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Chowhounders - Please give me what you got :)

Hi, hubby and I are returning to NYC for our 11th visit in May/June (yes, we love coming back to the city despite living in the UK!) and would love to hear your recommendations for a restaurant.

It's my 39th birthday on the Friday night (30th May) and I'd really like to try someplace we haven't been before. Whenever we come back we always end up at our favourites so some inspiration is needed!

We don't like fancy schmancy or having to dress up (so nothing like Per Se, or EMP etc) and prefer somewhere a little less crowded - although as it's a Friday night I know that's probably unlikely.

If I tell you a few of our NYC favourites I'm hoping you'll be able to judge the kind of place - we like Blue Smoke, Cafeteria, Fiat Cafe, Bubby's, Clinton Street Baking Co., Shake Shack. We steer very clear of places like TGI, Olive Garden, Hard Rock etc.

Food wise no fish (allergy) and we're not over enamoured by chinese - we get good chinese here. Prefer homestyle food to fashionable food.

Happy with Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Please Chowhound - give me what you got!

Thanks

Tina

Mar 16, 2014
tinabull in Outer Boroughs

Hey Chowhounders, give me what you got.... :)

Hi, hubby and I are returning to NYC for our 11th visit in May/June (yes, we love coming back to the city despite living in the UK!) and would love to hear your recommendations for a restaurant.

It's my 39th birthday on the Friday night (30th May) and I'd really like to try someplace we haven't been before. Whenever we come back we always end up at our favourites so some inspiration is needed!

We don't like fancy schmancy or having to dress up (so nothing like Per Se, or EMP etc) and prefer somewhere a little less crowded - although as it's a Friday night I know that's probably unlikely.

If I tell you a few of our NYC favourites I'm hoping you'll be able to judge the kind of place - we like Blue Smoke, Cafeteria, Fiat Cafe, Bubby's, Clinton Street Baking Co., Shake Shack. We steer very clear of places like TGI, Olive Garden, Hard Rock etc.

Food wise no fish (allergy) and we're not over enamoured by chinese - we get good chinese here. Prefer homestyle food to fashionable food.

Happy with Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Please Chowhound - give me what you got!

Thanks

Tina

Mar 16, 2014
tinabull in Manhattan

Clinton Street - still best for pancakes?

Coming over from the UK. 10th visit. Found CSB a couple of years ago and thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

Dec 04, 2011
tinabull in Manhattan

Clinton Street - still best for pancakes?

Coming back to NYC later this month and always like to get pancakes. Are Clinton Street's still #1?

Thanks

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Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Dec 03, 2011
tinabull in Manhattan

SF Visitor - Cheap, cheerful and chow worthy?

On our last two visits we ate at an OSHA restaurant and were very happy.

Feb 18, 2011
tinabull in San Francisco Bay Area

SF Visitor - Cheap, cheerful and chow worthy?

Hi everyone, heading to SF in 9 weeks' time and will be there for 3 days. Hoping that you might have some good recommendations for me...

We're casual travellers and don't do fancy schamncy, so we're looking for places where jeans and sneakers are not a problem. Hoping for cheaper eats (less than $12 per entree if possible, can be a little higher) as this is the start of a 15 day holiday :)

Day 1 - looking for breakfast recommendations near the Union Square area. We're from the UK where you don't really get diners as such so a diner would be great. Think bacon, eggs, toast, etc. Maybe pancakes. If we get a good, hearty breakfast we won't eat lunch and that evening we plan Osha Thai. I've been to SF before and loved Osha - is it still good? Would like a rec for somewhere casual for a beer/cocktail before and / or after Osha and we don't mind going to any of the Osha restaurants or any part of SF. We like to walk!

Day 2 - looking for a good bakery close to Union Square for a take away croissant type breakfast and hopefully blue bottle coffee? We're headed out to Point Reyes that day so just ideas for an evening meal please. Preference for ramen, pizza, pasta, steak, burger, bbq, mexican food, again area doesn't matter as long as it isn't way out of the centre (i.e. we don't really want to get a cab).

Day 3 - doing the evening Alcatraz tour which should finish up around 9pm so looking for a quick bite to eat before we head off for the night in Santa Cruz. We might just head to In n Out for this one but any other recs close to Pier 33 gratefully received. No fish & seafood due to an allergy.

