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Lunch Prix Fixe

Very much appreciate all the suggestions and will look into each and every one. Would love to know if there are any particular 'blow me away' must-try lunches as well.

Oct 23, 2012
starsee in Manhattan

Lunch Prix Fixe

Thank you for such an amazingly helpful list. We are there from Thursday to Sunday, so likely do the prix fixe on Thurs or Friday.

Oct 23, 2012
starsee in Manhattan

Lunch Prix Fixe

We are visiting NYC in December and I am looking for some good lunch prix fixe recommendations in the $50/pp range, though I'm willing to extend the budget to try something incredible. I have lived in NYC and had been very immersed in the food scene then, but it's been a few years and the other half is new to the city and he has never done a prix fixe menu before. Thank you for any suggestions!

Oct 23, 2012
starsee in Manhattan

Brunch spots playing NFL games on Sunday morning (Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine)

I've been searching everywhere and cannot find a decent restaurant for early Sunday football. I am accompanying my girl friend to an event in north Irvine (near John Wayne airport) beginning at noon, and we're going to get breakfast beforehand. I am looking for a place that is open by 10am so I can catch the games while having a girls' brunch. I understand this may be an impossibility, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Sep 10, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Brunch in Manhattan Beach

Thanks for the suggestions, they all sound great. I did see Uncle Bill's and at first wasn't sure because it seems very local/low-key but sounds delish. Matha's also sounds great, but wish it were at Manhattan Beach.

Any thoughts on Local Yolk?

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Local Yolk
3414 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Sep 03, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Brunch in Manhattan Beach

Best brunch in Manhattan Beach? Near the ocean or with ocean view -- bringing an out-of-towner couple, so we are a party of 4. Price range inconsequential. Preferably somewhere classier/trendy.

Sep 03, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Where to take friend visiting from NYC?

I used to live in NYC and IMO the food won't compare. In which case, go with the scene...with pretty good food. I love SLS Hotel and The Bazaar is a great way to splurge- Jose Andres isn't yet an NYC establishment (to my probably outdated knowledge) and the hotel is GORGEOUS. There is another SBE establishment at Redbury Hotel, located on Vine and Hollywood. Just ate at Cleo which was pretty delicious fare, depending on what you order. And the rooms there are just beautiful.

Mar 14, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Best Brunch and Dinner (Tasting Menu) for Birthday?

I have scoured the boards back to November and have a decent idea of what kind of food experience I am looking for- just need some opinions on brunch and birthday dinner. This is for a group of 5, most of us are foodies and two of us are celebrating our 29th and 30th birthdays next weekend (2/18-2/20).

Brunch- all I have so far is Bouchon

Dinner- initially considered Joel Robuchon but slightly too pricey and perhaps the ambiance seems like it may be too stuffy/white-tablecloth. Strongly considering Sage as the price is more reachable (esp with Chef's tasting menu and beer/wine pairings ~$80-120), but wondering if it will disappoint... also considering Michael Mina (which is the best of his restaurants?) or Bradley Ogden. Guy Savoy would be too much (price-wise).

I wanted to check out the new Cosmopolitan but it seems the dining is just a place to swallow your money.

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bradley Ogden
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Sage (Aria)
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Feb 11, 2011
starsee in Las Vegas

Birthday dinner for 10 (Weho/Mid-City) with scene

Those are both great recs- I would like to check them out. The group ranges from foodie to totally non-foodie so in order to please all, I think we are just going to do Lola's. But I still enjoy the recommendations for future reference, and we're also not set on the late night destination.

I love the idea of Tar Pit for drinks. Last time I went, though, it was pretty quiet on a Sat night. Some in the group would like to be at a place with potential to meet people so trying to accomodate that without going too "Hollywood" aka douchy.

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The Tar Pit
609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Feb 09, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday dinner for 10 (Weho/Mid-City) with scene

I heard about this one...thinking about heading over there for the late-nighters, do you know if it has a good scene for a mid- to late- 20's group?

Feb 09, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday dinner for 10 (Weho/Mid-City) with scene

Looks gorgeous, but may be a bit difficult for the drivers- staying a bit off Sunset. I'm keeping it in my books for a future destination :)

Feb 09, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Good eats off the 5 on route to San Francisco?

