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Bordeaux/Dordogne/Paris recap

Love your report!! Am just now thinking of our summer plans to visit Dordogne/Paris (from Brooklyn!) and your descriptions are really helpful (a straw in your Americano??). Thanks for taking the time to post this.

about 21 hours ago
Treece in France

Thinking of moving from Brooklyn, NY to Austin--what would I be in for, foodwise?

Well, this probably won't answer your questions, but . . . . I have lived in Brooklyn for 12 years. Before that, I lived for 4 fine years in Austin. There is no comparing the food options between the cities. That said, we return to Austin once or twice a year and food is always a big deal on our visits. We are flying there tomorrow and I'm already planning out our BBQ and tacos and steaks. Stuff you just can't get in Brooklyn (or if you can, you pay way too much and you have to suffer to find it).

Whole Foods and Central Market provide some pretty good and thorough shopping, though obviously don't compare to the sophistication and breadth you are accustomed to. Still, my guess is you will find one or two places in each category that will satisfy your hankering. And you will find that the pleasant weather and awesome vibe in Austin go a long way to making even mediocre (or bad) food taste much, much better. Especially after you've had a margarita or two.

Plus, if you're really a chowhound, think of the challenge of finding a really funky unpasteurized cheese or beautiful baguette in Austin. Much harder than in Bk.

Nov 23, 2009
Treece in Austin

Piquant on Flatbush Ave.

anyone?

Nov 14, 2009
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Where do I go now that LaNell's has closed?

Need elderflower liqueur and other fancy spirits.

Jul 11, 2009
Treece in Outer Boroughs

james restaurant in prospect heights

The revamped space looks terrific and we've wondered how the food is. Thanks for the report - we are going to check it out!

Jul 01, 2008
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Koto Sushi on 6th Ave & Flatbush

I hardly think that either Taro or Koto qualifies as the sort of high-end restaurant that can impose a noncompete on its employees.

That said, we've gone back to Koto every week for the past month or so and have really enjoyed it. Masa (the owner) works hard to get quality fish, and we've had some delightful sashimi and sushi, usually at Masa's recommendation. His mackerel sashimi is really terrific. And I've had some awesome scallop sashimi. I do love the neighborhood, familial atmosphere (Masa and his wife Mandy are really lovely). So we keep going back.

Jul 01, 2008
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Koto Sushi on 6th Ave & Flatbush

We've ordered from Koto a few times and finally wandered in for dinner the other night. We are fans of Taro, but are now torn between these two, as both are very good. Taro is clearly the more adventurous, but Koto wins in terms of underdog charm. We walked in - my sons (6 and 8) and I - and the owners immediately recognized us from our deliveries (it is a simple operation at this point, and one of the chefs sometimes delivers). They treated us to Toro and Conch on the house, and were very attentive. The fish is fresh, the chicken katsu (a traditional fried chicken cutlet) lightly and delicately fried.

It is worth patronizing -- a great alternative to Geido (on Flatbush, doesn't deliver) and Taro (on Dean, delivery is slow).

May 19, 2008
Treece in Outer Boroughs

quick - i have a rare chance to dine alone - where should i go?

no kids, no husband, no friends, no clients, no colleagues. should be downtown and super good food.

Apr 03, 2008
Treece in Manhattan

Adventurous Restaurant for Kids

My kids also like sushi, korean bbq, thai, and dim sum. And they LOVE ssams at momofuku.

Mar 27, 2008
Treece in Manhattan

Georgian Food?

thanks very much. how sad that Georgian food hasn't really made its way to brooklyn! it really is very delicious.

Nov 21, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Georgian Food?

Just back from Moscow and was amazed at my dinner in a Georgian restaurant - who doesn't love flaming skewers of meat served on top of fruit? Where can I find this in New York??

Nov 21, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

alternative to Sripraphai?

Thanks for the good recommendations. We ended up walking over the Brooklyn Bridge into Chinatown. But we'll try some of these places in the near future.

Sep 17, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

alternative to Sripraphai?

we were hoping to go this weekend but i just read on the boards that it's closed for vacation this week. super disappointed. do we have any delicious thai alternatives in queens??

Sep 15, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Food Adventures with Parents

My folks love Greenpoint for Polish food. And we've had great success taking trips for Korean BBQ in Flushing and Argentinean steak in Elmhurst. Also, if you're willing to venture to NJ, try Mitsuwa in Edgewater (not sure how you get there on public transport, but it is something to behold!).

Aug 30, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Best sommelier in the city?

I thought the sommelier at the Modern (Stephane, I believe) was incredible. Really helpful and knowledgeable.

Aug 30, 2007
Treece in Manhattan

Franny 2 Star

I'm a huge Franny's fan (yeah for the two stars!!), but I can't take my husband because he's always moaning about the prices. I don't understand his gripe - we spend the same amount eating at Otto, which I view as comparable (except it does not strive, like Franny's does, to support environmentally sustainable agriculture).

In any event, each time I eat there, I am inspired by their inventive food combinations. The vegetable dishes are always spectacular. I have had three or four outstanding pasta dishes. And my kids (!) love the octopus, which is invariably tender and delicious, and the sea salt pizza (who doesn't love some good salt floating in fabulous olive oil on a perfect pizza crust?). Plus, I thought Bruni's review completely missed another reason to head to Franny's - the cocktails! The bar is just as creative as the kitchen, using herbs, fruits and vegetables to great effect.

