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Restaurants to dress up at in New York?

How about Piora in the West Village?

Dec 05, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

Betony this Thursday

One time when we tried to go to Betony to sit at the bar and were not able to get a seat, we walked over to Marea and had a wonderful pasta meal only at Marea at the bar. I would definitely stick to Betony though.

Dec 02, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

Box Kite Cafe in the East Village

I believe there are 2 new chefs now from when they had started. ustin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino are no longer there. I had dinner there in September and that was the last night of service by Justin and Dave - it was a phenomenal meal, and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/09/box...

I'm not familiar with the new chefs there, but would love to hear the feedback. Please do report back!

Nov 11, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

What is your favorite tiny bar in (Manhattan or BK preferred)?

I wouldn't consider it my favorite, but Attaboy is definitely small and intimate.

Oct 30, 2014
fatema in Manhattan
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Last minute advice (55th and 6th)

Another option I thought of is Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. Personally, the vibe, music there is not my taste. It is kind of on the smaller side though so I'm not sure how a group of 15 could work, but maybe you can call them and ask.

Oct 22, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

Restaurant Recs?

Definitely agree on the Betony foie gras recommendation. If you're going to Annisa, they have great foie gras dumplings too!

Oct 22, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

Last minute advice (55th and 6th)

A little bit of a walk away from 55th and 6th, but how about the newish Crimson and Rye? It's on 54th and 3rd. I've never been so can't vouch for it, but I hear it's a good after work place and they have small bites on their menu too.

Oct 22, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

Best Cocktails 2014

I love the Milk Punch cocktail at Betony. They change up the flavors on it every few days/weeks and all the versions I've had have been really great.

Oct 21, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

Union Square Area Dinner Reco Needed

Not a gastropub, but Casa Mono comes to mind. Its small and intimate and food is always good. Bar Jamon is right next door which is a great place to start/end the evening too.

Oct 20, 2014
fatema in Manhattan

POLL: Tabla Is Closing: Will You Miss It?

My sentiments exactly! Expensive for poorly executed food. I was not impressed. Bad excuse for 'modern Indian' food.

On the other hand, we went to At Vermillion a couple of months ago. It's supposed to be Indian/Latin fusion. Interestting and well thought out food. however, since the restaurant is situated in Midtown East, it doesn't seem to attarct a lot of traffic.

Oct 05, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Favorite French Restaurants

I like Le Gigot in the West Village.

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Le Gigot
18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

Oct 04, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Rare night-out date suggestion please

Perhaps Aldea, although its not super downton.

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Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Apr 28, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Best free bread in NYC restaurants?

Another for Scarpetta and Maialino

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Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Apr 22, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Places to eat out when you want responsibly sourced meat...

or Marlow and Sons (Williamsburg) and Roman's (Fort Greene)

Mar 30, 2010
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Looking for a Williamsburg. Fort Greene and Cobble Hill dining expert.

I would add Roman's to the Fort Greene list. Also by the Marlow and Sons group. The menu is italian inspired, relies heavily on locally sourced ingredients and changes daily.

Mar 16, 2010
fatema in Outer Boroughs

West Village Favorites?

Morandi for brunch. It also has outdoor space for the summer.
Las Ramblas for tapas.

Mar 16, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Reasonable & Delicious Dinner East 20's near Madison????

How about 'inoteca on 24th and 3rd?

Mar 05, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

best wine bar's known for food??....please help..

Another vote for Terroir and 'inoteca. Also adding 'ino in the West Village to the mix. Menu is similar to the 'inoteca menu, and space is really, really, tiny, but I've always enjoyed it.

Mar 05, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Reasonably priced french restaurant in the Village

3rd Le Gigot. We had a wonderful meal in December.

Mar 02, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Where to go for moist cupcakes?

I'm not a big fan of their Smores either, but absolutely adore the triple chocolate one. I like the caramel and mocha too.

Feb 03, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Where to go for moist cupcakes?

Chikalicious!!

Feb 02, 2010
fatema in Manhattan

Tempo closing

I heard Robert say when I was there that maybe he'll write a book....nothing about opening at a new location.

