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Lunch near Notre-Dame on a Sunday? (I know, I know…)

Thanks all! I appreciate the thoughtful replies. Every restaurant recommended here looks terrific -- Brasserie de L'Ile St-Louis looks like the front runner but I think we will play it by ear. Merci!

May 29, 2014
Cancan in France

Lunch near Notre-Dame on a Sunday? (I know, I know…)

We'll be in Paris for only about 48 hours mid-June -- Saturday morning to Monday noon. We're planning to visit Notre-Dame first thing Sunday morning and then head to the Louvre. (I know, not ideal as far as crowds go, but it's the only way we can make everything work.) Looking for a good lunch en route from the cathedral to the museum. My son (8) will eat anything but my husband is looking for something traditional and French but unfussy. Any recommendations? And if you have a Sunday night dinner recommendation somewhere in the 7th, please share that too. Merci!

May 28, 2014
Cancan in France

SUSHI NAKAZAWA?

Cool; thanks. Let me be clear that the 8 year old is not joining us for dinner!

Mar 18, 2014
Cancan in Manhattan

SUSHI NAKAZAWA?

Is there any type of dress code there? We've got a reservation this weekend. I would hate to be underdressed but we'll be coming from a few hours at Natural History with an 8-year-old without time to change. Pants and sweaters OK? Thanks.

Mar 18, 2014
Cancan in Manhattan

Festive Restaurant for Party of 8 on a Saturday night in December -- recommendations?

Thanks everyone! I am happy to report that we did score the big table -- amazing! -- but I will keep these recommendations in mind for the future. Thanks for the suggestions!

Nov 16, 2013
Cancan in Manhattan

Festive Restaurant for Party of 8 on a Saturday night in December -- recommendations?

For the first time, our family won't be together on December 25. We're planning to celebrate instead at a restaurant on Saturday, December 14. Our top pick is Gramercy Tavern, and we'll take our chances when reservations open, but I'm looking for a few other suggestions as a backup. Any recommendations? Although we're looking for a great dinner, we are hoping to find a place that might be more Christmassy -- decorations, maybe a tree, fireplace, you know. The further downtown the better -- we'll be heading to an apartment in the Financial District afterward to exchange gifts. The guests range in age from 8 to 73. Here's what I'm thinking so far:
Bouley
Tribeca Grill
One If by Land … (not as much of a fan of the food, but certainly beautiful for the holidays)

Any other ideas? Thanks!

Nov 12, 2013
Cancan in Manhattan

In for a night from Connecticut - where should we go?

Thanks! North End Grill sounds good ... on the other hand, I don't want to be around too many other kids! :) What about Calliope? I like the choices on the menu.

Jan 04, 2013
Cancan in Manhattan

In for a night from Connecticut - where should we go?

My husband and I will be in the city for a Saturday night in February (more than 30 days from now). Kind of like a date night, but we'll have a seven-year-old with us. We're looking for a fun dinner and a brunch. Without the boy, we'd probably choose Gramercy Tavern for dinner, but I don't want to do a prix fixe with him. We also like EMP, Recette, and ABC Kitchen, but would like to try somewhere new. We tried Anissa a few months ago and really enjoyed it, but with a 7-year-old we would like to go somewhere a little noisier, with a little more clatter. Really, our only requirement is that it be kind of exciting (somehow different from what we get here in Fairfield County, either in terms of quality of food or of ambience, but hopefully both) and must take reservations (we don't want to have to wait at the bar or outdoors with a kid on a Saturday night) We would appreciate any suggestions. We're staying in BPC and we're open to any part of town except the UWS. Thanks very much!

Jan 01, 2013
Cancan in Manhattan

Looking for Dinner at "old country inn" - good food, roaring fireplace!

How about the Cobb's Mill Inn in Weston? The food has improved under the new owner and you can't beat the views. Many roaring fires too.

Dec 12, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

Looking for Lobster Advice

Thanks all! That's what I suspected - I've just never tried it so I wanted to be sure. I appreciate the advice!

Sep 27, 2012
Cancan in Home Cooking

Looking for Lobster Advice

My local grocery has lobsters on sale through Sunday for $3.99/lb. We steamed some last night and they were terrific.

I would like to do them again before the sale ends and our family can't agree on steamed vs. lobster rolls, so we want to do both. However, we've already got dinner plans through Saturday night.

