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Help -- Cool Steakhouse for Teens

I need some help picking out a cool steakhouse to take my two visiting teenage cousins. Suggestions?

May 19, 2009
Adelia in Manhattan

South Beach Wine & Food Festival 09

Does anyone know if they are going to release additional tickets for the Burger Bash like they did last year?

How Long of a Wait at Redhead

We are planning to have dinner at Redhead on Saturday. We are trying to plan our evening out. How long of a wait should we expect at 7:00 or 7:30?

Aug 23, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Degustation or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Kobetobiko, I understand your point about these two places being very different from one another but I have wanted to try both for quite some time and want to sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare our meal. That is the only common denominator. Otherwise, we are very flexible as to price and menu. It sounds like our best bet is to try Robuchon this time and hit Degustation next time we are in town so that we can contrast the two.

Jul 31, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Degustation or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

I am deciding between these two places for a dinner next week. I have reservations at both. We are looking for a lively atmosphere and great, innovative food. Does anyone have any gut reactions on which one we should try? (We can't try both in this one trip because our other dinners are already booked).

Jul 31, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Wolfgang's Steakhouse -- Park Ave or Tribeca Location

We have decided to go to Wolfgang's. Should we go to the Park Ave or Tribeca location? Thanks in advance.

Jun 05, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Not Enough! (LONG REPORT)

Total cost was around $250. We went for our anniversary as well and, as I said above, it lived up to and exceeded our expectations, which were very high.

Jun 02, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Not Enough! (LONG REPORT)

We were really happy we asked them to pair the wines for us. They paired everything really well and we were able to taste several great wines. I highly recommend it.

May 31, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Not Enough! (LONG REPORT)

I literally cannot wait to go back and order more of the dishes that have been recommended.

May 30, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Not Enough! (LONG REPORT)

You have to get this ribeye! It was cooked perfectly. Our server said 20 oz, but it was HUGE. I agree it had to be 20 oz per person. It was amazing! I don't think I will ever be able to order any other secondi there!

May 30, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Top 5 Burgers

I had Shake Shack -- Double Shack Burger -- and a Stand burger -- with blue cheese and bacon -- this past weekend when I was in NY. I have also had many of the others listed by others (PJ Clarke, Burger Joint --LPM, JG Melon, etc.) and I have to say the Double Shack Burger is the best burger I have ever eaten. It was like heaven. The meat was delicious and juicy and the sauce and cheese oozing over the burger could almost make me cry it was so good. The only think I am regretting is that I waited so long to try it and I have to wait another month before I am back in NYC and can try it again.

The Stand burger was pretty good, but knowhere close to Shake Shack or the others I mentioned above. The toasted marshmellow shake, on the other hand, was probably the best shake I have ever had.

May 29, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Babbo -- Bottle or Quartino Pairings

Thanks for your help, everyone! Here is a link to my very long report on Babbo I posted on the Manhattan board.

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/523880

In short, both nights, we simply asked the waiter if he would pair wine with each of our dishes and he said of of course! The first night, we were charged $30 for four different wines (with two glasses each of most of them) and we were charged $20 the second night for three pairings. We were able to taste several different wines and I am very happy that we asked for the pairings. It added a little bit of extra excitement to the amazing experience.

May 29, 2008
Adelia in Wine

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Not Enough! (LONG REPORT)

I posted earlier this month asking if the ever insightful people on this board thought going to Babbo two times in one week was too much. We decided to see how much we enjoyed it the first night and, if we loved it, keep our second reservation.

We loved Babbo! The first night, our reservation for two was at 6:00 p.m. Upon arrival, we walked up to the host stand after passing the bar area. The bar area was already filled to capacity with bar diners and people dining at the bar area tables. I agree with others on this board that I would feel very comfortable eating at the bar and at the three tables in the front window in the bar area, but I would not like sitting at the two tables between the door and the host station. It was seemed very crowded and distracting,

Upon checking in, we were immediately seated. [Interestingly, for all of you who would love to dine at Babbo but have missed making reservations 30 days in advance, I overheard the host telling another staff person that they still had seating available in the dining room, so they should not turn anyone away or say they were fully booked. ]

'We were right next to the huge round table in the center where the wine is kept and where the sommelier was stationed. We also were seated close enough to the kitchen that we were able to see almost every delicious-looking dish that came out of the kitchen.

