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Boneless, tied turkey breast - WWYD?

I bought a boneless turkey breast last night, that came pre-tied. Originally I was going to cut off the ties and make a turkey roulade, but events have conspired so that I only have a short window of "active" time, to pull together dinner tonight. How would you prepare? Was thinking just olive oil, s & p, herb rub, and roast at 425, but it feels so boring.

Sep 19, 2011
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Where to go for drinks before dinner at Jojo?

My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary dinner tonight at Jojo. Where can we go for a nice drink beforehand? We originally thought to try the Mandarin Oriental and enjoy the view, but with rain starting at 6pm tonight, I think it might be better to save this spot for a clear evening.

TIA!

Aug 13, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Recs for 40th birthday dinner for 12 people (tapas or family style preferred)

Thanks - looks like Otto requires the $55/person option for dinner if reservations are between 7:30pm-10pm, which before drinks, tip, and tax will be too much $. I was hoping for $50 or less, for the food, tax, and tip. (I know the drinks will add up with this group).

Jun 21, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Recs for 40th birthday dinner for 12 people (tapas or family style preferred)

Hmm - I'll give Otto a look. Pipa is a good rec; I always think of it as super crowded, but maybe that isn't a bad thing.

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Pipa
38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

Jun 21, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Recs for 40th birthday dinner for 12 people (tapas or family style preferred)

Personally, I love this idea, but my husband is a picky eater so fixed menus won't work for this occasion. He requested tapas so that he can gorge himself on chorizo and patatas bravas, and yet not force the other guests to eat only the things he likes.

Jun 21, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

NYC's Best Cafes/Coffee Shops to write in

Aroma on 72nd between Amsterdam and Columbus is a good spot for working (I am usually there Friday afternoons). It is spacious, so I can really spread out, and there is an upstairs terrace if you want to sit outside. You get 1 hour of free wifi with your purchase; I usually work off-line, then log on when I am ready to send off my work.

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Aroma Espresso Bar
161 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Jun 21, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Recs for 40th birthday dinner for 12 people (tapas or family style preferred)

My husband is turning 40 next month and I'm looking to host a birthday dinner for 12 people on a Saturday night (wish we could do a different night!). I've recommended a few restaurants that he shot down (Beauty and Essex, Stanton Social), so I would love help with some new ideas. A few guidelines

1) comfortably accomodate 12 people, maybe flexing to 14 people
2) Husband loves tapas, or would like some other shared-food type restaurant
3) Good beer list is a plus (especially if American microbrews)
4) Nothing too trendy (hence shooting down Beauty and Essex)
5) Aiming for $50 or less per person

TIA!

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Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Jun 21, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Where to hold a beer-tasting dinner for 16 people?

I'd have to check out the room at DBGB - semi-private room in the kitchen sounds noisy. This group of friends will be noisy enough w/o the noise of the kitchen.

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DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Feb 10, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Where to hold a beer-tasting dinner for 16 people?

Thanks - these are some great ideas. I love the idea of Colicchio & Sons. I've been wanting to go there for a while. Off to start calling places.

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Colicchio & Sons
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Feb 10, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Top 10 Bars for Beer Snobs

Valhalla is also a great spot. Huge selection (bigger than Pony Bar), but more international in flavor. I think Pony Bar focuses only on American craft beers.

My one complaint about Valhalla is that it is packed w/the afterwork crowd. I find Valhalla has a sweet spot between 8-10 pm where it isn't as crowded - after most of the post-work crowd has left, but before the young 20s kids go out.

Feb 09, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Top 10 Bars for Beer Snobs

ITA. Pony Bar is great w/a fantastic selection of craft beers. Yes, it can get crowded, but it is definitely worth checking out. Either go early or go late. I've been there around midnight and it wasn't too crowded. Personally, I don't love the decor (barrels for tables?) but my husband and I love the beer selection and the energy.

Feb 09, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

fun lunch spot - midtown west

I second the Bar Room at the Modern. I have yet to try a bad dish there.

Feb 09, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Where to hold a beer-tasting dinner for 16 people?

My husband, a huge fan of American microbrews, turns 40 in a few months. I went to a wine-tasting/pairing dinner at Italian Wine Merchants a few years ago and it was fantastic. I'd like to re-create something like this, but w/craft beers for his birthday in May. Any recs on a place that could handle something like this? I'd like to find a place that could have most/all of the following:

1) Good food and wide selection of American craft beers
2) A private room for the party, that can hold approximately 16 people
3) A knowledgable beer sommelier who can do a short talk and tasting before dinner (or maybe between courses - not sure if that will kill the mood at the table)
4) In Manhattan

If you have any other thoughts or ideas on how to incorporate my husband's love of beer into a birthday party would be appreciated! I've considered having a large group of people to a beer garden in Brooklyn or Queens, but since most of the invitees have young kids (including us), we would rather stay closer to home.

TIA

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Italian Wine Merchants
108 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

Feb 09, 2011
mrgdess in Manhattan

Recs for a Starter and a Side? Serving Moroccan braised lamb shanks & couscous

I'm hosting a dinner party for 6 on Saturday and am in desperate need for a starter to have out when the guests arrive, and a vegetable side dish during dinner.

