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Locanda Verde - I sense ambivalence :)

Thank you!

Aug 06, 2014
jdbeck in Manhattan

Locanda Verde - I sense ambivalence :)

I see that Locanda Verde is casual but would appreciate your opinion if one should wear a jacket to dinner. Thank you!

Aug 06, 2014
jdbeck in Manhattan

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

I suspect you are right, Big Easy. I spoke with the owner via email this afternoon and told her of the incident. She wrote me back to thank me for the heads up but said there's no indication as to when it happened. Went on to say that people are extremely disappointed when they cannot be seated immediately. Somehow I don't think that was Mrs. Darcy's complaint. I decided to check out the reviews on Yelp. The comments are pretty revealing that customer service is not her strong suit; albeit, she must be a good chef.

May 17, 2014
jdbeck in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

Glad to hear you enjoyed the Big Easy and got to experience Galatoire's. New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in America and certainly holds its own when it comes to food, music and architect. Unfortunately, it has its share of 'crazies' as you experienced at Red Gravy. I would encourage you to write the owner in order for him to protect his business.

May 17, 2014
jdbeck in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

You are correct Gizmo56. My apology to Mrs Darcy. No jacket required.

May 08, 2014
jdbeck in New Orleans

Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

You've been given some excellent choices. For dinner, I recommend walking a couple of blocks into the French Quarter and having a New Orleans quintessential dinner at Galatoire's. No problem dining solo. Just wear a jacket, tie not necessary. Request a table downstairs. They don't accept reservations for downstairs so you will most likely have to stand in a line so try avoiding a Fri or Sat. You can't go wrong with shrimp remoulade and trout meuniere, both a local favorite. But, always ask the waiter what he recommends.

May 08, 2014
jdbeck in New Orleans

Christmas windows and lunch in midtown

It would be helpful if you gave us the type of cuisine you are looking for, a price point, and your dress. For example, we wouldn't want to send you to places like the Plaza, St. Regis or the 21 Club if your wearing jeans and sneakers. Are you looking for fine dining or soup & sandwich?

Nov 29, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Your favorite Tiramisu from a restaurant (not bakery)

Interesting topic indeed. The best tiramisu that I've ever had was fifteen years ago at Erminia on E 83rd. Nothing I've had since comes close.

Nov 09, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Need pre-theater TEA snack place for Sunday, tomorrow!

It would make for a tight schedule but Palm Court at the Plaza has tea service beginning at 2:00 PM. If you arrived 5-10 minutes early, explained your situation, I believe it's doable.

Nov 09, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Times Square restaurant

Thanks, Ttrockwood. I was wondering how long it would take for Shake Shack to be mentioned. Haven't been but its on my bucket list.

Oct 11, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Times Square restaurant

Thanks, Jilkat25! Great suggestion. The Plaza is beautifully decorated at Christmas and would make a lasting impression on a young girl. JBeck

Oct 11, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Times Square restaurant

I would like to take a minute and thank everyone for offering me a suggestion. Your recommendations are spot on. Much appreciated. JBeck

Oct 11, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Times Square restaurant

Thanks Kathryn! I've been a 'hound long enough to know that you have a good reputation in NYC. You definitely know your way around the block...

Oct 11, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Times Square restaurant

Love your answer, Spiritchaser! The short answer is that I'm trying to help three women who don't know there way around the city. And, it's a day trip from DC and back so trying to save time. Love to buy you a beer for that answer though - made me smile!

Oct 11, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Times Square restaurant

Fellow Chowhounds-
Can you please offer some suggestions to take an 8-year old girl for lunch in Times Square. She is going to see the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. Guess I'm looking for something like the Hillstone on E 53rd. As she is arriving by train from DC, I would like something more special than the TS McDonald's. I anxiously await your reply. Thank you!

Oct 11, 2013
jdbeck in Manhattan

Just our luck...Todd's closed for two weeks!!! what to do?

Truly sorry that Todd's will be closed during your visit (but everyone deserves a vacation). Next time! Table 34 is good, but it's not Todd's! Think QAW offered good advice with his recommendation of the Barrymore.

Jul 28, 2013
jdbeck in Las Vegas

Need help with a weekend in New Orleans

Breakfast:
Croissant D'Or on Ursuline (btw Chartres & Royal) is great for a light breakfast; wonderful croissants and delicious coffee in a peaceful setting.

For a full breakfast in the Quarter, The Old Coffee Pot (btw Royal & Bourbon). If you have a car, Surrey's Uptown, 4807 Magazine St.

Lunch:
Joey K's, 3001 Magazine St (@7th St).
Bon Ton, 401 Magazine St. Closed Sunday's.

Dinner:
Bayona, 430 Dauphine (btw Continue & St Louis) (504) 525-4455

Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas, (504) 528-9393

Always happy to help a 'hound out, especially a fellow Georgian! Good luck!

JB

Mar 02, 2013
jdbeck in New Orleans

American (traditional)

LA Chowhounds,

Can you direct me to an upscale American traditional restaurant in the downtown area or nearby. I'm looking for places similar to Houston's or Hillstone. I would also appreciate a good Mexican restaurant. Thank you!

