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Casual Family (and baby) friendly places near Botanical Gardens

I forgot to mention that the Starr Group has taken over the food concessions at NY Botanical Gardens and the food service has much improved...

Dec 18, 2014
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Casual Family (and baby) friendly places near Botanical Gardens

The Holiday Train show is lovely and one does get hungry after seeing it. As mentioned, Arthur Ave. is a fine nearby option with plenty of eateries to chose from. Or you can head over to City Island and take your pick. A favorite of ours on the Island is Artie's, or if you want some rhythm with your meal head for Don Coqui both along City Island Ave. Another option not far from the bridges and 95 is the flashy Crosstown Diner along Bruckner Blvd. All have websites for closer viewing...

Dec 18, 2014
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thursday night dinner in white plains

You might also consider Ernesto's on West Post Road, White Plains, for Italian-American food. They recently refurbished the entire restaurant and it is quite pleasant. Or, you might want to visit Mulino's on Court Street for classic Italian, but it may be hard to talk quietly since they are in the middle of their highly popular Holiday Fest...

Best current Burmese, Vietnamese and Ethiopian DC-area restaurants

For Vietnamese in the D.C. area we like to visit Eden Center in Falls Church, just minutes outside of the Capitol. There are many restaurants to chose from there, but our favorite has been Huong Viet Restaurant. Reasonably priced and delicious! There are websites for both Eden Center and Huong Viet.

Where is your favorite Holiday dining or cocktail venue?

What makes this spot so special during the Holidays: the atmosphere, the nostalgia, the food? Share with us...
I enjoy visiting a restaurant called Mulino's of Westchester, in White Plains, New York. Their annual Holiday Fest is over the top and always makes me feel young again right down to the complimentary bag of roasted chestnuts as you exit...

(I had started this discussion on the Not About Food board, but I feel it will get a more local bent here.)

Where is your favorite holiday dining or cocktail venue?

Sounds fine, MGZ. I like that, too. But isn't there a spot or two you do venture out to during the Holidays?

Nov 28, 2014
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Where is your favorite holiday dining or cocktail venue?

What makes this spot so special for you during Holiday season: does it sparkle, is it nostalgia, the entertainment, the food? In our area, Westchester County New York, I enjoy the month long Holiday Fest at Mulino's of White Plains. I have been visiting for years and it always makes me feel like a child again...

Nov 28, 2014
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Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

Had my family over for Thanksgiving a number of years ago and had the turkey in the oven and all things were going well...when suddenly our oven went dead! Old Betsy just broke down. At a loss for what to do, I went down to our neighbor, who happened to be a police officer, and told him our predicament. He offered the use of his kitchen and oven to complete our meal and saved to day...

Nov 28, 2014
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CBS Sunday Morning annual food show 11/23/14

I always look forward to the Sunday Morning take on the food scene, but I was disappointed this time. The culinary world being so vast, I found their subjects lacking. A time worn rehash of Spam in Hawaii, the Queen of Blues cooks in a gown along with her profile? And though announced in the advanced credits, Ina never showed up...
When planning a show like this they need more knowledgeable culinary experts to advise on what makes the culinary world tick.

Ethnic Food in DC near green/yellow line??

Don't know if this would apply, but whenever we visit the D.C. area we really enjoy visiting the Vietnamese enclave called Eden Center in Falls Church. Our favorite restaurant there is Huong Viet, but there are others to chose from...

Female Sushi Chefs: do they exist?

Thanks for the links, small h. Interesting that the last time this was brought up was in 2002. Has there been any progress since?

Nov 10, 2014
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However (Bourdain Continued)

I agree, MarkG. From the good old Lobster Pot in Provincetown where he started his culinary work to the heroin epidemic in western Mass. Definitely not even an off-beat food tour of the state. He seemed to relate to the drug thing early in his career. I would have left that subject to one of CNN's muckraking reporters.
Stick to the food, man...

Female Sushi Chefs: do they exist?

After watching Chef Ono, considered one of the best sushi chefs in the world, urge action on the subject of fish and the environment, I thought: are there any female sushi chefs? Are they well regarded? Where? Any in the greater New York area?

Nov 08, 2014
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Anthony Bourdain visits Da Bronx

I recently posted about Bronx Restaurant Week running thru Nov. 14th. If you check out the list of participating restaurants you will see some of the diversity the borough has to offer...there is much more, of course. www.savorthebronx.com
I also was disappointed with the hour, but I understand that Bourdain cannot be everywhere and he always goes off the beaten path anyway.

Nov 06, 2014
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Bronx Restaurant Week: Nov. 3rd. thru 15th!

The website mentioned in my OP has a list of participating restaurants. Over the past year I have enjoyed bites at Havana Café, Babalu and the new Siete Ocho Siete, all along the newly-formed Latin strip on E. Tremont Ave. near Throgs Neck...

