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this Friday morning/afternoon - Place to watch the NCAA and get good food

thanks for the replies everyone. I'll look into Collins pub.

We're actually headed to the Elysian tonight, so I'll be able to scope it out!

Mar 17, 2011
metfan630 in Greater Seattle

this Friday morning/afternoon - Place to watch the NCAA and get good food

Hey,

Will be in town from NYC. Looking for a good place to watch the NCAA tourney and get some good food. Preferably seafood. A fun sports bar with a raw bar would be great.

Staying on 6th ave and union st at the Sheraton. Anything within a 15-20 min walk is fine.

would much rather go to a local joint than a chain.

Ivan's Acre's of Clams turns out on a search on yelp. Any good? good TV set up?

Mar 16, 2011
metfan630 in Greater Seattle

NY Pizza near Lincoln Center

I like Francesco on Columbus bet'n 68th and 69th better than Rigoletto.

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Francesco's
186 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

Feb 21, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

Graduation dinner

Hi,

To help get more focused responses, do you have a particular neighborhood in mind? Any cuisines off the board or any that you would like highlighted? (If it was my family they'd require Italian, heh)

Also, price point per person range? $50? $100? etc.

Feb 03, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

Sushi Yasuda – Great Last Meal with Yasuda

perfect. thats what I figured. Thanks!

Jan 26, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

Sushi Yasuda – Great Last Meal with Yasuda

thanks for this great, detailed review. one question - when you go there, do you sit at the bar? My wife and I received a very generous gift certificate there as a wedding gift and want to make the most out of the occasion.

Thanks

Jan 26, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

The new Veritas

"worst dish of 2010" is a dubious distinction indeed!

If and when we do go, I shall avoid the scallops. Thanks for posting!

Jan 25, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

Cocktails, Upper West Side

there are some decent wine bars nearby. Nothing on CPW itself, except a bunch of doctors offices and fancy apt's, but there is one on 72nd closer to Columbus that I have enjoyed called Riposo 72. might want to call for a group of 15.

Wine and Roses is another on Columbus Ave, north of 73rd. If you want a hole in the wall bar (doesnt sound like you do, but its close to your location and the alternative to a wine bar), Malachy's pub on the north side of 72nd just west of Columbus will have that.

As far as a "cocktail lounge" environment, as opposed to a wine bar, not a whole lot right there I can think of...

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Riposo 72
50 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Tangled Vine
434 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Jan 25, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

The new Veritas

So I had randomly checked Veritas's website today, and it seems that a new restaurant/new chef is open in the old space. menu looks good, paired down a bit, no tasting menu and separated by course instead. Has anyone been?

found this Wall St Journal write up from 12/29/10: http://blogs.wsj.com/wine/2010/12/29/...

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Veritas
43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Jan 25, 2011
metfan630 in Manhattan

Best lunch/brunch near Natural History Museum?

There is always Shake Shack right there, it certainly is both casual and kid-friendly, albeit a little crowded :)

Patsy's Pizza on 74th just east of Columbus is also very kid friendly and casual.

Nov 22, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Vegetarian Tasting Menus - Anything new this year?

On Monday nights, Dovetail does a 3 course vegetable tasting menu (one with a vegetarian option and another with vegetables as the main influence with certain options having meat/fish as well):

http://dovetailnyc.com/pdfs/Dovetail....

I really like Dovetail and would recommend it to anyone.

Oct 15, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

dinner for 25-30 people by Columbia U?

just seeing this thread now . Glad you enjoyed Sezz Medi! lived above that place 2 years ago, I enjoy the pizza and pastas.

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Sezz Medi
1260 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

Oct 05, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

NY Italian similar to SF's Delfina or A16

"modern NYC take on Italian food" had me think of Del Posto off the bat.

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Oct 05, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Barndiva, Healdsburg Ca

I had wrote above about stopping by to checkout Barndiva when in Healdsburg for a vacation this summer. Wanted to write to say that we did, and that we very much enjoyed our meal.

