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Edinburgh with kids

Hi. Just wanted to report back on where we ended up. The first night we went to Fisher's in the City. Food was very good, but it didn't seem as kid-friendly as I would have liked. Waitress was very accommodating but hostess seemed a little out of sorts about kids being there, and since it seemed we were the only diners with kids, we were very aware of the other patrons and felt we constantly had to shush the kids. The second night we were at Howie's at Waterloo Place. Lovely, warm room with good food, though perhaps a notch lower than at Fisher's. But it was a more relaxed atmosphere, the staff couldn't have been nicer, and we felt much more comfortable there with our children.

Our lunches were more on the go, nothing worth writing about. But overall Edinburgh was a fabulous spot!

Jul 14, 2014
gab in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh with kids

thanks. They are both seafood lovers!

Jul 10, 2014
gab in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh with kids

thank you!

Jul 10, 2014
gab in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh with kids

I'll be in Edinburgh this weekend with kids in tow (ages 5 and 8). They're not particularly picky eaters, so I'm not necessarily looking for only pizza and pasta places, yet restaurants that are kid-friendly are a must. We are from NYC so we're savvy diners and would love to try Edinburgh's dining scene. No white tablecloth kinds of places, please. Think more casual, cafe or brasserie-ish.

Jul 09, 2014
gab in U.K./Ireland

Need W. Village no res. place for tonight

Let me add one caveat: not a meat-centric place. One of us needs some meatless dishes, though seafood is fine. Keep the recs coming! :-)

May 05, 2012
gab in Manhattan

Need W. Village no res. place for tonight

Going for an early dinner tonight and don't have a reservation anywhere, so since we will be eating at 5:45 I figured we'd likely have our choice of places that don't accept reservations. My usual go-to is Blue Ribbon Bakery, but we were just there a couple of weeks ago so we'd like to go somewhere else. Suggestions? I'm open as to cuisine type. Preferences for places within a few blocks of the 1 stops at Houston, Christopher, or 14th St.

May 05, 2012
gab in Manhattan

Lively downtown spot under $50 per person?

I looked at the Redhead website, and they don't take reservations for parties smaller than 5. Their menu sounded interesting so that's too bad. I also checked out JoeDoe's website and there wasn't anything on the menu that grabbed me. Do they have a lot of specials? Otherwise I think I'll look into some of the other places mentioned.

Jan 05, 2012
gab in Manhattan

Lively downtown spot under $50 per person?

Thanks for these suggestions. I hadn't heard of Pylos, so I'll check it out. How about the Inoteca in Gramercy (e liquori)? Looks like they take reservations. Is it as good as the one on the LES?

And I see that Supper has the same owners as Frank. I love the food and atmosphere at Frank, but I always feel rushed there. Is it similar at Supper? I don't want to feel pushed out the door after an hour.

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Frank
88 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Supper
156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

'inoteca
323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

Jan 05, 2012
gab in Manhattan

Lively downtown spot under $50 per person?

I need suggestions for downtown restaurants, any cuisine except Chinese or Japanese, that are lively but not deafeningly loud, and that take reservations. I'd prefer that the tab be no more than $50 per person (without drinks, tax, tip). I could fall back on an old favorite like Mercadito on the LES or Gnocco, and I'd go to Blue Ribbon Bakery in a heartbeat if they took reservations. But I'd like to try somewhere I haven't been and would welcome your suggestions!

Jan 04, 2012
gab in Manhattan

Ciano or Tocqueville for dinner for two?

We have reservations at both and are undecided. Please help!

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Tocqueville
1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Ciano
45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

May 05, 2011
gab in Manhattan

Foodie family with young kids needs dinner recs in Dupont/Adams Morgan/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown

I used to love Pizzeria Paradiso when I lived in DC, especially the potato/pesto/Parmesan pizza. Hopefully we'll have time to get there during our trip.

Your Nooshi suggestion makes me think of a place I used to love in DC called Pan-Asian Noodles and Grill. It was on P Street if my memory serves me correctly.

What's the area around 14th and W like?

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Pizzeria Paradiso
3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Nooshi Restaurant
1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC

Apr 20, 2011
gab in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foodie family with young kids needs dinner recs in Dupont/Adams Morgan/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown

Hi. Thanks for the recommendations, but why the bitterness?

I know there is no need to lower my expectations for DC food because I lived there for five years and in that time had many excellent meals and was exposed to so many different cuisines that you don't find in most other cities.

Your pick sounds intriguing and I hope to try it!

Apr 20, 2011
gab in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foodie family with young kids needs dinner recs in Dupont/Adams Morgan/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown

We are coming this weekend with three kids ages 8 and under so looking for places for dinner (we'll probably end up eating bfast in our hotel and lunch on-the-go). We lived in DC for five years pre-kids so we know the city well but can't say the same about any restaurants that have opened up in the last decade. Open to pretty much any kind of cuisine that is not spicy. We're staying at 24th and M so would prefer Dupont or Adams Morgan locations but could also do Foggy Bottom or Georgetown.

