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Sunday lunch in Toronto

Many thanks for the responses so far; feel free to keep them coming! I will certainly check out some of your suggestions.

My Toronto transplant husband has been disappointed by the fact that some of the more casual places he'd like to hit for things we don't have in SF are closed on Sundays: Bacchus Roti, Porchetta & Co, the St. Lawrence Market.

We are also lacking in good Indian and Greek food, which I know are strengths there. So if anyone can offer suggestions for those which serve lunch on Sundays, they'd be welcome.

Feedback on 10-day eating itinerary

Thanks for the suggestions so far; good to hear that I'm generally on the right track.

I wasn't thinking that Northern Spy was a destination spot but kind of threw it in as a comfortable, reasonably priced "night off" in the midst of a 10 day trip. But perhaps we'll do Chinese or Indian instead. Other ideas are welcomed.

Dirty French is kind of a scene, isn't it? We tend to avoid those when possible.

Did not realize that Via Carota served lunch; the menu looks great and I'll add it to the Italian options.

We have Russ & Daughters pencilled in for lunch the day we arrive, which is a Wed. And are hitting the Whitney on a Monday, for the very reason mentioned (avoiding waits/crowds.)

Speaking of which: Suggestions for sit down lunches (not brunch) on Sat-Sun where we can either reserve or just walk in? We fly home on a Sat evening, so have that afternoon to spend enjoying a leisurely last meal before we head to the airport.

Am also thinking about picking up a "picnic" to have for dinner on the return flight. Something that will be okay without refrigeration for a few hours. Parisi bakery for Italian coldcut sandwiches?

Lantern's Keep or the Rum House seem to be the best/closest place for a cocktail near the Golden Theater. Will we be able to get in to one of these spots to have one at about 7pm?

May 17, 2015
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Feedback on 10-day eating itinerary

My husband and I are from San Francisco. We've been making it to NY once or twice a year for the past several, and will be returning in a couple of weeks. Staying in the LES, but willing to travel for great food. We like everything, but have great Latin food at home so are looking for other types of cuisine. Aiming for average checks of around $150 for two before tax/tip/beverages.

I've been reading up here for the past month or so and am now seeking feedback on our itinerary.

Reserved (or will be shortly) dinners: Estela, Recette, The Eddy, Tuome and Contra. Considering: Northern Spy, Louro (possibly Nossa Mesa Mon?)

We have tickets to the theater on a Wed night and ballet on a Thu. The plan for those days is to have larger, later lunches and then get late dinner/drinks afterwards.
Lunches: Gramercy Tavern (Tavern Room), Osteria Morini or Il Buco Vineria.
Dinners: The NoMad Bar (how crazy at around 10:30 midweek?), Uncle Boon's, Wassail, Jeffery's Grocery (anyone taken advantage of their "caviar at cost" deal?) Or maybe Noodletown.

Other lunches will be more casual and mostly at old favorites. Spotted Pig or Murray's Cheese before the Whitney. Russ & Daughters Cafe, Motorino, Xian Famous Foods, Spicy Village, Bobwhite Counter, Szechuan Gourmet, Somtum Der or Zaab Ellee.

I also must have that Nordic sandwich from Nordic Preserves! Cocktails, oysters, bagels, dumplings. It's always a challenge to fit it all in....

Many thanks in advance for your thoughts.

May 16, 2015
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Sunday lunch in Toronto

Two San Francisco residents arriving via redeye next Sunday morning. Seems like a lot of places are closed on Sundays. Looking for lunch (rather than brunch) in the city at a place where we can either reserve or walk in without a long wait.

Edulis appears to be fully booked. Raval looks great but I'm wondering how crowded it would be.

We are also open to something casual and ethnic, so long as the food is great. We'd prefer to be able to have a beer/glass of wine with the meal.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Meat CSAs

Yet another disappointed former Marin Sun CSA member here. We also had been with them for 3-4 years, and enthusiastically recommended them to friends and coworkers.

The e-mail announcing the changes, on fairly short notice, caused me to reply with several questions and concerns. That reply went unanswered.

