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Best Restraints For Non-Farmed Fish in Manhattan

Oh my, there's a good pun in here somewhere....

Oct 13, 2009
avp10003 in Manhattan

Solo in Chicago

I'm coming to Chicago for 5 days over Labor Day visiting friends/family around Chicago but will be staying in the Loop.
I'll probably be dining solo for 2-3 lunches and a couple of dinners so I'm looking for some ideas where I can get a good meal at a good price and a good taste of what Chicago has to offer.
Definitely want to explore some of Chicago's neighborhoods so as long as its accessible by a CTA train, I'm game to try things out.
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!

Aug 28, 2009
avp10003 in Chicago Area

Good German Restaurant

Cafe Katja on the Lower East Side (79 Orchard Street). Okay - technically Austrian but who's going to know the difference?
Great spaetzle, goulash, beers and wursts.

May 01, 2009
avp10003 in Manhattan

30 Rock Sandwich Day Shop Brooklyn?

This morning, I noticed that the SE corner of 3rd Ave and 21st St there's a small place (used to be Blimpie?) that's being renovated. A small sign in the window says "Defontes of Brooklyn" - are they branching out from Red Hook and expanding to Manhattan??

Aug 05, 2008
avp10003 in Outer Boroughs

Looking for good but not pricey pasta

Have a craving for some good, yummy but cheap pasta today.
Prefereably someplace below 23rd Street.
Any suggestions?

Aug 02, 2008
avp10003 in Manhattan

Buying bitters in NYC (Manhattan)

I'm trying to find orange bitters (and maybe some other interesting flavors) here in Manhattan. I know that Marlow & Sons and LeNells are options, but I'd rather not shlep to Brooklyn if I don't need to.
Any sources for bitters in Manhattan?

Jun 16, 2008
avp10003 in Manhattan

Chelsea Recommendation?

Klee Brasserie on 9th Ave @ 22nd
Maybe on the high end of "moderately price" but excellent food.

Jun 13, 2008
avp10003 in Manhattan

Breakfast around Dupont Circle

I'll be spending Friday night at a hotel near Dupont but don't want to go for a boring hotel breakfast.
Can anyone suggest a good breakfast place that is walkable from Dupont Circle?

Giano - Italian in the East Village, Manhattan

I totally agree.
Last night, in honor of a dear friend's birthday, we went to Giano (Giano is Italian for Janus, the two-faced Roman god of beginnings and endings.) 
The menu is made up of two sides: one side with classic Italian cuisine, the other more contemporary.  Both sides work well with one another.
We started with an order of gnocchi with four cheeses while we perused
the menu.  The gnocchi were light and moist with the sauce from the four cheeses supplying a rich, silky contrast. They disappeared within minutes.
Next we ordered mixed green salads with a thick balsamic dressing.
Simple and delicious.  We also ordered the grilled beef wrapped in panchetta with a whipped horseradish mousse. An excellent combination.
The breaded pork chop was quite a sizable portion, crisp yet not
greasy and moist. The hanger steak with date puree
and roasted potatoes was grilled perfectly with the sweetness of the
puree adding a nice balance.  The pasta with truffles was very good, with the earthy flavor of the mushrooms and the smoothness of the sauce providing a pleasing
experience for the palate.  The sea breem with grilled vegetables was
moist and well seasoned.
The desserts were quite good. The chocolate souffle was moist, warm
and oozed dark, reach chocolate upon opening.
A strawberry angel food cake with strawberry jam was also very nice as
was the panna cotte with pistachio and strawberries.
The wine list provides for a good choice, mostly Italian, at
reasonable prices.  The decor is inviting, with a modern front
bar and more rustic main dining area. 
The newly opened garden area was very pleasant and quiet.  The service
was attentive and friendly. 

One should not be "two-faced" about visiting Giano.  An enjoyable experience awaits. 

May 29, 2008
avp10003 in Manhattan

Cheap lunch near flatiron/union square?

Eisenberg's on 5th Ave at 22nd.
A classic coffee shop...since 1929!

May 22, 2008
avp10003 in Manhattan

Weekday lunch along PCH in or near Malibu?

I'll be driving up the coast next Friday and want to stop for lunch somewhere along PCH between Santa Monica and Malibu.
Nothing fancy, just some good Mexican or maybe seafood.
Any suggestions?

Apr 10, 2008
avp10003 in Los Angeles Area

40th Birthday Venue for 30+ ppl

A few years ago, a friend hosted his 40th at Philip Marie down on Hudson St in the west Village. It was a good size crowd of 30+ people. They've got a private room downstairs.
I'm not sure how much he shelled out but it was great food, good ambiance and the chef bent over backwards to make sure everyone was happy.

Feb 15, 2008
avp10003 in Manhattan

ISO great coffee for a gift

Try Cafe Grumpy on West 20th (between 7th and 8th).
Or their W-burg spot.

Dec 05, 2007
avp10003 in Manhattan

Tea or Coffee on a Sunday

Cafe Grumpy on West 22nd (between 7th and 8th) has great coffee..each cup is made from scratch, plus a small selection of pastries and sweets.

Nov 14, 2007
avp10003 in Manhattan

Thanksgiving dinner out

Philip Marie at 569 Hudson has a good, traditional 3-course turkey day dinner for $40. Everyone even gets a bag of leftovers to go home with...just like at grandma's! I've done it a couple of times with family.
Bocca at 39 East 19th has a turkey day dinner for about $45. It's turkey with an Italian twist (I saw the menu last week when I was there for dinner).

Nov 14, 2007
avp10003 in Manhattan

Brunch with unlimited drinks

Maracas on Greenwich (betw 6th and 7th) has unlimited margaritas at their Sunday brunch.
Bone Lick Park at 75 Greenwich is a bbq place that has unlimited mimosas, margaritas or bloody marys at brunch.
Borough Food & Drink has a $10 make-your-own Bloody Mary bar at their Sunday brunch. I think its unlimited, but not 100% sure on that.

Nov 14, 2007
avp10003 in Manhattan