We sat outside, and if weather permits I would recommend it, great ambiance. They had live music as well. As for the food, we really enjoyed our courses! While the Wednesday's at the Barn menu was being offered (it was obviously Wednesday), we instead split two appetizers, each got a main, and then split a dessert. The appetizers were the highlight for us. Tomato season was in full force, and we had a delicious heirloom tomato caprese salad, and spilt a tomato soup as well. As a main I got a pork chop, and that was very tasty (pic provided)

Again, would very much recommend. Hope you enjoy it!

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Barndiva
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Oct 04, 2010
metfan630 in San Francisco Bay Area

Del Posto gets 4 stars

last year during the holiday season, my wife and I schedule two higher end lunches, EMP and Del Posto (first time at both). Both were excellent. Overall, I preferred the food at Del Posto (we did the tasting menu for lunch, $75 a person if I recall correctly), but my favorite single dish was at EMP.

The decor at Del Posto, as well as the service, pleasantly surprised both of us. We look forward to dining there again.

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Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Sep 30, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Family dinner in Princeton after apple-picking?

very comprehensive listing of Princeton dining. I would nix Elements and Peacock Inn, simply because of the requested setting. Both are excellent restaurants (I prefer Elements).

Blue Pt Grill is good, little pricey for the food, but BYOB helps balance that out. Witherspoon Grill has the same owners, I prefer the food there, but it is not BYOB. Both of these are informal enough to qualify for the requested setting (at least I think so). Note that both will likely have waits on a weekend.

I personally enjoy Winberries, but note that it is bar food, just slightly better (think of a chain restaurant but one with very good bar food). I had very poor service at A&B the last time I dined there, and will not be returning for awhile.

MoC MoC sushi is very good for the price point. Also BYOB. If you and your family likes sushi, I would heartily recommend.

Also, Princeton is known for great ice cream. Bent Spoon for more gelato style and creative flavors, or Halo Pub for more traditional flavors and creamy goodness.

ENJOY!

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The Bent Spoon
35 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542

Halo Pub
9 Hulfish St, Princeton, NJ 08542

Witherspoon Grill
57 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

Peacock Inn
20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ

Sep 29, 2010
metfan630 in New Jersey

I'm from Boston, NY Wife says: "NY Pizza is the best." So where is it?

Francesco's Pizza on 68th and Columbus is my favorite. Lived in that area for awhile. Some people prefer Rigoletto which is one block up (just north of Magnolia Bakery).

Sep 16, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

I'm from Boston, NY Wife says: "NY Pizza is the best." So where is it?

I lived right near where you are staying for a few years, and Francesco's Pizza on 68th and Columbus is very good. As good as Joe's on Bleeker or Di Fara? No, but its obviously quite closer to where you are staying.

Sep 15, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

malaysian night market - 9/14/2010 - meatpacking area

Yeah, I got there at about 6:50, and like Cath said, it was impossible to tell where the lines for what booth/stand started where, and it seemed pretty hard just to stand in the small island area they had reserved for this occasion.

Luckily, Scarpetta had seats at the bar open, so we ate dinner there :)

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

Sep 15, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

malaysian night market - 9/14/2010 - meatpacking area

well I'll be going tonight with a few friends. Hopefully it is organized well. If not, we can always eat somewhere else nearby.

will post back after attending.

Sep 14, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

small winery recs in healdsburg? alexander valley? been to dry creek

Great plan on the dining! My wife and I had two nights in Healdsburg in August (visiting from NYC) and chose the same restaurants. Both were excellent.

We rented bikes and rode around to wineries in the Dry Creek Valley region.

Quivira was one of our favorites that you hadnt mentioned. Its also fun to walk around the front area where they grow vegetables and have chickens and a bee hive. We saw some of the produce specifically marked off for local restaurants, including Barndiva.

Papapiertro Perry was a favorite of ours as well (note: we love pinot noir). I would definetly recommend visiting them, also because the Dry Creek Olive Oil company is directly across from them, which was also fun to visit. We brought back a bottle of "meyer lemon olive oil" that goes great when used with seafood.

We also enjoyed Preston and Unti and were not that impressed by Bella.

