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Madrid and Segovia in early March

My girlfriend and I will be in Madrid the first week of March and are looking for recommendations for the following:

In general we're looking for moderately priced places, for dinner, and good, but inexpensive for lunch. Spanish, tapas type cuisine only.

Dinner near the Westin Palace for our first night - walkable distance i.e. approx. 15 mins.

Paella - great place for Paella (open on location and price) willing to spend a bit more on this and happy to cab it if needed.

Flamenco - wouldn't necessarily eat there, but would love to see a show or hear some Spanish guitar music and if there's good food all the better.

Segovia - Lunch

Any and all recommendations are welcome. Also, anything we need to be aware of, other than the usual, as we'll traveling on our own.


Feb 22, 2015
jrgkittredge in Spain/Portugal

Down to Two - Please Weigh In - Quality Meats vs. BLT Steak

Finally narrowed down the choices based on location, price, and menu for a steak dinner (something we rarely eat) near our hotel and Central Park. It's down to Quality Meats and BLT Steak.

This will be NYE so want a place that tends to be lively and has really good food. Which do you recommend? Please these two only.


Dec 08, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

NYE Midtown - Need Recommendations for Speciic Area and Price

Thanks, my bad I forgot to say I had already checked Ma Peche and they have no availability. Georgette is a fixed menu for at $150pp without tax, tip, or a glass of wine so that's going to be beyond our budget.

Anything else you might recommend?

Dec 06, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

NYE Midtown - Need Recommendations for Speciic Area and Price

We're planning to go to Central Park for the fireworks at midnight and are staying at the NYC Palace at Madison and 50th. As we will be walking everywhere that night we want to do dinner somewhere that is between the hotel and Central Park South i.e. no further west than 8th avenue at the farthest point, nothing below 50th, nothing further east that the hotel. We could go up a bit into the 60's east or west but wouldn't want to go too far.

We want a place that is sit down, will take reservations, but prefer it not be prix fixe, though we're willing to consider that if needed. We don't want super fancy or stuffy, old time NYC type places would not be our thing.

Cuisine: My friend and I like good food and are open to most cuisines, however, we're not quite at the true foodie level so probably a bit more traditional or basic within each category works best. Russian, Spanish or Tapas, Korean BBQ might be fun, steak places, American, Greek, Cuban, Brazilian, French, Asian. We do a lot of very good Italian at home so it's not top of the list, but certainly okay. Prefer no seafood.

Price Point: All up food, tip, tax, drinks we'd like to not go beyond $100pp max. We will do little in the way of cocktails as we'll be doing drinks before and after. so don't need to have a large budget for that. We won't be ordering a bottle of wine or several cocktails.

I'd prefer not Betony, Benoit, or The Modern as I've eaten at them many times.

Suggestions would be so welcome, I've been looking at ideas for weeks now and am on overload. I've tried to be specific enough to hone it down, I hope it's not too specific.

Thanks for your help.

Dec 05, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Could Use a lot of Help

So helpful, now I just wish I had more time so I could eat more meals.

Nov 22, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Could Use a lot of Help

These are all great, just what I was looking for thanks!

Nov 22, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Could Use a lot of Help

I haven't been to the Rainbow Room in forever, what a fun idea. While it's expensive I think this may just be the place we splurge for our last meal.

Thanks for the suggestion, so fun.

Nov 22, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Could Use a lot of Help

Cost: <100 for everything - so probably around 40-60 for food
Fun/Cool - Places with funky or artistic décor, busy but not crazy crowded
Cuisine: Prefer not Italian or Asian al all

Nov 22, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Could Use a lot of Help

We're spending several days in NYC in December Here's what we could use help with:

NYE dinner - either fairly near the Palace hotel or down toward Central Park. We'll eat late, nice atmosphere/vibe, but not super expensive (<$100pp) and not romantic. American, French, Tapas, Greek, Russian, other, just no Italian or Asian please.

Breakfast - Simple, cheap, near Palace hotel, i.e 15-20 mins. walk. Diners, delis, great bakeries, breakfast places are all good. Prefer places where there isn't a huge wait.

Brunch - walking distance from hotel - higher end than the typical breakfast place. Nice brunch atmosphere can be moderate to moderately expensive i.e. entrees in the 20's.

Dinner in Soho/Chelse/west side/Greenwich/Nolita - we'd like to head down to one of the neighborhoods to stroll and have dinner. Would like to go to a fun place, cool vibe, not expensive more moderate, open on type of cuisine.

I know this is a lot to ask, any and all help is super appreciated.


Nov 20, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Brunch at Tavern on the Green

Has anyone had brunch at TG recently? Was it good? I'm thinking of going there over the new year's weekend, but haven't heard much about it since it re-opened.


