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Michelin Lunch Value - Last Minute?

I emailed yesterday and got an email reply back to call in the AM. I called and reservationists said no problem. Really wonderful experience! If I can sort how to post pics I will. Needless to say, it is pea season :)

Mar 24, 2015
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Michelin Lunch Value - Last Minute?

All I can say is WOW. This is why I live and work - so I can eat at restaurants like Guy Savoy. It was pretty exceptional. I was wowed. My three course graciously turned into five 'mini'courses for the same price. Lovely service, beautiful room. food was over the top. An almond sorbet was pretty mind blowing. As was the pea soup starter. Wow. thanks for the suggestion!

Mar 24, 2015
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Michelin Lunch Value - Last Minute?

You guys/ladies are the best! I'm heading to Guy Savoy for the 'internet special'. Perfect!

Mar 24, 2015
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Michelin Lunch Value - Last Minute?

PhilD - How does one find Savory's internet special? I didn't find it on their website? Thank you!

Mar 23, 2015
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Michelin Lunch Value - Last Minute?

Hello! I wrote last week and got some great recs and have lined up a few reservations. I'm the one w/ the broken toe, but found that I got around the city just fine by bus and taxi yesterday. Specific question: I'd like to make a booking for lunch tomorrow just for myself at a super fabulous Michelin-type place w/ a great lunch value (as I understand lunch can be much more affordable than dinner). I want to be wowed. And, my preference is for a modern bent. As I'm going to be by myself, I can't personally justify spending 300 euros for a tasting menu - but I think I could swing under 200 (and if there are any closer to $100, fantastic). Anywhere in the city is fine - I'll cab it if I need to.

So:
Michelin-type
Under 200E/lunch
Modern bent
Solo diner
Anywhere in city
Last minute (lunch is tomoro!)

I know beggars cannot be choosers - so any suggestions that meet more than one criterion are fantastic.

Merci!

Mar 23, 2015
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Restos in/near 6th?

This is so funny - I attempted to make bookings at AG and Les Climats and I can't understand the responses I received! My French isn't as good as I thought!

Question: are most restaurants closed on Sunday?

Mar 16, 2015
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Restos in/near 6th?

This is so great -- thank you, thank you! I can hobble very well and am very happy to take a bus anywhere (or a bike - I citibike all the time here, even w/ a broken toe - don't tell my podiatrist).

Will I need reservations at the places recommended so far?

Mar 16, 2015
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Restos in/near 6th?

You guys are the best, and so FAST!

I'm staying at Hotel Recamier at 3 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris, France.

I def want a hearty lunch and dinner (I can eat multi course meals two times per day, as necessary - such a sacrifice!). Breakfast, I'll take it but would be OK with good coffee and a pastry (or frankly, with nothing besides coffee, but i'm in paris so I'll eat pastries).

To give you a sense of what I like -- I live in NY and the restaurants I love are Pearl Oyster Bar, Torissi, Blanca, Pok Pok, Giorgiones, John Dory/Bresslin, batard. They are all really, really good from a food perspective, not too touristy (except Pearl, which gets so many tourists but the food is so good I can't resist). And, not super frilly/over the top. I don't mind a white table cloth, but I certainly don't need one. I like a good bartender, a menu w/ few misses all around, and a waiter that's excited about what they're serving. I generally prefer creative/edgy cuisine - but bc I'm in france, I'd love a good cassoulet just because I can't seem to find a great one here.

Is that helpful? I'm also really well traveled all around the world -- have even been to france four times, but never to paris, always to the south. I would say I'd prefer to eat where there are no tourists. I speak a little french and I can navigate a french menu pretty well (all the classics certainly).

Mar 16, 2015
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Restos in/near 6th?

Bonjour!

I will be going to Paris for the very first time next week (March 21-25) and we are staying in the 6th. I am looking for french restaurants (both classic bistro and more modern spin) for breakfast, lunch and dinner, preferably in/near the 6th. I broke a toe recently and won't be able to wander the city like I'd like to, therefore, would like some suggestions near home base.

