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Baby's first birthday party - best 4" or 5" cakes?

Just wondering if you have considered a large cupcake and then an adult cake? My daughter did that for her child's first cake and it worked out well. Good luck and congrats!

Sep 26, 2013
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Katz’s menu items, other than pastrami

The roast beef, the hard salami, and the tongue sandwiches are good. Potato salad, pickles, French fries, and Matzo Ball soup are all solid. Classic Dr. Brown's drinks are great chasers. I've never eaten their hot dogs but many people love them. Make sure you hold onto the all of the tickets for your party (even if they don't write on it)----a lost ticket will cost you $.

Sep 18, 2013
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Chinatown/Little Italy/LES Food Tour

My wife and I have been to Becco a couple of times and enjoyed it. We (are annual visitors and liked Becco over the fancier Felidia(eaten there 3 times)--it has been 2 years since we were there (we've gravitated more toward Nolita and Tribeca). Our dining space has also been adequate but we ate following the post-theater rush in the main dining area. For pictures of the restaurant you can do a search on Becco and see pictures and you can go to( tripadvisor & yelp) and search and see pictures from folks who've eaten there. Not trying to talk down to you but I'd sure make a reservation either online or call the restaurant and inquire about reservations and seating. We've had the pasta specials, organic roasted chicken & osso bucco. Nothing was earth shattering but it was well prepared and decent. The inexpensive wine list is ok. It can be very busy and it varies on loudness. Our service was excellent one time and just ok the next. In previous years we tried a couple of places in the theater district and our impression is that Becco is probably the safest option. We try to not eat a heavy meal prior to the theater due to "carb" nodding.

Sep 12, 2013
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texas girl lookin' for sweet treats

I copied part of a previous post I wrote--it gives you a little more information than you wanted. Enjoy your trip.

Il Cantuccio is an Italian (Tuscan) café that uses entirely authentic recipes when preparing their biscotti, bread, pizza, and focaccia menu items (including Italian sandwiches). They produce baked goods that are of superior quality. The biscotti and cookies will cost you about $1.25 each(they weigh the items and sell them priced per pound). They give generous samples of biscotti, cookies, focaccia, and on weekends samples of their wonderful Italian airy donuts(donuts are only available on Sat & Sun). There are wonderful variations on focaccia with everything from pizza to toppings of tomatoes and olives, sandwiches too. This place makes a very traditional cappuccino that puts most places to shame. The staff is very friendly. They offer outside seating but I didn't go outside.

Il Cantuccio is located in the West Village (91 Christopher St) just down the street from the subway (Christopher St. - Sheridan Sq (1, 2 subway). The location near the corner of Bleecker St. allows you to walk down Bleecker where there is an Amy’s Bread and Pasticceria Rocco’s. Several ice cream or gelato stores are in the area too.

Additionally, for a classic NY Slice of pizza, you are near Joe's Pizzza (7 Carmine Street)--just around the corner and across the street from a nice park with plenty of shade and benches(Father Demo Square) at Bleecker and Carmine.

Since you are in the LES, check out a hole in the wall pizza place called Stanton Pizza (127 Stanton St).

Aug 29, 2013
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veal chop

Quality Meats (57 W 58th St) and Quality Italian Steakhouse(57 West 57th St).
I had the grilled veal chop at Quality Meats about a year ago during a special evening meal. Everything was excellent. $$$ You can go to their site and make a reservation at either.

Aug 27, 2013
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Staying at the Essex House across from Central Park Labor Day w/e

You are about 1 block from Columbus Circle and the subway station. Please see my post on: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/913599 for an interesting area in the West Village(there are many great areas). You're a straight shot to the Christopher St. Station (on the downtown line 1 train) which is just about a block from Il Cantuccio a wonderful Tuscan Bakery. Enjoyed that area with my wife. A lot of great food and people watching---cheese, pork store, breads, and pizza. Kathryn has great information on this topic as well as others.

