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Restaurant Week 2013 Reviews?

Ugh sorry. Bad meals are so disappointing. Our subpar experience was at Fearing's--I had done research and saw that they were voted #1 Restaurant Week experience, so I thought it would be passable. The meal we had was like a bad wedding banquet. I wouldn't pay $10 for what we had, much less $45. It was poor quality product, poorly prepared, and the service was underwhelming.

Aug 25, 2013
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Restaurant Week 2013 Reviews?

Hi, just moved from NYC and have been excited to try all the great food in the Dallas area.

Restaurant Week is generally a love/hate kind of situation -- it's for a great cause and gives you an opportunity to try out some new places. However, the crowds can be intense, affecting food quality & service. Plus, most places seem to water down their menu to cut costs.

On the Manhattan board, there was an active thread during every Restaurant Week for diners to review their experiences. It really helped to plan subsequent Restaurant Week reservations so we could avoid those establishments that catered to the lowest common denominator and chose those that really took up the challenge to maintain tasty/interesting food at an accessible price point.

I haven't found that kind of thread on this board, and had kind of a miserable experience at this past Restaurant Week. Anyone interested in sharing their experiences last week (or this week, for those restaurants that extended)?

Aug 22, 2013
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Russian restaurant recs?

Thanks for all the replies! We ended up going to Mari Vanna for lunch, and really enjoyed it.

We went at 1pm on a weekend, and were the only people there except for 2 other tables -- both Russian-speaking. I can't comment on the authenticity of the food, but it's always a good sign to see ethnic restaurants frequented by people of that ethnicity! The place itself is beautiful in a kitschy kind of way--lots of china, crystal, and pink. Very thoughtfully decorated with attention to detail.

There is no lunch menu on weekends; you just order off the dinner menu. There were also a few things that were not available--we were told that they tend to sell out from the night before during the weekends, and weren't completely prepped yet. No biggie, since we didn't have our hearts set on anything in particular.

For a party of 5 we ordered: pickled herring, charcuterie plate, sunflower salad, borscht, mushroom soup, mushroom blinis, pelmeni, and a napoleon for dessert. Everything was delicious.

I do agree with one of the posters about price--the bill ended up being pretty substantial, considering that we were going for just a light lunch and didn't have anything to drink. However, the atmosphere was wonderful, the service was fantastic (very patient with us Russian-food-newbies), and the food very tasty. Even though it was pricey for what we got, I'd definitely go back.

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Mari Vanna
41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

Mar 17, 2011
ml7 in Manhattan

Russian restaurant recs?

thanks tatyanag! have you ever been for weekend lunch or their brunch buffet?

Mar 09, 2011
ml7 in Manhattan

Russian restaurant recs?

Understood.

However, my visitors have specifically requested Russian, so how about decent Russian in Manhattan?

Mar 08, 2011
ml7 in Manhattan

Large Format Feast for Bday

I've done the Bo Ssam at Momofuku Ssam Bar and the suckling pig at Breslin. Between the two, I would say that Breslin's suckling pig was a far superior. It came with multiple delicious sides (duck fat potatoes, amazing Caesar salad, roasted fennel) and dessert (chocolate torte with gelato), and was overall a more impressive experience. While the Bo Ssam was tasty, it really wasn't special at all and any sides have to be ordered separately.

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Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Mar 08, 2011
ml7 in Manhattan

Russian restaurant recs?

I know that Brighton Beach is the place to go, but I have some out-of-towners coming in who are requesting Russian food, and we are strapped for time and can't make it all the way out there. I'm looking for decently authentic food that isn't ridiculously expensive (so no Russian Tea Room).

My search has led me to Mari Vanna or Russian Samovar, but I have zero knowledge of Russian food and no experience with either. Any suggestions of one or the other? Or any other Manhattan places that would fit the bill?

Thank!

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Russian Samovar
256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Mari Vanna
41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

Mar 08, 2011
ml7 in Manhattan

Post-Wedding brunch

Hi guys, could I get some recommendations for a post-wedding brunch?

