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Help! Restaurant + dancing for 25pp (ages 25-50yrs) this weekend

Hi. I need a suggestions for a company holiday dinner party, that would accommodate approx 25 people ages 25-50 yrs... that serves good food and has the option of dancing afterwards (other than Le Souk or The Copacabana) for this weekend. Any suggestions??? Thank you!

Dec 08, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Rec's: BYOB or Low Corkage Fee for 6-10pp Group Dinner ??

Hi! Looking to for a restaurant to book a group dinner for 6-10pp in Dec.... that are either BYOB or low corkage fee ($20 or under). Food MUST be good :) Ideally in the city, but would happily consider Brooklyn.

Would love any rec's... other than: La Sirene, Kuma Inn, Tartine, Apiary, Angelica, Nook, or any Danny Meyer's restos. Already been :)

Thank you!!

Nov 29, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

HELP - need prix fixe business lunch midtown ASAP

Hi. Jean Georges is booked. We LOVE their lunch. Any other suggestions?? Our office is 6th Ave/51st... but would go anywhere midtown east/west. Something less than $40pp and excellent food. HELP

Nov 17, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Where can I find Silician chocolate (Valrhona/ Bonajuto) in NYC??

Hi. Does anyone know where I can buy Valrhona and Bonajuto chocolate (from Modica, Sicily) he in NYC?? (other than Eataly)

Nov 16, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Nice bachelorette dinner w/wine pairing downtown 6-8pp (Sat night )?

WV, EV, SoHo, NoHo, LES... Ideally under $150pp dinner/wine/tip included. Open to cuisine, just somewhere with a nice ambiance... big or small. Food must be good as well as wine. Also, not too loud... so everyone can hear each other without yelling or music blasting.. drink wine pairings and enjoy their food... not rushed.

Apr 04, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Nice bachelorette dinner w/wine pairing downtown 6-8pp (Sat night )?

Hi. Looking for restaurant suggestions for a nice bachlorette (Saturday) dinner night... good food, with wine pairings for approx. 6-8pp girls. Nothing too loud, nice ambiance, definitely somewhere downtown. Somewhat flexible with price per person but not too expensive.

Just a nice place to celebrate with a bunch of girls over good food & wine! Help.

Apr 04, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Agree. As well as Yelp photos... they seem to be more raw.

Mar 31, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Shopsins... massive b'fast... definitely trying it!

Mar 31, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Not a big fan of Sarabeths, bland. But Good Enough to Eat might me an option... the lines kinda suck though. And I agree... home breakfast (of almost all kinds) is thee best!

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Good Enough to Eat
483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Mar 31, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Good idea, wondered about this spot. I always pass this place in my way to Bubby's... where I always leave disappointed... overpriced :(

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Bubby's Pie Co.
120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Mar 31, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Thanks, just checked out their food pics http://www.yelp.com/biz/friend-of-a-f... & looks like they definitely have the portion size he's looking for.

Mar 31, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Thanks, but Junior's (being in Brooklyn) is a bit too far. Shopsin's has great food, just not aware of their breakfast food & portions.

Diner's would of course totally work... but we all know, not all diners are the same. So any specific diner suggestions would be great.

Mar 30, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Hi. My (always hungry) friend just moved into the city and is on a mission to find some seriously big country style breakfast spots... nothing fancy, just huge pancakes, thick bacon, omelettes, biscuits, ... the trucker type of breakfast. Over the top, offensive sizes are ok... actually preferred, but food must be good.

He lives in the Financial District, but ANYWHERE in the city works... holes in the wall, diners, wherever... just not Clinton St. Personally, I love it, but he would starve waiting in those lines.

Any suggestions?? Thanks.

Mar 30, 2011
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Foodies need a fun (off the beat and path) restaurant to celebrate bday - HELP!!

OK, sorry for being so vague, we're just really open to dif't recs. Essentially, we're just looking for a hole-in-the-wall (feel), a place on the smaller/ initimate side - it can be super romantic or just casual & fun, even loud. Maybe somewhere with a distinct feature -- whether it be the decor, cuisine, history, interactive, part of a show, music, service, etc.

When? Tuesday dinner
Budget? $30-70pp
Location? Manhattan, would consider B'klyn

FYI: here are some places we've been to & liked: Jack's Luxury Oyster, Freemans, 26 Seats, Kumma Inn, Cube63, Falai, Fatty Crab, Mary's Fish Camp, Cafe Havana, Frankies, Sushi Yasuda, Peter Luger, Union Squr Cafe, Aroma Wine Bar. On the higher end: Eleven Madison, Adour, Daniel, Corton. Been to Sammy's (Romanian food), interesting ambiance, but food wasn't great.

Oct 20, 2009
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Foodies need a fun (off the beat and path) restaurant to celebrate bday - HELP!!

Looking for a "different" way to celebrate a birthday, but I'm running out of time & ran out of ideas. Help.

