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Best caviar service in NYC

My girlfriend and I are looking for a great post-theater caviar service in Manhattan to celebrate her birthday. We're just planning on having caviar and vodka (or maybe champagne.) Caviar Russe seems to get the best reviews. However, we were thinking about going old-school.

Anyone have a preference between Petrossian or the Russian Tea Room? Which one is better these days? Or is there any other place I should check out?

Thanks!

Mar 08, 2012
MetroDad in Manhattan

40th bday party..... 60-70 people

My wife threw a 40th birthday party for me this past November for about 75 people. We rented out a private room at STK in the meatpacking district. It's a gorgeous room upstairs with a fireplace. We had an open bar, tons of passed hors d'ouevres, and a DJ. Everything worked out great.

Mar 01, 2009
MetroDad in Manhattan

Help - Tribeca breakfast recommendations

As a longtime resident of Tribeca, I'd have to say that City Hall is your best bet. The other places are too informal. You'll be surrounded by strollers and nannies.

Sep 09, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Wolfgang's Steak- Park Ave or Greenwich?

Not even close. Greenwich is a far better option. The Park Avenue location is crowded and the space has terrible acoustics. Tables are jammed right next to each other. You can never get a drink at the bar. And they never seat you on time.

Greenwich is the exact opposite. Food is exactly the same.

Sep 09, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Getting married at City Hall on Friday...

I would not go to Jean Georges or Le Bernadin for a lunch after my wedding. JG is extremely bright and lunch tends to be mostly the tourist crowd. Le Bernadin is filled with "ladies who lunch" and other elderly UES denizens. Out of those three, I think Bouley would be the most romantic lunch after a wedding. Especially with their beautiful floral centerpieces.

But since you'll be at City Hall and it's supposed to be a gorgeous day on Friday, why not stay downtown and walk somewhere nice to eat? If you're don't like Bouley, there are several other great choices. What about Chanterelle? Danube? Rosanjin? Scalini Fedelli? They're all great restaurants that have very romantic settings. Perfect for a lunch celebration.

By the way, congrats on the coming nuptials!

Aug 05, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Wedding food at Central Park Boathouse

Until fairly recently, the catered wedding food at the Boathouse was consistently awful. It's improved tremendously over the past 5 years. However, I think the reason for the mixed reviews is because the kitchen still tends to be inconsistent. I've been to 2-3 weddings there in the past 2 years. Food was completely different at all of them. I think it pays for you to be diligent with the menu and really press them hard on how important the food quality is to you. I'd recommend multiple tastings. Don't let them get too ambitious.

Jul 15, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Looking for butcher in Manhattan that sells suckling pig

Try Faicco Pork Store on Bleecker. They do cut-to-order pig. I'm sure they can get you what you need.

Jul 15, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Help Please with dress code in Manhattan

Regarding Manhattan dress codes, I think you'll do fine if you just remember our golden commandments:

(1) No crocs. Ever. Don't even wear then in your hotel room. We'll find out.

(2) Velour track suits are suitable only at Raos and if you've been invited to sit at Al Sharpton's table.

(3) No logos or clothing showing your allegiance to any sports team, college, or Nascar driver.

(4) Pop that collar on that polo shirt under a blazer and we'll know immediately which suburb of Raleigh you're from.

(5) Capris are cool. As long as they're black. Long pants and dresses are also cool. As long as they're black. Silk tops are acceptable. As long as they're black...or white. Colored clothing generally not welcome here.

All kidding aside, most of the restaurants that you're going to won't care what you're wearing. You seem like great foodies so I'm sure the restaurateurs will pick up on your passion and you'll feel comfortable. You can get away with jeans and casual wear at all those restaurants. At a few of the places, you might even be able to get away with shorts (though I wouldn't recommend it.) I would dress nicest for Grammercy. Don't worry about the rest.

By the way, get the short ribs ravioli or the chicken at GT. Two of my favorite dishes in the city. Enjoy.

Jun 18, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Korean Soon Tofu in NYC?

I hate Seoul Garden and Cho Dang Gol.

There are times when I wish I lived in LA so I could eat soon tofu at BCD 2-3 times per week. The only place that I get it here in Manhattan is at Shilla Restaurant in K-town. It's high quality. They offer several versions. And it's better than anything else around.

Jun 18, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

1 meal in chinatown - where?

Previous poster made some good recommendations. I'd add Ping's Seafood that that list. Excellent assortment of foods not often available in the U.S. Tell the hostess (not the waiter) after you're seated that you'd like to try things off the menu. Ask if they have had any abalone flown in lately.

Jun 18, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Chicken - my MONTRACHET memory

The chicken at Montrachet is great. However, if you ever want to try the perfect roast chicken, get the one at Blue Hill. It's ruined all other chickens for me.

Apr 29, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

TRIBECA - FAMILY FUN RESTAURANT?

The festival is on Greenwich Street so if you're looking for something nearby, there are a ton of places. Just on Greenwich Street alone, you'll find Deens Pizza, Roc, Gigino, Devin Tavern, and Bombay. Tribeca is such a family friendly area so all those places are great for kids.

Bubby's will have a line out the door for an hour. I live in the neighborhood and never understood the attraction. Two MUCH better places are Landmarc and Kitchenette. Both are also nearby. Kitchenette is old-fashioned comfort food. Depending on the age of your kids, it might feel a little cramped. However, Landmarc is great for families with kids. They have a special kids menu and, as a special treat, they make homemade gourmet cotton candy. Every kid loves it there.

Apr 29, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

One night in Manhattan where to dine?

Stanton Social. If you can't get a reservation at the restaurant, go and eat at the lounge. Great place for young out-of-towners to enjoy a very good meal in a cool setting.

Apr 29, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Korean restaurant with good variety of banchan (side dishes)?

Woo Chon has the most traditional array of banchan in town. The restaurant is old and the atmosphere is dated. However, it's a good old-school Korean restaurant (that also happens to make the best kimchi around.)

Apr 29, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan

Best Burger in NYC?

The best burger in the East Village area is @ Stand (12th & University.) Not really divey though.

If you're willing to head over to Alphabet City, I think you'll love Royale. Great burgers. Awesome beer menu. Sounds more of what you're looking for.

Feb 29, 2008
MetroDad in Manhattan