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Romantic or just plain fun dinner in Asheville?

Hi everyone,

Thanks again for all the recommendations. We ended up at Curate for the anniversary itself, but tried out the Admiral, 12 Bones, Limones, Tupelo, Salsas, and the noodle joint right in the square downtown, on a tip from a server at Admiral. We really loved Curate, just overall solid place, and asked the server for some of the more interesting options. If any of you haven't tried the fried eggplant, it was the last thing I would have ordered but he suggested it and it was fantastic, drizzled in honey and sea salt. Great staff, we even went back for a lunchtime snack and hung out at the bar in the early afternoon chatting with them.

Admiral was fantastic, of course. Every other place was great as well, I have to say. Incredible food town you guys have!

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Limones
13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801

Oct 31, 2011
bpm123 in Southeast

Romantic or just plain fun dinner in Asheville?

Thanks so much, everyone! Really appreciate all the tips, and the healthy debate. We'll be going to several of these now (Curate, Admiral, Limones, 12 Bones so far for sure) and we will definitely report back. For the anniversary dinner itself, we're looking for fun and festive, so Curate sounds like a good one. I think we will also try Zambra so we can compare. We'll make a point to check out Storm too, as we're not big rum drinkers so would be nice to branch out a little. If there's more to check out, keep 'em coming, and thanks again!

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Limones
13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801

Oct 13, 2011
bpm123 in Southeast

Romantic or just plain fun dinner in Asheville?

Thanks Jeff! We are already booked for the Admiral on a different day, as we had seen it so often in blog posts and such. I should have mentioned that I'm looking for a spot on a Sunday, which is a closed day for the Admiral. We are excited to check it out the next day though.

Oct 10, 2011
bpm123 in Southeast

Romantic or just plain fun dinner in Asheville?

Hi all,

My wife and I are celebrating our first anniversary in Asheville, and we'd love any recs for a really good or unique dinner. We're in our early 30s, probably qualify as "hipsters" by most of the less-vitriolic definitions (I promise we're not snide and superficial, but we do enjoy local foods, etc). We don't need something super fancy. However, we'd like the place to be at least a little nice and hopefully fun and unique to Asheville.

We live in NYC and getting decent southern food here is a challenge, so we're definitely open to some southern cooking, but not limited to that. Any ideas?

Oct 10, 2011
bpm123 in Southeast

Breakfast for 20 in private room in Manhattan?

Hi hounds,

I'm looking for a restaurant with a private room for a large breakfast on a Friday in Manhattan, preferably downtown or midtown. We tried Locanda Verde, Cookshop, Freemans, and some others, but only Locanda had anything like that and they wanted nearly $50 per person for pastries and coffee. It's a business breakfast and all, but that was silly even on an expense account.

Any ideas?

Many thanks for any tips!

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Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 01, 2011
bpm123 in Manhattan

Omakase in Vancouver, or, The Tojo Conundrum

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are visiting her family in Vancouver for the holidays. We were planning on taking her immediate family to a really nice omakase dinner as a gift and thanks for putting us up for a week.

Now, the first thing you find when you look for good omakase is Tojo. Then, you read the rather mixed reviews of the place. Aji Sai and Octopus Garden also come up, but all the discussion I found when searching the board seemed to be at least a year or two old.

Any new spots, or updates for a really great omakase? Any advice or recent experiences are very much appreciated!

Dec 03, 2010
bpm123 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Japanese restaurant near Japan Society?

Hi everyone,

Any good ideas for a Japanese dinner after seeing a show at the Japan Society near 47th and 2nd? Trying to keep it thematic ... happy to take a short cab ride but if nothing of note is near enough we'll go to some favorites downtown. It'd be nice to try some of the better midtown places if possible though as we're never up there.

Dec 01, 2009
bpm123 in Manhattan

Dining and food shopping in Woodstock

Hi Everyone,

Some friends and I will be staying in Woodstock over thanksgiving. We'll be porting in some food to cook but would like to shop locally if possible. Are there good stores, farmers markets, butchers, bakeries, wine shops, etc that you can recommend?

We'll also want to dine out (group of 5), nothing super fancy but happy to pay a bit more for good food. Any recs?

Many thanks!

Best Gringo Tacos?

Hi all,

My girlfriend is mildly obsessed with 'gringo tacos' lately- crisp shell, greasy ground beef, sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce... just like the school cafeteria used to make.

Any good places in Brooklyn or Manhattan that can provide these wonderously bad delicacies? What with people wanting actual, quality Mexican food, it seems that this has become a much harder dish to find than you might suspect.

Nov 09, 2009
bpm123 in Manhattan

3 days in LA- best street food, Asian food, Mexican?

I'm staying on Figueroa between Colorado and York... is that Highland Park? Happy to travel say up to an hour if that's reasonable. Thanks to all for the above responses so far!

Sep 29, 2009
bpm123 in Los Angeles Area

3 days in LA- best street food, Asian food, Mexican?

Hi all

I've only been to LA once, and had about a day there. Next week, however, I'm there from Thursday to Sunday.... and I want to eat! I'm in NYC, and while we have great food here I'd love to get some LA gems that aren't something likely to find elsewhere (or at least in NYC).

I'm particularly interested in recommendations for Mexican food (which in NY is embarrassing), Korean, Japanese, street carts, anything that is unique or very notable. Price range is pretty across the board but nothing too crazy- I'd probably cap it at around $100 a person, but also happy to try $5 sandwiches that stand out.

Can you recommend LA-specific deliciousness for a weekend?

Many thanks for any suggestions!

Sep 29, 2009
bpm123 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch near Houston and 6th (Ave Americas)

Hi all,

Is there *anything* near this area for a good lunch? Doesn't have to be fancy, but does have to be good! Any help is greatly appreciated... this is a total dead zone in my NYC knowledge.

Jun 12, 2009
bpm123 in Manhattan

Sunday lunch for international tourists?

Thanks Kathryn! Mid-to-upscale is about right, and I will look into all of those. Price point is around say $40-50 a person, though less is fine too of course.

Nov 13, 2008
bpm123 in Manhattan

Sunday lunch for international tourists?

Hi all,

I have a group of 3 coming in from Europe who really want to try 'American' or 'New American' food on Sunday. My first thought was Prune, or maybe Freemans, but neither take reservations and this is a business thing so would prefer that.

Any ideas where such a lunch could be had with reservations, either in Chelsea or the general downtown (south of 14th) area?

Many thanks!

Nov 13, 2008
bpm123 in Manhattan

Good business lunch spot near 7th ave, Mid to Downtown

Hi everyone, is there a good restaurant you would recommend for business lunch in that area? Anywhere between 14 th and 40th... best case some where in the middle (20's-30's). It's a zone that doesn't have any restaurants that pop out, but I'm sure more local folks will have a much better idea than I...

Apr 29, 2008
bpm123 in Manhattan