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Great Greenwich or West Village Restaurants

I love August (on Bleecker at Charles). The food and the atmosphere are wonderful! They have a cute glass-enclosed atrium in the back. The restaurant is pretty small and cozy overall. Nice brunch, too.

Mar 12, 2009
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BTU difference?

Is there a lot of difference between a 12000 BTU range and a 16000 BTU range? Any difference in searing, etc? Thanks!

Mar 11, 2009
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vent/hood craziness in nyc?

Well right now I have some metal cabinets over the range. The distance from their base to the range top is 30 inches. The installation instructions for Wolf, Viking, GE etc. all require a minimum of 30 inches from the countertop to the bottom of the ventilation hood. So if I were able to put one in, then the base of the hood would be too close to the range top.

But then, I also don't have an outlet up there. So that means I'd have to put in a new line, right? I'm not sure exactly what that would entail, but in my last apartment, this was the same issue. An electrician said I would have to remove the backsplash and the line would have to run there to the box. Is there a lot of "destruction" necessary in order to run a new line in general?

Mar 11, 2009
calypsogirl in Cookware

vent/hood craziness in nyc?

I'm not able to get a downdraft...not exactly sure why, but it's not compatible with the oven I want.

And yeah...CO2 detector. From...cooking with a gas range without any ventilation. There was no window in that kitchen. And it was a tiny range, 20 inches. I just thought that the majority of people in NYC lived this way.

Mar 11, 2009
calypsogirl in Cookware

vent/hood craziness in nyc?

I was going to go for the all-gas 30 inch Wolf. The oven that's there right now is all all-gas as well.

I can't do dual-fuel without having to run new electrical, which would be a mess. And I was acutally into the all-gas in the first place. I hope to one day put up some kind of hood when I get the chance to do a major reno. I just want to be able to get by for awhile! Oh the grease particles. I became best friends with those in my old apartment. :)

So does your Wolf get super hot? Is the oven door very hot when you bake?

Mar 11, 2009
calypsogirl in Cookware

vent/hood craziness in nyc?

I don't necessarily cook for a large group, but I do do a lot of cooking, and...massive amounts of baking. I would never be able to just use a toaster oven on its own, and I don't think I even have the counterspace for one! :)

Mar 11, 2009
calypsogirl in Cookware

vent/hood craziness in nyc?

Every apartment I've ever lived in in NYC uses all-gas ranges. And there has never been a hood/vent or any type of recirculating vent over the range. What on earth do people do? Also, every apartment I have lived in never even had an electrical outlet up top over the range in order to install some type of hood or even a microwave. I've cooked like this for years, even without a window in the kitchen. And yes, I've set off my carbon monoxide detector a few times.

Now I'm in a new place, and I just wanted to replace the old range with a more powerful one like a Wolf or a GE. I am in the same bind, except now I do have a kitchen window. There is no way for me to install a hood/vent/micro over the range without doing a big $$$ renovation. I talked to Wolf, and the woman said they definitely recommend a vent, but it's not required to purchase. And she was horrified when I told her of all the cooking I've done without a vent.

Am I just the freak case and everyone else has an easy enough time installing a vent? I thought this was one of those typical NYC issues that everyone had. Any advice? This whole idea of just getting a better range has turned into such a stressful and complicated issue!

Mar 11, 2009
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Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

The 30 inch Wolf is a residential range, right?

Okay, so I think I'll try the sheet of stainless steel. The side wall is concrete, with the tile on top. I suppose I could just put the stainless steel sheet on top of all of that?

Mar 10, 2009
calypsogirl in Cookware

Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

Hiya! There is an old 30 inch gas range in there right now, so I was really hoping to replace it and keep the same size. I've been using 20 inch ranges for so long and was so excited to have a 30 inch! Haha.

The new oven actually does not have have a self cleaning option. So is this the worst idea in the world?! If I install a stainless steel shield on the side, you think this would be much better? Where on earth do I get one?

Thanks!

Mar 10, 2009
calypsogirl in Cookware

Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

I ended up calling Wolf and talking to them about clearance issues. So...in case anyone has the same issue of having to put a range up against a side wall....