Aug 20, 2013
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Staying at the Essex House across from Central Park Labor Day w/e

IMHO the best $31 you can spend is for an MTA subway/bus pass for a week. If you take 13 trips on a subway it will pay for itself. Having visited many times and used this transportation, it eliminates many $$ in cab fares and lets you explore the area. The buses can be fun to ride back above ground and see what you miss on the subway. Maps are available at stations with a service area--it is safe, quick, comfortable, and convenient--- part of why NYC is such a fun destination. You will still walk and get exercise. Passes can be bought a the stations with a credit card (some but not all take cash also). There are also stores that sell them but they are not as convenient as the stations since you've got to go into a station to catch a subway. You can do a search for New York City Subway Map and see the system and get a good idea for your trip planning before you arrive. Have fun! Kathryn's point about "why walk" is good advice. Unlimited travel on subways and buses for 7 days is just a wonderful deal...it pays for itself if you save a couple of cab rides and gives you great flexibility.

Aug 20, 2013
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One day in September to visit bakeries

14 Bedford Street, Blue Ribbon Bakery and Market. I had seen the picture but the name wasn't clear. We did not go in but it looked interesting. It is a dark gray building and next to Quinto Quarto. Enjoy your trip

Aug 19, 2013
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One day in September to visit bakeries

Hello Kathryn, the place is next to Quinto Quarto on Bedford and it is gray...the natural wood of Quinto Quarto threw me off. I called Quinto Quarto and I could not understand the name the person gave me. Thanks. Just solved it, it is Blue Ribbon Bakery and Market. Whew!

Aug 19, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Manhattan

One day in September to visit bakeries

I was there about 3 weeks ago. It is a hole in the wall. My wife and I almost went in but we were on another mission. The first time I saw it, we missed Carmine Street off of 6th Ave. and walked down past the park and came back up Bedford St. Sorry I can't be more specific. Rustic and not much more than 10 ft wide. Thanks

Aug 19, 2013
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CHOW Reviews: Taylor TruTemp Instant Read Digital Thermometer

Hello Dave,

I do not own this thermometer and was given an electronic digital version that has a probe and cable. The issue is cables will eventually get kinked and you're replacing the temp probe. They can also be hard to clean.

I'm saving my pennies for the Thermapen due to reviews and recommendations from noted cooks and publications.

I do not feel purchasing a one trick pony piece of equipment is good for all around cooking. I question the limited temperature capability and also the longevity of the model you mentioned.

I have small instant read thermometers (mechanical) that I check with boiling water that gets me in the ball park. Here is a great link for some good information.

Hope it helps. http://www.amazingribs.com/BBQ_buyers...

Aug 19, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Cookware

One day in September to visit bakeries

Hello Kathryn, I certainly respect your vast knowledge base. Regarding Rocco's, are there two of them? The place I am talking about is very, very tiny. It doesn't look anything like the famous Rocco's that has been there for years. The place (I can't remember the name of has about 2 small windows) has rustic wood on the outside, bread, maybe pasta, and some black and white cookies in the window. I wish I had snapped a picture of it during my last visit. Sorry if I seem too vague. We walked past it during our treks up Bleecker from the park across from Joe's. Maybe I'm mistaken about its location on Bleecker but it is within a block or so. Thanks for any information. Have a good afternoon.

Aug 19, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Manhattan

One day in September to visit bakeries

Il Cantuccio is an Italian (Tuscan) café that uses entirely authentic recipes when preparing their biscotti, bread, pizza, and focaccia menu items (including Italian sandwiches). They produce baked goods that are of superior quality. The biscotti and cookies will cost you about $1 each. They give generous samples of biscotti, cookies, and focaccia. Too bad the 27th isn’t on a weekend when they make their Italian donuts. There are wonderful variations on focaccia with everything from pizza to toppings of tomatoes and olives, sandwiches too. This place makes a very traditional cappuccino that puts most places to shame. The staff is very friendly.

It is located in the West Village (91 Christopher St) just down the street from the subway (Christopher St. - Sheridan Sq (1, 2). The location near the corner of Bleecker St. allows you to walk down Bleecker where there is an Amy’s Bread and Pasticceria Rocco’s. There is also a very small rustic bread and pastry shop in this area but I cannot remember its name. It has a full length window with bread and cookies in the window---tiny but looked great--I think it is on Bleecker. I know it is on the left side as you walk down the street.

