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College friend coming to NY for theatre district birthday lunch with her 9-year-old

Thanks for posting everyone. Apologies for being quiet - I did not receive any email notifications from Chowhound so I thought that no one had replied to my post.

I've never been to Le Bernardin but my first thought is that this restaurant might be a bit stuffy. Can anyone comment on that?

I was thinking of either maybe something a little bit hip/trendy OR maybe an "old school" New York place like Keen's (for the mini-tour that the host will give) or 21 (I know neither are in the Theatre District).

Another time when the kids came, we went to Pastis and sat outside. The kids (and adults) liked that place.

Thoughts?

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Oct 06, 2010
ToastMaster in Manhattan

College friend coming to NY for theatre district birthday lunch with her 9-year-old

My friend lives in LA and makes a very good living (cost of lunch is not an issue) and has a refined palate. She is coming to NYC for 36 hours and is bringing her 9-year-old to see Billy Elliot (W. 45th between Broadway and 8th). She wants to have lunch beforehand and wants my advice. Quite frankly, I find that most Theatre District restaurants are mediocre, at best. Is there an amazing restaurant where we can have lunch not too far from the theatre? Thank you for your help and advice.

Sep 17, 2010
ToastMaster in Manhattan

I'm from Boston, NY Wife says: "NY Pizza is the best." So where is it?

I wrote a big, long review that didn't seem to get posted. Here is the short version.

I'm a fellow Bostonian and you should go to DiFara's. Dom DeMarco is 80-years-old and is the only one who makes the pizza. Get there soon. I will take you there if that makes you feel more comfortable about not getting lost in Brooklyn AND I will refund your money if you don't absolutely LOVE the pizza. (Seriously.) I take friends on tours of Brooklyn. This is one of my stops.

If you don't believe me (a stranger), Lucali's was just voted the 2nd best pizza in America by GQ Magazine. Mark, the owner of Lucali's, learned how to make pizza from Dom. Lucali's is not as good as DiFara's. GO!!!!!

Sep 17, 2010
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Looking for restaurant advice in NYC

For Middle Eastern, you may want to dine on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are some great restaurants there. Then you can go by cab or car service (approximately 5 minutes by car but hard to walk) to The River Cafe for a nightcap: http://www.rivercafe.com/ (It looks like one of those bad water-side restaurants that just gets tourists in there and overcharges; but it's got very good food).

I might suggest that you stay somewhere besides Times Square for future trips. You will get more of a feel for the life of the city.

Have fun!

Sep 17, 2010
ToastMaster in Manhattan

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS WITHIN TEN BLOCKS

You, obviously, haven't been to DiFara's.

May 26, 2010
ToastMaster in Outer Boroughs

Martinis in Chelsea?

Where is a fun and/or trendy place for martinis and possibly dinner in Chelsea? I need the reco's for tomorrow night. Thanks!

May 26, 2010
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Business Lunch not far from 52nd/Bdway?

We ended up at the 21 Club. It was great - old school atmosphere and waiters, great, well-dressed crowd. I don't recall what I got (a chopped salad) but I recall that it was very good. Thank you!

Dec 10, 2009
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Business Lunch not far from 52nd/Bdway?

Thanks, everyone. I will check these out online. I'm familiar with Blue Fin and the 21 Club but I've never eaten at either (although I have had drinks downstairs at Blue Fin) so I'd like to check the prices. I will try to remember to report that. Thanks, again!

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21 Club
21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Blue Fin
1567 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Nov 12, 2009
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Business Lunch not far from 52nd/Bdway?

My client is in town for the day tomorrow and wanted to meet for lunch at the revolving Marriot Marquis restaurant. I said no way were we going to a tourist trap. Now I am having a problem finding a good, not-too-expensive restaurant near there. ;-)

A friend recommended Trattoria Dopo Teatro on 44th between 6th & 7th but my client doesn't want to venture too far from her company's office at 52nd/Bdwy. Is there something above average closer to my client's office that's appropriate for a business lunch? (And if you can't think of anything closer, how is Trattoria Dopo Teatro?)

Thanks for any help!

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Trattoria Dopo Teatro
125 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Trattoria Dopo Teatro
125 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Nov 11, 2009
ToastMaster in Manhattan

An old friend coming to town

Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks.

Feb 10, 2009
ToastMaster in Manhattan

An old friend coming to town

Thanks for the suggestions. I will check out Cafe Sabarsky and can't believe I didn't even think of Jean-George (now I will have to go out and biy a chic outfit!). I welcome any other suggestions, as well. I will try to remember to post where we went. Thanks, again!

Feb 10, 2009
ToastMaster in Manhattan

An old friend coming to town

An old friend is coming to town (a rare occasion). She wants to go to the Guggenheim and/or go to lunch, not necessarily in that order. She would go anywhere I suggested but I persuaded her to tell me what her preference would be:

"Elegant but not stuffy, classy, upbeat not staid, chic but not too too dressy, not too young and not too old [we are 45]. Must have tablecloths."

Suggestions? It doesn't have to be near the Guggenheim but it should be in Manhattan. Those who are picky about where they dine are especially welcome to weigh in.

Thank you!

Feb 03, 2009
ToastMaster in Manhattan

TOP 5 RESTAURANTS WITHIN TEN BLOCKS

Jack the Horse Tavern! Great "comfort" food and fantastic old school cocktails. Great braised short ribs and amazing mac n cheese.

Jan 02, 2009
ToastMaster in Outer Boroughs

Salad delivery in Carroll Gardens

Who besides Mazzat delivers salad in Carroll Gardens?

