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Weekend Dinners in Palm Springs Area

Thanks for these suggestions. I'll check out both places.

Jul 28, 2015
cincodemayo1 in California

Weekend Dinners in Palm Springs Area

Taking the wife to Palm Springs for her birthday at the end of August. Looks like we're staying at the Ritz Carlton – they have great rates right now!

Looking for a couple of dining options...something sort of fun/more low key for Friday night and something a little nicer for Saturday night (her birthday).

How are the food options at the Ritz – The Edge Steakhouse and State Fare?

Has anyone been to Mr. Lyons or Mikado? Thinking the boat ride/teppanyaki could be fun for Friday night. We went to Workshop and Jiao (which I think is closed now) last time we were there...liked both a lot but looking to try something different.

We're open to any type of food. Would love something slightly cheaper for Friday night and the fancier dinner could be a bit more.

Thanks for the help.

Jul 17, 2015
cincodemayo1 in California

$100 Gift Card to Spend

Actually, now I'm rethinking it and may just try to get into Providence tomorrow. The $80 deal is only for the 4 course. Being first timers with a couple of gift cards to burn, I'm thinking we'll want to do either the complete market menu or the chef's menu.

Any tips for first timers? Not looking to break the bank, but we do have a $200 head start. Is wine pairing a must or can we get away with cocktails? Is the complete market menu good enough or should we do everything we can to splurge for the chef's menu?

May 21, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

$100 Gift Card to Spend

Nice! Thanks for the update. When I spoke with them yesterday, they said they would announce in the next week or two. So good eye!

That's pretty good...seems like it might be worth it to go then and burn our $100 Providence certificate, and perhaps use the $100 gift card tomorrow night for a different restaurant.

Still trying to pick a place but made a reservation at AOC just in case. Haven't been to that spot since they took over. Also considering a lobster at The Palm. Haven't been there since they moved.

May 21, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

$100 Gift Card to Spend

Thanks for the tips about Providence. If that's the case, it might be something we want to do. Although if they're offering their anniversary pricing in June, it might be worth it to wait.

I'll check out the Animal and see how heavy it is. But we love Son of a Gun. Tried to get a last minute reservation at Trois Mec but no dice. Petit Trois is first come first serve, I think? If so that could work...

I'll look into both those omakase places. We do love our sushi, but we live just off of Ventura Blvd. so we do have it quite often.

MB Post would be great. I really wanted to do Fishing with Dynamite as well. Problem is, the wife doesn't get home til about 7 or 8 usually, so those may be tough on Friday night coming from Studio City. But if she's home early either of those would be great.

May 20, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

$100 Gift Card to Spend

Ooooooh, not sure but I'll check. If they do, it's probably worth waiting a couple weeks and using this gift card on something else!

May 20, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

$100 Gift Card to Spend

Thanks for the breakdown. I guess we could do the Complete Market Menu, but would that be worth it? Should we wait for a special occasion or something and splurge on the Chef's Menu? Or would you recommend going for the Complete Market Menu now? We've never been...

We really do like it all. Our first thoughts were something trendy but good for a date night – one of those places everyone talks about that has amazing food. We've never done Animal so something like that (although we just returned from our honeymoon so we're thinking that might be too heavy). Our next thought was an omakase. Then we thought maybe a nicer seafood place like Water Grill. Thought maybe Musso & Frank's (never been) or a steakhouse like Mastro's.

It doesn't have to be romantic though. It could be, or it could be communal or a chef's table. We're flexible.

But honestly we're open to anything. Just trying to use the gift card towards something we wouldn't normally go to that would be a bit of a splurge.

We also wouldn't be opposed to something with small plates and good drinks or a whole in the wall – somewhere we it'd be possible to cover most of our expenses with the $100 gift card.

May 20, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

$100 Gift Card to Spend

I'm about to receive a $100 gift card to be used specifically on dinner with my new wife. We can't figure out where to use it at. Figured you chowhounds would be able to help us out.

We're hoping this covers most of the meal but we'd be willing to add up to $100 more if necessary.

Our first thought was Providence (we have an additional $100 Providence gift card on top of that one) since neither of us have been. But will $200 get us far there? Or will $300 if we add another $100 on top of the 2 gift cards?

