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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Love Kossars! Not that OP needs more out of the way bagel spots, but have to mention Hudson Bagels...my favorite NYC spot from a pure bagel stand point.

Mar 24, 2015
debra1234 in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

You can eat at the bar...but not the full menu, I don't think. Heard it's a nice experience at the bar though.

Mar 24, 2015
debra1234 in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Personally. I like but don't love black seeds bagels. They are Montreal style (a bit more bready texture) and I am biased to nyc. Essa bagel would be a great option for classic (a bit large for my taste but perfect texture) nyc bagels and my very favorite white fish salad.

Mar 24, 2015
debra1234 in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

I've eaten at Momofukus since the beginning and they are among my favorite restaurants in nyc. I've sent dozens of friends and friends of friends with almost unanimous praise. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but mine is that one of either Ssam or Noodle are not to be missed. Ma peche is not as good.

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Wow, what an amazing list. It sounds like me when I travel (my family thinks I am ridiculous with my restaurant research but they like the good food that we end up eating!). I live in the Village, so definitely have a bit of a bias toward downtown restaurants, but I believe "most" (not all) of the best casual spots are downtown these days -- or in Brooklyn.

Some comments and additions to your list below. Enjoy!!

DELI/PICKLES
Katz - THE BEST PASTRAMI ANYWHERE and such a great NY experience. They also have fantastic hot dogs, so if you don't have time for Coney Island, I'd try them there
Russ and daughters -- There's the take-out spot, which is the 100+ year old "institution" -- if the weather is good, you can get sandwiches and find a park to eat at. And there's now a sit-down cafe which is great, but a bigger commitment.

NORDIC PRESERVES, FISH & WILDLIFE COMPANY -- Have never been, but it will not be the same category as Russ which is the old-school-NYC-Jewish-appetizing experience.
Black Seed bagels -- very good for a quick bagels and nova, but NOT as good as Russ IMHO

HIGH END TRADITIONAL
Gotham bar and grill -- great, classic NY food; not as High end or even as traditional as some of the classic 4-star spots like Jean Georges or Daniel Boulud's places (but those may have a dress code...have not been in some time). Gotham's slightly more casual "downtown" atmosphere is great. Union Square Cafe would be similar in that respect.
ai fiori -- Not really high end traditional

HIGH END CREATIVE
Contra (I've booked this for Sat dinner)
Luksus
eleven madison park - while not traditional, this is a BIG meal in terms of formality (not very FORMAL dress, but in terms of it being a serious food temple)
Betony -- Excellent choice; if you feel like a lighter version of this, or if you have trouble booking a table, you can sit at the bar and order fabulous cocktails and their outstanding appetizers
The NoMad - booked lunch thurs; ALSO great for cocktails snacks at the NoMad Bar (separate entrance)
ADD: Estela -- amazing new downtown spot; ABC Kitchen -- GREAT atmosphere and food for lunch, dinner or brunch

OYSTERS
grand central bar
otbbk
Mermaid
Blue Ribbon (97 Sullivan St)
ADD: Maison Premiere -- if you're up for an easy trip to Brooklyn, this is a fantastic NY (by way of New Orleans) experience. Cool vibe, cool crowd, fabulous oysters (look up oyster happy hour times)

BAKERY
Dough
Petee’s pies
ADD: City Bakery -- best hot chocolate, best chocolate chip cookies; great organic lunch bar with salads, fish, meat, etc Just fabulous everything.

HOT DOG
Need suggestions!

BURGER
otbbk

PIZZA/SLICE
Roberta’s
Otto pizzeria
Joe's pizza
Ben's
ADD: Keste (someone else said, I think) and CO. I wouldn't bother with John's on Bleecker.
These are some good pizza places, but a more traditional NY experience would be to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and go to Grimaldi's

SUSHI/RAMEN/ASIAN (shouldn't all be shoved together, really... sorry)
Obao
various momofukus -- GO TO ANY, GO TO ALL. I am a huge fan. Best 2 are Momofuku Ssam (no noodles or sushi) and Momofuku Noodle (ramen but lots of other great stuff...if you are enough people you can book a large format dinner)
pure thai shophouse
Okonomi / yuji ramen
Prosperity dumpling
Red farm -- VERY GOOD, but very crowded all the time; upper west location may be easier to get into
Totto ramen
Bassanova Ramen
Mu Ramen
Momo’s Sushi Shack
Kyo Ya
ADD: Ivan Ramen (the one on the lower east side has a good amount of seating and outdoor tables too) -- EXCELLENT