For breakfast, try some pastry at Downtown Bakery and Creamery. Coffee at Flying Goat as well, as noted above.

Enjoy!! Healdsburg was such a beautiful place.

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Barndiva
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Sep 13, 2010
metfan630 in San Francisco Bay Area

Veritas - fired entire staff, closed for renovations until "the fall"

Source: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/08/...

the restaurant's website notes as well, that the restaurant is closed until further notice and will reopen sometime in the fall.

I personally really enjoyed my one meal here, and thought the cuisine was excellent.

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Veritas
43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Aug 30, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Leave tomorrow for Week in SF/Napa/Sonoma - questions/review please??

great replies everyone, thanks so much.

Today, Ferry Building was a success for lunch, then we did our planned walk to the touristy places (Coit Tower, Wharf, etc). Grabbed two drinks at the Tipsy Pig and then some light dinner at Mamacita before hitting the hotel. Enjoyed both very much. Scene was very fun and the food and drinks matched up as well. we joked that our single NYC friends would be very envious of the meat markets on display :)

good to hear that Berkley is doable for a Saturday morning, think we shall fit that in.

Interesting about the suggestion to swap the Mission for Zuni on the dinner/lunch rotation. Since Zuni seems to pretty much have a similar menu all day, makes sense. Plus, we can walk around and see the murals in the Mission and enjoy the day, the settle down for dinner at Zuni.

And re: Mission, on top of the savory suggestions ice cream at Humphrey Slocombe was on the list as well, place reminds me of the Bent Spoon in Princeton, NJ which I love (both had sweet corn ice cream this past month).

had read about Big John's Market in Healdsburg recently as well, will have to check that out.

re: the bike ride out the Tiburon, lifted our route of a bike riding site I use frequently, mapmyride.com, so hoping/thinking its the most traveled/convenient path. Foodnik's is along the route and has my mouth watering. Excellent!

thanks again for all the postings. will be reporting in here and there during the week, as well as a trip report.

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Big John's Market
1345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Mamacita
2317 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tipsy Pig
2231 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Aug 14, 2010
metfan630 in San Francisco Bay Area

Leave tomorrow for Week in SF/Napa/Sonoma - questions/review please??

Hi,

First, want to thank this entire board for having such a helpful list of posts, and for being so frequently updated. My wife and I are flying to SF from Manhattan tomorrow. First time in the Bay Area, first vacation since our honeymoon in March. We love all kinds of cuisine.

Here is our itinerary as it stands now:

Tomorrow (Saturday): Arrive at 10 am, head to Hotel Drisco and then hit the Ferry Building Marketplace. Get lunch there, walk around the city (coit tower, fisherman's wharf, ghiradellia sq, etc).
Dinner - the early flight and touristy day has me thinking somewhere near the hotel. thinking Marina area - Mamacita or Zushi Puzzle perhaps, both cuisines we like. Not commited though.

Sunday - our hotel includes breakfast. Eat there early, hit Golden Gate Park for a few hours
Lunch - Head to Zuni Cafe after the park. oysters, burger, bloody's all look great.
Dinner - something light and informal in an area fun to walk around. Maybe some Mission roaming. La Taqueria?

Monday - Breakfast, bike over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, out to Tiburon and take the ferry back, grabbing a light lunch as we ride. Any specific deli's, grocer's people know along that way?
Dinner - currently have an 8:30 at Dosa on Fillmore (love Indian food), thinking it would be nice to walk around that area at night. Hitting a bar/pub with good craft beers & cocktails afterward would be great. Magnolia Pub maybe? Would starting with dinner at Aziza and then heading to Fillmore work logistically? walk/transit? (see 3 mile walk/ and/or ~24 min via transit. we love walking, being NYers, but is that a good walk?)

Tuesday - wake up and drive to Napa. Staying in Yountville. Have 11 am tasting at Failla. then lunch at the bar at Bouchon Bistro. Thinking downtime would be good for now. Busy days following. Any places to taste wine that are good in walking distance of Bouchon? How is Hope and Grace?
Dinner - 8:30 at Redd.

