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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
Andy T. in Manhattan

Could Use a lot of Help

This is out of your brunch price range, but since Madison and 50th is close to Rock Center, I'm gonna suggest the Sunday Rainbow Room brunch buffet as a possible (big) splurge:

http://insatiable-critic.com/Article....

No, I haven't been; hoping that rich friends from Oregon will come to town this Xmas and treat me ;) .

Agree with foodwhisperer's Soho suggestions: The Dutch is another moderately priced crowd-pleaser right smack in the middle of prime window shopping, people watching, strolling territory.

Nov 21, 2014
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Eating our faces off, any suggestions?

If you really haven't been to Manhattan for a couple of years, you could check off a whole lot of Greatest Hits by doing food courts like Hudson Eats (Num Pang, per Spiritchaser, as well as Black Seed bagels, Dos Toros burritos, Umami Burger) or Gotham West (Ivan Ramen, again per Spiritchaser, El Colmado tapas, The Cannibal).

Then again, it may be better for your waistlines if you hoofed it to the stand-alone locations of each of the above. :)

(PS: haven't been to the brand new Gansevoort Market yet, nearish to Chelsea Market, which I assume you have been to, speaking of donuts)

Nov 19, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

nomad or dirty french or carbone??

No disrespect, but for a "1st Dinner Out Post Baby", the NoMad Bar just does not have that celebratory yet relaxed vibe the OP may be looking for. Was there last Saturday, and the pot pie and burger were as good as you say (also had the broccoli rabe and brussels sprout starters). But, the very loud, almost raucous atmosphere (multiple rounds of "Happy Birthday") may not be the best vibe to "reacquaint" the two of you. Therefore, would pick NoMad. Carbone might make you worry about being able to properly fund the kid's 529 ;) .

Oct 23, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

Dinner near WTC area with older grandparents

You know I love you kathryn, but last time we sat at the NEG kitchen counter it was definitely louder than the main dining room (music from the bar area, two kids on scooters (!) zipping by, yelling by the chefs). That being said, I think NEG is a perfect choice for "talking and light fare".

Oct 17, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

Le Colonial-just ordinary

Thanks for the feedback! Very useful since I had also read about it in, IIRC, The Post. Steve Cuozzo went out of his way to mention the celebs; any famous faces while you were there? ;)

Oct 06, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

Soho (cool, hip, fun, trendy) lunch with teenage girl

Street side table at Delicatessen, 54 Prince Street. Right by the "cool" stores on Elizabeth, Mott, Lafayette. Certainly not mindblowing food, but a young crowd and great buzzy people watching.

Second Barcelonian's JWF suggestion; as an old dude, I like The Dutch and Navy, but the latter is on an especially quiet side street that might send a teenager straight to Smartphone Limbo. ;)

Sep 28, 2014
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North End Grill (Eric Korsh, n=1)

Noticably different style from Floyd Cardoz, but quality and service remain high.

Very few items from old menu remain. Clam pizza still there, short rib burger only available by request, but now also served in main dining room. Dessert menu completely different; Tracy Obolsky had initially kept the lemon meringue pie and pot de creme from her predecesor, but those are now gone.

Kitchen is more overtly lively; lotsa shouts of "walking" and "how many minutes on that Tomahawk" whereas previous regime was almost Lincoln Center caliber quiet.

Had the potted crab (very subtle spicy seasoning), head-on prawns (with juicy heads), black sea bass with cockles and leeks, the burger (thrice spiced fries replaced with duck fat fries). All seafood cooked perfectly; side of corn ($7!) delicately touched by thyme. We also received an amuse of beef carpaccio with anchovies, capers and micro greens.

As before, great, if pricey, choice for the Tribeca/FiDi area. Still not sure if it is a destination restaurant, but we'd go at least once a month if I could afford it!

Aug 14, 2014
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2014 Update on Restaurants in Battery Park Area

Went on a Saturday night last month. No wait, about half full. Very friendly staff. Loved the chicken wings, chicken liver mousse (with chicken skin "crackers"), bird burger (flavorful, moist), lobster roll. Felt bad for the woman at the pass: she looked pretty pissed at not being able to find waitstaff to deliver food, but we didn't feel delayed at all.

Jul 17, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

2014 Update on Restaurants in Battery Park Area

Kathryn: spot-on, as usual! Don't forget Inattesso, though! Plus, Tartinery at Hudson Eats; foie gras in a food court! North End Grill: sitting solo at the kitchen counter, next to the bar, is also a good option.

