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Macy's Day parade

Heads up on the route - it's changed -

You might check out The Wayfarer - double level on 6th Ave - but with all the places mentioned you'd need a window seat to see anything well, so you'll want to ask some very direct questions when making the reservation.
It also looks like the parade will pass Bryant Park - near 6th there is an outdoor restaurant with heaters in cold weather called Southwest Park - though I doubt they would take reservations.
Good luck.

Aug 19, 2015
David W in Manhattan

Revery Greenwood Indiana

I ended up eating here during my visit.
The restaurant has several spaces: a bar area, a front dining area, a back dining area and an outdoor space. We ate there on a Saturday night, and the parking lot across the street seems to be a gathering place for car enthusiasts-so beware the noise and fumes if you eat outside. I'd pick the front dining space as the best place to be.
The crab cake bruschetta was very nice, with a generous serving of crab. The apple salad was especially nice, if a bit skimpy.
The dressing was nicely paired with the tartness of the apple.
The entrees were also interesting, and a little surprising. The scallops had an interesting sauce and were cooked just right.
The short rib was tender and had a nice sweet potato puree and Brussels sprouts. The duck was perfectly cooked with crispy skin and a licorice/fennel sauce-very inventive.
The kitchen is in good hands.
The wait staff on the other hand....they were all very nice.
But there seems to be no coherent plan in place at all. No idea about the wines by the glass. When our first course was cleared the waiter asked if we wanted dessert. When our plates came out they didn't know who was eating what. Two different people came to take my drink order. Same with getting the check. True, it was prime time Saturday night, but they seem to have no system, no training. The service is far below what the food deserves.
I live in NY, so the prices didn't seem out of line to me for the quality of the food.
So I recommend this place for the food, but only if you can be relaxed about the mixed-up service. I wouldn't go there on a special occasion or to impress anyone, but if you want good food in that area without having to drive north for it, give it a go.
Maybe they will get a house manager and fix the service problem.
The staff certainly seemed pleasant and willing to help, so I wouldn't think it should be all that hard to fix the service issues.

Aug 13, 2015
David W in Great Lakes

Charming lunch spot near Lincoln Center

I'm not sure what you would define as charming, but the Greek Kitchen is a solid choice for simple fare in a pleasant surrounding.

Jul 07, 2015
David W in Manhattan

Jean Georges/Nougatine and the Trump Hotel

Thanks to all who commented. As to the actual ownership of the hotel-well, they certainly claim ownership:

If so, it does, at least indirectly, benefit him.

I guess we will find out if he actually files the paperwork needed to run for President.

I have no reason to believe that JG himself shares any views with Trump or has any actual relationship with him other than renting space from him. He's actually checked my coat himself at least two times that I've been there, so he seems down-to-earth and very nice...unlike his landlord.

And Trump has been obnoxious for a long time...but somehow I've always managed to ignore him. But it does seem wrong to punish someone who is merely connected to him via a business which would be pretty difficult to move on a whim.

Perhaps I should go, but bring a little Mexican flag to place in the planters on the way out.

Jul 06, 2015
David W in Manhattan

Jean Georges/Nougatine and the Trump Hotel

I was thinking of dining at Nougatine in a few weeks but something stopped me...the location.
I hate to brush JG with the Trump brush, and I don't want to give up eating there.
Am I overthinking this?

Jul 01, 2015
David W in Manhattan

Restaurants in Columbus, OH

That lobster tail looks like a sfogliatelle to me...but I see that just above it...what's the difference?
I want everything shown in that photo...

May 30, 2015
David W in Great Lakes

Name this restaurant- Please Help ! Brooklyn

I can't help, but there is a Facebook page for Starrett City-you may find someone there who can help.

May 27, 2015
David W in Outer Boroughs

Dinner, 5/12: Txikito

The king oyster mushroom dish is one of my favorites.

May 22, 2015
David W in Manhattan

Revery Greenwood Indiana

I'm visiting Greenwood in August and was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this place?

May 22, 2015
David W in Great Lakes

Restaurants near Fallingwater?

