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Dinner in Carmel for 9 people

Have not been there but it seems to be getting a lot of mixed reviews on this Board. Am worried the food may be a bit too precious for some in the group.

Jul 16, 2012
susan robin in California

One night in town at the Hyatt Embarcadero

We love Slanted Door but believe it or not, booked already --- and we are flying in from NYC and want to eat at 9! Anyway, Perbacco it will be, just made a reservation. Thanks to all. Love SF and only wish we could get there more often.

Jul 11, 2012
susan robin in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner in Carmel for 9 people

We've rented a house for a week in August, have been to the area several times. One evening, we will be a group of 9 people including two teens who are not finicky eaters. I made a reservation at Fandango but I am thinking my group may prefer to be in Carmel in town. Any suggestions on a place good for a group? I like Cafe Rustica but was trying to come up with a place right in town. Thoughts on Flying Fish Grill?
Also have other reservations later in the week (less people) at Monterey 1833, Cantinetta Luca, Passionfish. If there is anything new and fun that we've missed, let us know! We will likely also go to Casanova one night, Akaoni for sushi.

Jul 11, 2012
susan robin in California

One night in town at the Hyatt Embarcadero

We will be in SF for one night on our way to Carmel, staying at the Hyatt. Any recommendations for something stylish and fun in the area for dinner around 9 pm or so? Doesn't need to be fancy. Have not been to SF for three years so we a re a bit out of touch.

Jul 10, 2012
susan robin in San Francisco Bay Area

Agata & Valentina/University Place

So far I have been very happy there. Have bought produce, cheese, salamis and excellent crab soup and dumplings. Overall, like it better than Citarella. Much wider selection, and i always found Citarella prepared foods to be mediocre. Husband has been raving about the fresh OJ at Agata.

Jun 07, 2012
susan robin in Manhattan

Saturday lunch reservation Soho

Delicatessen on Prince Street might do the trick. Madonna had her daughter's sixteenth bday party there.

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Delicatessen
54 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Feb 12, 2012
susan robin in Manhattan

Anyone been to Lina Frey recently?

Have never been there for dinner but have a Blackboard Eats coupon. There are quite a few recent negative reviews on both Open Table and Yelp both regarding service and food. I think people tend to chime in more about bad experiences than good ones on both those sites --- so before I take the plunge and have dinner at Lina Frey, have any hounds been there lately and should I bother?

Feb 10, 2012
susan robin in Manhattan

Recommendations for a Beerhound in Manhattan?

La Cerveceria is an inexpensive Peruvian restaurant with a large and very interesting beer list. Coopers Cafe also is quite good. Both in the East Village.

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Cooper's Craft & Kitchen
87 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

La Cerveceria
65 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Feb 10, 2012
susan robin in Manhattan

Need some recs for xmas gift certificate: dinner for two in Maplewood area or nearby

I would like to give my hairdresser and his partner a gift certificate for dinner as a xmas gift. They live in Maplewood. I have done this before, gave them dinner at Lorena's and that was a hit, but I am not familiar with the area and could use some help. I am figuring on $150 to $200 as a gift. There is a restaurant in Montclair, Culinearia (forgive my spelling if that is wrong) that looked sort of interesting, what do you think. I would prefer either Italian or modern American cuisine, but open to almost anything except sushi.

Nov 29, 2011
susan robin in New Jersey

Need recs for a great Queens restaurant for Sunday bray dinner

For my husband's fortyish assistant and somewhat significant other. Price does not matter. Maybe someplace in LIC. Looking for something slick and hip with great food and good drinks, not old school like piccolo Venezia. Any ideas?

