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Hi -Going to be in Morris county tonight and tomorrow night,

It was last night - I did run up there and it was great - the highlight was a ramp infused and encrusted halibut with pistachio cream along its side

about 5 hours ago
carlylecat in New Jersey

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

I had a ramp infused and encrusted halibut last night at a restaurant that would have me happily paying whatever is necessary for a repeat of that intense flavor -- RAMP it up!

about 6 hours ago
carlylecat in Manhattan

Hi -Going to be in Morris county tonight and tomorrow night,

There is a very unique dinner going on at the Bernard's Inn (Bernardsville) - Ryan DePersio from Fascino in Montclair is guest chefing and cooking beside Corey Heyer- should be very interesting - if I was close by I would check it out...

about 22 hours ago
carlylecat in New Jersey

Tre Amici Long Branch NJ

They come..they go...they rarely stay

about 22 hours ago
carlylecat in New Jersey

La Grenouille owner Charles Masson splits from restaurant

Yes have been twice since Charles has left and thought I wrote a review - all in all almost all the staff is the same - Bertrand still running the back room - Brian at the Bar - Charles' brother seems a bot out of place bouncing around but he is very pleasant and helpful - the flower arrangements are just as powerful as ever and the food is rock solid.

No discernible changes I can attest to after two meals, one just me and my wife and another with a party of 8

1 day ago
carlylecat in Manhattan

Worst Restaurants in NJ

The worst restaurant in NJ is the one that has a one hour wait to fulfill your reservation you have been holding for two weeks, is so noisy you cant hear each other speak , is so dark you cant read the menu without your iPhone, the food is delivered and no one is to be found as soon as you take a bite and realize it is not as described or desired and when you leave no one even notices...unfortunately there are too many of these places taking our dining dollars....

1 day ago
carlylecat in New Jersey

Restaurant in Nicel

I would head up to The Chateau Chevre D'or in Eze for a meal al fresco that is just unbeatable for the view, service, elegance, romance and simply a once in a lifetime experience

1 day ago
carlylecat in France

Tre Amici Long Branch NJ

Good luck to them - Brighton Avenue has a way of destroying everything it touches - never been a big fan of the old place but if they can make it on Brighton that would surely be something....

2 days ago
carlylecat in New Jersey

Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

Triomphe in The Iroquois Hotel on 44th street has a great bar area with big tables you can sit at and have a nice drink and some nibbles

Apr 15, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Keens Steak House, NYC

I eta there once a week for lunch - perfectly reliable, great food, solid service, don't know about the wine list because I don't drink at lunch but impressive bottles seem to be on those tables who do imbibe....really cant go wrong - the mutton chop is HUMUNGOUS

Apr 15, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Wolf & Subzero

They only hire people with the first name of Richard?

Apr 15, 2014
carlylecat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Italian in midtown east or upper east side?

Il Gattopardo on 54th Street

Apr 14, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

Very odd - I was able to make one yesterday

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Cross Street: Central Park West between 66th St & 67th St
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Apr 08, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

Opening Thursday April 24th - 30 day advance res from open table and link from the TOTG web site - what was the Crystal Room is now called the central Park Room

Apr 07, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week April 4- 13

Had the $30.14 1 1/2 Lb broioled lobster w/ shrimp cocktail and desert (key lime pie) at Rooney's on Saturday night

Great lobster, shrimp cocktail was ok, desert was great - service was fun,efficient and and relaxed

I know it is far from one of us 'hounders favorite places but this was a good value and the view is still the biggest attraction here

Placed was packed to the walls, we went early (6 PM) and there was a line out the door when we left

Apr 07, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

good, cool reasonably priced place not too far from penn station to eat and hang out

Mooncake Foods on 30th street between 7th and 8th - definitely for that age group "comfort" Asian food - awesome food - hip locale - good music - $16 dinner specials

Mar 26, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

La Grenouille owner Charles Masson splits from restaurant

Heading there next Wednesday night - will report any obvious changes

Mar 26, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Wedding Reception in Jersey

Best wedding/event last year for us was Beacon Hill Country Club www.beaconhillcc.org

amazing views of NYC right in Monmouth County

Jan 30, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Private Party for 40-50ppl Monmouth County

second on Christine's - sausage egg rolls are amazing - what a great spot if you could have it to yourself - and a byob to boot - we did a private thing like that at Anna';s Kitchen in red bank a few years back that was great as well

Jan 16, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Private Party for 40-50ppl Monmouth County

we went to a private birthday dinner at beacon hill country club in Atlantic Highlands in November - about 60 people - it was tremendous - the chef cooked eggplant rollatini and veal saltimbocca - not a BYOB but our friend said it was competitive to having it at local restaurants - and we had a gorgeous room all to ourselves and there was not a rush to move us out - we all sat around over coffee for hours talking about stories of the birthday girl - my wife booked our daughters sweet sixteen there right afterward I think the lady who helped us is Katheryn

www.beaconhillcc.org

Jan 16, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Four Seasons Restaurant??