We'd actually requested "more variety," so the new restrictions were not an issue. And we might have even accepted the higher cost. But attempting to schedule delivery of perishables seemed like more of a hassle than picking up, and I dislike the fact that since it's just a monthly order, it's no longer a CSA.

We are considering using up what's in our freezer and buying meat boxes from Avedano's. http://www.avedanos.com/market.html Since the boxes are larger weights than what we've been getting, we'd do so less often. But depending on which package you choose, prices are actually better than Marin Sun's new cost, you know exactly what you're getting, and I'm fairly certain that the meat will be fresh rather than frozen.

I plan to stop in and ask some questions this weekend, and will report back if anyone's interested.

Shandong House rebrands itself as Xi'an Gourmet [San Francisco]

Thanks for reminding me about this place! We enjoyed the big tray chicken there nearly a year ago, and just went back for lunch.

Cumin lamb sandwich was medium-spicy and very satisfying. The Xi'an handpulled noodles, tossed tableside, were good but could have used more bean sprouts or something for texture contrast. A splash of black vinegar also brightened them up a bit.

Our favorite was probably the 3 cold dishes, especially the pig ear and the cucumber. (The tofu skin had a great texture but the flavor was less interesting - will probably improve after marinating with the leftovers of the other items!)

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

Our trip is coming up, and we're planning to try for dinner after the performances at Pearl Oyster Bar (Thu night) and Joseph Leonard (Tue night).

The bar at EMP is on our list for Sun or Mon evening, and we're also considering the lounge at Le Bernadin for lunch on a Wed. Does anyone think we're likely to have difficulty with these?

Apr 21, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Upstairs at The NoMad - So much fun

Does anyone know if this is still happening? It is currently listed on The NoMad's website, yet the performance calendar doesn't have any dates on it after April 3.

Apr 21, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

Suggestions for someplace interesting below Midtown that takes reservations and isn't incredibly noisy/scene-y for our Saturday night?

L'Artusi doesn't have a time that works for us, but Recette, Lavagne, Pearl & Ash and Telepan Local currently do. Open to other suggestions as well.

Mar 30, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Staten Island - near ferry

Any more recent recommendations, particularly for lunch?

We'd be taking the ferry from Manhattan and are happy to walk 20 minutes or so for something interesting or especially good versus merely adequate.

Mar 30, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Outer Boroughs

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

Black Crescent looks great and it's certainly convenient to our location. Thanks for the tip!

Have not yet made it to Great NY Noodletown but walked past last visit and might check it out if we are looking for late night eats.

Mar 12, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

Alder is a place I'd been considering. Maybe we'll sub that in for Louro.

Gato's menu looks great; will look for more feedback.

Though several of the recommended places near LC look good, I think we'll probably head further downtown in search of something more interesting and/or less pricey.

A recent post re the City Harvest menu has me thinking about lunch in the lounge at Le Bernadin.

Kathryn - Thanks for your opinion re the atmosphere at Fedora. Any similar thoughts re dell'Anima versus l'Artusi?

Mar 11, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

Thanks for the suggestion! "Upstairs at the NoMad" definitely sounds intriguing - will check to see who will be there on our dates and look here for info from those who get there before our arrival.

It sounds as if Louro may not be worth an evening and I think we'll try a different option.

My choice of Jeffrey's Grocery or Fedora versus the other Little Wisco venues is primarily due to the fact that those two take reservations. Menus at all of them look appealing. Any opinions re which has the best atmosphere or most interesting food?

Mar 10, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

We'll be at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown - Bowery at Hester. Stayed there last year and were very happy with the room (view!) and location, especially for the price. Convenient for the downtown restaurants and cheap eats we tend to prefer, and away from the tourist hordes.

Mar 09, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

10 days in NYC - itinerary feedback please

My husband and I will be visiting from San Francisco for 10 days in late April. Staying on the border of Chinatown/LES, but definitely willing to travel for a memorable meal. We've been to NY about 6 times in the past 5 years or so and have always eaten well as a result of the good advice found here. Have a few favorites we'll be returning to but are also interested in checking out some new spots.

We'd like dinners to average less than $100/person for food only before tax and tip, and enjoy doing a mix of high and low-end spots. As always, we're far more interested in great food than a hipster scene, and strongly prefer places where we can reserve.

