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Cacao Bar NYC | MarieBelle New York Chocolates | SoHo

Free samples of the hot chocolate are readily available (the café is in the back of the shop) and, you're right, I do see many Japanese in the store clutching guidebooks.

Aug 21, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

The waitress, who approached us speaking Chinese as she gave us our menus. She tried to warn me off of the kumquat chicken, saying it was "for Americans".

Easily 75% of the early dinner crowd the night we went was Asian; I could hear the groups near us (we were in the bar area) ordering in Chinese. True, the very nice dude who poured my beer was "only" an English speaker. ;)

Aug 21, 2015
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

OK, gotta mention this now: was at Hakkasan a couple of weekends ago and the couple next to us asked for "duck sauce" to go with their spareribs. When the waitress brought out a little dish of hoisin sauce, they were completely confused! My wife had to explain in Chinese that the couple wanted "plum sauce". The couple then proceeded to douse their fried rice with soy sauce, bringing back even more memories of suburban Boston Cantonese dining! ;)

Aug 20, 2015
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Baked ( Tribeca)

You know who has really nice employees? La Colombe, just a couple of blocks north of Baked. Sure, all their pastries and croissants are crammed into a little case next to the cash register. But the staff is so chill and friendly and there's such a vacation vibe on weekend mornings that I've started schlepping the extra blocks from Kaffe 1668 (which is too dark anyhow) with pleasure.

Aug 20, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Maybe I'm naive, but I'd bet that Thomas Keller's team would take much more pride in your mother's experience than offence at what Ms Gold wrote.

Aug 17, 2015
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Love this story! Love our parents, of course, but we could have a whole thread about these kinds of experiences. Still remember taking my mom to a Chinese-Japanese place and having her try to cook my sister's sashimi in her Mongolian hot pot! Plus, my dad asking for "French bread" in NYC Chinese restaurants (baguette-type bread was routinely served at Cantonese joints in suburban Boston during the 70's and early 80's).

Aug 16, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

SF Chowhound Asking for Review of Itinerary

I think your choices are spot-on! Some Hounds might raise an eyebrow at Artisanal, but given your lacto status, I think their cheese and fondue selections will be fun for you. Lots of co-workers eat at Sfoglia; it's where we take applicants we want to impress ;) . Check out Café Sabarsky at Neue Galerie before you head to Eataly (which, if you didn't know, is very crowded and "lively"; it was too much for our SF friends from Pacific Heights) (who, BTW, love the NYC branch of Stumptown in the Ace Hotel, claiming there's no coffee like it in SF (!)).

Thanks for the SF suggestions offer; we usually stay in Hayward and end up having Chinese in Milpitas or Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto, the in-laws' favorite place (!!).

Aug 14, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Don't think the article was food journalism, more like satirical commentary, something Tina Brown would have written for Punch back in the day. Thought it was hilarious; love the bit about buying a dead fish and hitting yourself in the face. And, the take down of Masa's décor was priceless.

You could probably write the same kind of piece about Hamilton tickets on Broadway or shopping for Hermes or Prada bags on Madison.

Aug 13, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

NYC for 3 days!

Yeah, I see Untitled on that map, a Danny Meyer joint right at the southern end of the Highline. Much as I like the food there (independent of my crush on the chef de cuisine), if you want a trendy scene, roze's suggestion of Santina may be more your speed. Like the museum it's in, Untitled is an earnest, sincere, clean-living establishment. Santina is boozy, salty, loud and more packed with pretty young things. Of both genders. ;)

Jul 28, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

The Dutch, on Prince Street, 3 blocks away from your hotel. By your definition of walking distance, you could also hit Tribeca (Bubby's for brunch, 8 blocks away) and Chinatown!

BTW, Dominique Ansel is not just about cronuts and cookie shots; his DKA's are pretty fantastic.

Jul 28, 2015
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Healthy options in NYC

Speaking of BD, went as a group of 6 in the early evening while waiting for our table at Seamore's. I was sure we'd get the side-eye since our average age was AARP-caliber, but we were treated super nice! They even poured our smoothies into to-go cups when we had to leave. That being said, I don't doubt loratliff and allgoodeats; BD does get slammed at brunch/lunch and the crowd is definitely Dimes-caliber, Governor's Ball too-cool-for-school.

