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[Merseyside] Botanic Bistro

This place is highly recommended.

Excellent food service and very reasonable prices.

Apr 15, 2010
russbeer in U.K./Ireland

First Trip to NYC, Need suggestions for Best Italian, Best Steak, American Foodie

another vote for Keens over Lugers here. Keens NY Sirloin is one of the best steaks i've ever had hands down.

The Luger burger was good though! The Prime rib sucked!

Feb 22, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

the wife had the burger, it was v good.

Feb 20, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Your Favorite NYC restaurant?

EMP or DB Bistro Moderne for me.

Feb 20, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

I was going to order something more extravagant at Luger's, but it was only lunch, not an evening meal. We had DB Bistro Moderne booked for an early evening meal before we went to a show so couldn't have fit in one of those!

Feb 20, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Romantic Dinner....

I would recommend Eleven Madison Park or DB Bistro Moderne to anyone who is serious about getting a fantastic meal. I couldn't fault either of them, and the wife will adore them as mine did.

Feb 19, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

hi folks, just got home, and had some wonderful meals from your recommendations, in no particular order, here's a few mini reviews!

Keens Steakhouse: After visiting Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn the day before, I honestly cannot see why people rave about the place. Keens was far superior in my opinion and was one of the best steaks I've ever had. I had the NY Sirloin and it arrived simply on a plate with a grilled tomato and nothing else. It didn't need anything else. It said enough! It was an awesome piece of beef with a succulent juicy taste that I've never had from a sirloin before, it was beautifully seasoned and was steak perfection. I cannot recommend the place enough. Reservations are a must though, as we ate midweek at 6pm and the place was jammed.

Peter Luger Steakhouse: Quite disappointing I felt, I'd heard such great things and maybe it was due to what I chose but this was poor by any standards and I have bought a better steak in my local supermarket. I chose the Prime Rib, which was very fatty, and also served in a large deep pool of watery stock-type "gravy". That said, the steak sauce was nice and the giant cheesecake slice for dessert was heaven. Service is really lacking there compared to other places too.

Nougatine at Jean George: I played it safe (or so I thought) with the starter and ordered Caesar Salad which was incredibly bitter and I had to return it for another appetiser which I have never ever done before, and I didn't think it was possible to make a bad caesar! I ended up with Butternut Squash soup and the wife had goats cheese fondue which were very tasty. We followed that with Pan fried cod for the wife and Red Snapper for myself, both of which were very good.

Artisanal: Now, i'd never heard of this place before Chow users pointed it out and must admit because of the kudos it had from you guys i was expecting something quite special. What we got was not special at all (apart from the wifes dessert) Starters of the charcuterie board and Beet Salad were followed by Scallops (only 3 of) and chicken "under a brick" and they took forever to arrive. We were not seated til 45mins after our original reservation time (which we were 30 mins early for) and not one apology was given. The wifes dessert of passion fruit panna cotta was a triumph though. The only reason I would give this place another try is the fact that it was Valentines Day evening and its not fair to judge any restaurant on that day!

DB Bistro Moderne: Excellent. Service, Decor, Atmosphere and most of all food. We were treated brilliantly and would recommend this place to anyone. Alaskan King Crab and Tarte Flambee for appetisers, Paleron (exquisitely tender beef steak) on horseradish pome puree and Berkshire Pork Chop for entrees, chocolate bar and apple and cinnamon tarte tatin for desserts and a small plate of house made macaroons and cookies. Fantastic!!!

Eleven Madison Park: Now this was truly magnificent. I wanted to lick my plate! Right from the start the perfectly sculpted amuse bouche and salted dough balls were totally gorgeous, and they even brought us more bread after seeing how we enjoyed them. The appetisers of King crab linguini and diver scallops were incredibly well done, and an absolute taste sensation. We both followed that with the lamb, which was one of the most finely crafted entrees I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Desserts of chocolate caramel tart and lemon meringue were devoured with equal gusto. An unforgettable dining experience of the very highest calibre, rounded of nicely with a unbelievably tasty alcohol free cocktail "Up The Alley" and impeccable service from our waitress Sambath (i think?)

All in all, we had a great trip. Thanks everyone who recommended, and especially to those of you who recommended DB Bistro Moderne and Eleven Madison Park, which will be the first places we book when we return to NYC in the coming years.

Feb 19, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Bar/pub/drink only recommendations

great stuff thanks.

Feb 02, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Bar/pub/drink only recommendations

Which bars are closest to 57th street in midtown please? For a few relaxed beers, maybe a bit of a music bar, and a cocktail bar please. We don't want to have to travel too far at night.

Feb 01, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

[Lancashire] new marco pierre white venue

ate here on Monday, was very reasonably priced, and although it was opening night, the big man was not there.

Food was of a high standard.

Jan 28, 2010
russbeer in U.K./Ireland

[Lancashire] new marco pierre white venue

in Aughton, Lancashire opening on Monday.

We have a reservation for it, hoping the man himself will be there. Has anyone seen anywhere if he will be or not?

thanks
russ

Jan 23, 2010
russbeer in U.K./Ireland

Day trip to Philly

is the Eastern State Pen worth a visit? Looks spooky!

Are there any viewing platform type places there to see the city from upon high?

Jan 23, 2010
russbeer in Philadelphia

Day trip to Philly

thanks everyone, excellent suggestions and I'm certain we'll love our day in Philly.

Jan 23, 2010
russbeer in Philadelphia

Day trip to Philly

Hi guys, thanks for the replies.

