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Hell's kitchen/Theater district help for 7

I had a nice pre-theatre meal at La Silhouette (http://la-silhouettenyc.com/) on west 53rd. It is pretty new, but the food was very solid. French/American. Good service. A really dingy block, but a lttile jewel of a restaurant.

(as an after-thought, the menu may be a little limited, so check it out..

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La Silhouette
362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

May 17, 2011
tbear in Manhattan

Thoughts on a good Pre-Bowery Ballroom Meal? LES? Please.

Going to see the Dave Rawlings Machine next wednesday at the Bowery Ballroom (LES) for my Birthday with a whole group of food lovers. I was wondering if there is something new/old/fun/lesser known in the LES that we should check out pre-show. We will be eating early so we should be able to get in anywhere. I know it is annoyingly unspecific, but any cuisine is possible and price is not an object. Just very good food and ambiance required. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

May 28, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Wonderful Lunch at La Grenouille

A late response, but a response just to agree and keep the La Grenoullie up on the boards. If this jewel ever goes the way of La Caravelle and Le Cote Basque, among others, we will have lost the last of a wonderful era. My hope is that with Charles at the helm, I will be an ocotogenarian Dad enojoying La Grenoullie as much as your father did.

May 15, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Sashimi Grade Diver Scallops - where to buy at a reasonable price?

You could try The Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market or Piscane Seafood on 2nd. Make sure you ask for "Dry" sea scallops (those that are not packed in Sodium Tri-plyphosphate, an additve) and look for ones that are a deep grey, not super white or foamy.

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The Lobster Place
252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

May 14, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Why I live in NYC

A short walk to Brasserie Rhulmann for Lunch with Mom(80). Artichoke vinaigrette (let them do the work), Soft Shell Crabs, Skate Grenobloise, Floating Island and perfect coffee in a landmark room with crisp service.

Short Walk to the theatre: "Glass Managerie". Devastating. Fabuluos.

Two Stops on the V home. 45 minuts in the Gym/steam.

4 stops on the V. Keen's bar with an old friend. Unbeleiveably good (bar) Mutton chop, wine, Irish Coffee, and service.

Ah, a rainy Wednesday off in NYC.

May 13, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Oysters. Where to go tonight?

Aquagrill is cozy, and has always had, in my epxerience, an excellent selection of fresh oysters. I also suggest trying the scallop terrine if it is being offered.

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Aquagrill
210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

May 07, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Low Key, Low Price Great Sushi lunch?

I really like Tenzan Sushi on 2nd and 52nd. It is well priced ($12.95 Sushi lunch special w/ one roll and six peices), friendly, lively and sharp. I have been 12+ times since they opened last year, and it has been consitantly good.

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Tenzan
1714 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

May 06, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Two bars . . .

You should think about adding The Old King Cole Bar in the St. Regis. They make great old-time cocktails. in a fabulous room. Also, please dont have a glass of wine. Stretch out a little: have something like a Manahtten, old fashioned or whiskey sour - just something that reflects the space that your in.

With your two choicesl, I would go with Bemmelmen's as it far less touristy (yes I know they are both in hotels).

Feb 26, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

NEED HELP! restaurant for air force event

I went to an event ar Opia restaurant on 57th st recently. The food was very good and it is a pretty nice room. I understand from the host that it was reasonable.

Feb 20, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Keens Review + Photos

Lord knows I didn't need ANOTHER reason to love Keen's, but I found one: The Irish Coffee is absolutely fabulous. My wife, who is Belgian, has always wondered why she couldn't find a good Irish Coffee in NY. By good, she simply means: Fresh Whipped Cream, Dark Coffee, and WARMED whiskey. . Keens takes pride in making theirs (as they do with everything) and they nail it. What could be nicer after a great steak by the fire?

The Irish Coffee: One more reason why Keen's is not just the best steakhouse in NYC but one of our city's best overall restaurants.

Feb 20, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Les Halles ... Les Horror

I agee that the management has always been terrible and that the owner (whom I will not name) has always been considered one of the most difficult and cheap french bistro owners in NYC. Les Halles' management turn-over rate is legendary.

I also agree, however, that the choucroute is excellent and will add the hanger steak/frites as above average.

Feb 14, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Lunch near Guggenheim....

I am going with The Wright, in the museum. Great room and food to warm up your Guggenheim experience.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/675710

Feb 12, 2010
tbear in Manhattan

Anyone eaten at The Wright (at the Guggenheim) yet?

here is my review from earlier today:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/675710

Dec 22, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

The Wright - A Gem in the Guggenheim

After a beautiful walk through the snow blanketed park, our route to the Guggenheim Museum and the Kandinsky exhibit, DW and I had a surprising and remarkable lunch.

We had no idea it was there. This beautiful little restaurant nestled into a corner of this fabulous museum. We sat at the communal table, had prompt, professional service, nice wines and a fine meal.

I am not going to go into every detail, and the food was not perfect. Sure, the pork belly could have had more flavor and a less mushy texture. But the codfish w/ chanterelles and cauliflower was clean and fresh, while DW's short ribs were unctous and flavorful. We had nice cheese plate to finish, with a fine Oregon cab, whose name is lost to me.

