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Food Trucks in the City- What are the Hits and Misses

I love the liege, but why not try both? =)

Dec 30, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

3 1/2 Day Itinerary... Please Critique!

Thanks, Enfielder and ted!

Dec 30, 2010
monamiestephanie in Atlanta

3 1/2 Day Itinerary... Please Critique!

I already made reservations for Bacchanalia on that Monday via Opentable. Perhaps they've decided to open on Mondays? I'll call just in case. Thanks!

Dec 30, 2010
monamiestephanie in Atlanta

3 1/2 Day Itinerary... Please Critique!

It doesn't confuse the issue at all, ted. It gives me more for food thought, and I certainly never get tired of thinking about food =).

Thanks for your in-depth response. I'll have to look into your suggestions and reevaluate.

Dec 27, 2010
monamiestephanie in Atlanta

3 1/2 Day Itinerary... Please Critique!

Thanks for the recommendations, rcburli! Empire State South sounds really interesting, as does its chef.

I absolutely was shooting for Italian fare on Saturday night to carb-load for my marathon on Sunday. I was also considering Sotto Sotto. Any thoughts on that restaurant?

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Sotto Sotto
313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Dec 27, 2010
monamiestephanie in Atlanta

3 1/2 Day Itinerary... Please Critique!

I'll be visiting Atlanta for the first time this March to run the Georgia Marathon, and plan to experience as much food as possible while I'm there. Can you please critique my itinerary? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

Fri:
*Dinner at Woodfire Grill

Sat:
*Lunch at Flip Burger
*Dinner at La Grotta

Sun:
*Brunch at South City Kitchen
*Dinner at Ecco

Mon:
*Lunch at Star Provisions
*Dinner at Bacchanalia

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Star Provisions
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Ecco
40 7th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Dec 26, 2010
monamiestephanie in Atlanta

anyone been able to make a reservation for October at Alinea?

I was told to call back this past Mon 8/16 for a reservation on Fri 10/8, which is exactly what I did. I called around 2PM, and got through immediately. They already only had two dinner times available for that date, so I snatched one.

Aug 19, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

3 1/2 days in Chicago - Please review my plans!

That's exactly what I decided. I'll probably go with Lou's for lunch, and Pastoral for dinner. I'm a sucker for European meats, cheeses and baguettes.

Aug 13, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

Honeymoon in NY 1st-11th Nov – help me cut down my list!

> South east asian - Rhong-Tiam, Nyonya , Double Crown (their Sunday night menu sounds great)

I can't speak for Rhong-Tiam or Double Crown, but I can for Nyonya. In my opinion, their food is mediocre, and service can be slow. I went to one of their locations for a family dinner this past Sun, and found the majority of their dishes to be extremely greasy. I highly recommend New Malaysia Restaurant, 48 Bowery (btw Bayard & Canal Sts). It's as unpretentious as it gets, located in a tunnel in Chinatown, but the food is spot-on.

> Italian food - Lupa, Bacaro, and Del Posto / Convivio for their lunch prix fixe menus

I LOVE Lupa as well as all of Mario Batali's restaurants, so you can't go wrong there.

> Szechuan (we can only get Cantonese over here) - Grand Sichuan St Mark’s

With the largest Chinatown in the US, why not pay a visit to Chinatown for authentic Chinese? Just a thought.

> Seafood - McCormick and Schmicks

I agree with other 'hounders in avoiding this chain. I also love Aquagrill, as someone else mentioned. Additionally, I recently dined at two other seafood spots that I'd definitely go to again soon--Lure Fishbar and Fishtail by David Burke! Lure also has $1 oysters before 7PM!

> Dessert - ChikaLicious Dessert Bar (edit: realised this is the one I meant!)

I love ChikaLicious. You should also pay a visit to the Dessert Truck if you get a chance.

> Snacks and other assorted things to put in my stomach – Luke’s Lobster, Doughnut Plant, Momofuku milk bar, Shake Shack, Prosperity Dumpling, Russ & Daughters, Banh Mi Saigon…

I agree with Momofuku and Shake Shack!

Aug 13, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

3 1/2 days in Chicago - Please review my plans!

