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Interesting, fun, and light lunch?

My husband and I are coming into the citty and staying at the Soho Mondrian this weekend. We are eating at Isola in the hotel for dinner Saturday night and need a good lunch rec. We dont love eating 2 big meals in the same day and would love a reccommendation for something other than a big sit down. We've done Eataly and Chelsea market . Wish the new Murray's Cheese bar served lunch. Anything else noteworthy that would fit the bill?

Dec 21, 2012
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"Neighborhood Joints"

Sorry...definitely used the wrong terminology in calling these "neighborhood joints." I really meant a restaurant you don't need to get all dressed up for...the kind of casual place you can go to after being out all day and not change into anything special but still have an amazing meal.

Aug 01, 2012
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"Neighborhood Joints"

Thanks for the responses. Are any of these suggestions "an experience" like eating at Ippudo is?Thanks!

Aug 01, 2012
whyutrippen in Manhattan

"Neighborhood Joints"

My husband and I have lived just outside NYC for the past 20 years. We have eaten in every 4 and 5 star restaurant imaginable. We are officially done with all the pomp and circumstance. We just want great food in a great atmosphere. Right now we love Minnetta Tavern, Torrisi , Red Farm, Bario Chino, Txikito , and are really in love with Ippudo. We consider these "neighborhood joint" type restaurants and are wondering if anyone has any other recommendations along these lines??

Jul 31, 2012
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5 nights in the city with hubby

Thanks for the great replies! Can someone fill me in on the the difference between the 2 Empellon restaurants???

Jul 01, 2012
whyutrippen in Manhattan

5 nights in the city with hubby

La Sirene looks yummy. Any other hipper suggestions??? Perhaps a bit more innovative?

Jun 30, 2012
whyutrippen in Manhattan

5 nights in the city with hubby

My husband and I live about 15 minutes outside of NYC and are coming in and staying this week for our annual summer holiday. We have both grown up just outside of the city and have eaten at every major restaurant over the past 30 years. We've realized that we no longer need the 4 and 5 star dinners and are much happier at cool joints with great food. On our last 2 trips in we enjoyed meals at Torrisi, Ippudo, Minetta Tavern, ABC Kitchen, Txikito, Scarpetta. We'd like some restaurants along these lines..Scarpetta and ABC Kitchen would be about the fanciest we'd like to go. We love tapas, asian, italian, steak , wine bars etc and are up for anything. Would love to hear your pics. Thanks!

Jun 30, 2012
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Driving me crazy!

Yes! Bless you for answering:)

Apr 16, 2011
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Driving me crazy!

What is the name of the very fine dining restaurant (now closed) in NJ that was situated on a horse farm? It had a pub upon walking in and then a very fancy prix fix menu in the dining room? Always got great reviews , had wonderful food, and had amazing service? It either closed because of a fire or financial ruin within the past 5 years?

Apr 16, 2011
whyutrippen in New Jersey

Hearth??

I saw it in NY magazine. It is also noted on Open Table when you make a reservation on a Tuesday. Is this something worth trying?

Jul 15, 2010
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Hearth??

They are starting the pig roasts on Tuesdays through August...

Jul 14, 2010
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Hearth??

I am having a hard time getting any decent reservation times for our top restaurant picks for next week. I just read something about a pig roast every Tues at Hearth. It sounds good- would this be a recommendation as a back- up?? Thanks.

Jul 14, 2010
whyutrippen in Manhattan

3 nights?

Are Casa Mono and Txikito similar? Which would you prefer? Thanks!

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Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Txikito
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Jul 13, 2010
whyutrippen in Manhattan

3 nights?

We moved to the burbs almost 9 years ago and although we are only 20 minutes away, my husband and I are completely out of the loop on the restaurant scene. We have decided for the 2cd year in a row to spend 3 childless nights back in NYC. Last year we ate at Scarpetta, Ippudo, and DBGB and loved them all. This year we are looking for similar type restaurants in that we dont want any fancy 5 stars. We have been there and done that 100 times. Just looking for great food and a great NyC vibe. We are coming in next week and staying at the Bowery Hotel but will travel anywhere in the city. So far, my investigating has led me to Locanda Verde, Minetta Tavern
and Degustation. I have gotten horrible reservation times at each and was looking for some back up suggestions. So, if you were a NYC lover in early 40's with 3 nights to eat out where you you eat? Many thanks!

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Jul 13, 2010
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Tapas?

We will be staying at the Short Hills Hilton in 2 weeks and are wondering if there are any good tapas restuarants in the surrounding area. We would be willing to drive about a half an hour away...

