. Stick w/the marghertita, which though a bit heavy, had a good sauce and, as mentioned, great chewy crust.

Sapori D'ischia - crust thin and a bit dry, but not bad. I got the Margherita, which oddly have very little cheese. It was almost entirely sauce. Fortunately the sauce was very good. Not too sweet and fresh tasting. I rate it middle of the pack.

Manetta's - also tried the Margherita. The crust was like Sapori's, but worse. Too dry. The sauce was decent and it had more cheese than Sapori's, but I think this was the loser of the bunch.

Sep 09, 2008
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara's what to order..

Definitely order a pie. The slices are $4 a piece, so you'd spend $16 for 4 slices and for $4 more you can get a pie, which is 8 slices. I prefer the square/sicilian pie to the regular. But both are good. I'm sure you'll have no problem getting half pepperoni. Yes, it's BYOB, so you can bring beer. Also, if you're going when it first opens on a Wednesday -- 11:30 is a safe bet -- you probably won't have to wait all that long.

Sep 06, 2008
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Lunch options - lower EAST 20s area

Hey - I just started a new job. I work on 23rd between 2nd and 3rd Ave. Anyone have recommendations for good food for lunch around here? I'm willing to go from say 14th street to 29th Street, from 1st Ave to Park. I did discover Artichoke Basille pizza which is awesome. Any cuisine, nothing too expensive. Take out or casual dining preferred. Thanks!

Jul 24, 2008
quentin in Manhattan

Blue Chips in Sunnyside?

There's a new Mexican restaurant in Sunnyside called Blue Chips. It's on the north side of QB around 44th or so. Anyone been? I've walked by a few times and there's always people in there. Seems kind of cute.

Jul 02, 2008
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Dutch restaurant?

Anyone know of a Dutch restaurant in NYC? I need to know for a bet. I did do a search but all I came up with is the now-closed NL. Thanks.

Jun 19, 2008
quentin in Manhattan

Dutch food?

Anyone ever heard of a Dutch restaurant in NYC? I need one for a bet. I did do a search, but all I came up with is the now-closed NL.

Jun 19, 2008
quentin in Outer Boroughs

An Hour and a Half Today at 19th & 9th

Chelsea Market:

You can get lunch and shop there. Here's a recent thread:

Mar 26, 2008
quentin in Manhattan

FH Trader Joe's---Oct. 26th Opening Day !!!

It's on the TJ site now:

Coming Soon:
Charlotte, NC (North)
Columbia, MD - November 2
Corona, CA
Edgewater, NJ
Oakland, CA (Lakeshore) - October 26
Oakland, CA (College) - October 26
Queens, NY - October 26th
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Woodland Hills, CA

Oct 25, 2007
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Prague - Traditional and Modern Eats?

I was in Prague a month ago. I went to Kampa Park and Square. Both are owned by the Kampa Group, as is La Provence. Kampa is definitely fancy, but can be festive and has a great view of the Charles Bridge. Ask for a terrace table (it's covered, so it won't be cold). Square was pretty dead, but it was a Sunday. I thought the food at all three was serviceable, though not outstanding. But they were the better meals I had in Prague. Kampa Park is definitely more expensive than the other two. La Provence was nice, I liked the atmosphere. It's French bistro food.

Oct 23, 2007
quentin in International Archive

Need restaurant reco. near US Open tomorrow night

Why not drive to Sripraphai, leave your car there and take the 7 to the US Open? This way you'll avoid some of the traffic.

Sep 08, 2007
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Where can I buy a Zyliss garlic press in NYC?

I can't find one! Please help.

Sep 07, 2007
quentin in Cookware

Using a cooling rack in the oven [Moved from Home Cooking board]

Hi - I'd like to make a recipe that calls for using a rack on top of a sheet in the oven. The only thing I can find are cooling racks. Can I use a cooling rack in the oven?

Aug 13, 2007
quentin in Cookware

Pan Latino place on Vernon in LIC

I don't know the name of this place, but I passed by yesterday. Has anyone eaten here and have a review?

Jul 21, 2007
quentin in Outer Boroughs

Your favorite dishes from Degustation, Prune, WD-50, Momofuku Ssam, Casa Mono. Plus some Yasuda questions.

I read that DiFara's is closed on Monday's in the summer - you should call to double check.

Jul 18, 2007
quentin in Manhattan