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Downtown resto for celebratory group dinner

Can anyone recommend a fun, not expensive place downtown for a group of 8-10 coworkers.
Not looking for anything very adventurous -- just very good food, not expensive, in atmosphere that will allow for conversation.

Thanks

Jul 23, 2012
curranthound in Manhattan

Schnitzel Haus -- any views?

For special birthday family celebration (14 people, including multiple generations) we are thinking of going to the Schnitzel Haus in North Miami.
Can anyone who has recently been report on whether it is good?

Nov 19, 2010
curranthound in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Kosher Bagels UWS

Are Absolute Bagels or H&H bagels certified kosher?
If not, where on UWS can one get kosher bagels?

(Yes, I've posted this too to the kosher board....)

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Absolute Bagels
2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Mar 27, 2010
curranthound in Manhattan

Bagels Upper West Side

Can anyone tell me whether Absolute Bagels or H&H bagels are certified kosher?
And, if they are not, which bagels available on UWS of Manhattan are?

Thanks!

Mar 27, 2010
curranthound in Kosher

London with kids/end of November

My family of four (two adults, two kids, 10 and 13) will be in London for 1 week towards the end of November. We're New Yorkers, and reasonably adventurous eaters, looking for the must-haves, the funky, the convenient (near key tourist sites), some good "chippie" shops, etc etc We are not looking for expensive eats. Thanks in advance.

Sep 08, 2009
curranthound in U.K./Ireland

Nice/New Green Bo

Havien't been to the New (now Nice) Green Bo since the name change.
How is it?

If the quality isn't up to the standards of the old ("New") place, please recommend somewhere else of that ilk you can recommend (and in that same area of Chinatown.)

Thanks

Jun 01, 2009
curranthound in Manhattan

Save Alfanoose!

I wholeheartedly second this recommendation. Alfanoose has wonderful food, lovingly and carefully prepared by the every present and hard working owners. These people deserve your business! Spread the word......

Dec 28, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Where can I get a great Polish/Ukranian Ham in NY

I meant to say they'll sell you a half a ham, not a half pound of ham. l

Dec 10, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Good, not fancy eats-- Lincoln Plaza Cinema

Can anyone recommend a good, not expensive place for a quickish dinner that would be appropriate either pre or post movie going at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (on B'way and low 60s.) Should be within walking distance of the theatre.

Dec 10, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Where can I get a great Polish/Ukranian Ham in NY

East Village Meats, on 2nd Avenue and about 8th street (google it.).
I've been getting my holiday hams there since the demise of Kurowycky.
They will sell you a half pound, if you only need/want that, too.

Dec 10, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Santa Fe Breakfast or Bakery

I will be in Santa Fe for a business conference Saturday-Wednesday and am hoping to hit some interesting breakfast places that would be open early --and accessible by walking---near the hotel where I'll be staying, the Hotel Santa Fe. Any recommendations? Looking for unique/funky/places with character/only in Santa Fe..... Thanks

Oct 01, 2008
curranthound in Southwest

Matzah Brie?

It's not matzoh brie, it's matzoh brei

Sep 09, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Far Rockaway Beach eats

Can anyone recommend some quick, light-ish but reliable fare in the area of Far Rockaway beach?

Aug 12, 2008
curranthound in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy yuca/plantains below 96th st?

MUCH farther downtown, try the Essex Street Market.
There are a number of produce vendors (of varying quality), but the prices are rock bottom for Manhattan.

Aug 06, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Catering for a Business Lunch

Mangia is very reliable. Their sandwiches in particular are quite good; their pastries, less so.

Aug 05, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Business Lunch in Financial District

Bobby Van's steakhouse, on Broad Street, a bit south of Wall.

Aug 05, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

best brioche sandwich-sized rolls?

Eli's makes very nice brioche rolls. Think they are sold packaged as hamburger rolls, but who's to say they can't be used for other sandwiches?

I've seen them at Fairway, Zabar's, and, of course, the Vinegar Factory....

Aug 04, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Fantasy Pastry tour of NYC

Cafe Margot, on 74th, just off Broadway in direction of WEA (and across street from Fairway) has very nice French breakfast pastries, and some homier fare. Not a very large selection, but everything is wonderful and the place is warm and inviting (if small!)

Hungarian Pastry Shop, Amsterdam and 111th. It's been a while since I've been in a for a Dobos torte, but the selection and atmosphere has got to be fairly unique in Manhattan these days.... (Unless you count Andres Cafe on the East side.)