It's doable, with 0" clearance, as long as the material from the countertop/cooktop level is non-combustible. The sides of the oven are not the issue. Apparently the oven is well-insulated and can be up right next to a wall/cabinets, etc. It's more a matter of the flame. So the tile that I have on the side wall that is backsplash height is sufficient.

Mar 10, 2009
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Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

Hi, everyone. I'm in the middle of trying to figure out which 30-inch all-gas range to buy. But the problem is that the (4-burner) range would fit in right up against a side wall. It's an interior wall that's in my own apartment. Basically you walk through the kitchen doorframe and the oven is immediately on your left. There is a ceramic tile backsplash that goes all the way from the back wall to this side wall. But it's backsplash height, meaning it doesn't extend all the way down the side of the oven and to the ground. It basically is at level with the cooktop. The Wolf, Viking, GE, etc are all saying that there needs to be a minimum of 6 " clearance from a combustible side wall. I believe my walls are concrete, and I'm also not sure if the ceramic tile that's there alleviates this whole problem. There is an oven there right now, and it seems to have always been there. It's a galley kitchen and that seems to be the original space for the oven.

Is it not going to work to have an all-gas 30inch Viking or Wolf in this position? Would it be doable if the ceramic tile extended all the way down the side of the wall/oven?

Thanks! Any help is appreciated!

Mar 09, 2009
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cancellation policy at French Laundry

unfortunately i don't have a reservation. i just wanted to know what the policy was before i embarked on that adventure. :)

cancellation policy at French Laundry

hi, does anyone know what the cancellation policy is at french laundry? i did a search and am finding mixed things. is there a fee no matter how far in advance you cancel?

thanks!

"Neighborhood" Italian ...?

definitely crispo!! the garden seating is lovely, too.

Jun 09, 2007
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Blaue Gans -- recommendations?

i LOVE the pork wiener schnitzel and blood sausage.

Jun 09, 2007
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Boston Hound: Needs Help Narrowing Union Square Options

gramery tavern, fleur de sel, devi, 15 east.

Jun 09, 2007
calypsogirl in Manhattan

where can i buy cornicabra olive oil?

thanks very much! will check it out.

Mar 09, 2007
calypsogirl in Manhattan

where can i buy cornicabra olive oil?

hi, all. does anyone know where i can buy a nice cornicabra olive oil in the city? i haven't been able to find it at whole foods or garden of eden. thanks!

Mar 08, 2007
calypsogirl in Manhattan

where to buy duck liver pate with port jelly?

hi, all. does anyone know at what store i can buy duck liver pate with port jelly? i live in the greenwich village/union square area, so if there's somewhere close, that'd be great. i checked garden of eden and didn't see it there. thanks in advance.

cheers

Dec 27, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Great Beef Wellington?

try the beef wellington at salt bar

Nov 06, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

LES tomorrow near Clinton and quiet enough to talk?

falai
salt bar
punch and judy

Nov 06, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

6th St Indian suggestions

i third brick lane curry house!

Nov 06, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Tea Bars/Shops

wild lily tea room in chelsea.

it's going to be closing in december and it's one of my favorite spots. :(

http://www.wildlilytearoom.com/tea_ro...

Oct 22, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park Prix Fixe or Country?

country is delicious, but i loved 11 madison much more! i'd definitely recommend that.

Oct 22, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Looking for Good, Inexpensive place near W13th & 5th Ave

mexicana mama
(mexican)
12th st btwn broadway and university

cafe loup
(french)
105 W 13th St | At 6th Ave

french roast
(french)
6th ave at 10th ST

good
(latin american)
89 greenwich ave btwn 7th and 8th Ave

otto
(italian/pizza)
5th ave at 8th st

spice
(thai)
university at 10th st

Oct 21, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Does Vong deserve its Michelin star?

i totally agree, i think vong is less than great.

Oct 14, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Good Indian food on the LES or in the East Village.

brick lane is delicious!

Oct 02, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Elmo Birthday Cake

Oct 02, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

Mid Week at Flatiron Lounge

it's never been overwhelmingly crowded, not even on a saturday night. so you won't have trouble at all on a weeknight at 7pm.

Oct 02, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan

BEST TASTING MENU WITH WINE PAIRING

if you're interested in indian, devi has a delicious tastint menu with wine.

Sep 29, 2006
calypsogirl in Manhattan