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Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Hi everyone. First of all, we walked to PS-1 from UWS -- pretty amazing to go over the Queensboro Bridge -- luckily on Sunday weather was fine and we felt great to be on foot -- esp, when there were lots of others besides us. After the Mike Kelley show at PS-1 (exhausting and amazing and truly upsetting) we walked about half hour to Cafe Arepas which we loved. I had the Pernil, my wife who eats no meat had the shrimp and tomato and we split side orders of plantains w/white cheese and some avocado -- thus duplicated the famed Tropical arepa w/o feeling stuffed. Drank the house Malbec -- nothing to crow over, but OK given the circumstances. We liked being there -- were well treated, food was good and the bill came to ~$30 which approaches the tip at most NYC restaurants. To quote queenseats above, not sure I'd make the trip just to go there, but if I were in Astoria or LIC, no brainer to go back. Thanks to all who helped. (BTW - our other restos for the trip were the Georgian restaurant in LES - ODA House -- which was great and we'd go back, Al di La in Park Slope which was fine but no need to return.) Thanks to all who chimed in.

Oct 30, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Great suggestions, thanks. Will report on what we end up doing next week. Bye for now and thanks to all -- leaving on trip today and going offline for a while.

Oct 24, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Here are some of the places I found via google maps. Love board residents' thoughts on them. My wife and I are devoted walkers. If weather permits, for example, we will walk from where we are staying in UWS to MoMA PS1 over 59th bridge. So 30-50 mins to get to a restaurant is not so much.

1. Mombar
(2.5 miles - 50 mins walk)

2. Casa Galicia
2 miles - 40 mins)

3. Pachanga Patterson
(40 mins)

4. Arepas Cafe
1.3 miles 30 mins

As I said in another post, less interested in Indian or Thai because we can get that where we live. But Arepas, not so much.

Oct 23, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Thanks. Looks and sounds great, but I still have a vision of small ethnic family run resto. We live in a small town north of Boston where we have access to decent Thai and Indian food, a good Portuguese-Mediterranean place and some quite good Italian places. I yearn for what is hard to find where I live. I'll post below some of my thoughts.

Oct 23, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Thanks for the suggestions. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I thought we could walk to Astoria from MoMa PS-1 in a half hour or a little more.Aren't there lots of great places in Astoria?

Oct 22, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Well, some folks don't eat red meat but do eat poultry, so I like to be specific. My wife eats fish and seafood and vegetables.

Oct 22, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

I posted in Manhattan and no longer there, so maybe got bounced?

Oct 22, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Thanks, I thought this was the place for Queens. I'll cross post over there. Don't want M Wells. Will have been at fancy wedding,and Al Di La in Brooklyn on other nights, and like idea of ethnic in Queens. Many thanks.

Oct 22, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

Walking distance from MoMa PS-1?

Sunday afternoon going to MoMa and want too walk to someplace great for supper afterward. OK within 30-45 mins. We love to walk and eat. Spicy is good. Will be in NYC for a few days beforehand and had already Italian and Georgian and maybe Korean, so those cuisines not needed. FYI, one of us doesn't eat meat or chicken. Thinking Mombar, but other suggestions much appreciated. Will be taking subway back to UWS after dinner, FYI. Thanks

Oct 22, 2013
rmbelson in Outer Boroughs

West Village - quick and early dinner before concert

We ended up going to dinner after the show at Prune. Completely great. I had grilled shrimp app plus greens and shared a radicchio/endive salad with my wife. Had the olive oil cake for dessert. And a tasty Gigondas to drink while we ate. Thanks to all posters.

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Prune
54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

Jan 11, 2012
rmbelson in Manhattan

West Village - quick and early dinner before concert

Have to be at the Blue Note at 7:15 next Sunday to get a good table -- and want a good, not too expensive bite beforehand. Wife is non-meat eater -- fish OK, wine with dinner is preferable. But we probably won't get to our table much before 6. Is this possible? Prefer non-Italian, but love all kinds of ethnic food, southern cooking. I was thinking something like Mama's Food Shop -- but it's too far east. Thanks for any suggestions.