Jun 06, 2009
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Tempo closing

I was there last night too, for the first, and I guess, the last time. This thread inspired me to finally make the trek out to Park Slope. Everything I had - warm goat cheese salad, Fregola with spicy calamari, chocolate gelati, and a quart of a nice Red (dont remember the name) - was wonderful. I wish I had made it out there earlier!

Also, I overheard one of the servers tell another diner that they are going to e closed today, 06/05, for a private graduation party. So please call ahead if you were planning on going tonight and confirm....that would leave only tomorrow night open for the public.

Jun 05, 2009
fatema in Outer Boroughs

Top Chef restaurants

Dec 10, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Perfect way to end the day

Ok I just changed my mind already :)...I think cuisine-wise I would prefer something ethnic...so please keep this in mind when making your recommendations. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Perfect way to end the day

My BF and I are having lunch at Cafe Boulud on friday as part of Open Table's Appetite Stimulus plan, after which we plan to hit up the MET and then a walk around Central Park. I'm looking for things to do in the evening that would be a perfect end to the day. Specially looking for recommendations for dinner/drinks places that are romantic, yet simple and kinda down-to-earthish. My BF is all about simplicity (I wonder how we even get along as I'm all over the top with everything), and I want to make this day really special as he's moving to France right after thnxgiving for about 6-8 months. Any cuisine or neighbourhood is good, though would love to be around the upper west/east side as we will already be around the hood, and also we hardly ever trek up there. Price range about 50 per person including a glass of wine, and tax.

Thoughts?

Nov 19, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar-this ain't no Dairy Barn

I made it in to the Milk Bar at about 7:15ish last night..there was no line at all....just one party of 2 in front of me who took forever to place their order. They were extremely confused and so was the guy behind the counter...which prolonged the whole ordering process. Anyhow, as soon as I was up, I knew exactly what I wanted (I went especially to try the salty pistachio soft serve, but got the pork bun too!), so I ordered, and then waited, and waited, and waited......

Luckily for me, David Chang was also there supervising and coaching the staff I guess, but that did not improve the service experience for me. However, he noticed that I had waited for almost 25 mins for a small order, and hence put a slice of the chocolate chip cake, and the volcano bread as freebies for me in a bag.

Now for the food, this is what I ended up with finally after the 'free' items:
1 slice of the chocolate chip cake - I thought it was very interesting with the lemony layer in between. However, when I think chocolate, I think chocolate. So even though it was different, I was not thoroughly impressed. i guess I felt like I need to like it just because it was a nice gesture.
1 volcano - This one was good, though a tad heavy for me. I actually loved the potato, it reminded me of a patoto dish that my mom used to make when I was little and we always ate that with bread.
The salty pistachio soft serve - Now, generally I'm not a big fan of pistachio icecream, however, I decided to give this a try after reading all the great reviews. The conclusion is that I'm still not a fan. Somehow, the flavor just doesnt sit with me, the after taste especially kills it for me.
The prok buns - Did i mention that I got 2 pork buns, when I ordered only 1 :).

There were no cookies in the display cases, and very few cakes/pies too. The crack pie seemed most popular as I saw most of the folks in there get a slice of it. Maybe thats what I'll try the next time I go. It was an overall pleasant experience for me due to the freebies (free stuff always makes me happy) but I do hope they can resolve the service issues soon.

Nov 19, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

Its the total opposite for me....I am totally averse to the yolk...if I can see it or smell it, I will not eat it. I dont usually eat eggs that much, but if there is any presence of the yolk, its a BIG No No for me.

Other things on my list are tuna and bacon.

Nov 18, 2008
fatema in General Topics

Terroir

The sausage stuffed sage leaves are delicious...the arugula salad too! My 2 favorites on their menu...not particularly fond of the cod fish bruschetta.

Oct 08, 2008
fatema in Manhattan

Wine bars

Not in the West village, but I like In vino and Terroir in the E, Village. I've had wonderful experiences, with food, wine, and service at both the places.

Oct 06, 2008
fatema in Manhattan