This is probably too late but about 15 miles away in Donegal is the Out of the Fire Café - we eat there 5 or 6 times a year while travelling through PA and are never disappointed. It's a byob place, with very high quality food and a great vibe.

Mar 30, 2015
David W in Pennsylvania

Brau Haus Oldenburg IN

Just read that the owner, Cindy Ziemke, is one of the members of the Indiana State House of Representatives who voted in favor of the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act".
I think that the atmosphere of a restaurant is important, and some of us may choose to avoid this restaurant in the future.

Mar 30, 2015
David W in Great Lakes

Easton PA on a Monday night

River Grille was just the spot on a chilly evening. We settled into a cozy booth around 7 and were pleased to see an active dining scene (I hate to be one of the last people in a restaurant) - don't know if that's usual or a result of the holidays.
The apple and baby green salad was very nice, with a good balance of flavors. The tuna tartare was also nice, as long as you like the heat supplied by the ginger and wasabi - which I do.
4 plump scallops with a nice jasmine rice and pineapple was inventive and refreshing. The gnocchi Bolognese was hearty and homey on a cold night.
We finished with some sorbet that was very good.
We walked past Sette Luna, which looked inviting, but was probably a bit too boisterous for us this night.
The easy walk back to our hotel was also appreciated, after a long drive.
I was disappointed that the Carmelcorn Shop was closed the day we were there-I love the old-fashioned roasted nuts.

Jan 05, 2015
David W in Pennsylvania

Easton PA on a Monday night

Thank you. I was leaning in that direction already.

Dec 13, 2014
David W in Pennsylvania

Easton PA on a Monday night

I'll be stopping overnight in Easton on a Monday night in a few weeks. We'll have been travelling all day, so I'm looking for a place to share a bottle of wine and a relaxed dinner in walking distance-in the downtown area - that is also open on a Monday night.
I'm currently looking at either Sette Luna or the River Grille.
Any thoughts on these two spots or any other would be appreciated.

Dec 10, 2014
David W in Pennsylvania

Petite Fleury Bakery Brooklyn

I tried this small bakery the other day and found the almond croissant and currant scone to be quite tasty. It's a very friendly spot.

Note-if you click on the Facebook link at the bottom of the page you'll find that they post daily on what's available.

I'd also note that though the address is Flatlands, the shop is on Schenectady - I was looking for it and almost didn't find it.

Aug 19, 2014
David W in Outer Boroughs

Morgantown WV question

Thanks for the feedback-if we do end up in that direction I will report back. I really can't wait for summer weather.

Mar 18, 2014
David W in Mid-Atlantic

Morgantown WV question

I'll be travelling between Indiana and Gaithersburg MD this summer and am looking for a stop along the way. Usually, we are heading home to Brooklyn and stop in Donegal for Out of the Fire Café, but I was wondering if a different route may be worthwhile.
I found the Clarion Hotel in Morgantown, and wonder if the restaurant in the hotel, The Montmartre or nearby Café Bacchus might be worthwhile.
I prefer a place I can walk to after our day of driving, but am open to anything else in the area you may recommend. Thanks for your help.

Mar 16, 2014
David W in Mid-Atlantic

Dinner/Late lunch near Town Hall Theater

I'd suggest Kellari Taverna - it's only a block away, and they serve brunch until 4:00 when then switch over to dinner. It's not going to change your world, but it's pretty good and comfortable. They say they are "smart casual".

If you don't mind the walk, I'd second Toloache-I prefer it at off hours when it's a little quieter.

Mar 02, 2014
David W in Manhattan

Lunch near the Metropolitan Museum on a Saturday?

They must have just changed that-I ate there on the first weekend of February and they still had the 2-course special.

Feb 11, 2014
David W in Manhattan

Lunch near the Metropolitan Museum on a Saturday?

Persepolis is a Persian restaurant on 2nd between 73rd and 74th. I especially like the chicken stew (khoresht fesenjan) but everything I've had there is good.
An added bonus is that they are open all day starting at noon, so you can eat there at odd hours. They have a lunch special from 12-6 of two courses for $17, a bargain in that neighborhood.