Wednesday - Drive to Healdsburg. renting bikes and riding around to a few vineyards.
Lunch - pickup on our way. Preference between Oakville Grocery, Jimtown store, Dry Creek General Store? other? This also applies for tomorrow's lunch.
Dinner - Barndiva has a "Wednesday's at the barn" family style that sounds intriguing, and my wife loves the decor. feedback on that meal?

Thursday - similar, ride around during day, pick up a picnic lunch.
Dinner - 8:30 at Cyrus.

Friday - drive back, hit something on drive. Fremont diner? maybe if we pass an In and Out burger? nothing too time consuming. want to hit Stinson beach/Muir Woods before taking the Golden Gate back into SF. Staying near Union Square at Galleria Park.
Dinner - 8 pm at Perbacco, have an 11 pm drink res at Bourbon and Branch.

Saturday - we have a 10 pm flight. would hitting Berkley via the BART in the morning/lunch be a good idea? too much time? Also, have we left out any parts of SF?? Swan Oyster Depot have a crazy line? Mama's for brunch? Yang Sing for dim sum since its close to hotel?
early dinner - if we do this, thinking near the hotel. Fish and Farm is possible. Waterbar for $1 oysters / outside seating?

Thanks in advance for any input, and if anyone needs NY rec's, I shall be more than happy to return any favor!

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

La Taqueria
2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Fish and Farm
339 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Oakville Grocery
124 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Dosa on Fillmore
1700 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Aug 13, 2010
metfan630 in San Francisco Bay Area

Gennaro

yeah I enjoy that watermelon salad. A few months ago they were using a mild goat cheese rather than feta. Also delicious.

I enjoy Gennero. Have not been to Lisca, might try that soon for a change of pace.

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Lisca
660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Jul 30, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Citi Field Suggestions Please....

to do Shake Shack, you need to get to the stadium 90 min or so before the game, so you dont brave any line that would make you miss the game.

I enjoyed the lobster roll that they sell at the seafood stand in right field (Catch of the Day). Also, the fries at the Danny Meyer run Box Frites are excellent.

El Verano Taqueria was good. I wasnt blown away, but it is good. Have not had the corn though, will have to try based on the above suggestion.

Enjoy!

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Shake Shack
Roosevelt Ave 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

Jul 28, 2010
metfan630 in Outer Boroughs

Recs for Upper West Side

the best restaurant in that area, in my opinion, is Dovetail. Especially if cost is no object, get the tasting menu, it is sublime. The website states that local ingredients are used when possible.

In terms of locavore, Receipe is an excellent recommendation. It is small, so call for reservations. I have been there twice and have enjoyed it very much.

Jul 19, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Best restaurants between West 96th and West 110th?

some good suggestions here. some of my faves:

Sookk - Thai on 103rd
Indus Valley - Indian on 100th and Broad
Gennero - 93rd (slightly outside range, but very good Italian)
Rack and Soul - 109th

I've been to each of those multiple times, find them to be very good for price range/etc, and would return.

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Indus Valley
2636 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Sookk
2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Jul 19, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Country Girl needs your help deciding on an Upper West Side Restaurant

Yeah given you have been to Rosa already, obviously that would not be great.

I have not been to Calle Ocho, but my wife went two weekends ago with her g/f's for brunch, and had an awesome time. It seems like a good fit re: price and atmosphere.

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Calle Ocho
45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

Jul 16, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan

Country Girl needs your help deciding on an Upper West Side Restaurant

I agree with the Rosa selection, but perhaps stick to margaritas and guac there, maybe some apps, and then move somewhere else for the actual meal (or vice versa, eat some mains at Bar Boloud or somewhere nearby, then move to Rosa for margs and guac).

Compass, I like the food, but agree with the poster who called it sedate. Cafe Luxembourg which is pretty much next to Compass would be preferable, very nice bar area.

What would be your high end price for dinner (food/drinks/tax/tip)?

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Cafe Luxembourg
200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

Jul 16, 2010
metfan630 in Manhattan