Jul 06, 2014
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all'onda or charlie bird?

Just want to clarify that the noisy room is the in BACK of the upstairs area, not the whole floor. We were in a booth next to the stairwell and had no problem with noise. The only seating downstairs is a small communal table and the bar.

The food: SO thought the uni bucatini was so rich that she couldn't finish the squid ink monkfish; love that the manager came over to ask if there were any problems when the staff noted that 3/4 of her secondi was untouched ;) . Reportedly tasted great the next day from the doggie bag! My strip steak was just fine, with luscious potatoes and greens, and everyone enjoyed the uni arancini.

Mar 09, 2014
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Juni, Betony or The NoMad?

Went to Juni just this past weekend: loved Chef Hergatt's food at SHO and still love it (and his new-to-me faux-hawk haircut). But, dang, that Hotel Chandler setting makes the Akron Comfort Inn look like MePa in comparison ;) . Went to Betony last month: prefer the food at Juni, but the room at Betony (at least the bar area) is a big plus. And, Betony has way more critical buzz, FWIW (James Beard nod, etc). Went to NoMad late last year: the perfect blend of food, room and buzz, IMO.

Feb 20, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

Dining suggestions with a one year old

DBGB would be perfect with kids; see 'em there all the time! BTW, if you're gonna be down in that nabe, a "new to you" idea would be the Yuji Ramen counter on the second floor of the Bowery Whole Foods. CH fave Mighty Quinn's BBQ is also down there, but since you're from Memphis...coals to Newcastle, etc ;) .

Feb 08, 2014
Andy T. in Manhattan

Dining suggestions with a one year old

Without the info that kathryn usually asks (where you're from, your budget), I'll throw out Koreatown suggestions Gaonnuri (relatively new, + rezzies, + view, but kid-OK; gaonnurinyc.com) and Cho Dang Gol (not new, but recently has had a huge popularity spike; go by 6 PM to avoid major wait). If you're from LAX or SFO, I take those back ;) . Down Broadway from K-town are the oft-mentioned NoMad (probably OK in the Atrium) and the Breslin, which would be new to you and are still buzzy, non-staid places.

Feb 07, 2014
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December trip report

Another "thank you" for your excellent report! Also very useful to me WRT recommending Balthazar to visiting friends and going to Pearl and Ash myself! Glad you liked Buvette - it's one of my SO's faves!

Dec 29, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

Coffee besides Starbucks around Battery Park???

The OP's 11/3 post only mentioned that their hotel was "around Battery Park". But, if they are at the Conrad (dig the Jetsons-esque lobby), by all means go for Kaffe 1668. I didn't know that they grind the beans fresh for every cup (!), so I was a little annoyed by the wait the first time I went...

Dec 10, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

Coffee besides Starbucks around Battery Park???

This place is a bit closer to you than Kaffe 1668 and brews Stumptown:

http://batteryplacemarkets.com/

No disrespect to kathryn (love you!), but Kaffe 1668 is in Tribeca and is at least a 10 minute walk from Battery Park.

Dec 09, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

Help for a San Franciscan in Battery City Park

Glad you liked Inattesso's other offerings! You can almost forget you're dining on the side of a highway in there! Also glad you could enjoy the promenade by the water! This might get nixed by the mods, but be sure to check out the Irish Hunger Memorial right in between the Conrad and the water; it's that wedge shaped piece of rock and greens ;) .

Oct 18, 2013
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Adam Platt Kicked out of ZZ's Clam Bar

Not sure what you thought about his basically letting his two kids write this week's review of Han Dynasty! A fun read, but plus/minus on the usefulness front...

Oct 18, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

How did you get an EMP dinner reservation recently?

Had the luxury of advance planning for a Saturday evening in late July; began calling at 8:58 AM exactly 4 weeks in advance and lucked out at about 9:10! Meal took 4 hours even without a kitchen tour ;) !

Oct 18, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

Help for a San Franciscan in Battery City Park

Welcome to the neighborhood! As a longtime resident, I agree with kathryn that BPC is not for Destination Dining. Tribeca does have DD, but depending on whether you are staying down by the Ritz or up by the high school, may or may not be "walking distance".

That being said, decent options actually in BPC include Inatteso (for that thin crust pizza; 28 West Street, facing the highway), North End Grill (way more than decent, but cost me about $90 pp last Saturday; 104 North End Ave, in the same complex as the movie theater and the Conrad Hotel), and Liberty View (pretty good Chinese; 21 South End Ave).

