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Cheap Eats & Pizza along Fifth Ave

I'm heading to Manhattan this weekend with family. Looking for a lunch and dinner recommendation. Both should be relatively inexpensive.

Lunch - Quick Sandwich place along 5th ave between 23rd and Rockefeller Center within a couple of blocks of 5th Ave.

Dinner - Pizza & Beer, Sicilian Style Pizza preferred, in the area of the World Trade Center to Battery Park, possibly even into Brooklyn if we decide to walk the Bridge.

Thank you everyone for your help!

Aug 13, 2014
DaveCan in Manhattan

Retail Marinated Olives

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I'll try them all!

Jul 28, 2014
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Retail Marinated Olives

I'm looking for a market where I can buy marinated olives. The olives at Whole Foods have gotten progressively brinier over the years and are just too salty, particularly the black olives.

I tried Salumeria in the North End and was not impressed.

Other than putting the black olives in garlic and olive oil I dont want to cure my own.

I'll consider shopping online.

Thank you!

Jul 27, 2014
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Cheap eats near the monuments and Smithsonians

I'm going to have to stay a week just to hit all the great food places!

Cheap eats near the monuments and Smithsonians

Just & Steve, thank you very much. All sound good and very reasonable.

Cheap eats near the monuments and Smithsonians

Hi everyone,

I'm staying in Washington for two days (saturday/sunday) in May and was looking for a cheap eats place close the the Mall. Ethnic food preferred, either Asian or Ethiopian.

Thank you!

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

Acton/Concord Area Roundup

I havent posted here in ages so this is a catch up post. Nothing detailed just a brief post.

I have two local favorites, 80 Thoreau and Sprigs. Sprigs more so because its warmer and friendlier. 80 tilts toward the trendy crowd.

I used to go to Belle's but they took a turn for the worse a couple of years back

The Red Raven:.

I have mixed emotions feeling about this and tilt slightly negative.

The menu is very limited, though I did like the pork sliders and wings.

I haven't tried a cocktail because I know I'll be disappointed.

My complaint with the beer isn't the price (I'm used to Boston prices), its how they handle it. It just doesn't taste right. Its like they don't keep it properly chilled or mishandle the kegs. I've tried 6 or 7 different beers and they've all tasted better elsewhere.

The bartenders are something else entirely. Their not particularly friendly or personable. Nor are they inattentive or rude. Lets just say that Sprigs or 80 has better.

Even though I'm not thrilled about this place I have hope that they will improve. The second time was better than the first and I this place is so close I can almost walk home.

That said Sprigs is still my number one. I always feel wanted and have never had a bad meal there.

Jan 24, 2014
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a great dinner restaurant in the Chelmsford area

Feng Shui and Moonstones are average at best. Try Pho 88 or venture into Lowell for some authentic Asian food.

I went to Moonstones last night with the wife and the cocktails were simply horrible and the service at the bar was non existent. I dont get it, this place touts there "Moonbar" and they can't take the time or effort to staff it with competent bartenders.

Pho 88
1270 Westford St, Lowell, MA 01851

Feng Shui Restaurant
285 Chelmsford St, Chelmsford, MA 01824

May 22, 2011
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Expensive and Mediocre

Slow and indifferent service, watery Martini, bland tasting Tuna.... what more can I say?

Beacon Grille
400 TradeCenter, Woburn, MA 01801

May 19, 2011
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a quiet lounge

My wife and I are coming to NYC at the end of August to celebrate our 28th anniversary. We're staying at the Strand on 37th and are looking for a dinner recommendation.

We're looking for a comfy couch in a quiet lounge where we can take our time and order one appetizer after another between cocktails.

We'd like to keep it under $250.

Thanks for all your help!

Jul 23, 2010
DaveCan in Manhattan

Beacon Grille - Woburn, Typical Suburban Mediocrity

Met a former co-worker at the Beacon Grille last night.

Arrived at 4:30, sat at a table in the lounge. The lounge area is attractive and well designed. I would have been comfortable sitting at the bar as well as a table.

I was promptly greeted by a server and ordered a Bourbon Manhattan, "a little on the sweet side". I watched the bartender indifferently prepare the cocktail and as I expected, it was mediocre. Not a bit sweet and watery (this usually happens when your not paying attention to mixing).

Ordered Ahi Tuna, the tuna itself was oj but the wasabi was almost tasteless and the ginger was tan colored, not pink. In a word, mediocre.

My friend joined me around five and we ordered beers, which were served promptly. My friend ordered Crab Cakes and about five minutes later I ordered Shrimp cocktail and Salad. The Crab Cakes arrived after I placed my order. My order never arrived, I thought about mentioning it but had lost my appetite and wanted to leave. It was not on the bill.

