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Will there be a wait at Robertas on a Monday night?

For husband's bday.
What about child friendly? (3 year old loves pizza)

Mar 10, 2014
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Quick rec needed for happy hour UWS/ Columbus Circle

for a few 30-somethings, what are some good choices for bars (with or without food) on the UWS, Columbus Circle, Midtown West? Pref not too much more than $10/drink.

Feb 20, 2014
secondbecky in Manhattan

35th Bday Party Bar Rec?

Thanks for the suggestions!
I really like the idea of the Flatiron Room and Pegu, but I'll probably have people coming and going throughout the evening and wont be able to keep an actual table. Flatiron Room's website makes it sound like table service only, and everyone would have to arrive around the same time.
Is Pegu Club tables only also?

Oct 03, 2013
secondbecky in Manhattan

35th Bday Party Bar Rec?

Please forgive if this is a bit off topic, as it's related to bars in Manhattan and not restaurants or food per se. It's the first time I'm having a bday party in years and I've been out of the loop of restaurants and bars for a few years now, so I have no idea what would be a good idea. Any suggestions for a good bar (it doesn't necessarily have to serve food, but small plates might be nice just in case)?

Most of my friends are in their late 20s early 30s. I honestly have no idea how many people are going to show, so I'd need a place that we wouldn't need reservations and that wouldn't be hard to get into. I don't care if it's high class cocktails or more of a low key beer joint, but I'm not looking for a dive-y place or a theme joint. I'd prefer downtown (just cuz I live in Bk), the furthest north I'd like to go is probably Chelsea.

Is that enough info? Thanks in advance!

Oct 03, 2013
secondbecky in Manhattan

Recs for 34th Bday

I'm a *former* "foodie" (and I only say former because I can't afford to eat out much anymore). I have been out of the restaurant scene for a while and I have no idea what is delicious and fun anymore. My bday is coming up, and it'll be the one time we go out without the baby so I want to make it memorable.

My guidelines:
- location: preferably downtown, Village/ W. Vill/ Soho is preferable but willing to travel further downtown.
- price: without drinks, I'd very much like to stay under $100.
- ambiance: don't need quiet and/or stodgy and don't need loud and/or trendy. Anything in between.
- cuisine: I love all food, from the molecular gastronomic to the old school Italian. Sorry I can't narrow it down any more.

Should I just go with Minetta Tavern since it's close?

Sep 18, 2012
secondbecky in Manhattan

Bar Corvo - dissapointing all around

Honestly, since I don't live in the area, I doubt I'll give it another shot. I had read a number of Yelp reviews before going and many of them did mention poor service, but since it's new to open, I just assume those kinks will be worked out. But with so many other options in Brooklyn (and Al Di La closer), I'd rather try something new. I only get out once in a while..

Jul 30, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Bar Corvo - dissapointing all around

I was so excited to try Bar Corvo because I love Al Di La, but Corvo was just NOT worth the hassle.

I went with three girlfriends around 7:00 on a Saturday night, including one who owns a restaurant herself (and the rest of us have all worked in restaurants/bars for quite a substantial amount of time). We were fine if we had to wait for a table.

We walk in past the open kitchen to the beginning of the dining room, expecting someone to acknolwedge us, take our name, etc. Nope, no host/ hostess to be seen. No acknowledgment from the wait staff at all, not one person even saying "someone with be with you in one second." We had no idea where we were even supposed to wait. This went on for FIVE minutes, I kid you not. I finally went over the bartender who just gruffed "Just stand in the corner by the entrance to the dining room and the host will be with you."

I know why she was gruff. They are seriously understaffed. My restauranteur friend said that if her hostess had done this, she'd be fired.

Finally, after another couple of minutes, the host comes over, and we are seated within 10 minutes. I'll forgive the place for being hot as balls because it's the summer and they do have an open kitchen. (I never understood the appeal of an open kitchen, but hey, to each their own).

Our waiter comes by pretty promptly, I'll give him that. We order waters for the table (for the three of us eating) and one glass of wine (for the one drinking). The wine took about 5 minutes to come. Bad start. We were so thirsty because of the heat that we chugged that one bottle of water quickly. Couldn't even think about alcohol when I was that thirsty. Asked for another bottle, it did not come.

We order the cauliflower appetizer, the pork, the steak, and a pasta dish.

The waiter could have told us that the cauliflower appetizer was a portion for 1/2 of a person, not the three of us who were eating. Well, at least we each got to taste it. Now, when a dish has fried capers in it, is there really a need to coat the cauliflower with that much salt? Oh my it was so salty. And, as I said, we had run out of water. I asked our waiter for more, again, when I finally caught his attention. Five minutes later, still no water. Asked the host for water when I finally caught HIS attention. 2 minutes later, finally we get water. Our entrees took forever to come out of the kitchen. The bartender was running around like a crazy lady with just way too much on her plate.