My family used to stop by Pea Soup Andersen's on our way up to Berkeley when I was younger- I don't know if this place is still good but I think it's worth visiting as it's right off the 5.

Feb 08, 2011
starsee in California

Birthday dinner for 10 (Weho/Mid-City) with scene

Those both seem great, probably would lean more towards Luna Park but it doesn't appear to have much of a bar scene- at least from what I'm reading. We might want to stay at the place we eat after dinner for an early nightlife type deal.

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Luna Park
672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Feb 08, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday dinner for 10 (Weho/Mid-City) with scene

Saturday night, around $25/pp without drinks.

Feb 08, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday dinner for 10 (Weho/Mid-City) with scene

Initial choice was Lola's but looking over their menu I'm not sure if it's what we have in mind for a group containing a few foodies. But I am looking for a similar atmosphere- I like the front/back bar with pool table to keep it casual. Good for the early night scene. Bars nearby. Would appreciate any suggestions, thanks in advance!

Feb 08, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Know of any places to eat off the 405 fwy - near Long Beach or Seal Beach?

If you're willing to make the drive down to PCH, Belmont Shore (2nd St) is a great option. Lots of cool spots down that row. La Creperie has a great vibe, classy but reasonably priced. Open Sesame is also supposed to be delish. If you're making the drive anyway, I would suggest checking it out. Probably a more lively, interesting area than Seal Beach which is more comfy and low-key.

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Open Sesame
5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

La Creperie Cafe
4911 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

Feb 08, 2011
starsee in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant WOW recommendations?

Thank you! Any suggestions for Craft? I'm more adventurous with food but he is definitely the meat and potatoes type, perhaps a tasty fish dish is as far as he might go. I scored a reservation for tomorrow night. I didn't see if they had a tasting menu--I would be interested in trying one there.

Sep 30, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Restaurant WOW recommendations?

Looks like I'll be canceling at DP. I will try Craft but not sure how successful I'll be for Friday night. Would the experience at Craftbar be much different?

I hate when I get overanalytical about choosing a restaurant. Almost ready to settle with Olives or something not so hyped.

DBGB--I have mixed feelings about DB's food. I would just love to try Daniel someday but I was so disappointed after DB Bistro Moderne.

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DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Sep 29, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Restaurant WOW recommendations?

Great recs thanks so much! Okay I've gone against myself and picked up a reservation at Del Posto--I've heard such mixed reviews about it though but I'm thinking of actually doing the tasting...I thought what is more "New York" than a tasting from Mario Batali, and I like that it is not as stuffy as some others, but mostly I just could not decide on something else. Craft would be nice but I wonder how commercial? If only there were a perfect choice--would love any input on DP and possibly could sway towards Craft. But I'll definitely check out the ones posted as well. Degustation and wd50 may not live up to the ambiance I'm looking for but I would imagine the food would be amazing...he is a bit more easy, cut and dry.

Sep 28, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Restaurant WOW recommendations?

Okay I have decided against Daniel, Per Se, Gramercy Tavern--a touch too fancy for this time. I doubt I could get a res at one of them this late in the game anyway. I'm leaning towards more WOW for a trendy late 20-something. Food must be delish but doesn't need to be spectacular. Looking for an impressive decor, hot spot-type if anyone can help pls.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Sep 27, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Downtown Restaurant Suggestion for Anniversary

I have heard Mermaid Inn is very good for food. My bf took me to Raoul's which was nice. I don't know what you consider downtown, but I also like the atmosphere of Olives and Japonais (around USQ). Sala 19 in Flatiron is one of my favs, they have a downtown location but not sure if it is as good. I just visited a place called La Esquina downtown--it is a taco restaurant on top, but actually has a very romantic underground Spanish restaurant, very hip, classy/swanky and hidden.

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La Esquina
106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Mermaid Inn
96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Japonais
111 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

Sep 27, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Restaurant WOW recommendations?

Great suggestions, thank you. Katz's is on the agenda for lunch (I have never been there myself). I know I should consider the prix fixe, but I wonder if there are any great restaurants without having to fork over $200+ for a couple. I liked Gotham but I think the ambiance is a major factor in what I'm looking for, something not so much white tablecloth, but more trendy/young and modern-ish. The ambiance at Buddakan was ideal, Morimoto I also liked but I really didn't enjoy the food at either.

