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St. Jean Cap Ferrat mini-report: Paloma Beach restaurant

i was told by our hotel that paloma beach will be closed on sunday, september 6th...the day we wanted to visit.

does anyone have an alternative beach in that area to spend the day in? perhaps with dinner on the beach as well?

Aug 24, 2015
sam1 in France

3 days in Milan...any thoughts on our choices?

thanks elizabeth...i enjoyed your milan posts on your blog.

i figured parma and co wasnt anything special. thanks for the confirmation.

will look into sugar as well.

Aug 24, 2015
sam1 in Italy

Racine's Tribeca Restaurant and Wine Bar

thanks for this. racines has been on my short list of places to check out and i think we'll just forget it. i was mostly interested in the wine list from chambers street wines but the 30-36$ entrees kind of turn me off. if i want a unique and interesting wine list, ill go to terroir nearby...without the big investment in food.

Aug 15, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Good Indian in Murray Hill

try trishna...cant say im an expert but i just love my meals there.

Aug 13, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Good Indian in Murray Hill

dhaba is my go to and it always does the job. service is a bit of an issue but thats mostly due to how busy they get.

Aug 12, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

3 days in Milan...any thoughts on our choices?

ill be ending a trip to france by driving into milan for 3 days in early september. ive never been to milan and we're pretty excited about the design shops and cafes that we found via research.

we're coming from nyc and prefer places that have a buzz but also have substance.

for dinners, we were thinking of taglio, ratana and rebelot. on our longer list, we were interested in carlo e camilla but are afraid it may be a huge scene with little else.

for lunches, we were thinking of alla collina pistoiese, latteria san marco, parma and co and maybe la vecchia latteria for vegetarian food.

and pave looks like a nice place for coffee and breakfast.

a few questions...is taglio good for dinner or better for lunch? is fonderie milanesi good for aperitivo? is bar basso a classic or more of a tourist trap?

thanks in advance.

Aug 11, 2015
sam1 in Italy

Dirty French Report

figured id opine on my dinner here from saturday night. i generally don't mind the major food group places. i havent been to carbone or santina but have enjoyed their other places for the most part. im generally not into groups that expand at the frequency that they do but i cant deny that they make solid food and have done a nice job succeeding at selling it here in nyc.

service was mostly good. the FOH wore too many fedoras and try too hard but our waiter was friendly as was our sommelier who we chatted with about wine. i felt that their wine list was wayyyy overpriced and that gave me the indication that they werent doing anyone any favors here...this is a restaurant made to part you with your money and everything else comes second. just the night before, i was at upland with markups of only 100-150% tops so 4x the retail price for most of the bottles were ridiculous.

food was good overall. the duck l'orange was pretty delicious. the lamb entree was more memorable for the potatoes but good overall. the mille feuille was interesting and a winning dish. the shrimp/endive salad was less so. the pineapple tarte tatin was one of the best desserts ive had in some time.

my main gripe was the crowd...while i didn't see the bachelorette parties that i expected, it was heavy on the tourists and guys with their trophy wives. every table was lit up by the lights of smart phones as if people just came to instagram and check facebook. not my type of restaurant.

for a big night out, i think you can do much better.

Aug 10, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Fairway going downhill?

the company went public a year or two ago and its been straight south so i imagine theyre cutting corners and increasing margins at the expense of their customers.

i used to go to the red hook one often but cant say ive shopped there in 2 years.

Aug 08, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan
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Mighty Quinn's BBQ

im generally a fan of mighty quinns...i eat bbq only rarely these days and i get that theyre going the 'fast casual' route. but i will note that their staff...at least at the west village location are some of the laziest and unhappy people ive come across at a restaurant.

Aug 07, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Applewood - chef change?

i remember going to applewood as far back as maybe 2004 or 2005. it was my favorite restaurant when i lived in the area. i even visited when i moved into the city.

last time i went was maybe 2010...just didnt have the same feel.

that being said, i still visit al di la regularly. the last time i went...2 months back...i had the best meal ive had there since maybe 2001 or 2002...farro salad and a duck paparadelle that was just perfect.

Aug 03, 2015
sam1 in Outer Boroughs

Eater's take on hottest sushi places

its weird when eater tries its hand at sushi where 'hip' and 'hot' are completely the opposite of why i love the food.

a few notes:

-i didnt realize bugs is closing. thats sad but not unexpected. i didnt love her sushi but i enjoyed her cooked food quite a bit. i shouldve gone more often but the place was always somber and quiet.