Apr 19, 2011
gab in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to buy frozen, peeled Chestnuts?

Thanks. I just called them and they said they don't have them. But thanks anyway.

Nov 20, 2010
gab in Manhattan

Where to buy frozen, peeled Chestnuts?

Tried Fairway and Trader Joe's. I want uncooked, unroasted, peeled chestnuts. There are sources online but they charge a crazy amount of money for shipping because they ship them overnight. Surely there must be somewhere in the large city to find them!

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Trader Joe's
142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Nov 16, 2010
gab in Manhattan

Scarpetta or Marea for bday dinner?

For dinner for two people for a big birthday, which would your recommend? We are not meat eaters but are very happy with pasta or seafood. And a great dessert is important, too!

Dec 13, 2009
gab in Manhattan

Where do you recommend one orders Thanksgiving pies?

If you're downtown, Bubby's; uptown, the cafe in Fairway (go upstairs to the 2nd floor and order a pie in the cafe/restaurant, run by Mitchel London).

Nov 16, 2008
gab in Manhattan

Need recs in E. Hampton/Amagansett

Agree that TC is very good. I've been there with my kids, but I'm trying to find places that are less kid-friendly and more adult.

Aug 16, 2008
gab in General Tristate Archive

Sag Harbor recs?

thanks. I'll remember that if i'm looking for a place on a night when i'm with my kids, but i'm more interested in places to go without them, since i'll have a sitter for a couple of nights.

Aug 16, 2008
gab in General Tristate Archive

Sag Harbor recs?

I posted last week looking for your picks in East Hampton and Amagansett, but I should have also included Sag Harbor in my list of towns. What do you recommend there, and are your choices better/equal to the restaurants in EH and A? Not necessarily looking for fancy (though fancy is okay), but I'm trying to take advantage of having a couple of night out without my kids.

Aug 12, 2008
gab in General Tristate Archive

Need recs in E. Hampton/Amagansett

I got a reservation no problem. Thanks to you and jfood for the recommendation.

What do you guys thinks about others' picks: Bostwicks, The Lodge, Cafe Max, and Matto?

Aug 06, 2008
gab in General Tristate Archive

Need recs in E. Hampton/Amagansett

I have three nights to dine out with no kids, but I'm not necessarily looking for just fancy places. Just good food! I'll be making reservations two weeks in advance on midweek dates, so please keep that in mind with your selections. No cuisine is out of bounds except Chinese. What are your picks?

Aug 05, 2008
gab in General Tristate Archive

Where to get a good lobster in Midtown?

Preferably in the upper 40s or lower 50s, Midtown West.

Apr 15, 2008
gab in Manhattan

Recs nr San Diego Symphony?

Looking to get my in-laws a gift certificate to a restaurant near the SD Symphony and could use some recommendations. Since it's a gift I'd like to send them somewhere special that they wouldn't ordinarily go, but I don't necessarily want the most upscale place in town.

Dec 23, 2007
gab in California

Where can I find good cupcakes

My faves are from MItchel London. The icing is delicious and the cake isn't dry.

Oct 14, 2007
gab in Manhattan

What's the price of the prix-fixe lunch at Per Se?

wondering if it's worth it...

Oct 14, 2007
gab in Manhattan

L'impero report

Actually, I wasn't referring to a chowhound post when I said that about the desserts. I think I had read it in the Times review. But glad to hear you're giving it a second chance nonetheless--I'd like to see the place stick around!

Oct 14, 2007
gab in Manhattan

L'impero report

Had a terrific meal at L'impero last night. The highlight was definitely the pasta. I had a special of eggplant ravioli that was tender and delicious; my husband had the gnocchi, which were so flavorful, and even meaty because of the abundant mushrooms. Our apps were a perfectly grilled octopus and a salad of mixed greens, beets, and walnuts. We didn't do the four-course prix fixe because we didn't want so much food, so I can't comment on the fish and meats. Our desserts were much better than anticipated--a review I had read had mentioned that the desserts didn't compare to the rest of the meal. However, the waitress mentioned that there was a new pastry chef on board, so I hoped for the best. While not spectacular, we very much enjoyed what we had: apple fritters accompanied by a caramel gelato and vin santo-soaked cherries, and an espresso-chocolate dessert that was kind of like a pot de creme with a think layer of cake underneath.

The service was very good. The ambience was serene but somehow a little bit stodgy. But I would definitely go back.

Curious if anyone has been to the Sunday evening prix fixe meal. The waitress mentioned that it's different than what they serve the rest of the week, more like an Italian country dinner. It sounds appealing.

Oct 14, 2007
gab in Manhattan

LES recs for tonight?

That looks like a great pick! Thanks!

Oct 06, 2007
gab in Manhattan

LES recs for tonight?

Looking for a last-minute rec for tonight. Will be eating early, like 6pm, and we're just two people, so hopefully will not face big crowds at that time. Was thinking of Falai but the reviews seem very mixed. Where would you guys recommend?

Oct 06, 2007
gab in Manhattan