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Two day trip - recommendations?

Thank you, this is excellent. Since I have only two afternoons, I am having second thoughts on Commander.

Feb 27, 2014
sidd in New Orleans

Two day trip - recommendations?

Thanks for being a contrarian. I will keep that in mind and not force it if it doesn't work with the schedule. Any other names that you would like to add to the list?

Feb 26, 2014
sidd in New Orleans

Two day trip - recommendations?

Thanks for these names. I am wondering whether to do commander for lunch on Friday (less expensive) or brunch on Saturday (more festive, probably better menu, but more pricey). Any thoughts?

Feb 26, 2014
sidd in New Orleans

Two day trip - recommendations?

Hi,

My wife and I (late 30s, foodies) will be visiting New Orleans from NYC for a long weekend (reach Friday early morning, leave Sunday mid morning). We plan to have two lunches (brunch at the Commander?), two breakfasts, two dinners and a few in-between/ late evening meals. We are staying at the French Market Inn, and expect to be around the French Quarter most of the time.

We are looking for suggestions. While we are somewhat familar with the restaurant names, we are unsure about which ones to pick, where to eat and which times, which ones to reserve, etc,.

We are also looking to firm up our itinerary - a garden district walk with the Commander meal on Saturday morning is the only one we are clear about. Any other suggestions, woven in with meals, are also welcome.

Thanks

Feb 25, 2014
sidd in New Orleans

Dinner on Saturday evening

Just to be clear, we are open to sharing appetizers and desserts

Jul 07, 2012
sidd in Manhattan

Dinner on Saturday evening

Food budget per person $32-35, excluding tax and tip. Thanks.

Jul 07, 2012
sidd in Manhattan

Dinner on Saturday evening

Hi,

We are a party of 4 adults (2 of them are elderly - 75+), looking to get a nice dinner. Expecting to spend $200-250 (including tips + tax, a glass of wine each). Apart from excellent food, we want the place to be a little roomy (i.e. no bar stools for the elders, no tables right next to one another, etc). We are not great beef/ pork eaters (so no steak houses), and most of us do not enjoy sushi. Neghborhood not a big constraint. We are ruling out no-reservation places, and need a spot tonight. Please feel free to suggest your favorite dishes.

Thank you for help. Any specific comments on Alfama?

Sid

Jul 07, 2012
sidd in Manhattan

"Restaurants" Database To Be Eliminated

I am shocked! Pls add me to the list of people who are anguished by this.

Feb 07, 2012
sidd in Site Talk

Young Couple Looking for Inexpensive Eats

That's the graduation weekend, so may be busy.

May 11, 2011
sidd in Manhattan

Graffit/Upper Westside

Hi,

Could someone pls post the dishes they liked most (And the ones they did not like) at Graffit? We plan to dine there in a week.

Thanks.

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Gastroarte
141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

Apr 01, 2011
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range midtown restaurant suggestion for semi-formal dinner

Thank you all.
I should have mentioned that it is likely that most of us can get out of work only at about 6:45-7 pm at the earliest, so pre-theater may not be an option. Also, $50 (flexible) included tip / tax.

Mar 02, 2011
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range midtown restaurant suggestion for semi-formal dinner

Hi,

I would like to dine with 2 other people in a semi-formal (i.e. no more formal than Telepan/ Nougatine), spend about $45-50 a person without alcohol, in a restaurant that serves good food and is close to midtown west (i.e the location of places such as Telepan and Nougatine are fine, Perry Street is probably not). I cannot think of such places - either way more casual places come to mind, or the Telepan / Nougatine range (which is slightly pricier), and would appreciate suggestions on this.

I should add that the location is not a binding constraint, so please let me know if you think that I should just travel to Perry Street or some such place that offers good value (through their pre fixe). Union Square area is also ok.

Related question - Are there any interesting dinner pre-fixe promotions (similar price) at present, that anyone would care to recommend?

Thanks.

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Perry Street
176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Mar 02, 2011
sidd in Manhattan

Another very good meal at Riverpark

How does one know yet whether a restaurant is on Winter RW? GONYC is releasing the list only if one books a NYC vacation/ hotel thru them, according to their website. Otherwise, they release the list on Jan 12. Or maybe I am missing something...
Stay warm!

Dec 27, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

I'm from Boston, NY Wife says: "NY Pizza is the best." So where is it?

I am a newbie compared to many on the site. I stumbled upon Cafe Artichoke just north of chelsea market at the corner of 17th and 10th yesterday. Very good pizza- tried the crab pizza, and the spinach/ artichoke one.

Sep 27, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Coffee in the theatre district

Thanks kathryn; that helps. I had forgotten to consider them.

Sep 22, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Coffee in the theatre district

I need to catch up with some out-of -town people in their late 60s/ early 70s after their matinee show today around 43rd and 8th. I am looking for suggestion for a spot for coffee and conversation around that area. I would have picked a place like Bouchon, but that's a fair distance up. I'd prefer spots within 5-6 blocks.
My backup is one of the Starbucks in the area. Any recommendations for which one makes better coffee/ is more spacious?
Thanks,
Sid

Sep 22, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Moderately priced spacious restaurant - indian,chinese, thai or mexican?

Sorry, we missed this post. Anyway, to update, we were nervous about this and met our friends close to their place in Hoboken. Thanks for your interest,
Sid

Sep 10, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Moderately priced spacious restaurant - indian,chinese, thai or mexican?

