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Langoustines in Paris?

Any particular restaurants you would recommend in Paris for someone who loves langoustines?

Apr 24, 2013
asm_ny in France

Vegetarian-friendly dinner on mid-to-upper East Side?

Price range was flexible, but we weren't looking for either dirt cheap or top of the line. As it happened, we ended up at Candle 79, which was delightful. Friendly service, yummy food, and excellent cocktails, more upscale than not. Easy to get to by foot from 72nd and Madison, and by subway from Grand Central. Candle Cafe might have been even more convenient, so we'll try that another time. I gather there's a related restaurant Candle Cafe, which we'll try another time.

Apr 17, 2013
asm_ny in Manhattan

Vegetarian-friendly dinner on mid-to-upper East Side?

I'm looking for a pleasant vegetarian-friendly place to eat somewhere between 72nd and Madison and Grand Central -- preferably closer to 72nd street. Any cuisine with good vegetarian options is fine. Just looking for someplace comfortable and convenient with tasty food. Thanks in advance.

Apr 15, 2013
asm_ny in Manhattan

Elements Food & Spirit in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

We came here for dinner with two kids in tow, and it worked well for all concerned. It’s clearly an adult-focused restaurant, but welcomes kids, who had a choice of house-made chicken fingers, pizza and something else (I forget), plus crayons and paper to keep them amused. For the adults, a nice array of appetizers and entrees, generally locally/sustainably raised.

While it wasn’t the most remarkable cuisine we’ve ever encountered, it was fresh, tasty and well-prepared. The bacon-maple beer nuts are addictive. The smoked trout appetizer and red curry mussels were both delicious. The jerk chicken was moist and flavorful, but could have been better seasoned. The salmon was also on the simple side, but good.

Sitting out on the deck was lovely until night fell and the bugs came out just as we were ready to leave. Service was gracious and friendly, if sometimes a little erratic. We’d definitely go back if pass through the area again.

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Elements Food & Spirit
98 Mill St, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

Sep 05, 2010
asm_ny in Northern New England

Dinner w/ tired kids near St. Sulpice, Old Montreal

Thank you. We went to Georgio for lunch, because it was conveniently located next to our next destination, which was the science museum. Very limited menu (a few pizzas, a few pastas, caesar salad, garlic bread), but what we had was good and hit the spot. With kids, the wandering around checking out menus on the street doesn't work so well, and proximity is everything.

Sep 03, 2010
asm_ny in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner w/ tired kids near St. Sulpice, Old Montreal

Holder was a very good call. Not cheap for sure, but the best food we've had this trip so far. The offered the kids plain pasta, or half portions of steak-frites (and I suspect we could have done the same with the fish and chips). Kids went for the pasta, and we got to have a truly delicious meal (gazpacho and mussels for me, a goat cheese appy and steak tartare for the husband).

We ended up there after checking out Boris Bistro, which specifically turned us away saying they didn't have anything for kids. After looking at the prices for Holder, it didn't seem much worse, and they did offer options when we asked about kids. (This was our second night, by the way. First night we just went with a place the hotel recommended, whose name escapes me -- it was fine, no big deal either way.)

And then we went to Glaceurs, which was terrific. Most of us had ice cream, but my daughter's eyes were just alight when she saw the cupcakes, which are both delicious and pretty. One odd thing about Glaceurs is that their posted closing time and their actual closing time are not necessarily the same thing. The sign on the door says they close at 6pm, but when we were there to check it out at 5:30, they assured us they'd be open until 9:00. We got there at 8:00pm, but that turned out to be just in the nick of time, because they were clearly closing up ... so I think they sort of play closing with the street traffic.

Thanks again.

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Boris Bistro
465 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2H1, CA

Sep 03, 2010
asm_ny in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner w/ tired kids near St. Sulpice, Old Montreal

We'll be arriving in Montreal late afternoon after a long-ish drive, staying at the St. Sulpice, and need a few tips on local restaurants we could amble over to with some very tired kids, who are well behaved, but not the most adventuresome eaters. We'll happily go further afield later in the week (I've received some recommendations I need to map out), and I will likely post other questions later, but for now I just want to avoid ending up at an overpriced tourist trap just because we're exhausted and hungry (been there, done that one too many times this week already).

