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Saturday Breakfast brunch advise, please...thanks

Good morning. My friend and I will be celebrating my birthday with a day trip to Chicago for a movie screening at 2pm on Saturday, March 24. We arrive at 8am at Ohare, and I would love any advise for a nice/fun/yummy breakfast or brunch. We will have until 2pm to arrive at Theater Wit, so I would like to see some of the sights beforehand. We will also depart at 9pm, and may have a few hours before going back to the airport to grab dinner. Advise for great pizza in the area, I believe Wrigleyville, or something that would make sense for our route back to Ohare would also be appreciated. Many thanks!

Mar 12, 2012
twobluecats in Chicago Area

Need a casual and FUN dinner and bar after 2pm Saturday matinee

Hello, and Happy 2011! We will be in NYC from Thursday, Feb 3 through Sunday, Feb 6. On Saturday, we are meeting friends in town from Long Island. They are overnighting in the city, and we are seeing Lombardi at Circle in the Square theater at 2pm.

We hope to spend the rest of the afternoon/evening together having a fun and casual dinner (they don't want to spend "steakhouse" like prices) and also just hang out and enjoy conversation and drinks. They guys (my husband and the other fellow) are both big beer fans and homebrewers.

Any advise for a spot for both dinner and drinks (it doesn't have to be the same place) would be great. I recall that my husband and I once landed at a great bar in the East Village before STOMP, and we had a blast--we returned after the show. That's the sort of place we are hoping to get in. But, we would need a table to truly enjoy each other's company.

MANY thanks to any and all replies.

Jan 13, 2011
twobluecats in Manhattan

Chinatown for dinner..advise for tourist..Italian too.

I don't think we will make Chinatown in time for dim sum, but I want to have a Chinatown option for dinner next Saturday night. Any recommendations for not very adventurous chinese diners? Or would you recommend something else at night? We LOVE italian, and we are staying at the Holiday Inn in Fisherman's Wharf (pre cruise). North beach?

Late Dinner near Wharf? And, North Beach Italian?

Thanks for the honestly. Actually, we are game for anything I suppose--particularly the late night option. So, with that in mind...suggestions?

Late Dinner near Wharf? And, North Beach Italian?

Hi. We will be in San Francisco for two nights in May. It will be the first trip for my parents. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf (I know, but it's before a 9 night cruise). The first night we'd like to enjoy a nice italian meal (casual) in North Beach. Is that walkable? Suggestions?

The following night--a Sunday, we are doing the night Alcatraz tour, which starts at 6:45. I doubt much will be open upon our return (around 9pm), but if there is something that you can suggest--even fast food or super casual--in the area, we would really appreciate it. We plan to spend that day at the Muir Woods and lunch in Sausalito (suggestions there would be great too), so we won't have much time before the Alcatraz trip for dinner.

THANKS!

Surprise trip for mom on Saturday-food near Daley Plaza?

Thank you so much for your very specific and helpful suggestions. I'm definitely going to print this out as a handy resource when we arrive. I'm a little worried about the forecasted snow--hoping we don't have any flight delays, but I'm sure we'll have a wonderful visit upon our arrival!

Dec 04, 2008
twobluecats in Chicago Area

Surprise trip for mom on Saturday-food near Daley Plaza?

My mother has never been to Chicago and, having just returned from Germany, my husband and I wanted to bring her to Chicago for a surprise birthday visit during the Chicago Christmas Market. We plan to stay out near Midway as it's truly an overnight trip. We will arrive at Midway at 10:15 (Lord willing), and we will proceed downtown via the train.

I have to take her for an italian beef for lunch and Ginos East for dinner. Can anyone advise best location based on proximity to Daley Plaza? Actually, I suspect we will also visit the Mag Mile for a stop at Garrett's and a little window shopping. I imagine we will use taxis for much of the day if necessary since it's supposed to be snowing.

If you have other suggestions for our deep dish fix, I'm open. Thanks so much for any help in making our transit and surprise trip a special one.

Dec 04, 2008
twobluecats in Chicago Area

Good food near SeaWorld?