It's just two of us and we'd like to spend around 200 euros or less per meal (probably half that for breakfast which is the least important meal to me), with wine and gratuity. I have done some searches on this site and see several restaurants that seem to be popular on this site and are appealing to me - but I'm just not sure of the relative distance of them to my hotel and how much effort it is to get around the city (walking or otherwise, as I haven't been there).

In advance - thank you for your suggestions!

Mar 16, 2015
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New York Bakery: Best Fish Tacos in Manhattan?

I'm eating them now! Pretty freaking tasty for $7 fish tacos from a Korean-owned/operated Mexican hole-in-the-wall with a terrible name!

Anything else worth ordering off the menu?

Oct 14, 2014
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Washington Heights - Sherman Ave & Bway?

I'm so looking forward to a little trip up to this part of our fine isle for work next week. I did a search and the latest post is from 2011 -- can anyone give me the latest on great food for lunch in Wash Heights? I'd love something ethnic --Thanks!

Mar 28, 2014
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Nakazawa - Bar vs Table?

I love sitting at the sushi bar (any sushi bar), as I like to watch the chefs and engage in conversation with them about the fish and about the progression of the meal.

I just got a table reservation at nakazawa, not at the bar. My budget will probably only allow me to eat there once this year. Should I keep the table and eat there? Or should I cancel and keep trying for the bar? Would I be disappointed? Or is the fish so good, it won't matter?

Jan 03, 2014
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Wedding cocktail reception for 20-30, soho, ev, les, TriBeCa?

My good friend lives overseas and is coming to NYC Oct 19 (yes, right around the corner!) to host a small celebration of his weddings with his friends here.

He's thinking SoHo, LES, EV, WV or TriBeCa. 20-30 people. Late afternoon, early evening. Mostly wants to enjoy champers and cocktails, less focused on food. He does not need a private room and definitely doesn't want one with a huge minimum. Happy to gather people in a bar and perhaps order plates of food.

He's in his 30s and is pretty hip, so something not too stodgy.

And -- I'm enquiring with him on price point. So far he's said "something that won't break the bank" -- so I'm imagining less than $100 per person all in (probably closer to $50-75, if that's possible) if there is a minimum spend.

Any ideas?

Sep 29, 2013
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Best Lunch Exclusive Dishes?

Fish sandwich at Pearl (if the fish is not skate).

Aug 14, 2013
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Mangalitsa Pork?

Do you know of any restaurants that currently have this type of pork on the menu? Preferably one that is not uber expensive?

I found an article in NY Times that mentions several restos (including Vandaag, RIP), but it's likely dated. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/29/din...

If you've tried it, is it amazing?

Thanks!

Aug 13, 2013
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Distilled Restaurant in Tribeca

I went tonight. We ordered a large order of wings (12 for $22), the fried duck on a 'brioche style pancake' and the burger. Oh, and cold charred broccoli side (for $12).

Meal starts w free popcorn w a salt mix made w brewers yeast, spice and something sweet. It's really good (and free, tho the bowl the bring is super small, think cereal bowl)!

Wings were crazy good and crazy big. They're super battered and fried and they stay crisp in the sweet, sticky, salty sauce. Point Reyes blue cheese is the dip and it w good, but we had to ask for three more cups of it bc they provided so little. No one should really eat more than two of these, but we managed to choke down three to four each.

The burger was great. I ordered it rare and it was perfectly cooked. American cheese, big sour pickle, sliced onion, butter lettuce and a beautiful slice of percently ripe green zebra heirloom tomato. I had a side salad (instead of tater tots). It had arugula, some kind of sprout shoot and herbs. The dressing was lite and citrusy and I really liked it.

The duck was random. I love duck and I love the flavor of duck. This just tasted to my like some breaded and fried puck of meat - I missed the duck part. The brioche pancake was yummy, tho.