Looking forward to these recs and I promise to report back :)

Thanks!

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Osha Thai
149 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Feb 15, 2011
tinabull in San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday breakfast between Soho - Battery Park

Looking for a great spot for breakfast somewhere in between Soho and Battery Park.

Particularly looking for great eggs, bacon and pancakes. Group of 6 so a diner type place akin to Starlight Diner could work well; or a homely, casual style restaurant.

Any suggestions? We had considered Bubby's as they open at 9am, but if there is better out there please do share!

Thanks

Sep 12, 2010
tinabull in Manhattan

High Line brunch!!

We're planning to do the same thing on a Sunday in October (weather permitting).

Would really appreciate recs for a group of 6 aged between 16-68. Someplace not too hectic and loud if that's actually possible. Especially looking for eggs, pancakes etc.

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2010
tinabull in Manhattan

NYC over New Year: Trip Report (long ish)

Well, we all had a fantastic time and had some great chow. As always we didn't get to every place on our itinerary. Why is it time in NYC passes so much more quickly than anywhere else?

So, here's what we ate on our budget friendly NYC trip.

30th & 31st December - ate in Newark & Jersey gardens Mall.

NYE evening we had reservations at Nolita House. Heard great things on here about the place so we were all excited to try it out. Indeed, the food was superb. We started with a cocktail each and shared the home made chips with guacamole. Best fresh guacamole I have ever tasted. Chips were very moreish. My husband and friend both had the Beer Blessed Turkey Chilli. It was delicious though probably could have been a little spicier. I had the Meat Lovers Pizza - it was huge! The crust (my favourite part) was nice and crisp, there was a generous portion of meat and cheese. It really was a delicious pizza. The only thing that for us let Nolita House down was the atmosphere and attutude of both the staff and patrons already in there. Yes it was NYE. Yes it was full of regulars. But that doesn't excuse us being made to feel a little unwelcome, in particular from the hostess who when I said we made a reservation through opentable piped up "Really? Are you Sure?" in a sarcastic manner and then when checked and realised that yes we did have a res, huffed and puffed because they had to find us a table. We almost left there and then but as visitors to NYC we didn't really know where else to try on NYE and were looking forward to it. Needless to say we left after the food and headed to Times Sq.

01 January
Brunch at Bubby's was excellent. We started with a Bellini which just had the right amount of peachness, and the right level of fizz. Eggs, sausage, pancakes... all lovely.

For dinner we were in the Penn Station area and were tired and just needed someplace to eat, so ended up at Tick Tock Diner. Mistake really. The food was average at best, but it served a purpose.

Friday 02 January
Headed to Clinton St for pancakes - 2 hour wait so we didn't get there on this trip. Had breakfast at a diner we stumbled actoss on E Houston - Remedy Diner. Was actually ok.

Dinner was at the Jersey Devils game.

Saturday 03 January
Breakfast at Empire Diner. French toast dipped in vanilla Haagan Daazs. Yum Yum.

Dinner at Wildwood BBQ. We didn't plan to go there but somehow ended up there. It was very good. Pulled pork was juicy, smoked chicken very tender. Creamed spinch delicious along with the chips. Good beer selection. Very nice meal actually.

Ended up at Rice to Riches for dessert a bit later on. I always have the mascarpone and cherry - it is to die for.

Sunday 04 January
Lunch - Shake Shack. And I agree wholeheartedly that it is the best burger I've ever tasted. I had a simple hamburger and it was so good I wished I'd had a double like my husband. Meat tasted like steak. Not sure what type of bun it was but it was light tasting and had an interesting texture. Fresh lettuce and tomato. Chips were delicious as well, especially with mayonnaise.

Dinner - Blue Smoke and I have to say the BBQ was amazing. My friend and I shared the Rib Sampler for two. Texas beef ribs, baby back ribs and spare ribs. The ribs were juicy, right amount of smoke and nice and meaty. My husand had a platter of pulled pork and kansas ribs. Best pulled pork ever tasted. We shared mac and cheese. Wow wow wow. mash and fried onions. Yum yum. Great strong cocktails too. Best meal of the trip.

