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Help with Mother in Law B-Day Dinner Please! (price no object)

Marea's private room is very nice. The food is very good and the service is excellent. Bear in mind that the room is down a long staircase without an elevator (as far as I recall).

Jul 16, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Pre-Ferry Lunch - Martha's Vineyard Ferry - Pier E35 & FDR

Riverpark might be a little on the "fancy" side for that afertnoon. I'd like to check it out at some point. I enjoy Colicchio & Sons.

Jul 16, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Pre-Ferry Lunch - Martha's Vineyard Ferry - Pier E35 & FDR

Waterfront Ale sounds more like what I'm looking for. How are their burgers?

Jul 16, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Pre-Ferry Lunch - Martha's Vineyard Ferry - Pier E35 & FDR

Taking the ferry to Martha's Vineyard over Labor Day weekend. Ferry departs at 3 pm from E35 & FDR. Looking for a good, casual lunch and some drinks beforehand. Doesn't need to be at that exact location, but would probably like to stay on the East Side around Midtown so I can take a cab over and not be too rushed. The only places I can think of are PJ Clarke's and the Water Club -- neither of which get me too jazzed. I must be able to do better than that! Please advise.

Jul 15, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Milan - layover lunch - Friday 5/23 - Thanks in advance!


My layover is actually longer than I first anticipated, so I don't think there will be a problem with time plus I would like to see the Piazza del Duomo and the Galleria, time permitting.

I read some recommednations of Osteria del Treno. However, some of the reviews indicate that lunch is a hurried affair without table service. Have you (or anyone reading this) had any experience with lunch specifically?

May 21, 2014
ChowLad in Italy

HELP in Milan for lunch and dinner for two nights

Is Del Binari better than Osteria del Treno for lunch?

May 21, 2014
ChowLad in Italy

Eastern Sicily, Amalfi and Capri

We really enjoy Arco dei Capuccini in Taormina. Granducca for decent pizza but amazing views is also recommended.

May 20, 2014
ChowLad in Italy

Milan - layover lunch - Friday 5/23 - Thanks in advance!

This coming Friday (5/23), I have a 4-hour layover in Milan en route to London around lunchtime. Looking for a great locale for lunch. It is my first time in Milan, so somewhere centrally located would be ideal (but not necessary). Looking for really good typical food, more on the homestyle end of the spectrum than the super high-end (since I will be coming straight from the airport. Much appreciated!

May 20, 2014
ChowLad in Italy

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

After lenghty consultation of these boards and all your very good advice, I have dinners pretty much set, but open to changes. Before we get into that, a few last minute recommendations:

1 - Going to take our time vising Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament/ Whitehall, and the National Gallery/ National Portrait Gallery. Any good casual recommendations along the way?

2 - Plan on checking out Bombay Brasserie. The day that works best in the schedule is Sunday, when they seem to have a lunch buffet. How does this rate in terms of quality? Is it vastly different than their usual offerings? Are reservations required?

3 - I'm going to the Royal Opera House on Tuesday evening. I've read a few posts on Scott's in Mayfair, which makes it sounds appealing. I'm thinking of either a late lunch or early dinner here before the opera (with plenty of time to get from Mayfair to CG). How does that sound? Any other recommendations?

4 - Any great locales for pre- or post-opera drinks?


Here's what I've reserved for dinner. Interested in your thoughts:

St. John
The Square
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Many thanks!

May 16, 2014
ChowLad in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants for Bachelor Party

Cochon. Went for a bachelor party last year. The guys are still talking about the meal.

Apr 28, 2014
ChowLad in New Orleans

Birthday dinner - BYO wine - Maialino or other...?

Good point!

Mar 12, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Birthday dinner - BYO wine - Maialino or other...?

Last year, I took two friends out for dinner for my birthday at Maialino. We brought some great vintage Barolo. Maialino has considerably expanded its wine list, including a lot of vintage Barolo. I confirmed that they will still allow BYO (with a reasonable corkage fee), and I would bring bottles not on their list. We enjoyed the food (altho ordered way too much) and the service and scene generally.

My question is whether I should consider another place. My preference is Italian and about the same level a of formality as Maialino. Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Colicchio & Sons -- recent experiences?

Has anyone been here recently? Had some very enjoyable meals (with excellent service) over a year ago. Sort of fell off my personal radar and wondering if anyone has been recently and had good experiences. Have a reservation for this Friday. Thanks!

Jan 29, 2014
ChowLad in Manhattan

Korean BBQ - Bergen County

What's the best Korean BBQ in Fort Lee or other location in Bergen county? This hasn't been posted on in a while. Altho I'm in the mood for BBQ specifically, if there is another style of Korean restaurant in this area that is a must-eat, please let me know. Thanks!

Sep 12, 2013
ChowLad in New Jersey

Palermo restaurant/ enoteca - can't remember the name!

I found it! Highly recommend it

Enoteca Pizzo & Pizzo
pizzo gaetano divincibo 1/o, v. XII Gennaio - 90141 Palermo (PA) | mappa
tel: 333 3112864, 091 6014544

Aug 15, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Palermo restaurant/ enoteca - can't remember the name!

I was at this place in summer 2011 and was trying to remember the name to recommend to a friend. I recall it being an enoteca with a very good wine selection. It was unique for Palermo in that it featured food and wine from various regions in Italy (e.g., salumi from the north, Piemontese wines by the glass, etc.). I'm extremely cognizant of how frustratingly little detail I've provided but if anyone can help, it'd be the 'hounds.

