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NYC Girls' Trip (Mid-May)

Thanks, kathyn! Most of my choices are based on posts where you've chimed in. Your tips are extraordinarily helpful :)
The Momofuku meal includes the aunts and cousins and is Asian-ish so it it make them comfortable and happy. I'm going to use it as a way to knock a David Chang place off of my list, so even if I can't try more items on the menu I can still leave town happy.
I'm leaning towards The Breslin for after commencement lunch.
PDT is definitely on my list...going to dial at 2:59PM the day we decide to go for a table.
I think I listed the Modern because it's a place that looks cool and could photograph well. It also seems to be somewhat popular which is something that my cousin would like.
With regards to Raines, are they both the same? If one was nicer that the other, then that's what my cousin would gravitate towards.
While I'm so excited for our trip, I'm also sad that there are so many quality places and not enough time nor enough stomach space for me to eat my way through the city.

1 day ago
attran99 in Manhattan

Where can I find Heavenly Hash ice cream

It's a flavor I see at Handel's Homemade Ice Cream shop (Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, and Torrance/Redondo Beach).

1 day ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

NYC Girls' Trip (Mid-May)

Hi, thegforceny. Yes, the range excludes wine/drinks and tax/tip.

1 day ago
attran99 in Manhattan

NYC Girls' Trip (Mid-May)

My cousins and I are headed into town for the NYU commencement ceremonies mid-May. It’s our annual girls’ trip (i.e. no husbands, no kids, etc.), so it’s our turn to have some fun. We’re staying at the Waldorf, and I think it’s been decided that most breakfasts and lunches will be on-the-go meals that will allow us more time to explore the city as tourists. I’ve been stalking the board for the last few weeks to build up a list of places to dine and drink at while we visit. Looking for things that are uniquely and traditionally NYC. Please feel free to critique the list below or recommend additional places for consideration. I’m trying to get all of this done early, so I can just book reservations when they open up and beat all the other folks coming into town for the same reason.
Items to be aware of:
-We’re from LA, and are pretty adventurous eaters. On occasion, two of my cousin’s aunts and their sons (both over 21) will be tagging along with us and they will likely not be as open to all cuisines as they’ll likely want to go Asian. I’ve only read the board for non-Asian options. Please no suggestions for Mexican and Korean options as LA is laden with amazing options for those.
-We’ll be in town for about a week, so let’s keep dinners to about $50/person (-/+ $20) don’t want to break the bank.
-One of my cousins is all about trendy, cool vibes. Plus points for beautiful architecture/design so she can go nuts taking pictures. Have to compromise with her there, even though the remaining two of us just want to eat delicious things.
-One of the commencement ceremonies will be at MSG, ending around 1PM. Would love some fun, family lunch ideas. I know that Keen’s Pubroom and The Breslin are nearby as is Koreatown. What other ideas would you suggest?

This is what I’ve compiled already based on what I’ve seen on the board.

Dinners:
Momofuku Noodle Bar/Ssam (Fried chicken and roast duck)
Alder
Barbuto
The Spotted Pig
Gato
Babbo
Betony
NoMad
Narcissa
Estela
Pearl & Ash

Bars/Nightlife (we’re looking for bars/lounges with a nice nightlife, but no clubs…we’ve lived that life already):
PDT
The Modern
NoMad
Flatiron Lounge
Death & Co.
Pegu Club
The Dead Rabbit
Experimental Cocktail Club
Raines Law Room

1 day ago
attran99 in Manhattan
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spot prawns

+1 for Providence

1 day ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Can't find a certain Ben and Jerry's flavor! Help?

I'm pretty sure that Late Night Snack isn't produced anymore. It was a limited time special.

1 day ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

Oyster Po' Boy - Portsmouth (Whittier)
For $13 you get a ciabatta roll toasted and spread with a little aioli then filled with a bunch of delightful fried oysters, argula, and a lime vinaigrette. Also comes with some delightful shoestring potato fires. I think it's an amazing deal for a great sandwich. The service here us great, and if you come for happy hour, you can get a nice bottle of wine for $20 or discounted beer.

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

Came up by myself to meet with the husband post-shift last night. Arrived early enough to partake in happy hour at Petrossian. I had vodka, wine, deviled eggs, foie gras tourchon, and egg Royal. The food and the service was spot on. Chef Wellman even came out to say hello.
Since the husband is not a fan of caviar and foie, we walked over to AOC for dinner (for him and continued snacking for me). We ordered the bacon-wrapped dates, broccolini, hangar steak, arroz negro, and shared the lemon semifreddo for dessert. The hangar steak and arroz negro being my favorites from the AOC kitchens. Thanks all for your superb recs. I can't wait to continue going through your list of suggestions!

Potato Flakes?

The only time I see potato flakes in a store is in the boxed mashed potato aisle. According to the box, they are potato flakes. Hope this helps!