The side of broccoli (I don't remember the last time I paid $12 for a veg side) came w thin slices of pickled watermelon, sweet candied peanuts, lardons, fresh herbs, and a julienned veg I couldn't place. I liked everything separately, but didn't think it was extra good altogether.

We brought our kids and they brought out big bowls of Mac and cheese and canteloup for free (and without us asking) and our server also brought out a brownie sundae at the end of the meal for free. That was a nice and rare surprise.

Husband drank a manhattan cocktail fr list (tasty but too sweet). I had left hand sawtooth on tap (yummy).

The room is kind of random -- nothing notable about it except they tried really hard to dampen the sound in the room and did a great job. It's very quiet. Music was fun '80s.

PS Our server was v nice. I had read the staff was really nice and knowledgable. The only thing I wish he did differently was to warn us that we were ordering too much food. We brought home most of the duck and half of the burger. The wings kind of killed us.

Aug 11, 2013
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Momofuku Ko or Tocqueville for anniversary dinner?

I fully agree that if you are looking to replicate the days when you were up on the NY scene and want to blow your minds,, go the way of KO.

Why not book the sitter for Sunday, too and go somewhere else that's cheap and romantic? One of your old favorites?

If I had another res at KO, I wouldn't turn my back on it. If you go w Tocqueville, I'd happily use your KO spot for you :).

Jul 26, 2013
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Aamanns - Cooenhagen - TriBeCa

Friday night we ate at Aamanns. My husband and I walked in with our two girls (under three) and were seated at our choice of table. By the time we left, tho, they were pretty full. I like the space. Light bright and white. Lots of hard surfaces, tho, so it is loud, which sometimes is just fine when you have kids bc no one else can hear them!

We ordered the four course tasting menu to try many things. First two courses (due to kids, we asked them to bring two at once to speed things along) were mixed smorebrod (open faced sandwiches on rye bread) and mixed herring. For smorebrod, we tasted one with chicken salad (my husband said he thought he could have made the chix salad -- and he never cooks!), one w boiled potatoes, mayonnaise and potato chips and one w smoked fish. They were pretty tasty, if not a little boring. There were two kinds of herring, one marinated w ginger and served w apples and the other I think was creamy.

Next course had steak tar tar on one side and a warm pork pâté w mixed vegetables in mayo on top on the other. I thought the steak was excellent. The beef was airy and tasted big quality. It was served w an eggy sauce and capers and sliced cornichons and potato chips for crunch and more salt. It wasn't really all mixed together and more layered -- and I really enjoyed it. The pork pâté was also very good! I've never really had a warm pâté, but i may try to heat it at home, as it was quite tasty.

Dessert was a lemon mouse served in little mason jars with some crispy things on top. It was very good -- but we had to battle our two daughters for tastes, so we didn't get much!

It was $46 per person for the four courses. It was a lot of tastes, which I appreciated, and none were very big (maybe four or five bites each). I would go back, but maybe for lunch and now that I've tasted, would order off the menu. My husband didn't feel satiated, I think because he's used to eating a big warm meal and the only thing that was remotely warm was the small piece of pork pâté. It was fine for me, tho. Especially on a hot night.
The had lots of beautiful infused aquavit -- but we didn't try any. Next time...

Jun 30, 2013
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Butterfly Supper Club - TriBeCa - ho hum

We popped into the Butterfly Supper Club in TriBeCa - a new Michael White Resto. It was crowded when we arrived on a Sunday at 730 and we took the last empty table.

I think it's meant to be a high end diner from the 1960 (at least that's what it reminded me of). The menu was fairly short - a handful of appetizers, three salads, three sandwiches and maybe four entrees. The menu was also quite heavy -- nothing really seemed light and healthy.

We started with fried cracklins - which were fine. I've never really had good or bad cracklins and frankly I don't enjoy them much (my husband snuck them in the order). I started w a Caesar salad. It had both romaine and kale. I tasted as if it hadn't been freshly dressed and it was dressed way too much. Pretty limp. It came with shaved Parmesan, fried capers and "anchovy breadcrumbs". Between the heavy dose of dressing and all the toppings, it was a salt bomb and, as a result, almost in edible. Funny, as I like all the things in the salad, just not all on top of each other.

