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NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2015

I went to Hakkasan for dinner. I've never been before, so can't compare to non-RW. Had the steamed dim sum platter (3), the spicy shrimp w/ egg fried rice and garlic bok choy, nondescript dessert. Had the beverage pairing which was a very generous prosecco pour, a drinkable red, and really delicious jasmine tea. It was an enjoyable meal and I was glad I was alone because it was obnoxiously loud (DJ).

I also went to Root and Bone (dinner). They were kind enough to let my two children split a meal. We got grilled peach salad (great), deviled eggs (didn't have but everyone liked them), edamame (fine). Shrimp and grits (restaurant was WAY too hot and it was too rich to finish, but it was good), chicken and waffles (children prefer pies 'n thighs or blue ribbon chicken), short rib meatloaf (fine). Dessert was small, but nice. You also got to pick a side for the table (per two people) so we got both the watermelon w/ lemon verbena (i'd rather just eat plain watermelon) and the mac n' cheese (fine, not earth shattering). Lovely service.

In past years, I've done the Dutch (lunch) which I personally prefer during RW because the portions are perfectly sized so I can eat an app, entree, and dessert w/o being too full. I've also done RP and it's quite nice.

I also enjoy Blue Smoke because I'm a sucker for a beer pairing. This is also a restaurant I eat at during non-RW and I find the food to be comparable.

Aug 05, 2015
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Suggestions for picky eater....

Vesalka makes a decent burger. Will your dad eat wiener schnitzel? Then Cafe Katja. Gramercy Tavern has a burger on their lunch menu in their front room.

Jul 14, 2015
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Stroller friendly?

At that age, my preference was the infant car seat that clipped into the stroller. You can take cabs and in restaurants, you can either tuck the baby by your feet or if they have the wooden high chairs, you can flip it and the thingy fits pretty well in there.

Jul 10, 2015
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Spa Castle Premier 57 Manhattan

No. It wasn't. I only went once. People are really clueless who go. So TONS of really loud talking in the saunas. Big groups of tourists in full make-up and bathing suits in the same sex area. You're much better off going some place in K-town unless you really need to go with someone of the opposite sex. Same sex area is tiny, so it's not really a place where you could hang out for an extended period of time.

Jun 30, 2015
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Spa Castle Premier 57 Manhattan

I can't remember the prices off the top of my head, but I remember thinking no way I was going to pay those prices when I could just walk out the door and get some decent ramen. I want to say that my sister paid maybe $20 for a soup (it was the cheapest thing and she was starving).

Jun 25, 2015
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Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

and Vietnamese. and if you have a love of tropical fruit. I eat my weight in jackfruit every time I'm in So Cal.

Jun 12, 2015
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Gramercy Tavern - lunch or dinner tasting menu?

I've done both. You definitely get more amuse etc at dinner. It's more of an experience at dinner. I also think that the better waiters work the front room at lunch. Of course, the waiters in the back are still very excellent. If I were to do a lunch prix-fixe, I would pick Bouley or Del Posto. They are definitely closer to a dinner experience (if that is your wish). I think most people don't want to spend that much time eating in the middle of the day and restaurants time accordingly.

May 08, 2015
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another slew of dead restaurants

I've always liked Little Big Place. It's not the best Mexican I've ever had, but they were decent before there were decent places in NYC. They're super nice and they've been able to last. I have no idea when they renamed, though.

May 08, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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