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Nantucket birthday

It's a nice view. Report back on your meal. I'd love to hear how you like it and if you haven't noticed, we're a little short on information on this board. Many questions, few answers.

By the way, I'm sad to report that I might have to rescind my Oran Mor suggestion. It's been good in previous years, but our meal there tonight was very uneven, including some issues with severe oversalting and uneven salting.

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Oran Mor
2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Nantucket birthday

Just saw your post, dennisl, and realized that you're a woman. I read "dennis" made assumptions, sorry.

I have to agree with the others who recommended Company of the Cauldron and Oran Mor. CoC is probably best if you want a romantic meal. I am a man who is not usually won over by harp music, but this place is the real deal for romance.

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Company of the Cauldron
7 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Oran Mor
2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Restaurants Off the Beaten Path in Nantucket: Do They Exist?

Nantucket's a good place for kids and dogs. There are a lot of places that do takeout lobster or other seafood if that's what you're looking for. You could take your whole family, including the dog, for a picnic dinner on the beach anywhere where there isnt' a lifeguard and on some beaches after 5 p.m.

Cy's Lobster Pot in town has a takeout deal right now and maybe all summer, I'm not sure. I think a 1 1/4 pounder with potato and corn is something like $30. Sayle's Seafood, which is a ways out of town and which I still haven't tried, also has some sort of "Clam Bake" with chowder, steamers, mussels, corn on the cob, a 1 1/4 pound lobster and a few other things for $38 / person. Lots of much cheaper options, too, including El Rincon, which is also very family friendly and casual. Stop and Shop has whole rotisserie chickens for $7.99.

Just had dinner at Sfoglia, tonight. We've eaten at the UES location in NYC before. Sfoglia on Nantucket, which is close to the high school and one of the Stop & Shops, was about the same. Good pastas and mussels, reasonably fresh fish. They weren't very generous with the bread, which others have raved about, but which we found pretty standard for medium to high end NYC restaurants at least. Both red and white wines were served much too cold. Nothing mind blowing food wise, but it was an enjoyable meal. Service felt hurried. I eat faster than my wife and though they waited to take away my wife's appetizer until after she was done, they did stand there and stare at her eating it as though willing her to eat it faster. They also took away my empty entree plate long before my wife was finished with hers. This shouldn't happen at a restaurant of this caliber. Expect to spend about $70 to $80 per adult if you order a less expensive bottle of wine. There is a big table on one side that sits about 10 people, if you want to bring the whole family.

We also stopped by Bartlett Farm for some takeout food for lunch and groceries. This place is the kind of place that gives the locavore movement a bad name as some yuppies only enterprise. Everything was very expensive, even if it was imported from off the island as a lot of it was, and often not very high quality. We got a container of bean salad that contained only canned beans green beans, garbanzos and kidney beans. For $5 a small container, I would hope for something that at least took some time with a pressure cooker, not just mixing from a can. It could be fun for your kids to see the cows and goats on the farm, but for provisions, I'd probably go elsewhere.

If you're staying nearby, the Muse is a real family friendly place during the day. The kids can run around and play pool, ping pong, basketball and arcade games while you and your husband have lunch and a beer. They have a casual menu with pizza and fries and sandwiches and that kind of thing. There's free popcorn and usually some sports on TV.

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El Rincon Restaurant
1279 Worcester St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151

Sfoglia Restaurant
130 Pleasant St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Restaurants Off the Beaten Path in Nantucket: Do They Exist?

Ah, it's a lucky thing I enjoy talking to myself so much.

We had Thai Kitchen for takeout and it's safe to say that it's not my cup of tea. It's not anywhere near what real Thai food tastes like and I was hoping for better given how good Thai can be in nearby Boston. We had several stirfries with basil and lemongrass and noodle dishes amongst the four of us, nicely packaged in those sturdy black plastic containers that becomes valued Tupperware in my household, later. It was all very unexciting, overly sweet and without any discernable heat or fish sauce. There was none of the balance that makes Thai food great -- or just good.