Here's what's on our list so far:
*Lunch:
Bouley - already reserved
Katz's (and a stop by Russ & Daughters - when is the cafe opening?)
Xian Famous Foods (Love this place; two visits on our last trip!)
Anjappar
Danji
An outer buroughs crawl (will post on that board - probably Flushing)
Mighty Quinn

*Dinner:
Spicy Village (perhaps the night we arrive, since it's close to where we're staying)
Annisa - already reserved
Dell' Anima or l'Artusi
Fedora or Jeffrey's Grocery (we loved Perla the last 2 trips)
Louro - any feedback on the Monday night dinners?
Bobwhite Counter
Considering the bar area at EMP

Places we've been to in the past and liked:
The NoMad, Zaab Elee, Perilla, Szechuan Gourmet, Legend, Motorino, Ciano (lunch), Jean Georges (lunch), Aldea, Momofoku Ssam Bar, EMP, Osteria Morini, Il Buco Vineria, Cafe China, Calliope - any word on where the chef may be landing?

We'll be seeing jazz and ballet at Lincoln Center two nights and could use recommendations for good options that are an easy subway trip from there. Many thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.

Mar 09, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Dining at the bar at Eleven Madison Park

Hi, Kathryn; thanks for the reply.

We went to the NoMad on our last trip and enjoyed it a lot. Since we have not been back to EMP in a couple of years now, we may try for the bar this time.

Any tips on what time of day/day of the week would be best? We'll be in town for a full week.

Mar 09, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Dining at the bar at Eleven Madison Park

Thanks for the detailed report! Did you make a reservation to dine in the bar area, and if so, by what method and how far in advance?

My husband and I will be in NYC (from San Francisco) in late April and would love to revisit EMP, but have been priced out of the main dining room. We've discussed trying to drop by for at least a drink, but a meal in the bar area would be even better.

Mar 09, 2014
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Christmas Eve Dinner

Incanto's "Feast of the 7 Fishes" is actually $65/head. I went last year and thought it enjoyable and good value.

http://incanto.biz/2013/11/24/feast-o...

Ireland!

Thank you for sharing this info. We are headed to Ireland in October and staying in Durrus for 3 nights. Good Things Cafe is open only one night while we are there, and we'd already made a booking. Will now look for prawns on the menu!

Aug 25, 2013
dolcevita_sf in U.K./Ireland

Insalata di Mare

Agree re Osteria Morini; just had it there last week.

Oct 29, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

EMP cookbook ... anyone have Chef Humm sign a copy?

When we had lunch at EMP in February, an obvious fanboy at table next to us brought in a copy of the cookbook. Chef Humm not only signed it, but posed for a photo with the young man. He went to every table in the room for at least a brief word, so I'm sure he'd sign the book for you if he is in the house.

Sep 24, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

4th visit to NYC - feedback please on our dining itinerary

Thanks for the updates and additional info re Txikito. Very helpful and good to know. Sounds like we can make this a definite on our list, which is great since it's a place I've really been wanting to get to.

Aug 18, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

4th visit to NYC - feedback please on our dining itinerary

We are going to finally get up to the Cloisters this time. Any suggestions for lunch either near there or close to a subway line heading back downtown?

Aug 18, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Picholine closed for renovation

Per the "Contact Us" section of the website:
"Picholine will be closed for renovations beginning Sunday July 29th through Wednesday September 5th, and reopening for dinner on Thursday September 6th. During this time, please visit us at picholinenyc.com to make reservations on-line. We look forward to serving you soon. Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer.

For reservations between July 29th and September 5th, we encourage you to visit our sister restaurant Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro & Winebar. For reservations, please call 212-725-8585 or visit artisanalbistro.com."

I would check with Artisanal to get more info on whether it looks as if the reopening will happen on schedule.

Aug 15, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

4th visit to NYC - feedback please on our dining itinerary

Thanks for the additional thoughts. Shake Shack was my husband's idea, and since he isn't crazy about In N Out, your comments have persuaded him that it's not worth spending the time and calories on when there are so many more interesting options.

Totto Ramen sounds like a worthwhile stop if we can fit it in, as does Soba Toto place near Grand Central. Or Onya. We do love our noodles!

