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Talde

I was fully aware that the vegetarian options were limited, but I find it frustrating nonetheless. Also, in much of the press I've read about the place that included a brief interview with Dale, he almost always mentioned the vegetarian ramen, so you would think he was proud of it. The guys at Chuko have vegetarian ramen down - no more Talde for me.

Talde

Talde is not for vegetarians. I went a few weeks ago and was really disappointed both by the fact that there were so few vegetarian options and that the main one was straight up bad. (I will say that my omnivore friend with whom I went had already been the week before and loved the meat dishes she got on both her visits.)

The mushroom sliders were pretty good, but the buns were a little too tall and, as a result, the bread (which was good) overwhelmed everything. Iif they fixed the ratio I would have enjoyed them more, although there was too much mustard on them and as a result the mushroom filling was even more obscured.

The market vegetable ramen - the only vegetarian entree - was really bland and hence bad. The broth had absolutely no flavor even though it was supposed have miso in it - maybe there was a teaspoon in the whole bowl. The roasted root vegetables (of which were were only a few pieces each of potato, turnip, and parsnip) were so unevenly cut that half of them were burnt and half of them were undercooked, and they clearly didn't season the vegetables at all, as they were completely bland (unless you count burnt as a flavor). There was no salt in the entire dish. The noodles were ok, but I've had better. I ended up pouring about 1/4 of the bottle of sriracha (which I gather was made in house - it was very good) and a huge glug of chili vinegar into my bowl, which is how I was able to eat the dish, and only half of it, at that.

I really hope they wise up and 1) make their only vegetarian entree actually taste like something and 2) add a few more vegetarian items to the menu.

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Talde
369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

The menu has changed since we were there last summer and I can't find the photo I took of the menu from our visit. We had several small plates, each of us got an entree, and we each got (alas only) one of Melissa Chou's excellent desserts. And numerous cocktails...the vegetable-based cocktails are amazing!

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

I totally forgot to report back!

We had some wonderful experiences, but were disappointed by a number of places that have great reviews.

Bottega - we had sandwiches and antipasti from here (as part of a wine lunch at a winery in Napa), which were decent but would have been better were they not ice cold!

Oenotri - very good, as we had hoped. The pizza was on par with many of the Neapolitan-style pies I've had in NYC and the pasta was great, too.

Genova Deli - our sandwiches from there were much tastier than expected, but probably because we had been biking alongside traffic on the Silverado Trail and I had almost gotten hit by a car in the process.

Ubuntu - I had been looking forward to this meal for years and unfortunately, it was such a disappointment. We did the 8 course (I think) tasting and, while some of our dishes were really good, most were not. The ones that weren't were either bland, muddled, or not terribly inspired, particularly a grain risotto that was watery and rather unattractive. Moreover, the service was not what I expected. On many occasions, our server took away my husband's plate when I was still eating, and on two such occasions, he brought out the next course for both of us, leaving my next course in the middle of the table while I still ate the previous one. Unacceptable for a place of this caliber.

Bouchon Bakery - we had breakfast there and, really, what's not to love? I've never been disappointed by any of their creations, be it at their two NYC locations or this one. It was really nice to visit the original even though I can get the same things in NYC.

Chez Panisse Cafe - the food was very good, but I didn't think it was worth the price. So many places these days do seasonal/local/organic - heck, I do it every day when my CSA share is in season - and there was nothing particularly inspired about the food here. Don't get me wrong - it was very well executed - but it didn't knock my socks off (although our bill did). And the hostess was beyond rude to us. In retrospect, I should've told a manager about it, but it's too late now.

Plum - I had high expectation of Jeremy Fox's new-ish restaurant, but I wasn't wowed. A few of our courses were woefully underseasoned and most of them were kind of boring.

The Trappist - we had a few beers here after our underwhelming meal at Plum and really loved this place. I thought the theme would come off as being cheesy but it was actually well done, and they have great beers here (of course).

La Farine (Berkeley) - The morning bun there is amazing and, as I learned a few days later, better than the one at Tartine.

Ike's (at Stanford) - what a pleasant surprise. Their sandwiches are kooky and amazingly well-made given that it's staffed by college students. Loved it.