We had loads of places on our list that we just didn't get to - burger joint, clinton street, peter luger, artisanal, balthazar, the smith...... next time i hope.

Jan 25, 2009
tinabull in Manhattan

Peter Luger Question [moved from Manhattan board]

Thank you!

We have reservations for Sunday night which is our last night in NYC before heading off to Florida for some sunshine. I'll certainly report back on our PL experience!

Dec 28, 2008
tinabull in Outer Boroughs

Sweet not Smoky BBQ?

I'm looking for a place that does BBQ that's on the sweet rather than smoky side. Pulled pork that isn't too sharp with lots of vinegar.

Don't mind a bit of smoke, but do like a nice sweet BBQ tang.

The BBQ places I have heard of include Blue Smoke, Dinosaur, RUB, Daisy Mae and Smokin Q.

Can anyone tell me what kind of BBQ flavour each one has? I'm particularly interested in pulled pork and ribs.

Thanks

Dec 24, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Georgia's Eastside BBQ - recent trip?

Has anyone been to georgia's recently? If so, was it good? What did you have? What should be avoided? is it still BYOB?

Thanks!

Dec 22, 2008
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Itinerary for next week - any better options?

Ok, have substituted Blue Smoke for Dinosaur. Hopefully we'll find it this time!

katz I'm afraid is out for us as we don't like pastrami... gasp shock horror!

Dec 21, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Itinerary for next week - any better options?

Juniors was just for a typical amerocan diner. We did consider pizza, but meeting a friend who is eating low carb.

Dec 21, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Itinerary for next week - any better options?

Which choices don't you understand and what alternatives would you suggest? i am open to trying new places so long as the casual and low price categories.

Dec 21, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Itinerary for next week - any better options?

Hi everyone

Finally have our itinerary for our NYC visit next week and I wondered if we have any real bloopers on there.

Please bear in mind that I have purposefully left out ethnic restaurants - the UK has an abundance of good ethnic restaurants and 90% of the time when we eat out at home, it's thai, chinese, indian or italian.

What we are searching for is good American food. Home cooked, comfort food in casual surroundings that won't break the bank.

Here we go....

Tuesday
Bubby's Tribeca (this is a favourite of ours having visited NYC a number of times before)

Wednesday
Nolita House for NYE

Thurday
The Smith for NYD Brunch
Lombardi followed by Rice to Riches

Friday
Juniors (Brooklyn)

Saturday
Tick Tock Diner (need a cheap, good breakfast near ESB)
Shake Shack
Blue Smoke (considered Dinosaur but struggled to find it last time and felt a little uncomfortable wandering around Harlem like obvious tourists)

Sunday
Clinton St Baking Co
Final meal at Peter Luger (not cheap, I know!)

All thoughts, comments, tips and suggestions gratefully received.

Thanks everyone.

Dec 21, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Brunch near Columbus Circle?

I was hoping you would post Kathryn, as the brucnh CH expert! Is there anywhere else i can try if Sarabeth's is closed? We would go to Clinton St but even if they are open I can imagine it will be bedlam there on NYD....

Dec 17, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

NYE dinner downtown?

We're booked in Nolita House, they are offering their normal menu up to 10pm.

Dec 17, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Brunch near Columbus Circle?

Looking for brunch near Columbus Circle on New Years Day.

Specifically the sweet stuff - pancakes, waffles, french toast or perhaps a really good omelette.

Somewhere low key but decent.

We're aleady planning to go to Clinton St one day of our trip, but not NYD. Considered Ellen's Stardust Diner but I wondered if there was any place better.

Thanks

Tina

Dec 16, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

New Years Eve Advice for a UK CH please..

Hi everyone

As a Brit visiting Mahattan over New Years, I have absolutely no idea where to go and where to avoid. So I'm counting on you CH experts to point me in the right direction!

Ideally I'd like somewhere no more than around $60 pp inc. tax and gratuity. Cuisine preferably American, Italian or French. Fish and seafood are out due to an allergy.

I've pretty much worked out that Midtown is to be avoided. As much as we'd like to see the ball drop we don't want to stand in line to see it for 8 hours or so. A restaurant that shows it on the TV would be good but my guess is that would cost $100+.