We are jazz fans and are looking for a good show to go to one night. Calendars for October don't seem to be up yet for Jazz Standard or Village Vanguard, so will see what's happening during our dates and then decide where to go and thus where to eat.

Aug 15, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

4th visit to NYC - feedback please on our dining itinerary

Hi, Kathryn; thanks for the reply. You've steered us to some great spots in the past!

Ssam Bar was for lunch a couple of years ago. Either they weren't offering the duck lunch at the time, or I wasn't in the loop about it. We tried some of the most recommended dishes, including the brussels sprouts with crispy rice (which I don't see on the current menu), pork buns, and country ham. Everything we had was fine, just not all that exciting especially given all the hype. The bo ssam looked great, but not a possibility for just two of us....

We will nix Tia Pol and try for Txikito or Tertulia. Hopefully the wait mid-week won't be too long, and it looks like there are some places to have a drink nearby. (Can you leave a phone number and do this, or do you have to stand on the sidewalk and wait to hear your name called?)

Aug 14, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

4th visit to NYC - feedback please on our dining itinerary

My husband and I will be visiting from San Francisco for a full week in mid-October. Staying in Chelsea, but definitely willing to travel for a memorable meal. We've been to NY annually for the past 4 years and have eaten well as a result of advice found here. Have a few favorites we'll be returning to but are also interested in checking out some of the new spots.

We'd like dinners to average less than $100/person for food only before tax and tip. Would like to do one splurge for our anniversary dinner. Far more interested in great food than a hipster scene, and strongly prefer places where we can reserve.

We tend to like bold flavors more than subtle ones, which is why Japanese isn't among our current choices. But suggestions for a good spot for ramen or soba that isn't a madhouse would be welcome. Also interested in hearing about any "recession specials" and/or lunch deals that are currently available.

Here's what's on our list so far:

*Lunch:
Katz's (with a stop by Russ & Daughters)
Gramercy Tavern (Tavern side)
Xian Famous Foods (Love this place; two visits on our last trip!)
Zaab Elee
Shake Shack
Il Buco Vineria
Grand Central Oyster Bar

*Dinner:
Legend (The night we arrive, which is a Saturday - pretty close to where we're staying, and we love Szechuan)
NoMad
Maialino
Txikito, Tertulia or Tia Pol (None take dinner reservations for 2?)
Kin Sh
Perla, Dell' Anima or l'Artusi (No reservations at the former, but menu looks great and husband is a pasta fiend)
EMP, Atera or Momofuko Ko (We've been to the former the last 3 trips and though it's a big splurge we've always felt it worth the cost. Curious about the new menu, but it's a tough reservation now and we're definitely checking out the NoMad. We did not love Saam Bar, but Ko's menus sound appealing, and Atera seems interesting, but perhaps a bit of a risk for the cost.)
Calliope

Other places we've been to and liked:
Perilla, Kefi, Apizz, Apiary, Szechuan Gourmet, Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles, Keste, Motorino, Degustation, Ciano (lunch), Jean Georges (lunch), Peter Luger (lunch), Aldea
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Other places we've been to and were underwhelmed:
Scarpetta, Saam Bar, Minetta Tavern, Hearth, Convivio, Del Posto (lunch)

Places that I hear a lot about but that don't really interest us: The Batalli restaurants - blaring music and tight seating. Corton - dining room is visually unappealing to me.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.

Aug 14, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Any feed back on Calliope - newish French bistro in E. Village?

http://calliopenyc.com/

Press reviews make the place sound pretty appealing. Has anyone been?

Aug 14, 2012
dolcevita_sf in Manhattan

Cooking Help -- Oven Broken, Options?

You might try posting this on the Home Cooking board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/31

I'd suggest the Sauteed Chicken Maison from Julia & Jacques - Cooking at Home:
http://www.labellecuisine.com/archive...

Jan 12, 2011
dolcevita_sf in Home Cooking

Zinc or Pewter Bar?

Terzo has a zinc bar. http://www.terzosf.com/
Le Central, I think. http://www.lecentralbistro.com/

Copper, if I recall, at Absinthe. http://www.absinthe.com/

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Terzo
3011 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94123