Commonwealth - hands down the worst meal of our trip. The best part of our meal was the liquid nitrogen cocktail and it went sharply downhill from there. We each ordered a salad - the gorgeous radish salad was barely seasoned and all the vegetables were miraculously tasteless - and my main course of quinoa, mushroom, and poached egg was just that - no seasoning, no salt, no flavor, nothing. It was pitiful. Not to mention that my egg white was runny, which is disgusting. And our server told me that it was supposed to be soft cooked, as if I know nothing about how eggs are supposed to be cooked. Whites should not be runny. We stopped our meal after that abomination of a course and went next door to...

Mission Chinese Food - one of the best meals on our trip. We got the cold sesame noodles and the thrice-cooked bacon (which they have a vegetarian version of, strange), the later of which was phenomenal. The combination of flavors and textures was perfect. I wanted to order another plate but was forbidden from doing so :)

Beretta - a nightcap after our terrible/amazing dinner. We really liked this place - the drinks were simple but really well made and the atmosphere reminded me of one of my favorite bars here in Brooklyn.

Tartine Bakery - Their baked goods are wonderful, but I did like the La Farine morning bun better.

Gracias Madre - you would never know this place is vegan - everything we got was so flavorful and cooked really well. A great place to go to soak up all the free beer from the Anchor Brewery tour we had just been on.

Flour + Water - deserving of the hype. Our pizza and pasta were perfect, the service was impeccable, and the environs were lovely.

Bourbon and Branch - not deserving of the hype. The secret bar concept is not so cute to me anymore (I guess it's because I've lived in NYC for 11 years and the concept was big here in the early 2000s) and the drinks weren't that spectacular for the price. There are plenty of other places that make better drinks for a little less money, but I guess the exclusivity of it is a selling point. I did enjoy walking past a horde of crack addicts as we left and a subsequent brigade of police officers.

Tony's Pizza Napoletana - we got the special pizza with the crust made with Anchor Steam beer, cheddar, etc and it was a gutbomb. Tasty, but we could barely finish it. Thankfully our dinner was hours away. Maybe we should've gotten something simpler.

Aziza - the sleeper hit of our trip. Everything there - service, cocktails (oh, those cocktails), food, desserts - was absolutely amazing. I chose this place based on the Chronicle's annual list but I was surprised that it isn't as highly regarded as places like Commonwealth, Nopa, Flour + Water, etc.

Green Chile Kitchen and Chile Pies - the former was solid Mexican; the latter was mediocre pie that I think is riding on a novelty factor.

Magnolia Brewing Co - we thought all of their beers were bad. Maybe their lines hadn't been cleaned, but everything tasted funky.

Citizen Cake - I've been in the past, and I always love it. Elizabeth Falkner is one of my favorite pastry chefs and she never fails to deliver with her creative and well-executed desserts.

21st Amendment Brewery - what's not to love about their Back in Black IPA and Watermelon Wheat?

Thirsty Bear - we went there for the beers but were surprised by the food - much of it was vegetarian and everything we got was really good.

As you can tell, we spent a ton of money on food and drink on our trip, some of which was well worth it (Aziza! Flour + Water!) but sadly, some of which was really not at all (I want my money back from Commonwealth and Ubuntu). On the whole, we found the service in San Francisco to be excellent everywhere we went, probably because they're not disgruntled aspiring actors/models as they are here in NYC (except at the higher end places).

Thanks to everyone for your helpful advice and recommendations!!

Eleven Madison Park - lunch - 4 course or tasting for two vegetarians?

No, it's not a special meal - we just have the day off from work and thought we'd go there for lunch as it's less expensive than going for dinner. We've eaten at many great places in this city (and others), including Per Se several times, so this isn't our first experience with this type of restaurant, nor is it likely that this will be our only visit to EMP if it lives up to its reputation.

Feb 09, 2012
scarlet starlet in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - lunch - 4 course or tasting for two vegetarians?

Oh, we're not vegan - we love cheese and dairy and eggs are more than welcome in our food.

Feb 09, 2012
scarlet starlet in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - lunch - 4 course or tasting for two vegetarians?

I've read through all the other posts on here about EMP but I don't have the answer to my question just yet.

Both my husband and I are vegetarian and we have a lunch reservation at EMP in a week and a half. I'm not quite sure if we should get the 4-course tasting for $74 or spend the extra $100 for both of us (which is what a dinner at a mid-range restaurant would cost - so we are totally fine spending that money here instead) for the tasting menu.

From what I've read on here and from other reviews, it seems like there are a lot of signature dishes - the duck, the clambake - that are part of the tasting. However, I've also gotten the sense that the 4-course menu has so many extras and that the additional cost for the tasting isn't quite worth it.