Can I buy two dinners' worth of lobster Sunday, steam half of them Sunday and make the other half Monday for lobster rolls? Or better to make them all Sunday, but not make the rolls til Monday? Want to make sure everything stays fresh and delicious.

File this under #firstworldproblems.

Sep 27, 2012
Cancan in Home Cooking

What's the nicest London restaurant to which you would take a six-year-old?

Helen, you're a genius. "Clatter" is exactly what we're looking for and the Wolseley looks perfect. Right near our hotel, too. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Jul 17, 2012
Cancan in U.K./Ireland

What's the nicest London restaurant to which you would take a six-year-old?

My family will be in London for Thanksgiving week this year. Though we're not trying to find a turkey dinner, we would like to go somewhere special on Thanksgiving. If it were just my husband and me, we would choose the Fat Duck, Ledbury, or The Square (all based on this board's recommendations.) However, we will have our six-year-old son with us, and we'll have spent a day doing touristic things, so he'll probably be tired and possibly not capable of his best behavior.

He is a great kid and we've taken him to Taillevent, Il Convivio, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, La Degustation Boheme in Prague, and many other wonderful places, and he's never let us down. But we are careful to eat early (doesn't seem to be an option with these London restaurants) and the places I've mentioned (at least the last three) are kind of noisy anyway, so any crabbiness on his part goes unnoticed by those at nearby tables.

So what recommendations do you have? What is the nicest place you would take a kid? Don't worry about the menu; he's a good eater and will try most things, and worst case scenario is he gets a pricey chicken breast or plate of pasta. But we don't want to feel like other diners are giving us the stink eye, or be somewhere very quiet where everyone can hear him begging fruitlessly for his Nintendo DS. It will be our Thanksgiving dinner, so we want to treat ourselves to something nice, but want to be respectful of the other people around us.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations or advice.

Jul 17, 2012
Cancan in U.K./Ireland

New restaurant at Cobb's Mill Inn, Weston, CT opens Mother's Day

Has anyone been yet? As a Weston resident and a mother, I am really rooting for this place to succeed.

May 15, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

Financial District dinner recommendation for family please

We went to Petit Robert Central Bistro and it was perfect! It was a quick walk from the hotel as well as something for everyone. (The bland food lover was delighted with the chicken in a honey & thyme sauce.) The charcuterie platter was a big hit too. The service was impeccable and I thought the prices were reasonable. We were very happy. Thanks everyone for the recommendations!

Apr 20, 2012
Cancan in Greater Boston Area

Financial District dinner recommendation for family please

Oops! Hilton on Broad Street. Thanks!

Apr 19, 2012
Cancan in Greater Boston Area

Financial District dinner recommendation for family please

Thanks for the quick reply! Marliave looks great but is a little far - Is there anything similar, but closer? Looking for a five-minute walk, give or take. Thanks!

Apr 19, 2012
Cancan in Greater Boston Area

Financial District dinner recommendation for family please

We are here for one night and had hoped to be more geographically adventurous, but it looks like the family wants to stick close to the hotel tonight (we are wiped out from a day in the sun at the Fenway open house.) Would love a dinner suggestion in the area. We have a lobster lover, someone who prefers bland food, and someone who will eat anything. Our only request is a casual (jeans) dress code. Thanks in advance for your help!

Apr 19, 2012
Cancan in Greater Boston Area

Quick dinner in Hyannis with a 6-year-old who loves lobster?

Thanks so much for the quick response and great information. You're a great help. I appreciate it.

Apr 16, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

Quick dinner in Hyannis with a 6-year-old who loves lobster?

Hello all - we will be spending one night in Hyannis this week at the Cape Codder (only so our 6-year-old can enjoy the pool for a day.) Can you recommend a quick, nearby restaurant? We are totally unfamiliar with the Cape. We are all lobster lovers but we will try anything. Thanks for any recommendations!

(Also open to tourist suggestions if you have any. Thanks!)

Apr 16, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

The Georgetown Saloon in CT calls it quits

I believe hungry kids is talking about Tootzy Pasta on Rt. 7, not Georgetown.

Mar 22, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

The Georgetown Saloon in CT calls it quits

The G&B construction is actually starting soon. The Georgetown businesses received official notice last week that demolition is about to begin. They got the permits and everything.

