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Birthday Dinner May 8th around $125-150

Hey! So, I'm trying to solicit everyone for some recommendations for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. My preferences would be for a tasting menu (I think Torisi does one for about $75pp) or a place known for good steak (he loves steak).

I'm also especially open to special tastings like the ones on Underground Eats-- but I haven't seen any happening on May 8th. I would prefer to stay downtown, but am totally up for a midtown or uptown challenge.

Thanks for all of the good recommendations! Dave also thanks you in advance. We'll let you know what we end up picking and how it turns out!

Apr 25, 2013
christinec222 in Manhattan

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Porthos, yes next time for sure! Shanghai over-all seemed to be the best of the 3 in terms of service and selection.

Nov 16, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to LA from NYC

So, thanks everyone for the amazing recommendations! We had some really great food on our trip. Umami burger-- probably in my top 2/3 burgers of all time. I had the truffle burger with truffle cheese fries and my friend had the manly burger. We were full but were right on the edge of ordering another burger to split it was so damn delicious (and we were starving having just run a half marathon). I hear that they're building the first NYC outpost of Umami burger in Greenwhich Village in a few months. SO EXCITED! It'll def give the Minetta Burger/Black Label burger a run for its money. On a recommendation of a local resident where I was staying, we went to El Abajeno in Culver City for some really solid Mexican food.

I will say the most disappointing part of the food expedition were the soup dumplings (sorry!). I had planned an evening where we would start at one, order dumplings then go to another then another (so 3 total). The three we set out to try were: first Shanghai #1 Seafood, second Din Tan Fung, and then on to Dean Sin World. So we get to Shanghai and sit only to find out that they were out of soup dumplings-- which is really strange since they make everything fresh to order in NYC, but we shrugged it off and had the fried dumplings (which were very good btw). We wanted to save room for the other two spots, but in retrospect, we should have just stayed here and enjoyed a variety of Dim Sum. Lesson learned for next time. We went to DTF next and ordered an order of xlb. They were small, delicate and over-all pretty good, but in my opinion not the taste/quality of the ones found at Shanghai Cuisine in NYC. Its actually probably not even fair to compare them because they were soooo different. So, lastly we made it over to Dean Sin World. The soup dumplings there were terrible. We were the only ones in the restaurant, so maybe they were either closing or not expecting a table to come in so maybe that's why the food suffered (it was 8:00 pm on a Monday evening). At any rate, the dumplings came and the skins were mushy and thick (which seems like a contradiction) and pretty bland. I think some of you warned me that I should have other things besides xlbs. Next time for sure! Thanks again for all of the recommendations!

OH! And we made the drive out to Malibu and ate at Neptune's Net. Yeah, the food was very so-so but worth it for the view and atmosphere! Amazing

Nov 13, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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I love cajun food, but being from Central Texas and a Mom who lives in Louisianna (and cooked it growing up), I have a hard time eating it out of the Gulf region.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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I like Tofu, but my traveling companion-- probably not so much. Is it all vegetarian?

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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I agree with you! When I'm in Texas I always seek out Whataburger. I crave it from time to time also. Its pretty tasty, but is it a Minetta burger-- no. But it also isn't' supposed to be.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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Does this mean its technically gluten-free?

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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What a fun menu.. a little asian meets mexican action.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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The thing with living in NYC is that when I vacation, I crave beaches, outdoors and nature. I think I could spend all day there. This is such a great suggestion. thank you!

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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NICE! this looks spectacular.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to LA from NYC

We're staying in Santa Monica, so if there are any brunch suggestions in Santa Monica (or lunch/dinner that is not to be missed), we'd love that too. I think a lot of what has already been suggested is in or near (Plancheck bar I think is pretty close).

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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This is fantastic. We were already planning a trip up PCH into Malibu. Super excited about this. Seafood is actually one of my favorite types of food (although not so much for my travel companion). Neptunes Net serves beer and wine, so it may be the one.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to LA from NYC

mmmmm! duck confit hash. sounds amazing.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to LA from NYC

SUPER interested in trying California pizza. I'd heard of CPK (and had it once-- and didn't like it) but never knew it was an actual category/style of pizza. Thanks for the heads up.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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I think the "wildcard" suggestion sufficiently covers the "things I'm not familiar with" category and I'd hardly consider a suggestion for West Coast Mexican or West Coast style dim-sum/soup dumplings to be something I'm familiar with. These foods are just as regional as any other (as has been confirmed by several posters). And hamburgers? they're just damn good. I'm also traveling with someone who is NOT from NY and is joining me from Austin.

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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Thanks for that! I actually am a huge fan of mustard so this sounds like it would be the way to go. Same with onions-- yum. How would you order fries? Well done?

Sep 06, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Best Tribeca lunch spots?

I LOVE (!) Viet Cafe. You must have the coconut noodle soup-- its one of the best soups in the city in my opinion. Rice noodles, a rich coconutty broth with bright spots of lemongrass. Comes with a choice of chicken or shrimp.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Manhattan

September Itinerary

OMG, for sure on Milk Bar. Get to Milk Bar! Maybe also Doughnut Plant for a sweet breakfast treat!

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Manhattan

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Korean is turning up in a lot of the wildcard recommendations. I've only ever had NYC Korean and have always been so/so about it. I'm guessing LA Korean is a whole other animal. Will have to do this when we go out there.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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Exciting! :)

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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Maybe they've refined them since then or maybe these ones you're describing are out of this world. Either way, now you have me very interested! ;) I'll give them a whirl and report back.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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Totally agree. I also think it would be a complete miss to not have had In-n-Out while out there.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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I completely disagree with the statement that Joe's XLBs are thick, dense and greasy. I have eaten at 12 of the 15-20 or so places in Chinatown that serve XLBs and have soup dumplings probably about 4-5 times a month. Joe's dumpling skins are super thin and delicate and while the inside is oily, the outside is not greasy and they are not dense.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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Thank you! will begin to dig in deeper with these recommendations.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to LA from NYC

Thank you for this! What a great summary. So regarding #1: other than Mei Long Village and the like, what would you recommend in another Chinese regional style? again, 6 days so I'm sure we'll have time to try another. Regarding #3, I'm very interested in the LA immigrant style cooking so I"ll try that.

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

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I'll take a pizza recommendation too! We're going to be there for 6 days!

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to LA from NYC

Hi, coming into town in late October and would love some must eat food spots. Will travel in any part of LA for good food! I do have a few things I'd love suggestions on:

1. Soup Dumplings-- We have Joe's Shanghai in NYC. Anything similar in LA? Would like to try a West Coast rendition.

2. Best Hamburger-- Where can we find the best hamburger in LA? I'm in love with the Minetta Black Label burger and the Shake Shack burgers (although two completely different styles, both monumental).

3. Best Mexican-- So full disclosure, I'm originally from Austin and grew up on cheesy tex-mex. Would like to find something like that, but totally appreciate the cleaner flavors of West Coast Mexican too. Maybe a place that has both?

4. Wild Card-- what one place do we need to try?

Thanks!!

Sep 05, 2012
christinec222 in Los Angeles Area