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alternative ideas for New Year's dinner before celebrating on boat cruise

Hi S,
Thanks for the suggestions. I will research. Happy Holidays!

Dec 12, 2013
jcorngold in France

alternative ideas for New Year's dinner before celebrating on boat cruise

Hi John,
Yes! Our Dining in Paris budget will go a lot farther eating out on other days and nights…we are all meat lovers so I am really excited to try lunch at HUGO DESNOYER. On my uncle's recent trip, he enjoyed Le Pantruche. Paul Bert seafood place sounds good and we have reservation at Cinq Mars in the 7th.
Well, we are staying in an apt with a kitchen so eating in is an option…
So where are we meeting on New Years Day? :)

Dec 12, 2013
jcorngold in France

alternative ideas for New Year's dinner before celebrating on boat cruise

Bonjour Hounds,
My wife, 11 year old son (good eater) and I would like your suggestions for New Years Eve dinner in Paris. The high point of our evening will be our cruise along the Seine after dinner to admire the Eiffel Tower at midnight! The boat departs from Port de la Bourdonnais near the Eiffel Tower. Dinner at the bistros nearby (discussed here - Florimond, Reed, Le Petit Troquet, Cafe Constant) have special menus that are too extravagant for this particular night.
We are interested in something simpler - traditional french or ethnic.
We are staying in the Marais so suggestions in the 3rd or better yet near the Port de la Bourdonnais will be much appreciated. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Dec 12, 2013
jcorngold in France

Current Magic Castle advice

Thanks, fellow hounds, for the feedback. The dinner was $80/person but pretty good. Deviled eggs with truffle oil appetizer were delicious, salmon with grilled artichokes & risotto was beautifully cooked and tasty. Chicken was a bit disappointing. Bread pudding was huge & not very good. We drank 2 bottles of the wonderful Sancerre. It was a really fun evening.

Oct 26, 2010
jcorngold in Los Angeles Area

Best Taco Stands in LA

El Gran Burrito on Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Vermont (next to Metro station)
Fantastic carne asada tacos...
a J Gold favorite

Oct 20, 2010
jcorngold in Los Angeles Area

Current Magic Castle advice

Heading to the Magic Castle this Saturday night for dinner & shows to celebrate a friend's birthday. The mostly-all-terrible posts on Chow are from years ago...can anyone who's been in the last year recommend specific dishes to order? Is there any hope at all for us to have something decent?

Oct 20, 2010
jcorngold in Los Angeles Area

really, what is the best dim sum around?

When it comes to dim sum, my heart (and stomach) belong to Capitol Seafood:
755 West Garvey Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754-2707
(626) 282-3318
PS - They serve from carts laden with mysterious delicacies...

Mar 18, 2010
jcorngold in Los Angeles Area

Help fine tune a banquet menu at NBC Seafood Monterey Park

Hello again Hounds,
The NBC birthday banquet was a hit. Delicious food, great service loads of fun. I want to offer special thanks to ipsedixit, J.L., Galen, raytamsgv, selfportrait93, Mr. Roboto and Das Ubergeek for helping me with finetuning the menu. We had a private room for a party of 11 people. The bill for the food was $500. NBC manager Kenny did a great job. Here's what we had:
Cold Jellyfish
Peking Duck (2 courses - Crispy skin with buns and hoisin sauce, then minced meat in lettuce cups)
Sharks Fin with Crab Meat Soup
Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic Bulb
Stir Fried Lobster with Garlic
Pan Fried Oyster and Scrambled Egg
Asparagus with Black Bean Sauce
Braised Scallop with XO Sauce
Prawns with Pepper Salt (a favorite for many of the diners)
Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallion
Longevity Noodle (長壽面)

Birthday Buns, Tarro Paste (芋泥餡)

Thanks again Hounds for making the dinner extra special!

Mar 18, 2010
jcorngold in Los Angeles Area

Help fine tune a banquet menu at NBC Seafood Monterey Park

Hello Hounds,
I'm planning my birthday dinner for about dozen people. I've decided on Hong Kong style seafood. A buddy and I checked out a few of the most popular Chow-spots last night (Saturday). We visited Capital, Elite, Sea Harbor, 888 and NBC.
As of now, I'm leaning toward a private room at NBC. I've listed below the banquet menu that fits my budget. I'm looking for suggestions to improve the menu even if it costs a bit more. I'm not a fan of suckling pig, so I will ask to replace it with a prawn dish. Are there other preparations or other dishes that aren't included on this menu that you would suggest I add or swap for?

NBC banquet menu (for 10 persons):
Roasted Suckling Pig Platter
Pan Fried Scallops
House Special Fried Crab's Clamps [sic]
Stewed Sharks Fin with Crab meat
Sliced Abalone & Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce
Roasted Whole Peking Duck
Baked Lobster French Style
Steamed Live Fish
Special Fried Rice with Lotus Leaves
Desert

Thanks for your input!

Feb 28, 2010
jcorngold in Los Angeles Area