Help! Hubby and I are on a road trip to San Antonio for a visit to Sea World. We live in Dallas, so our I-35 pilgrimage will include a must-do stop in Taylor for Muellers BBQ on the way down. We may do 281 on the return, so any advise for that route would be greatly appreciated, too. We are staying at a Comfort Suites on 410 five miles from Sea World, probably won't even go into the city as we've done that many times. Any advise on food near Sea World. I have a friend that raves about Alamo Cafe, but I've heard it's not all that. We once at in Helotes at the El Chapparal (I think)...it was good from what I remember.

Apr 08, 2008
twobluecats in Texas

Is denim okay for Crispo dinner?

Not like sneakers and worn out jeans. But, is it acceptable to wear denim, nice shoes and nice button down shirt to Crispo for dinner?

Mar 16, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Crispo or Supper after theater dinner....

Thanks for the feedback. Is this a walkable distance from the Union Square Theater at 17th btwn Park Avenue and Irving Place, or should we just hail a cab?

Mar 09, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Crispo or Supper after theater dinner....

Jump is an off-broadway show that "brings the combination of slapstick comedy, acrobatics and martial arts to the stage in a spectacle that has been described as "Jackie Chan meets Charlie Chaplin."

I definitely think I'm leaning toward Crispo--it will be something new--something I try to do each visit to NYC, and it sounds fabulous. Having a reservation is a huge plus!

Mar 08, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Crispo or Supper after theater dinner....

We only have three nights in the city and it's so hard to pick the places we want to dine. Hubby and I happed upon Supper last trip and LOVED it. We are seeing JUMP at Union Square Theater in two weeks, and it's been advised that we should consider Campanile. But, hubby really is looking forward to a visit to Supper again (and visit to neighborhood bar next door....)....but Crispo sounds so yummy. Comparing the two for three to dine (mom will be joining us), which would you advise? I like that we can make reservations at Crispo--not an option at Supper.

Mar 08, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Supper--how busy Thursday nights?

Hubby and I happened upon Supper in the East Villiage during our trip in November--Loved it! He really wants to take my mom there when we arrive in two weeks. If we were to consider this option at around 9pm or so on a Thursday night, would it be a crazy option? I know it's rather tiny, and you can't make ressies. I hate to head that way and not be able to get in......

Mar 05, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Friday night @ Met Museum..dinner after....

Ooops....that would be art.....thanks for the reminder to clarify

Feb 25, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Friday night @ Met Museum..dinner after....

Any advise for a nice, casual dinner after a visit to the Met? We have italian, deli, and pizza on the "books" already. We will be staying at the Affinia Dumont 34 btwn Lex and 3rd (or something close to that), and we will be visiting the Met until 8:30 or so that evening. Any advise for a nice dinner for three (hubby, me and mom) in either area? Sushi is about the only cuisine we don't eat.....good chinese might be a thought...not sure if that's an option in the area I'm speaking of, though.

Thanks for any and all advise! As always, you guys are great!

Feb 25, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Dinner for three after Jump @ Union Square Theater?

Any advise for dinner in the area? It's me, mom, and my hubby. The show will end around 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday night. We like pretty much everything but sushi. We are from Texas, so steakhouses aren't high on the list when we visit NYC. Hubby and I had a sublime dinner by accident on Thanksgiving night at Supper in the East Village after seeing Stomp. I'd love a super-cozy NYC experience like that for mom.

Thanks for any advise!

Feb 20, 2008
twobluecats in Manhattan

Breakfast en route to Houston from Dallas?

We are headed down I-45 tomorrow for an 80th birthday celebration. We get on I-45 at I-20, and I don't recall any restaurants along the way that could provide the family with a decent breakfast. We've stopped at Sam's in the past, but would prefer something closer to Dallas (and with better food, preferably!). Any advise for Ennis, Corsicana? Thanks!

Nov 30, 2007
twobluecats in Texas

Columbus Circle area for Thanksgiving Lunch--ideas?

Thanks, RGR. BTW, I did your LES tour during our trip in May, and my entire family had an outstanding time. Of course, we waddled back to our hotel after all the great food and the wonderfully cultural Tenement tour. Thanks for all your helpfulness. I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Nov 14, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Columbus Circle area for Thanksgiving Lunch--ideas?