Jan 02, 2012
rmbelson in Manhattan

Suggestions near 9th and Harrison

On our second night, we went to Mochica, per this board's suggestion. My previous experience with Peruvian is in Miami, where it was formica tables, paper place mats and bright lighting -- and great cheap food. Mochica is not that kind of place, it had fancier service, wine list, etc. but it was a good dinner. We shared the potato and cheese sauce app, Papa a la Huancaina, very good. I had a squid stuffed with chorizo in a light tomato sauce, also good, but only 2 squids, so could have been more. My boss had a mixed seafood soup he liked a lot. Pleasant service, a good wine list, and again a hit -- boss happy with me for good resto suggestions.

Thanks to all chowhounders for pointing me in the right direction.

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Mochica
937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Suggestions near 9th and Harrison

Went to Citizen's Band and it was just right. I had one of the best spinach salads I've ever had -- the spinach was so fresh it crunched. Salad had onion marmalade, ricotta salata,the greens and was dressed in a light (how is this possible?) bacon fat dressing. And on top a hard boiled egg, just underdone, coated with breadcrumbs and lightly browned. Given that it was after midnight in my body, having flown from East Coast -- couldn't have asked for better. My boss had the best burger he's ever had, he said, Kobe beef with house-made pickles and great fries. He had a beer; I had a glass of Zin and we got out of there for $40.

Friendly service, not too noisy, only downside was no cushions on the chairs or bench seating -- hard on my tired from the airplane bottom. I'd go again.

Thanks

Suggestions near 9th and Harrison

What about Triptych? Also not too far away.

Suggestions near 9th and Harrison

Henry's closes at 9, so not a good choice for us.

Suggestions near 9th and Harrison

I see on Google Maps also Henry's Hunan close by. Some good reviews here. A good place?

Suggestions near 9th and Harrison

Flying in on business Wed. night. Staying near 9th and Harrison. Probably not getting to resto until 9PM (midnight in our bellies). Where's a walking distance, not too noisy, not too $$$ place. Our business meetings next day are in Chinatown, so I bet we get a Chinese lunch.

Thanks

Too Many Choices, Not Enough Time!!

BTW - before the server told us about the lard in the rolls, my wife and I agreed they were about the best we'd ever had. After the news, I got the extra one!

Mar 31, 2011
rmbelson in New Orleans

Too Many Choices, Not Enough Time!!

We saved D&J's for Monday because it was open. I had the special soup that night which was a pureed sweet potato w/andouille. It was good, but I wished I'd tried the gumbo instead -- it was a little too rich for what I also had. I ordered a redfish special -- which was advertised as meuniere, but was coated in a cream based sauce -- where I come from meuniere is butter not cream. It was decent, but you know how a cream sauce can congeal over a hot piece of fish -- as I write this, I'm struggling to remember what else was in it, but I can quote chapter and verse on our meal at Dante's Kitchen.

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Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Mar 31, 2011
rmbelson in New Orleans

Too Many Choices, Not Enough Time!!

Was in N.O. 10 days ago. Early dinner at Dante's -- the best of our trip, and the woman serving us was one of the nicest wait persons ever. Took great care of us, didn't push anything and seemed really interested in giving us a good time,

Unlike the server at Cochon a few nights earlier who knew my wife ate no meat and then after we'd eaten, whispered that the secret of their rolls was lard. Cochon was fine, but too salty, in my opinion. And I felt we were being pushed to order more than we wanted.

At DK, I ate the shrimp and grits app, then a side of greens w/andouille and one of boudin rouge. Completely great. The spoon bread is amazing, but for 2 of us, one portion was plenty

BTW - we also ate at Dick and Jenny's and I wouldn't go back. Lackluster. Was a Monday night, so maybe that had something to do with it.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Mar 30, 2011
rmbelson in New Orleans

95th! birthday dinner - Newton Wellesley Waltham

Friends took him for lunch there when he turned 90.

Aug 26, 2010
rmbelson in Greater Boston Area

95th! birthday dinner - Newton Wellesley Waltham

I booked (but can change) for 6PM at Campagna in Waltham. They said not bad at that hour. What do you all think?