So fresh, tasty, well-prepared, not too fancy -- just something we'll be pleased to have eaten on our first night in Montreal. I realize that's not terribly specific, but this first night it's going to be more about location than any particular cuisine. The adults will eat anything; kids better off with simpler fare: breaded chicken/fish, pizza, pasta, simple grilled meats/sausages.

Thanks in advance.

Sep 01, 2010
asm_ny in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anyone tried new Turkish place in White Plains?

I tried it last night and thought it was very promising. (Can't compare it to Turkish Meze though.) There were a lot of appealing looking kebab options, but I couldn't make up my mind, so I ordered the Mixed Cold Appetizer Plate with humus, lebni, baba ganush, eggplant with sauce, and dolmas, and a side of warm pita. It was a very enjoyable meal, with the baba ganush and lebni standouts for texture and flavor. The dolmas were good, and seemed homemade, but didn't stand up to my favorites, from Yaranush. Service (there are a few seats) was solicitious and friendly. I'd definitely go back.

Feb 01, 2009
asm_ny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Mystic: Nice spot near Amtrak station?

Thanks to both you and Alicia (not sure how this thread got double posted) for this recommendation. I will pass it along.

Jul 06, 2008
asm_ny in All New England Archive

Mystic: Nice spot near Amtrak station?

I'm looking for a nice spot for someone to sit and geta decent bite near the Amtrak station in Mystic. Not too far a walk, since the person in question doesn't have the stamina they once did.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Jul 05, 2008
asm_ny in All New England Archive

Mystic: Nice spot near Amtrak station?

I'm looking for a nice spot for someone to sit and geta decent bite near the Amtrak station in Mystic. Not too far a walk, since the person in question doesn't have the stamina they once did.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Jul 05, 2008
asm_ny in All New England Archive

Brunch or coffee near New Rochelle train station

We're hoping to meet some car-free friends in a very short time window (a little over an hour) at the New Rochelle train station. The train station itself has nothing to recommend it as a gathering place, so we were hoping for a decent place within walking distance where we can grab some coffee or food on a Sunday morning. Obviously, it would be great if there were a real Chow find, but we'll settle for ordinary but not unpleasant. 4 adults, 4 kids, varying ages.

Thanks.

Jun 03, 2008
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Worst restaurants in Westchester

FWIW, I liked Iron Horse Grill. (Been 2x.) Not the greatest food ever, but nothing I'd complain about.

By contrast, I've had really unpleasant (and overpriced) experiences at Equus (last time about 3 years ago). Snooty, expensive, just not all THAT good. Perhaps it's improved? We'd need an awfully strong recommendation before ever trying it again.

Jun 03, 2008
asm_ny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Northern Long Beach Island -- off season (?!)

Would you take picky kids to Plantation? (I've heard good things, but it seems maybe fancier than we're dressed for.)

Apr 04, 2007
asm_ny in Mid-Atlantic

Northern Long Beach Island -- off season (?!)

We're spending this week in Barnegat Light, and trying to strategize our restaurant eats -- especially since some are only open on the weekends.

For lunch today, we're going to Mustache Bill's, but after that, we're not sure. The View is open tonight only, but I don't see any reviews, so don't know if that's where our only-open-on-Sunday restaurant energy should go.

We're traveling with two picky kids, so nothing too fancy. Beyond that, just looking for tasty food that's worth the effort of getting out of the kitchen, and, more to the point, something we don't necessarily get at home (e.g. fresh-caught seafood).

I'll keep snooping around the board, but if someone wants to tell us where to eat tonight -- particularly a restaurant that won't be open the rest of the week -- we're all ears.

Thanks!

Apr 01, 2007
asm_ny in Mid-Atlantic

BLOOM IN HASTINGS ON HUDSON

I think so, but I don't know so. You might want to call.

I wouldn't necessarily make the trek for the food alone (though it was excellent), but if the organic piece carries special weight for you sure, I think it would be worth a trip. But my first stop for fresh, organic cooking would be Blue Hill at Stone Barns ... if you can get a reservation!

Mar 01, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Has anyone tried One in Irvington, New York?

It was my birthday dinner, so I wasn't paying attention to the prices. ;-) But it wasn't cheap. More foodie than chow-y, but I like foodie.

Feb 08, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Has anyone tried One in Irvington, New York?

