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Looking for decent brunch place - UWS around 90's

Other than the Neptune Room, which is a bit further south than where we want to be, any recommendations for a good brunch place on the UWS, preferably in the 90s? Thanks.

Aug 09, 2007
ssamantha in Manhattan

Alchemy, Park Slope

hmmm...we were utterly disappointed with our experience. first, sitting next to a bunch of drunk 21 year-olds is no fun, but when you share tables, you have no say who your neighbors will be. it's especially annoying when one of tehm has a voice that could curdle milk. when you're spending $12 pp for dim sum, it's no big deal, but otherwise, it's a real downfall. the burger was charred to a crisp on the outside yet rare on the inside (we asked for medium rare). fish n chips were just ok, I was very disappointed with the fries. I like them crisp and skinny, not fat and mushy. so, just another place to go and nothing special. too bad.

Apr 06, 2007
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Monteleone's - new sign up.

Walked by Monteleone's Bakery yesterday and there was a spanking new sign up - Monteleone's & Cammareri. Guess Cammareri is still involved after all. Court St. Bakery is filling in nicely during the wait to re-open.

Jan 08, 2007
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Oriental Garden - scrumptous dim sum

I don'tknow anything about Chatham, but Dim Sum Go Go is owned (at least in part) by non-Chinese which is maybe why they don't rush you. In every other Chinese restaurant I've eaten at, except Michael Tong's restaurants, the food is served as soon as it's cooked, piping hot. And not just 1/2 hour later because you want to linger. I think yourexpectations are a little much. Oh,and a couple of points about the food - bigger is not better, and I wouldn't order scallops that are as big as my hand. Second, by ordering shark's fin soup, you are enabling the extinction of sharks. This dish should be on a "do not order list" and you should simply avoid eating it. And, by the way,I've eaten in restaurants in Chinatown,and the service is similar to NY, SF and everywhere else with the big Chinese restaurants. You're there to eat and enjoy the food. You want time to have interesting long conversations, go for coffee or bubble tea afterwards.

Jan 01, 2007
ssamantha in Manhattan

Oriental Garden - scrumptous dim sum

Honestly, you had a very rare experience at Congee. That place is usually a madhouse and there is no "nice banquet service" to be had. Unless you're celebrating a wedding or baby birth. They have people spilling out the door during dinner so to be fair, they should not be serving you banquet style and allowing you to linger. That's just not the type of place that Congee Village is...plus, doing so leaves the rest of us to wait in the cold for you to finish up!

Jan 01, 2007
ssamantha in Manhattan

Oriental Garden - scrumptous dim sum

Kobe - I assume you are not Chinese and not intimately familiar with Chinatown. Restaurants in chinatown are not about relaxing and spending the entire evening catching up with friends. It is about fast fresh food. Food comes quickly after ordering and dishes overlap. That's just a fact. I do think it was strange that the restaurant questioned you about being late. Everything else is par for the course. If you wanted fine dining and lingering, you should have booked a table at Daniel. For good quick food, Chinatown is your best bet. Also, your scallops were most likely not fresh. Chinese cook alot with dried scallops which have been soaked and reconstituted. They may be a bit stringy and strong tasting. You should ask this before you order next time. Finally, I have never heard of a seafood dish costing $60 in a Chinatown restaurant, ever, and I have eaten there for 35 years (except maybe shark's fin soup or some crazy abalone dish).

Dec 31, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

good unpretentious French restaurant?

eh. I think it's slowly going downhill. Nothing remarkable. I ahve tried most of the restaurants recommended and don't feel any of teh food comes close to La Lunchonette.

Dec 14, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

any place similar to Schiller's Liquor Bar for a group meal?

Thniking of Schiller's for a group meal near Christmastime. Any other suggestions for a similar style restaurant? Thanks.

Nov 29, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

Holiday meal for a group?

Hi - we are looking for a place for a group of 6 to celebrate the holidays. Looking for below 14th Street, medium price range and a good atmosphere that would make this place more special for out-of-towners. A place like Dos Caminos or Balthazar would fit the bill, but we've already been there.

TIA.

Nov 29, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

Any vegetarian-friendly restaurants in PS besides Rose Water?

Actually, we did a trial run at Red Bamboo. Cute restaurant but we were disappointed with our extrees (although the soul chicken lived up to the hype). The food is not as tasty or well done as at Candle Cafe and that will always be our standard to measure by. Called Convivium and they had no openings. Thus, back to Rose Water which did please the vegetarian in the group.

Oct 15, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Any vegetarian-friendly restaurants in PS besides Rose Water?

thanks to all for suggestions. With its bright lighting, Veg palate isn't really my cup of tea. Plus, I have seen alot of negative reviews for it. I never thought to try out convivium simply because it always looked like a meat lover's place but I will look at teh menu!

