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Neighborhood Italian; Midtown Breakfast Recommendations?

having just eaten lunch at Rossini's, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. It's OK old-fashioned food, not particularly well prepared, and surely better options around in Midtown in that price range. Rossini's bills itself as northern Italian, not southern Italian, although the menu is sort of a hodgpodge of gussied up dishes that you would actually never see in Italy.

Aug 23, 2012
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Hidden gems in manhattan

Can you give us an example of where you've eaten in the past where both the adventurous members of your group and the people who want traditional fare were happy?

When you talk about trying new cuisines, do you mean you are up for trying some foreign cuisine you've never tried before -- like an Ethiopian restaurant or a Austrian restaurant? If so, what haven't you tried? Or do you mean putting yourselves in the hands of a creative chef?

Aug 23, 2012
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frog hollow farms at eataly now

I gather that everybody now just takes it as a given that Eataly has nothing to do with Italy, nothing to do with respecting the planet, nothing to do with educating people to healthy food tradition or anything else written up on its walls in giant Helvetica type. I'm amazed at how quickly people just tossed that idea in the trash and went for the corporate fashion model. Peaches as handbags.

Aug 23, 2012
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Tell Me How to Throw a Fabulous Party!!!

have you tried browsing this site?

http://thepartybroker.com/venues/index

Aug 22, 2012
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Manhattan nostalgic restaurant bucket list

Symposium
Mandoo Bar
Isle of Capri
Gray's Papaya
Chez Napoleon
Malibu Diner

Aug 22, 2012
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A book club restaurant

Don't know if you can stick to your budget for wine, but I would have thought the Library Room in the NoMad Hotel was made for you:

http://www.thenomadhotel.com/#/dining/library

http://gothamist.com/2012/04/02/insid...

Aug 21, 2012
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What to eat in New York

For me, falafel can be very good in NYC (but not MOAZ). I haunt the pushcarts.

Likewise Greek. On the cheap end, Symposium can be fun. I like their super-garlicky skordalia..

Last time I ate at Emporium Brasil, it was definitely no frills and tasty.

I like Toloache for Mexican, and their downtown location on Maiden Lane is no-frills and budget friendly.

Lan Sheng for cold jellyfish and other szechuan specialties. Are you interested in Dim Sum?

I am almost always disappointed in cheap Indian food in NYC, but I've never gone to Queens. Cheap Ethopian food is enjoyable.

There are some pretty disappointing bagels, pastramis and cheesecakes around NYC, so you should study the recommendations.

Aug 21, 2012
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Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

Thanks for the tip, but I've got a doctor's appointment that will prevent me. Alas!

Aug 21, 2012
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Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

Will do. I think the guy is really warm-blooded.. I'll bring along a pashmina. Thank you.

Aug 21, 2012
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Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

Topping to see if anyone has advice about the flexibility of the dress code at Ai Fiori for lunch in August. Sandals ok for women? Short sleeves on men?

Also, any thoughts on Rossini's or Asellina in case Ai Fiore really doesn't want us there? I realize they are not in the same league, but wondering if the pasta is at least good. Rossini has gnocchi on its menu.

Aug 21, 2012
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Lan Sheng – First Rate Szechuan in Midtown

Funnily enough, I dislike the braised port at Lan Sheng. Too sweet and fatty when I had it. Different horses for different courses.

They have a cold appetizer of jellyfish with scallion "pesto" that I find rather addictive.

I had a poor experience the last time I visited NYC. It was this past winter and the restaurant wanted to close up at 10pm or so. They simply brought out vacuum cleaners and propped open the outer door so the freezing cold air blew in while they cleaned. The few tables of us who were still eating dinner got the message and fled -- but by this time I was on the braised pork course and didn't care.

Aug 21, 2012
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Neighborhood Italian; Midtown Breakfast Recommendations?

motospot,

what do you like to eat at Rossini's?

Aug 20, 2012
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frog hollow farms at eataly now

Does the EATALY in Manhattan feature any 0km foods or the locally produced, or is it all food from afar with a big carbon footprint? Sorry, I've never been.

Aug 20, 2012
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Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

I'll call tomorrow, but your guess that it might be a summer closure is probably the right one. Open Table offered me, as my next choice, Aug 25.

Aug 20, 2012
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Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

I'll be with somebody who only packed short sleeved shirts for his august trip to NYC. Think we can get away with lunch at Ai Fiori?

Aug 20, 2012
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Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

Thanks, but they are booked for this Thursday.

Aug 20, 2012
vicissitudes in Manhattan

Recommendation please for really good gnocchi or fresh pasta, Thursday lunch

Can anyone recommend a place to get good gnocchi or pasta for lunch this upcoming Thursday, somewhere between the high 20s and the low 50s. It doesn't matter east side or west side. Would also be nice if the place served good fish, but it's not as necessary as the good carbs. Price no object, but dress needs to be casual.

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2012
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