For entrees, we got the fried chicken and the patty melt. Fried chicken was excellent. Four pieces (menu said bell and Evans, I believe). Breast split in half, drumstick and thigh. Very tasty, if a bit greasy (it's rare that f chic is not, no?). It came w a small ramekin of unremarkable cole slaw and a super buttery biscuit brushed on top w honey butter. I asked the server for some honey, as I love biscuits w honey (it's like my desert) and the server acknowledged that the biscuit is made w honey but they don't have any to serve along side it. He said I wasn't the first person to ask and they are collecting feedback so they can improve in subsequent weeks.

The patty melt looked v ordinary to me, but I didn't try. It. It came w French fries that were cold, pickles and some yellow sauce. My husband said it was tasty.

We brought out two young girls (both under three). Service was very accommodating for them and there were a lot of other kids in the resto.

They had a fun looking cocktail menu -- my husband just had a manhattan which was well made and I didn't drink.

After such in insanely heavy meal we skipped dessert.

I may go back, but no time soon. Too heavy all around (granted we ordered really heavy, but the menu wasn't really light on the all around). I think they have a few kinks to work out and I'd have to have a serious hankering for fried chix to bring me back. And, there's some great fried chic is the hood already (bubbys, cornerstone).

Ho hum.

Jun 30, 2013
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Delivering baby at Mt Sinai -- Great takeout??

This is all such great information! Thank you! I'm going to check menus now and put in my order. Spicy mexi and wine bars sound v good night now!

I wouldn't have thought it so surprising that a hospital-bound chowhounder would be asking for foodie recs near a hospital -- I mean, has anyone eactually ever tasted hospital food worth eating??

(With my last baby at another hospital, my good friend brought me a bag full of treats fr Eataly - exactly what the dr ordered!)

And Yo In Yo Out is a hysterical name for a restaurant -- kind of summarizes 9.5 months of pregnancy in one fell swoop!

Jun 25, 2013
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Delivering baby at Mt Sinai -- Great takeout??

I'll be giving birth in the next couple of weeks at Mt Sinai on upper east side. Where can I send my husband for some delicious takeout to speed up my recovery? Would love to have some good food ideas lined up so he doesn't come back after an exploratory walk with a slice of cold pizza for me!

Nomad -- Walk-ins?? Tonight?!

Thank you all! My friend and I walked in at 7 and were promptly seated in the beautiful and bright atrium. I had read that the non alcoholic cocktails are the best in the city and both my friend and i are pregnant -- so we indulged. The cocktails were super good! Delicious dinner snow pea chiffonade salad, baby lettuce salad, tagliatelle w lemon and crab and hake. We shared carrot cake , which was super good. All in a very tasty and fun meal! And relatively affordable to boot!

May 13, 2013
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Nomad -- Walk-ins?? Tonight?!

Spiritchaser -- Thank you for such a helpful and clear explanation! I just called and they can't seat us, but did confirm what you said about the bar having 12 seats that serve the full menu first come first serve. She also suggested that we come earlier than 7 for a better chance at a bar seat. Appreciate it!

May 13, 2013
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Nomad -- Walk-ins?? Tonight?!

Quick question for all you knowledgable chowhounders out there:

If I were to show up at Nomad at 7 tonight, any chance a party of two would be seated anywhere for the Nomad experience that's so hard to come by?

When I look on their website -- it seems that there are a myriad of areas w/in the hotel to eat. Do all of these serve the delicious nomad menu? I can't imagine they reserve tables well in advance for all of them.

Am I totally confused here?

Thanks in advance!

May 13, 2013
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New job 31st & Ninth - tasty lunch and dinner suggestions?

This is awesome! Thank you guys! I cant wait for work next week! (Well, that's not entirely true...)

Feb 17, 2013
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New job 31st & Ninth - tasty lunch and dinner suggestions?