Aug 09, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Sicily Trip Report 2013 - Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina, etc. (way too long as usual)

I would second the comments about Cornelissen's wines. Personally, it's not really my thing, so I'm not really interested in visiting. You could check out the book "Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey" by Robert V. Camuto -- read up on Cornelissen and his role in the "rebirth" of Etna wines and maybe decide on whether you're interests are piqued enough to visit.

I really loved my visit to Benanti. The people who work there are warm and lovely and very fluent in English. And the wine is really, really good.

I've also visited Murgo. It's a more "rustic" experience than Benanti in both the winery and the wines. They put out a full lunch of mama's homemade goodies, which was really enjoyable.

Wherever you end up going, you will have a great time in a unique and beautiful area.

Jun 14, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Florence, Montalcino & Rome

Sounds great -- thanks!

Jun 03, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Florence, Montalcino & Rome

Thanks, Elizabeth. The restaurants were recommended to me by someone in the wine business here in NY. I think they were based on where he was taken when he was visiting wineries and staying in Florence.

I've been reviewing your excellent blog and apps and have made up a short list of places from there plus these recommendations. One question for you though, what would you recommend for bistecca fiorentina in Florence itself?

Jun 03, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Florence, Montalcino & Rome

Nerone looks good. I read they have some tables with a view of the Coliseum? Checchino also sounds good and appears to have one of the best carbonara dishes in the city so will definitely go on the list. Thanks for your reply!

Jun 02, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Florence, Montalcino & Rome

Thanks! Cesare al Casaletto sounds like what I want for the trattoria/ristorante experience.

Jun 02, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Florence, Montalcino & Rome

Thanks! I will put it on the list.

Jun 02, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Florence, Montalcino & Rome

I will be traveling to Italy, June 28 through July 11, spending 6 nights in Florence and two in Rome (with 5 nights in Taormina in between). I’m looking mostly for dinner and some lunch recommendations as well as winery recommendations around Montalcino. I’ve been reviewing this board and some of the blogs but wanted to reach out for some specific advice.

A little bit about our eating preferences. Generally prefer casual/relaxed places with a good wine list. Not big fans of innovative or experimental cuisine. Low tolerance for pretense. Willing to spend money for a great experience. In each of Florence and Rome, looking for one night at a “fancier” place and the other meals at more laid back locations.

In New York, some of our favorite places are Maialino, Colicchio & Sons, Gramercy Tavern, Osteria Morini, Marea, Ed’s, Blue Hill at Stone Barns.


I made a reservation at Pinchiorri but will probably cancel based on what I’ve read here. Is it true that wine pairings start in the EUR 500 range?

I’ve gotten recommendations for the following, which sound good to me:

Buca Lapi
Le Fontucine
Ristorante Buca dell'Orafo
Il Latini

Please let me know your thoughts or other preferences.


I have arranged a driver for a 10-hour tour of the wineries around Montalcino. I’d like to go to a few wineries, stop for lunch, and do a few more after lunch. I was recommended Trattoria il Leccio in the town of Montalcino for lunch. I’ve made arrangements at the following wineries:

Tenuta Il Poggione
Fattoria Poggio di Sotto
Biondi Santi
Castello Banfi

(Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera – visits are suspended “for security reasons”)

Any others worth a visit? Also, would like to work in a side trip to something along the way. Thoughts on Arezzo or San Giminiano? Siena is not an option as it will be the day after the Palio and I doubt the town will be at its best.


Since we’re only in Rome for two nights, I’d like one restaurant on the elegant side and one that’s a real Roman trattoria experience, unless you have other recommendations. I know Metamorfosi is high on people’s list right now, but it doesn’t seem like a place we’d enjoy.


This is our third time in Taormina, and I’m pretty comfortable with the restaurants here. I promise a report back as it can be surprisingly difficult to find a great meal in this town.


Looking forward to your recommendations. Thanks in advance!

May 31, 2013
ChowLad in Italy

Morini (Osteria) or Maialino


I searched and found some reviews from a few months ago.

What's the Board's current consensus on these two restaurants for a Saturday night dinner?

Should disclose that I adore Marea (and understand that these will be more casual/rustic).

Vi ringrazio a tutti in anticipo !!!

240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Jul 12, 2011
ChowLad in Manhattan


Anyone have recent experiences at Proof? Planning on going w/ a group of 4 (young & lively) in a few weeks. Any other recommendations in the general Chinatown area (NOT asian food tho).

Jan 15, 2008
ChowLad in Washington DC & Baltimore

PIETRA - biere corse

Anyone know where I can find PIETRA Corsian beer in NYC? THANKS!

Nov 14, 2007
ChowLad in Manhattan

Wine Bar - E. Vil or LES

Thanks, everyone for the wealth of responses!

Jun 04, 2007
ChowLad in Manhattan

Wine Bar - E. Vil or LES

Could you recommend a good wine bar for a date later this week? I do like inoteca but was thinking something a little more cosy.

How's In Vino?


Jun 03, 2007
ChowLad in Manhattan

Roots Steak House - Summit, NJ (or other birthday fare)

Has anyone been? How is it?

Could you recommend other restaurants (not too $$) for a birthday dinner w/ my parents in the general area (Essex, Morris, Bergen counties). Thanks!

May 03, 2007
ChowLad in General Tristate Archive

Budapest & Vienna

Going to BP next week w/ a 2-night side trip to Vienna. I've gotten some good info off these boards, but wanted to post and find out if there are any up-to-the-minute suggestions from the int'l hounds.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

Feb 23, 2007
ChowLad in International Archive