Honestly, the food won't kill you and for anyone looking for a more budget friendly option, Thai Kitchen fits the bill. But don't go looking for a culinary good time.

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Thai Kitchen
122 White St, Haverhill, MA 01830

Restaurants Off the Beaten Path in Nantucket: Do They Exist?

Thanks, trufflehound. I remember reading your reviews from back when I lived in Boston. Lotta good ones there. I'll give Kitty's a try.

I drove by the Hen House, today, and it looks like Jimmy Chew's is closed. A place called Lucky Express or something like that is open, though, nearby.

El Rincon is still open, I'm happy to report. It has good Salvadoran tamales and pastelles, in addition to pupusas.

In general, restaurants still seem to be hurting this year. The Lobster Trap, an oldie, but a goodie, had no wait tonight. Two years ago, we would've waited an hour.

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El Rincon Restaurant
1279 Worcester St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151

Lucky Express
13 W Creek Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554

Hen House
1 Chins Way Unit 2, Nantucket, MA 02554

Restaurants Off the Beaten Path in Nantucket: Do They Exist?

Sorry. I guess my question was too vague to get any responses. I'll try to make this more specific.

Has anyone tried Thai Kitchen?

What about The Bamboo, The Hen House or Jimmy Chews? (My wife was excited about that last place. She likes shoes.)

Kitty Murtaghs?

Henry Jr?

Sayle's Seafood?

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Kitty Murtaghs
4 W Creek Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554

Thai Kitchen
122 White St, Haverhill, MA 01830

Hen House
1 Chins Way Unit 2, Nantucket, MA 02554

Nantucket deals

katecm, not sure if you want to do this since DC has wonderful Salvadoran food, but there is one place my wife and I have found called El Rincon Salvadoran. It's not too far from the airport, but I don't remember the exact address. There is no decor (it's the kind of place with cloth tablecloths, so you know they're trying, but the utensils are the same kind my kids get in their school cafeteria) and not all the food is good. But the pupusas and Salvadoran tamales were excellent when we had them last summer. Might give it a go. We ate well for $10 to $15 a person, not including drinks or taxes.

Pi Pizzeria has pretty good pizza. It's near the Stop and Shop behind the high school.

You won't have to cook all the same things you do at home, though, even if you do get stuck there all five days. There are some good fresh seafood places where you can go an hour before dinner for your ingredients. Your meal won't be any worse than what you get at some of the finest restaurants on the island.

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El Rincon Restaurant
1279 Worcester St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151

Restaurants Off the Beaten Path in Nantucket: Do They Exist?

My family has been going to Nantucket since I was a kid and I feel like I've probably eaten at least once at almost every better known or upscale restaurant like American Seasons, Corazon del Mar, Black Eyed Susan's, Oran Mor and Pi Pizzeria. My wife and I now live in NYC where we have plenty of access to good, high-end dining, so I'm not sure we want a whole lot more of that on Nantucket, unless there's something that really is done far better, there. We are planning on one dinner at Company of the Cauldron, since we like that restaurant a lot.

What restaurants can you think of that are more off the beaten path? Last summer, we found a Salvadoran restaurant called El Rincon. It had surprisingly good pupusas, though some of the other offerings weren't that great.

Are there more restaurants like that hiding out on the island that I don't know of? What has opened in the past year? I think I heard about a Todd English restaurant opening. Is that any good?

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El Rincon Restaurant
1279 Worcester St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151

Company of the Cauldron
7 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554

American Seasons
80 Center St, Nantucket, MA 02554

[Vietnam] Nha Trang Eats

Ok, here's our experiences for anyone who's interested. We are staying at the Ana Mandara, which is south of tourist central, but a healthy walk or short (25,000 - 30,000 Dong / $1.50) cab ride away.