Hello,
We are meeting some friends who are coming into the city (using the PATH) with a 2 year old, and need a restaurant fitting the above criteria. we are meeting after ages, and so would like a place where we can sit and chat for a longish time, instead of an efficient 1 hour meal. Thank you in advance for your suggestions. About $12 an entree should be fine.
Sidd

Sep 05, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Lunch on Saturday near JFK Airtrain / Subway station

Thanks Peter. I wouldn't want my friend to walk for 15 min with luggage on a summer afternoon :)
Even if the places arent strictly chow-worthy, if you could come up with some decent places very close to the station, that would be ideal. Else, we shall try to do this. Appreciate your help.

Jun 30, 2010
sidd in Outer Boroughs

Lunch on Saturday near JFK Airtrain / Subway station

My friend arrives at JFK (terminal 4) for a 4 hour layover on Saturday at noon. I am supposed to meet him. I don't have a car. He can take the airtrain/ subway; so can I. He is fine with a 15-20 min commute (includes walk from terminal to AirTrain, AirTrain to subway, and maybe a short subway ride if necessary. He doesnt want to spend too much time commuting, since we dont have that much time once you budget for the security lines, commute and lunch.

We would like to get decent food in an airconditioned place, and chat for a couple of hours. This needs to be really close to one of the Airtrain stations at Jamaica/ Howard Beach (or, worst case a couple of subway stops away).

Which direction should I ask my friend to take the Airtrain (towards Jamaica / E train or the Howard Beach stop)? Can we get something right by the Airtrain stop, where the food is decent and we can sit a while? Or shall I ask him to take the subway a few stops?

Thank you very much for your feedback.

Jun 28, 2010
sidd in Outer Boroughs

Jean George restaurants for lunch

I have only eaten at Jean-George's main dining room. I am curious what the food at the other (less expensive) restaurants are like - Nougatine (i heard that the kitchen is the same as JG), Perry Street (how does its lunch compare to Nougatine & JoJo), Matsugen, JoJo, Mercer Kitchen, etc . I realize that the cuisines are not necessarily comparable, but still wanted a sense of which ones were the best deal.
Also, I think Nougatine and JG are the only ones that serve the lunch pre-fixe on Saturday - is that correct?
Which pre-fixe dinner do chowhounders like the most (among the $38 ones)?
Thanks,
S

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Perry Street
176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Matsugen
241 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

May 20, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Best pre-fixe lunch deal in Manhatten

Am I imagining things when I feel that the lunch food at JG and EMP doesn't taste as good as it used to, maybe, three years ago? Or is it just that I have got used to the flavors?

May 18, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Telepan at dinner next week- what are their best dishes at the moment?

Telepan worked out as a great option. The ambience and service were exactly what we wanted, and the food surpassed our expectations. The house smoked trout, the lobster midcourse, the halibut entree and the chocolate-peanut better dessert were what i ordered, and was great. the other 4 ordered different things - asparagus, pea pancakes, chicken, a strawberry dessert, etc. everyone liked the food a lot. Thanks guys!

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

May 18, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range dinner restaurant recommendation request

Telepan worked out as a great option. The ambience and service were exactly what we wanted, and the food surpassed our expectations. The house smoked trout, the lobster midcourse, the halibut entree and the chocolate-peanut better dessert were what i ordered, and was great. the other 4 ordered different things - asparagus, pea pancakes, chicken, a strawberry dessert, etc. everyone liked the food a lot. Thanks guys!

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

May 18, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Moderately priced, impressive for out-of-towners and QUIET restaurant?

I would consider Tsampa or Chiyono in the East Village.
The noise level varies greatly at most places depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend, so if you have decided on that, it is easier to suggest.
There is a Japanese bar approx. above the St Marks bookshop (through a couple of unsigned doors, which open at 6 - sorry I dont remember the name) that doesn't allow more than 4 people, so that's an option to get a quiet drink, depending on your party size.

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Chiyono
328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

Tsampa
212 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

May 14, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Telepan at dinner next week- what are their best dishes at the moment?

Hi,

I am planning to go to Telepan next week in a group of 5. Since the menu changes seasonally, I was wondering what the current chowhounder favorites on the menu are?

Thanks.

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

May 13, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range dinner restaurant recommendation request

I am almost decided to go with Telepan. The reasons are:
While I think could do better foodwise with either of Allegretti and Perilla, the rest of the group (excluding me), is not that big on food. And, the food at Telepan seems perfectly adequate, by all counts.
It is important for them to have a nice long conversation. I think the more formal ambience suits that. Also, you get 4 courses at Telepan for the price of 3 at the other places (the wine is more expensive, though), so that should also give us more time together.
Thank you all for your help. I have already planned my next meals at Allegretti and Perilla, with some out-of-town guests.

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Allegretti
46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

May 13, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range dinner restaurant recommendation request

Thanks; in that case, portion sizes aren't a consideration, especially since I'd get 4 courses at Telepan for the price of 3 at other places.
Yes, tablecloths would be very nice at Allegretti, but being a foodie, i am reluctant to ding it because of that.

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Allegretti
46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

May 12, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range dinner restaurant recommendation request

Hello all,

After calling the restaurants and checking availability, I am trying to choose between Allegretti, Telepan and Perilla. Any suggestions? What are the portion sizes like? Do all these places have inventive and distinct flavors?

Thanks,

S

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Allegretti
46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

May 11, 2010
sidd in Manhattan

Mid-range dinner restaurant recommendation request

Thanks to all of you. I shall post about the meal and the experience, once I am done with it next week.

May 11, 2010
sidd in Manhattan