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Any bars showing the Puppy Bowl on Sunday?

I am quite excited for the puppy bowl, the kitten half-time show, and the parrot who will be singing the national anthem. There must be a bar in the city that is showing this - if anyone hears anything please post it here. Thanks!

Po Brooklyn Reviews?

I had an incredibly mediocre meal there last year. One of the worst I've had on Smith Street. I regretted not going elsewhere.

Jan 22, 2008
erikka in Outer Boroughs

Favorite bar for large groups of people?

I'm having a get together for about 15 people on a Friday night, and since they'll be arriving at various times in the evening doing dinner is out of the question. Anyone know of a relatively quiet bar/lounge that has food, booze and hopefully enough seating for everyone? Must be Midtown or lower.

Jan 17, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Best cocktails/bartenders in Manhattan?

Brandy Library, Death & Co, PDT

Jan 16, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Pies N Thighs

I have mixed feelings - I hate the space they're currently (the bartender at Rockstar bar once asked me if I wanted ice in my mixed drink!) and the backyard space is pretty gross, not to mention how miserable the "restaurant" space was if more than three customers were in there at a time. But I adore their fried chicken. I hope they move somewhere with slightly more space and ambiance.

Jan 16, 2008
erikka in Outer Boroughs

Miriam

You're lucky, but unfortunately in the minority. The last two meals I had there were downright awful. They used to be decent (not amazing) but they've definitely slid.

Jan 15, 2008
erikka in Outer Boroughs

Degustation for Valentine's Day?

Yes, absolutely! In fact, I might just steal the idea.

Jan 14, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Babbo - terrible experience!

My experience there was similiar, food was incredibly bland and sweetbreads came out cold. I was especially underwhelmed by the pasta--it tasted like bad red sauce pasta and there was too much sugar in it. The overall ambiance was not good and our meal was very disappointing. Not sure why there's so much hype around this place.

Jan 14, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Disappointing L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Experience

None of those places are known for being vegetarian--quite the contrary. If you're looking for top notch veggie food why wouldn't you go to someplace like Bachue or Hangawi?

Jan 14, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Disappointing L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Experience

oops, just saw that you did call ahead. I would have simply left if they hadn't honored advanced requests.

Jan 14, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Disappointing L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Experience

Not for nothing, but didn't you look at the menu before going? I'm sure a simple call beforehand could have arranged alternate accomodations, but to expect them to prepare something for you on the spot, well...this ain't Burger King. Not sure why a veggie would even go there in the first place--why would you pay that much for just vegtables?

Jan 14, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Crock pots for something other than stew?

Okay, another question - I just got the very basic 5.5 quart model--does anyone have any of the fancier, new ones with the timers and meat thermometers such as http://www.target.com/Hamilton-Beach-...

, and should I take this one back (rival, very basic model) and get one of those instead?

Jan 09, 2008
erikka in Home Cooking

cheapish, food near 30 Rockefeller plaza

I get lunch at Cafe Duke on 51st quite often, they have a Korean food bar with decent bibimbop

Jan 09, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Please- I Need HELP for Work- restaurant w/ a Private Room for Lunch Meeting, w/a budget, in midtow

For your budget there's not much chance you can get anything other than a sandwich buffet. You will probably have to put down a considerable deposit to the restaurant as well to reserve the room, but very few have AV equipment so you're better off doing hotel conference rooms.

Sorry to be discouraging--I'm a meeting planner in midtown, so I've done this more times than I care to recall.

Jan 08, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Please- I Need HELP for Work- restaurant w/ a Private Room for Lunch Meeting, w/a budget, in midtow

Perhaps Beacon? I know they have very large private rooms.

I would also check into hotel conference rooms and having it catered--I frequently do meetings at the Crowne Plaza.

Jan 08, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Bday dinner--a good place for venison?

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454591

Applewood has it occasionally as well but very few restaurants have it on the menu as a regular feature. I'd reccommend making it at home - my father just shipped me steaks and chops from an animal he'd just butchered and it was far better than anything I've had in restaurant and really easy to prepare.

Jan 08, 2008
erikka in Outer Boroughs

Other than cheesecake, what does Brooklyn do better than LA? (cheap eats query)

Russian - if you go out to Brighton Beach there's lots of restaurants from various regions, each with a cuisine that's slightly different.

Pizza, of course. That's a given.

Jan 08, 2008
erikka in Outer Boroughs

Crock pots for something other than stew?

Oooh, curry, never thought of that. Any recipe suggestions?

Jan 08, 2008
erikka in Home Cooking

Crock pots for something other than stew?

Actually, that's a great idea and one I will use for an upcoming party.

Jan 08, 2008
erikka in Home Cooking

50 Best Dishes in New York

oops, not sure why my reply ended up on your post, sorry!