As a main course I'm serving braised Moroccan lamb shanks w/a toasted pine nut couscous. Dessert is a poached pear parfait. Ideally, the starter and vegetable side would be something I could make the day before and finish quickly before serving.

TIA

Dec 16, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Insomnia Cookies

Thanks for the update. I live in the neighborhood and will definitely check them out. I've had their cookies ones before - the peanut butter one was only ok (crispier than a PB cookie should be), but I liked the chocolate chip.

Oct 07, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

Recs for Inexpensive and quick lunch spot in Soho?

I have an hour in between meetings tomorrow to eat lunch with my husband. We usually go to Spring Street Natural, but I'd like to try someplace new. Any recs on where we should go? Nothing fancy or time consuming.

TIA

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Spring Street Natural
62 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Oct 07, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

UWS restaurant rec for tonight - nice, but not formal, not focused on seafood or cheese

Hmm - I've wanted to try Fatty Crab for a while. What would you order there? Any menu recs?

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Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Sep 20, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

Best banana pudding in NYC - in a restaurant

My husband's birthday is coming up and as a die-hard Southerner, he loves banana pudding. Any recs on a restaurant with excellent banana pudding? I would want dessert to be an unexpected surprise.

His favorite banana pudding (in NYC) is Magnolia's, but it isn't available in a restaurant, and he eats their pudding all the time so I'm looking for a new version.

Sep 20, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

50th birthday dinner / 3 couples

Anywhere in Manhattan? Assuming you aren't huge drinkers, I like Dovetail, Grammercy Tavern, and Babbo for celebratory meals.

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Sep 20, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

UWS restaurant rec for tonight - nice, but not formal, not focused on seafood or cheese

I found a babysitter for tonight - YES! Now all I need is a restaurant. Suggestions on where my husband and I should go to dinner tonight on the UWS?

We've recently been to Telepan, Dovetail and Compass, which were yummy, but we want to try someplace new (to us) and not as fancy.

Also, my husband is a picky eater (unfortunately), so no restaurants where the focus is on seafood or cheese.

TIA!

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

Sep 20, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

What simple cooking mistake inspires disproportionate rage?

Good topic.

Over-salting something sends me into a complete rage. I want to throw the pot, pan, dish, whatever, out the window when I realized I've killed the final product.

This isn't per se a cooking mistake, but it sends me into a rage when my husband uses EVERY pot, dish, utensil, in the kitchen when he cooks. There is no need to get out 3 separate measuring cups, when 1 will do. Even if he does the clean up, I have to stay away from the kitchen when he cooks, because seeing the mess drives me insane.

Jun 10, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Meatballs - to brown or not brown 1st?

Ditto. I brown them in the oven first, and then add to the sauce.

Jun 09, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Ideas for big bunch of brocooli rabe?

I love it sautee'd with some garlic and red pepper flakes. Finish with a squeeze of lemon. The next day I will use it in panini (aka fancy grilled cheese) - chop up the broccoli rabe leftovers, add some good cheese and sliced bread, cook on your stove, using a plate with a can on top to act as a weight.

Jun 09, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Stuffed peppers...best rice filling?

Personally I like millet or quinoa as a base for filling stuffed peppers. But if I have to use rice, I would use a basic long grain rice, nothing fancy.

IMO - definitely do not use wild rice. I want the filling in a stuffed pepper to hold together a bit and wild rice just doesn't have the starch content. The filling will just fall apart.

Jun 09, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

electric grill - if gas/charcoal is not an option

My condo board does not allow gas or charcoal grills on our terraces - only electric grills. What are your experiences with electric grills? Are they worth the $, or are they just glorified griddles? Any brands/model recs would be appreciated.

Jun 09, 2010
mrgdess in Cookware

Chicken pot pie - what herbs/spices do you add?

I made it with thyme and tabasco last night, but will try tarragon/lemon/paprika next time.

Jun 09, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Chicken pot pie - what herbs/spices do you add?

I tried the tabasco and fresh thyme last night. It was pretty good and you felt the heat at the back of the tongue, but I think it needs a bit more "freshness".

Jun 09, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Chicken pot pie - what herbs/spices do you add?

My standard chicken pot pie recipe needs some "umph". I make the standard filling but use a cornbread batter on top (instead of a pastry dough). Any recs on what types of herbs or spices I could use to jazz up the flavor of the filling? TIA

(I want to stay with my recipe since husband loves it, though I wish it had more flavor).

Jun 08, 2010
mrgdess in Home Cooking

Seasonal Restaurant and Winebar - worth it?

I'm thinking of taking my ILs there when they are in town. How is the food? Good place for southern ILs who aren't very sophisticated, but like to think that they are?

May 27, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan

New David Chang restaurant in midtown?

Thanks - this is exactly what I was looking for. Darnit - they don't take reservations! Any thoughts on what time 2 people would have to get there to not wait for lunch?

May 04, 2010
mrgdess in Manhattan