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Grilled Whole Fish & Best Lobster & SLS Eats?

Heading to Vegas over Labor Day weekend for my fiancée's birthday. Staying at the SLS and fingers crossed their food venues are pretty good. Most are already sold out though but I'll see if I can get in anywhere.

The fiancée is a big fan of steamed lobster. Also loves crab (like Crustacean has). Also a fan of grilled whole fish. Is Crustacean still there? Any other suggestions for lobster, grilled whole fish or crab?

Looking for somewhere fairly nice for the big birthday dinner...up to $200 for two, drinks included. Also looking for a second night dinner suggestion - ideally not as expensive, $100 for two if possible, drinks included. Preferably on the strip but not opposed to going off of it.

Thanks!

about 4 hours ago
cincodemayo1 in Las Vegas

Fast Casual NYC

These are all good. Gonna check them out. Thanks.

Jun 09, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

Fast Casual NYC

What are some fast casual restaurants that can only be found in NYC? I've heard good things about Salad Pangea, Roti, Luke's Lobster and Dig Inn.

Not looking for Panera, Chipotle or Panda Express. The smaller the chain, the better.

Jun 05, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

I'll check all of these suggestions out. Thanks!

Jun 05, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Great list. Thanks. Answers to some of your questions above.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

All kinds. Anything from a street cart to fine dining.

Home is Los Angeles so we cover a lot of foods here. Just looking for really good meals at all types of places. Ideally, places only found in NYC.

We (my fiancée and I) will be eating out a lot and seeing lots of friends. Party of 2 - 4 for the most part.

Willing to wait for places that are worth it.

Neither of us have tried much in the past 5 years. We went to Zero Otto Nove and Bemelman's Bar last time but didn't have time for much else.

No dislikes, pet peeves, aversions or allergies. We're open to trying most things.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Yes...rrems requested amounts for food only, as drinks and tips vary.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Sure.

$ = $1-20/person
$$ = $20-40/person
$$$ = $40-60/person

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Heading to NYC for a few days before heading up to Rochester for a wedding. Haven't been in a few years so we're open to suggestions on places to eat, food things to check out, etc.

We'll probably splurge at Eleven Madison Park if our res comes through (on a short wait list apparently). Tried going to Eataly last time but had too large of a group to really do or try anything.

We're staying on 13th between 5th and 6th. I've been told we need to go to Flex Mussels. Yay or nay?

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We'll be dining out ALOT so open to anything from $ to $$$ (closer to $ or $$ is ideal). We'll save Eleven Madison for our $$$$ dinner.

Is Chelsea Market worth checking out? We've never been.

Thanks.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Thanks for the info. Waiting to hear back from a few of these.

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Thanks tpigeon and Chowfather. Will check those out.

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Thanks tpigeon. It looks like our dinner is going to be quite large, probably close to 100 people.

Called Mandolin - they can do 40 seated inside, or we could rent the place for 50K. Definitely not in our price range.

We love River Oyster Bar but it's probably too small of a place for our group. Will try Dutch and Michael's.

Open to other ideas too. Anyone been to Moreno's or Havana 1957?

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Planning ahead for a wedding in early 2015. We're both from South Florida originally but we live in LA, so planning isn't too easy.

The wedding will most likely be at a South Beach hotel around 20th St., so we're open to ideas nearby, but also open to ideas that we can easily take a bus to via 1-95.

Trying to come up with a list of fun, casual rehearsal dinner spots. We only come back once or twice a year so not too familiar with all of the newest spots. Any ideas would be great!

So far here's what we've come up with...

Pride & Joy (love the Wynwood area)
Soyka (probably as far north as we'd go)
Perricone's
Monty's Raw Bar

Pros or cons to these? Not sure exactly what the budget for rehearsal dinner is yet, but the cheaper the better. Probably somewhere between $50-80/person including drinks (or some kind of drink option - beer, sangria, etc.)

Thanks!

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Yup, you're right. Just heard back. Was hoping to do a tour but looks like we may miss them. May just have to bounce around sampling the different taprooms.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Awesome. Shot them an email...they have a tour on the 28th but we don't get in til late afternoon. Hopefully they have one on the 29th too. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Sounds like sticking to the New Orleans Rum distillery and staying nearby the FQ is the way to go.

I couldn't figure out if they are open on Saturdays though...it looks like they are, but their ticket purchasing site doesn't show Saturday dates. I'll have to call.

Thanks for the advice.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Heading to NO for a birthday with a few friends at the end of March. Would love to do some brewery or distillery tours. I was just checking out Abita and it looks to be about a 50 minute ride from the French Quarters. Worth the trip? Anything we should check out that's closer?

