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Havanna Central/ West End Location

well, knock that one off the list.

thanks!

Jan 28, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Chocolate truffle wars

The only chocolate truffles I ever eat in NYC are from Something Sweet (on the corner near Venero's (sp?) in the east village. They're yummy and she almost always gives you one as a bonus if you buy a lot of stuff (which I usually do).

Jan 28, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Havanna Central/ West End Location

Anyone have anythingn (good or bad) to say about this place. I'm thinking of using them as a reception site for a funeral service. Just want to know if there's any reason to cross them off the list... I'm from out of state and doing this mainly by word of mouth and websites. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

Jan 27, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

So, after going on and on about not wanting anything too "ethnic" the family is considering going ethnic. I found a place called Havanna Central. Seems to be a local franchise. Does anyone have any experience (good or bad) with this place? We'd be looking to rent space there versus having them come to us.

Thanks!

Jan 27, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

Thanks!

Jan 26, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

After mentioning Spoonbread and seeing their catering menu, the family seems interested in serving breakfast. Does anyone know any good brunch caterers???

Thanks to everyone for all the help and suggestions! I really appreciate it!

Jan 25, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

Thanks so much for the tips. As she was cremated, we don't have to head to the cemetary...this is just a memorial. But I never though about the hot tea and coffee and crap like sugar/salt/pepper.

I don't know what I'm doing!

Jan 24, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Hounds - What are your three favorite Italian restaurants? I vote for Lupa, Felidia and Crispo. And any special dish that can't be missed? Thanks

Don't know if it's still there, haven't been in a few years but Cafe Napali (sp?) in Little Italy had a FANTASTIC lasagna.... just look out. We got hit with a 2 dollar service charge PER PLATE! Not a big deal just wasn't expecting it. I don't understand why places do that. Just add it to the menu price! Don't give me any surprises at the end of a delicious meal... I want to enjoy the food, not leave with a bad taste in my mouth.

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

I think Spoonbread will be a bit more for everyone. While the deceased did like mediterranean, it was only from ONE restaurant in Ohio. She wouldn't eat it anywhere else because she said it was never as good... go figure.

While soul food could be considered "ethnic" I come from a family that just considers it more "regional". I think it might work. If you have any other Soul Food suggestions (since you don't think Spoonbread is a good idea) I'd be grateful. I'm shooting in the dark and I'm unable to go try these places ahead of time since I'm still in Ohio taking care of everything.

Our first choice was Saigon Grill (she loved their food...not their service) but apparently they're on strike or something.

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

NYC Special Night

If you can recommend a better pastry place I'd love to try it! I don't think it gets better than Something Sweet so anything someone thinks is better has to be HEAVENLY!

Do share...please!

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

We've had several funerals there in the last few years. The first was catered by them and we weren't really impressed. We might use their hall. That's a possibility. But the food was certainly forgettable (to put it nicely).

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Coming to town, but a little overwhelmed!...

I always head to NYC with a list of places and I never make it to half of them. It's good to have a list of places you can count on...don't get me wrong. But nothing beats walking through town and letting you eyes and nose make the decision for you.

That being said, if you plan to do a little "thrift" shopping on Canal Street try The Excellent Dumpling House (just south of Canal on Lafayette). Fantastic food at good prices (although a little greasy). But don't get too comfortable. They're always busy and they're all about turning tables.

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

Thanks. Just emailed them. Hopefully I'll hear back. It's so hard picking food for a funeral! I'm trying to find something that the deceased would have enjoyed while still keeping with the "somber" tone. It's just weird. Plus I don't even know half the people who are coming.... I'm so lost!

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?

They're not cupcakes but for a sweet treat in NYC I always go down to Something Sweet (LES) it's at 1st and 11th (next to Venero's). I think I've seen cupcakes in there (I know she does wedding cakes) but I've never been able to make it past all the tarts and strawberry shortcakes. This place is fantastic and I've never been disappointed by her treats. And if you're really looking for something fun try one of her chocolate covered strawberries (cheapest I've ever found in NYC...they used to be 75 cents each). She ONLY makes them when she can find strawberries she thinks are good enough. But man when she does.....

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

Thank you. I was considering them but I've never eaten there so I didn't know how the food/service was.

I'm actually from Ohio but spend at least a week in NYC every year. So I kind of know the area but I usually eat in the Village or Chinatown while I'm out. I'm never actually hungry when I make it back uptown.

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

NYC Special Night

I have to add my two cents. Dinner is not my forte. I know a couple places but for a romantic night out we do dinner wherever (we both just love food...doesn't matter if it's a corner pizza joint or a 5 star Ramsay restaurant). But on special occasions we ALWAYS make a b-line down to the East Village for treats from Something Sweet. I've never found a website or phone book that lists this place but it's there (unless it's closed since August). It's on the corner of 11th and 1st in the village. If you can't find it, ask where Venero's (sp?) is. Everyone knows about that. Something Sweet is on the corner while Venero's is up the block a bit.

They're the best pastries in NYC. Stop by in the early afternoon after she's had a chance to bake everything. The stuff in the morning is mainly leftovers from the day before and breakfast stuff (muffins, turnovers, etc.). But midday she breaks out the tarts. The most amazing fruit and cream filled tarts I've ever had.

I actually gave one of her tarts to a friend as a gag gift for her wedding (along with an actual present) because she and I used to eat there all the time when she lived nearby. She STILL says that's the best wedding present she got!

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan

Caterers for Funeral/ Columbia Area

I'm looking for suggestions for a place to either hold a reception or to cater a reception for a service at Riverside Church (Columbia area). Any suggestions are welcome!

Please help! I need a place quick! Anyone who can deliver food to the area would be great. Preferable not Ethnic foods as we've got a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds attending. I'm guessing about 60 people. We're looking to do buffet style.

Even if someone can advise of places to stay away from, it would help.

Jan 23, 2008
Blackness in Manhattan