Hello! I've recently started a new job on W 31st btw Eighth & Ninth and I'm looking for tasty fast lunch suggestions w in maybe a 5-10 block radius (prefer something quick and inexpensive, love ethnic) and some nicer dinner suggestions (same general radius). I feel like I'm in a bit of a restaurant dead zone, but I really hope that's not the case.

So far for lunch I've done Pio Pio Rico and Zib Zoob (or something like that) for pretty tasty Asian noodles. And for dinner, I like Keens, a few places in K town (Han bat and the new fancy place on the high floor of the bldg on 32nd and bway) and the Bresslin and John Dory.

Someone suggested mexicue on Seventh, but I haven't been yet. Anyone tried? Other suggestions?

Feb 17, 2013
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Need raw bar rec for next Saturday evening

Two other downtown choices: The Dutch (where you also probably won't get a reservations, but could go early for a table) and Giorgione. I love raw bar and go to both of those places with relative frequency. It's been years since I've been to it, but blue ribbon had a v good one -- check and make sure before you go to that one though.

Oct 14, 2012
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Burgers in Soho/Tribeca north?

Walkers, walkers, walkers! Really good.

Dylan prime. Bubby's. Mercer kitchen.

Jul 12, 2012
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Montreal w/ Kids and Parents -- Foodie family needs recs!

Thank you for these great suggestions! We are getting excited. I had our concierge hook us up with some reservations. Her is the itinerary:

Saturday 30 of June : Joe Beef at 7pm for 4 pers. is confirmed. They are full on the other dates.

Sunday 01 of July : Vallier for brunch at 1pm for 6 pers. is confirmed. www.restaurantvallier.com

For dinner, casual place for you to choose:
Modavie, Méditerranean cuisine at www.modavie.com
Bevo, italian cuisine at www.bevopizza.com
Vieux-Port Steakhouse , seafood and steak and a beautiful terrace at www.vieuxportsteakhouse.com
Please confirm the number of persons.(6 or 8

)

Monday 02 of July: lunch at La Banquise at 1 pm for poutine and beer. No reservation required. www.labanquise.com. The best in the city.

Dinner at Le Local at 8 pm for 2 pers. is confirmed. www.resto-lelocal.com

Tuesday 03 of July: lunch at Bouillon Bilk at 1pm for 6 pers. is confirmed. www.bouillonbilk.com

Dinner at Au Pied de Cochon at 8 pm for 4 pers is confirmed. They are full on the other dates.

On July 1, does anyone have an opinion of the suggestions? I would like to try Garde Manger -- but I read somewhere that they specifically will not accept kids (is that legal?!).

Montreal w/ Kids and Parents -- Foodie family needs recs!

Hello! Or should I say Bonjour?!

I will be traveling to Montreal with my husband (we're in our late 30s), parents (in their 70s - not super mobile) and two young girls (1 and 2 yrs old) from June 30 to July 4. We are staying at Hotel Place d'Artes in the old part of town.

We are all big foodies and my kids are suprisingly great in restaurants (we live in Manhattan and eat out with them probably 4 or 5 times a week). The last time my husband and I were in Montreal w/o kids we ate at APDC, Le Club Chasse et Peche, and some restaurant with the work 'lait' in it that was quite good. We loved going to Jean Talon and buying all kinds of great foods to eat.

I would love some specific recommendations for:

1) Restaurants that are family friendly (for the 6 of us!) with great food, preferably within walking distance of our hotel or a short taxi ride away.

2) A high end restaurant that my husband and I should go to alone on date night -- when we leave my kids with my parents at the hotel. We've always wanted to try Joe Beef, but it has never worked with our schedule.

3) A place for great poutine and beer - also nearby the hotel!

Also -- we undertand that Montreal Jazz Festival is going to be happening when we are in town. Does anyone know if there are outdoor venues where we could bring a picnic blanket and eat things we've picked up at Jean Talon? Also, can one drink wine in public (like on the picnic) in Montreal w/o getting arrested?

Thanks in advance!!

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