The service was good enough (except for the missing Shrimp Cocktail and Salad) but was very practiced and stilted, like the server had too much training.

Overall it had a "Chain Like" feel, average, cold and corporate. The prices were on the expensive side.

I will not return and cannot recommend.

Jun 23, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Terrific Time with Tucker

My wife and I recently had the chance to get away for two days in Newport. We enjoyed a fabulous meal at Tuckers Bistro.

Two perfectly mixed cocktails, the delicious seven course tasting menu and a great wine selection. Everything was perfect.

The tasting menu consisted of Beet salad, Scallops, Mushroom Risotto, Rib Eye, Cavatelle, Duck and Ginger Ice Cream. All were exquisitely presented and equally delicious.

We sat at the bar and chatted with the bartender and server. Both were charming, entertaining and just plain fun.

This place is a must visit if your in Newport.

Tucker's Bistro
150 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Apr 18, 2010
DaveCan in Southern New England

Mediocrity in Natick

Sel de la Terre, the name is at the bottom of the post.

Sel de la Terre
1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

Mar 18, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Mediocrity in Natick

Having enjoyed the State Street restaurant and bar many times over the years I decided to meet an old friend at the Natick location.

The mall is beautiful, the lounge area is beautiful and the stylishly dressed women shopping and working in the mall were also......... beautiful.

I sat at the bar and ordered a Bourbon Manhattan. It was so watery it was almost undrinkable. Being one never to waste good booze I persevered an finished it. Before asking for another I told the bartender of my issues with the first and he promised to make the next one more to my liking.

I watched in horror as the bartender prepared my second Manhattan. Ice, then a shot of Bourbon from a nearly empty bottle, 30 seconds to find another bottle, more Bourbon, then Sweet Vermouth, a leisurely stir and pour, Viola, a perfectly watered down Manhattan. I was astounded that so much time and effort could go into such a horribly tasting drink.

On to the Appetizers..........

1/2 dozen oysters on the half shell. They were fresh, slightly briney and perfectly chilled. Simply delicious even though I had to wash them down with you know what.

Tuna tiradito, not the best grade tuna, a bit grisly (I had to use a knife to cut it) and the sauce fell flat. Also overpriced at $6.

Finally I split an average tasting Angus Burger with fries.

Overall I can't recommend. When I'm paying top dollar for a drink I expect it to be expertly made. The food faired somewhat better but still not at a level that meets the price.

Sel De La Terre
1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

Mar 18, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a Wine Merchant / Liquor Store Northwest Suburbs

Thank you Fish, Frond and Mom for the feedback.

And Mom, thanks for the tip about BistroBroad.

Feb 24, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a Wine Merchant / Liquor Store Northwest Suburbs

I'm a newcomer to Wine. My drink(s) of choice have typically been Vodka Martini's and Bourbon Manhattans. However, I crossed that point of no return recently (Age 50) and find that the hard stuff knocks the crap out of me. I'd like to transition to Wine but I'm completely lost when I walk into a liquor store.

My liquor store of choice is Colonial Spirits in Acton and even though I spend over $1,000 per year and special order from time to time I don't feel like they appreciate my business. And when I ask for help with Wine selections I usually get a 20 something who is clueless.

Can someone recommend a Wine Merchant or Liquor Store with a knowledgeable staff?

I'd like it to be within 20 minutes of Littleton Common.

Feb 23, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Not your average joe's norwell

I've been to the one in Acton and because this is a chain feel this qualifies as a general comment about NYAJ's.

The food is over salted, over buttered and over battered. I've tried multiple items on the menu, none were good, even the pizza or a burger.

Jan 16, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Persephone Bartenders

I only had the opportunity to drink and dine at Persephone once. My wife and I sat at the bar and ordered several appetizers (all fantastic by the way). The bartender made the single greatest Manhattan I have ever had. Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Vya Sweet Vermouth and a dash of Cherry Brandy.

The bartender was a young woman of considerable mixing skills, does anyone know where this talent went after Persephone closed? She was probably in her late 20's, dirty blonde.

Jan 15, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Davios - Patriots Place - Disappointing

The service echoes what I experienced last spring. We ate at the bar and the bartender had a scowl on her face the entire time. Horrible service and a real bad attitude.

Jan 10, 2010
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Mediocrity in Wellesley


Menu here

A Rye Manhattan, great idea! Not going to happen at the Cottage though.

Nov 06, 2009
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

Mediocrity in Wellesley

I went to The Cottage Wellesley last night with group of former co-workers.