ITALIAN
da andrea
Cottena
L'artusi Italian -- FANTASTIC; also look at their slightly more casual spot, Dell'Anima which is my #1 Italian in NYC. If you go early, you can sit at the chef's counter and watch them cook. It's quite a show!
Parm

BRUNCH/BREAKFAST
www.thedinernyc.com
Trestle, Chelsea
ma peche
Hudson Clearwater
Jack’s Wife Freda,
ADD: Buvette -- a must for breakfast/brunch/lunch or dinner. Tiny spot, though, so don't go at prime time. Also, Blue Ribbon Bakery has a fabulous brunch. Clinton Street Bakery too.

TACO/MEXICAN
La Esquina
Tacombi
AGREE with other poster who suggested Empellon Taqueria and Empellon Cocina (a fuller menu). For a take out place, there is Empellon Al Pastor

STREET FOOD
Need suggestions!
GO TO Smorgasburg in Brooklyn on the weekend -- you'll need to look up hours/location for when you are here. It's food nirvana. If the Brooklyn Bridge location is open, I prefer that -- gorgeous area to take in the NYC views and walk around.

FRIED CHICKEN
Need suggestions
I've been to both PIes n Thighs and Root & Bone and while both were very good, PnT is the more fun spot. But the best fried chicken I've had lately was at Sweet Chick in Williamsburg -- I believe they've opened a Manhattan location now.

BBQ
Mighty Quinns, W village

CHEESE
Clarkson
GO TO Murray's Cheese on Bleecker! or Bedford Cheese Shop -- on Irving Place or the original in Brooklyn

CHOCOLATE
Royce chocolate
GO TO: jacques torres (on King street); Li-Lac (west village

)

CUBAN
margon

NEIGHBOURHOOD/MARKET COOKING
Market table -- a very lovely spot with great food; lots of NY places are "market-driven" so I wouldn't expect this to be very different in that respect
Shopsins --IMPRESSIVE you found this one! This is a very NY experience, where you are eating in the middle of a (not very fancy) food market. The owner is crazy in a (mostly) fun way, the menu is overwhelmingly large and the food is very good. Great choice. VERY CASUAL -- not at all like Market Table
Wallflower

BARS
(love suggestions of places with music - jazz, new bands/indie/electronica/new folk
)Booker and Dax
Little Branch
Death and Co
Dead Rabbit
Terroir
Anotheroom
Nolita
Burp Castle East Village
Top Hops

FOOD & DRINK SHOPPING
Essex St Mkt
union sq farmers market -- DEFINITELY GO
ADD: Eataly -- a bit tourist flooded, but worth a visit and perhaps lunch

Mar 24, 2015
debra1234 in Manhattan

Berlin Restaurant Reviews

I had a fabulous week (despite the cold and lack of son) in Berlin with a few days of work and a few more days of play. Thanks to all who gave me suggestions, especially linguafood. Overall, I was quite impressed with the breadth and quality of restaurants in Berlin. Coming from NY, I am quite particular and usually disappointed when I travel. But not this time. Here are some highlights:

Cordobar: funky, friendly, original and delicious. The hostess went out of her way to make us feel at home, bringing us a delicious glass of riesling on the house to start us off. She talked us into a blood sausage pizza -- which I never would have ordered -- and it was outstanding. The wine selection is impressive and we tasted several very nice German and Austrian wines from the by-the-glass choices. All of the food was interesting and tasty and the small plates approach meant we could try a lot and order a bit at a time. They let us linger for several hours, in a good way.

La Soupe Populaire: I loved this place. The space itself is fabulous -- industrial chic meets art gallery meets foodie haven. (If you go, be warned, it is hard to find.) The chef gives new twists on German classics, but those twists are unexpected and delicious. I went twice -- once for a work meal in the fabulous chef's kitchen, where the service was outstanding. And then back again just two of us where we sat in the main restaurant. The menu is limited, but the execution is fantastic.

