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Need recs for quiet business lunch - Financial District

Agree with Acqua and Dead Rabbit. I've found Les Halles to be loud, even in the back room. There's North End Grill to consider. I've also found Trinity Place in the vault to be pretty quiet. I personally don't care for BLT and I've never heard of anyone ever eating at Church & Dey.

Apr 14, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Correct. Whenever the newest owners took over (altho it's still certified by a rabbi). Their bagels are also different imo. Fluffier. Bialies are still good (some argue better) and I noticed that they have some different flavors of bialies now.

Mar 24, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Kossar's is no longer closed on Saturday.

Mar 24, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

BBQ in Whole Foods Bowery

I was so sad when Yuji left.

Mar 06, 2015
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Mission Chinese Food

me too! i loved their take out.

Feb 26, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

Need opulent/gaudy Indian restaurant!

i would recommend that you walk along 6th st between 1st and 2nd ave and let her pick one. i used to go to one on 1st ave just below 6th st that you walked up a half flight of steps. i'm reading opulent/gaudy as a dangerous number of lights hanging down from the ceiling along with other xmas tinsel,etc. some of them used to have a sitar player sitting in the window playing, so you can always walk that block to see what's available. all of the food is serviceable.

Feb 09, 2015
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Whole Roast Suckling Pig

I've done it at NY Noodletown (for Xmas eve). I ordered it the Friday before (so 4-5 days before but I'm sure you could cut it closer). It was $225. They wrapped it up quite well. They put it in a cardboard (with a cut out for the head) and then put twine and a handle on it. It's a bit bulky, but doable. I have a car, so I just threw it in the back of the station wagon. You could def just take a cab and sit in the back with it. They pack sauce and everything in the box for you.

Honestly, they pack it up so well for you, that you can easily do it by yourself. I brought the kids so that I could double park (and in case I needed help), but I really didn't need it.

Feb 09, 2015
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Banana Bread

I like Cafe Grumpy's. They don't have nuts (b/c I have a kid w/ nut allergies so I have to ask). Cardamom and black pepper. Not too sweet. I wish Cafe Grumpy still made ciabatta.

Feb 04, 2015
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Landmark Movie Theater - 1st Ave and Houston

blue ribbon izayaka. yopparai. cafe katja.

Jan 30, 2015
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Lebanon bologna in NYC?

No. I know the difference between the two. We go pretty far south, so there tends to be very Philadelphia/PA items in the grocery stores. That said, I'll have to stop at Zabar's to pick some up. He'll be quite happy.

Jan 29, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

Lebanon bologna in NYC?

My husband picks it up when we're down at the Jersey shore. I've never seen it in NYC. Sorry.

Jan 28, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

vegan-friendly in Financial District SIT-DOWN

A nicer sit down Indian place is Ruchi. They have 50% off if you eat in at lunch. I generally get Diwan e Khaas for take out (although they have plenty of seating there).

Jan 26, 2015
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Is jicama available anywhere?

i've never had a problem finding it in a grocery store when i'm in the mood for it.

Jan 22, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

vegan-friendly in Financial District SIT-DOWN

nish nush is in tribeca, but i work in FiDi and walk there for lunch.

Jan 21, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

If you're going to do R&D for a sandwich, I'd go to Nordic Preserves instead. I love R&D for when I need lox etc for home, but for a sandwich to eat while I'm out and about, I prefer Nordic Preserves (in Essex Market). You won't go wrong with R&D though.

Jan 15, 2015
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Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

Maybe try vegetarian dim sum house. You'd have to do two large tables though.

Jan 14, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

Zapp's Chips in NYC?

I've seen them at Cheeky's in the LES. Also if you happen to see a Wawa outside NYC, I've seen them there.

Jan 08, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

Locavore gift basket help?

chelsea market baskets will put together gift baskets from vendors in chelsea markets. i think you should be able to get everything in chelsea markets.

Jan 05, 2015
pernodoj in Manhattan

Where's a good place to meet in Chinatown?

There's the Elizabeth Center Mall. No chairs or tables, but there are so many shops that have closed that you could easily sit in a corner (esp if you go downstairs). Cell reception isn't great downstairs.

Dec 23, 2014
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doughnut plant vs dough

I will chime in that tres leches and creme brulee from donut plant are quite good, but my personal favorite is the coconut cream (yeast). HANDS DOWN my favorite donut of all time.

Dec 17, 2014
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Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

Really? I love bun bo hue, but eating pigs feet three times a day seems a bit much. I suppose I could skip the pigs feet, but it wouldn't be BBH w/o pigs feet.

Dec 15, 2014
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sweet sixteen prix fixe lunch and dim sum for 7

I generally shoot to get to Jin Fong before 10:30 and I've been fine. I prefer golden unicorn, but it doesn't have that huge room impact. I read on here that Triple 8 is good again. I haven't been there in well over a decade, but I used to love it.

Dec 09, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Mac 'N Cheese

I like s'mac too. I'm in love with their buffalo chicken one (with blue cheese crumbles on top). Their regular is quite good too.

Nov 07, 2014
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Food spectacles in NYC

I agree with the suggestions (esp Korean BBQ).

Another suggestion is Empellon Cucina. They have a large window that looks into the kitchen. We used to go for brunch (which I think they stopped serving), but my kids used to love to watch the guys in the kitchen prepping. They were also super nice so used to wave and the like to the kids.

Roasting Plant has pneumatic tubes so you can see the coffee beans go from the tubs to the machine and then they brew you a coffee. Coffee is meh, but it's fun for the kids. If they're actually roasting the coffee, it's more fun.

There's a guy in Chinatown on weekends that makes little cakes on the corner of Grand and Bowery. It's $1 for 10-20 cakes (I can't remember). They're pretty tasty.

If your kid likes lox (and the weather is nice enough since there's no seating), Russ and Daughters can be a really lovely experience. You get tastes of the various lox to figure out which he likes etc. I realize that there's a cafe, but I really love the shop.

Pickle guys if he likes pickles. They have a lot of different things pickled and they're super nice about letting kids try various things to try (mango, cherry tomatoes, etc).

Jacques Torres also has glassed in area where you can see chocolates and the like being made. I haven't been in a long time, but I'm sure you could check.

Nov 04, 2014
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Any places that have heritage turkey on the menu right now?

I've never seen it on a menu anywhere. I've gotten the heritage (red bourbon, I think) and I didn't really care for it. I just get the regular from Quattro now.

Oct 24, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

Did you go to the Children's zoo or the main zoo? The Children's zoo is a much better area for toddlers ime. I also used to make a point of standing in front of the clock at the half hour and hour marks.

Oct 23, 2014
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36 hours in the city...

I've recommended it before, but mainly for the view. I would agree that it's expensive, but I like the meat.

Oct 16, 2014
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36 hours in the city...

I personally don't like the brisket although I order it with some regularity for my children. I'll have to try to order it juicy next time.

Oct 15, 2014
pernodoj in Manhattan

A few specific questions about my quick trip to the city this week.

Abraco olive oil cake is better. I also really love their olive cookie (shortbread and olives).

There's seating at the back of Essex Market if it's raining. You could also pick up a sandwich at Nordic Preserves instead of at R&D (depending on what you generally get at R&D).

Oct 15, 2014
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Won't be returning to Per Se

+2. I find you have to be willing to reserve two months out. That said, I'm super happy that she's moving to a bigger space. It's a place I would love to frequent without having to plan two months out.

Bouley used to only give their pound cake to the ladies in the party. Not sure if they still do that.

Oct 03, 2014
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