Feb 02, 2010
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Chakra Paramus Nj

I have been searching for a venue for an upscale Sunday luncheon and decided to check out the food at Chakra despite some negative reviews. I had seen the space a few years ago and thought it was amazing so thought I should revisit and give the food a try. They offer an extensive $26 menu option from 5-7 and 4 of us sampled a variety of the menu options. I must say, we were very pleasantly surprised! The meal started off with a basket of warm delicious bread (really really good) and then we shared a butternut squash soup ( a real standout) goat cheese salad, and a vegetable sping roll. In addition, we ordered a salmon and avacado tartar off the regular menu. It was presented beautifully and delicious as well. For the main course, we sampled a house made pasta ( with mushrooms in cream sauce) and boneless short ribs over polenta. The were both terrific. We tried both dessert offerings, a vanilla bean creme brulee and warm chocolate lava cake and our plates were licked clean! Our waitress was sweet and efficient and we could not have been happier with the service. Needless to say, I am very excited about finding a gorgeous space with great food for my luncheon and thought I should post because i really think Chakra deserves a visit. Great space, good food, a good price-fixe value and $6 glasses of wine......

Jan 28, 2010
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Sunday luncheon in North Jersey

Does anyone know anything about Chakra in Paramus? I love the way the place looks...

Jan 21, 2010
whyutrippen in New Jersey

Sunday luncheon in North Jersey

I am looking for a restaurant to host a Sunday luncheon in April for about 100 people. I would love a cool loungy type atmosphere- maybe with a big bar and comfy seating for a great cocktail hour first. Thanks!

Jan 20, 2010
whyutrippen in New Jersey

Dimsum/Peking duck

Looking for the best dimsum weekday lunch in Chinatown that also serves Peking duck?

Dec 28, 2009
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chinatown brasserie?

Is Chinatown Brasserie any good? The reviews seem to be so mixed! If it is not, any recommendations for a family of 4 for Chinese lunch on Monday???

Dec 26, 2009
whyutrippen in Manhattan

Restaurants Near Bryant Park Hotel

We are actually going to have lunch at DBGB that day so I don't think Moderne would work. I
would love to try Convivio but will be with kids(who are foodies) but I am not sure there would be too many things would would appeal to them. Any other suggestions?? Thanks!

Dec 25, 2009
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Restaurants Near Bryant Park Hotel

We will be coming to NY for a very busy 1 night/2days and will probably not want to venture far from our hotel for dinner after trapsing around the city all day. We love restaurants like China Grill, Red Eye Grill, Asia de Cuba, Baltazar- but feel they are past their prime plus we have eaten at them many times. Is there something along these lines or better?) around where we are staying? We like Italian, Asian, French, Tapas...

Dec 25, 2009
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midtown/downtown

My husband and I will be staying at the London NYC(west 54th) for 3 nights. Are there any non- commercial really good restaurants worth staying in this area for or do we need to go downtown? We are not looking for white glove fancy or over the top steakhouses- just great food in a good atmosphere. Price does not matter.

Jul 14, 2009
whyutrippen in Manhattan

similar restaurant ?

Thanks! I will look into these...

Jul 14, 2009
whyutrippen in Manhattan

similar restaurant ?

We were in Montreal last summer and had the greatest meal at Au Pied Du Couchon. Their entire menu consists of almost everything with fois gras and they had the most incredible "duck in a can." Does anyone know if there is a similar restaurant in NYC?

Jul 14, 2009
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out of the loop

I am coming to the city with my husband for 3 nights in 2 weeks. We moved out of the city 10 years ago and are totally out of the loop about what restaurants are good anymore. I know the choices are endless. We are not looking for Grammercy Tavern experience- been there and done that 100 times.
We would just like great food (anything except Indian) in cool atmosphere. We will be staying at The Bowery so downtown is preferred but we would travel anywhere.

Jul 11, 2009
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White Plains

Gee, rjbh20, as a New Yorker I am very aware I could hop into the city for an array of fabulous restaraunts -but that was not my question!

White Plains

We are staying at the Ritz in White Plains and looking to have 2 great dinners during our stay. We are not familiar with the area at all but are willing to go to another nearby town if necessary. We are not interested in Indian or Sushi or a very fancy jacket and tie restaurant . We would like something with more of a NYC vibe.

Food in Montreal

We also ate at Holder and Gibby's.

Food in Montreal

Just back from 3 nights in Montreal. We loved loved loved Au Pied du Couchon! What a wonderful restaurant! Loved the service, loved the "neighborhoody" atmosphere, and loved the food! The "Duck in a Can" and poutine with fois gras were outrageous as were the little hot molton fois gras explosions. By far, the best food we sampled in all of Montreal and the only restaurant we found worth the $$$$.