I certainly will! Same with you regarding your race results! =D

Aug 12, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

3 1/2 days in Chicago - Please review my plans!

Thanks for the suggestion, delk, and the warning on transporting pizza, nsxtasy! I appreciate the help!

Aug 12, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

3 1/2 days in Chicago - Please review my plans!

What do you think about brunch in River North, and then buying Lou's for dinner on the flight? I don't mind eating lukewarm pizza, by the way.

Are there any other good brunch spots in River North other than Frontera Grill? I'm going to Frontera Grill for dinner on Thurs night, and don't want to overdo it...or do you think that it's so good that I should go for it anyhow?

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Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Aug 11, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

3 1/2 days in Chicago - Please review my plans!

So much to consider. Many thanks to the both of you for all your help again!

Speaking of the marathon, lbs, I ran the KeyBank VT City this past spring in 3:58. I'm shooting for 3:40 to qualify me for Boston at Chicago! Ahh! =)

Aug 11, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

3 1/2 days in Chicago - Please review my plans!

I've ironed out my dining plans for the trip, thanks to you all!

The only meal I'm missing now is a quality one I can take with me on the flight back to NYC, since I'll be leaving the hotel by cab at 5PM.

Fox & Obel sounds like a good suggestion. Anything hot you can recommend?

THURS 10/7:
Dinner - Frontera Grill

FRI 10/8:
Breakfast - XOCO
Lunch - Blackbird
Dinner - Alinea

SAT 10/9:
Breakfast - XOCO (or something else near the hotel)
Lunch - Café des Architectes
Dinner - Marathon club dinner

SUN 10/10:
Lunch - Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Aug 10, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

Best Dinner To-Go in River North?

Thanks for the suggestions!

Aug 10, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

Best Dinner To-Go in River North?

I do plan to bring the food with me to the airport, O'Hare, to be specific, and eat it on the plane. I'll have the luggage at the hotel desk already, since I'll be checking out that morning, pick up the food, and then walk back to the hotel, pick up the luggage, and grab a cab. I'll only have minimal carry-on anyhow.

I don't mind eating room temperature food. Quality food at room temperature is still better than bad food hot =).

Aug 10, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

Best Dinner To-Go in River North?

I'll be visiting for a short time in October, and, thus, wish to pack my schedule with as many quality meals as possible.

I wondered if anyone could suggest a chow-worthy restaurant in at least walking distance from my hotel, the Westin Chicago River North, where I can pick up food to-go before I catch my flight on a Sunday at 5PM?

XOCO is around the corner from my hotel, but is, unfortunately, closed on Sundays.

Thanks!

Aug 09, 2010
monamiestephanie in Chicago Area

2010 restaurant week

I'm back again to report on the next two restaurants I had the opportunity to try:

FISHTAIL BY DAVID BURKE
It was possibly the best RW dinner I've ever had yet!

The hostess asked us whether we'd like to be seated immediately downstairs near the bar or wait 15 mins for a table in the main room upstairs, and we opted for the latter.

The RW menu was much more extensive than the one I saw online. In addition to having many more items on the RW menu, I appreciated that there were pricier items that RW diners could choose for a supplement.

The taco trio, which were 3 tacos each filled with cooked crab meat, raw salmon and raw tuna, tasted fresh. The slightly sweet and citrusy sauce that decorated the plate complemented the tacos well. The grilled river trout almondine was the smallest of all my group's entrees but surprisingy perfectly cooked and seasoned. I also shared the cheesecake lollipop tree with my fiance which was unlike any dessert I'd ever had and delicious! It reminded me of a Christmas tree except with chocolate and nut-encrusted cheesecake lollipops that potruded out of the tree. I thought the bubble gum-flavored whip cream was a bit strange but brilliant, and tasted exactly like bubble gum.

My friends also ordered the special roll, which was essentially a roll filled with tasty crab meat and wrapped with fresh tuna and avocado, and a heaping platter of the flavorful dry roasted angry mussels. Both were excellent!