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

NOLA: March 28 - 30

Heading to New Orleans with about 5 guys for a small bachelor weekend. We're all in our 30's so we'll probably make it a casually fun weekend, nothing too crazy.

But we all love great seafood.

Looking for recommendations for Friday night dinner (something casual probably), Saturday brunch/lunch, Saturday night dinner (something a bit fancier), and possibly Sunday brunch.

It's been about 10 years since I was in NO, so I'm not sure what's good anymore. Hearing good things about ACME Oyster (we're big oyster fans). But all seafood goes. Any cheap or AYCE oyster deals we should know about?

Also, I hear the Foodfest is in town that weekend which we'll definitely stop by. And does anyone know if there's anywhere to shuck your own oysters? Any other fun/different activities you guys can recommend? Obviously we'll do Bourbon, maybe a Pelicans game, but any other suggestions would be great.

THANKS!

Jan 16, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Long Beach for Lunch (Dog-friendly)

Saw that on some other boards. Will have to check it out.

Edited the post to include dog-friendly restaurants. Just found out we'll have our small dog with us. Do you know if they have a patio?

Aug 02, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach for Lunch (Dog-friendly)

Going to be in Long Beach tomorrow mid-day. Any good places to eat? Nothing too fancy. Something casual. Oh, and we may have a dog with us so somewhere with a dog-friendly patio?

All food goes, but we especially like seafood. Where should we go?

Aug 02, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite restaurant in town that is under $15 per before tax and tip

Take A Bao on Ventura in Studio City (or in the Century City mall). Everything on the menu is under $15 (most items closer to $10), and the salads, soups and plates are generous in size.

Even better, go for Happy Hour...apps are about $3, bao are $4, and beer and wine are between $4 - $6. The GF and I go for happy hour and fill up for under $30 (drinks included).

Jul 31, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Sounds great. Not sure we'll have time to stay and shuck but they're food truck could be good for lunch. Couldn't find what they serve online. Hopefully they'll post it soon. Know if it's officially open?

Jul 27, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Recommendation between two places

I second Hatfield's. went for my anniversary this year. Had 2 apps, 2 mains, 2 desserts (1 on the house) and 3 drinks. Spent just over $150 including tip. Food, drinks, service and atmosphere were fantastic.

Jul 27, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Jolly Oyster sounds great. How's it work? Can you just buy and eat oysters there or do you participate in the harvesting and shucking?

Jul 26, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

I was just Googling this...apparently Lure Fish House (the closest location to LA is Westlake Village) has $1.50 oysters during their happy hour M - F 4 - 6, but on Sundays its all day til 6pm. From the reviews I've read it looks like they have a good variety of oysters too. Might make the trek this weekend and give it a try.

Anyone been?

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Any seafood bakes/boils in the LA area (or SB/OC)?

Thanks Servorg. Yah, The Boiling Crab is a lot closer and sounds similar. I think I was looking for something a little more traditional (steamed in a basket, dumped on newspapers, cooked with potatoes and corn) but The Boiling Crab does look good. May end up there.

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Please help choose 1

Toss Hatfield's on your list if you want equal parts food and scene. The scene is more Hollywood insider rather than Hollywood club goers (like Koi and Bazaar are). The last time I was there I sat between Jeff Goldblum and Jason Biggs. But we could care less because the food and drinks were fantastic (from the warm rolls down to the dessert) and the service was top notch.

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Any seafood bakes/boils in the LA area (or SB/OC)?

Do any restaurants have a seafood bake on the weekends or permanently on the menu? Dominick's in Hollywood does a crawfish boil in May but that's the only one I know of. Looking for preferably clam or lobster bakes but open to anything similar.

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Expensive and worth it versus Expensive and not worth it

WORTH IT:
Hatfield's
Red Medicine (at least for the menu when we went)
Genwa (not terribly expensive, but pricey for Korean food)
Son of a Gun

NOT WORTH IT:
Ray & Stark's Bar (drinks are fine, food hit or miss)
The Ivy (I could be wrong about this, but I believe I paid $7.50 for an iced tea the last time I was there...)
The Melting Pot (I hadn't been in years but ended up going with a group to the Pasadena location and what a rip off! Pricey, quality seems cheap, portion size is minuscule, totally not worth it)

Jul 25, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Who's got the best stuffies?

The best I've ever had is probably at Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach...giant shells, big chunks of clam, sausage, Tabasco and lemon on the side.

Do any restaurants out here (LA or Santa Barbara area) make good ones? Oh, and if they happen to serve some good oysters as well, even better.

Jul 23, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area