I haven't seen any detailed reviews of a vegetarian tasting, only the 4-course, which looks wonderful. Has anyone gotten it recently and, if so, what was your experience?

If the perks of the tasting are the signature dishes - which are far from vegetarian - I'm not sure it's worth it for us, but I'm also willing to spend the money if anyone out there can convince me that it is!

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Feb 09, 2012
scarlet starlet in Manhattan

CHOW Recipe Challenge: Your Best Muffin Recipe!

Currant-Almond Yogurt muffins - not only easy to make, but an unexpected flavor combination that's totally delicious.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29644-cur...

May 09, 2011
scarlet starlet in Home Cooking

Currant-Almond Yogurt Muffins

May 09, 2011
scarlet starlet in Recipes

Currant-Almond Yogurt Muffins

My ingredient list keeps getting messed up! It should read as follows:

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon freshly ground fennel seeds (not toasted)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup Greek or other thick yogurt
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
½ teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ tsp orange zest
Scant ¼ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup fresh red currants

May 09, 2011
scarlet starlet in Recipes

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

We have fully booked days there and our schedule isn't really flexible as we're meeting up with some friends during our time in CA. I find it hard to believe that there's nowhere good for vegetarians to have dinner in/near Napa aside from Ubuntu!

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

I just got a rave review of Ad Hoc from a couple of my vegetarian friends who recently ate there and given that I couldn't figure out anywhere else to go for dinner, I made a reservation there as a place holder. I'm still open to suggestions :)

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Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

We're staying in Napa and are planning on going to Oxbow just to pick up something quick for lunch on our way to a number of vineyards north of Napa proper. Any suggestions for an alternative location to get a quick lunch? We're having dinner at 6 pm at Ad Hoc so I don't want to spend a ton of money (or time) on lunch.

Also, any suggestions for wineries? I haven't done my research yet, the only one on my list right now is Frog's Leap.

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Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

A good friend of mine who is vegetarian travels to SF every two months for work and has raved about a few places in the Mission as well as the Oxbow Market - given that I know him well and trust his taste, I think I'll do just fine at both those places.

I think we'll skip Millennium but I'm still not fully sold on going to Coi...

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

Thanks for all the excellent suggestions. Here's what I've finally decided on:

Napa - Lunch: Oxbow Market, Bouchon Bakery; Dinner: Ad Hoc, Ubuntu

Oakland/Berkeley - Breakfast: La Farine; Lunch: Chez Panisse Cafe; Dinner: Plum; Drinks: The Trappist

The one thing I'm left debating is where to have dinner our first night in SF - Coi, Millennium, or somewhere else? I know Coi and Millennium are very different places, but I've been to Per Se and have plans to go back later this year, so I'm not bent on a big (and costly) tasting menu, but I feel like I'd be missing out if I didn't go to Coi. Also, does anyone know if Benu does a vegetarian tasting menu? I'd be up for that given all the buzz around Corey Lee and how good Benu is.

San Francisco
Dinner: Flour and Water, Aziza, Commonwealth, and one more dinner (see below)
Lunch: Tacos in the Mission, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Off the Grid food trucks, and a fourth day of grazing at the market, food trucks, and other stops in Hayes Valley and Haight areas.
Drinks: 15 Romolo, Bourbon and Branch, Beretta, 21st Amendment, Alembic, Magnolia Brewing Company - anywhere else?

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

La Farine
6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

15 Romolo
15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Off the Grid
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

You're right - there's amazing South Indian in NYC (as well as in my kitchen and my mother's!), and I also said in my original post that I'm not looking for recs for Indian or Thai places :)

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

Although I'm sure those pupusas are great, there are excellent pupusas to be found in Brooklyn, including ones made with zucchini, loroco flower, jalapenos, and a variety of vegetarian fillings, and they're within a half hour walk from my home!

I do like the menu at Camino, but I don't eat at restaurants that have just one vegetarian entree - not much fun when neither me or my husband eat meat.

I'm now considering skipping lunch on Thursday at The Slanted Door for the Off The Grid - although we have a ton of food trucks in NYC, there are definitely more in SF and dare I say some better ones. I would've considered the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market but we're going to Alcatraz that morning and not getting back until 1, so by the time we get to the market at ~1:30, the vendors will be getting read to close at 2.

