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Last meals in New York (lunches)

Yep sorry. I meant chinese - not chinatown necessarily.

Jan 01, 2012
johnsofats in Manhattan

Last meals in New York (lunches)

After 5 years - I'm moving from NYC. While I'll be close enough for evening/weekend meals - I probably wont have a chance to eat many lunches in NY in the future. So what I'm looking for are those special to NYC places that are more accessible/cheaper during weekday lunches. For example - correct me if I'm wrong - Di Fara, Katz's, Jean Georges, Del Posto, Ippudo....etc.

I have five days next week to cover my bases. I'd like to do pizza one day, fine dining one day, chinatown one day, ramen or soba one day, and maybe a burger one day. Here is what I'm thinking.

Monday: Di Fara
Tuesday: JG
Wednesday: 456, Legend, or Szechuan Gourmet
Thursday: Ippudo or Totto, maybe a Soba place?
Friday: Minetta Tavern

Where am I going wrong here? Suggestions?

So sad to be leaving but can't wait to go out on a high note!

Jan 01, 2012
johnsofats in Manhattan

New York Restaurants not on opentable but still take reservations

Hey guys - Pretty self-explanatory topic. Couldn't find anything with a search. I'm looking beyond chinatown-type places. Mid-$20 entrees, good cocktails, nice ambiance.

Dec 05, 2011
johnsofats in Manhattan

Honeymoon dinners - Hudson Valley

Side question: do either Blue Hill or xaviers have dress codes?

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Blue Hill Cafe
2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Honeymoon dinners - Hudson Valley

How does the food compare betweem the two? Got a reservation at Piermont to be safe on Friday at 7.

Honeymoon dinners - Hudson Valley

My soon-to-be wife and I are going to be in the Hudson Valley for a few days after our wedding in a couple of weeks. We have reserations at Stone Barns but need another place for the following night. Our emphasis is definitely on food over atmosphere or service. I'm considering the Peter Kelly places (piermont, x). Is there a preference between those places in terms of food only? Any other places that might be better food-wise?

Thanks for your help!

First time to St. Croix! <yet another post requesting good island food>

Where did you end up eating in St. Croix? Headed there in a few weeks and need some suggestions. As you've said - the CH boards are sort of devoid of any St. Croix activity.

uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 3 - Guy Savoy, Josephine Chez Dumonet, Michel Rostang, Le Regalade St.Honore, Le Pre-Catelan, L'AOC

That's about all I can ask. Thanks!

May 31, 2011
johnsofats in France

uhockey's thoughts on Paris Restaurants - Part 3 - Guy Savoy, Josephine Chez Dumonet, Michel Rostang, Le Regalade St.Honore, Le Pre-Catelan, L'AOC

I've been loving these reports from Paris as I'm headed there later this year and want to do a couple 3-star places and a handful of more inexpensive places. These reviews have been incredibly helpful. Any chance for a summary with your favorite dishes/meals?

May 31, 2011
johnsofats in France

Honeymoon in October

After doing a little reading on the France board - I can see why no one would reply to this thread. Sorry about that guys. I'm going to dig through uhockey's posts (amazing btw) and then come back with a better, more pointed set of questions.

May 31, 2011
johnsofats in France

Honeymoon in October

Hi everyone-

I'm a complete novice when it comes to the Parisian restaurant scene and was hoping for some guidance from everyone. Simply pointing me in the direction of helpful threads would be much appreciated.

At any rate - I'm most interested in places like Frenchie or Spring that are not on the formal end but still have first rate food. I'm not sure we'll be able to afford 3* places but I'm interested in learning about the cream of the crop of Paris as well. As a reference point, I'm a NYer so I'm eager to learn about the Per Se's and EMP's but I'm more curious about the wd-50's, the momofuku ko's, etc. of Paris.

As I've said above - just pointing me to helpful threads would be tremendous.

Thanks!

May 18, 2011
johnsofats in France

Alinea and Graham Elliot?

I've heard great things about Big Star. May check it out for lunch.

Mar 24, 2011
johnsofats in Chicago Area

Alinea and Graham Elliot?

Unfortunately - the trip is tomorrow...so reservations at some of the places that have been mentioned (and actually take reservations) were hard to come by. The best I could at any of the places was a 9:45 at Sable....so doing a walk-in is our best bet right now.

