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Taking a baby to Minetta Tavern: will this work?

My cousin's coming to town next week and we have a 5:30 Friday reservation. We plan to bring our six-month-old baby to dinner: is that a terrible idea? Is Minetta Tavern an OK place to bring a child who may want to be walked around during dinner?

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

May 17, 2011
Mums in Manhattan

Food options for conference week

I'm coming to Chicago for a four-day conference at the Hyatt Regency McCormick (2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) and have no clue about food options in that area. Because my food is paid for during this trip (!!!), cost isn't too much of a factor, although I don't want to pay an obscene amount of money for baby arugula, either. I'm not too interested in the pizza/hot dog scene (sorry), but just want a few options that are good for a nice coffee, salad, burger, dinner -- preferably not too touristy, but somewhere a bit off the beaten path. Given where I'm staying, I'm not entirely sure that's possible, but any tips would be welcome. Thanks.

Apr 13, 2008
Mums in Chicago Area

Cheap & tasty eats near Hunter College

I'm on an Adjunct budget and need to find a place near Hunter College (68th & Lexington) to grab dinner between evening classes, preferrably no more than $10/person. Help!

Jan 30, 2007
Mums in Manhattan

Looking for free-range/organic turkey in or around Lewisburg, PA

We're spending Thanksgiving in Lewisburg (with my anti-garlic mother-in-law, for those of you who saw my last post), and are looking for a place to procure a free-range/organic turkey (around 10 lbs.) -- we could buy said turkey in Brooklyn and transport it in the ol' station wagon to PA, but we don't want to be the people who take their food out of the city and into the country: it seems too backwards (table-to-farm?). Does anyone out there have any suggestions for a place along Interstate 80 b/w NY and PA? I just called the Natural Food & Garden Store on Route 45, and they don't carry them, nor did they have any suggestions for where else to turn. Buying it online is another (kind of sad) option...

Nov 11, 2006
Mums in Pennsylvania

Birthday, without garlic, in Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan

Strange scenario. It's my mother-in-law's birthday: she doesn't eat garlic (not because of taste, but because of breath - I don't get it, so don't ask) and is really not that into food or eating. My father-in-law, however, enjoys a good meal, but really can't tell his butter from his low-cholesterol spread. All this is to say, it's her birthday this Saturday (soon, so put on your thinking caps), and we need to think of a place to take them (or, to be honest, to be taken to) f a s t ! Food should be delicious, not garlic-dependent, and price can be in the special occasion bracket, but not hundreds of dollars per person. I think garlic is mandatory if it's that expensive, anyway -- a pricey meal should, by definition, linger, if only on the breath. Just to add another factor to the mix, there should be some type of vegetarian option for my husband's sister, who's averse to the meats, although fish is OK.

Sep 28, 2006
Mums in Outer Boroughs

Houndin' Around the World - Stockholm

Sounds pretty great, especially in light of the record-breaking weather in Sweden this summer. We'll have to try it when we get back to Sthlm. Glad to know you had a good time.

Aug 29, 2006
Mums in International Archive

Houndin' Around the World - Stockholm

My in-laws got a good deal at the Scandic Sergel Hotel when they came to Stockholm -- not exactly the most charming hotel or location (although proximate to the city center) but I think their rate was decent - 895SEK? Because Stockholm is popular for conferences, weekday rates tend to be higher than weekend rates, usually by 250-500SEK. The good thing, though, is that most hotels offer pretty great (especially by American "continental" breakfast standards - hotel lobby donuts and coffee) breakfast buffets with everything from boiled eggs to yogurt (try the filmjölk!), and cold cuts. So, one meal a day is covered by the hotel cost. There is a very inexpensive place, A & Be Hotell & Vandrarhem, Grev Turegatan 50, Phone: +46(0)8-660 21 00, but (my husband and I scouted it out before our wedding) it's a bit strange, insofar as it's located in an apartment building and really feels like staying in someone's home, albeit a home decorated with a lot of doilies. Can't recommend it, exactly, but if you're on a budget, these things are good to know. I've also been told that Columbus Hotel (http://www.columbus.se/eng/info.htm - on Södermalm, my favorite island) is also worth checking out. Söder is by far the most charming and gastronomically interesting part of Stockholm as far as I'm concerned, and strolling around in the fall is one of my favorite things to do. You can catch 'Street,' Stockholm's very elaborate version of a street market, with an emphasis on local design and organic produce/foods. Wish I had something exciting to tell you about Helsinki and Talinn, but I know very little about those places. Curious to know how your trip goes, though.

Aug 29, 2006
Mums in International Archive

Houndin' Around the World - Stockholm

I have my own copy, unfortunately, but I'm sure you can unload it somehow: ebay? If you eat meat, though, I have to recommend the meatball recipe they have in there -- the addition of mustard and porter is pretty tasty.

Aug 01, 2006
Mums in International Archive

Houndin' Around the World - Stockholm

I'm glad to hear that Kungsholmen was better than the SvD review, and I'm also very glad that the subject of fika was brought up -- may I also recommend Sturekatten (Riddargatan 4). However (and I don't want to ignite a chowhound epic), I do have to disagree about Rosendal: although I have also noted that it has been ridiculously written up and that a weekday (rather than weekend) visit is to be recommended, I do think that the ethos of the place (despite a shift of ownership from the original founders) is significant in an international context. Although one may argue that sustainable and organic farming and foods remain a largely bourgeois luxury, the fact of the matter is that - in my experience - a place like Rosendal is relatively unique in its proximity to an urban center, level of social and economic success, and consistent use of organic and local produce. Hype can be terribly annoying, especially when the consequences include having to navigate a labyrinth of strollers for a cup of coffee; nonetheless, many of my friends from abroad have found Rosendal to be quite inspiring and delicious.