Oct 13, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Any vegetarian-friendly restaurants in PS besides Rose Water?

Looking for a nice place for a meal in Park Slope. Want to try something different besides Rose Water and we have one strict vegetarian joining us. Have ehard bad things about V-Spot too. Thanks!

Oct 11, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

take-out for a picnic in Park Slope

I like to get big sandwiches and sides from Russo's on 7th Ave and 11th. The park is only 2 blocks away.

Oct 09, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Are there any good diners in/around Park Slope?

And please don't tell me Dizzy's - it's not that good. If I have a hankering for a turkey club and a vanilla shake, I'd like to know the best (and hopefully cleanest place) to go! Thanks.

Sep 29, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Help me! I need a vegan and meat eater friendly restaurant!

I think the food at Spring Street Natural is the worst I've ever had. And the service is below par, as well. Why don't you try the Candle Cafe restaurant on Lex & 70's. 3 meat-eaters and 1 vegan ate a delicious dinner there. Or, go the cafe which is much more casual. I had a mock BLT that was out of this world.

Sep 28, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

Park Slope FOOD COOP? Experiences?

*some* of the produce is better. there have been times that I've gone to the co-op and the romaine is pathetic. their organic can be just as expensive too - cherries at $5.97 a pound? I'll pass. That being said, you can get some things that are cheaper. You just have to shop around, much like anywhere else. I can't get many staples at Co-op; Fairway is my answer.

Sep 22, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Sunset park restaurant that's neither Mexican or Chinese?

Will be in the area for an errand tonight. Anything worth checking out besides Chinese and Mexican?

Sep 21, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

highish-end vegetarian-friendly restaurant

also, I disagree about the Turkish being good for vegetarians. I've never seen a Turkish menu that wasn't chock full of lamb and beef, and skimpy on vegetarian offerings.

Sep 21, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

highish-end vegetarian-friendly restaurant

the food and ambience at Josie's is nothing special. I'd try the Candle Cafe restaurant on the UES. Not the actual cafe, but the restaurant. Very tasty.

Sep 21, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

Cheese Shops in Brooklyn?

Ewwww...Epoisses takes like old smelly feet. To smell is one thing, to taste, another.

Sep 15, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Fairway Produce

I have never really liked Fairway's produce for the same reasons you posted. Never buy the lettuce unless I'm strapped, and usually pass on everything except the corn. Did just buy some Gala apples that were terrific though. I don't know why the produce seems crappy compared to the stuff on the UWS but it does.

Sep 14, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

does anyone have the sandwich menu for Russo's?

I don't know if they have a printed menus for their 12 or so specialty sandwiches but would love to see a rundown.

Russo's on 7th Ave, Park Slope

Sep 13, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

Dressler in Billyburg...any good?

We ate there over the summer and while it was perfectly pleasant and service was good, for the life of me, I can't remember what any of us ate. Not too memorable, in other words.

Sep 13, 2006
ssamantha in Outer Boroughs

where to go get good fresh chicken salad?

Hi - looking for a good deli or restaurant that serves fresh and delicious chicken salad. I don't go for the brown stuff that's been sitting out or awhile or if it has raisins. Downtown is better than mid-town.

Sep 11, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

good unpretentious French restaurant?

Looking for a good French restaurant to celebrate double birthdays. La Lunchonette is closed for the weekend, and that is the type of palce I'm looking for. Not fancy (bad weather expected) but definitely good authetic French food. Recommendations appreciated!

Sep 01, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

Cookshop - you've been warned.

I agree with you all about Five Points...I wrote a scathing letter to Cookshop and stated that this kind of incompetence and unprofessionalism would never happen at Five Points. We'll see if I get any response.

Aug 08, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan

Cookshop - you've been warned.

Four us went for dinner and were immediated seated. Everything was downhill from there. As a group, we agreed food was solid. Decent porkchops, suckling pig, whole fish. The wait service was bordering on pathetic. After sitting down, we didn't get menus or water for 15 minutes. The first waiter dropped my friend's wine on her after mistakenly picking up her half-full glass to clear away (and turning it upside down!). He did not mop up the puddle of wine left on the floor and did not comp her drink. I'm not even sure he apologized. At the time serving the starters, the sommelier and the waiter knocked over a tall glass of ice water on the same friend, this time drenching her pants. "We'll pay for your drycleaning" was the response. Well, my friend didn't want drycleaning. She wanted to be dry and certainly comped for something. No offer to comp anything, and no manager appeared to apologize or try to rectify the situation. I had to take it upon myself to speak to the manager and tell him the situation - nothing done in response except some sympathetic head-shaking. This restaurant is pathetic. It's pretty, but the service is pathetic and abysmal and we won't be back. My friend is a former chef/owner of an East Village restaurant and she has never witnessed this kind of incompetency.

Aug 07, 2006
ssamantha in Manhattan