John

Jan 11, 2013
jdbeck in Los Angeles Area

Good Veal Chop

Thanks Sam. Minetta Tavern is on my bucket list. I'm still a few weeks out so maybe we can get in.noticed you made a post on Da Andrea. Good place and one of my faves. Also, want to than swanee for her recommendation. Appreciate the help.

Nov 25, 2012
jdbeck in Manhattan

Good Veal Chop

Thank you, Erica, for the suggestion. Will certainly look into it. I want to give you a special thanks for taking time on this special holiday. You should be at the parade. Happy Thanksgiving!

John

Nov 22, 2012
jdbeck in Manhattan

80th Birthday Party for Mother (and 30 Guests) in June

Pilinut,

I can recommend the 21 Club restaurant to you without hesitation. It's a lovely place in midtown located just off Fifth Ave on W 52nd St. The restaurant is located in a townhouse and has several private rooms. I hosted a luncheon there several years ago and everyone seemed quite pleased. Think you would be hard pressed to top it. You may have to do a luncheon to stay within your budget.

John

Nov 22, 2012
jdbeck in Manhattan

Good Veal Chop

Dear New York Hounds,

Wife and I will be making our annual visit to your great city in three weeks. We know the city well and have good knowledge of the subway. We are staying at Hotel Elysée on E. 54th. I would be most grateful for a recommendation for a delicious thick NY veal chop. Unfortunately, I'm unable to get a reservation at Il Mulino. Well, I can but don't care to dine at 5:30 or 9:30. Willing to go anywhere but prefer either the Village or UES. I prefer small NY style restaurants. Thanks!

John

Nov 22, 2012
jdbeck in Manhattan

Heading to Chicago from Boston for the Cubs v Red Sox game in June NEED Excellent Restaurants

Chicgail,
I'm impressed with your post. Since you mentioned that many of Chicago's better restaurants are outside of the main tourist area, I would be most appreciative if you would name several. Thank you!

John

Mar 20, 2012
jdbeck in Chicago Area

best dinner off the strip- 2 nights

You didn't say when you are going so this may rec may be too late. I'm only familiar with Todd's Unique and you won't be disappointed in the food or service.

Feb 01, 2012
jdbeck in Las Vegas

Off Strip dining Recomendations

Since you have a car, I recommend Todd's Unique in Henderson tonight!

Feb 01, 2012
jdbeck in Las Vegas

Green Valley Ranch?

I'm sure you will get plenty of advice before you depart to Vegas. GVR is a nice place to stay but personally, speaking, I would have a hard time staying there for five days without an automobile. Philber and Dave gave you good advice. Todd's Unique is my favorite restaurant. I highly recommend the short ribs. Anything that takes three-days to prepare has got to be good!! There is a very good Mexican restaurant a few doors down from Todd's called Coyote Grill. They serve quality food, have a riendly waitstaff, and, the restaurant is clean with nice atmosphere. It's not your typical formica-table top, sombrero decor!!

To say that Settebello is on par with NY pizzerias would be an overstatement. Afterall, they don't have NY water or coal ovens. Having said that, you will be hard pressed to find a better pizza in Las Vegas. Furthermore, it's a short walk from GVR, one-block.

You might want to rethink the car option. A R/Tcab fare from GVR to UNLV will offset the price of a car rental.

Jan 29, 2012
jdbeck in Las Vegas

First time in Atlanta

I realize this post is too late for the original poster but hopefully it will help a future Hound visiting Atlanta. IMHO, McKendrick's has a better steak than Bone's whereas Bone's is more the "in-crowd" steakhouse due to its Buckhead location. They are both fine restaurants but I prefer McK. Heck, the coconut cream pie is worth the trip!

Sep 05, 2011
jdbeck in Atlanta

1 meal near penn station

If seafood is your preference, I highly recommend Le Bernardin, 155 W. 51st. (bet 6th & 7th Ave). Your meal will be most memorable and will be a short cab drive down 7th Ave to Penn Station on 33td St. That's only a mile and a half. Reservations are hard to come by so you have to plan well ahead.

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Jan 28, 2011
jdbeck in Manhattan

I'm coming to New York for the weekend. Where should I eat?

I, too, would like to compliment and thank Kathryn for her knowledge as well as her willingness to share it with fellow chowhounds. You walk on water!!

As Bob said, straight to heaven....first-class!!

Jan 28, 2011
jdbeck in Manhattan

Brennan's: Great foodie destination or tourist trap?

Rene, you have been given some excellent advice by my fellow chowhounds!! The majority of diners at Brenan's are tourists -- that ought to tell you something. If you absolutely have to go to Brenan's, why not go for what they are known for, which is breakfast. Even with that said, you can count on spending $100 for a party of two. That's a lot of money for some fancy eggs!! In my humble opinion, there are better places for breakfast or dinner.

Mar 12, 2010
jdbeck in New Orleans