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First Time Posting - Looking for Great Food in Harpers Ferry

Thanks again, everyone for the recs. We ended up at Magnolia in Purceville based on a friend's suggestion and it did not disappoint. Great patio and wide variety of comfort foods. I really enjoyed the fried green tomato and goat cheese. The desserts were a a little heavy but that is really my only complaint. Because we were celebrating birthdays, they actually printed the names of the birthday boy and girl on their menus which was a nice touch. It is about 30 mins from Harpers Ferry and 15 mins from Leesburg, but a perfect way to end a day in wine country or on the river as a stop in Purceville gets you part way back to DC.

Jun 20, 2011
karinabean in Mid-Atlantic

First Time Posting - Looking for Great Food in Harpers Ferry

Thanks, Princsoreo and Thomas. I actually started looking in Leesburg too and it looks like there are also some good options there. I'll let you know what we decide.

Jun 15, 2011
karinabean in Mid-Atlantic

First Time Posting - Looking for Great Food in Harpers Ferry

I too am looking for a place for dinner in Harper's Ferry or neighboring toes. A group of Washingtonians are headed to the area for a birthday excursion of tubing and wanted to finish it off with a fun dinner at a festive place. It doesn't look like there are too many options based on the limited threads devoted to discussing it.

Doesn't anyone have any ideas???

Jun 10, 2011
karinabean in Mid-Atlantic

Wild Edibles - What to Order

After reading this thread and a few others praising the lobster roll, I decided to try it. It is not a lobster roll. It is lobster salad on a brioche style flat bun. It has celery and lots of mayo. It was fine for lobster salad on brioche but pretty disappointing since I thought I was ordering a lobster roll.

I will certainly try the fish at some point but since I am stuck at work and had to order takeout I figured a lobster roll would be a safer choice...guess I'll have to rethink that one.

Anyway, just didn't want anyone else to be deceived into think they were going to be getting a real lobster roll (i.e., big pieces of moist lobster requiring little mayo or butter on a toasted half split bun).

Aug 14, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

Help!!! Great Porterhouse not Peter Lugers

We ended up going to Ben & Jack's - the 5th Avenue location (we both work in midtown and I wanted to avoid feeling like I was at a work dinner). My husband was very happy with the porterhouse. Although he did say that he thought his porterhouse at Keene's was slightly better.

Thank you all for your suggestions!

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Ben & Jack's
255 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Jun 24, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

Help!!! Great Porterhouse not Peter Lugers

Is one of the Ben & Jacks locations better than the other? The Murray Hill location is more convenient for me but if the 44th Street is the flagship and has better quality that I would be willing to travel further...

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Ben & Jack's
219 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017

Jun 14, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

Help!!! Great Porterhouse not Peter Lugers

I thought Porterhouse was quite good. It has more of the steakhouse chain atmosphere like the Palm but the food, including sides, was prepared very well and the service was very attentive. It was an older crowd than I've found at other steakhouses in the City and we went at 8:45 on a Friday night.

Jun 14, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

Help!!! Great Porterhouse not Peter Lugers

Hi Hounders, I'm hoping you can help me out. I wanted to take my husband to Peter Lugers for his birthday on June 20 - aka Father's Day - and not surprisingly the restaurant is booked.

He wants a good porterhouse. Any alternatives? We've been to Keenes, Club A, and Porter House so I'm looking for a new one.

Thanks!

Jun 11, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

2 West (Ritz-Carlton): Is it really a steakhouse?

I've tried searching the Manhattan board for reviews/thoughts on 2 West but have found very little. We're looking for a quality steakhouse close to home (BPC) and I remembered reading about 2 West. It's menu on Menupages has a number of steak options but on the Ritz-Carlton website there appear to be very few.

Has anyone tried 2 West? What are your overall thoughts? Would you qualify it as a steakhouse?

Feb 24, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

Quiet Downtown neighborhoody restaurants

While Malatesta might be low-key (i.e., you can show up in jeans and sneakers and still feel welcome) it is certainly not quiet! It is probably one of the noisiest restaurants I've been to in NYC. The food is good for traditional Italian but if you want to have a conversation without shouting I do not recommend it.

Jan 13, 2010
karinabean in Manhattan

The Palm - Opinions?

I recently ate at The Palm TriBeCa. My husband is a huge steak fan, loves the other Palms, and we live nearby. After reading so many good things about the lobster I had to try it. It was not only disappointing, it was awful. It was the most overcooked, rubbery lobster I have ever eaten. Perhaps I am biased since I had just returned from a trip to my parents' in New England where we'd had delicious lobster at home, but I thought this was one of the Palm's specialties. The waiter asked how everything was before I had taken a bite and then I couldn't get him back until after my dinner companions had finished. They offered us a free dessert (which of course no one had room for) but did not offer to alter the bill. I guess the moral of the story is stick to the steak - at least in TriBeCa.

Aug 28, 2009
karinabean in Manhattan

Lobster roll sans mayo - where?

Foodwhisperer - is the Lobster Triple Decker on the regular menu at Cercle Rouge? I'm actually going there tonight for Bastille Day and didn't see it on their menu...maybe I'll just have to stop by Mooncake after...

Jul 14, 2009
karinabean in Manhattan

Quiet and Reasonably Priced In Lower Manhattan

I'd like to keep it around $100. I like Japanese but wouldn't mind having a variety of cuisines. I know I am not making this any easy question.

May 01, 2009
karinabean in Manhattan

Quiet and Reasonably Priced In Lower Manhattan

Since moving to New York my French husband has constantly complained about the noise level in New York restaurants. We're looking for somewhere in lower Manhattan (preferably Union Square or below) that, while not necessarily "romantic", is a few decibels lower than your average NYC meal on a Friday or Saturday night. No cuisine restrictions and simple is fine, but we're not looking to break the bank. Any suggestions?

May 01, 2009
karinabean in Manhattan

Top 5 date-night locations

Just to add one to the list - Petits Plats. The outdoor area is pretty casual but inside near the fireplaces on the second floor (particularly in the winter) is really romantic. The food is simple but well prepared and the service is attentive but not to intrusive.

And one comment about 1789 - my husband and I went after having received a gift certificate and we were really disappointed. Aside from looking old and faded (both the decor and the crowd...) the food was nothing special. Our waiter got into an argument with the table next to ours and our entire room had to listen. Kind of ruined the romantic atmosphere. Maybe it is nicer downstairs but I certainly will not go back for a date!