Entrees were blah. The ravioli with poached egg sounded like such a winner but it really had no kick to it. nothing special. The pork chop was the same.

We asked for dessert menu in hopes that the place would redeem itself. One dessert offered, panna cotta, which I hear is pretty good, but why only ONE choice?

Asked for the check, and that took another five minutes or so. I didn't even look at the bill, I just handed my credit card because I did not want to have to wait for him to come back, again.

Even though the problems were more service based because they are seriously understaffed and/or undertrained, I probably wont go back because the food was just not up to expectations, especially when compared to Al Di La.

Anyone have a better or worse experience?

Jul 16, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

miriam in park slope

Oh I just replied on another thread about how much I like Miriam. Their apps are killer, I thought the fish was perfectly cooked, and of course, I die for their brunch.

Jul 16, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope recs for Sat night -- with kids

I know I'm late to this thread, but how about Miriam? Not pricy at all, and they have excellent Israeli/ Meditteranean cuisine. (And a killer brunch)

Jul 16, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive Restaurants in the Park Slope Area

Are you saying JPAN is not good or not cheap!? It's not the cheapest, but certainly the best sushi in the hood!

May 02, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Best Restaurants Under $30 pp (not including drinks)

As much as I'd love to go to high end restaurants all the time, I just cannot afford it.
What are some quality "everyday" restaurants - any cuisine and any neighborhood - that you think are must-tries, but also that a couple can leave for under $60 (not including drinks and tip).

May 02, 2012
secondbecky in Manhattan

" Must trys " in Restaurant Row ????

Agreed with above, but I do love Ocha for some cheap tasty sushi.

May 02, 2012
secondbecky in Manhattan

authentic italian in BK

Locandi is wonderful. In Park Slope there is Provini on 8th avenue. Italian owned and managed. All of the employees speak Italian.Can't vouch for their food, but the wine list is nice.

Apr 03, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

The Ten Most Insulting Things Anthony Bourdain Has Said About Food Network - Grubstreet

+1. Thank you Jlhinwa.
I personally don't watch food network much anymore, but I respect all of them for doing what they do making cooking accessible to the masses. And I love Rachael's upbeat personality, and I've tried several of her recipes (scallops in a vermouth sauce was out -of-this-world)

Apr 03, 2012
secondbecky in Food Media & News

Love the visual of it all....Pinterest

Obsessed with Pinterest. I finally have a recipe box that isn't just a big bag of recipes torn out from magazines!

Apr 03, 2012
secondbecky in Food Media & News

Looking for RAMPS in NYC/LI

Is it ramp season already!? Outdoor greenmarkets are really about the only place to get them IME.

Mar 30, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

Glad you enjoyed your stay! I am REALLY glad that you got to experience Miriam and Mile End - two of my favored treasures in all of Brooklyn!

Mar 30, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope brunch on Sunday

I have heard wonderful things about Juventino, although I have not yet been.

My absolute favorite brunch in the area is Miriam. I've written several times about it - it serves traditional brunch (fan-friggin-tastic french toast) as well as Israeli specialties like a potato pancake and burekas which are killer.

I strongly strongly strongly urge you to try Miriam!

Mar 30, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

FINALLY! Good Chinese food to order in , in Park Slope (Michael and Pings)

I was meaning to try them out, but they seem so much more expensive than the rest. Especially now that Tofu on 7th has upped their game, I wonder what is so special about M&P to get me to pay the extra $?

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Tofu on 7th
226 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 20, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Corner Bistro

Not anymore Bob! Try Tofu in Park Slope. There have been several threads discussing this "chinese renaissance."

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Tofu on 7th
226 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 15, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Caught skimming the tip pool

I seriously doubt that the busboys, etc., had an employment agreement. (pls correct me if I'm wrong). Every place I worked, waiters tipped out 10% to support staff.

Mar 08, 2012
secondbecky in Food Media & News

Top Chef Texas -- Reunion

That was the highlight of the show for sure.

Grayson is the coolest no doubt. Sarah redeemed herself (although I definitely warned up to her in the last few episodes) and I'm glad Lindsay did too. I understand tthe pressure though, having been the manager of a restaurant where my chef told me to fuck off a few times! I'm sure I wouldn't react much better in that type of "pressure cooker" lol.

Mar 08, 2012
secondbecky in Food Media & News

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

The steamers were my biggest complaint too. They didn't taste very fresh, and I was underwhelmed by the sauce (esp for the price).
Chicken fried perch sounds amazing, might have to try it again, in a few months.

