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Analysis Paralysis! Help me pick two restaurants for an upcoming NYC trip!

Hi everyone! So we finally had our whirlwind weekend to New York and had a fantastic time. Food and drink highlights included the grilled corn at La Esquina and cocktails at the bar at The Nomad Hotel. We went to La Esquina (ended up eating it on our laps at a park after getting it from the taqueria as we didn't see the Cafe behind it!) for lunch one day and ohmygod I could eat that corn every day of my life. We also has each had a baguette filled with grilled chicken (me) and beef (my husband) which was really good for a cheapie lunch. For dinner, we went to Locanda Verde which I actually found really disappointing. I was expecting something a little more like Babbo in terms of size and found it impersonal and the food in general not to inventive and overall oversalted (we had fried calamari/shrimp/clams that were delicious but crazy salty, then I had fish with salt as the main flavour and my husband had a pretty average pasta). The next day, we had delicious fries at The Benjamin Hotel's restaurant and then a dinner later on at Public. Loved the atmosphere and the ease of grabbing a drink at the cocktail bar beforehand. The standout for us was my salad of herby lentils, green beans, avocado, toasted pecans and baby gem with pomegranate molasses and avocado oil vinaigrette. Delicate unique balanced flavours and textures. Amazing. I am still thinking about it. My husband had a corn soup that was just ok and then I had roasted cod and my husband pork tenderloin. Both really good but something was missing from making it great.

Thanks for all of your tips! I will be back and can't wait to try some more NYC haunts!

Nov 17, 2012
cbear4 in Manhattan

Analysis Paralysis! Help me pick two restaurants for an upcoming NYC trip!

Thanks. I will look into Fedora and Brushstroke . What are your thoughts on La Esquina?

Sep 17, 2012
cbear4 in Manhattan

Analysis Paralysis! Help me pick two restaurants for an upcoming NYC trip!

Hello everything and thanks for your comments - I have tried replying four times but the site kept freezing on my iPhone so sorry for the late thank yous! I have reserved at Locanda Verde for the Friday night and am thinking of La Esquina for the Saturday - do you think those are good options? Joseph Leonard looks great but takes no reservations - I'm good to wait for an hour if I can sit at a bar but don't want to loiter on the street waiting....let me know if you think that's a doable option though!

Sep 17, 2012
cbear4 in Manhattan

Analysis Paralysis! Help me pick two restaurants for an upcoming NYC trip!

Hello!

My husband and I are in our mid thirties and will be in NYC for a weekend in October - I have tried to research restaurants but the choice is overwhelming! This is our first without-kids getaway for a year and a half so we want to make sure we hit some good spots!

Not sure where we are staying yet, but likely at the W New York or the Yotel which I believe are both in midtown. We are open to travelling a bit by subway or to walking.

For the Friday night, we are looking for somewhere with a nice laid-back but still buzzy vibe - moderately priced and for Saturday, we are looking for somewhere more energetic with good, inventive food and some nice cocktails. I don't eat red meat, so steakhouses and french places tend not to be a good match, but otherwise we are flexible! We tend to avoid more fine-dining oriented spots with the whole white tablecloth and tiny, artfully-executed food on a massive plate.

Suggestions we have had so far include: Minetta Tavern, Beauty & Essex, Locanda Verde, Barbuto, WD50, Prune, Nomad, Tribeca. Any thoughts on these or other recommendations would be welcome! Note: we went to Babbo last time we were in NYC. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service, but weren't blown away food-wise.

Thank you thank you!

Sep 09, 2012
cbear4 in Manhattan

Analysis Paralysis - Help me choose a restaurant: Nota Bene, Acadia, Campagnolo, Frank's Kitchen? Other?

Some interesting comments re: Nota Bene. Looking at the board, there always seems to be divides on that one.

We ended up at Enoteca Sociale and really enjoyed it. Would certainly go often if I lived nearby, though not sure I will rush back from the other side of town. I felt the big standouts were the kale salad and the paper thin mushroom tortellini while my husband felt it was the arancini balls and bucatini pasta so certainly all meals were enjoyed!

