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Five Leaves, Williamsburg

I live nearby and have been a handful of times. Now that Paloma is gone, Five Leaves is the only semi-chic restaurant within walking distance of me, so I appreciate it for that. It definitely has a few flaws...the seating is not very comfortable, the service usually ranges from lackadaisacal to bad, and the whole place gets more crowded than I'd like it to (guess it's a lot of other peoples' only walking-distance choice, too).

That said, I like the atmosphere, and I think the food is good if you know what to order. I've had some great things there -- the burger, the plain old house salad, the roast chicken -- some middling things (mostly at brunch), and some really disappointing things (the bowl of ricotta with honey that I ordered as an appetizer once was one of the blandest, boringest, most 'how did that even end up on the menu' dishes I've ever gotten at a restaurant).

It could be that I'm getting smarter about ordering but I think that the food may have improved since they first opened, too, so you might want to try it again if you liked the atmosphere.

Also, I'm obsessed with their house salad dressing -- it's a really light, clear vinaigrette that is mild and accompanies the greens perfectly. I want to figure out what's in it so I can try to make a knock-off version at home!

Quick, quiet sit-down lunch for 4 near Grand Central?

Oh, Tenzan sounds good! Thanks.

My boss decided to go with Cibo, but I'm writing all these down for future reference.

May 12, 2009
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Quick, quiet sit-down lunch for 4 near Grand Central?

Thanks. Yeah, maybe $20 is unrealistic.

Man, I wish there were something like Eisenberg's up here.

May 12, 2009
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Quick, quiet sit-down lunch for 4 near Grand Central?

One of our party is a vegetarian.

As far as budget goes...I guess we'd like under $20 per person, after a beverage and tax and tip and all that.

Thanks for the thoughts so far.

May 12, 2009
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Quick, quiet sit-down lunch for 4 near Grand Central?

My boss and I are having lunch with two web designers, and we need to take them to a place where we can sit and talk comfortably. We're looking for the sweet spot of semi-nice but not super expensive. We're both new to our jobs and this area (on 42nd Street and Park, right across from Grand Central Station), and it seems to be full of grab-and-go joints and super expensive corporate sit-downs. What is there that's in the middle?!

I was thinking maybe Chiyoda sushi, but the guy on the phone warned me that they were guaranteed to be mobbed at 1pm.

I know that quiet, good, inexpensive, and midtown is a hell of a combination to ask for...but I could use any ideas.

Thanks so much.

May 12, 2009
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Favorite midtown east lunch spots?

I just started working here, too (42nd and Park), and I haven't figured out anything! Pershing Square Cafe was okay but expensive, and beyond that, I'm stumped.

May 11, 2009
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Is there a 'Pacific Northwest' bar in Park Slope?

Perfecto. Thank you so much.

Is there a 'Pacific Northwest' bar in Park Slope?

A friend told me about a bar in Park Slope, on 4th Avenue; he thinks it's called "Pacific Northwest," but I can't seem to find it online. He says it's usually full of fleece-wearing Pac NW types, drinking craft beers and reminiscing about Portland and Seattle. I want to go reminisce with them!

Let me know if you have any info on whether this place exists, and where it is. Thanks.

Pernod-Marinated Fennel and Apple Tea Sandwiches

I made these for a tea party, and they were pretty damn good. Would make again.

Dec 14, 2008
toomuchkatherine in Recipes

Is Christmas Impossible?

Thank you!

Dec 04, 2008
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Is Christmas Impossible?

I've lived in New York for a few years, but never been here over Christmas. This year, my parents are coming to visit me, rather than the traditional other way around.

They'll be here on the nights of the 24th and 25th, and we'd like to go out someplace nice for dinner at least one and maybe both of those nights. It could be in Brooklyn or Manhattan. We can probably splurge once on something that's about $100 a head for the total tab, but then would need to find something more modest for the other night.

Anyway. Is finding space at a restaurant on Xmas Eve/Xmas Day totally impossible? Or is it easy? I have no idea.

Also, specific recommendations about where to have a nice meal with mom and dad are more than welcome. We want: something American or Euro, not too loud, fancy/nice but not too snooty. My dad was briefly obsessed with Mario Batali, so that's an option. OTOH, my mother lives for vegetables.

Dec 04, 2008
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan

Late-Night Rest. or Snacks on the A Line

My sister and her boyfriend are arriving at Penn Station at 10:40. Where can I take them in Manhattan for a late-night bite? They'll have luggage with them so preferably nothing too formal. Bonus points if we can get there on the "A" train.

Dec 08, 2007
toomuchkatherine in Manhattan