Jan 07, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Crock pots for something other than stew?

I just got a crock pot for Christmas and was wondering if someone had any suggestions on things to make that aren't stews. I want to get some milage out of this thing and would love ideas.

Jan 07, 2008
erikka in Home Cooking

50 Best Dishes in New York

similiar idea but different execution: Slowly Poached egg, Jamón serrano, chorizo, Smoked Cheese and Rice Cracker Crusted Asparagus from Degustation and the onsen tamago soup at Sakagura (poached egg, sea urchin roe, salmon roe in dashi broth) - I think of both dishes and drool.

Prune's burger, as well as their sweetbreads
spicy lobster at Morimoto
Balthazar's french fries
Sripraphai roast duck salad, whole red snapper

Jan 07, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Bad brunch at Miriam

I've only ate there twice for dinner and had decent, if not pleasant meals both times, but yesterday's brunch was unbelieveably bad and service was laughable. We sat at the bar for brunch and when we ordered wine our glasses were filled 1/4 of the way (until another bartender came along and agreed to fill them to at least half). Our entrees were served to the diners next to us, and were both were cold and inedible. My salmon omlette was overcooked and the steak and eggs consisted of a tiny steak so small it could be hidden under a single fried egg. As we were getting ready to leave and asked for the check they brought our appetizer--and once again gave it to the people next to us before figuring out their error.

At least they were consistently bad all across that board. Is their brunch generally this bad?

Jan 02, 2008
erikka in Outer Boroughs

Tapas Restaurants in NYC

Degustation and Tia Pol

Jan 02, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Landmarc TWC - worst meal of my life

Had dinner last night at Landmarc and was served one of the worst meals I have ever had. I had pretty low expectations going in, given most reviews I've heard have been quite lackluster, but I had no idea a meal could be this bad.

Things started out well enough--the server was a bit slow, but our appetizers - frisee aux lardons and roasted marrow bones--were decent but not spectacular and somewhat boring. The frisee had huge cubes of bacon, and far too much of it, to the point of the bacon/salad ratio being nearly 1:1. Marrow bones are pretty hard to mess up, and Landmarc's were pretty straightforward, but definitely nothing to write home about. Too much bread, too little confit.

For entrees, I ordered the sweetbreads and my friend ordered the boudin noir. Perhaps we were crazy for ordering such ambitious dishes, but the sweetbreads were the worst I have ever had. Huge chunks of very blob-y thymus with a very thin coating of not-at-all crisp breading over a bed of green beans. Sweetbreads are one of my favorite foods, but the presentation was so unappealing and there was literally no seasoning--the only thing I can compare the taste to is eating cube of firm rank tofu. I barely managed to finish one chunk before having to push the plate away. The boudin noir was also disappointing, and for some reason came with both mashed and baked potato. Both entrees were not only visually unappealing, but tasteless, barely room temperature and poorly executed.

We tried to salvage the meal by ordering dessert. I got the lemon tart, which was terrible--crust was greasy and too thick and it tasted old. My friend got the nutella eclair--which also tasted old, like one of those pastries you find at midtown delis that have been sitting behind glass for months. Halfway through the busboy stopped by to deliver the same desserts we were eating, but couldn't finish.

Total bill for said meal (for two): $106. Wish we had gone to Mc Donalds.

Jan 02, 2008
erikka in Manhattan

Veritas -- Thoughts?

I vote skip it--very underwhelming, unless you're going just for the wine. The food left no impression.

Dec 20, 2007
erikka in Manhattan

Oyster Bar in Grand Central--whadd'ya think?

Soooooo disappointing, I was shocked at how mediocre the food was. Several of my oysters were shucked badly and had a lot of sediment. Room has no charm, feels like a cafeteria. Too expensive for what it is.

Dec 20, 2007
erikka in Manhattan

Reasonably priced prix fixe in lower Manhattan?

We've both been there and it was indeed interesting (mixed reviews, for certain!), but definitely good suggestion.

Has anyone tried Tia Pol, and are there strong opinions/recommendations either way).

Dec 20, 2007
erikka in Manhattan

How do you like bone marrow?

I can only do the foam--the texture of roasted marrow makes me a little queasy. But the taste is divine.

Dec 20, 2007
erikka in Manhattan

Reasonably priced prix fixe in lower Manhattan?

Want to do a special dinner this weekend and am looking to spend no more than $300 for two people. He's been to all the major spots (Grammercy, Per Se, Jean Georges), so I want to surprize him with something a little off the beaten path. One of our favorite restaurants is Degustation, so I'd like to find someplace similiarthat has bold flavors and is innovative and not boring. Preferably someplace below midtown.

Help, I've been researching for days and I'm stumped. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

Dec 20, 2007
erikka in Manhattan