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Best restaurant with a high energy environment?

I didn't mean to start any arguments over what defines a high energy restaurant ;-)

Perhaps I should try a different tack. Of the typical highly recommended, high end restaurants (EMP, Jean Georges, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Daniel, Jungsik, Ko, and any other I may be leaving out), which of those would have the most energy and buzz?

Feb 06, 2014
CU Tiger Fan in Manhattan

Best restaurant with a high energy environment?

Thanks to everyone for all of the suggestions so far.

By high energy I did not mean a night club type of environment, or anything like that. We certainly don't need a "scene" or to be seen. Just somewhere we can laugh with each other and feel like others are out having fun. Just looking for something with a little bit of a "hustle and bustle". Like I said, I wasn't sure about the places I listed, just looking for some opinions from those that have been.

Feb 06, 2014
CU Tiger Fan in Manhattan

Best restaurant with a high energy environment?

Visiting NYC this summer for my wife's 40th birthday celebration, and I'm looking for the best restaurant that has a high energy environment. We want good food first and foremost, but she doesn't enjoy going to places that feel too quiet or reserved.

It doesn't need to be over-the-top loud, and as much as I would like to go to places like EMP, Jean-Georges, or LeBernardin, my gut tells me she just won't enjoy the environment.

Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about any of the above places listed or any of the other high-end restaurants as our trips to NYC are few and far between, so my knowledge is all second hand. I just want to make sure she has the best 40th b-day possible.

Feb 05, 2014
CU Tiger Fan in Manhattan

Any good BBQ near Grapevine?

I'll be in Grapevine are for a couple of days with limited transportation. Is there any good authentic Texas BBQ in the area? I've read through the board, but it looks like most of the spots are a good bit of a drive.

Dessert Restaurants in Charlotte?

Are there any restaurants in Charlotte that specialize in desserts? I mean high quality, made in-house type of places. I know there was Salara down in Ballantyne, but I've heard it closed. I have heard mixed reviews about Crave in uptown, which I know is fairly new. Anything beyond that?

If not, are there any "regular" restaurants that you'd recommend for top notch desserts? Preferably places where we could feel comfortable going in and ordering just dessert.

Mar 10, 2010
CU Tiger Fan in Southeast

Ballantyne Charlotte NC

There are a lot of chains right in that area. McCalister's Deli, Five Guys Burgers, Moe's, Salsaritas, Pei Wei, Flat Rock Grill, Panera, Subway, Rising Roll just off the top of my head. The non-chain places I can think of are: Table, Villa Antonio, Nikko, Zapata's, Tony's Pizza, Village Bistro, Jade Asian Fusion, and Akropolis Kafe. I did not care for Zapata's or the Viallage Bistro. I've heard bad things about Akropolis, but haven't been myself. I've heard good things about Table and Nikko, but haven't made it to those either. I do like Villa Antonio, although I've only been for dinner. I also thought Tony's was good for pizza.

Just across 485 in Torringdon are some more chains (Sticky Fingers, Ruby Tuesdays), one non-chain that I have heard good things about is Global Restaurant. Eddie's Place is over there too, which is decent.

The Cafe Nirvana is fairly close. It's in a newer shopping center on Lancaster Hwy at the intersection of Providence Road West. (Not to be confused with Providence Rd.) We went there for lunch once and had the buffet. I thought it was mediocre at best. There is also a Topz Healthy Burgers (yet another chain), that is supposed to be opening in that same shopping center soon.

And, I almost forgot the Galleary restaurant in the Ballantyne Resort itself is supposed to be nice.

Foodie near Clemson for the next 2 months...

It's been a few years since I graduated and left Clemson, but I know Sardi's Den is still there. It's a bit of a dive across the street from the Clemson Bi-Lo that has fantastic ribs and wings. Also Peppino's has great New York style pizza. If you're looking for a "nicer" restaurant Calhoun Corners is the way to go. And you're right, the Clemson Blue Cheese is a must.

Sorry I can't really help with the Seneca side of things or the search for a good bakery. Enjoy your stay!

Best Steak in Charleston?

My wife and I are headed out for the first time since our 6 month old was born. Since it's been so long since we've been on a "date", we're looking to splurge and I really want a great steak. I've heard great things about Grill 225, but I've also heard their service can be disappointing at times. Have others had good/bad experiences there? Is there somewhere else that you would recommend over Grill 225? Thanks!