Additionally, for a classic NY Slice of pizza, you are near Joe's Pizzza (7 Carmine Street)--just around the corner and across the street from a nice park with plenty of shade and benches(Father Demo Square) at Bleecker and Carmine. I know you mentioned bakery items but since Joe's is in the area, I mentioned it.

This area should satisfy your hunt for unique bakery items. Hope this helps.

Aug 18, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

My wife and I were in NYC for a long weekend and flew home yesterday. Your list was great. FYI we did not have a good experience at Keste..soggy pizzas and disjointed service. The star find was Il Cantuccio and the trip into Faicco's was amazing. The best sandwich we had was at Defonte's of Brooklyn(Manhattan site)...what a hero. Thank you for your previous recommendations and knowledge base--I had visited your foursquare site before our trip. We unfortunately did popbar instead of your gelato recommendation.

Aug 06, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Manhattan

Quintessential NYC (Manhattan) fare

A very unique place for lunch would be Il Cantuccio in the West Village at the corner of Bleecker and Christopher St (just down the street from the Christopher St subway stop). They specialize in Tuscan biscotti, cookies, focaccia, sandwiches ,breads, and pastry(they offer samples so you can try before you buy). They also set the standard for a properly prepared cappuccino. If you'd like to share a pizza then there is John's just down the street on Bleecker, Murray's Cheese, Faicco's Pork Store and Cones, Ice Cream are there too. All kinds of food in the area and a slice joint at 7 Carmine St. (that crosses Bleecker) called Joe's. Hard to beat the food options in this area. Father Demo Square is just across the street from Joe's with nice benches, a fountain, and trees...great place to eat snacks that you might have bought.

Aug 06, 2013
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Visitors, travellers, tourists and other Chowhounds who do not live in NYC, which places do you revisit when you visit Manhattan?

Ess a Bagel on 3rd Ave. Onya, 143 E 47th St (between Lexington and 3rd) - enjoy the tan-tan udon, the daikon salad, and the pork dumplings. Katz's if it isn't slammed. Pizza Slices at Stanton Pizza( Stanton St-lower east side) and New York Pizza Suprema( 8th Ave near Penn Station). List was expanded due to our past weekend's trip to include: Le Parisien on E 33rd St--love their mussels and simple French country cooking and Il Cantuccio (Tuscan Bakery) at the corner of Bleecker and Christopher Streets--amazing biscotti, cookies, sandwiches, and focaccia. On weekends only--their Italian Donuts--airy and light.

Aug 06, 2013
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Lines at Keste

My son would like to try Keste instead of a couple of slice places. Anyone have a suggestion regarding the best time to avoid long lines on weekend days? We could be there a few minutes before it opens but not too excited about standing in a 30 min. to 1 hour line on a nice day. Thanks.

Aug 01, 2013
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Very Casual Italian Restaurant Suggestions for Sunday Evening

Hello, Two of us are staying near Grand Central this weekend and would like some recommendations on restaurants that serve decent Italian/American food. My son is a college student and more than likely will wear shorts and loafers. Would prefer to keep the food and bar bill with gratuity to < $150 for our meal. We enjoy pasta,red sauces, calamari, veal, salads,and pretty much eat anything with our beverages of choice being beer in this steamy weather. We have plans to sample some pizza slice places for lunch. Traveling on public transportation is fine for us and enjoyable. Being able to snag a reservation would also be a plus near 7 PM along with a lower noise level restaurant. Thank you.

Casual French, Le Parisien

Do you think it was a case of just a bad night? Unfortunately, it happens and I've been on the receiving end at a very big name French Restaurant in Manhattan.

Jul 19, 2013
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Casual French, Le Parisien

Really appreciate the information

Jul 19, 2013
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Casual French, Le Parisien

thanks so much

Jul 19, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Manhattan

Casual French, Le Parisien

Thank you for your kind reply

Jul 19, 2013
facultyandtraveler in Manhattan

Casual French, Le Parisien

Good afternoon, my wife and I enjoy simple/country French food. Normally, we travel to NYC in cooler times. However, we will be there next week. I am looking for a local's type of French Bistro with good food and one that will not require us to dress up. Pictures of the restaurant and patrons show folks even wearing shorts.. We are very familiar with the subway and bus system and will be staying just off 3rd Ave and 52 St. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Jul 18, 2013
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