The duck is wonderful - as are all of the old "continental cuisine" standbys (the caviar service is perfect, steak au poivre done with a flair, duck carved tableside, etc.) it just seems old - the cotton candy surprise ending is so old it is new again, but very refined dining -not the buzz or the flash of other NYC institutions (Grenouille, or Luger's) but a very solid very predictable meal with attentive if not a bit gruff service that is well worth trying if you have never been

Jan 13, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

In absolutes (either accept or decline) or in a discussion like I did in the above example?

Jan 08, 2014
carlylecat in Not About Food

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

it was the restaurant owner/chef's wife

Jan 06, 2014
carlylecat in Not About Food

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

restaurant agreed to 20% on food and 10% on wine - the server just lost about $60 (10% on 6 bottles of wine @ $100 each) - I would have agreed to 20% on everything - the 22% number just rubbed me the wrong way - thank you for pointing out that you would not have been affected by it - I will make sure the server gets the extra dollars - just did not like the automatic extra tip

Jan 06, 2014
carlylecat in Not About Food

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

Just asked for a reservation at a restaurant for a group of 15 - they wanted a credit card form filled out in advance to hold the reservation- no problem with that - they asked for a $200 cancellation fee 24 hours in advance - ok with that - then in the small print it says a gratuity of 22% will be added to the bill - I have never seen that - I have seen 18% and normally up that to 20% but has anyone seen an establishment ask for a 22% service charge?

I am awaiting a response from the manager - I have requested a reduction to 18% on food and 10% on beverages - normally I would have paid 20% on everything but think they are being obnoxious asking for 22% - what do you think?

Jan 06, 2014
carlylecat in Not About Food

Blue Willow Cafe and MarketPlace - New Vernon

We have been going here for breakfast for the past year every odd Sunday - the place is unusually bright and clean with warm polished farmhouse paneling and country tables and chairs and a huge high ceiling that makes a comfortably sized room feel spacious.

Breakfast has always been good - highlighted by home made sausage patties and on site made jams and fresh juices and different coffee offerings. Basic fare but some interesting gluten free offerings (french toast and pancakes) which help a friend we eat there occasionally with.

They have been promoting dinner service on Wed to Sunday night and we tried it for the first time on Friday.

It is BYOB and we brought a nice bottle of cab - the wine glasses were stubby thick affairs - but our server opened up our bottle pleasantly and served us some great warm home made bread and water immediately. Room was about half full but we showed up at 9 PM - they said they were full earlier and the stay open and serve until 9:30.

Menu special was a Prime Rib, and they had Salmon fish tacos on the nightly menu - we ordered both as well as a greek salad to start along with a special appetizer of red peppers and asparagus served with a caeser dipping sauce.

The appetizer of peppers and asparagus was bright and fresh, the asparagus snapped fresh and the roasted red peppers were wrapped around them - food was tasty and fun - caeser was tangy but seemed bottled and we probably would have preferred a ranch dip but it was fun to have something different.

The Greek salad was dressed with a tangy red wine vinaigrette - ample kalamata olives, onions and feta, cherry tomatoes and chopped romaine - it was substantive but not too large - it was done very well.

The prime rib special was HUGE, cooked just as ordered, medium rare and accompanied with fresh string beans, mash potatoes and a horseradish sauce. It was perfect and there was more than enough to make a second meal when we brought it home later.

The Salmon tacos were even larger than the prime rib - Two huge salmon steaks were placed inside huge burrito sized flour taco shells and mixed with pea shoots and black beans, not enough to smother the fish , just enough to compliment it. sour cream and a mild bottled based salsa were served along side. The fish was firm and seemed very fresh, roasted with just some salt and pepper on top, it was great on its own and fun to roll up in the huge shell mixed with the sides.

We passed on desert and coffee as it was getting late but we never felt rushed, they brought us cookies and to our surprise a pint of mushroom soup the said would go great with the left over prime rib the next day (they were right!).

Overall a very nice BYO experience in a very friendly environment - we will go many more times to come. The bill amounted to $58 before tax and tip.

Nov 26, 2013
carlylecat in New Jersey

Good place for a breakfast meeting?

The Hyatt 48 Lex has a great breakfast and is right there, tables are big and have space so you can have a conversation - if she needs a "power scene" - The Brasserie is on 100 E 53rd street -

Oct 29, 2013
carlylecat in Manhattan

Great Caterer for Rehearsal Dinner

Karen at My Kitchen Witch in Monmouth Beach - she is amazing, has catered for Oprah and The Pope - doesn't get better than that

Oct 08, 2013
carlylecat in New Jersey

La Grenouille vs. Daniel

And Brian the barman is a hoot!

LG +1

Sep 27, 2013
carlylecat in Manhattan

Best "old" school S.F. restaurant

Bix - Harris' - Tadich - Boulevard - Farralon

Sep 27, 2013
carlylecat in San Francisco Bay Area
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