Jan 02, 2009
ToastMaster in Outer Boroughs

Indulgent dinner the Monday before Xmas

Thanks, Simon.

I've only been to Raoul's once and had great food and a lovely time (and we were sat out back which was away from the loud crowd (maybe that's why I had such a nice time).

I have never heard of La Luncheonette but may go there on a recon mission to check it out. ;-)

Dec 15, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Indulgent dinner the Monday before Xmas

Old New York atmosphere with (usually) older professional waitstaff who know what they're doing - Keen's, Peter Luger's, etc. are not necessarily places where you have to wear a suit jacket (to my knowledge, anyway) but you can get a great meal and great service, nonetheless. Old school could also include some of the fancier restaurants people have mentioned. I would love to go to most of the places suggeted. However, I am just thinking that my friend may not want to go to such formal places.

Thanks for your question. I hope this clarifies.

Dec 15, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Indulgent dinner the Monday before Xmas

4 more questions:

1. What do people think of Blue HIll? I've only had drinks there. Obviously, the food is supposed to be great. It seems a bit stiff, though.

2. Le Perigord and La Grenouille look beautiful. However, both seem very formal. Is there a more comfortable (maybe that's not the right word) upscale restaurant where my friend doesn't have to wear a jacket?

3. What is Il Mulino like for dinner? I've only been there for lunch. I would think it would be noisy and a bit claustrophic which doesn't sound too relaxing.

4. Thoughts on Raoul's?

Dec 12, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Indulgent dinner the Monday before Xmas

Thanks, ladies! Le Perigord sounds great. I'm not sure if I can get my friend to dress in a dinner jacket but will try. If not, are there other places you might suggest?

Dec 12, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Indulgent dinner the Monday before Xmas

Ah, Capsouto Freres! I went there once with 2 friends. We had a lovely time catching up and I have happy memories from that night. The service was excellent, the wine was very good but we were a little disappointed by our food. Do you think I might have just been there on an off night (in other words, have you found the food to be excellent when you've gone)?

Thanks for your post!

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Indulgent dinner the Monday before Xmas

I'm getting together with a friend who lives in Manhattan who I haven't seen in a couple of years. We're having dinner on the Monday before Xmas (so the restaurant would have to be open on Monday). I would prefer a comfortable, old School restaurant with professional waitstaff where we can hear ourselves talk while we catch up for an indulgent dinner. A couple of places that we've dined in the past include Craft when it first opened and City Hall Restaurant which looked beautiful on a snowy Winter's night. He liked them both.

Also, I'd like suggestions for places that takes reservations so that we're not waiting at the bar for 2 hours for our table (eliminating some upscale gastropubs, I believe).

I thought about Keen's. I've been to the pub but not the dining room. The old School atmosphere is great but I'd like to hear some other suggestions, as well.

Thank you!

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Keen's -ordering rec'ns for lunch

Not sure if I'm allowed to post this here or need to post this as a new thread but does Keen's have a festive atmosphere around the holidays? Do they decorate at all? What's the noise level like in the dining room? I've only had drinks in the pub.

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Your favorite underrated burger?

I love the burger at 8 Mile Creek in NoLiTa (and the fries are great, too). My friends always give me a look when I bring them there and strongly suggest the burger (who would think Aussies could make a great American burger!) but they trust me enough to go along with my suggestion and are always glad they did.

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

lunch in soho, or around 5th avenue north of Macy's

Where did you end up going?

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Inexpensive dinner in Soho

Thanks for all of your suggestions! My friend and I didn't end up going to dinner but I am going to use some of these suggestions in the future as I love dining out in Soho but I tend lately to go to the same "safe" places like Balthazar

As for Lucky Strike, I used to go there years ago and I remember the food being very good. I went there in May, though, and the food was bad. Have you been there lately? Maybe I was just there on an off night.

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Inexpensive dinner in Soho

I've always thought of Spring and Cleveland Place as Soho. What part of town is La Esquina/Mexican Radio in?

Dec 11, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Inexpensive dinner in Soho

Thanks. (You have me perplexed. Which place other than 8 Mile Creek is not in Soho?)

Nov 24, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Italian hoagies

If you go to Brooklyn, DeFonte's

Nov 24, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Inexpensive dinner in Soho

I'm getting together with a friend tomorrow night for dinner. Her budget is limited. I'd like to try someplace I haven't been there. Have been to: Balthazar, Blue Ribbon, Cipriani, Corner Deli, Dos Caminos Cub Room, Kelley & Ping (not sure they're even open for dinner), Mercer Kitchen, Provence (replaced by some other restaurant), Raoul's, 8 Mile Creek, Mexican Radio, Zoe's and a French place whose name escapes me near the corner of Spring on Cleveland Place. For dinner with this friend, I would lean towards Mexican Radio or Corner Deli if that gives anyone ideas of other restaurants. Much thanks for any help!

Nov 24, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

lunch in soho, or around 5th avenue north of Macy's

I've haven't been to lunch at the following but their dinners are good: Mexican Radio has very good Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. 8 Mile Creek is an Australian bar/restaurant with good food but a bit of a limited dinner menu (not sure what the luncheon menu is like; technically about 1 block East of Soho on Mulberry in NoLiTa). A place where you can't go wrong is Fanelli's (great burgers and fried): http://nymag.com/listings/bar/fanellis/

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Fanelli Cafe
94 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Nov 24, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan

Pre-Theatre Dinner - tonight!

I'm attending a play on 47th (between 8/9th) tonight. Does anyone have suggestions for a very good pre-theatre dinner where we can get in and out in 1.5 hours? Thanks!

Jun 27, 2008
ToastMaster in Manhattan