My bf 38th bday is next Tuesday and a group of 5 of us are looking to celebrate. We're all NYers, foodies, use to doing it up a fancy-shmancy place for special occasions, but for this bday, just REALLY want something different this time.

Maybe somewhere special, low-key, hole in the wall with good food... or loud, fun and rowdy?? Open to different decors, cuisine, theme, ambiance, etc. Only requirements, must have good food, nowhere touristy and within a reasonable budget.

Any recs, please? Thanks!

Oct 19, 2009
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Dress code for Stella, August, Brigsten's & Commander's Palace?

Hi. My bf and I will be visiting some nice restaurnats in NOLA this weekend, and we need some suggestions for the dress code(s):

- Dinners @ Stella, August & Brigtsen's
- Sunday jazz brunch @ Commander's Palace

Some of these places seem to have a more casual (decor) setting than others... so not sure if "business casual" means the same for all? Any of them on the dressier (or more casual) side? Is a strappy cocktail dress and high heels too much for all (or any)?

Coming from NYC, we usually tend (and like) to lean on the dressier side for nice dinners. In the spirit of making a night out of visiting some of these places, we'd like to dress up... however, appropriately. I really just want to enjoy my food and not worry about under/over dressing.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you :)

Aug 12, 2009
viniferaNYC in New Orleans

Help build our dream restaurant weekend in New Orleans. Please.

Thank you ALL, again for your suggestions, thoughtful feedback and tip on the spot with good A/C!! And for the backup restaurants in case our days do get turned around.

I realize that our itinerary is a bit… (ahem) ambitious, but I just want every bite I can get of NOLA! My boyfriend fainted when he saw it. He loves it. He’ll wear a fig leaf if that’s what it’ll take to shlep from one restaurant to the next in the August heat. He’s been before, it’ll be my first time. He also informed me that other than our wine pairings, I should plan on mostly drinking the local cocktails. Done. Thanks for the additional bar recs.

Point well taken about the raw oysters, thanks! Will stick with the cooked ones this time around.

Thanks again, I’ll be sure to report back!

Jul 10, 2009
viniferaNYC in New Orleans

Going to Yasuda tomorrow - what to order??

Sea Urchin (make sure it's from Santa Barbara). Period. I won't eat it anywhere else. You should also try the white king salmon, it melts in your mouth. Lucky.

Jul 09, 2009
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Help build our dream restaurant weekend in New Orleans. Please.

Thanks again SO much for ALL of your suggestions!! Here's our latest agenda... and a final question.

DRINKS:
Carousel Bar, Preservation Hall, Lafitte, Chat Noir.

FOOD:
Thursday (we changed our flight, to arrive earlier to get more meals in)
- Snack: Cafe du Mode (beignets & coffee)
- Lunch: Mr B's
- Dinner: Stella! (tasting menu w/ wine pairing)

Friday
- Snack: Elizabeth's
- Lunch: Galatoire’s (yes, we've been warned)
- Dinner: Brigtsens

Saturday
- Lunch: Bayona
- Dinner: August (John Besh’s “Degustation” Tasting w/ wine pairing)

Sunday
- Jazz brunch: Commander’s Palace (in the Garden Room)

MY LAST QUESTIONS ARE... OYSTERS...
1. Where is the best place to get RAW oysters (ideally somewhere in the FQ or walking distance).... Felix's? Acme? Elsewhere??
2. And is Drago's worth the trip for their charbroiled oysters?

Thanks :)

Jul 07, 2009
viniferaNYC in New Orleans

Help build our dream restaurant weekend in New Orleans. Please.

Thanks for all the recs, they’re great! This is what we’ve planned so far….

DRINKS:
We’re staying at Hotel Monteleon, so we’ll definitely stop by Carousel Bar for a drink, also to Preservation Hall. Still looking into the other rec’d places.

FOOD:
Thursday (arrive at 6pm)
- Dinner: Stella! (7 course tasting w/ wine pairing)

Friday
- Lunch: Galatoire’s (yes, we've been warned)
- Dinner: (? undecided)

Saturday
- Lunch: (? undecided)
- Dinner: August (John Besh’s “Degustation” Tasting w/ wine pairing)

Sunday (depart at 5pm)
- Jazz brunch: Commander’s Palace (in the Garden Room)

CONSIDERING THESE….
Dinner: Brigtsen’s, Bayona or Gautreaux's
Lunch: K-Pauls or Mr B’s?
Po Boys: Crabby Jacks, Parkway Bakery, or Parasols
Oysters: Dragos, Felix, or Acme
Breakfast: Elizabeths, Mother’s (… but is it worth spoiling my appetite for lunch/dinner?)

Any feedback on these places or other suggestions??? Thanks!

Jul 06, 2009
viniferaNYC in New Orleans

Help build our dream restaurant weekend in New Orleans. Please.

Hi. My boyfriend and I, both foodies from NYC, will be staying in the French Quarter mid-August from Thu-Sun... for an "all expense paid trip" by his company... and we're planning to spend almost every dollar on FOOD :) But with so many great places, not sure where to start?!