CwDonald, we got married 2 years ago but thanks for the congrats anyway! :o)

We'll be travelling on the train from Penn Station in NYC, and I think it'll be on the Wednesday. Is the Reading Terminal market different to the Italian Market on 9th Street? Which is the better if they are different markets?

I'm a Rocky fan so want to see the statue and steps at the art gallery, other than that we are open to suggestion.

Thanks
Russ

Jan 22, 2010
russbeer in Philadelphia

Day trip to Philly

hi everyone,

The wife and I are taking a day out from our NY holiday to visit Philadelphia and were wondering whats best to see, do and of course, eat.

We should arrive in Philly around 9.30-10am and will leave around 4pm but don't know what to do in the time in between. We'll be wanting some lunch, and I'm eager to try a famous Philly cheesesteak. Any recommendations?

Any ideas for activities would be great too. We'll be there in mid Feb.

thanks
Russ Collinson

Jan 21, 2010
russbeer in Philadelphia

traveling to nyc, need help filling in the blanks

RGR's photo links to her flickr page are a who's who of fine dining in Manhattan.

I've been asking for recommendations recently and Trattoria Tricolori is mentioned an awful lot, and is very reasonably priced. We've booked Artisanal for our Valentines day meal @ $58 per person.

If you want a real "Oooooh" factor, the River Cafe views are unparalleled, but it is over the other side of Brooklyn Bridge and I don't know if you'll have missed out on Valentines reservations by now :o(

We also dined at the Four Seasons restaurant last time we were in NYC and the meal was amazing, but the service we received from the older gentleman waiter was poor, and he had a very bad attitude.

Jan 17, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

Got my reservations all done now thank you everyone.

Got evening meals at Artisanal, Convivio, Keens and DB Bistro Moderne
Lunches at Peter Luger and EMP.

Thanks to everyone for the help and recommendations. I'll post up some opinions when we return near the end of Feb.

Jan 17, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Here's my holiday dining schedule!

1st day - evening meal at Artisanal
2nd day - lunch at Eleven Madison Park. Evening meal at Convivio
3rd day - lunch at Peter Luger, Brooklyn. Evening pre-theatre at DB Bistro Moderne
4th day - Evening meal at Keens Steakhouse

What does everyone think? I've reserved them off everybodies recommendations off here, so would like to say a big thank you to all of you!

Russ

Jan 17, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Best Pre-theatre in Broadway area

Gone with DB Bistro Moderne as I wanted to go Daniel but its too expensive!!

thanks everyone

Jan 17, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Best Pre-theatre in Broadway area

Hi again everyone,

We've just booked tickets to see Phantom of The Opera and we're now looking for a quality pre-theatre meal before the show.

Anything other than thai and spicy food is an option, budget is not a problem as we wouldn't be drinking so we can spend more on food!

Are the Russian Tea Rooms good? We're staying opposite I think.

Would like it to be within short walking distance to the Majestic Theatre on West 44th...

Jan 17, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Bar/pub/drink only recommendations

We're staying two blocks south of Central Park in midtown, some not too far away would be best as we don't want to be walking too far after a few beverages!! cocktail bars, pubs, dance bars, anything is fine by us, and we'll be in town from the sunday to the thursday and will be oout at least 2-3 of the nights.

A posh bar that the celebs drink in would be nice :o)
Thanks.

Jan 16, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Bar/pub/drink only recommendations

I'm 33 and the wife is 31, reasonable prices for cocktails i would say is about $15-17 and I like any type of "lager" as we British call it (Budweiser, Coors etc) although I do prefer foreign beers that I wouldn't find elsewhere.

As for dressing up, we will be in smart casual attire most evenings so we'd be ok for anywhere really.

Jan 15, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

got convivio now. Just looking for one more :o)

are the Russian restaurants any good? I think there is one right near where we are staying...

Jan 15, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Bar/pub/drink only recommendations

Hi again everyone,

Now i've had lots of restaurant recommendations, the wife and I are going to need a few drinks on an evening. The last time we came to the big apple the only bars we found were in hotels. We stayed at the Radisson Lexington last year, and really didn't find anything at all, we were reduced to drinking in the overpriced hotel bar. This time round we're hoping for somewhere to grab a reasonably priced cocktail, a few beers and nothing too noisy, although we might be considering a club one night as well (we're there sunday to thursday, are clubs open then?)

Thanks for any help. I know its a bit off topic :o)

Russ

Jan 15, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Looking for the best cheesecake EVER

Hi all,

My wife and I are in Manhattan for 6 days in Feb and I love cheesecake. New York cheesecake is meant to be the best. I want to taste the best!

Where have Chow users found the best cheesecake in the city? (we will be visiting Brooklyn too)

Many thanks
Russ Collinson

Jan 14, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

i wanted a great steak while we were there so i've just booked Keens, Thanks!

Waiting til later today to book Convivio as its had many recommendations on here.

Jan 14, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

superb, plenty to go on so far but can always use more! Thanks everyone

Jan 14, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

There is a sunday when we are there but it'll be valentines day, and i've booked Artisanal (from you guys recommendation) for that. I'll take a look at Public now for another evening though!

Jan 14, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

ok guys, cancelled the view... keep the recommendations coming!

Jan 14, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan

Quality evening meals in Manhattan for under $70 per person

We're not expecting wonderous things from the View, apart from the actual view itself! Its more for the surroundings than the quality of food itself.

The $70 was for food alone, drinks,tax and tips can be added to it as we are not big drinkers anyway. Foodwise, we don't stray too far from mainstream... chinese, italian, steaks, nothing too adventurous.

Jan 13, 2010
russbeer in Manhattan