Pantry: not as outstanding as some of the others, but a nice change of tastes and flavors. Dark, pretty space that was relatively quiet (it was a Sunday night). Service was very nice and we had some great dishes (beef tataki, salmon tataki). I would not recommend the ramen/soup dishes which are just ok.

KatzOrange: buzzy vibe with great, young crowd and excellent cocktails. Opposite of Cordobar (small and dark) with homey, but cool design. We welcomed the multiple salad options (we'd not seen a lot of fresh veggies elsewhere). The mains are on the heavy side (mostly slow-roasted meats for 2 people) but delicious and fun. Fries are a must.

Tim Raue: WOW. This meal could not have been more impressive. We got 2 different 6-course tasting menus, but somehow did not feel stuffed. Everything is light and clean tasting and unlike almost anything I"d had before. The presentation is over the top beautiful. And, surprisingly, the service was not overly formal. Our waiter was funny and knowledgeable. A night to remember.

Mar 24, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin Resto on the Quieter Side

I found Pantry to be nice and pretty quiet, although it was a Sunday night so not very crowded.

Mar 24, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Restaurant Richard, Borchardt or Brasserie event space for large group dinner?

Actually, we just had our dinner last night...at Renger Patzsch. Overall, it was very good but very slow. The food was very good and the staff were exceedingly nice. They offered a 4 course meal and I probably should have cut it back to 3, as the evening took over 4 hours total so my group got pretty restless by the end. I thought the prices were quite reasonable as well for such a big group.

I have also been (with smaller groups) to La Soupe Populaire (fabulous) and The Grand (nothing special). My vacation starts tomorrow and, as of now, I have reservations at: Pantry, Lokal, Cordobar, Reinstoff and Tim Raue.

Thank you for all of your help!

Mar 10, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Large Group Dinner

Thanks so much. Weinbar Rutz looks very interesting. Do you recommend the casual, downstairs wine bar or the upstairs restaurant?

Have you been to any of these: Pantry, Parker Bowles, 3 Minutes Sur Mer, Cordobar, Mutter Hoppe, Glass or Vau?

Feb 11, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Large Group Dinner

Linguafood, It is good to know, although I may not have much choice at this point!

Can I ask you about some other places I am looking for other nights (thankfully NOT big groups)? These are some: La Soupe Populaire; Lokal; Pauly Saal; Katz Orange; Tim Rau; Reinstoff; Facil. I am in Berlin 10 nights! Thank you.

Feb 11, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Restaurant Richard, Borchardt or Brasserie event space for large group dinner?

I have had some challenges organizing a group dinner for 80 people in Berlin. Looking for something not TOO fancy, but still nice. Budget is about 60-90 Euro per person for food (not including drinks). We are staying at the Ritz and would prefer somewhere within 10-15 in drive. Many places, including Katz Orange and Renger Patzsch, can't fit our group in 1 room (thanks to @linguafood for the original suggestion). I'm now looking at Brochardt (private room); Brasserie at Karlsson Penthouse (private space linked to Brasserie Gendermarket) and Restaurant Richard. Any feedback on these 3? Thank you!

Feb 11, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Large Group Dinner

So I've had to do some more research. Many places, including Katz Orange and Renger Patzsch, can't fit our group in 1 room. I'm now looking at Brochardt (private room); Brasserie at Karlsson Penthouse (private space linked to Brasserie Gendermarket) and Restaurant Richard. Any feedback on these 3? Thank you!

Feb 11, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Large Group Dinner

That sounds perfect. I'll save the high end for my personal dinners!

Feb 01, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Large Group Dinner

Thanks for the quick reply! Just looked on the Renger-Patzsch website and it looks lovely. I will call next week. Is the food great?

Jan 31, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Berlin: Large Group Dinner

Hi all,

I'm thrilled to be going to berlin for the first time in march. I have been researching and collecting names for the week-plus worth of dinners I will have. It looks like there are MANY great options. But my real challenge is organizing a group dinner for 80 people! Looking for something not TOO fancy, but still nice. Budget is about 60-90 Euro per person for food (not including drinks). We are staying at the Ritz and would prefer somewhere within 10-15 in drive.

