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Seeking a recommendation for a good value, very nice steakhouse

Good value and very nice steakhouse in Manhattan may be mutually exclusive. Depends on what you think is a good value. Most steakhouses are very expensive, unless you go to a bistro and have steak frites. The price gets better, and the steak is tolerable though not the size or quality you'd get at a true NYC steakhouse.

Mar 29, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Staying at Springhill Suites just north of Inner Harbor. Cab ride is fine, just don't want to go to the burbs. Kali's doesn't take reservations, so is off the list. Cinginale is on the list. How is that vs. Black Olive?

Mar 17, 2014
meinNYC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Charleston is all booked up. Come on Baltimore, there must be some restaurants you trust with ingredients! How about
Sotto Supra, Wit and Wisdom Oceanaire? Nothing to recommend? Can't be.

Mar 17, 2014
meinNYC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Coming to Baltimore to apartment hunt for summer and need recommendations for one night. One diner has severe tree nut and sesame allergies so ethnic like Chinese and Thai are out. New American or farm to table usually work well. Coming from NYC. Staying in Inner Harbor, and don't want to drive to any suburbs as we'll be driving a lot in 2 days. Chef must know their ingredients and work from scratch as much as possible. Thanks all and fire away.

Mar 15, 2014
meinNYC in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where can I find fresh tart cherries in the NW burbs?

Absolutely. Work as well as fresh. Be sure to drain them well as they get watery. And tart cherry season is late June to early July, none anywhere but in a freezer.

Mar 15, 2014
meinNYC in Chicago Area

L.A. to Las Vegas this month...final decision help please.

Le Cirq was quite a bit cheaper than the other two (which was our way of economizing) but it was fantastic. And this from some hard to please folks. Food, room ,service all top notch. At some point the amount you spend, no matter how great the meal starts to affect your enjoyment. At some point you start asking is this worth it? Le Cirq is much better than the NYC version over the years. You won't be disappointed.

Feb 02, 2014
meinNYC in Las Vegas

Etiquette for your birthday

Ask her along this year. Next year, well ahead of your birthday, ask if you can have your birthday dinner at her house on some other day than your actual birthday. Then have your kids and hubby celebrate your birthday on the actual day at a restaurant or leave the kids home with a sitter and go out with hubby alone. My mom babysat on my birthday so hubby and I got to go out alone to a fancy place. Sounds like your MIL is not cut out for babysitting but you might be surprised
how things work when she is alone with the kids. Everyone might be more relaxed and on better behavior.

Jan 20, 2014
meinNYC in Not About Food

Mexico Lindo Restaurant

oh no, they have been on that corner for over 30 years.

Jan 18, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Post-wedding brunch on a budget

Where are most of the guests staying? Out of towners hate
taking cabs, and with that many people you need a fleet.
The Yale Club does a great brunch. Call and find out. You don't have to be a member if you know someone who went to Yale. OR... as the guests leave the wedding give them a pretty doggie bag with a bagel and lox, a black and white cookie and a juice and let them eat it Saturday at their leisure.

Jan 18, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Baked Goods as Gifts For Teachers, Etc.

Had one child in a school where teacher gifts were prohibited (YEAH). Card were okay. Another child in a school where the gift had to be $15 or less. Starbuck gift cards, or Barnes and Noble gift cards worked there (and the note).In high school the parents sent baked goods to the teacher's lounge. Maybe they were brave to eat. Personally as a pediatrician, I wouldn't trust the cleanliness of any home made food. All those willing sticky fingers ( with who knows what on them) touching dough is enough to make me
cringe. Oh yes, do not give homemade wonders to your pediatrician.

Dec 16, 2013
meinNYC in General Topics

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

The cold dishes were basically various dry cold meat thinly sliced, and with some vegetables in vinegar as a course. The greasy pork butt that came at the end was, well fatty and greasy. Yeah I know grease and pork are in. The sweet eggplant at the end was good and dessert like. Also remember gluten deep fried was good. I can imagine the shopping list of the rest of the meal, baby shrimp, tofu, red pepper, mushrooms (no not the exotic kind), celery, a bit of broccoli, some chicken. Now mix in various combinations and stir fry. Maybe famous chef was on vacation and we had a sub.....

Oct 22, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

Chowhounders were right on the money in recommending Gary Danko. The meal was great, the service professional and pleasant. It was worth every penny. ( though at $92 for 4 courses, to us it was worlds better than Jai Yun at $120) Yes, I know you're going to say it is a different kind of place, etc.etc. Still a memorable meal is a memorable meal. Wish DK would move to NYC.

Oct 18, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

First of all, we are not culinary rubes, and the post was merely my opinion of Jai Yun. Yes,I read all former reviews and decided to go with the positives. Since you did not eat the dinner we did, you can't say the flavors were not repetitious. I stand by my review and warn others that there is much room for disappointment here. The diners that night were all sophisticated,well traveled people and 8 people can't be all wrong. It was a subpar experience and meal. There were no language problems, the only server spoke decent English. Spend your dining dollars wisely, this place did not deliver the goods. Sorry about the misspelling of lighting. Glad someone got to point our their superior knowledge of ob/byn.

Oct 18, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

Changed reservation from 2 to 8 2 days before coming. Dined there just this month. The highest range on the sheet she passed around was $120. It was highway robbery.

