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Great Italian near 54th and Lexington?

We ended up at Luna Piena one night and on another night went to Montebello's
Luna Piena was good but we really liked Montebello's as our waiter was so friendly and charming.
We also tried to get into Il Gattopardo but there were no tables earlier enough for us.
All in all, thanks for some solid reccomendations for pasta loading before the big NYC Marathon run.
We both finished the marathon and enjoyed the amazing energy of all the crowds along the route. No one does it like NYC!

We'll have to come back and try some of the other places next year!

Il Gattopardo
33 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Luna Piena
243 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

120 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022

Nov 09, 2011
Jelly Belly in Manhattan

Great Italian near 54th and Lexington?

Thanks for your input! It looks like we will be pasta loading at Luna Piena the night before the marathon. I looked at the menu on their website and it looks like exactly the place we want to try!

Luna Piena
243 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Nov 02, 2011
Jelly Belly in Manhattan

Great Italian near 54th and Lexington?

We are coming to NYC this weekend to run the marathon and would love to pasta load the night before within walking distance of our hotel at 54th and Lexington Ave.
Our taste were recently fine tuned on a trip to Tuscany last month so authentic delicious italian food is key.
So far we are thinking of Il Corso or Casa Lever. Any thoughts on our choices?

Il Corso
54 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Casa Lever
390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Oct 30, 2011
Jelly Belly in Manhattan

Bumper crop of Peaches

This year we've had a bumper crop of peaches. They have been absolutely succulent eaten raw with all the juices running from the first bite. Aside from the delicious crisp, crumbles and melbas that cook the peaches, what are your deliciously inventive ways to enjoy fresh peaches?

Aug 21, 2011
Jelly Belly in Home Cooking

Shaw's Crab House or Joe's Stone Crab

Based on your post I am really tempted to go to hugo's frog bar instead. I only wanted to go to Joe's because stone crab is one of my most favorite foods but considering it will not be in season anymore by the time I get there, sounds as if i should try my luck at Hugo's
Thanks so much for this suggestion. This is why I love chowhound!

May 20, 2010
Jelly Belly in Chicago Area

Shaw's Crab House or Joe's Stone Crab

I am really looking forward to a great down and dirty crab fest while my dining partner (father) wants a most excellent steak!
Where can we fulfill both our heart's desires?

Shaw's Crab House
21 East Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60611

Joe's Stone Crab
60 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

May 17, 2010
Jelly Belly in Chicago Area

Fabrica by Mcewen

Drove by the shops at Don Mills this weekend and noticed a big sign for Fabrica by mcewen. Does anyone know anything about this place?

Wanted: Great lunch near City Hall

Thanks everyone,
We went to nota bene and the lunch was delicious! All of our food and drink was amazing but I had for an exceptional dish of white asparagus with wild leeks in a lemony vinegrette. That was worth the trip alone.

Wanted: Great lunch near City Hall

thanks for your help. We have a reservation for Nota Bene which seems to get a resounding vote!

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

Wanted: Great lunch near City Hall

Three foodie friends meet up annually for a half day work stint downtown. Afterward we like to languish over a special lunch together. $$ not an object . We love to try new places and have also revisited old places that we have loved in the past. On our list right now is
Arcadian court, The Queen and Beaver Gastropub, Note Bene

Our previoius places tin past years included Frank, Hiro Sushi omikase, Rodneys for oysters and lobster, C5.

Ideally we would like a place with a warm atmosphere, excellent, but not too heavy food and no raw seafood for health reasons.

Do you have any suggestions?

Friday Holiday Breakfast or Brunch near Yorkdale?

I am looking for a brunch/breakfast place for a small group of 7 women that is open for brakfast or brunch on friday mornings. This is our holiday treat and we would like a place that serves good food in a nice atmosphere. Nothing extremely fancy as there are a few who are very conservative eaters.
If we were downtown I would probably choose breakfast at a hotel such as the four seasons or royal york. However we will be more midtown and also heading to yorkdale mall to get a jumpstart on the holiday season shopping after the meal

Good Food
Able to accomodate 7 people
Nice atmosphere
Need to be finished the meal by 11:30 at the latest.
thanks for your input, I am sure my fellow chowhounders will have some great suggestions.