We're planning for around 25 people, and would like somewhere that's not too casual, but at the same time where we won't be bothering people with all of us talking at once ;) The wedding itself will be on the cusp of downtown/uptown, and we'd like to stay close to that area for all the out-of-towners.

I'm think La Duni would be perfect, but my parents are pushing for something along the lines of the Malachite Ballroom brunch buffet at the Intercontinental. Does anyone know if hotels are still doing the old-school brunch buffets? I haven't lived in Dallas for a few years, so I'd really appreciate any up to date recommendations!

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La Duni Cafe
4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

Apr 20, 2010
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth

wine, cheese, salumi + outdoor seating???

This is coming a couple of weeks late, but thanks for all the suggestions! We ended up at Salumeria Rosi, which does have a few tables along the sidewalk.

Service was slow and subpar for that level of restaurant, but we went on the first weekend of nice weather and I'm going to give our waitress the benefit of the doubt because she looked swamped.

Salumeria Rosi is certainly not cheap, but I thought it was lovely. Not quite somewhere I could make my new neighborhood hangout, but delicious enough that I can justify the more-than-occasional visit. We had a several types of salumi and cheese, some wine, and a few of their small plates. I've been curious about their Tuscan ribs since seeing it on Food Network's "Best thing I ever ate" -- I hate to say it, but I found it over-rated. It was just kind of a baked rib with a ladle of marinara. Fine, but not interesting. What was amazing though was a dish of house-made sausage with chickpeas. Very complex, interesting flavor.

And the foccacia!! I think I ate 3 baskets of that alone.....

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Salumeria Rosi
283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Apr 15, 2010
ml7 in Manhattan

wine, cheese, salumi + outdoor seating???

haha yes, i'm trying to stay optimistic!

Mar 30, 2010
ml7 in Manhattan

wine, cheese, salumi + outdoor seating???

It looks like the weather is finally getting good, and I can't wait to spend lazy afternoons sipping wine & snacking on cheese & charcuterie. Anyone know of places with either outdoor seating or at least some kind of set up where I can enjoy the great outdoors? (This is my way of being 'outdoorsy' haha)

Anywhere in Manhattan works for me!

Mar 30, 2010
ml7 in Manhattan

Dallas B'day dinner rec -- price point similar to Salum?

Thanks guys! This is super helpful -- especially since I just called York Street and they are CLOSED at the beginning of Jan for the holidays.

I've read a lot about Samar and it looks right up our alley, except for lots of complaints about tiny portions. I'm fine with that (it is tapas, after all) except for the fact that we will be having a 6'3" teenage boy with us =/ For those who have been, are there any larger dishes that will fill him up without us having to empty our wallets?

Dec 19, 2009
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas B'day dinner rec -- price point similar to Salum?

Thanks for the tip!

Approx how much is prix fixe at Bijoux? Their website is not so helpful...

Dec 17, 2009
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Central 214 -- Dallas

Can't seem to find anything about it on this board.

Anybody been?

Thoughts?

Dec 17, 2009
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas B'day dinner rec -- price point similar to Salum?

I've been scouring this forum, Guidelive, and restaurant websites in an effort to find a good place to take my father for his 60th birthday celebration. I love all the restaurants Dallas has to offer, but it's hard to find fine dining options below a certain price point (Fearings, Mansion, etc). Please help?

I'm looking for wonderful food, good service, and can do pricey within reason -- entrees for $25-30 are welcome, entrees $40+ are not. Have been to Salum & La Duni and loved those, but want to try something new.

Any kind of atmosphere is fine, but would like to go somewhere we can hear each other talk. Any type of cuisine is welcome, except for Asian-fusion-ish (we're Asian, so the gimmick isn't quite as appreciated).

Currently considering Bijoux and York Street. Can I do Stephan Pyles within that budget? Thoughts?

Dec 16, 2009
ml7 in Dallas - Fort Worth

lunch and/or brunch in Napa?

haha great question--I'm not at all familiar with the area at all. We are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, if that helps at all. Looking at a Google map, it looks as if it is in the vicinity of Yountville? Please correct me if I'm wrong, as I could use all the education you have to offer!

May 19, 2008
ml7 in San Francisco Bay Area

lunch and/or brunch in Napa?