We are planning to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade from around 70th on Central Park West. After the parade, we'd love to steer in the opposite direction of crowds and try a new area of the city for us with regard to dining. Any casual suggestions for Thanksgiving lunch around Columbus Circle or on Columbus? It totally doesn't have to be "Thanksgiving" food, either. We like most all food and are planning on Katz for a sandwich that evening before Stomp. Thanks for any advise!

Nov 14, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Dinner near Orpheum on Thanksgiving?

Hubby and I will be seeing Stomp on Thanksgiving at 8pm. After a day of parade viewing and window shopping, any idea where we could expect to find a casual dinner in the area of the Orpheum theater (we are staying at the Hampton Inn Seaport/Financial District)? We like all kinds of food (other than sushi).....thanks!

Would Katz Deli be close? I called and I know that they will be open Thanksgiving (just planning to close a few hours early they said)....

Nov 06, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Just back..Ess a bagel--Wow!

Okay, you guys were totally right. I had a leftover this morning, and, while still better than the Einstein's bagels my friends were consuming, it wasn't even remotely the same texture as yesterday. I did go ahead and freeze the rest last night. I guess that also changes my mind about mail order--wouldn't be the same......

May 29, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Just back..Ess a bagel--Wow!

We just got home from a whirlwind visit--ending with a trip to Ess a Bagel this morning. I even toted a baker's dozen home to Dallas, and now I'm wondering how to best store them for this week's consumption. Freeze?

May 28, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Katz Deli line question....

Original poster here.....I can't wait for that legendary pastrami. My mother is a lean freak--is is okay to ask for lean? And, I also enjoy matzo ball soup with my sandwich.....

May 24, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Katz Deli line question....

We hope to be dining at Katz this Sunday for an early lunch, and I want the "real" experience of waiting in line and ordering from the deli guys. If you are ordering something besides a sandwich (frankfurter, or an openfaced sandwich, etc.) can you still do the line? I just want to do it right! HA!

May 22, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Grimaldi's at around 2pm--lines? [moved from Manhattan board]

Thanks! This is my father's first trip, and this will be our first stop after dropping our things at our hotel. Figured I'd start with the subway, Grimaldi's, ice cream, and a walk across the bridge.

May 14, 2007
twobluecats in Outer Boroughs

Grimaldi's at around 2pm--lines? [moved from Manhattan board]

We are hoping to arrive at Grimaldi's between 2-3 pm on Friday before Memorial Day. Any guesses on whether there will be a line at that hour? I liked somone's suggestion to order it to go and dine on the pier if it's a good weather day.

May 14, 2007
twobluecats in Outer Boroughs

Bagels for the room near 34th and Lex?

Thanks everyone. I think I'll shoot for a morning walk to Essabagel while the rest of the gang gets up and going. It looks to be a 20 minute walk or so (could subway from 33rd and park to 51st, too, right---6 train). I called and they open at 6am.

May 10, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Bagels for the room near 34th and Lex?

I know we will be knoshing all over town, but two of our mornings will include no food until 11 or so (imagine? ha!). Anywhere near the above that might sell good bagels we can keep in our room (we have a mini kitchen)? Late night would be great, too, since our first night will most likely be late (11 or midnight or so).

May 09, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

9:15 Times Square--no reservation..too busy?

We were thinking of maybe enduring a totally touristy spot our first night after a visit to the Top of the Rock. Virgils and Carmines are in the running, but I'm open to other, less touristy suggestions near the area (Times Square is actually away from our 34th and Lex hotel, but thought the feel of the area would be nice for a first night for a new visitor). There's just four of us, and we will be dressed casual after a day of walking the Brooklyn Bridge and such. Would the lines be monster at either of these venues at that time? We can't make a reservation with only four people. Since it's so late, I hesitate to wait more than an hour or so (and my dad--the new visitor get's crazy with long waits).

Bottomline, I just want that first day to be pleasant and end on a nice note. I know Virgils (never been) and Carmines (been) are both crazy and loud, so if you have advise for a casual diner (we will have had pizza for lunch), I'd be eternally grateful.

Thanks for any and all advise.

May 09, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan

Ollie's Sichuan 42nd @ 9th--any good?

Thanks, Striver. We are seeing Curtains at 44th and 9th, so the walk shouldn't be too bad. After theater should be a short wait, wouldn't you think?

May 04, 2007
twobluecats in Manhattan