They also ordered the pan roasted diver scallops, which were perfectly seared and served with the most divine foie gras raviolini and complemented with what I think were taro chips, the bay scallop carbonara, which was my least favorite, and reminded me of a mediocre mac 'n' cheese, and the swordfish steak, which was surprisingly cooked to perfection.

We all shared the fries, which were tasty, the tempura asparagus, which was disappointingly soggy, and the mushrooms, which were okay.

The service was excellent, and I loved the decor--bright red walls, pop art and a warm, inviting room.

I loved the experience, and would certainly return outside of RW!

PERRY ST
My favorite part of my experience was being in the restaurant itself. I enjoyed the clean, sleek, modern decor--white leather seats and simple light fixtures and tables--and I loved the way the sunlight from the floor the ceiling windows in the new, modern building beamed into the room.

I wished that the RW menu offered more--there were only 2 options per course. The heirloom tomato and fresh mozzerella salad featured unriipe tomatoes, unfortunately, and not so fresh tasting mozzerella, but I liked the tangy vinaigrette that dressed the salad. The slowly cooked cod was slightly overcooked, and the citrus ratatouille's flavors were bold, which I liked but my fiance didn't. I enjoyed the molten chocolate cake, but I loved the green tea opera cake that finished off the meal for everyone! It was delicious. I'd love to find out where to buy them.

My friends' crab dumplings were tasty, fried chicken was light, juicy and crispy and fromage blanc ice cream was refreshing.

The service was very pleasant.

My last RW restaurant is tonight, Nougatine by Jean Georges! Any suggestions on what to order? It's too bad they don't include the foie gras brulee in the RW menu, which I've tried at Jean Georges, and loved...

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Jul 23, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Food Trucks in the City- What are the Hits and Misses

I've heard, and I definitely will have to pay a visit soon! As of this month, they are also back on the street again as well: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/feast/The-D....

Jul 22, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

thai in the village

I have and still do love Holy Basil, 149 2nd Ave (btw 9th & 10th Sts). My family and I, 12 of us, dined there this past Saturday night. I especially enjoyed their curry duck, which was tender and the sweetness of the lychee and pineapple complemented the red curry, fried whole fish, which was perfectly cooked, and chicken with cashew nuts, mushrooms and bamboo shoots, which had a great balance of ingredients.

Their food is consistently good. I've always enjoyed a meal there!

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Holy Basil
149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Jul 21, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Food Trucks in the City- What are the Hits and Misses

I also love the Waffles and Dinges truck as well as the Dessert Truck!

Jul 21, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Scarpetta / Jean Georges / L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon / the Modern??

I thoroughly agree with hcbk regarding JG and The Modern. I had one of the best meals of the year at JG recently. I didn't find their service to be cold, but rather attentive and warm, although I do find the decor to be a bit cold. I was disappointed with my experience at The Modern.

I've never tried Scarpetta or Joel Robuchon, so I can't comment on either.

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

Jul 21, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Top 5 "Must Eats" in NYC

I understand where you're coming from, gutsofsteel. The quality of Grimaldi's pizza has deteriorated in recent years. I just had it for lunch this past Sat, and it certainly isn't what it use to be...but then again, it seems that most pizza places I used to frequent haven't been quite the same. Perhaps it's time for me to find another. What's your pick?

Jul 21, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

2010 restaurant week

We also ordered expensive wine along with the RW menu, a $140 bottle for 4 that I didn't know about until after the bill arrived because it was my friend's friend that ordered it. I nearly let out a tear!

Jul 21, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Top 5 "Must Eats" in NYC

I completely disagree with your opinion of Momofuku, Simon. I am Chinese, have spent some time living in East and Southeast Asia, and eat Asian cuisine at least 4 nights a week. I believe that David Chang takes traditional Asian flavors and dishes, and reinvents them in a way that no other chef has. I find his dishes both creative and deliciious.

Now on to my 5 "must eats" in NYC:
-Piccolo Angelo's osso bucco
-Momofuku Ssam Bar's pork belly buns
-Babbo's Pappardelle with Porcini and Thyme
-Jean Georges' foie gras brulee (I wasn't a foie gras fan until I tried this!)
-I was stumped for my 5th, so I'm devoting it to everything that screams NYC: Grimaldi's pizza, Katz's pastrami on rye, Shake shake's cheeseburger...

