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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...

Dec 09, 2013
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Jan 07, 2011
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

Disappointing meal at Locavore

Thanks for the update! This place is in my 'hood and I was hoping it would find its feet and be worth a try. I plan to check it out soon and will report back.

Jan 05, 2011
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

What should i order at mission chinese food? [San Francisco]

"It's like people who rave about a croissant at some bakery here or the pasta at some restaurant there -- if you've never tried the same things in France or Italy, how can you help us put your critique into reference and perspective?"

I respectfully disagree with this statement. And agree with david kaplan's post above.

Although I've tasted both croissants in France and pasta in Italy, I don't get the opportunity to do so nearly as often as I'd like. Regardless, I think there are many excellent renditions of both available right here in the Bay Area - which we've all had the chance to try on a more regular basis.

Local versions of ethnic/regional foods may or may not be truly "authentic". But that doesn't mean they can't be delicious. Nor does it mean that those who aren't regular world travellers aren't fit to judge whether the dishes they're eating (be they French, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.) taste good.

Jan 04, 2011
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

fish question

I often see them at Sun Fat Seafood. http://sunfatseafood.com/default.aspx

Dec 30, 2010
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

Goose on restaurant menus -- Suppenkuche, where else?

Jardiniere had goose on their Xmas eve menu last year. Website says they're serving dinner this year, but the menu isn't posted.

Molly Stone's is selling goose, if you're willing to cook it yourself.

Dec 21, 2010
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

christmas in SF

Loads of restaurants are serving Xmas eve, and quite a number on the day. Best place to check for availability is on Open Table http://www.opentable.com/start.aspx?m=4

Larger supermarkets like Safeway are open 24/7, even on holidays. So they will definitely be open on the eve. You can find the location and hours of the one nearest you by entering a zip (postal) code on their website http://www.safeway.com/IFL/Grocery/Home

Enjoy your holidays in SF!

Dec 21, 2010
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Monday night special (anniversary) dinner with somewhat fussy husband?

Chez Spencer, maybe? Foreign Cinema? Isa or Range? (The back rooms at both of the latter are cozier/more romantic than the tables in front, and I've always enjoyed the food at both.)

Haven't yet been to Cotugna, but hear good things and they currently have an 8:30 on OT.

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Chez Spencer
82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Dec 20, 2010
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

Fleur de Sel Caramels.

As of Sat, 12/18, the Westlake TJ's still had the fleur del sel caramels (round wooden box, no chocolate coating).

Dec 20, 2010
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area

Best neighborhood for restaurants?

"I will be there for 4-6 weeks...." "The company will pay for a short term rental...."

That's great, but I think you'll find those are few and far between in nearly all the SF neighborhoods suggested to you, and many desirable residential areas elsewhere in the Bay Area. Within SF, a car can also be more of a liability than an asset in many neighborhoods, where a garage space may well not be provided even if you do find a rental, and street parking is challenging even for a local.

Although they're not the "foodiest" parts of town, areas in SF that might have short-term rentals and feel less "urban" would include Pacific Heights and South Beach.

Dec 16, 2010
dolcevita_sf in San Francisco Bay Area