Oct 16, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

I listened to you folks and booked a reservation for 2 for Jai Yun. When
associates wanted to join in we increased the reservation to 8. When we walked into the empty restaurant at 7 PM on a Wednesday the young lady at the desk rudely demanded to know if we had a reservation. We said yes. As the rest of the party trickled in, they in turn were again rudely interrogated as to whether they had a reservation. No one else came to the restaurant the whole night. We were there in an empty place. The host chose the highest price $120 per person and the meal started. All repetitious and boring. Had the famed abalone mixed with egg white, couldn't tell which was which. The same ingredients were used over and over in different preparations, but the taste buds were not excited. For $120 a head I really expected some fireworks. We like Chinese food from all regions and this was a disappointment on all counts. The decor was really kitchy and the lightening glaring. Shame on you all for recommending this dive!! Was this a case of Chinese restaurant schadenfreude or are all you relatives of the chef?

Oct 16, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Your favorite dark chocolate ?

Why fret, just go with Valrhona and you won't go wrong. World of Chocolate on the web sells all the brands in bulk and they even have a sale sometimes.I like 70 % at least and extra bitter is better than bitter or semisweet. Callebut is also very good.

Sep 27, 2013
meinNYC in General Topics

What do you eat for break the fast dinner?

Say anything but bagels and lox....

Sep 12, 2013
meinNYC in Kosher

Does SF give restaurant Health grades ?

Here in NYC restaurants get letter grades for cleanliness and food safety.
Does SF do the same? Quick way to steer clear of iffy places.

Sep 12, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Late Dinner post Alcatraz Tour [San Francisco]

Taking the night tour of Alcatraz. Probably won't get back to pier 33 till 9:30 PM. Would like to be eating dinner by 10:00PM. Assuming we'll be able to get a cab, what do you folks suggest for a seafood in the area.
Scoma has been mentioned, but would rather head back towards Convention Center area for food. Opentable lists Belden and Wayfare as possibilities. Don't want anything too fancy after Alcatraz. (and no prison food either).

Aug 04, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area
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Give me your best

Need 3 dinners of the best restaurants in SF. NYers who want great meals and good value, but price not really a consideration . let's just say we get grumpy if it's all show and snoot. staying near Convention Center but will
travel a reasonable distance. Coming from 3 days from Big Sur area, so if you have suggestions for dinners in that area suggest away.Thanks

Jul 25, 2013
meinNYC in San Francisco Bay Area

Steakhouse Dilemna!

Bejamins very loud and steaks were grisely on our visit.
Wolfang again very loud.

How about Morton's midtown... good meat,excellent sides, good ambiance, have some fish....

May 09, 2013
meinNYC in Manhattan

Lily of the Valley at Union Sq Market?

Any one see any lilies of the valley at the Union Sq Greenmarket yet?

May 09, 2013
meinNYC in Manhattan

LTD withdrawal

Setting up a wedding registry and jus thought I'd go with what my family has used for years which is All Clad LTD (stainless steel interior and dark exterior). Learned to cook on that and my mom's 30 year set still looks great. Now it looks like it's no longer available. Help! I like the stainless interior and the dark exterior. What brand comes close? As it is a wedding registry I was hoping to get the best and have it last for years and years.

Mar 24, 2013
meinNYC in Cookware

need show stopping parve wedding dessert

Before the cake, either carrot or chocolate with white icing, want to do a show stopping dessert... caterer suggestions don't sound exciting though we will see and taste them before.... what did you eat for dessert at a wedding that you remember?

Feb 09, 2013
meinNYC in Kosher

Upscale in Downtown Milwaukee

Traveling with adult son allergic to sesame seeds and tree nuts. Suggest upscale restaurants downtown where as much as possible is made from scratch. Ethnic like Asian or Indian are usually not an option. Italian works well, as do steakhouses or New American. Need 3 dinners.

What are the local supermarket chains. Would like to pick up Boars Head or Applegate turkey and bottled water. Will have a rental car.

Any delis you can suggest.

Thanks Milwaukeeians.

Nov 30, 2012
meinNYC in Great Lakes

Shellfish Allergy

There is a great organization called FAAN, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. They have a comprehensive website and offer advise on dealing with food allergies and will email you if some brand all of a sudden has contamination of a product. Beware of Asian restaurants, there are some dried shrimp in sauces. I think they also have a template for the allergy cards someone mentioned. Select Wisely has them with pictures and in many foreign langauges for travel.

Nov 30, 2012
meinNYC in Not About Food

Wedding with no dairy, nut or sesame

Brother of the bride has tree nut and sesame allergies. Trying to also make the wedding kosher style, hence no dairy. Would love for son to be able to eat everything at the wedding. He's been to too many affairs where he ate before hand so as not to eat at the party. Chef willing to do kosher style (no shellfish,pork or dairy ) Suggest some pass around apps that would be good. Also an interesting salad or appetizer. The main course is fillet mignon or a choice of fish. Dessert is up for suggestion.
Give me something interesting. We'd love to make it a foodie event. Thanks all

Oct 12, 2012
meinNYC in Special Diets

Late Night Downtown

Coming in to the Monaco near Wacker at about 10:30 PM. Any place nearby where we can get a decent dinner? Hate to resort to room service.....

Sep 01, 2012
meinNYC in Chicago Area

Litchfield County

La Cupola is horrendous. We were there fairly early and there was one other couple in the place. The food took forever to arrive and then was cold and congealed. The stone outside makes you think it is a classy place,but stay away. There is a better Italian just down the road towards Washington, Zini's that was pretty good. Mockingbird that was formerly Tollgate is good too, limited menu, very colonial decor, and locally sourced ingredients. Everything from Chinese dumplings to burgers and steak. Not overly priced either.

Sep 01, 2012
meinNYC in Southern New England

Kosher Wedding Ideas

I appreciate the recipe but please remember the allergy problem in addition to kosher style. No tree nuts no sesame. I guess olive oil could be substituted for the sesame oil.

Sep 01, 2012
meinNYC in Kosher