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Reims: Le Jardin at Les Crayères or 95-euro lunch at Assiette Champenoise

Anyone else? Maybe ChefJune, who seems to be a big fan of Assiette Champenoise? If the 95-euro menu is truly special, I'm definitely leaning towards that option, but I'd love to hear someone who has tried it.

Apr 28, 2015
snaz04 in France

Reims: Le Jardin at Les Crayères or 95-euro lunch at Assiette Champenoise

Thanks - if I could go to the main restaurant at Les Crayères, I would definitely do that. I'm just a bit stuck between these two options.

Apr 28, 2015
snaz04 in France

Reims: Le Jardin at Les Crayères or 95-euro lunch at Assiette Champenoise

I'll be spending a day in Reims this summer and was hoping to have lunch at Les Crayères before a late afternoon Ruinart tour. However, the main restaurant will be closed so lunch there would have to be at the more casual Jardin. The other option is to have the 95 euro weekday lunch at Assiette Champenoise (I don't want to spend more than that). Based on those choices, would the experience at Assiette Champenoise be significantly better? (The location of Les Crayères is a factor as well, as it's right next to Ruinart instead of a 15-minute drive away, but I'm willing to travel for an amazing meal!)

Apr 28, 2015
snaz04 in France

Looking for Paris for recs for 2 dinners capped at 100€/person and 1 less expensive dinner

Yes, yes, not truly a crisis, but I had thought I was all set! Looking at La Table d'Aki - any recent feedback on that one?

Apr 27, 2015
snaz04 in France

Looking for Paris for recs for 2 dinners capped at 100€/person and 1 less expensive dinner

Minor crisis - Le Timbre will be closed for vacation (late July). Any suggestions for a substitute? What I liked about it is that while it's not fancy, it's not quite a casual bistro either, and it looks adorable - not quite like anything else on my list. Other ideas? Not trying to find an exact replica, but would prefer not to duplicate anywhere else I'm already going.

Apr 27, 2015
snaz04 in France

Looking for Paris for recs for 2 dinners capped at 100€/person and 1 less expensive dinner

Current list, revised is as follows:

Les Papilles
Amarante
Le Timbre
Chez Dumonet
Le Philou or Chez Michel
Le Diane
Relais Louis XIII
Les Tablettes

Anything else I should change??

Apr 25, 2015
snaz04 in France

Looking for Paris for recs for 2 dinners capped at 100€/person and 1 less expensive dinner

I'm admittedly not familiar with the newer bistros you mentioned and I can't find too much on some of them mentioned but I tend to prefer more traditional French cuisine - for that, is Amarante the best of the bunch (including Philou and Le Pantruche) in your opinion?

Apr 24, 2015
snaz04 in France

Looking for Paris for recs for 2 dinners capped at 100€/person and 1 less expensive dinner

For our 2 more expensive dinners, I was looking at Le Diane and Relais Louis XIII (as well as Lasserre for a dinner with another friend - my impression is that it's not as exorbitant as some but should still feel special). For the bistros, I was looking at Les Papilles, as well as Philou and Le Pantruche. (I had been interested in Comptoir du Relais but they don't take reservations for when we'll be there and Les Comptoirs du Medoc, but it's closed when I wanted to go.). And I'll also be going to Chez Dumonet myself one evening (and looking for ideas for my 2 other solo evenings). Thanks for any feedback!

Apr 24, 2015
snaz04 in France

Looking for Paris for recs for 2 dinners capped at 100€/person and 1 less expensive dinner

I'll be spending a couple of weeks in Paris, but have 3 nights with a friend who is not familiar with Paris and has requested 2 "splurges" where we can spend up to 100€ for each of us. I realize that this won't get us into the top restaurants, but I was hoping for suggestions as to what the nicest meals we can have within that budget are (and we want to stick to dinners, not lunches). For our 3rd night, we're looking for the best less expensive experience we can find. For an inexpensive dinner, in the past I've liked La Regelade (more than L'Ami Jean) and I didn't love l'Ardoise; the food was fine but it was passed with tourists and I didn't enjoy the setting. Also, I would like more traditional restaurants, both in terms of ambiance and food - places that are more typically Parisian that we couldn't find in NYC. (One of my favorites is Chez Dumonet - which I will definitely get to on my own, but doesn't feel as "special" as what my friend is looking for.)