Any any rate - thanks for the help everyone. I really appreciate it. I'll report back next week with details.

Mar 24, 2011
johnsofats in Chicago Area

Alinea and Graham Elliot?

So that metromix said waits of 2 to 2.5 hrs for parties of 4 on a Friday or Saturday night at G&G. Is that right? I thought it was impossible. We're cool with waiting as long as there is some booze to be had. I mean 2 hours is a long wait...but if it's good.....

mountsac above mentions gastropubs but doesn't list any. Does The Publican fall under that label? Purple Pig?

Mar 23, 2011
johnsofats in Chicago Area

Alinea and Graham Elliot?

Thanks so much everyone - this is really helpful. A friend has convinced me to give up the Graham Elliot resy so now I have to pick a dinner spot and a brunch spot. The same friend recommended Boka. Anybody been? Looks like it got a michelin star...which may not mean much considering some of the michelin starred nyc restos. Are any of these places (sable, girl & goat or any of the Kahan restos specifically) amenable to walk-ins or is that impossible? I'm not talking about a 5:00 walk-in either.

I'm thinking Mundial for brunch on Saturday now.

Thanks again everyone - this has been very helpful.

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Boka
1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

Graham Elliot
217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Mar 23, 2011
johnsofats in Chicago Area

Alinea and Graham Elliot?

Hey Chi-Town folks. Coming into Chicago this weekend from new york city for my 30th birthday. Headed to Alinea on Friday night. Probably the most anticipated meal of my life ...

Trying to figure out the rest of the weekend. Right now it looks like this:

Saturday brunch: Longman & Eagle
Saturday dinner: Graham Elliott
Sunday brunch: Publican

Trying to do a more casual place for Saturday dinner - wanted to do Publican or Longman for dinner on Saturday but inability to get a reservation/long wait times convinced me to get a reservation at Graham Elliott.

Any other suggestions for a more casual (aka cheaper) Saturday brunch/dinner combo? Something in the vein of Longman (but tastier?) would be welcome....for the dinner $100/person all in would be great.

Is Graham Elliott something I shouldn't miss?

Thanks in advance?

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Graham Elliot
217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Mar 23, 2011
johnsofats in Chicago Area

Large group at last minute!

Okay - problem solved (kind of). We got an 8:30 at Quinto Quarto. Reviews are not great of this place...but I'm happy to have something relatively hassle free.

thanks for your quick reply Kathryn.

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Quinto Quarto
14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Apr 23, 2010
johnsofats in Manhattan

Large group at last minute!

Hey everyone -

So I just found out that I have to get a reservation tomorrow night (Saturday) for 9 people at a reasonable time (not 5:30 or 10:30). Does anyone know of someplace that may be able to take 9 without too much hassle? I realize this has been asked before but I'm a terrible searcher.

Better yet - A walk-in only restaurant that accomodate 9 fairly easily.

Thanks in advance

Apr 23, 2010
johnsofats in Manhattan

MSP: Best of the Best

Hey Minnesotans! How about them vikings?

Anywho.....

I'm a transplanted 'Sotan living in NYC. Since moving here I've become pretty obsessed with food and am on a constant lookout for the best food in NY. At any rate, I'll be in Minnesota over the holidays and I realized that not having lived in MN since I was in college, I don't really have any idea what restaurants are considered the cream of the crop in the MSP area.

I'm looking for places that strive in imagination and flavor, not necessarily the overly expensive steakhouse type restaurants. New American cuisine, any sort of ethnic cuisine (excluding sushi)....really ANYTHING. I was trying to think of a place to get dinner with some friends when I get in and I came up with nothing...because I've never been anywhere except bars and the occasional Chinese restaurant.

At any rate, thanks in advance for your help.

Bachelorette Dinner

So price point turns out not to be a huge issue. It will be a party of six. I think we'll start with some drinks at Campbell Apartment and then either go somewhere around Grand Central or to Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, or Convivio. Any recs for really good places around Grand Central?

A few of the ladies in attendance are not exactly foodies - not picky necessarily - but don't have (I hate that I'm saying this) sophisticated palates. Is GT or EMP more accessible?