And what about the waflets and dingets truck that moves about the city?

Aug 04, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Good eats close by PS 1

Going to PS 1 today (Monday).
Can any one recommend good, cheap food nearby ?

I know well I could take 7 train out to otehr parts of Queens where there's no shortage of interesting fare. The question is: is there anything worth eating in the immediate area of PS 1?

Thanks !

Aug 04, 2008
curranthound in Outer Boroughs

best eats within 10 minute walk of penn station?

Djerden, which has wonderful bureks and kebab sandwiches.
on West 38th between 7th and 8th, I believe

Aug 01, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Breakfast: 48th St area (plus other ideas too?)

Cafe Edison in the Edison Hotel on W. 47th street, off Broadway, might be worth checking out for breakfast. Definitely a very New York place.

Aug 01, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

$10 and under, family friendly, Fresh, Good, Clean, and worth leaving the Outer Boroughs for?

Tiffin Wallah, on 28th near Lexington. They have a $6 lunch buffet Monday through Friday that is an unbelievable deal, but even if you order off the menu at dinner time I think you can dine really well for $10 per person....

Jul 31, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Ellenville, NY adventures

There is a bakery, Cohen's (in 'downtown' area), that is reputed to have wonderful raisin pumpernickel bread. I was there over the weekend and sampled that bread. The rest of the bakery fare seemed to be of the the traditional Jewish bakery variety which is appealing to those of us who grew up on such things as 7 layer cake and mandelbrot, but may not be universally appealing. Not sure how good of any of that stuff is, but the bread was pretty darn good.

Also in that area is the "European deli"--a few years ago we stopped in and got pierogi (not bad). Not sure if it is still serving up the same fare, but might be worth a look see....

Jul 07, 2008
curranthound in General Tristate Archive

Strip House - what cut to order?

Not exactly "to be avoided", more like "be forewarned": the cheesecake, billed as "for the table" could easily feed 6 people after a steak dinner. It's HUGE--two layers high; a Titanic sized wedge of lemony cream cheese and sourcream richness.. My husband and I ordered it for dessert for just the two of us and when the waiter brought it to the table, my immediate reaction was "You've Got to Be Kidding." And we can eat.

Enjoy!

Jun 25, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Soul Food in Harlem?

Charles Southern Kitchen, on about 155 and 8th Avenue. Wonderful fried chicken.

I've had only great experiences at Melba's.
I agree--Sylvia's is to be avoided, being a complete tourist trap.

May 23, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Best inexpensive Indian food in Manhattan?

I wholeheartedly second ther ecomendation of Tiffin Wallah. I've had lunch there several times, and the buffet is always wonderful and always different. Also, the setting is remarkably nice, considering the prices. If only I lived or worked closer, I think I'd be in there every day.

May 21, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

NYC good steak casual place?

La Rural, formerly Pampa, on Amsterdam and 98th, fits your description.
It's Argentine-style, however.

May 15, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

need lunch recs, b'way and 77th

Grandaisy Bakery (on West 72, right next to Gray's Papaya between Bway and Columbus) has wonderful, Roman style (i.e. thing) pizza with delicious toppings for $2-3. Had the cauliflower topped pizza a few weeks ago and it was glorious.
They have other sandwiches as well....

There's a nice little bakery on W. 74th Street in the Ansonia building, on south side of 74th across from Fairway (sorry--name escapes me--think it starts with an "M"). In addition to baked items, they have have light fare (sandwiches, etc) , that might do well for lunch....
It's take out.

May 15, 2008
curranthound in Manhattan

Mexican wines?

A friend/wine lover recently spent a week in Cancun and came back raving about a Mexican wine he drank (at the hotel restaurant where he was staying, the wine came commended by the waiter, maybe not on the regular wine list.) He believes it may have been a pinot noir. He is now trying to find out exactly what it was that so impressed him...but in the meantime I thought I'd help out:
So, are any Mexican wines available for purchase in U.S. and where?
Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

May 15, 2008
curranthound in Wine

Mexican Wines?

A friend/wine lover recently spent a week in Cancun and came back raving about a Mexican wine he drank (at the hotel restaurant where he was staying, the wine came commended by the waiter, maybe not on the regular wine list.) He believes it may have been a pinot noir. He is now trying to find out exactly what it was that so impressed him...but in the meantime I thought I'd help out:
So, are any Mexican wines available for purchase in U.S. and where?
Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

May 15, 2008
curranthound in Mexico