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theater trip with a 12-year-old

Last time we ended up going to Esca (which I had been to a number of times when I lived in NYC and was as always excellent if not amazing and is probably my go-to) and Blue Fin, which was fine, but not exciting, and much too loud for me, which I had discounted from the online reviews. Some of the suggestions had sounded great but I had been unable to get reservations at appropriate times.

Apr 01, 2014
djuna22 in Manhattan

theater trip with a 12-year-old

My daughter and I are making a theater pilgrimage to NYC next month and are looking for restaurant suggestions for our dinners. I lived in Manhattan for years, but haven't been to the city in five years, and am rusty. My daughter is an adventurous eater. Since we have tickets every night (and all of the shows are in the theater district), I want to limit us to restaurants in that area that take reservations. Suggestions? I'd probably like to do one night with a nicer dinner (and was considering Esca) and two nights with more moderate restaurants (and was considering La Havana, for example).

Mar 31, 2014
djuna22 in Manhattan
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One night in Spokane

I will be in Spokane alone on business shortly. Where should I eat? I eat anything. Upscale is fine but really I will go to whatever is the best use of my limited time in Spokane (I will have to take a cab from my hotel, so perhaps nowhere too far inaccessible).

Jun 12, 2011
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Atelier Crenn (and a thank you to the SF chow hounders)

I had posted to ask for a good place for an excellent meal, dining alone, in SF, and had been steered to Atelier Crenn. I went last night, and wanted to thank the recommenders, as well as to offer my quick thoughts.

First, my server made excellent suggestions and did not flinch at a half-full table, make a lot of awkward small talk, or hustle me along (things I occasionally encounter when dining alone). The chef emerged from the kitchen a few times to check on things. I had the four-course tasting menu with wine pairings, which was a fairly sizable amount of food. I started with the potato, and then moved to the foie gras ($10 supplement), the duck, and the chocolate mousse/pear dessert. A few extra dishes appeared as well; a frozen pea soup, a mushroom broth, a cilantro palate-cleaner, etc.

I thought the foie was the best dish and well worth the supplement (it was one of the server's recommendations). Of all things, I have to also highly praise the wine pairings; the sommelier did an excellent job, and I also appreciated that (as the wine came out well in advance of each course) they made certain I had wine left when my dish would actually arrive. I thought the only thing that didn't work was the mushroom broth -- it didn't have a lot of flavor, although in full disclosure I admit that I am not a soup person -- but since it was an extra, I feel a bit guilty mentioning it.

Overall, a really great experience, and I will direct others this way.

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Atelier Crenn
3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Jun 02, 2011
djuna22 in San Francisco Bay Area

One night, solo dining, recommendations?

Sorry, should have been more specific. I have no budget (I was planing French Laundry with a friend but have cancelled my reservation because of the logistics). I really do eat all styles; I am hoping for something hard to find in Seattle, where I live, which I suppose means "please, for the love of God, no small plates."

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

May 22, 2011
djuna22 in San Francisco Bay Area

One night, solo dining, recommendations?

I have been to SF dozens of times in the past ten years, but always with kids; I last went to the city in adult company in perhaps 2000. I will be in town for business, and have one night when I am on my own and would like a good solo dining experience with great food. I eat absolutely anything; my only constraints are that I need to make reservations for early June (so nothing where I need months of lead time), and I need to be able to walk or take a cab from downtown. Since I have four kids, "kid-unfriendly" would be quite welcome. Suggestions?

May 22, 2011
djuna22 in San Francisco Bay Area

dining suggestions with six-year-old

Have you been at all recently? I took my kids to the Ruby Foo's on the UWS over maybe a five-year period, and noticed it was getting progressively emptier and less tasty.

Apr 08, 2009
djuna22 in Manhattan

dining suggestions with six-year-old

I lived in NYC for years, but moved out in 2000. I will be in town with my six-year-old for a long weekend. I am looking for lunch and dinner suggestions in and around Times Square (we are mostly in town for shows); she will eat anything and is well-mannered, although I'd prefer not to go anywhere where I am likely to get The Look from fellow patrons for bringing in a child. She has a particular liking for Greek food or anything involving duck.

I would love some suggestions.

Apr 08, 2009
djuna22 in Manhattan

Our annual visit to a food mecca!

I have pretty much gone on meal plan at Cafe Presse (12th near Madison); I don't think it opened within the past year, but it has grown steadily more hopping. I have also been enjoying small plates at Licorice.

Nov 23, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Flying Fish this week?

Perhaps not (the dining companions are not people with whom I'm particularly close), but I am willing to put aside propriety for good food.

Nov 23, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Flying Fish this week?

I have not one, but two dinners at Flying Fish this week.

What's good there right now? The only time I've been, I was eh on the food, so I'm hoping I just ordered incorrectly.

Nov 23, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

what happened to Beato?

Thanks for the link. I had noticed that Crave had shut down, but, frankly, after my last experience there -- when my food was seriously mediocre -- I wasn't missing it.

I'll miss Beato, though. It was a nice, low-key, tasty spot.

Nov 23, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

what happened to Beato?

I was in W. Seattle today and drove past Beato; it looks to have closed. Is that true? What happened? I have been there maybe three times in the past year, and it was always hopping.

Nov 22, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Great hot chocolate in Seattle?

I have a soft spot for the Nutella-laced hot chocolate at Tutte Bella

Nov 21, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Birthday dinner for 2: If not Poppy then where?

I was there recently, and thought the food was really mediocre.

Nov 21, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

dining with kids in Portland

I'll be in Portland for a long weekend with my kids (aged six and two). I am looking for places with excellent food that will tolerate my reasonably-well-behaved but still-definitely-kids-and-shouldn't-go-to-adults-only-places children. I am lucky in that the kids will eat anything, so I do not need a place that is geared towards kids or has a children's menu, but I would like to be able to relax while eating.

Nov 21, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Poutine in Seattle

Steelhead's is good, although I agree with others that you will not suddenly think you are in Montreal.

Quinn's has been serving it recently as well.

Nov 21, 2008
djuna22 in Pacific Northwest

Palena thank-you and follow-up request

I had posted here a few weeks ago to ask about good solo dining near Woodley Park; at the recommendation of a few posters, I tried Palena in CLeveland Park last nightl. I couldn't get a seat at the bar, but the staff was happy to give me a table for one, and I ordered a la carte off of the menu. The handmade gnocchi were fantastic, and the loup de mer was excellent (I particularly liked the squid in its sauce). My one complaint (and I imagine had I not been alone that this would have been less noticeable) was that the tables were so close together (I was seated in the cafe portion in the front) that I could not avoid hearing absolutely everything my neighbors had to say.

My follow-up request is this: it would appear that I may be required tonight to dine in Woodley Park with a small group (4-5 people). We are in from Seattle, so Asian food (Thai/Vietnamese/Japanese) would not be a big draw. Suggestions?

Nov 07, 2008
djuna22 in Washington DC & Baltimore

reliable weekend bar dining in DC

I will be in DC for a conference and am looking for a good place to sit at the bar and have an excellent meal (as opposed to, not that I mean to defame such fare, chicken wings and so forth). I am staying in Woodley Park, but am open to taking a cab elsewhere.

What I am hoping for is a place where I can fairly reliably arrive during the dining hour and get a seat at the bar, as opposed to a place where the bar is very crowded and I cannot expect to sit.

Thanks in advance.

Oct 17, 2008
djuna22 in Washington DC & Baltimore