Our server was great. He took our pre-dinner drink order -- rhubarb bellinis (yum) -- and then explained every special to us and several house specialties in great detail. While he did this, we enjoyed the complimentary chickpea bruschetta. Of course, I had scrutinized the menu many, many times and pretty much knew what we were going to order. We told the waiter we were going to split everything and asked if he could just pair our wine with each dish and he said of course. I don't remember the names of every wine he picked (I am not that familiar with Italian wines), but each one paired perfectly with our dishes. I saw him consult with the sommelier before choosing which wine to pair with each of our dishes. I do not believe each of the wines were on the quartino list.

Oxtail gnocci -- The softest, pillows of gnocci I have ever tasted in a thick, rich almost gravy-like sauce with oxtail meat in it. I fell in love with Babbo upon my first bite. This was paired perfectly with a very light Bastianich (don't be skeptical) red. I believe it was Impezzara. It was a perfect, light red wine to start with that really showcased the gnocci.

Beef cheek ravioli -- One of the richest pasta dishes I have ever tasted. The texture was smooth and creamy. We almost inhaled it. This was nicely paired with a Mascarello Barbera D'Alba.

Sweetbreads -- I have to admit that I have never tasted sweetbreads and do not love offal. Having said that, these sweetbreads were very tasty and velvety soft. The taste was sweet and sour. Very good. This was the only controversial wine pairing that we had. The dish would normally be paired with a white wine, but, because we had it as a third course after already having two red wines, it was paired with a delicious red wine. It was my favorite wine of the evening and I wrote it down but I think I was in such a food coma by this point I didn't write it down clearly. Wine gurus, please feel free to give me your thoughts on what wine it was because I would love to order it again. I also may have been a tiny bit tipsy by this point because they were very generous with filling (and refilling) our wine glasses. I gibberish I wrote down is " Vigna da Duliena Schiollol . . ." Sorry!

Our last dish, don't gasp, was the ribeye for two. We couldn't resist. We love steak (I especially love ribeye) and have heard so many great things about this ribeye that we had to try it. And, it was the most delicious steak I have ever tasted. It was served with baby rosemary potatoes and ramps, with olive oil dripped over the top. they bring the huge 20 oz. steak out on a wooden board, show it to you, and then carve it up for two in a beautiful presentation. Then they drizzle the olive oil over the top. The flavoring of the meat and the dry rub on the steak gave it an amazing crust that sealed in the juices perfectly. This was paired with the Ocone Diomede Aglianico. Perfect pairing.

I am afraid to say that I cannot remember the exact dessert that we had. It was a crostata with pine nuts on top. Very good, but we were in a true food coma by that point and could barely comprehend any other amazing flavors.

I have seen the debate about upstairs or downstairs and we really enjoyed downstairs. We did not find it too loud, but I can see how others might. We loved the music. I thought it added a little extra flavor that you don't typically get in restaurants of this caliber.

Our second night, we had a much later reservation -- 9:00 p.m. -- but were still seated (downstairs again) immediately. This was a much more relaxed meal because the pressure was off, so to speak. We again asked our server to pair wine with each dish. We ordered a special that sounded wonderful the first night we were there -- raviolo raviggiolli. This was probably the best pasta dish I have ever had. It was ravioli with a rather strong goat cheese, raviggiolli, in a rich, cream sauce. This was paired with a white Morgex.

Our second dish was another pasta -- orecchetti with sweet sausage. This dish was fine, but pretty ordinary. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the red sauce was very nice, but it was not the same WOW type of dish that every other dish was. This was paired with a Canaiolo. I didn't love this wine, but our server told us it was made from the same grapes as chianti, so it would pair really well with the pasta. It did pair well, but had a little too much tannin for my taste.

Although we vowed to not get the ribeye and to try some of the other secondis, we could not resist because it was so great. And we wanted to confirm that it was as great as we originally thought it was. And .... it was even better the second time! Probably because we had a little bit more room for it as we didn't have three courses prior to eating it and we did not eat much of the orecchetti.

We ordered the gelato and sorbet sampler for dessert. We really enjoyed the olive oil gelato.