Mar 07, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Why oh why did I wait 10+ years to go to Locanda Vini e Olii?

I've only been once for apps and wine, but thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll have to go back again soon!

Mar 05, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

Big Fan of Black Mountain Wine House and it's owner, Tyler.

So I must be the only person in the world not blown away by Little Neck. I think you're better off spending a buck more per oyster at Blue Ribbon. (and I'm not a huge BR supporter).

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Blue Ribbon Brooklyn
280 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 05, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

and and while we're at it: for drinks, I second High Dive, and throw out Mission Delores and Rock Shop, both on 4th Ave b/w Pres and Carroll for good fun times too. Rock shop is a music venue downstairs and a sports bar upstairs.

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Mission Dolores
249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Rock Shop
249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

High Dive
243 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 02, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

I actually like Sheep Station a lot because of their POUTINE! real poutine (i.e. owner is from Montreal, wrote the BOOK on poutine - literally, ask to see her book).

Definitely forgot about Campo di Fiore - I've had quite a few outstanding meals there as well.

Someone at my pediatrician's mentioned the Crooked Tail for sandwiches - anyone have a review on that?

BTW I'm so sad Perch is closed.

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Sheep Station
149 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Crooked Tail Cafe
272 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Campo de' Fiori
187 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 02, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

Must be. I've never had anything but a fabulous brunch. We go often.
I've gone twice for dinner (maybe three years ago though) and enjoyed it immensely as well, particularly their small plates and fish dishes.

Mar 02, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Talde

Was NOT getting the love for Purple Yam when I went there like a year ago. I vote Talde all the way. It sounds like they've really expanded their selections since I went. I'll have to visit again soon!

Mar 02, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn - Gowanus -Park Slope

You'll find plenty in that price range close to you. I live close by so I got a lot of suggestions. Just check out menupages or yelp to see if you would like the atmosphere

Quick Bites:
You're near a great taco stand - Oaxaco (sp?) on 4th Ave between Pres and Carroll. The new bbq joint on the east side of 4th Ave and Union (Fort Defiance I think) is decent. If you like frozen yogurt, go to Culture on 5th ave and 4th st. by the school. It's heavenly.

Sandwiches: S'Nice on 5th ave and 3rd st for vegetarian sandwiches that make carnivores like me happy. M&S for awesome carnivore sandwiches. Press on 5th and Union for fancier sanwiches, and Bierkraft next door for beers, cheese, and sandwiches. If you're into vietnamese sandwiches, try Lotus on 5th and President.

Sit-down/ not fancy:
Sushi at JPan on 5th between 1st and 2nd. La Villa (5th and Garfield) for delicious comfort italian food, Aperitivo (5th and 1st) for a bit more refined italian. 200 5th (5th and Union) is a sports bar with an OK restaurant if you want that. There's Little Neck on 3rd ave and Carrol - seafood joint. I didn't particularly love it, but it was decent. Bonnie's has great burgers if you like 'em grilled (on 5th and Garfield), but if you walk further south and head east on 9th St, you'll come to Dram Shop which has the best burger in Park Slope hands down. Also a great bar.

Sit-down/ more fancy (might be out of your price range):
Fornino on 5th and Carroll. I haven't been in a while and some say it's gone downhill, but when I went about a year ago, it was delicious. I think it changed owners or something. Benchmark - will probably be out of your price range, but it's interesting "farm-to-table" type stuff. On 2nd st just west of 5th ave. Stone Park on 5th ave and 3rd st. is pretty good, you can get a great burger, or try for brunch. Same thing with Juventino on 5th ave and 5th st (I hear brunch is amazing). If you're willing to walk further up the slope, on 7th avenue and 12th St is Talde, Dale from Top Chef's new restaurant. It was quite good but beware long waits!

Brunch: For the best brunch in new york city, IMHO of course, go to Miriam on 5th Avenue and (I want to say Dean but I know that's not right; it's across from Beacon's Closet). Seriously heavenly. As suggested above, Stone Park and Juventino are fancier options for brunch.

For pizza, you're close to Tomato & Basil (on 4th and Union), which is my fave slice in the hood.

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La Villa
261 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Bierkraft
191 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Bonnie's Grill
278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Press 195
195 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Stone Park Cafe
324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

JPan
287 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Miriam
79 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Dram Shop
339 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tomato and Basil
226 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Aperitivo
279 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

M&S Prime Meats
312 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Snice
315 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Benchmark
339A 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Fornino
256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Oaxaca
250 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Lotus Vietnamese Sandwiches
229 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Culture
331 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Talde
369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Littleneck
288 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Juventino
370 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Mar 02, 2012
secondbecky in Outer Boroughs