Aug 01, 2006
Mums in International Archive

What's on the other side of the Park? (Ditmas, Lefferts, Windsor...)

Thanks to everyone for filling me on the life that awaits us. All in all, it doesn't sound too bad - I'm inclined to think that necessity makes for more interesting solutions than sheer desire and plentitude (read: Park Slope). Also, I'm always excited to explore a new coffee place. jmj, it was heartening to hear that you love PLG, and Disco Dining, I'll see you at the Coop. Also, I have friends from Berkeley who are coming to NY this fall, and I realized that I can tell them that we're close-ish to DiFara.

Jul 27, 2006
Mums in Outer Boroughs

What's on the other side of the Park? (Ditmas, Lefferts, Windsor...)

Thanks, jmj and EJC. Sigh. So we move, and we save money, and the money we save we spend on buying a car so that we can go have a cappuccino at Café Regular. I'll take a look at the posts about Ditmas Park and planetplg.com.

Jul 25, 2006
Mums in Outer Boroughs

What's on the other side of the Park? (Ditmas, Lefferts, Windsor...)

We're planning a move from South Slope (12th St @ 4th Ave) to the other side of the park (Lefferts Garden? Ditmas Park? Windsor Terrace? - it all depends on where we find a place) and I'm curious about restaurants, cafés, and bars in that corner of the world. The posts I've found are around two years old, and I'm looking for a more current lay of the chow land. Where we live now, we tend to pick up our dinners at Song, grab late-night burgers at Bar Toto, and scarf down burritos from Rachel's (embarrassing, in light of the plethora of other Mexican offerings in that area). The greatest loss is moving away from Café Regular and their cappuccino, and I kind of can't think about it, so now seems like a good time to stop.

If you all have any tips about life on the other side, please let me know. By the way, I'm not a die-hard Sloper: I'm just sad about no longer being a two-minute walk away from my favorite coffee place in the whole wide world.

Jul 25, 2006
Mums in Outer Boroughs

Houndin' Around the World - Stockholm

Glad to help. On an indirectly food-related note, you should definitely try to take one of the Waxholmsbolaget boats out into the archipelago: thousands and thousands of islands! Smoked fish sold in little red cabins down by the water! If you can, try one of the many island restaurants, especially Grinda or Fejan, which are supposed to be lovely. I can't necessarily vouch for the food (no one I know has recently been there), but the experience and view are of the once-in-a-lifetime variety.

Jul 25, 2006
Mums in International Archive

Houndin' Around the World - Stockholm

If you're going to Sthlm, you should definitely visit the following:

*P.A. & Co.
Riddargatan 8

Anything you order will be delicious, but I especially recommend their husmanskost (traditional Swedish fare) such as raggmunkar, köttbullar (meatballs!) and anything seafood-oriented, especially the crawfish toast appetizer and warm smoked salmon salad. You can't go wrong, in truth.

*Saturnus Café
Eriksbergsgatan 6

Home of the most overwhelming cinnamon and/or cardamom bun in the world. This used to be more of a traditional Swedish café but has recently (I think in the last two years) been transformed into a bistro. However, the buns remain, and they are extraordinary. The French breakfast (yogurt, half sandwich, cafe au lait & juice) is great.

*Tranan
Odenplan

More delicious husmanskost, esp. the sill (cured herring) sampler. Here, I also suggest that you try the raggmunk (crispy grated potato pancakes served with roe & sour cream) and/or meatballs.

*Rosendals Trädgård
Djurgården

I can't really describe this place, only it is my favorite spot in the world and I make sure to go there every time I'm home. It's an organic foundation/garden with a lovely café and bakery - delicious food that's all local, and the garden is so peaceful and inspiring.

*Blå Porten
Djurgården

Another oasis - a fountain courtyard behind Liljevalchs Konsthall - that has delicious offerings for lunch and dinner. I recommend the salmon with French potato salad -- all desserts are as tasty as they look. Note that they get really busy during lunch hour, and you can often catch a long table full of co-workers enjoying their lättöl and Ramlösa with lunch.

Have a wonderful time! Also make sure to try varmkorv (hot dogs from a hot dog stand, Sibylla is my favorite mainstream offering) and Kebab from pretty much anywhere - I don't have a favorite place, although I'm sure someone else does.

PS:
Other favorites that just came to mind - Café Gateau, Guldapan, Sturehof (sill sampler, again!), Sardin, Rolfs Kök, Mosebacke Etablissement, a new restaurant called Kungsholmen just got a write-up in one of the big Swedish dailies: good food ("snacks" sampler for 250SEK was recommended) but austere environment.

LODGING TIPS:

Rex Hotel or Clarion Collection Wellington at Östermalmstorg
Note that hotel rooms in Sthlm are more expensive on weeknights and cheaper on weekend nights.

Jul 25, 2006
Mums in International Archive