I may also skip Burma Superstar and just do some grazing as we walk around, some snacks with drinks at Alembic, Citizen Cake for desserts, and....any suggestions for good places in Hayes Valley/NoPa areal? Also, thoughts on Nopalito? The menu looks good enough, but not terribly exciting.

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I’ve made a few changes (below) but what I really need help with is picking two of the following for dinner:

Commonwealth
Sons and Daughters/Canteen (still bent on that progressive dinner)
Millennium

Still doing Ubuntu - I've read recent reviews and it seems that Aaron London is doing a great job - and our other dinner in Napa is none other than Ad Hoc. I'm taking a chance on this given that I haven't read very much about their vegetarian options, but I can't pass up the opportunity to eat there.

Definitely doing Chez Panisse and Plum in Berkeley/Oakland and also getting breakfast at La Farine and Blue Bottle Coffee.

In SF, I added a dinner at Aziza and lunch at Burma Superstar because I haven’t encountered places like them in NYC and they have great reviews. I can live without The Slanted Door and A16. Definitely keeping Greens on the list.

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

La Farine
6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Blue Bottle Cafe
66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Vegetarian lunch in Sausalito

We'll be stopping in Sausalito on our way from Muir Woods to Palo Alto (we're going to SF the next day for a few days) and would like to have lunch there. However, it seems like most of the places are fish-heavy and we don't eat fish. I'm at a loss of where to go and may have to just eat somewhere in SF (oh, how terrible!) but I'd rather have a meal in Sausalito so as to not have to make a pit stop in SF or wait another hour and a half to eat in Palo Alto.

Suggestions?

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

I made a reservation for Canteen and let them know we'd only need the table for an hour. I've been keeping an eye on the menu and there's always one vegetarian option for each of the first two courses, which is perfect for one item per person and then dessert.

Coi looks amazing but it's more than we're willing to spend on one meal while we're out there.

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

I've read in a few places that Ad Hoc will do a vegetarian meal if you call in advance, but I've never seen what those dishes were - do you have any insight? Freshness of produce alone is not enough to get me to go....there are plenty of places in NYC that make great vegetarian food with market-fresh ingredients. For $50 I want an inspired, unique meal, not something I could make at home after going to the farmers market.

I think I'm going to scrap Chez Panisse and go for Gather - I've read so many great reviews of it.

I cancelled my reservation at A16 and made one for Commonwealth instead. I'm planning to get the 6 course tasting as the 4 vegetarian dishes on the menu won't be enough for the two of us (although I presume they would be about to make a few additional dishes if we called in advance) - anyone have any insight on that?

I may skip Greens as well, but am not sure where to go for lunch instead - Slanted Door? Or somewhere else.

Also, any thoughts on whether I should scrap the progressive dinner evening of Orson, Sons and Daughters, and Canteen and just make a full dinner out of one of the latter two? Has anyone made a request for vegetarian options (in addition to those already on the menu) at those places?

In case you couldn't tell I want to make sure I have the best dining experience in SF :)

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Need recs for SF/Napa for 2 NYC vegetarians who are serious about good food

I know there are a number of other posts on similar topics, but none of them are really proving to be helpful.

My husband and I will be in Napa, SF, and Berkeley/Oakland in late May/early June. We are both vegetarian and have high standards for food. As a point of reference, our favorite restaurants in NYC are Roberta's, Dirt Candy, Sripraphai, and Buttermilk Channel. We were disappointed by the lackluster vegetarian dishes on Blue Hill at Stone Barns' farmers feast and I make better food at home than most of the restaurants in this new wave of seasonal/local/organic food that seems to be most popular in Brooklyn (where we live), so just having vegetarian dishes on the menu isn't enough - it has to be great. And just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's good - some of our favorite food is served from a truck or a hole in the wall.

I've done a ridiculous amount of research and have come up with a list of all the places at which we'd like to eat (and I've made a lot of reservations!) but I need a little help in refining and finalizing the list and filling in some of the blanks. Basically, I'm looking for places that epitomize California cuisine but also have a good amount of (and good quality) vegetarian dishes. So many of the places that I came upon in my research had rave reviews but didn't float my boat when it came to the selection and/or appeal of their vegetarian dishes, so they didn't make the cut. Also, Thai and Indian food are not options, as there are amazing versions of both in NYC.