Just had an excellent meal at One. There are two dining rooms, high ceilings (old factory building), good buzz in the room. We had no trouble getting in at 7pm on Wednesday night. The Egg/lobster/caviar appetizer and scallop entree were outstanding.

Feb 08, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Brigtsen's tonight, then???

Funny. The corn bread was the one thing I liked too. Absolutely DRENCHED in butter, but that was part of its charm ... in small bites!

Feb 06, 2007
asm_ny in New Orleans

Fairway Favorites?

Relieved to hear I'm not the only one driven crazy by Fairway. Even as I'm making the effort to research my next trip, I'm remembering that it was a particular visit to Fairway that drove me out of the city! (Well, it was a little more complicated than that.) But yes, misanthropy, here I come!

And thank you to all for the shopping list, now in my PDA!

Feb 06, 2007
asm_ny in Manhattan

Any good chow near White Plains Hospital?

By the way, even though I didn't stop to eat there, I thought the food at Veracruz smelled terrific. Read other reviews for details, but it seemed worth checking out.

Jan 30, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Any good chow near White Plains Hospital?

Just saw it referenced positvely elsewhere on the board. Apparently it's Peruvian, not Venezuelan (bad memory). The Peruvian (?) diner is called El Miski.

Jan 30, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Great authentic Peruvian restaurant near NYC?

DARN. I was just there today, looking for something new to try, but wasn't feeling bold enough to pick something out of the hat. Right near White Plains Hospital.

Jan 30, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Any good chow near White Plains Hospital?

Couldn't find it in my wanderings around the hospital, unfortunately. Did stop in at a few places, but wasn't feeling hungry or adventurous enough. One was a Venezuelan restaurant in a diner car, one was called Veracruz and the other was Village something -- all on W. Post Road. Sound familiar? Worth trying another time?

Jan 30, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Any good chow near White Plains Hospital?

I'm going to be near White Plains Hospital center around lunchtime tomorrow, and wonder if there's anything I should check out.

Thanks...

Jan 29, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Best Indian Food in Lower Westchester

We had a lovely experience at Coromandel about 2 years back -- has the change in ownership come since then?

Jan 14, 2007
asm_ny in New York State (exc. NYC)

BLOOM IN HASTINGS ON HUDSON

We have been there twice, once the first night it opened, once about a month ago.

BOTH times, the food was excellent, and service was attentive. In fact, the only complaint we had was that the stylish silverware had a tendency to slide around the plate.

Like other contributors, I have some concerns about whether the restaurant can survive at this price point (the place was virtually empty both times), but I would absolutely recommend giving it a chance. The first writers' experiences are far from universal. We will be back again, and I encourage others in the area to give it a try as well.

Jan 14, 2007
asm_ny in General Tristate Archive

Fairway Favorites?

I live in the 'burbs, and don't get into the city as much as I'd like. So, a couple of days ago, I was in for some dental work, and was psyched that I'd be passing right by Fairway.

Unfortunately, by the time my dentist was done digging, I was not even remotely in the mood to scout out food, so I just grabbed some Rafetto's ravioli and some parmesan and got out.

I have to go back for more dentistry next week, and hope to return for some Fairway goodies, but if last week is any indication, clearly I'll need a list in advance.

Any thoughts on what a delicacy-deprived suburbanite should hunt down at Fairway? Ravioli, cheese, some olives, and ...?

Thanks...

Jan 14, 2007
asm_ny in Manhattan

New Orleans with Mom this weekend

Thank you all for your help. Of course, despite all the suggestions, we went off in our own direction, and our time was not always our own. In order of preference (not counting hotel breakfasts):

Places I would recommend/return to:
- Stella! (Fancy and expensive but excellent.)
- Bayona (Also fancy, also excellent.)
- ACME (Fabulous oysters in a VERY casual noisy setting)
- Cafe Beignet (coffee unremarkable, but fresh beignets are worth coming back for)

Other
- Brigsten's (disappointing to us, but perhaps we ordered badly or it's not our thing or it was an off night...)
- Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar (fine, but unremarkable)

Again, thank you all.

Jan 09, 2007
asm_ny in New Orleans

New Orleans with Mom this weekend

We just had dinner at Stella, and I'm reasonably certain the server said Stanley was currently under renovation ... and yet their website is up and running. So worth a phone call at least.

Jan 09, 2007
asm_ny in New Orleans