Mar 22, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

The Georgetown Saloon in CT calls it quits

Really not a surprise at all. The food was mediocre and overpriced - Lumberyard, literally around the corner, has comparable food but is cheaper. Little Pub, up the road, is in the same price range but with much better food.

I hope the space doesn't stay vacant long. We live nearby (less than a mile away) and are in Georgetown almost daily. I would do anything for a breakfast/brunch spot!

Mar 20, 2012
Cancan in Southern New England

If you had one big evening out in Manhattan, where would you go?

Thanks Kathryn! We've been to pretty much anything that has been open for more than 3 years, with the exception of Masa and Per Se. I don't know anything about Kyo Ya or Jung Sik but I've started Googling them and both sound terrific, esp. the former. Which would you recommend?

I did make a reservation at Annisa for 6 p.m. 3/24, wait listed for a later time. So if that's what we decide, we can get in there, albeit early. Though that would give us time to get to D & Co early.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Feb 16, 2012
Cancan in Manhattan

If you had one big evening out in Manhattan, where would you go?

Ha, nothing wrong with UWS - just inconvenient, as we'll be staying in BPC and going out in the East Village. I don't know anything about Ko but I have always wanted to try WD-50. Thanks!

Feb 16, 2012
Cancan in Manhattan

If you had one big evening out in Manhattan, where would you go?

My husband and I live in Connecticut with a kid and don't get into Manhattan much any more. Well, actually, he commutes there every day, and I take the kid in once a month or so to go to a museum or something. However, it's very rare we get a night to ourselves - overnight - in the city to pick and choose where we want to go.

We'll be in on a Saturday night and we would like to pick something new (to us) and interesting. We have eaten at Gramercy Tavern and 11 Madison Park a number of times, and often go to Les Halles and Balthazar. We have tried Jean-Georges, Morimoto, Le Bernardin, and a lot of the other popular choices and though we loved them we'd like to try something new. We would like to hit Death & Co. later in the evening for drinks (unless you have a better suggestion.) It's at the end of March, so I don't think any reservation windows have closed on us.

So what would you pick? We're open to pretty much anything, but not Indian and not UWS.

Considering:
The Dutch
Locanda Verde
Annisa
Stanton Social

I would appreciate any other suggestions you may have. Thanks very much!

Feb 16, 2012
Cancan in Manhattan

Prague: Is Maze worth the hassle they're giving me?

My family and I (seven of us total, ranging from 27 to 67) will be visiting Prague in March. We would like to have dinner at Maze, so I contacted them regarding a reservation. No problem, however they are limiting our group to these choices: the 7-course tasting menu, or a limited a la carte menu -- three choices for each course (see below.) I have asked them why we can't select from the full menu and have been told that they don't allow that for large groups.

So, I am disappointed and peeved. I would love to eat there, but I don't like the idea of forking over a HUGE amount of money unless we're getting what we want. I also hate to reward a restaurant for what I think is very unaccommodating behavior. We have been to so many other restaurants of equal or higher quality as a group of seven and have never been asked to compromise like this. In fact, at most places (e.g., Taillevent) restaurants have practically bent over backwards to make our meal something we really looked forward to, as well as something we talked about long after our visit -- in terms of both the food itself and the service. Ultimately, I'm sure we would dine well at Maze (and we probably would have opted for the tasting menu anyway) but I guess I just don't like their attitude.

Should I just say the heck with Maze? If so, can anyone recommend a worthy substitute?
We'll be celebrating my dad's 68th birthday so we would like something special.

Thank you.

This is the "large parties selection" they offered us:
Sample A La Carte Selection Menu:

Jerusalem artichoke velouté with duck ragoût, cep brioche and cep butter 250 czk
Roasted quail with celeriac remoulade and Madeira sauce 400 czk
Lightly smoked salmon with oyster beignets, dill and mustard dressing 350 czk

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Steamed daurade Royale with candied aubergine, bok choi and spicy tomato sauce 600 czk
Cornfed chicken with cabbage, carrots, leeks, confit leg and cep sauce 650 czk
Roasted rack of lamb with confit shoulder, garlic purée and sauce epice 700 czk

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White chocolate and coconut panna cotta with mango and black olive caramel CZK 250
Carpaccio of pineapple with coconut sorbet and lime syrup CZK 250
Peanut butter and cherry jam sandwich with cherry sorbet CZK 250

Jan 08, 2008
Cancan in International Archive