- Rusty Nail Bar. Across the way from Ana Mandara, there's a really terrible bar / cafe called The Rusty Nail, owned by a Brit and his Vietnamese wife. DO NOT GO THERE. The food is honest to goodness terrible -- some of the worst we had in Vietnam -- and the service is unbelievably slow (though pretty nice). It took about two hours for our simple dishes to come.

- Across from the Ana Mandara there is also a French patisserie with cakes, cookies and brownies. The day I went, the power was out so they couldn't bake fresh croissants. They had some for sale, but the woman working there was very honest in telling me they were a bit stale, so I shouldn't buy them. Major points for them in a country that often makes it a national sport to fleece foreigners. The cakes we tried (tiramisu and chocolate) were surprisingly excellent.

- Gia. This restaurant is in tourist central, but both tourists and locals go there for a really excellent high end meal. The food was authentic and the service excellent. We loved our barbecued items, the summer rolls, other crepes and salads that we tried there. Fair prices.

- Lanterns. Also in tourist central. This restaurant benefits an orphanage so you're eating for a good cause. Our guidebook wrote of it as a place for authentic food, but if it was authentic, it wasn't all that well made authentic. We tried a clay pot mackerel dish and a yellow beef curry. Both were just okay.

- Banh mi stands. They are everywhere and cater to the many young backpackers passing through. Most of them were terrible and not nearly as good as some we have in NYC with their stale bread and lack of pickled vegetables. (Maybe they thought foreigners wouldn't know the difference!) They also tried to charge tourists somewhere between 15,000 and 50,000 Dong. The actual price for locals and hard bargainers is 4,000 to 7,000 dong. One stand that broke the trend and (1) was actually honest and (2) served a decent banh mi complete with toasted bread and pickled veggies was in front of a fruit stand on the corner of Trang Quang Khai (a curved road) and Biet Thu (runs east / west).

- Lac Canh. Guidebooks seem to rave about it, but we actually didn't think the barbecued meats were all that special. I did really like the cold squid and vegetable salad. What left a bad taste in our mouths, though, was the fact that they were really into charging us extra for everything, something that I'm pretty sure they don't do for locals. They charged us for our napkins and white rice (both of which came without our asking for them) and they didn't bring us the lettuce and greens with our barbecue that everyone else seemed to get. We got the only on-the-table grills, which were much hotter for the diners. Other tables of locals got free standing grills. Finally, we tried to change our order about ten seconds after ordering to take off one of our plates. The woman whom I spoke with said she was absolutely clear that we didn't want it and I communicated that we did NOT want the dish in English and Vietnamese (spoken and written). Of course they pretended like they didn't understand and brought the dish anyway and charged us for it. Bottom line: the food is decent, but it wasn't worth the dishonest service. Prices were about the same as at Gia, but the decor was far less nice.

- Truc Linh (the original). We'd read about Truc Linh 2 as a good place for local fare. Maybe it's good (it's right across the street), but Truc Linh was awful. I had barbecued tuna that was so overcooked it was about the consistency of shoe leather.

- We picked up a good bowl of pho at a place called Can Tin Nha Khach, whose addres I have to look up, again, by looking through our pictures. It was outside of touristville, near Dam Market, and not in any of the guidebooks.

On the whole, our impression is that there's an astonishingly high percentage of sh*t food in this town. It's good to do your research before you go anywhere.

[Vietnam] Nha Trang Eats

Well I definitely won't have a good meal at Lac Canh, then. I am a terrible cook.

Thanks for the tips. We'll go for the muddle through method and try whatever holes in the wall we stumble upon.

Handicap Accessible Private Room for 30?

Landmarc in the Time Warner Center has two private rooms that would work. It's on the third floor, I think, but there's a nice elevator that goes up to it. My wife's sister just had a baby shower there.

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Landmarc
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Apr 11, 2010
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[Vietnam] Nha Trang Eats

No suggestions? Is the food there terrible?