Nov 20, 2014
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Help - New Restaurant in Newton Center - Can't Remember the Name

I was in Newton Center recently and noticed a new restaurant on Union Street. I believe it was Cuban Fusion or something like that and the name of the restaurant began with a "C".

It looked really interesting, but I can't find anything about it on the web and was hoping to see a menu.

Does anyone know the name of this place?


Business Dinner near Ritz Carlton [San Francisco]

I am taking a small group, 5-6, of colleagues out for dinner during the week. We will be staying at the Ritz and would like to walk to a nearby restaurant if possible.

We'd like a place where we can chat, so not too noisy, but a lively, nice atmosphere would be fun. We'd prefer not to be overly formal or stuffy.

We're very eclectic eaters, and some of the group travels quite a bit, so something a little different would be nice, i.e. no Italian or a steak places.

Price range moderate, preferably entrees in the 20's to 30's.

Suggestions welcome.


Moderate Dinners in Palm Beach with No Car

I'm staying at the Omphoy for a long weekend, and am looking for some recommendations that are relatively near. We can take a taxi, but would like to stay fairly close by to keep cost down.

I have a reservation for a special dinner at Buccan, but am looking for a couple of more moderately priced places. Seafood, Cuban, tapas, American, we're pretty open. Would prefer not to do Asian or Italian if possible as we do a lot of that at home.

Entrees in the mid-20s is fine.

Thanks in advance.

New Year's Day Dim Sum - Food, Service and Environment?

I'm looking to do Dim Sum on New Year's Day and would like to get both a good meal and good service in a pleasant environment, but the reviews are so mixed.

Winsor sounds like it's great food, but not a great environment, not sure maybe I misread? Others sound like they have good food, but bad service.

I tend to prefer made to order, but am happy to do carts. I'm flexible on price and location, so Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Metro-West are all fine.

If you had to give an overall rating that included the food, service, and environment what would be your top suggestions?

Thanks for the help.

Anyone eaten at Lavender in Sudbury? Thinking of going there Xmas Day

We were planning on going to Lotus Blossom, but it's booked the entire day. Has anyone eaten at Lavender? How would you compare it to Lotus Blossom or Chang An in Concord? We're looking for good basic Chinese.


Moderate Options in Walking Distance of Warwick Hotel

I was also wondering about Pulse or Fig and Olive. Would either of those be good?

Sep 24, 2013
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Moderate Options in Walking Distance of Warwick Hotel

I am staying at the Warwick hotel and taking a few folks out for dinner. I am looking for something relatively close (within a few blocks) as we'll want to walk

I'm hoping to keep price moderate under $30 for an entrée, and a place where we can chat and enjoy lingering a bit over the meal with a nice or interesting atmosphere would be great.

I've looked at Seasonal Restaurant and Wein Bar and Kilo, both look interesting, anyone know these places?

As for cuisine I'd prefer no Indian, Asian, or Italian. Almost anything else is fine.

Any and all suggestions welcome.


Sep 24, 2013
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Staying at the Lenox Hotel Looking for New Year's Eve and Day Dining Options

We're in town for the weekend and looking for places for both New Year's even and a New Year's day brunch. We'd like to keep it within walking distance from the Lenoxl so we don't need to hassle with parking. And prefer a place where we can make reservations.

Open on the type of cuisine, but don't want overly fancy or formal. Prefer to not to a prie fixe menu, would rather places that are serving the regular menu.

Looking for good food, good scene, not crazy or rowdy, but lively fun atmosphere.

Saturday Brunch/Lunch and Theater for Special Occaision

Sorry should have given more detail. We're going to the New Amsterdam theater. The train arrives at 11:45 so we're looking for a noon reservation. We'd prefer more of a brunch approach as opposed to just lunch as we won't have eaten prior to arriving. A couple of places I looked at were DB Bistro, CAVA, Glass House Tavern. Any comments on those, or other suggestions?

I had checked the Modern, but htey are booked and both La Grenouille and Jean Georges are a bit far and they only do lunch.

Thanks again for suggestions.

Dec 02, 2012
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Saturday Brunch/Lunch and Theater for Special Occaision

We have ticktes to a 2Pm show on Saturday, Dec. 8. We'll be arriving at Penn Sation and looking to do something that's either on the way or near to the theater.

Are there any places that do Saturday brunch that might be in the neighborhood? Or alternatively, a really nice lunch place? This is a special occasion so looking for a very nice ambiance, well prepared and served food, and a place where you can linger a bit.

As it's lunch and not dinner higher end places are fine. American, French, Spanish, Italian, other. Perfer no Asian.