Jul 24, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Looking for a KBBQ restaurant that will actually allow me to cook my own meat?

If you tell the staff you want to do your own grilling, they definitely will let you have at it. If you don't specify, they may default to cooking for you, depending on how they size you up (ie, guailo, gaijin, etc). Have not been to the places you mention. The SO's taste runs more to Cho Dang Gol up on 35th.

Jul 24, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Looking for a KBBQ restaurant that will actually allow me to cook my own meat?

Um, low blood sugar, or maybe not enough rice? ;)

Anyhow, UES Mayor is correct that you are certainly allowed to cook your own meat at any of the places that have a grill at the table. I did find the staff at Gaonnuri to be quick with the tongs if they didn't think the customers knew what they were doing.

I'll insert a quick shout-out here to Gunbae down on Murray Street in Tribeca. Nothing against Kori, but great to have K-town style Korean that far downtown. Seafood pajun a tad on the small side, but otherwise very much worth a try if you're headed for the PATH, checking out the Freedom Tower, etc.

Jul 23, 2015
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Seamore's

Convivial neighborhood fish shack that feels like a Butcher's Daughter spin-off from up the street. "Reel Deal" mains served in a shallow bowl chock full of healthy greens, grains and veggies. A bit heavy on the breading on my skate sandwich, and apps a little light on the serving size, though the prices are gentle. And, with the corner windows open, the Captain Lawrence flowing and Mr Chernow shaking hands and high-fiving at every table, it's real hard not to leave happy and satisfied.

Jul 12, 2015
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NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

Thanks for the post! Love CDG: lot of the staff seemed to have turned over when we went last month but, not being a Korean speaker, I didn't ask about it.

Jun 26, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

I had it last week, thought it was just OK, so I didn't mention it. SO loved the seafood stew, which Cuozzo in today's Post also seemed to enjoy. Sorta regret not getting the sardines...

Jun 26, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Carabinero update: last night they were $13 apiece. The SO said she would have had half a dozen if we were rich, then she went ahead and ordered the $43 seafood stew. :o

The three people next to us ordered one shrimp, then two more, than one last one. Sat at the window counter at the front but clothes still had to go straight into the hamper. Sgordon: uni was draped on top of the asparagus last night, not in the sauce. Despite name of the restaurant meaning "hops", only one Portuguese beer on tap (Sagares), with mainly American microbrews.

Jun 21, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

2015 BBQ Block Party

A little pork fatigue? Very manageable lines at 17th Street and Bob Gibson just after noon. Excellent lamb brisket from Tim Love's Woodshed, though you're paying a bit over 3 bucks per 5" x 1" piece. And, very tender, subtly smoky beef rib from Louie Mueller.

No draft beer this year; 8 bucks for a can of Bud! Free Popsicles from a cart in the park, courtesy of that "Me and Earl..." movie.

Jun 13, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Casual food in lower Manhattan

Kathryn is spot-on, as always. There's also Pick-A-Bagel in "Goldman Alley", which I prefer over Black Seed (speaking as a Brookline MA native). Just cross the highway in front of the Marriott and turn right!

Jun 05, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Untitled

Excellent option for weary Whitney goers who don't want the din or sodium content of Santina. Very casual vibe (had no qualms using my fingers to gnaw on the lamb chop bones), but very pro service with refined, light yet vivid dinner offerings. Chef Anthony present in the kitchen last night, also making the rounds of tables both inside and out (between downpours).

Hits included spring onion and bacon flatbread, asparagus with turnips and pecorino, monkfish entrée with lick-the-plate black garlic paste, and chocolate tart. I will mention here that, apropos of nothing, I'm surprised I remember anything I ate what with Suzanne Cupps of GT fronting the open kitchen right in front of our table. :)

Jun 01, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Financial district or travel

Ttrockwood, love your posts, but I have to fix your geography. The Marriott is technically part of FiDi, not "in" Tribeca. Only a 10 minute walk to your Kaffe 1668 and Zucker's recs, though, cutting across the 9/11 Memorial. It's a good choice, being across the street and kitty-corner from the food options candyapple13 mentions in his/her first sentence (Pier A is 10 minutes in the other direction from Tribeca and is a must-do, not really for food, but for the view).