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

Classic Cocktail Bar/Lounge

Wow! Thanks so much. This is fabulous. You've made my research leagues easier.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

What are the Most Happening Places to Hang Out in NYC

Much appreciated, kathryn. I've been snooping the board and have really enjoyed reading your detailed suggestions across various threads.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

bagel recs

Thanks Monica! I'm arriving into town in May for the NYU graduation with my cousins. We're staying at the Waldorf, and are excited to try NYC bagels for breakfast before we head out on our adventures for the day. This list is very helpful.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

What are the Most Happening Places to Hang Out in NYC

Sorry for the confusion. Just arriving in town in May (a scant 3 months away). I'm in charge of out dining and drinks plan, and was thrilled to see threads that were recent and along the same lines of what my cousins are interested in. I'm hoping that the vast majority of these places are still open and valid as "happening" places. One of my cousins is really into trendy vibes and scenes, while the remaining two of us just enjoy really well made cocktails.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

Classic Cocktail Bar/Lounge

This is a great list. I hope the vast majority of these places are still open. I'm coming into town (from LA) with my cousins for the NYU graduation in May, and they'd like to try NYC nightlife without hitting the clubs. I would prefer hitting up bars/lounges that have excellent drinks.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

What are the Most Happening Places to Hang Out in NYC

This is a cool list. My cousins and I are coming into town for the NYU graduation in May, and they're looking to experience NYC nightlife without hitting the clubs.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

NYC Trip Report

Thanks for such a great review. I'm coming into town in about a year after your trip with my cousins, and am looking for the same experience. They want to try NYC bars and lounges, and you certainly did that.

Feb 27, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

I'm a fan of BP Oysterette in Santa Monica. I think they have a great selection of oysters.

Feb 26, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Group/kid friendly celebration place needed

+1 good idea, westsidegal

Feb 24, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

+1 Providence

Feb 23, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Coni'Seafood

Feb 23, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

The best casual Mexican and Vietnamese in Glendale/Burbank/Hollywood area

If you're looking for Pho, I think the best place in the area is Pho Hut in Glendale. Do not go to Pho Citi in Burbank...the broth is overtly spiced and is not balanced at all. However, if looking for non-Pho items, then Pho Citi is okay. This area is really not known for being a hub of Vietnamese and Mexican cuisine. Glendale/Burbank skews Middle Eastern/Mediterranean.

Feb 20, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Recs for Sushi and More in Long Beach?

I have coworkers that live in Long Beach and they really enjoy the sushi bar at Koi.

Feb 12, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Oscar party - suggestions

Wolfgang Puck's Smoked Salmon pizza is always a hit, and can be eaten at any temperature.

Feb 12, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Good luck!
Thanks for all of your great tips over the years!
Best wishes to you and your family.

P.S. I'd hit up Langer's (too) and then get a bunch of pastrami to-go. I would also go to In-N-Out and at all your favorite Mexican places before you go. If Portland doesn't have a big Peruvian presence, I'd would add Mario's prior to your departure.

Feb 10, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Family friendly in burbank area

If in Burbank, you'll have to try Porto's Bakery. It's a family-owned Cuban place. The Cuban sandwiches are traditional, while I love the medianoche (virtually the same ham, roast pork, swiss, pickles, and mustard but on sweeter bread). The plantain chips that come with your order are better with the mojo sauce (ask for it), and you'll need potato balls. The dessert case will seem intimidating, but traditional favorites are cheese rolls, guava-cheese rolls, and tres leches cake. I've never had a dessert or pastry that hasn't been great.
Sweetsalt and Olive & Thyme are upscale delis/sandwich/salad/soup places in the area. I like both, but I think this board prefers Olive & Thyme more.
When I worked in the area, I used to treat myself to a fresh pasta lunch from Novo Cafe occasionally. They handmake the pastas daily, and if you come at the right time, you'll be able to see it.
Dino's makes a good pizza, but I love the lasagna pizza the most. It's a family friendly joint with decent pizza. If you want amazing pizza, try Mozza on Melrose.
If you like dumplings, you'll have to try Din Tai Fung at the Americana in Glendale. Taiwanese XLB dumplings that are exceptionally made with a soupy surprise inside. Lines get kind of ridiculous, so I suggest coming early or late for lunch.
For sushi, Zono Sushi in Burbank has solid offerings. It's located in the parking structure for the mall.
If you're not from CA, NV, AZ, or TX, I highly recommend In-N-Out. My friends who come back from long trips often stop there as their first meal from the airport. Solid fast food burgers, fries, and shakes. I get my fries well done, because I like them crispier or on treat days, I go for the well done Animal-style fries (secret menu option that you can easily find online).
Enjoy!

Feb 10, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Salvadoran Tamales in Los Angeles: Banana Leaf!

While not Salvadorian, one of the 2 types of tamales at El Flor de Yucatan (DTLA north of the USC campus) is wrapped in banana leaves and are delicious with the side sauce that comes with your order.
While you're there, try the other type of tamales. Easily my favorite tamal in LA. The masa is light, airy, delicate, and so flavorful. The filling is delicious. Also get an order of the cochinita pibil and the pickled onions...out of this world!

Feb 06, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Fine dining in Laguna Beach? Help please!!

A simple search on this board would have gotten you this:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9939...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9132...

Feb 05, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Need ideas for recuperating sister

Totally forgot about Oinkster. I'm in love with their fries.

Feb 04, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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Need ideas for recuperating sister

Auntie Em's Kitchen is in the neighborhood. Sandwiches, salads, soups...easily packaged for take-out. Don't forget to grab a couple of desserts...I'm a huge fan of their red velvet cupcake.
A former coworker of mine lives in the neighborhood and really enjoys pizza for Casa Bianca...also easily packaged for take-out.
Wishing your sister a speedy recovery!

Feb 03, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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10 year anniversary - OC

While not cosmetically breathtaking or beautiful because of its strip mall location, I really like Cafe Hiro in Cypress. If you call in advance, they can arrange for a 4 course pre-fixe within your budget. The uni spaghetti there is to die for.

Feb 03, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area