Whats your Special Chowfind

Thanks to all the enthusiastic posts to this thread! I just wanted to update you on some of the places I've tried since this original post, based on your replies.

Nota Bene - Fantastic meal, service and atmosphere!! probably helped that I was with great friends there. We wanted to try everything on the menu and will definitely try our best to do so.
Calabria bakery - I don't get out to that area of town too often but one day found myself driving by. Lucky for me it was a friday and the wood fired pizza oven was working full blast. Also lucky for me I got the last pizza before they ran out of dough. Let's just say I ate the whole pizza myself in the middle of the afternoon.
Sidecar - Loved the prix fix menu where everything on it was delicious or delicious sounding! I'm always wary of ordering chicken in a restaurant as more often than not I find it overcooked but their roast chicken was perfectly crisp on the outside and moist and juicy delicious on the inside. And fantastic warm bread!!

Thanks guys for tips to wonderful places I never would have gone to otherwise!!

Hand Pulled Noodles

Ding Tai fung at Hwy 7 and Woodbine has hand pulled noodle. Technically this is north of toronto but if you are willing to go to pacific mall this isn't too much further. They have great scallion pancakes too!

North York lunch with elderly aunt

How about Moxie's at Fairview mall?

Whats your Special Chowfind

Frida is on Eglinton between Bathurst and the Allen. I'm told it is the old spot where Boujadi used to be.

999 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

Whats your Special Chowfind

I've been long time reader but just recently started to join in the postings. I've found several "gems" of restaurants that I never would have come across, thanks soley to the postings of fellow chowhouders. These are not places that are repeatedly listed and rated and flouted by toronto life and other mainstream food related writings.

thanks to you guys I've discovered:

Frida's - love the small friendly atmosphere and the original food a beverage offerings - especially the oaxaca queso! It can be a dress up "event" dinner or a last minute spur off the moment event. Never would have ventured here except for the repeated raves from fellow chowhounders

Aoyama - out of the way in suburbia (but good for me when I don't want to venture too far) in a non descript strip mall sharing real estate with KFC. But what a great omikase dinner. the best finish with my favorite black sesame ice cream.

High Street Fish and Chips- I used to go to McNie's before I moved away from that neighborhood. Imagine my surprise when on the recommendation of chowhounders i arrived at High Street only to find that they were owned by the very same owners, the McNies! It like arriving at fish and chip heaven!1 new discovery was that they have what I think is the city's best sticky toffee pudding.

I wanted to know which places you've found soley through chowhound as well as special places you've shared with chowhound.

ISO a great Mac and Cheese

I did finally try some of the mac and cheese form the metro. Prettty creamy and soothing for the soul in a pinch. I wish there was some crispy topping to it and not just more melted cheese. In my homemade version I acutally buy the fresh cheese bread that is made at the metro and make breadcrumbs out of it to top off my mac and cheese dish. That would make it perfect

Restos on your "to-do" list

Awesome post.
My try- before-you die-list is:
Note Bene

What's Fun and Fabulous in Vegas?

Thanks for the great reccomendations! Just got back from vegas where there is all kinds of fun to be had!
We had a chance to try out Joe's! I knew I would love it since I've gone to Miami before for the sole purpose of going to Joe's
It was great people watching and the food was outstanding. Love those stone crabs. Thanks for the other recommendations also - more places to try on our next trip!

Aug 10, 2009
Jelly Belly in Las Vegas

What's Fun and Fabulous in Vegas?