Any other ideas? Anything goes...we love all types of food. Thanks for the help.

May 20, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Recs in San Juan, St. Marteen & St. Kitts

The fiancée and I can't take off a lot of time for a big honeymoon so we're doing a 7-day Royal Caribbean cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. We're from South Florida, so no need for recs there, but we're looking for some good restaurant ideas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

We'll be in San Juan for dinner, St. Maarten for lunch/early dinner, and St. Kitts for lunch.

We'll be traveling May 10 - 17.

As for what kind of food we like, we're game for everything. Fresh seafood is a favorite. Local flavor is great. We're be open to a hole in the wall shack to a fancy dinner at a nice hotel nearby. Any price goes.

Any help is much appreciated.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Oddly enough, I used to have a '04 Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin poster hanging on my wall, but I've never actually tasted their wine.

Great suggestions! I'll be sure to drive through Santa Cruz if we drive. Thanks nosh.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Great list. I'll check these out. Thanks smatbrat!

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Probably right by the French Quarter. Stay at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette last time. Possibly the AC Hotel or possibly something a bit fancy since it will technically be our mini-honeymoon.

Ate at Peche last March and had a fantastic meal. Also ate at Luke during happy hour though - but you can't beat oysters for $0.50 a pop. It'll be my fiancée's first time in NOLA though so might want to do something a bit more historic.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

This definitely helps. Thanks for the recs!

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Thanks goldangl95. I'll check out Meadowood and Farmstead.

As much as we like wine, we really don't have a favorite. When it comes to wine tasting, I think we like really nice tasting rooms (not necessarily pretty, but a room that adds to the experience). I've really only had experience with the Santa Ynez/Los Olivos wineries, but the ones we continually go back to are the ones that are consistently good. Sunstone Winery is our favorite. Not sure if that helps...

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Looks like my fiancée and I are postponing our big honeymoon trip til later this year, but we want to do a somewhat local mini-honeymoon instead. We're getting married in Miami so the plan is to stop in New Orleans on the way back (she's never been) for a couple nights, then head to Napa/SF (I've never been) for a few days, then either fly or drive back to LA.

If we drive back to LA, we'll probably make a trip of it...a few nights in Napa/SF, a night in Carmel or somewhere similar, possibly a night in one other city, a day in Santa Barbara (gotta pick up some wine from one of the vineyards we belong to), then home to LA.

Looking for mainly food recs in Napa/SF, but feel free to let me know about places in New Orleans or anywhere from SF south to LA. Any must stops or must stays or anything like that is much appreciated.

Was going to try to make a reservation at French Laundry but realized it's closed. Any other similar suggestions? Any hotel recs around there too? We'll probably stop at the Coppala winery while we're there (we're members) – is that worth staying at?

As for types of food, we're big seafood fans but open to anything. Love fresh seafood, sushi, Chinese, lobster, Vietnamese, Mexican, really anything.

Sorry for all the questions. Again, any help/ideas/suggestions are appreciated.

Affordable Bachelor Weekend Dinners in Vegas

About 7 guys are meeting in Vegas for my bachelor weekend. Most of the guys are married, we're all mid-thirties, so we're looking for some good places to eat that don't break the bank but are still nice, have good food and are Vegas-y.

Made a reservation at Bouchon Bistro for our nicer dinner (steaks seem to be almost $20 less than other similar restaurants)! And a more casual dinner at Cleo (ate there last August and really liked it).

Any other suggestions? Looking for places with entrees under $40.

Also, if anyone knows of any good bars or sports books on the strip that will be showing March Madness games without charging a cover, I'm all ears.

We're staying at the Mandalay Bay in case that helps and we're looking to stay on the strip for the most part.

Mar 07, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Las Vegas

Grilled Whole Fish & Best Lobster & SLS Eats?

Thanks QAW.

Heard great things about Lotus on these boards so may have to finally give it a try.

As for the lobster deal at the Palm, we have one in LA and just went two weeks ago for the lobster special. Not opposed to going again in Vegas, but was hoping for something more Vegas-y. We're from Miami originally so we're big fans of Joe's Stone Crab and I know they have pretty good lobster as well, but again was hoping for something a little more Vegas.

I'll keep searching but I'll definitely check out Lotus. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Las Vegas

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!

Aug 21, 2014
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!