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24 hours tween Chinatown and Little Italy

Try Baz Bagels on Grand and Mulberry for brunch if you want old-school NY, lox and eggs, bagels and blintzes. Cute space and super-nice peeps.

Aug 27, 2014
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Looking for Duck Confit and Old-School Atmosphere in Montreal..

Hello. I'm visiting Montreal from NYC for the first-time and looking to treat my husband somewhere with good duck confit and good cocktails in a charming, old-school atmosphere. It does not need to be fancy. Does Lemeac fit the bill for that? Or is there somewhere else to suggest?

We're staying around Mile End, but happy to travel to another 'hood.

Baz Bagel in LES [Little Italy]

I concur! We live in the neighborhood and Baz has become our weekend go-to. The lox and eggs and blintzes are standouts. Sweet staff too.

Jun 03, 2014
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Best Place to Buy a Pie for Xmas Dessert (east side)

Hello. I'm visitng LA and staying in Echo Park and need to order a pie or similar for Xmas dinner (to pick up Xmas eve).

I wanted to get something from Proof, but they are not doing special pies for Xmas.

Any other places I can pick up a good dessert in Echo Park, Sllver Lake, Los Feliz area? Thanks!

Dec 21, 2013
Oliverstreet in Los Angeles Area

Best of the Roy Choi Restaurants?

Hi there, I'm visiting LA soon and wondering which of the Roy Choi restaurants I should hit up (all the menus looks great to me). And also -- are any of them suitable for an early dinner with a well-behaved 5 year old?

Thanks!

Nov 15, 2013
Oliverstreet in Los Angeles Area

Cata -- Solid Tapas on the Lower East Side

I would highly recommend having your drink at Cata and checking out their Gin & Tonic menu. It's incredible. There must be 25 variations, using all different infusions, fresh herbs and unusual tonics.

They are also really beautifully presented:
http://catarestaurant.com/new-gallery-1/

I'm not usually a G&T fan, and even I enjoyed them (although there is also a nice menu of other drinks if you prefer). We had them with the deviled eggs with fried oysters, which I also recommend.

Aug 14, 2013
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Non-Cronut Line at Dominique Ansel?

I'd like to pick up some DKAs tomorrow morning, but am scared of the lines these days at Dominque Ansel. Do they have a separate line for non-cronut seekers?

Aug 13, 2013
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Anyone been to Barn Joo?

I'm curious about this newish Korean gastropub in the flatiron district. How does the food/value/atmosphere compare to Hanjan?

http://www.barnjoo.com/bar-and-restau...

Jul 10, 2013
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Duke's Mayo in NYC

Does anyone know where I can buy a jar of Duke's mayo in Manhattan?

Jun 03, 2013
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Family Recipe (231 Eldridge)

I'm bumping this up as I'm considering going to Family Recipe this week. Menu looks great. Does it deliver?

May 20, 2013
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Healthyish Dinners around City Center, Rittenhouse, etc.

Hello. I'll be in Philly this week and am looking for somewhere locavore-minded and on the lighter side, even vegetarian or macrobiotic if there's something good that fits the bill. Staying in City Center, but happy to cab it.

I'm also game for Japanese if there's something to recommend nearby, thanks!

Dec 25, 2012
Oliverstreet in Philadelphia

Best Black and White Cookies?

Orwasher's also sells their Black & Whites at the new All Good Things Market in Tribeca. Had a nice fresh one there last week.

Oct 01, 2012
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Soft Cocktails for my Pregnant Friend?

Flatiron Lounge has a really nice booze-free cocktail menu.
http://www.flatironlounge.com/index_m...

Jul 11, 2012
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

HELP!!!!!!!!!! Best Chinese Take-out in NoHo / Village / LES / SoHo?????

Best Chinese delivery/takeout in that area is Chinatown Brasserie. We order from them all the time, and while it's Americanized, the ingredients are fresh, and there's not a big mystery meat factor going on.

I've sampled most of the menu, and the Crispy Beef is probably my favorite. Also, they give you the option of brown rice, which is nice.

May 09, 2012
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Bobwhite Lunch vs. The Cardinal ?

Hi. I'm having a fried chicken craving and contemplating these two relative newbies in the East Village. Can anyone offer opinions on both?

Also, is one preferable for dinner (does one have booze and the other doesn't?)

Thanks for any opinions.

Apr 23, 2012
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Alternative to Sunday Roast at Bull & Last ? [London]

Hello. I am visiting London and am looking for a Sunday Roast near Hampstead Heath or the Columbia Road flower market. I've tried to book the Bull & Last, but there is no availability.

Is there a good alternative in either of those areas? I'm looking for good food, of course, but also a place that is quaint/old/atmospheric.

Thank you.

Mar 01, 2012
Oliverstreet in U.K./Ireland

Korean BBQ: Shilla, Don's Bogam or Miss Korea

Hi, I'm craving Korean BBQ and want to try one of these 3. I've been to all the oldies as well as Madangsui and want something new.