Apr 24, 2015
snaz04 in France

Seeking Quebec City dinner rec

Very tempted by Le Moine Echanson - definitely sounds like something a bit different and I like the wine pairing concept. However, one thing that I didn't mention is that my husband will not eat cheese of any kind (other dairy is fine), and I'm noticing a lot of cheese on the menu - do you think he'll be able to eat cheese-free and well there?

Mar 24, 2015
snaz04 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Seeking Quebec City dinner rec

My husband and I will be spending 3 nights in Quebec City this summer and have tentative plans for 2 of the 3 nights (Creperie Billig and Panache), and are looking for a dinner recommendation for the remaining night. Top contenders at the moment are Le Pain Beni, La Gueule de Bois, L'Affaire est Ketchup, La Planque, and Chez Boulay. While food quality is the most important criteria, we would like to find a place with good ambiance/character, not so loud that we can't hear each other, and hopefully something that we couldn't find at home in NYC. I've gone through all the boards but am hoping to get some good recent feedback. Thanks!

Mar 23, 2015
snaz04 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Seeking Beaune restaurant recommendations

One more to add to that list for the 3rd night - Christophe Queant - Chateau de Pommard. Can't find a lot about it but the menu looks great and apparently he was the chef at Loiseau des Vignes when they first got their star. Has anyone been?

Mar 27, 2014
snaz04 in France

Seeking Beaune restaurant recommendations

Thanks for all the replies. I'm leaning towards Ma Cuisine and Aupres du Clocher for 2 of the 3 dinners. For the 3rd, I'd like to try Loiseau des Vignes, Le Benaton (which seems to have mixed reviews, particularly for service) or something else along those lines. Any favorites to share? Also, for Ma Cuisine and Aupres du Clocher, do you know how far in advance they take reservations?

Mar 27, 2014
snaz04 in France

Seeking Beaune restaurant recommendations

I'll be spending 3 nights in Beaune this July and am looking for dinner advice. I've read the other threads but have a couple of additional specific questions. We'll be spending a night in Saulieu and going to Relais Bernard Loiseau; Loiseau des Vignes is highly recommended, but I don't want to go there if it will be too similar - any thoughts? Also, one member of my group is an avid wine connoisseur, so while I'm sure the wine lists are good everywhere, if there are any standouts, that would be a factor as well Here is what I've narrowed it down to (in no particular order, except for Ma Cuisine, which is almost definite; La Ruchotte doesn't make the list, as it won't be serving meals when we'll be there).

Ma Cuisine (almost definite)
Aupres du Clocher
La Chambolle
Caveau des Arches
Auberge du Vieux Vigneron
Comptoir des Tontons
La Cabotte
Ptit Paradis

Mar 26, 2014
snaz04 in France

April Chicago weekend itinerary - need final input (Sable/Frontera Grill/Alinea/North Pond/Lou Malnati's)

You guys are making me seriously reconsider for Friday night.... We do have the GATG reservation but it's for fairly late, and I was hoping not to make it too late a night. But the consensus seems to be that it's really worth it, right? The menu looks good to me but doesn't totally blow me away. Is the food that amazing? Or is it more that it's interesting? Is it truly unique and not like any NYC places? What makes the place so incredible? And if we do decide on GATG for dinner, then where to go for drinks first? Sable still? Or Aviary? Does anyone know the latest on their reservation policy? I've heard same day and also 2 weeks in advance....

Mar 29, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

April Chicago weekend itinerary - need final input (Sable/Frontera Grill/Alinea/North Pond/Lou Malnati's)

Yes, we have a reservation for brunch at Frontera. Publican sounds great (and we actually have a brunch reservation there too at the moment... I went a little crazy to cover all the bases!) - but I feel like Chicago is so famous for their regional Mexican cuisine that we should make a point of having one Mexican meal.

Mar 28, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

April Chicago weekend itinerary - need final input (Sable/Frontera Grill/Alinea/North Pond/Lou Malnati's)

My husband and I will be visiting Chicago from NYC for the first time together and we're looking to have the best culinary experience possible. We'll arrive Friday in the late afternoon and have an early evening flight home on Sunday. We'll be staying by the Magnificent Mile and won't have a car (but can take a taxi or public transportation around). After lengthy consideration, here's the plan as it stands:

Friday night: Sable
Saturday brunch: Frontera Grill
Saturday dinner: Alinea
Sunday brunch: North Pond
Deep dish pizza to-go for the flight home: Lou Malnati's

How does this sound? We actually made other reservations which we'll need to cancel (e.g., Topolobampo/Girl and the Goat/Graham Elliott instead of Sable) but thought that the combo of great cocktails/food at Sable made more sense for our first night as we'll probably be tired and won't want to go somewhere like Aviary or Violet Hour pre- or post-dinner. Also thought that with Alinea being such an elaborate meal on Saturday night, we didn't want another meal in that genre.)