Nov 11, 2011
susan robin in Outer Boroughs

NYC hounds first trip to Lake Tahoe/Truckee

We have rented a house in Truckee for a week in August and are totally unfamiliar with the area. I've picked up a few Tahoe threads, thought we would definitely check out Moody's and maybe Dragonfly for dinner. Could use a few more recommendations, how is Big Water Grille? Wild Goose? Generally we like local, simple fare, prefer American food on this trip (with sushi exception I mentioned). If we cook, which is likely for a few meals, any recs for a good liquor/wine store with a good California selection? How about groceries, and also fresh produce/meat/seafood? Is there a local farmers market and if so, where and when?

Jul 18, 2011
susan robin in California

Commerce Restaurant's new all cash policy

No doubt my error, but our server did make it sound as if it was recently put in place. In any event, we thought it was interesting. I would imagine it was put in place to address employee theft issues, but balance that against the transaction fees charged by credit card companies. I guess so few people actually pay cash when a bill for two people is over $75 or $80 that the balance tips in favor of credit cards only.

Jun 16, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Commerce Restaurant's new all cash policy

Had our usual excellent dinner here on Tuesday but we were surprised to learn that Commerce is now a NO CASH restaurant --- that's right, just like a plane! Holds true for both the bar and table service, there isn't even a register behind the bar anymore. Thought it was a bit weird but we were OK with it, although we do pay cash for dinner from time to time. Has anyone seen this before? A harbinger of things to come?

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Commerce
50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

Jun 16, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Visiting Sout Hampton and East Hampton for the first time later this summer. Need reco's

Babette's in Easthampton is good for breakfast, nice to sit outside if you can, it is right in town. I second Bobby Van's, the food is terrific and generally the service is, too. Nick and Toni's in Easthampton also wonderful for dinner if you can get a reservation. I was at Spring Close last Friday, it is good but not fabulous, the menu is much more limited and casual than the Laundry, it is more like Meeting House in Amagansett. I also like Fresno for dinner in Easthampton. All these places get very crowded on weekends, reserve way in advance. Nicj and Toni's takes reservations 10 days prior.

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Nick and Toni's
136 N Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

Meeting House
4 Amagansett Sq, Amagansett, NY 11930

Jun 06, 2011
susan robin in New York State (exc. NYC)

almond bridgehampton: avoid at all costs, zero stars

No, it was the standard boilerplate one that says reservation confirmed and says if your plans change, let us know. I am pretty sure they called me on my cell a couple of days in advance to confirm (99% of my open table bookings do). I just think they overbooked and did not know how to handle it. And I use Open Table all over the country and have never had a problem with them.

May 31, 2011
susan robin in New York State (exc. NYC)

almond bridgehampton: avoid at all costs, zero stars

actually, this was at the new location in town, where One Ocean used to be. The Chowhound Team requested that I clarify my post, which I am doing here. Reservation was made on Monday May 16 on Open Table for Saturday evening reservation May 21st. We were clearly in the restaurant 's reservation book. I think waiting over 30 minutes past appointed reservation time is pretty bad, exacerbated by the failure of the hostess to apologize, give us any idea of when and if we might actually be seated, offer drinks. As the summer season begins, hopefully Almond will get their act together.

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One Ocean
2495 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

May 26, 2011
susan robin in New York State (exc. NYC)

almond bridgehampton: avoid at all costs, zero stars

Did not honor reservation made on open table ten days ago. Waited 45 minutes and left, went to town line bbq instead. No apology, no free drinks, nothing. Have had a weekend place here for years and will never go back. Will drive past in November when they are dying and laugh. Try this, when we left, they had the nerve to cancel our open table booking so we could not slam them there!
They have the cheesy zebra wallpaper from the old Gino's on lx and 61st. Nice touch, if you are over 70. Did not taste anything but looked mediocre.

May 21, 2011
susan robin in New York State (exc. NYC)

Reasonably Priced Italian East or West Village

In Vino is small and gets noisy but has wonderful food ---- East Village.