Nov 05, 2014
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Looking for French in Westchester

As an insider to the restaurant scene in greater Westchester for many years, I also miss Buffet de la Gare and go as far back as Maxime's in Granite Springs and Auberge Argenteuil in Hartsdale. You may want to check out the county's newest Gallic spot: Encore Bistro on Purchase St. in Rye, sister restaurant to the original in Larchmont. Their menu is posted on their website...

Bronx Restaurant Week: Nov. 3rd. thru 15th!

According to the Bronx Tourism Council: 'Savor The Bronx' Restaurant Week is kicking off today. It will run thru Nov. 14th. Participating food and dining establishments are offering Prix fixe lunches for $16.41, and Prix fixe dinners for $20.14. You can also access 15% off coupons for checks of $20 or more. Check ahead for rules and caveats. For further info: www.savorthebronx.com
Go Bronx!

Nov 03, 2014
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Ina Garten - Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

We are big fans of Ina Garten, but this post prompted us to line up our collection of her cookbooks dated 2001 to this latest 2014 edition and you are right, she looks odd here...
Anyway, have you tried any of the recipes? One of the reasons we like her work is that her cookbooks actually work.

French Press Coffee: How do I keep it warm?

I enjoy coffee out of a French Press on occasion, but I still can't figure out how to keep it warm. Help, please...

Oct 27, 2014
gutreactions in Home Cooking

Did you get the new Celebrity Chef series stamps yet?

They have arrived at the Post Office! They include: Julia Child, Edna Lewis, James Beard, Felipe Rojas Lombardi, and Joyce Chen...

Oct 10, 2014
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Chef City, White Plains

Is Chef City the same as Chef Central out of Paramus, or is it another independent store. Not long ago Chef Central had moved from Central Ave. hARTSDALE to Rt. 119...

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

A lot of memories here for sure. I don't believe anyone mentioned Amerigo's on East Tremont Ave. in the Bronx. It was a favorite Italian restaurant that served a killer Hot Antipasto for 2, and a good pizza after 11 pm.
And there was Joe Nina's on Westchester Ave. off Crosby that offered delicious upscale Italian...

Sep 27, 2014
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Southbound BBQ, Valhalla shuts down...

The phone has been disconnected too...What happened?

Mamma's Baccala: first taste of the season...

dolores, I know a lot of people feel that way about 'lowly' Baccala, but I enjoy a good taste of the traditional from every culture from time to time...(by the way, he had Tripe on the blackboard too.)

Mamma's Baccala: first taste of the season...

Dropped in to Mamma Francesca in New Rochelle last night and enjoyed a blackboard special of traditional Baccala di Pomodoro with olives, onions and herbs...it was a precursor to the coming holiday season for sure and quite satisfying.
Also noticed Mamma's Fixed Price Dinners are back too as a clip on to the menu...available every day: 3-courses with sides for $23.

Westchester requires chains to post calorie counts on menus...

A news report this morning coming out of Westchester County N.Y. says that lawmakers have passed a bill requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus. It is one of the first of such laws in the nation...Is this a good idea? Where will this lead?

When a knife and fork just won't do...

In a restaurant setting: You're finishing off a riblet from a tasty Rack of Lamb...do you pick it up with your hands to complete the task? Or that good Prime Rib bone for that matter...
The Chicken Sarpariello on the bone needs finishing off and some sucking too...do you pick it up with your hands and finish it off?
Let's try one more...Lobster or King Crab, Mussels too...Using your hands sometimes completes enjoyment of the dish, no?
Eating in the privacy of your home is one thing...but in a restaurant dining room do you feel paranoid about using your hands when the knife and fork just won't do? What have been your experiences and what do you feel is the proper etiquette?

Nov 10, 2008
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Mumbles in Gramercy Park: good and cheap...

Stopped in to Mumbles on 3rd. Ave. for a chat with a local friend recently and ended up with a darn good meal at a reasonable price: their deconstructed Cobb Salad was good as was my guest's Quesadilla...generous portions too. Not fancy by any means, but imho fine for a casual meal that won't threaten your wallet...

Nov 09, 2008
gutreactions in Manhattan

Has anyone reviewed Ferran Adria's work?

We've heard so much about Chef Adria and his restaurant El Bulli in Spain. His experimental takes on cuisine are compelling...but have any Chowhounders actually eaten there? Are there any reliable reviews about his work or his place? Or is he viewed as one of those unique talents that are beyond such things. I am curious...

Yankee Stadium eating places...

What's the latest buzz about eating places in and around the new Yankee Stadium once it opens...Are there any new spots coming...or will you still be better off eating out of the area before or after a game?
I did hear that a Hard Rock Cafe was in the offing...

Nov 09, 2008
gutreactions in Outer Boroughs