Aug 29, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

AOC Bistro (Fifth Ave) Brunch Report

My family and I had brunch at AOC Bistro on Sunday. The food was exceptionally good, so wanted to give y'all the scoop.

First of all, the bread in the basket is excellent - great texture, chewy crust. We started with the charcuterie plate - really nice selection of pate, cornichon, olives, saucisson, etc. I had the merguez sandwich - different bread, softer, perfect for sandwiches. One of my sons had the onion soup, again, very good. My husband had a croque madame - unbelievably good, stuffed with ham and covered in cheese, topped with an egg. But the best part of the meal was the french toast (pain perdu) that my youngest son ordered. WOW! I have not had french toast that good, well, ever. It was just delicious (my mouth is watering just thinking about it now!).

We will definitely go back. Great addition to the neighborhood (and hands-down beats Moutarde, which I have always found substandard).

Aug 29, 2007
Treece in Outer Boroughs

Cheap Eats around Wall Street? $5-$10 picks?

Don't forget about Sophie's on New St (btw Beaver and Exchange). And Chipotle near Bowling Green.

Aug 10, 2007
Treece in Manhattan

report - two dinners in SF

Dear SF hounds,

Just returned from a quick business trip in SF, with meals planned after consulting you experts.

First dinner at A16 - it was delightful. Pizzas were very good (not quite as good as my beloved Franny's in Brooklyn, but excellent still) and service was quite attentive for such a bustling place. Nice wine list.

Second dinner at Gary Danko - we got in off the wait list at the last minute - how lucky! It was truly divine. I haven't had a meal like that in NYC in a LONG time. Everything was just perfect. I started with lobster, rock shrimp and corn risotto - heavenly! Then on to seared tuna - terrific. Then bison with little spaetzle - incredibly rich and delicious. Finished off with tastes of everything on the cheese tray (we all ordered the cheese). The sommelier helped us select two gorgeous California wines (a Peay pinot noir and a Maybach Materium, both small productions, doubt we'd see them in NY). And then a cable car ride back to our hotel. What more could a girl ask for?

Wish I could live in SF (and eat more meals that someone else is paying for!)!

Sincerely,
A NY hound

Jul 27, 2007
Treece in San Francisco Bay Area

2 business dinners in SF - help!

Thanks very much for the responses - I'm now thinking A16 and Jardiniere.

Jul 11, 2007
Treece in San Francisco Bay Area

2 business dinners in SF - help!

I've done a bunch of searches and can't seem to find exactly what I need, so I'm hoping you SF hounds can help me out. I'll be in SF soon for business and need to plan two dinners with colleagues.

The first one should be not too crazy - I was thinking maybe Slanted Door or Zuni, though I have been to both before and if anyone has any other suggestions, I'd certainly take them. Would Boulevard be good?

I'd like something more upscale for the second one. I tried Gary Danko, but can't get in until 9 p.m., which is probably too late since it will be midnight for us NY'ers. One of my colleagues has been to Mina, so that's out. What else would be fabulous?

Thanks in advance!

Jul 10, 2007
Treece in San Francisco Bay Area

[DFW] NY hound needs fabulous dinner for one in dallas - staying at the crescent! thanks

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Jan 25, 2007
Treece in Texas

sasabune

That is SO great. Sasabune was a favorite when I lived in LA, and a few years ago I got to visit the Honolulu restaurant. I love it. That crab roll is heavenly. Like dessert.

Nov 16, 2006
Treece in Manhattan

40th birthday - where would you go?

I second Blue Hill at Stone Barns. We went recently after spending the day shopping at Woodbury Common. Quite a fun outing.

Nov 16, 2006
Treece in Manhattan

sasabune

Is there now a Sasabune in NYC?????

Nov 16, 2006
Treece in Manhattan

Best Prosciutto?

In my opinion, two important part of what makes a ham (prosciutto or jamon) delicious are (1) slicing (must be extremely thin) and (2) the "place" of the ham. Even a San Daniele can be unimpressive if it's at the beginning or end of the ham, or if it's in a particularly fatty place. I have had good experience with the ham slicers at Dean & Deluca and at Fairway in Brooklyn. Don't bother ordering expensive ham from Fresh Direct. They slice it way, way too thick.

Nov 10, 2006
Treece in Manhattan

thanksgiving in Ann Arbor

Have you checked with the Gandy Dancer?

Nov 08, 2006
Treece in General Midwest Archive

Taralucci e Vino - Quick Report

We dined at Taralucci e Vino last night. We had been here before for a quick glass of wine and snack (vitello tonatto) and we really like the laid-back vibe and excellent wine list (not to mention the superb coffee). The location (on 18th just off Union Square) is also very convenient.

Last night our group of 4 shared a number of dishes, including: wild boar prosciutto (very nice), salumi, beet and arugula salad (perfectly dressed), pasta with duck sauce (excellent), gnocchi (the creamy sauce with pancetta was like dessert), braised pork belly (the fig sauce was a little too much). The highlight of the meal was a fried lamb chop - it was really outstanding. I would go back just for that. Desserts were not all that impressive (I didn't like the orange mousse), but I thought the pumpkin gelato was tasty.

We will definitely go back.

Nov 08, 2006
Treece in Manhattan

French restaurant in Soho

Ah, the end of an era. . . .

Nov 06, 2006
Treece in Manhattan

French restaurant in Soho

How is Provence these days?

And can you go to Tribeca? Montrachet is still outstanding.

Nov 06, 2006
Treece in Manhattan