[Vietnam] Nha Trang Eats

The wifey and I are going to Nha Trang in a few months and we are wondering what good eats we should look into. I have just one stop on my itinerary, Lac Canh (44 Nguyen Binh Kiem), which El Jefe recommended on another thread. Is there anything else we should look into? We are staying in the Ana Something Five Senses Spa a bit north of Nha Trang, but we don't mind traveling into the city for food. Any price range is fine. We usually like to mix up some hole in the walls with high-end dining.

Thanks.

What to use in place of Bacon?

I substitute with beef bacon when I make it for my wife. You can taste the difference, but it's still good.

Dec 08, 2009
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Looking for a Foodie spot in the Village or Soho, we'll be with a couple kids....any ideas?

Get pizza at John's Pizzeria or a burger at R.A.R.E.

Dec 08, 2009
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9 am weekend breakfast in the West Village with child

Grey Dog would be my choice.

Dec 08, 2009
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good place for drinks, tapas, first date

Alta is a good setup for a first date. It's not too loud so you can hear each other and it is not deathly quiet either. There is a bar in the front that gets crowded and noisy if you prefer that kind of atmosphere. It is not too expensive.

Oct 13, 2009
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Best new restaurants in Manhattan

I like Locanda Verde, too.

Oct 13, 2009
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Best new restaurants in Manhattan

I had dinner at Oceana with another Chowhound the other night and the food was wonderful. It is expensive, though.

Eater just reported that Ardesia wine bar opened in midtown.

Oct 13, 2009
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Coming to NY in late October looking for good but not exp meals

Indus Express is near Times Square and does good Indian food. You can eat well for uner $10. There are tables in the back. Akdeniz is also in that area and does good Turkish food. It's more expensive than Indus Express, maybe bout $25 for two people.

Sep 17, 2009
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lunch suggestions near west 60s ?

There are lots of good places in that area. What's your price range and what kind of food do you want?

Telepan has a good, but more expensive prix fixe lunch for $24.07. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, there's Maoz on Broadway between 70 and 71st and a Le Pain Quotidiene on W. 65th.

Sep 17, 2009
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Your Favorite Fusion Cuisines

I like a lot of the ones already mentioned. Vietnamese French is good. Japanese Italian. Chinese food is Jewish food at Christmas time.

Jul 01, 2009
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Restaurants everyone loves--except you

You're the outlier.

Jul 01, 2009
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Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Ok. The goose liver ravioli is good. I did not like the mint letters.

Jul 01, 2009
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Restaurants everyone loves--except you

I like this restaurant. I grew up on a farm and even though I have eaten at plenty of fancy, expensive restaurants as an adult, there is nothing like food that was just picked or butchered. It just tastes different and better. Maybe it takes time to learn the difference if you are not used to it. The way they cook at Blue Hill, it doesn't get in the way of the fresh taste of the ingredients.

Jun 25, 2009
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Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Pretty much everyone on this board knows that Al di La is not very good.

What was the one dish that met expectations at Babbo?

Jun 25, 2009
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Going to be in Midtown Manhattan, need Recommendations

Isn't the Chinese food in Canada supposed to be good? My friends from there are always telling me how bad it is in New York in comparison.

Jun 05, 2009
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Web Site Tracks Down Cheeseburger-In-A-Can

Why would they do that to the poor cheeseburger? A can is not the cheeseburger's natural habitat.

Dirt Candy - new veg restaurant in EV

My girlfriend really wanted to try this place since she is a vegetarian. I am not a picky eater and I didn't really like any of our food. She left a lot of food on her plate. I can see why people who are into eating healthy would like it, but for people who just want to eat good food it is a disappointment.

Jun 05, 2009
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What is in your refrigerator right now?

I am not sure I understand your categories, but I will give it a shot:

Seasonal: lettuce, cucumbers, onions

Leftovers: Thai takeout noodles, Chinese takeout kung pao chicken, the carcass of a rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes, some green beans with almonds

New: sliced deli ham, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, apples, Sam Adams, apple sausages from Trader Joe's, wasabi mayonnaise

Waiting: do you mean waiting to be eaten? That would be everything.

Jun 05, 2009
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