I'm headed out to your lovely neck of the woods in a couple of weeks for a wedding. Our schedule is tight, but seeing as how I've never been to Napa, I wanted to take advantage of a couple small snippets of time to enjoy some local fare.

Any suggestions?

I have time for one lunch and one breakfast/brunch.

May 19, 2008
ml7 in San Francisco Bay Area

Perilla versus Little Giant?

for a special birthday dinner?

Apr 22, 2008
ml7 in Manhattan

Romantic Bday Dinner Suggestion???

Thanks for the suggestions so far! It's really hard to gauge the "feel" of a restaurant via websites & reviews, so your experiences are incredibly helpful.

One question: What if I took my request for pasta & garden dining out of the question? Would it be a bit easier to name a fitting restaurant?

Apr 21, 2008
ml7 in Manhattan

Romantic Bday Dinner Suggestion???

Hello NY Chows, I'm from OOT, but the BF lives in your wonderful city and I'd like to take him out for his birthday. I've been trying to peruse this board for info, but need your suggestions to help me pick from my list of finalists--or suggest something I've missed!

What I'm looking for:
-romantic and elegant, but not too staid (we're mid-late-20's)
-would loooove to have a garden dining space
-some kind of pasta on the menu, although it doesn't have to be Italian
-price range of entrees in the $20's or under
-preferably south of Midtown

What I've narrowed it down to:
-Dell'Anima
-The Little Owl
-Crispo

I would greatly appreciate your comments on my list, or let me know if there's somewhere else I should look into as well!

Apr 19, 2008
ml7 in Manhattan

favorite brunch in Atlanta?

With the ever-increasing disappointment that has become Flying Biscuit, I need a new go-to brunch spot.

What are your favorites?

Aug 11, 2007
ml7 in General South Archive

ATL: deli near piedmont park?

Before I moved into the city, I kept on hearing about a great deli next to Piedmont Park. Italian-ish I believe? Very stupidly, I never paid attention because I lived a bit of a distance away.

Fast forward to now--I live next to the park and am looking for that sandwich spot for a picnic take-away! Anyone able to help me out? Is it still even in existence?

Dec 17, 2006
ml7 in General South Archive

ATL date spot recs!

Hi Atlanta chows, I'm a second year grad student from out of town, and have therefore been out of the food loop since last April/May. I'm hearing some buzz about new developments that have happened over the past spring/summer? I need to pick a restaurant for a nice dinner this weekend, but feel out of touch! Could anyone that has been to some of these new restaurants share their experiences (older restaurant recs are great too, if you love them)!

To provide you with a starting point: Some of the greats I've tried & loved so far have been the VINE, Joel, Pura Vida, and Rathbun's.

I would particulary love to hear any recs regarding: Ecco, Eno, Enoteca Carbonari....

Thanks guys!

Aug 21, 2006
ml7 in General South Archive

ATL-->deli suggestions?

Hi all! After a whole year in Atlanta, I have yet to find a favorite deli. Anyone have a favorite deli that they'd be willing to to suggest?

p.s. not Jewish, so kosher is not an issue, but I do love love love Jewish/New York-style delis! (think: pastrami, smoked salmon, etc)

Aug 08, 2006
ml7 in General South Archive

HELP PLEASE!!! Trip to Atlanta

Spice should be called SALT. I went last wkend for a birthday dinner with with my boyfriend and it was horribly, horribly disappointing. The menu looks decently interesting and tasty, but everything was really underpar.

I am a bread junkie, and this was the first time I didn't even touch the bread after the first taste--kind of a cross between cardboard and baking soda. We started with calamari, which was totally soggy and served with a sauce that was essentially diced tomatoes in vinegar. I had the rib eye with creamed spinach, ordered medium. It came out barely rare. My boyfriend had salmon, and what came out was about 1/5 the expected portion. And everything was sooooo oversalted! But what was especially weird was that it seemed as if someone just threw in a handful of salt right at the very end, i.e. it wasn't even evenly over-salted. You would just get a surprise bite of salt every other bite =(

Aug 07, 2006
ml7 in General South Archive