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Buddakan
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Morimoto
88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Sep 27, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Restaurant WOW recommendations?

I want to WOW my boyfriend--his first time to experience true NYC fine dining, I am a past resident. I need one gorgeous restaurant for Friday night. I love the decor/ambiance at Buddakan and Brasserie 8 1/2 but I hate the food. I would love to try Daniel but I'm staying away from prix fixe only menus. Any suggestions? I'm thinking Craft, possibly something in Meatpacking, something that will knock his socks off with both food quality and ambiance--something that is as big and bold as NYC and shows Manhattan off, so he knows why I'm so in love with this city. Thanks in advance!

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Buddakan
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Sep 26, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Saturday Night Dinner on the Strip

One lavish dinner in Vegas, what would you recommend? We are a couple looking for a delicious swanky but not overly posh dinner to remember on Saturday night. Considering Cut or Craftsteak for steakhouse options, any other good ones? I have heard Ferraro's is good but not sure how old school that choice would be. I am looking for good food and perhaps sultry atmosphere--but nothing over the top, e.g. Mix was horribly underwhelming on our last visit.

Sep 14, 2010
starsee in Las Vegas

Among these 3 steakhouses...

Hated Primehouse, all hype IMO and absolutely unimpressive--decent at best. I took my ex-bf to BLT Prime on his birthday and he loved it. Trendy but not overly loud or wild and more creativity to the dish than those traditional old Luger-style places. Also right there in Flatiron/Union Square area.

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BLT Prime
111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Sep 07, 2010
starsee in Manhattan

Friday night downtown

Thanks--Samar looks good but we're looking to stick to American-ish cuisine (not even considering French). No dietary constraints, looking for the $31-50 range/pp--I checked 560 it looks like they're booked until 10pm. Just booked a res at Fearing's b/c the menu seems very tasty but I was hoping for 560 for the view. Thinking about just ending the night there for drinks.

Jul 15, 2010
starsee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Friday night downtown

I'm in from LA w the bf and we have one night in Dallas. Any food recs? Not necessarily looking for over the top but somewhere nice. Any true Dallas eats or places where we can experience the city would be great. Thx in advance!

Jul 15, 2010
starsee in Dallas - Fort Worth

Santa Barbara Recs

I went to college in SB 5 years ago so it's been a long while. Going up this weekend with the boyfriend and staying around State Street. I realized how little I ventured out during my college days and now that my tastes have matured (e.g. house parties on DP aren't gonna do it for me anymore) I am looking for some suggestions for an early dinner/late lunch (going to a concert that starts at 6) probably a good happy hour would be ideal. I have heard about The Neighborhood and Brewhouse via online reviews but they seem a bit off the path. Also looking for a post-concert spot to continue boozing, but I realize this weekend is graduation weekend for UCSB. It would be a horror to end up at a club packed with co-eds so nothing like Sharkeez. Back in college we used to frequent Madison's which is along the lines of what I'm looking for, but I have also heard some things about James Joyce and Velvet Jones. Some place with no cover and good music (maybe even live) where we can hang out at the bar all night. For Saturday breakfast, Beachbreak Cafe sounds nice but I've never been. Totally not looking for foodie-oriented spots (e.g. Hungry Cat)--we have a high appreciation for cheap beer, good food, chill but cool environments, and reasonable prices. Oh and I have never been to Butterfly Beach but I have heard it is THE beach to go to in SB so wondering if anyone has been there as well. Thanks!!

Jun 02, 2009
starsee in California

East Village brunch

The Smith is fine--a little greasy but big portions and fun atmosphere. Cafe Orlin is pretty solid and offers interesting brunch choices. There is usually a wait though but not too ridiculous.

Mar 07, 2009
starsee in Manhattan

Trendy restaurant recommendation tonight for 4

I have already selected Brasserie 8 1/2 but was wondering if there were any suggestions out there for an equally trendy restaurant with better food. B was all I could think of to fit the criteria.

Note: Party of 4 includes a boyfriend and his girlfriend, boyfriend's sister and mother. Somewhere we could talk freely and have a good time, while showing mom something "New York" -- bold decor with lively but classy environment, good food, solid drinks, and price range $20-30's per entree. Thanks in advance!

Jun 27, 2008
starsee in Manhattan