In short, both nights at Babbo were awesome and exactly what I was hoping for.

May 29, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Babbo -- Bottle or Quartino Pairings

Thanks, everyone! I think we are going to go with the quartinos. I will be sure to report back on our dinner!

May 23, 2008
Adelia in Wine

Babbo -- Bottle or Quartino Pairings

I finally have my Babbo reservation this weekend! I have been trying to figure out whether to order a bottle of wine or to ask the sommelier to pair quartinos with each dish. We expect to order several dishes and create our own "tasting" menu, so pairings would be great. My only concern is that the quartino selection does not appear to be extensive. Babbo experts, please help!

May 22, 2008
Adelia in Wine

Saturday brunch reservations at Jane??

Thanks for the head's up on the limited Saturday brunch menu. We will have to think about that and then call the restaurant directly for reservations if we decide to go. Thanks!

May 10, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Saturday brunch reservations at Jane??

Does anyone know if Jane takes reservations for brunch on Saturdays? I went on Opentable for a reservation for a Saturday three weeks away and no reservations popped up but reservations did pop up for the next day, Sunday. It seems odd to me that they would be booked for brunch on Saturday but not Sunday. The web page doesn't specify. Thanks in advance.

May 09, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Sunday Brunch in Miami-Dade?

The Four Seasons on Brickell is awesome for a buffet brunch. They also have a champagne/mimosa bar that is great.

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Too Much?

Thanks, everyone! We are going to keep the second reservation and plan on going to
Babbo twice. We are very excited. I will report back on this board on both trips!

Apr 29, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Deep Dish

Maybe you had them on an off night. I was there a month ago and it was awesome as ever. Give it another try -- deep dish sausage is the best.

Apr 28, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

Babbo -- Twice in One Week Too Much?

Okay. I do not live in NY, but I have been trying for years to get into Babbo. I finally was able to obtain a reservation after two people called for two hours with two phones each for the end of May. I became worried that we might miss the reservation because of flight delays, etc. and decided to try to get another back-up reservation for the week we are going to be in NY. And, to my surprise, I got through on the second time I dialed the reservation line. I was going to give one of the reservations up, but the more I think about it, I think we may love it so much that we may want to go back a few days later. Am I crazy?

Apr 27, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

Deep Dish Debate

Exchequer on Wabash is the best. And many people do not even know about it and probably pass it every day.

Apr 26, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

Deep Dish

Exchequer Pub on Wabash has the BEST deep dish pizza in the city. It also is not touristy. It is a hidden gem. Everyone I know who goes there is from Chicago and grew up going there, like I did.

Apr 26, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

Visiting Chicago - Which Steakhouse?

I would go to Gibson's for a great steak and Chicago "steakhouse" experience. If you can't get a reservation at Gibson's, my second choice would be the ribeye at Tavern on Rush, which is kiddy corner from Gibson's. I actually had a GREAT ribeye the other night at Ristorante We, a restaurant that is not written much about on this Board, but had great steaks. It is a tiny restaurant in the W Hotel, but really awesome food. If you go, get the garlic bread with gorgonzola fondue. You will be very happy with the food at any of these three places.

I like G and G a lot, but you have to be in the mood for gruff service in order to go there. David Burke's Primehouse is also great -- it is a much more modern steakhouse. But, as I said above, I think Gibson's is the full package, so that would be my first pick for you.

Apr 26, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

What Recent Meal "Blew You Away"?

What were your favorite dishes?

Apr 22, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

First time at Table Fifty-Two -- What to Eat

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!

Apr 22, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

What Recent Meal "Blew You Away"?

Degustation has been on my "must go" list, but now I REALLY have to go! I have been looking for a website for it, but can't find one. Do you have a link for it?

Apr 21, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan

First time at Table Fifty-Two -- What to Eat

Our reservations are for tomorrow night. Any suggestions?

Apr 21, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

First time at Table Fifty-Two -- What to Eat

We will be in Chicago in May and FINALLY scored dinner rezzies at Table Fifty-Two. What are the "must order" dishes there? We don't want to miss anything great! Thanks in advance.

Apr 19, 2008
Adelia in Chicago Area

Great place to have relaxing dinner for one in midtown

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!

Apr 01, 2008
Adelia in Manhattan