As we will need to be time sensitive, places where they take reservations would be nice.


Nov 30, 2012
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Drinks Before Dinner in the North End

We're heading out to Taranta for dinner, but wanted to do drinks somewhere before. We'd like a place with good martini's and a lively scene, but not ear shattering music. Would prefer not to have to park twice, so something in the north end would be good where we can easily walk.

That being said if there's someplace around the wattefront that's great we can do that too and then head up to Hanover St.

Help: Lots of Great Restaurant Recommendations, but Which Ones are Walking Distance From My Location?

In DC for a long weekend, staying at the Willard on Pennsylvania Ave. Have seen so many great recommendations for dinner and brunch, but not knowing the city I don't know which ones are within walking distance.

Can someone advise what "area" of the city we're in and what are their top recommendations within walking distance. We'll need dinner and Sunday brunch, and even a breakfast or two.

Prefer restaurants that are moderate in price, the $$$ version of OpenTable i.e. $30 and under for entrees. Nice, fun ambiance. We're two freinds seeing the city and celebrating a mutual birthday.

We prefer no Indian, middle eastern, and we're not big on fish or super spicy, but everything else is good.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Staying for a Week in Madaket on Nantucket - Restaurants?

I'll be out in Madaket for a week and have never stayed on that part of the island. Are there any restaurants out that way? If so can anyone recommend some that are reasonable and maybe one that's higher priced for a special meal?

I'm pretty familiar with the stuff in town, but don't know much outside of the downtown area, so all recommendations are appreciated.

Business Dinner in Midtown West

I should have been a bit more specific. I am fine with the appetizers and drinks being in addition to the $30 entree, so if that helps with other suggestions. I am familiar with Ma Peche, but it's just not quite right for what I'm looking for.

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

Sep 24, 2011
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Business Dinner in Midtown West

I am taking some business colleagues to dinner and would like to find a restaurant that is both suitable and within walking distance. We are staying at the Hilton on the Avenue of the Americas and looking for something that has intersting food and moderate prices.

Here are some specs that might be helpful:

Cuisine: No Italian, No Chinese/Thai

Price Range: Preferably $30 and under for entree (understand drinks, etc. will be extra)

Ambiance: Lively, artsy, interesting, but not so loud you can't hear yourself talk

Number of People: 6 or 7

All of these folks are well traveled and live in major urban areas so I would classify them as foodies.

Any and all recommendations welcome.

Sep 13, 2011
jrgkittredge in Manhattan

Sestri Levante

Looking for recommendations for places to eat in Sestri Levante or nearby towns as I will be staying there for about 4 days and doing some day trips.

Looking mostly for authentic italian and moderate in terms of price, but open to other suggestions.


Jun 21, 2011
jrgkittredge in Italy

Dining in the Italian Lakes

I will be traveling in the Italian Lakes region, specifically around lakes Maggiore and Como and am looking for all kinds of suggestions for dining. We have a car and will be driving round. Some of the places we'll be visiting are Bellagio, Stresa, Como, Ascona, and many others.

Any suggestions for lunch and/or dinner anywhere on either lakes is appreciaed. Small authentic places with pasta, seafood, or fine dining, or places with a great view. Mostly we'd like inexpensive to moderate, but don't mind splurging on something really special.

All ideas are greatly appreciated.

Jun 21, 2011
jrgkittredge in Italy

Looking for Moderate Priced, Great French Restaurants in Paris with Style

I need to make reservations for two week night dinners during twhile staying in Paris for myself and some work colleagues.

While I know lots of great restaurants in Paris, they tend to be the more expensive ones, which won't work. I am looking for places that are moderately priced, have really good French food, and an interesting or fun atmosphere. Also, while it doesn't have to be mobbed, I would like a place that is busy and active on a weeknight.

We can easily take a cab so that's not a problem, I just don't really know of anything.


Mar 04, 2011
jrgkittredge in France

Dining Near the Intercontinental on Rue Scribe

I am looking for a few restaurant ideas for dinner with colleagues. If possible, I would like things that are within walking distance of the hotel.

French cuisine, moderately priced, not looking for anything too expensive or fancy/formal. Nice atmosphere, fun, or funky or artsy are great.

Mostly want to be able to enjoy the food and atmosphere and converese.


Mar 03, 2011
jrgkittredge in France

Chinatown - Near Theater District - Traditional

I'm looking for a restaurant for dining prior to a show at the Wang. I like Chinatown a lot (though tend to prefer more traditional fare) and am looking for a recommendation. I'd like to keep it moderate in cost. I've been to Chow Chow City which I liked, but was hoping to try somewher new.

Any suggestions?