A few places I've been looking at: Katz Orange (not sure if layout is good -- may have to split us in 2 spaces); Kafer (may be too challenging with their entry requirements); Parker Bowles; and Vau.

I'd love any feedback on these restaurants and any new suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

Jan 30, 2015
debra1234 in Europe

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

I love Chez L'Ami and have wanted to try Pottoka. Not familiar with Les Climats. Thanks for all the great ideas!

Oct 14, 2014
debra1234 in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

I've been eyeing Semilla for a while. If I don't get there for lunch, may try for dinner. Thanks!

Oct 14, 2014
debra1234 in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Great idea!

Oct 14, 2014
debra1234 in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Thanks, JOhn. L'Huitrerie Regis has been on my list the past 2 trips and somehow I've never gotten there. It's a great idea. I've also been intrigued by Ze Kitchen, so I'll look into that again. Have not heard about Mangetout, but will investigate!

And rest assured everyone, that I will have some other good meals beyond the 6e later in my trip! Big group dinner (suggested by this board I think) at Maceo. Smaller group dinner at Pirouette. And other dinners (hopefully) at Les Papilles, Verjus and maybe Le Severo.

Oct 13, 2014
debra1234 in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

I need to stay in 6e because I have a friend arriving from the airport. If I add in travel, I won't have time for lunch at all.

Thanks for these suggestions. I think I have been to Brasserie Lipp, but do not know of the others.

Oct 13, 2014
debra1234 in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Hi all,

I am looking for some suggestions for 2 meals in Paris:

1) a solo lunch in the 6e, or within walking distance. I will be in Paris for a week, but I won't have "full control" of my other meals so would like this one to be a great one. Not fancy/stuffy, but fabulous! Willing to splurge a little, but would still like to keep it under 70 or 80 Euro. I was hoping to try Septime (too far given some time constraints this day) or Yamtcha (closed).

2) an inexpensive dinner for 2...could be anywhere that we could take the Metro form the 6e...preferably under 35-40 Euro per person. We are planning one night at Les Papilles, so we just need a second night. Would be nice if it was in a fun/interesting neighborhood to walk around

My tastes are pretty varied -- on prior trips I have loved Le Comptoir, L'Astrance, Le Severo, Cafe Constant and Pirouette, among others.

Thanks in advance. This board has given me some great ideas in the past!

Debra

Oct 12, 2014
debra1234 in France

Group dinners in Paris

Interesting suggestion. I"ll investigate. Thanks.

Sep 16, 2014
debra1234 in France

Group dinners in Paris

That's intriguing. Tried to get into Spring my last trip to Paris and couldn't. dying to try!

Sep 16, 2014
debra1234 in France

Group dinners in Paris

I will look into these, thanks so much!

Sep 16, 2014
debra1234 in France

Group dinners in Paris

Budget not 100% set yet, but it's reasonable. I guess I'd like to see if we can find something great for 100 Euro or less pp (without wine). I certainly have had great dinners for smaller groups there for less.

Sep 15, 2014
debra1234 in France

Group dinners in Paris

Hi all,

I have 2 dinners to plan in Paris for a group of executives from several different countries (mix of Europe and US). One is for about 25 people, the other for 15 people. Not too fancy or crazy expensive... definitely want great food and a sophisticated, but fun atmosphere. More modern cuisine...nothing too heavy or old fashioned. Centrally located too. Thanks in advance!
-Debra

Sep 15, 2014
debra1234 in France

Cochon Butcher

I am always up for brussels sprouts. Thanks.

Dec 11, 2013
debra1234 in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher

Ah, I understand now! I'll definitely take my chances then. (and likely get the roast beef...totally up my alley!) Thanks

Dec 11, 2013
debra1234 in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher

I am hoping to eat there rather than take out. Am I being unrealistic?!

Dec 10, 2013
debra1234 in New Orleans

Cochon Butcher

Hi New Orleans Chowhounds.

I'm going to be in New Orleans the last week of December and want to go with my 14-year old son to Cochon Butcher. Any strategies for getting in lunch-time on a Fri/Sat/Sun? If I don't get there until 12:30 or 1, will the wait time be unbearable?

Also, what are the foods I shouldn't miss?

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2013
debra1234 in New Orleans