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any suggestions for restaurants on upper west side that hold Passover Seders?

I would be hesitant about Talia's. We were there on a regular Saturday night and the service was terrible. The people at the table next to us even left because they got tired of waiting. They were out of a number of dishes, including french fries!! I never heard of a restaurant being out of french fries before. Also, entrees were not served at the same time. I would say there was a 20 minute gap between the time the first person and last person at our table received his/her entree. The food was okay, as I recall, but we would not return because the atmosphere was much too chaotic. I am not sure what it would be like for a Seder though.

Mar 17, 2014
oceans in Manhattan

Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

Thank you so much. We do frequently call ahead and ask for something vegan, but prefer to go someplace with a few choices for her. She suggested a Thai restaurant, Qi, Bangkok Eatery. I still need to check to see if it is open on Christmas day, but are you familiar with that restaurant by any chance?

Dec 18, 2013
oceans in Manhattan

Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

Thanks Kathryn. I will see if there is anything interesting here.

Dec 18, 2013
oceans in Manhattan

Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

Oh no!!! Sakagura looked perfect but we will have to save it for another time. We are going to a show on 42nd Street that starts at 7:30 and Sakagura opens at 6:30 on Christmas Day. Now I really want to try it too.

Dec 17, 2013
oceans in Manhattan

Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

Yes, she is vegan. Initially I was just looking for Chinese where it usually does not matter as they usually do not use dairy products and it is easy enough to avoid eggs. Sakagura looks great and like a nice change. Thank you for the recommendation. Do you know other restaurants that are good for vegans and omnis? We know a few excellent vegan restaurants but not too many omni.

Dec 17, 2013
oceans in Manhattan

Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

Thank you for all these suggestions. We went to Szechuan Gourmet last year for Christmas. Sorry I did not mention that. The food was excellent. However, it was very crowded and noisy and they seemed to have very little for our vegan. I welcome any more suggestions. If there is someplace you think would be really good for us, but it is not Chinese, I am now open to that too.

Dec 17, 2013
oceans in Manhattan

Chinese for Christmas - Midtown

I would like suggestions for a good Chinese restaurant not too far from West 42nd Street for Christmas. We are mostly interested in good food, but a nice atmosphere would be a plus. We are four adults, one of whom is vegetarian.

Dec 15, 2013
oceans in Manhattan

Kosher - Saturday night, Nov. 2, 2013

I am looking for a good kosher restaurant that will be open Saturday night, November 2, 2013 in Manhattan or northern New Jersey. I have called several and they do not open on Saturday nights until November 9.

Oct 09, 2013
oceans in Kosher

Norfolk and Virginia Beach

We are going to Norfolk and Virginia Beach for a long weekend. I know about the great Maryland crabs. Is this area known for any particular foods? If so, what restaurants, or crab shacks, would you suggest trying?

Sep 06, 2012
oceans in Mid-Atlantic

Grocery food items that are unique to Boston/New England?

I live in New Jersey now and search for New England hot dog buns whenever we have hot dogs. They are the best by far. I grew up in MA in case that is not obvious.

Jun 29, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Best Lobster dinner in Boston?

http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

Looks like No Name serves a boiled lobster. Would that be okay?

Jun 26, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Best Lobster dinner in Boston?

If No Name serves steamed lobster that would be my first choice. Perhaps others still living in Boston can provide more details. If you have a car, how about Kelly's on Route 1? These are both quite casual. I am not sure if they crack the lobster a bit for you. Enjoy.

Jun 26, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Vegan Food in Portland Maine?

If you have a car and are visiting the Ogunquit area, Frankie and Johnny's in Cape Neddick has fabulous meals for vegans and omnivores. I believe it is just open Wednesday thru Saturday nights and reservations are usually needed.

Jun 24, 2012
oceans in Northern New England

Leaving three kids behind to dine in Boston! Hallelujah!

We spent some time in New Orleans when our daughter went to school there for four years. There are many New Orleans restaurants that cannot be beat. New Orleans is known for its food. Based on my experience, I suggest that you never order shrimp in Boston. It will be good but it does not compare to New Orleans shrimp. You are much better off with New England specialties like lobster or haddock. Scallops and clams are also usually very good.

There is plenty of good Italian food in Boston. I would follow the advice of other CHer's regarding where to go. You also should be able to find good Greek food. I usually go to Lowell for Greek food but that will too far for you.

Jun 17, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch in Ogunquit Kennebunkport area

Thanks. We decided on Striper's and will report back.