May 17, 2015
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First timer in manhattan

Ah yes, the Millenium! I'm gonna recommend you take a right coming out the lobby, then a left just after St Paul's, bearing left of the post office. Go about three blocks past the Freedom Tower and cross the highway. Voila! To the right will be El Vez, Blue Smoke, Shake Shack and the slightly-out-of-price-range North End Grill. To the left is Brookfield Place with PJ Clarkes for your wife (link below), Le District for French, and Hudson Eats, an "upscale" food court. Straight ahead will be a beautiful walk ;) ! Bottom line: don't be afraid to cross the highway!! And welcome to my nabe!

http://pjclarkes.com/hudson/

May 03, 2015
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Trip report from my trip to NYC this week

Thanks for the report! Was on the fence about Wassail, but you've convinced me to give it a try. Kathryn's right about USGM having the most vendors on Saturdays, although if you're comparing it to others in SFO or PDX, it's still gonna look small.

Apr 17, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Group dinner with kids - help

With the "picky kids" as a rate-limiting factor, I'm gonna suggest two Shelly Fireman joints (Redeye Grill, just north of Times Square, and Florian, just north of Union Square) and the two Landmarcs (Tribeca and Columbus Circle). Florian is Italian, and the others are American. Not the chow-iest of food, but solid menus in lively environments where restless kids (you didn't mention how old) won't cause a stir.

http://www.thefiremangroup.com/

http://landmarc-restaurant.com/

Mar 10, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Girls wknd in Manhattan - restaurant/nightlife suggestions?

Right in your nabe, Toro:

http://toro-nyc.com/

Mar 08, 2015
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Family trip to NYC for three nights; dinner suggestions?

I'm gonna throw out Florian here, on Park Avenue South; Italian, recently reviewed in the Post:

http://nypost.com/2015/02/05/over-the...

The eats are solid, which I know is damning with faint praise, but I mention it since the place was packed with families laughing, having a great time. Very friendly staff, very accessible menu. BUT, it is not Italian food on par with Lupa, Marea, dell'Anima, etc.

Feb 14, 2015
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LA Hound coming for birthday

Sticking to your nabe: your hotel is adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial with a BLT Bar and Grill in the lobby and a Bill's Burger Bar across the street at the Marriott. Both can accommodate your group at your price point, but neither is Hound Worthy (well, maybe Bill's). Across the highway next to the Goldman Sachs headquarters are El Vez, a Mexican import from Philly, and Blue Smoke, a Danny Meyer BBQ joint (with non-pork options), both of which will also fit your criteria.

Jan 06, 2015
Andy T. in Manhattan

Solo traveler in NYC

Cpalms is correct that solo dining in NYC has been extensively covered on this board. Bottom line: no need to be self-conscious about it, even at Michelin 3-stars, although I do recall a great thread about the likelihood of being hit on here as opposed to other cities. Anyhoo, if you're a Manhattan newbie, I'll suggest our high-end food courts such as Hudson Eats, Gotham West, Chelsea Market and, perhaps, Gansevoort Market, where you definitely won't feel awkward dining alone and you'll be able to pick your way through such greatest hits as Ivan Ramen, Black Seed and Corkbuzz.

This is that thread I was talking about (it still makes me laugh ;) ):

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910722

Dec 29, 2014
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A Tale of 2 Restaurants on Christmas Day

What's the male version of "happy wife, happy life"? He's leaning towards SD26, you've been and liked it, plus they have a dish you want to try. No disrespect to the gforceny, but if you end up not liking Ai Fiori (it really is "corporate and cold", without the architectural novelty of Lincoln), he'll regret not going with his gut.

Dec 16, 2014
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Los Angeles family staying Midtown East between Christmas and NYE, please advise...

Fish and chips: inside the "pell mell" Chelsea Market (love ya, Pookipichu!), I always have that dish at Cull and Pistol while my SO goes for the raw bar offerings. Crunchy coating, moist, flaky fish, and too many fries to finish! Not "British" at all, they've even had bahn me and pho on their menu recently!

http://lobsterplace.com/pages/restaur...

Dec 16, 2014
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