Anything we're missing or should change?? Thanks in advance for your input!

Mar 28, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

Alison Eighteen - anyone been yet?

Wondering if anyone has been to Alison Eighteen yet. I remember liking Alison on Dominick when that was still around and curious what her new place is like. Has anyone tried it?

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Alison 18
15 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Feb 09, 2012
snaz04 in Manhattan

2 nights in Chicago - Alinea and ???

This is one of the many reasons I love Chowhound - info that can't be found anywhere else - thanks so much!

Feb 02, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

2 nights in Chicago - Alinea and ???

Great idea.... though I had been thinking the Aviary pre-dinner on our other night. Do you think we'll be up for drinks after Alinea, i.e., not too full?

Feb 01, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

2 nights in Chicago - Alinea and ???

Thank you - this is all incredibly helpful!!

Feb 01, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

2 nights in Chicago - Alinea and ???

Thanks - helpful info. If we can't get a reservation at Aviary, is it worth just showing up or will the wait be ridiculous (on a Fri./Sat.)? As for the other dinner, we really are open - really just looking for the best (and most interesting/unique) food. Would prefer it not to be insanely noisy or have communal tables, so that my husband and I can actually hear each other, but it doesn't need it to be quiet. And also not looking for something too fancy, high-end (e.g., Everest) since it's back-to-back with Alinea. We're staying by the Magnificent Mile and would prefer not to go too far, but can take a cab anywhere within reason. For North Pond, is it your favorite because of the setting or is the food really special too?

Feb 01, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

2 nights in Chicago - Alinea and ???

Coming to Chicago for a weekend in April and am very excited to have a reservation at Alinea for one night but looking for recs for the other. Not necessarily looking for something super-fancy and would like something that we can't find at home (in NYC). Currently have reservations at Graham Elliott, Sprout (less excited by those two but was able to get better times), Girl & The Goat and Topolobampo and need to pick one (or am open to other options). Also would love recs for best breakfast/Sunday brunch and deep-dish pizza not too far from the "Magnificent Mile" area where we're staying. And are drinks at Aviary and/or the Violet Hour (less unique but easier to get into?) not to be missed?
Thanks in advance for your advice!

Feb 01, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

Alinea reservations?

I'm going to be spending a weekend in Chicago in April and would love to get a reservation at Alinea for either Friday or Saturday night. Can someone please advise me on the best way to do this? And what is the likelihood that I will actually be able to get one?
Thanks!

Jan 25, 2012
snaz04 in Chicago Area

Looking for WD-50 alternative for birthday celebration

All great feedback, thanks so much! To answer your question, there would be 8 in our group.

May 21, 2011
snaz04 in Manhattan

Looking for WD-50 alternative for birthday celebration

We're celebrating a friend's 40th birthday in a few weeks and WD-50 is booked for the night we need. Can anyone suggest an alternative? Downtown would be preferable but anywhere is fine. Somewhere special with great and preferably inventive food, and also good ambiance and not stuffy. We would also like a private room if we can get one. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

May 21, 2011
snaz04 in Manhattan

Seeking special occasion dinner rec for Rome

Thanks - Yes, I probably should have mentioned that 2 members of our group are somewhat hard of hearing, so calm and tranquil is definitely a priority too.

Apr 04, 2011
snaz04 in Italy

Seeking special occasion dinner rec for Rome

I should add, after reading all the boards, etc., the 3 on my mind at the moment are Il Convivio Troiano, La Pergola and Il Pagliaccio - but I'd love to get feedback and am open to other ideas.

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Il Pagliaccio
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 130, Roma 00186, IT

Apr 04, 2011
snaz04 in Italy

Seeking special occasion dinner rec for Rome

Budget is open - really just looking for the best overall experience.

Apr 04, 2011
snaz04 in Italy

Seeking special occasion dinner rec for Rome

We'll be in Rome for a few weeks with family to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday. We're looking for a special occasion-type restaurant (e.g., great food, beautiful, elegant) for 7 of us for dinner. All suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks!

Apr 04, 2011
snaz04 in Italy