Aug 25, 2010
rmbelson in Greater Boston Area

95th! birthday dinner - Newton Wellesley Waltham

My spry dad is turning 95 on Fri. We need a quiet place to celebrate, just 3 of us. He likes a good meal, but a pleasant and accommodating locale will be more important than ultra-special cuisine. We've done Lumiere for his 85th and a nice place in W. Roxbury for his 90th when we had a much larger party (forget the name, something Grill). We don't want to drive into Boston or Cambridge. As for price -- $$$ not $$$$ 'Ethnic is fine, though I wouldn't take him to an Thai or Indian place because he's not going to want too much spice.

Many thanks.

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Lumiere Restaurant
1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

Aug 24, 2010
rmbelson in Greater Boston Area

Red Cat Birthday Blues

Thanks for the reply. You know, I'm not especially interested in being vindictive or anything. I was hoping for a response when I contacted Red Cat via the web because I value feedback myself in the work I do, and try to see these things as opportunities to be better the next time. But as only a sometimes visitor to New York, I began this thread because I didn't know what was common and what wasn't.

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Red Cat
227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

May 18, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan

Red Cat Birthday Blues

They did not respond to my note about service. Why bother engaging your customer base through your website if you don't try to make it work? Bad marketing all around.

May 17, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan

Red Cat Birthday Blues

Yes, not rave worthy. Thanks for the replies, all.

May 17, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan

Red Cat Birthday Blues

Interesting that this is normal. Our dinner companion is a Brooklynite and she was more upset than we were. So I'm clear, it wasn't the wait itself that bugged me, but the lack of consideration in managing it.

May 14, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan

Red Cat Birthday Blues

Came in from out of town for my wife's birthday on a Sat. night. Made a post-theater 9:45 reservation at Red Cat. Called at 9:35 to say play got out late and we would be a few minutes late, and arrived about 9:55 or so. They were slammed. Our table was still occupied. Hostess apologized, sent us to the crowded end of the bar, and ignored us for the next half hour. We were checking a Blackberry for where else to go, when our table freed up at 10:30 -- 45 minutes after the reserved time. I think I went to the front of the room twice to check on our table and remind them we were trying to celebrate a birthday, but all I got was "Sorry, we can't do anything. Your table won't leave"

Not true. They could have given us a glass of wine while we waited or come over to see how we were, etc. I felt kind of stupid just standing there -- if you've been there, you know how crowded and noisy the far end of the bar is, and close to the bathroom entrance.

Once we were seated, they did send over a free plate of tempura green beans. But it took a long time for us to relax and enjoy ourselves after such hapless treatment. Food was good, but by the time it came, it was too late to enjoy it fully.

So -- I used the restaurant's website to send a polite but critical description of our less than happy night. The restaurant has not replied to my message. Not how I would do it.

Am I expecting too much?

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Red Cat
227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

May 13, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan

Quiet spot easy for driver heading to Midtown tunnel

Sigh. Just found out my driver friend can't make dinner at all, working too late. Another diner lives in Hell's Kitchen, and he has a 3-year-old to consider (baby not coming to dinner but dad may have schedule issues), so I think I'll search for a HK resto.What's quiet there?

Apr 15, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan

Quiet spot easy for driver heading to Midtown tunnel

Am meeting some old friends next Friday night. One of our group is driving from work on LI to home in NJ and takes the midtown tunnel. To make the driver's life easy, we need a place not too far off his route. I'm coming in from MA, so I have no clue as to what neighborhood makes sense. Most of the others are on the west side, UWS HK, or coming in by train from CT or NJ.

Need a place that's good for conversation. Not $$$$. At least one of the eaters is not overly-ambitions, sigh. We met once for Korean, and I think it was too challenging for her. One of us eats no meat or poultry. Next night my wife and I are at Marseille, so no French or bistro..

Food is important, but so is the ability to be comfortable talking, What do you hounds think? Thanks.

Apr 15, 2010
rmbelson in Manhattan