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In Vino
215 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

May 11, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Recommending a fun cooking class in San Miguel Allende

I just returned from a week's stay in SMA and want to recommend a cooking class that I took with a friend on the recommndation of our hotel concierge. The chef is Gaby Green, who used to own a couple of restaurants in town. It is totally hands on, she picks you up and you go to market, then back to her home, where you cook and eat. Was $100 US per person including the food, and she gives you the recipes for everything you made (and you can basically pick and choose, depending on your taste and what is in season). Highly recommend, go to website www.lafondarosa.com
BTW, she is totally fluent in English should that be a concern. And she makes a killer margarita.

May 02, 2011
susan robin in Mexico

First time in SMA next week , please review choices and where to eat dinner on Easter Sunday?

Two NYC women hounds hitting SMA next week. Cobbled together a lot of info from this Board and also Trip Advisor website, so I think we have what we need re breakfast, lunch, trucks --- but we would like some feedback on dinner choices, which are: The Restaurant, Cafe Rama, La Posadita, Mia Vida, and Jackie's. We both love a good steak and considered Tio Lucas, but it got pretty mixed reviews elsewhere and a comment that two women alone would not be treated well there. Samr for Longhorn Steakhouse. Any ideas about what is open on Easter Sunday for dinner? For Italian, would we be better off at Andrea? What about substituting Nirvana for anything on our list?

Apr 13, 2011
susan robin in Mexico

Post funeral private dining in the east or greenwich village

Bet that got your attention if you are looking for a challenge. Looking for private room for around 20 people max, walking distance to Astor Place if possible, kind of a semi-wake/shiva. Ideas? For next Saturday 3/26?

Mar 18, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Italian in the village on 3/25 for four

I am stuck with the task of making the reservation, and of course, my favorites are booked --- L'artusi and Centro Vinoteca. I have a reservation at In Vino, that is a local standby for us, but would love some new ideas. Need something comfortable and not too noisy where we can linger, even on a Friday with a 7:30 or 8 pm table. I like Malatesta but that is not for this group. Not quite the same area but I am thinking maybe Peasant instead, they were not booked up yet. Ideas? But must take reservations, I won't do dinner on a Friday without, what can I say?
By the way, I have been traveling a lot and not out and about in NYC, but did Sora Lella in Tribeca close? If so, that's a shame. Nice place, great food. Put Giorgione to shame, IMO.

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Malatesta
649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Centro Vinoteca
74 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

In Vino
215 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

Sora Lella
300 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013

Mar 14, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

LES, EV restaurant

I live around the corner and the food is quite good. It's comfortable, you can hear yourself speak. If you are in your twenties (I was, once upon a time) and looking for something hip, not a good Sat night choice for you. Have you been to In Vino Kitchen? Not mind blowing, but quite good.

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In Vino
215 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

Feb 25, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Sunday afternoon meal around 3PM for 9 people near Park Ave So and 26th

I may be edging up to top of your budget, but Punch has a varied menu and that could work. Look at Craftbar brunch as well. And there is nothing wrong with the food at L'express, they have a nice brunch menu but 9 people may be too difficult there.

Feb 18, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Alternative to marsaille????

West Bank on 42nd st, food not quite as good but a favorite among theater goers and actors also

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West Bank Cafe
407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Feb 18, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Esca

We usually wind up sitting at the bar pre-theater, order some crudos and salads, maybe another appetizer or two, and are very happy. One of the nicest restaurants in the City, IMO. Lovely staff.

Feb 17, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Pre-theater between 36th and 44th?

osteria al doge or cafe une deux trois for dinner

Feb 17, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Drinks near the Harrison

The Brandy Library on N. Moore Street would probably work for you, check out the website.

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Brandy Library
25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

Feb 17, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

Pasta in soho area

Aurora in Soho will fit the bill although not new. Malatesta is also good but can be very crowded and I believe it is cash only, fyi.

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Malatesta
649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Jan 14, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan

help- 20 person luncheon on a budget!

I believe Punch is open and might work for you, and they have a very nice lunch menu with a lot of options. Would also suggest Craftbar.

Jan 14, 2011
susan robin in Manhattan