So here's what I've got so far:

Napa
Lunches at Oxbow Market and Bouchon
Dinner: Ubuntu; need a recommendation for a Saturday night. I'm considering Oenotri but am not sure I want to have pizza given that we're going to flour and water and possibly A16 in SF. I love good Neapolitan pizza, but I think three nights of it is too much. Considering Redd, but the menu didn't wow me, and I thought Bistro Jeanty was a little overpriced for the vegetarian options. Also, not going to French Laundry, as we have friends who recnelty went and weren't impressed with the vegetarian menu and we very recently went to Per Se (and loved it, but it's a bit too soon to repeat the experience).

Berkeley/Oakland
Lunch at Cafe at Chez Panisse (although I am ambivalent about this...one one hand I feel like I need to eat at the temple of Alice Waters but on the other I'm not bowled over by the vegetarian options on her menus and think I may be passing up on something else that's really good but not as well-known)
Dinner at Plum (definitely doing this unless you can really convince me otherwise, I'm a huge fan of Jeremy Fox and Daniel Patterson, and since we're not eating at Coi now that the lounge has closed, we just have to eat here).

Palo Alto
Need a lunch suggestion

SF
Evening 1: progressive dinner from Orson (dessert first!) to Sons & Daughters (two small plates) and finally Canteen (one of each vegetarian small plate), followed by drinks at Bourbon and Branch.

Day 1: breakfast at Tartine Bakery, lunch at taquerias in Mission, ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, dinner at flour and water, drinks at Beretta (this is already my favorite day!)

Day 2: lunch at Ferry Plaza Market, dinner at A16, Slanted Door, or somewhere else - I'm not tied to either of these options and want something that's uniquely SF so please weigh in on this one. I feel like A16, while great, is too similar to flour + water. I haven't been fully convinced on the quality of the food at Slanted Door and I'm not totally bowled over by other places (also considering Commonwealth, Range, Nopa, although I get the sense that the quality of food there sn't astounding). Drinks at 15 Romolo.

Day 3: lunch at Alembic or Magnolia Brewing - not tied to either of these, so I'd love recommendations for great places nearby (i.e., Haight, near Alamo Square, Hayes Valley), although we do love good craft beer which is why these options are on the list even though there are probably better restaurants (although not sure which ones are open for lunch). We're going to a friend's party for dinner.

Day 4: lunch at Greens (which we have to do, this one is more important to me than Chez Panisse). Another private dinner this evening.

And that's it. What do you think? I'm hoping the expertise of SF hounds will come to my rescue in filling in the blanks and possibly suggesting alternatives to places i've selected in the event that I'm totally missing out on something amazing. Thank you so so so much for your help!

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Canteen
817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Range
842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Nopa
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Beretta
1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

15 Romolo
15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Oenotri
1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

Chez Panisse Cafe
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Sons & Daughters
708 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Commonwealth
2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Specific Napa Questions

Given that Aaron London, the new chef at Ubuntu, just got nominated as a rising chef by the James Beard Foundation, I would think the food there is still amazing even though Jeremy Fox is gone.

I'm going there in late May and will report back!

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

ISO Your Most Tried-and-True Healthy Vegetarian Weeknight Staples

Anchovies are not vegetarian!

Jan 24, 2011
scarlet starlet in Home Cooking

Wedding

Try some of the spots in Red Hook, especially Fort Defiance. And you'll be right near the water for beautiful photos!

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Fort Defiance
365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

near Brooklyn Boulders?

Walk over to 4th Ave and go to Zuzu Ramen or Ghenet (which I love) and then The Sackett for drinks, or walk a little further south on 4th and get tacos to go from Oaxaca and have them with beers at Mission Dolores.

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Ghenet
348 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Zuzu Ramen
173 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Sackett
661 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Mission Dolores
249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Fondue in BK

I second that recommendation.

best vegatarian/kosher indian

I went to Bhojan last week and was very disappointed. The best kosher/vegetarian in NYC still remains Saravanaas (just a block from Bhojan).

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Saravanaas
81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Bhojan
102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Apr 08, 2010
scarlet starlet in Manhattan

Rehearsal dinner for wedding - in Brooklyn

Chestnut is pretty small, so unless you reserve the entire restaurant (which I think they don't charge too much for), it won't be a particularly intimate affair.

San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes?

Um, everywhere? Every Italian store on Court, Sahadi's, the Met on Smith, Los Paisanos on Smith, etc, etc.

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Sahadi's
187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Paisanos Meat Market
162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201