Sep 17, 2008
johnsofats in Manhattan

Bachelorette Dinner

Noted.

Sep 16, 2008
johnsofats in Manhattan

Bachelorette Dinner

I actually haven't heard great things about Forge. The reviews are pretty mixed aren't they?

Sep 16, 2008
johnsofats in Manhattan

Bachelorette Dinner

I'm still trying to figure out price point. I was thinking no more than $100 per person with drinks and dessert. That's why I was shying away from EMP, GT, and USC. Cuisine - American, Italian, Japanese, Thai....We should be a pretty small group as well - There should be no more than six of us.

Sep 16, 2008
johnsofats in Manhattan

Bachelorette Dinner

Hey Everyone

Odd question: I'm in charge of pinning down a restaurant for a bachelorette evening. I'm also supposed to nail down an after dinner drinks spot. It should be noted that I'm a male so I'm not really looking for a good place for a bachelorette type evening - but rather just a quality meal.

My friends are staying near Grand Central - so I was thinking something somewhat upscale near Grand Central or perhaps further downtown near Madison Park/Union Square/Gramercy. I've thought about EMP, GT, Union Square Cafe - but I'm just not sure if they are going be willing to throw down $150 on a meal. The last time she visited I took her to Perilla and she said something along those lines would be perfect. Any recs for that area? Is Bar Milano any good? What else is over there? I could even be convinced to do the villages with the right restaurant choice.

As for drinks: Somewhere semi-classy with a low douche rate would be great. The bar choice doesn't have to be geographically limited. Anywhere is fine.

Sep 16, 2008
johnsofats in Manhattan

Best of Seattle - Help

Hey everyone! Just got back from a beautiful trip to Seattle. We made a few sidetrips (Olympic National Park, Vancouver) so our meals were limited in Seattle. We did make it to Quinn's, Flying Fish, Union and Salumi.

Quinn's was excellent. The oxtail and the pork belly stand out. Wonderful.

Flying Fish was also very good. I was less impressed than with Quinn's. I had the albacore with the spicy miso sauce and the oysters. The oysters were great. The albacore was good, but not mindblowing.

Salumi. What can I say? I've never had anything like it. Simply delicious.

Union. We went to Union because Matt's had a private event the night we went and Harvest Vine was booked. That being said, I have a feeling it was a good replacement. We had the four course dinner and everything was great. The octopus, the gnocchi, the dourade and the chocolate pate. Delicious.

We wish we had more time to try other places out! It's a good excuse to come back.

Thanks for all your help, Seattle. Much obliged.

Sep 04, 2008
johnsofats in Pacific Northwest

Best of Seattle - Help

Just wanted to follow up on my trip to Momofuku Ko. It was silly good. About half of the ten or so dishes we got were mindblowing and the other half were really really good. Insanely hard to get a resy, ridiculously expensive, and worth every penny.

Aug 06, 2008
johnsofats in Pacific Northwest

Best of Seattle - Help

I must call on you once again chowhounders! My gf is insisting that we go to Bainbridge Island to eat. She has pointed me to Cafe Nola and Madoka. Should I dissuade her? Or are these places worth a look?

Aug 05, 2008
johnsofats in Pacific Northwest

Best of Seattle - Help

I'm not necessarily looking for a NY experience in Seattle. I'm generally just looking for the best meals out there....regardless of the experience. I'm more about the food than the service too for those with service issues. Bad service is no fun - but if the food is good it can be forgiven. By the way - I got momofuku ko reservations for Tuesday here in NY - I'm so pumped!

Aug 01, 2008
johnsofats in Pacific Northwest

Best of Seattle - Help

Next time you're in NYC and looking for good Vietnamese - check out Mai House in TriBeCa or Omai in Chelsea. The former is a "new" Vietnamese but damn tasty and the latter is more traditional fare. Both excellent.

Jul 31, 2008
johnsofats in Pacific Northwest

Best of Seattle - Help

Based on the above - here is where I've decided to go while I'm visiting Seattle.

Salumi (for lunch?)
Palace Kitchen
Matt's at the Market
Cafe Juanita
Harvest Vine
Quinn's

Thoughts?

Jul 31, 2008
johnsofats in Pacific Northwest