Jul 20, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Please help! Need to plan NYC wedding in 5 months! With amazing food! Venue suggestions?

If you're looking for a restaurant, what about Blue Hill at Stone Barns?

http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/blue...

Jul 19, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

French Restaurant for Next Weekend

If you are willing to go for French haute lunch instead of French dinner, I HIGHLY recommend Jean Georges. They offer 2 courses for $29, each additional course for $15, and dessert for $8. My fiance and I ordered 3 courses plus dessert each, and it was one of the best meals we've had in the last year. You can read more about the deal here: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0....

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Jul 19, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Le Cirque for Restaurant Week - What to Order?

If you haven't gone yet, owlwoman, don't go! See here for my review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7171....

By the way, Littleman, I would've gone with the lamb, but was told by the server that it was an extremely small portion. Thankfully I didn't because my friend did, and it was certainly tiny.

Jul 19, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

2010 restaurant week

Here are my reviews on the first two restaurants I had a chance to try this past week...

LE CIRQUE
I was most excited about trying Le Cirque, but realized quickly that good service was reserved for non-RW diners, and left extremely disappointed and angry that I had wasted my money there.

We were initially seated by the bar instead of in the main room, probably because we "looked" like RW diners, and were only provided with RW menus. Our request to be moved to the main room was quickly met.

The watermelon and tuna bacon was unique but mediocre, and the brook trout was bland and its skin was soggy instead of crispy. The coconut mint pannacotta didn't taste at all of coconut or mint, likely because the sour berry sorbet overpowered any other flavors in the dessert. My fiance, a steak lover, ordered his steak rare, but it was served medium well. When he requested to have it sent back, the server tried to convince him that it was, in fact, rare!

Immediately after we finished our dessert, the servers made it very clear, making rude remarks, that it was our time to leave!

It was the worst RW experience I've ever had, and a complete waste of money.

LURE FISHBAR
I was drawn to this restaurant by their phenomenal RW menu, particularly their selection of 1/2 dozen oysters on the menu, and the experience exceeded my expectations greatly!

The restaurant's interior reminded me of that of a yacht, with beautiful wooden walls and floors and white leather baquettes. It was both warm and inviting as well as tasteful and sophisticated.

The oysters were fresh tasting and perfect. Unfortunately, they had run out of the branzino, which I had been eager to try, so I ordered the fish tacos, which I thought were good but not special, though my fiance loved them. My friend ordered the shrimp and grits, which were delicious! I loved that the smoky flavor of the sausage was infused in the grits. The chocolate cake was molten and a bit overwhelming for lunch, but the homemade ice cream sandwiches were unique, cute and tasty.

Service was great. We didn't have to wait to be seated or for our courses.

I would DEFINITELY go back again for dinner, and I've heard that they offer $1 oysters before 7PM normally! This place ranks as one of my top RW experiences ever.

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Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Jul 19, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan

Le Cirque for Restaurant Week - What to Order?

I'm going to Le Cirque tonight for Restaurant Week. If you've been, can you recommend anything from their Restaurant Week menu? Thanks!

APPETIZERS
-Sweet Corn Soup
wood ear mushrooms and basil
-Watermelon and Tuna Bacon
mint and lime-scented yogurt
-Chicken and Ramp Tortelli
hazelnut brodo
-Country Style Pork Terrine
vegetable salad à la grecque

MAIN COURSES
-Brook Trout
summer beans, pickled peach and almonds
-Salmon Fillet
tomato and fennel chutney, tomato–horseradish broth
-Pistachio Crusted Lamb Filet
peas, mint and goat cheese
-Sauteed Beef Medallions
portabello ‘fine tart’, arugula–pecorino salad

DESSERTS
-Crème Brûlée Le Cirque
-Rice Pudding
apricot marmalade, almond crunch
-Chocolate Fondant
caramelized banana, salted caramel ice cream
-Coconut Mint Pannacotta
summer berries, strawberry foam

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Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Jul 14, 2010
monamiestephanie in Manhattan