We are headed off to vegas for three nights and are looking for fun places with fabulous food!! We've been a few times and LOVE places that are casual with great food fun atmosphere and service. Not much into the high end tasting menus anymore (been there done that) so unless there is loads of fun factor please give us other alternatives
On the top of our favorites list is

Nine Fine Irishmen - Yummy mac and cheese side dish and great Irish music
Stack - great bar and people watching
Red Square - Love the ice bar

Jul 28, 2009
Jelly Belly in Las Vegas

ISO a great Mac and Cheese

I've been desparate but unable to get downtown so tried to get some of the mac and cheese at the Metro at Bayview and Eglinton. No luck they didn't have any at the "hot counter there" Sounded great though. Thanks for the suggestion

Did anyone go to summerlicious 2009?

So many years of trying experiences. I do believe they have lightened up a little this year however......

-one time we were physically in the restaurant trying to book a reservation for summerlicious and were told that they were not able to grant us a resrvation as they would only accept a reservation by phone. In those busier years it was hard to get through on the phone

- you must secure your reservation with a full credit card number and in the event you don't cancel within 48 hours you were charged for the cost of the meal

-at one time I also believe that if your party had less then the number of stated people there was also a charge.

-We were also booking through the AMEX front of the line. Most places just want to know that you have an AMEX card, some take the first few numbers. At the time I was booking I did not have the card with me (work/vs home)issue, and was told if I did not call back by 5 the reservation would be deleted from their system. UGH!

Did anyone go to summerlicious 2009?

I've been going to summerliious with friends for years now and this year was no different. A few notes on my impression of the program.
- overall it is a good way for our friends to get together and go somewhere different from our usual places
-I'm a little offended that in this day and age where everyone is watching their$$ more carefully that a restaurant would "offer" their meals at $45.
-I thought the spirit of the program was for people to have some fun, try a new place, sample what they can do.

This year we went to:

Amaya - always completely fabulous and well worth the $25 plus all the extras
Quince - Again, consistently great! well priced at $25 and offers dishes that are often on their normal menu. I love that spirit of participation
At both these places we felt it was top notch food, service and ambience.

Celestin- Ah the ridiculous reservation policy! What and difficult and insulting process. If the food wasn't good ( and there wasn't a strong sentimental reason to go there), we wouldn't keep going back. However, things couldn't be that great even for them,as midway through summerlicious week I recieved a mass email inviting us to come join them for a summerlicious meal.

Last and least,
Provence - we were there last week and sat through a lengthy evening (3hours and 15 minutes) with one waiter to twelve tables!!! How is that good or even passable service? The bread - when we finally got some, was the highlight of the evenings' sustinance. For a while that was all we thought we were getting. The mains could have been good had they been warmer when they arrived. The waiter was polite but honestly I would have appreciated a warning when we arrived that there was only one wait person. Then we could have made a choice as to whether we wanted to stay or not.

We'll always go back to Quince and Amaya - in fact we are regulars at both places, but the others need put forth a little more of an effort.

ISO a great Mac and Cheese

Thanks for the great suggestions, especially about the patio as well. I can't wait to try these and report back! Maybe even tonight.

ISO a great Mac and Cheese

Ever since Mirabelle (Yonge south of Eglinton),closed it's doors, I have been searching for a mac and cheese that compares to theirs. It was rich, cheesey and slightly runny - heavenly comfort food.

Scottsdale/Phoenix Great dinners

We will be staying at the Scottsdale oldtown Marriott. The plan is to have a rental car and price is not an issue although we all love good food at a reasonable price. Have done the fine dining at great expense and must say prefer good food and ambience at reasonable prices. For instance, last year we went to Tucson and really enjoyed Cafe poca casa and North.

For Sunday night, a good hearty pig out meal is not out of the question. Steak or someplace with real southwestern cuisine would be perfect.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Jan 08, 2009
Jelly Belly in Phoenix

Scottsdale/Phoenix Great dinners

8-10 of us will be visiting for the Rock and Roll half marathon on a Running junket from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We all love good food & a fun atmosphere. For Saturday night there must be pasta for the pre race carbo loading. For sunday night a good celebratory meal! What can you suggest to round out what will be a memorable trip?

Jan 06, 2009
Jelly Belly in Phoenix