The good:

Beautiful Bar, spacious seating, attentive staff, great service.
The appetizers were excellent, Chorizo & Shrimp Quesadillas and Ahi Tuna Nachos.

The mediocre:
The main courses, Rosemary Grilled Shrimp, Sesame Sea Scallops. The food tasted good enough, good not excellent, but the portions were small considering the price.

The bad:
The drinks were simply atrocious. I ordered a manhattan, the bartender couldn't find the bourbon, almost mixed it with dry vermouth (they only had Martini & Rossi) and it was small and watery.

Overall I can't recommend. I wouldn't go back for dinner. Returning for appetizers while sitting in the lounge would be an option if they replaced and/or trained their bar staff. However, if your a beer or wine drinker go for the appetizers.

The Cottage
190 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

Cottage Wellesley
190 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482

Nov 04, 2009
DaveCan in Greater Boston Area

When Pigs Fly

I've purchased the supposedly fresh Olive Rosemary and Baquette's at the Kittery store. It was tasty but on the stale side and this has been the case multiple times.

Its good bread but not anything to go out of your way for and I definitely wouldn't buy it at the local supermarket as it would be more than a couple of days old.

Report: York-area, Maine

DSP, I'm not sure, there menu is here

If the link doesn't come through it's blacksushihouse dot com

Amore Ogunquit, Love Lost

I've been to this restaurant several times over the past 3 years. Each time has been consistently good. Not great but good.

I went this past week with my wife and family. From the service to the meal, it was bad.

The service was abrupt, never asked if we wanted juice, started clearing the table before most of us were done. It was comparable to a diner experience.

Most of us ordered Eggs Benedict with Corned Beef. In each case the eggs were over done. Ever had Eggs Benedict with the yolk almost entirely cooked? The Corned Beef was burned and stringy. The Hash Browns were so two days ago.

Its going to be a while before I go back.

Report: York-area, Maine

Thanks for the info DSP.

If you ever go back to Blue Sky just sit at the bar and order app's. I've been four times and always sit at the bar, usually outside. The bartender is somewhat captive so the service is better.

I highly recommend the York Harbor Inn and Black Sushi in Ogunquit.

Ogunquit / York Revisited

I've taken an assortment of day trips and overnights in the area over the last month. We've gone to and reported on most of these restaurants, consider this an update:

Blue Sky - York Beach - We sat at the outside bar and enjoyed Mai Tai's, Martinis, Shrimp Cocktail and Ceasar salad. I like this place because the bar / location is perfect, the drinks are the best in the area and the appetizers are well done. That said I still won't eat dinner there until they become more consistent and change their menu.

Blue Heaven or something like that - It's in Ogunquit near Splash, facing the bay. I had a Cajun Chicken Sandwich and my wife had the Crab Cakes. Not good at all. The Crab Cakes were 90% stuffing and the quality of the Chicken was poor, very poor. This is the second time in a row we've had bad meals there. We will not return.

Splash on Ogunquit Beach - The food is average to poor but what the hell, the location is perfect. The service is consistently great, meaning that the beers keep coming. Don't order the Shrimp though........

Frills - An inexpensive alternative to the beach scene, nice location off of Shore Drive. We had the fully loaded burgers. The beef wasn't of the highest quality but the price was right. Also, great service and drinks.

Black Sushi in Ogunquit - In my opinion, the best restaurant in the area. Besides the sushi the chef makes the best salad I've ever had.

Joshua's in Wells - This was our first time and expectations were high. As usual we sat in the bar and ordered appetizers and cocktails. We ordered Crab Cakes, Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Salad and Ice Cream. The Crab Cakes and the Ice Cream were outstanding. I don't like Ice Cream but loved Joshua's Home Made Ice Cream. On a sour note, when I asked for a Manhattan they only Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth. This place is too nice not to carry better Vermouth. At a minimum they should carry Nouilly Pratt. Because we sat in the bar I can't say too much about the service but the Bartender was excellent. I recommend and will return.

Good food in York Harbor Maine?

MC Perkins Cove is average at best, Provence 98 uses too much salt and creme and Blue Sky is average though the bar is great.

I recommend Black (sushi), Gypsy Sweethearts and Amore Breakfast in Ogunquit and the pub at the York Harbor Inn.

Providence RI recommendations

Thank you everyone, heading down this morning.

Providence RI recommendations


We want to stay within walking distance of the Hilton so CP is out. Which of the remaining three is the best in terms of atmosphere / food?

Providence RI recommendations

BB, your a mind reader, I was thinking about bakeries but forgot to ask.