No disrespect to kathryn, but NEG, Shake Shack and Blue Smoke are in BPC, not Tribeca. The other specific restaurants she lists are in Tribeca. For "adventurous" and "authentic ethnic" food, you'll definitely have to cross the highway (which, BTW, is also known as West St).

Make sure you take a walk by the water! You'll come across Merchants River House right by the promenade, which has a great view but is diner caliber at best (despite the recent Orlando Bloom sighting ;) ).

Oct 16, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

Best Places for food around Winter Garden Theater or Met Museum

Do you mean the Winter Garden theater in Times Square where Mamma Mia is playing, or the Winter Garden downtown in the World Financial Center, across from the 9/11 Memorial?

Jun 13, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

New resident of FiDi

BPC recs:

Inatesso, in the building just north of the Ritz-Carlton, 28 West Street, facing the highway. Casual Italian, but quite good (better than Harry's Italian, which is in the same complex as North End Grill, along with Blue Smoke, Shake Shack and Wei West).

The Black Hound (South End Ave, attached to Southwest) is supposedly open until 4 AM (!!) and is more of a mixologist joint than a bar.

Not BPC: search for Stone Street options, since you sound young and not a fogey like me ;) .

Apr 29, 2013
Andy T. in Manhattan

The new-new food hall at The Plaza (not Todd English's)

In both the Todd English and non-Todd English sides, there are counter spaces available with at least 4-6 contiguous seats on each side. IIRC, there are no seats where your feet touch the ground, so if your kiddies are slip-sliders, that may be an issue. Be sure to try the green tea mille-feuille cake at the Lady M stand!

Jan 28, 2013
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La Vie En Szechuan Brief Report

Dropped in for lunch this Saturday and was also the only English speaking table (my Mandarin is pitiful). The "Double Cooked Pork" (more like "sauteed bacon, leeks, onions and black beans") was lick-the-plate tasty; I could easily have knocked off three bowls of white rice with it but limited myself to only one-and-a-half ;) . SO had the relatively, IMHO, boring "noodle soup with seafood" which was quite the trough-ful for 9 bucks. La-mien type noodles with extremely fresh veggies and a surprisingly full-bodied broth. Entire kitchen staff paraded out around 1:30 to unload a minivan which had pulled up with large boxes of veggies and meat.

Dec 10, 2012
Andy T. in Manhattan

Short on time- Field trip to Manhattan

I'm impressed with Motosport and foodwhisperer's Olympic-caliber walking skills! Koreatown is on 32nd Street; Carmine's is closer but still across a long block between 6th and 7th Aves. I like the Halal cart idea, if it's not freezing. But speaking of burgers, how about:

http://www.billsbarandburger.com/hour...

Right in Rock Center!

Dec 04, 2012
Andy T. in Manhattan

Help this newlywed plan a Chowhound-worthy NYC whirlwind honeymoon!

GCOB: Yay for the raw oysters, chowder, pan roast, architecture and atmosphere (sit at the counter). Nay for most everything else.

Nov 19, 2012
Andy T. in Manhattan

How to eat cheaply without getting chased down the street?

Speaking of Food Network, I'll throw in Tom Colicchio's Craftbar (menus in link):

http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/cr...

Yes, even though TC's name is prominently featured on the entrance, Lauren Hirschberg is the chef. And, yes, Craftbar was not one of our favorites once they moved from East 19th, back in the days of Akhtar Nawab and Karen DeMasco. But we dropped in last Tuesday night and, tho the breadsticks are smaller, the eats are just fine (had the liver pate, country pate, hamachi, duck hearts, chitarra and choucroute). Very diverse crowd; mom and daughter, girl's night out, post-work, couples. Nice and buzzy-loud, too.

Sep 10, 2012
Andy T. in Manhattan

Looking for great Sushi/Japanese in Fidi or Battery Park.

I think the lack of replies reflects your header; there is no "great" Japanese in Battery Park or FiDi. Kaijou, at South Cove in BPC, has a great view of the water but is neighborhood-only material, at best. In your message, you seem to be willing to accept Tribeca; give Brushstroke a whirl, in that case. If you're staying in BPC, consider Inatteso (next to the Ritz) or the Danny Meyer joints in "Goldman Alley" (North End Grill or Blue Smoke). BTW, casual attire is fine at NEG; I went in shorts and didn't get the stink eye ;) .

Aug 24, 2012
Andy T. in Manhattan