-can anyone compare kura and cagen? im interested in both but before i plop down $150 pp, id like to get a better idea of what place better suits my needs.

-shuko...is it worth going just for sushi? is it traditional or completely untraditional?

Jul 31, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Best Cheap Eats 2015

id like to note that the parm on mulberry is now much more stripped down with a much smaller menu...actually, no menu...the items are on a chalkboard that people pass around.

i love parm and the food is still great for what it is but im not a huge fan of this stripped down version. seems like theyre just focusing their attention on the big, splashy restaurants they do.

Jul 31, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Balaboosta Last night

if i could rank them...

1. taim (duh...)

2. bar bolonat...not much value here but it was enjoyable.

3. balaboosta...not remarkably the worst but it just doesnt offer the sit down, dinner version of the taim experience that i wish it provided.

Jul 30, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Ushiwakamaru to reopen in Chelsea by Aug 7

hooray for mid-range!

Jul 30, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

NYC for 3 days!

they expanded like 2 years ago and are maybe 3x the size of the original bar. its actually quite nice in the restaurant portion but i kind of miss the intimacy of the original front bar.

Jul 29, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

NYC for 3 days!

if you're going for a tapa and a glass of wine, el quinto pino works...particularly theyre front bar. if you're looking to go for a full tapas dinner, id go with casa mono in gramercy.

dont go nuts for crif dogs...its good mainly for a snack.

Jul 28, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Cuban coffee in Manhattan?

margon on 47th street is a pretty well known dominican/cuban lunch counter that makes some strong coffee. great cubanos and pernil. does a brisk lunch business.

Jul 28, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Barcelona Trip report

agreed...gracia wasn't central but it was also our favorite neighborhood on our last visit.

i dreaded crossing over ramblas and did my best to avoid the people trying to sell me cans of beer and hash in the street.

Jul 27, 2015
sam1 in Spain/Portugal

NYC for 3 days!

i much prefer keste to motorino for pizza but asking for pizza favorites will get you many different responses.

depending on your price point, sushi dojo in the east village may be a mid-tier sushi alternative to jewel bako. on the high end is 15 east though id strongly suggest the bar over the table there as in most places.

minetta still is my choice for steak in manhattan. id recommend that if you havent been. for pasta, im a huge fan of i sodi on christopher street. dell'anima is a good option for pasta in the west village as well.

high line area doesnt have great restaurants since its been overrun with tourists but a little further into chelsea is el quinto pino which i like for tapas. cookshop is right by the highline and is mobbed but is decent if you want something close. make a reservation if you can.

east village for dinner...there's so many choices. huertas is enjoyable for tapas but don't reserve for their back room tasting menu. stick to the front room for tapas. staff sadly isnt as sophisticated on the food as the chefs make it but it reminds me of many of my london tapas places.

l'apicio is a good option for pasta in the east village as well...

Jul 27, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Lunch/brunch 3 days in nyc

im not a typical fan of brunch but if you want something buzzy and popular...and willing to deal with the wait...try jack's wife freda...the west village one is larger than the nolita/soho one. bluestone on greenwich ave is also pretty buzzy for brunch...their coffee is pretty awful though.

l'artusi is a decent option but not as 'in' these days. via carota or i sodi would be some great alternatives...both for you and your mother...

Jul 23, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Lunch/brunch 3 days in nyc

your list is a bit all over the place...some old places that no one talks about anymore (telepan, market table), some places that are more tourist scenes (stanton social, saxon and parole) and some decent options.

of the ones you listed, clocktower is buzzy and solid. upland as well. estela is good but can be cramped and loud. i have a reservation at dirty french but im hoping its not filled with screaming girls on a bachelorette party.

Jul 23, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Suggestions needed for Menton, Ste. Agnes, Gorbio, Nice et al...

very helpful...thank you.

Jul 23, 2015
sam1 in France

Shuko Just Cancelled My Husbands Birthday Dinner- Alternative?

neta these days looks like it's on death's door since the shuko guys left.

havent been to soto in years and while they have inventive cooked and raw seafood dishes, it doesnt strike me as special.

i usually get taken out for omakase for my birthday and never really had a better time than at 15 east.

Jul 22, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Which would you choose to host a group dinner?

have only been to l'apicio. the food is actually pretty solid. it's a big space and i think they have some private rooms but the biggest negative is HOW LOUD THE PLACE IS. i remember it being deafeningly loud and im in my mid-30s.

like dell'anima, i usually stick to appetizers and pastas but the entrees are solid if i recall.