Feb 05, 2014
David W in Manhattan

Wine Pairing / Romantic Date

Didn't Veritas close at the end of October?

Feb 05, 2014
David W in Manhattan

RW reservations for 2014 Winter NYC

In the past several years, I've enjoyed the RW menus at Riverpark - they have had most of the menu available for the RW price.
You didn't say where you'd be staying-in case a car is involved, I'd note Riverpark has parking that is free with validation at the restaurant, right below the restaurant.

Jan 31, 2014
David W in Manhattan

Twin Farms Barnard VT

I had seen this place in a magazine and it looks very nice-but a very expensive splurge. I was wondering if anyone has stayed here and could comment on the dining and wine, and if it's worth it. Thanks.

Jan 25, 2014
David W in Northern New England

Good eats in Carlisle, PA

Reviving this old link to second Café Bruges-we stopped there a couple of times when passing through the area.
Nice, relaxed spot with great beer selections, really good frites (try the curry ketchup). Also can recommend the leek tart and the daily quiche - both perfect custardy goodness, the Waterzooi of fish-large portion, cooked perfectly and the crabcake sandwich.
Easy street parking, and there are several nice bookstores in the area, so it's a great place to take a break from the road.

Jan 09, 2014
David W in Pennsylvania

Chez du Bon Columbus Oh

We did stop in on our trip.
The space is a little odd-when you walk in, there is someone to greet you and direct you. There were some folks seated in a dark area just inside the door. There is also an upstairs space that we didn't see. We were not looking for a full-blown meal at lunch, so chose to head into the bar area.
There are bar seats and a few high tables in the same area as some of the shopping. The bartender/waiter was cheerful and efficient.
We had the lobster beignets (3) which were crispy and fairly tasty, though not a lot of lobster. The sauce was good.
The soup special was a type of potato, which was very nice-not too creamy, but with substance.
The smoked salmon rillettes had a nice flavor, with a decent amount of salmon on them-there were 4.
And the chicken/mushroom crepe, with gruyere-nice balance of flavors.
I'd say the flavoring tends to be on the subtle side, so if you like big tastes, this may not be your place.
We also had a glass each of wine that I let the bartender pick-he matched the tastes well. $52.89 before tip.
I'd say it's worthwhile if you are in the area-probably not worth the trip there if you are not. The market has a few items-breads, pastry, meats, soups, dried goods.
All in all-it doesn't replace Barcelona, Schmidt's, G Michael's, Old Mohawk, Rigsby's, Pistacia Vera, or the North Market.
I probably won't be back, but if I lived in Columbus I probably would drop in from time to time.
We had a great time as always-looking forward to our next visit.

Dec 30, 2013
David W in Great Lakes

Chez du Bon Columbus Oh

Thanks for the update-I really like the look of the space(s).
a lot depends on our weather and how we feel once we arrive-sometimes after a long drive it's just nicer to walk. If we do get there, I will most certainly report back (sometime after Christmas.)

Dec 07, 2013
David W in Great Lakes

Nicola Restaurant, Columbus

You may also want to check out Rigsby's- we drive through Columbus several times a year and often eat there:

Dec 02, 2013
David W in Great Lakes

Chez du Bon Columbus Oh

Yes, thanks. I actually saw it listed on opentable-no reviews there yet either.
In researching this place, I came across the story that Bierberg Bakery isn't making Christmas cookies this year...which made me very sad (though it's probably just as well, considering how many I ate last year).

Nov 18, 2013
David W in Great Lakes

Chez du Bon Columbus Oh

We're staying a few days in Columbus in December, revisiting some favorites. I've been looking for something new, and this place caught my eye for lunch and a little shopping. Anyone have any views of this place yet? And-how's parking around this area during the week? We stay in German Village, so I'd need to drive there. Thanks for your input.

Nov 17, 2013
David W in Great Lakes

Coconut Custard Pie

I haven't had it, but Hill Country Chicken has it on the menu-

Nov 25, 2012
David W in Manhattan