The most surprising thing to us, however, was what I found out the next day. This restaurant has only been open for two weeks. DW and I consider ourselves somewhat tuned into the NYC restaurant scene, and not only had we not heard of this recent opening, we did not detect it's infancy in its service or its food. The place seemed like it had been there for years, which really bodes well for its future.

You don't need another reason to go see the Kandinsky exhibit (heaven), or the Guggenheim itself, but The Wright is giving you one.

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The Wright
1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Dec 22, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

stakehouse Manhattan

There are endless discussions on this board about what is the best steak-house. The fight usually comes down to Peter Luger's in Brooklyn or Keen's in Manhattan They are both fantastic, but since you want Manhattan, Keen's it is. Do yourself a favor and get the porterhouse (and/or) a Mutton chop. I like to sit in the Tap room (near the bar) by the fire - though there are no reservations taken there.

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Keens
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Nov 07, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

Roast whole Suckling Pig for take-out or delivery

Daisy May's BBQ has a great whole pig, though it is not exactly an X-mas suckling pig...

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Daisy May's BBQ
623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Daisy Mays
604 W 46th St Frnt 3, New York, NY 10036

Nov 05, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

Lobster Bisque Dilemma

That kind of was my point. MANY people cheat and use a roux. Ground shells, IMO, can add a nutty/bitter (unpleasant) flavor. DW's bisque is the absolute essence of the lobster, thickened w/ cream and the head meat/gelatin (ever noticed the gelatin in the head?) and cream.

Sep 18, 2009
tbear in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque Dilemma

Yes take the tale, claws and knuckles out and use them for something else - like dipped in drawn butter!!

But the left-over heads have a rich, fatty meat in them that can be picked out and added to a lobster stock/bisque, and blended in w/out toughening. I only know this from DW who does not use a roux, does not puree the shells and and still comes up with a perfect consistency and unf'nbeliveable flavor. Granted, this means getting elbow deep in lobster heads - which is why her bisque is better than mine...patience and persistence...not a morsel wasted. Perhaps its because she is old world.

Sep 17, 2009
tbear in Home Cooking

eggs benedict on friday afternoon

PJ Clarke's (all locations) serve Eggs Benny all day and night. Or coarse, the original location on 55th and 3rd is the place to go..

Aug 28, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

BEST BAGELS IN NYC

yes, SUFFICIENTLY, surly :)

Aug 25, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

BEST BAGELS IN NYC

I live in between the two, have eaten both many, many times. They are very different, but both VERY good...esp. in comparison w/ 99.9% of the bagels in the world. A warm Tal everything bagel was a true joy. Also, GREAT white fish.

Frankly, I expect my NYC counter people to be a little surly.

A real loss in my neighborhood...what next, Ideal Cheese???

Aug 24, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

BEST BAGELS IN NYC

WHAT?!?!?!?! Say it ain't so!

Aug 24, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

Peter Luger vs. Keens

Lord knows this has been discussed time and again on these boards, but It is amazing to see how Keens has come from the dark horse to the favorite. I have eaten at Luger's three times, and Keens many, many times. To me the steaks are BOTH great, but Keens is a far superior RESTAURANT.

Aug 24, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

dishes they are not known for but delicious

Veal Parm at Palm Too.

Jul 31, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

Still lamenting closure of L'Entrecote (1st Ave & 57th/58th St.) Suggestions for a substitute?

Try the Veau D'or on 60th and Lex. It is exactly what you looking for...ancient, unchanging, quirky and good.

Only downside is that it was recently featured on No Reservations, so it has gotten busier.

Jul 27, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

The Palm - Opinions?

Stand corrected.."Parma" makes much more sense.

Jul 03, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

Tennis Anywhere???

Opia Restaurant, on the second floor of the renaissance hotel on 57th and lex, shows the matches and serves mimosas etc w/ breakfast. I only know this because my wife had family in town and we met over there for some pancakes (really good BTW) and they had the matches on a big screen - a nice diversion as I don't speak Flemish, and my wife's family does not speak English...

Just saw your 12-5 - - Opia, still a good place.

Jul 03, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

The Palm - Opinions?

Love that too...though I did end up marrying an old girlfriend, and couldn't be happier about it. Perhaps the Palm deserves another try...

Jul 01, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

The Palm - Opinions?

I have been going to the Palm Too since the mid 80s when my father started taking me there, and while I don't think it is ALWAYS the best steak (forgive me Dad, but Keen's rules) , it is consistent, and the staff have become like family.

I think one thing that is often over looked is the veal parmigiana. Remember, the original owners, when they got off the boat from Italy, wanted to name the restaurant Palermo. The rushed (or uncaring) clerk at the business license board wrote down Palm instead, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Veal parm. remains, however, and it is my favorite anywhere. (In fact, I have had it the last 5 visits).

Jun 30, 2009
tbear in Manhattan

The Palm - Opinions?

I love Pic - always as sweet as can be, and in total control. Gus the long time Maitre D', and NY legend, has personally groomed her.

Jun 30, 2009
tbear in Manhattan