I couldn't find much solid feedback on any of these, so I'm opening it up to the boards. Comments on any of these? I'm mostly interested in the quality of the cuts of meat and the variety/quality of the banchan.

Thanks for any feedback!

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Shilla
37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Miss Korea
10 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Don's Bogam
17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Feb 02, 2012
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Burlington-Centered Foodie Tour Ideas ?

Hi. I'm visiting Burlington and want to check out some of the region's artisanal food purveyors, farms, bakeries, cheesemaking operations, etc. I have a car and am willing to drive 2 hours. I have the Vt Cheese map and the farm map, but am overwhelmed by the options. Might any 'hounds have some good recs for places I should try to visit?

We already have dinners planned (Hen of the Woods and Farmhouse) and are really just looking for fun foodie things to do during the day, thanks!

Lunch near Sixth Ave and Canal St?

Try the awesome squares of pizza (esp. the potato one) at Grandaisy Bakery on Sullivan St. My favorite cheap lunch in the 'hood.

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Grandaisy Bakery
73 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Sep 09, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Disappointing Balthazar Bakery experience; strong canele alternative?

Petrossian has nice caneles. As does the new Boulud Epicerie.

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Petrossian
182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

Epicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Sep 08, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Expat NYers returning. With a baby....

I recommend calling any place before you visit and making sure they stock high chairs. We've had a couple of unpleasant surprises with our 18-month old.

We've also found DBGB, Peel's, Balthazar/Schiller's/Morandi/Pulino's extremely kid-friendly.

Also, there's now a Shake Shack in BPC!

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Balthazar
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Morandi
211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Pulino's
282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Peels
325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Shake Shack
215 Murray St, New York, NY 10282

Aug 18, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Waxman's chicken

I concur! Actually, when we had the Barbuto chicken, it was grossly undercooked and had to be returned. Given the chef's pedigree we also felt the rest of the meal was extremely underwhelming.

Jul 15, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Tribeca Grill?

I took my meat-loving hubby to Churrascaria Tribeca -- a Brazilian steakhouse -- for his birthday some years back. I remember the food being pretty solid (my memory is clouded by many caipirinha) and he thought it was a blast.

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Churrascaria Tribeca
221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Jul 08, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Is an inexpensive NY wedding possible?

Yes, we got married in a NYC restaurant and one way we found to save money was to have a Sunday luncheon instead of a nighttime party (it ended up going well into the night, but that's a different story). We paid way less than $100 pp for a sit-down meal (including booze and a cake), the food was great and it was a blast.

The restaurant we were married in sadly no longer exists (it was Village, now the Lion). But I would suggest asking any restaurant you like or like the look of, and see what they can work out for you. We found lots of places that were willing to work with us. Here's one place that was on our list:

Chez Jacqueline
http://chezjacquelinerestaurant.com/

Also Hundred Acres in Soho (formerly Provence) has a pretty space in back for parties.

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Chez Jacqueline
72 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012

Hundred Acres
38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

Jun 29, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Cocktails Outside Before Prune Dinner

Try Macondo right across the street on Houston. They have a few seats on a bar out front, and then the whole restaurant is open and breezy. It's a Latin place with festive fresh-fruit drinks -- very summery.

ps. Summit Bar is not really near Prune.

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Macondo
157 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Jun 09, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

Mine was at Fedora too! I had a fish dish there that was just unbearably oily and heavy, and also contained pork, which the server neglected to inform me ahead of time! Careless service, indeed.

My friend also ordered the fried chicken, and the intact fried claw served no purpose except to complicate the eating and enjoyment. Its presence actually almost seemed a little aggressive and obnoxious.

Not a place we'll be returning to, but they were packed when we were there, so I don't think they'll notice!

Jun 02, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Shisito Peppers (restaurants or markets)

Where can I find shisito peppers, either as an appetizer or to make at home, aside from the usual Spanish suspects?

Jun 01, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Interesting Version of Beef Roll at 4 5 6 Restaurant on Mott Street

Is this 456 new? There was a 456 Restaurant in Chinatown we used to visit when I was a kid (almost 30 years ago), but it closed before I moved to NYC. I'm wondering if this place is in any way related.

May 26, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Coppelia and other Cuban

I just got back from Miami and am jonesing for ropa vieja, plantains and other traditional Cuban dishes I had down there. How does the new Coppelia in Chelsea stand up? Where else is putting out solid Cuban that won't leave me in a total food coma?

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Coppelia
207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

May 02, 2011
Oliverstreet in Manhattan

Old-School and Deliciously Divey Miami Recs (and some Key-area fish shacks?)

I'm coming to Florida next month, doing 4 days in Key West and 4 days in South Beach (at the Crowne Plaza near Collins and 15th). We are in our 30s, adventurous and from NYC. We're not looking for sceney, but would love to experience old-time Miami places -- luncheonettes or old Jewish delis that may be left, vintage Cuban places and any ethnic cuisines that should not be missed.

We have a car and are willing to drive (although not ridiculously far please). If anyone has ideas for places to stop along the drive to Key West, that would be appreciated too.

Hope this is enough info to get some good recommendations, thank you!!