When we have been to Manhattan before we have enjoyed Blue Smoke and Bubbys.

I have looked on Opentable and can see what is available - but without knowledge of quality it's difficult to book blind.

Any suggestions gratefully received - especially if you have had a great NYE somewhere you think might fit the bill.

Thanking you all in advance.

Dec 15, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

NY Strip - Manhattan

Hi everyone

Unfortunately it doesn't look like we'll get to Luger's during our trip to NYC early January.

Any suggestions for the best NY strip, no more than around $35 for the steak in Manhattan? Although I know you guys rate the porterhouse and t bone, I prefer a lean cut without bone so usually go for the strip.

Thanks, itinerary nearly there!

Dec 04, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Recommendation - Ft Lauderdale (Plantation)

During our road trip to Florida it will be my husband's birthday. Lunch is sorted for that day as we have tickets for a Florida Panthers game, however I'm looking for somewhere to take him for the evening.

We're staying at the Renaissance in Plantation and I wondered if there was a good restaurant near there or within a 15 minute taxi journey? Nothing formal or stuffy because we're on a road trip so won't have suits/dresses etc.

We don't eat fish or seafood, and love traditional american food, great steak and Italian. And great cocktails....

I'm considering the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood as it is 7 miles away - does anyone have any thoughts / other suggestions?

Thanks everyone!

Dec 02, 2008
tinabull in Florida

Peter Luger Question [moved from Manhattan board]

Unless you eat so much that you feel quite ill afterwards - for me that really spoils the best of meals.

I would prefer to be just nicely full than overstuffed, otherwise the lasting memory is of indigestion tablets!!

Dec 01, 2008
tinabull in Outer Boroughs

Peter Luger Question [moved from Manhattan board]

Do you mean between 4 of you, you ate 6 portions of steak? Wow!

Nov 28, 2008
tinabull in Outer Boroughs

Peter Luger Question [moved from Manhattan board]

3 of us are planning lunch or dinner at PL. Portion sizes in the US are much much bigger than here in the UK and I'm wondering if steak for 3 will be too much food for us, especially as we also want to try the bacon and one or two sides.

At PL is it acceptable for a party of 3 to order steak for 2 plus extras? Will we be asked to pay a supplement for the third person?

Nov 25, 2008
tinabull in Outer Boroughs

Breakfast near Times Square?

Ellens Stardust Diner menu looks good - very downscale and good value. Does anyone know if it is any good?

Nov 24, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

Breakfast near Times Square?

Hi everyone

I know I said I would have outr itinerary done by now, but just a couple more tweaks needed...

On New Years Day we're arranging a webcam wave to say Happy New Year to everyone back in the UK. The webcam is on Times Square and we'll be getting there for around 10am.

After the "wave" we'll want to grab some breakfast - pancakes, eggs, bacon... that kind of thing.

Can anyone recommend a decent breakfast place not too far from Times Square that is likely to be open on New Years Day? We usually wouldn't eat in that area but I think we'll be too hungry (and hung over) to want to travel too far for food....

Thanks!

Nov 23, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

SR85 Del Frisco's Review

Thank you for explaining that to me. We have very different cuts of steak in the UK.

I am hoping we will get into Lugers for the experience so will just order steak for 3. I assume you can order it medium? I like my steak to be pink but not full of blood.

If we don't get into Lugers we'll probably grab a good strip someplace. Even places you chows say are not great e.g. Angelo & Maxie is far superior steak compared to most places in the UK!

Nov 20, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

SR85 Del Frisco's Review

I'm really sorry if this makes me sound a bit stupid, but we don't have porterhouse or prime rib in the UK - only Sirloin, Rump or Filet steak.

What are porterhouse & prime rib, and why are they the best types of steak?

Thanks!

Nov 20, 2008
tinabull in Manhattan

SR85 Del Frisco's Review

Excellent, comprehensive review SR85, thank you!

We're still debating where to go for our steak on our trip at the end of next month. We're hoping to get to Lugers, but if we don't make it over the bridge what would you consider to be our best options for a good NY strip in Manhattan?

Nov 19, 2008
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