Jul 22, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

Suggestions needed for Menton, Ste. Agnes, Gorbio, Nice et al...

thats quite helpful...thank you.

a few follow-ups...with the situation in ventimiglia, will it be hard to go into italy and back into france at the border or will that not be an issue?

as for cycling in nice...im renting a bike at a shop and going to try col d'eze and madone and col vence and the roads north of there.

Jul 21, 2015
sam1 in France

Suggestions needed for Menton, Ste. Agnes, Gorbio, Nice et al...

I'll be staying in Menton for 6 nights in the first part of September and looking for some advice. I've scoured this board and would like some advice or comments on a preliminary itinerary while we're in town. We'll be staying in Menton the entire time but planning on a day trip to Gorbio and Ste. Agnes as well as two days in Nice...one for museums and culture...the other for cycling and then the beach in St Jean Cap Ferrat.

I'd really like some help for Menton. I have at least two dinners to fill and I havent found much.

Does anyone have any opinions on the following:

-Maison Martin et fils
-A Boire et manger
-La festival plage
-Port Garavan
-La Bar Huitres

Wed...arrive by car around mid-day so we're planning on relaxing, walking into town and having dinner on the beach in Menton. Any suggestions here for a simple, relaxing meal?

Thu...we planned on walking into town for a coffee and pastry for breakfast...maybe at the market or Au Baiser du mitron or Les Cafe Des Arts and spending the day at the beach in Menton. Thursday night, we have reservations at Mirazur.

Fri...we planned on taking the car into Gorbio in the morning followed by lunch at Restaurant Beau Sejour. After lunch, we planned on visiting Ste. Agnes. If there's a better lunch spot in either place, please let me know. That night, we planned on getting back to Menton and having dinner in town so we need another Menton restaurant idea.

Sat...we planned on driving into Nice. Is there any advice on parking in Nice? Is there a free parking lot where everyone leaves there car to head into the city? I've never been and don't want to stress about driving down tiny streets. We would love a recommendation for lunch and dinner in Nice. We were interested in Comptoir du Marche but is there any preference between that place and Bistro d'Antoine? La Merenda? Chez Fabian?

Sun...I have a morning plan to go cycling in Nice and then meeting up with my fiance to go to St. Jean Cap Ferrat for beach and dinner at Paloma Beach.

Mon...our last full day in Menton...we want to go to the market and the beach again and just relax. That night we were contemplating dinner at Hostellerie Jerome in La Turbie. Good idea? Is this place in the similar price range at Mirazur?

I'd appreciate everyone's insight and thoughts. This is a trip that we're both very exciting about and eating of course would be a big part of that. We don't like huge, long meals...we love food but are more interested in taking in the local culture and cuisine. Mirazur and Hostellerie Jerome are on the price-y side but how much would dinner cost on the low end at these places?

Thanks in advance.

Jul 20, 2015
sam1 in France

Maison Kayser Tribeca

theyre also opening on christopher and bleecker in the future...ive never been and i suppose i prefer a bakery to a citibank but they are expanding significantly.

Jul 19, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan

St. Jean Cap Ferrat mini-report: Paloma Beach restaurant

I decided to go here for the beach and dinner when I spend the morning cycling in Nice in September. Glad to know everyone is a fan.

Can you share prices for the grilled whole fish? These beach front restaurants tend to charge quite a bit more for fish and wanted to get an idea of what to expect.

Also, how was parking over there? any issue?

Jul 15, 2015
sam1 in France

Joe Beef - Yay or Nay?

i mentioned in my trip report that i cancelled my joe beef reservation because i was enjoying my dinner at le vin papillon too much to want to leave.

ive been to joe beef maybe 4-5x...with friends, a bachelor party and my girl. its a gut bomb...if you like steakhouses and the feeling afterward, then you should give it another go.

ive found that all 3 restaurants have gotten so popular with tourists that they've affected the staff. they think everyone who visits are tourists with picky appetites who watch anthony bourdain. its very unsettling but ive seen this happen in nyc and other celebrated restaurants.

once you relax and get on the same page with them, they open up and offer great service.

Seamore's

i dont understand the meatball shop success and think their meatballs are chock full of filler but i walked by last night (sunday) and figured id see how the wait would be. i was quoted 45 minutes at 7pm which wasnt bad but i didnt feel like waiting. ill check it out another time. place was full but seemed comfortable inside.

Jul 13, 2015
sam1 in Manhattan