We would love suggestions for the can't miss, best-of-the-best places to eat in New Orleans and experience the culture. Everything from hole in the walls, historic landmarks to 4 star restaurants... only requirement, EXCELLENT FOOD! We're huge fresh/raw seafood and wine lovers, but would try pretty much anything (although not too big on fried food).

Where should we go for....
- Dinner (two hi-end places where we can dress up, mid-priced local fave, and a historic location)
- Lunch (oysters/ seafood)
- Breakfast/Brunch (rather do local faves for this meal)
- A glass of wine (somewhere with some ambiance or character)

Help. Thank you!

Jul 05, 2009
viniferaNYC in New Orleans

In need of help :(

Murimoto is over-rated and Blue Ribbon is good, but may get too expensive for your budget. Here are two rec's, both near train stops.

LAN www.lan-nyc.com in the E.Vllg - Japanese food. They have really interesting dishes, a tasting menu approx. $50-60pp and it's a nice ambiance.

MERCAT www.mercatnyc.com in NOHO - Tapas. Very good food, reasonable prices, great b-day/date place. Not too big. If you go, ask for a table upstairs (they have a small seating area downstairs).

Dec 18, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Need delivery options for 60th/Columbus (lower UWS)

Hi, I’m new to this area & I'm looking for some favorite delivery recommendations. I'm located on 60th St & Columbus Ave (lower Upper West Side).

- Open to any type of cuisine (ideally Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mex, Spanish/SoAmer, Mediterranean, American)
- Preferably, no bar or diner food
- Cheap to mid priced (ave. $9-$15 per entree)

Thank you!!

Nov 24, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Perfect way to end the day

Can't think of a restaurant at the moment... but if you're looking to grab a drink somewhere nice to end the day, I would stop by at either place below. You may want to call to see how busy Fridays are for walk-ins. Have fun!

Upper West Side
The Lounge (inside at The Mandarin Hotel, 35th FL)
http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyo...

Stone Rose Lounge (in the Time Warner Buildings, 4th FL
)http://www.gerberbars.com/channel/new...

Upper East Side
The Rose Club or The Champagne Room (both inside the Plaza Hotel
)http://www.theplaza.com/#ROSE

The Carlyle Hotel (two bars/lounges there, both with a lot of NYC history & class)
http://www.thecarlyle.com/dine5.cfm

Nov 19, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Any local rec's for W.60th/ Columbus? New to neighborhood

Hello. My friend just moved to the city to (lower) UWS, on the corner or W. 60th St. & Columbus, 1 block away from Columbus Circle. He's a sales rep who works from home, so he'll be spending a lot of time in/near his apartment.

Other than all of the restaurants in the Time Warner buildings, does anyone have any suggestions for local spots? Breakfast places, coffee shops (works on his laptop a lot), lunch/dinner spots for locals, etc. Anything within a 5 block radius ideally.

Thank you!

Nov 19, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Affordable Italian place in Tribecca?

Try MAX's
181 Duane St. Manhattan, NY 10013Phone: 212-966-5939 www.max-ny.com

Great Italian local spot, best lasagna and good prices!

Nov 11, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

SOHO, Saturday night, 10 people, mid-price range

Peep is not the first place I'd recommend. Cool appeal, food is pretty good, but small portions for the price and definitely not good for larger groups.

Instead, I'd suggest Kittichai (also Thai) on Broome/Thompson. Much bigger space, cool scene pond, candles, foods pretty good too -- a good combo of what you may be looking for.

If you want a more dramatic decor, a but more chic, (and taking into consideration, group size), larger place, you may want to check out Woo Lae Oak (Korean/Amer) or Public (Eclictic).

Finally, you may also consider Jane Restaurant (on Houston/Thompson) -- same, cool, more low key decor, great food, good for groups and there's something on the menu for everyone.

Good luck!

Nov 07, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Help! Need a replacement

First place that comes to mind is Forge, my new favorite, although it's New American, excellent food, large place, but very warm and cozy ambiance -exposed brick, candle lights, wooden tables. May not be a evey week, go-to place, but definitely worth trying.

Forge 134 Reade Street NYC 10013 Reservations: 212.941.9401 http://www.forgenyc.com/

Another place in Tribeca, is Max's. Italian local spot, also warm decor, home made pastas, best lasagna, very reasonably priced! Smaller than Forge, more casual, cash only.

Max
181 Duane St. Manhattan, NY 10013Phone: 212-966-5939 www.max-ny.com

Nov 07, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

SOHO, Saturday night, 10 people, mid-price range

What kind of ambiance are you looking for? Big, small, lound, trendy, intimate??

Nov 07, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan

Where to take a group for appetizers & drinks only?

Try Flute - they have a great 2 for 1 (on all food & drinks) Happy Hour on Tuesdays. I've only been the Gramercy location.

Flute Gramercy. 40 East 20th Street New York, NY 10003-1318 Phone: (212) 529- 7870

Nov 06, 2008
viniferaNYC in Manhattan