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What's within a block or so of Prospect Park subway?

Sorry -- We'd be taking the B train and stopping at the Prospect Park/Empire Boulevard- Flatbush Avenue stop. Thanks!

Sep 20, 2007
Marya in Outer Boroughs

What's within a block or so of Prospect Park subway?

Taking my dad (who's 75 and has lived in California for 50 years) back to his old neighborhood around Park Slope. He can only walk a block or two (tops), but we want to take the subway to the Prospect Park station and find a fun place for lunch within about a block. We're happy with any cuisine -- we just need it to be close to the subway. Thanks for your help.

Sep 20, 2007
Marya in Outer Boroughs

Stanton Social - where to sit?

But is the bar area upstairs still celebratory at 5:00 ala "birthday dinner" material?

Sep 19, 2007
Marya in Manhattan

Stanton Social - where to sit?

Never been to Stanton Social but it's gotten rave reviews on this board and the pictures on the website look great, so I think we'll give it a try for a birthday dinner for our party of four. It looks like a huge restaurant and I would imagine that different parts of it have different levels of ambiance. This will be early on a Friday night (5:00) so we can make a show later. When I make the reservation, what part of the restaurant should I request that we be seated -- upstairs? downstairs? a particular great table? (if they'll allow me to request that kind of detail)? We want it to be extremely celebratory but at the same time, we want to hear each other. Thanks.

Sep 19, 2007
Marya in Manhattan

Coconut lemon cake

I need to get my mother a birthday cake and her favorite thing in the world is coconut lemon cake. What bakery does a good job with this? If the bakery happens to be in the Village (or thereabouts), all the better, but I'm willing to go pretty much anywhere in Manhattan. Thanks!!

Sep 12, 2007
Marya in Manhattan

FESTIVE but not too loud for party of 12?

We're wanting to go on a Saturday night.

Aug 30, 2007
Marya in Manhattan

FESTIVE but not too loud for party of 12?

I posted a while back asking for recommendations for a restaurant where a group of 12 (flying in, primarily from L.A.) could surprise my mom for her 65th birthday.

I definitely need to find a festive place (my mom hates sedate, stuffy places) and the suggestions I received (Lupa, A Voce) were certainly festive, but I'm concerned that they are perhaps too noisy for an older crowd to hear one another.

So I'm trying to find what seems like the impossible balance -- festive, celebratory YET not crazy-loud where we might be straining to hear one another.

Any thoughts on places ---anywhere in Manhattan really-- where I can find this combination? Italian cuisine preferable, but I'm willing to veer from that if need be...

Thanks so much.

Aug 30, 2007
Marya in Manhattan

Warm, intimate Italian for Party of 10

I'm planning a surprise party for my mom, who'll be flying to Manhattan for her birthday weekend. Price and neighborhood not major concerns, but must meet the following criteria:

1) Authentic Italian: non-cheesy yet unpretentious;

2) Although I guess I won't be able to find a private room for a party of 10 (though I'd love one), I wouldn't want the sort of place where the tables are too close together, as there will be all kinds of surprise-related gasps and hollers at our table, and I want this to have an intimate feel; and

3) A celebratory place worthy of the occasion (everyone's coming from all over the country for this surprise: doesn't matter if it's quintessencially Manhattan or just new/hip, but must be memorable).

Really appreciate your thoughts... Thanks in advance.

Jul 25, 2007
Marya in Manhattan

Weekday Breakfast in Rockville

I need to find a good place for a weekday breakfast around Rockville or even Bethesda. I know a few places that have good weekend brunches but they don't appear to be open on weekdays for breakfast. I like the Original Pancake House, but I'm hoping to find something a little nicer than that. Thanks!

Unsweetened coconut milk question

I love cooking Thai, but I'm never able to find unsweetened coconut milk and just about every Thai recipe seems to call for it -- and they make sure to insist that I avoid a sweetened product. I've tried several Asian markets in my area, but the cans never indicate whether they're sweetened or unsweetened. Am I to assume that it's unsweetened even if it doesn't say that on the label? The obvious answer is to just buy a can and taste it, but to me, the cans always have a mild sweetness because such is the nature of the coconut. Your thoughts? Thanks.

Nov 08, 2006
Marya in Home Cooking

Festive Italian recs?

I need to find a fun place to take my mom to dinner when we meet up in Manhattan next week. She loves Italian, and the more upbeat, warm, fun, festive, the better. Maybe some live opera? And yes, I know I should probably specify a neighborhood. We're staying in Midtown, but honestly we're open to anything in Manhattan. Babbo is completely booked, unfortunately. Ideas?

Nov 03, 2006
Marya in Manhattan

No-reservations policy at Ray's the Steaks?

Just called Ray's (the original, in Arlington) and their machine indicated that they no longer take reservations but that I can show up at 4:30 the same day to give them my name. Does this mean that we have to be willing to be seated as soon as they call my name, OR when we come by at 4:30, can we designate a time we want to come later that night?

I love Ray's, but I haven't been there since this no-reservations policy went into effect. It's starting to stress me out! :)

Best eats along the road from DC to WV?

I'm headed out to Lansing, WV to go rafting with some friends the weekend after next and I'm wondering if there are any can't-misses along the way? We'll be taking 68W to 79S to 19S (through Morgantown, Buckhannon, Summersville), and we're hoping to stop somewhere along the way for a good meal (of any kind, any price range, as long as it's memorable). Any ideas? Thanks.