Jun 17, 2012
oceans in Northern New England

Butcher Boy North Andover Catering

Thank you. I am planning on using Butcher Boy for deli platters, baked ziti, meatballs, etc. If I order for 25 people will I pretty much get an appropriate amount for 25 people or will there be more than enough to feed 50? I am never sure how many to order for, especially when ordering several dishes. I am familiar enough with the deli near me to know that I should order for fewer people than expected, but I have never used Butcher Boy before.

Jun 17, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Lobster and vegan options North Jersey area

I have gone to River Palm in Fair Lawn and enjoyed their filet mignon very much. Service was also fantastic. However, I do not think I have ever ordered lobster tail. My history with lobster started in Maine and I enjoy tackling the whole thing. I usually do not order lobster in a fancy restaurant for obvious reasons.

Jun 17, 2012
oceans in New Jersey

Vegan for a month, best mainstream restaurants to eat?

If a diner is occasionally okay, I recommend Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. It is not fancy by any means but they do have options for vegans on the menu as well as standard diner food. We have one vegan in our family and have been there several times. We prefer going there for breakfast, which they serve all day.

Jun 10, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch in Ogunquit Kennebunkport area

Thanks. Does anyone in that area do Sunday brunch?

May 31, 2012
oceans in Northern New England

Butcher Boy North Andover Catering

Has anyone here used Butcher Boy in North Andover? I am looking for deli platters, assorted salads, sandwiches, and fruits and vegetables. I would like them to taste good and look good. And I would like to have them delivered.

May 31, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Roche Brothers Catering

This will be in Andover.

May 26, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Roche Brothers Catering

Thanks. I didn't even think about Costco. Would be better if they delivered though.

May 26, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Roche Brothers Catering

Has anyone used Roche Brothers for casual catering? I need sandwiches and salads, etc. for about 25 people. They sound good but I have never tried them.

May 25, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

vegetarian-friendly fine dining in Cape May?

I realize that this thread is a year old but am replying because I know how difficult it can be to find good restaurants with interesting options for vegans and vegetarians. Bella Vida Cafe in Cape May is fantastic. I have not had such a wonderful meal for a long time. I had sesame coated tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. It was superb. I would suggest getting this though only if you know that you like wasabi and soy sauce. I got the tuna rare, almost sushi style, and it was fantastic. One daughter tried the crab cakes which were full of fresh crab and wonderful. My husband had a blackened tilapia quesadilla which was top quality and the biggest quesadilla I have ever seen. Our vegan daughter had several wonderful dishes to choose from. She chose a rice and black bean dish with fried plaintains. She said it was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant even if you do not have vegetarians to feed. It is very casual with unbelievably great food.

May 25, 2012
oceans in New Jersey

Cape May Blue Crabs

I am in Cape May for the first time for a long weekend. I am looking for a restaurant/bar/shack where we can have Maryland style blue crabs where you sit at a table covered in paper and use a wooden hammer to crack open the crabs. Please help. I know there must be something around here.

May 25, 2012
oceans in New Jersey

Sunday Brunch in Ogunquit Kennebunkport area

We are looking for a good Sunday brunch in the Ogunquit Kennebunkport area, preferably not a buffet. We are meeting old college friends (class of '69) and want someplace where we can sit and talk for a while. An ocean view would be an added plus.

May 23, 2012
oceans in Northern New England

Recommendations for fabulous food in Kennebunkport

The Clam Shack also has the best fried clams, fried shrimp and fried scallops anywhere. I feel they give a good amount of lobster in the lobster roll, but I can also see how someone could eat three of them. They are delicious. I feel the Clam Shack should be included in a culinary adventure in Kennebunkport.

May 23, 2012
oceans in Northern New England

Need FANCY Kosher Restaurant in Boston/Cambridge Area

I am guessing you already had your function and wonder what you decided to do? I agree with the others in that there are no really nice kosher restaurants in Boston. There are a few casual places in Brookline, but nothing approaching what you can get in New York City. I also suggest working with Andrew. He should be able to help you.

May 23, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area

Lobster and vegan options North Jersey area

So happy you suggested it though. It would have been perfect had the service been better.

May 23, 2012
oceans in New Jersey

Family Get-together - Andover, Stoneham, Woburn, Burlington, Billerica, Lowell areas

My cousin offered her house and yard for this gathering!!! It will be perfect. Now I need to find a casual caterer. I want good food nicely presented. I plan to stick with cold foods only, like salads and sandwiches, etc. I am looking at Roche Brothers. Has anyone had any experience with Roche Brothers? Any other suggestions for casual caterers who will deliver to the Andover area?

May 23, 2012
oceans in Greater Boston Area