Heading to Acadia next weekend and can't wait!

May 01, 2012
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Torontonian seeking a reasonable special occasion restaurant - Cafe Spiaggia or other?

My husband and I had a fantastic meal at Cafe Spiaggia about four years ago - great food, exemplary service, nice setting. We are returning to celebrate his dad's 70th and thought about booking there again but I wanted to ask the CH-ers whether there are newer venues that are more recommended? His dad's hearing is not great so loud and boisterous isn't an option (though I love that!) Seeking somewhere special to treat them to without it being abhorrently expensive. Likely staying at the bottom of the Magnificent Mile. Any help appreciated!

Apr 22, 2012
cbear4 in Chicago Area

Analysis Paralysis - Help me choose a restaurant: Nota Bene, Acadia, Campagnolo, Frank's Kitchen? Other?

Thanks all - I love this board! So I was hoping to book Acadia based on all these endorsements but of course they don't have reservations in the timing that we need! Definitely booking that for the future. I think I am going to try my luck at Enoteca Sociale and just wait if need, but have noted Campagnolo, Ursa and some of your suggestions, dlw88, for the future!

Apr 17, 2012
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Analysis Paralysis - Help me choose a restaurant: Nota Bene, Acadia, Campagnolo, Frank's Kitchen? Other?

Sadly no - just the two of us. But good to know for the future!

Apr 16, 2012
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Analysis Paralysis - Help me choose a restaurant: Nota Bene, Acadia, Campagnolo, Frank's Kitchen? Other?

I am looking for a restaurant to celebrate my husband's 36th birthday and his getting a new job after ridiculous rounds of interviews! Other places we enjoy include Harbord Room, Globe, Origin. Looking for somewhere with a bit of "hip" while favouring excellent drinks and inventive, good food. Nota Bene, Acadia, Camagnolo and Frank's Kitchen have all caught my interest but don't know which to choose! Help! Reservations preferred.

Apr 16, 2012
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Great Cake for 1st Birthday

I have heard this place is good:

Lollicakes
http://www.lollicakes.ca/products.html

Nov 16, 2009
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sakawaya - How is it now?

My husband and I have ordered numerous times from both Sakawaya and Aji Sai and Sakawaya wins for quality (sushi) hands down. Aki-Da on Queen also good.

Aug 25, 2009
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Perilla, Barbuto, Il Corso, Red Cat or Scarpetta?

I'm looking for a mid-priced restaurant with great food in a vibrant, trendy atmosphere. The kind of place that you could stay on at after your meal to have a few fun cocktails or glasses of wine.

Which of these restaurants would you recommend? Perilla, Barbuto, Il Corso, Red Cat or Scarpetta?

Thanks!

Aug 04, 2009
cbear4 in Manhattan

Help! - seeking great mid-range trendy spot with good food

Hi there- I'm surprising my husband with a trip to NYC (From Toronto) for our third wedding anniversary.

I'd like to make a booking on a Saturday night at a restaurant that has a trendy vibe and great food but isn't over the top $$$. I'm looking for $200 or so including wine. I have been trawling the boards looking for recommendations but haven't found anything that quite fits.

Any tips highly recommended! We're 31 and 33 as an FYI and I don't eat red meat.

Thanks in advance!

Aug 03, 2009
cbear4 in Manhattan

Suggestions for fun, buzzy restaurant for 25 people for 30th birthday??

I am seeking a fun restaurant with a good buzzy atmosphere to celebrate a 30th birthday for about 25 people. I'm looking for somewhere that we can really make a night of - good food, good drinks, lively, trendy atmosphere where we can stay on for cocktails afterwards - so a restaurant/lounge, restaurant/bar might be what we're looking for or a restaurant that has bar that we could go to after dinner.

I love the atmosphere at Gio Rana's but would prefer somewhere a little more accessible to downtown and there are few bar options that can be reached quickly on foot in the area(given it's winter!). Recommendations very very much appreciated as I have been doing so much research but haven't quite found "it". Cost per person for a starter and main ideally $40 or less.

Thanks!

Nov 23, 2007
cbear4 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)