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Unique, Offbeat yet still healthy and delicious

Thanks for all of the amazing rec's everyone! I can't wait to try them out. I love how there are so many fresh farm to table places here. I've only been to a handful of places but so far I'm really impressed by LAs cuisine (today went to Huckleberry's for lunch, last night Fred 62 for late night food binge, and Alcove for lunch). Will keep updating this post on how things work out, thanks again!!

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Fred 62
1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mar 24, 2011
Jacquelyn in Los Angeles Area

Unique, Offbeat yet still healthy and delicious

Coming in from NYC and staying with a non foodie. I love strange little cafes/hole in the walls with unique dishes but unfortunately everything I've found that fits the description serves greasy spoon fair or generally unhealthy foods and although it sounds yummy (donuts & french dips..oh my!), can't eat that right now. I don't eat red meat and am gluten free but I don't really want to make my friend suffer through vegan cuisine I know she will hate.

Any suggestions for places with unique menus and healthy options? I'm staying in downtown LA and traveling a lot to Venice but could really go anywhere.

PS- I could def splurge on some non healthy places as long as they are worth it ;)

Mar 23, 2011
Jacquelyn in Los Angeles Area

Fun weird restaurants in LA?

Thanks for posting this beefleef, I'm visiting in a few weeks, coming from NYC, and looking for pretty much the same thing! I've checked almost all of the rec's (some really good ones!) and a though a lot of places look fun, some of the food looks sort of gross/bland.

Out of the rec's so far, these seem appealing:

http://www.palmsthai.com/palm%20thai%...
http://www.cliftonscafeteria.com/home...
http://gardensoftaxco.com/
http://www.elcoyotecafe.com/index_lo....
http://polkacatering.com/
http://www.velvetmargarita.com/vmc.html
http://www.rahelveggiecuisine.com/ind...

I don't eat red meat so although the steak places looked cool, not my thing. Any other good affordable (ie under $20/entree) places with good kitsch/weirdo factor AND really tasty food? Any places with interesting dishes you don't find at your avg restaurant?

Thanks LA Hounders, looking forward to eating up your city ;)

Feb 04, 2010
Jacquelyn in Los Angeles Area

French for a Francophile

Aw that's too bad. Lucien is a hop away from the F though if that's close to you at all. I cannot stress how good their Canard aux Figues et Ravets is (Magret and confit of duck on a bed of spinach, figs, and turnips). Do go at some point!

Jan 21, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

French for a Francophile

I recently took my friend who is from Paris to L'Orange Bleue. She's since been back by herself about 10 times. She says it's just like the places she loves back home. Laid back, good food, fun atmosphere. Try the duck bastilla, it's really good.

My favorite French place is Lucien though I cannot vouch for authenticity since I've never been to France. Def get the duck there as well!

Jan 20, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Best Croissants on the UES?

This is so not at all on the UES but have you ever tried the croissants at the Donut Pub on 14th? I have no idea why, but they're pretty amazing, or at least they used to be. And it's 24 hrs!

Jan 18, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

tpoutine - the real deal or poser?

Sadly, I was really let down by this place. I was so excited after visiting Montreal that a poutine place had opened but after my first visit several months ago, I have not been back.

We waited 45 mins for 3 orders when the place was empty and it still tasted like crappy fast food.

Maybe it was an off night but I really don't think so. In the same neighborhood there's Shopsins who I''m going to guess probably does a better job.

Jan 18, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Gimmicky restaurant for 20th Birthday

I was sort of tricked into going to Lucky Cheng's once. It actually wasn't that bad. The entertainment was awesome and the food not so bad. Plus I got free backrubs.

Can't vouch for it, but I've always wanted to try that Russian Samovar place uptown.

Also, I love Congee Village (Allen/Delancey) The food is good and super cheap. They have karaoke rooms in the bottom and it's pretty kitschy.

Other than that, maybe somewhere with live music or bellydancing?

Good luck and happy bday to your sis :)

Jan 18, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Visiting from Norway - one week, don´t want to miss a thing

How exciting coming all the way from Norway! My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood a few blocks from Lafayette and also hate having to reserve (don't risk it on your must try's though!).

Would def second the Blue Ribbon & Aquagrill suggestions (get a seafood plateau & sake... mmm).

Also try: Public for brunch, Freeman's is fun and has some exotic meat choices, the duck at Lucien and Spring Natural for nice big salads in the neighborhod. L'Organe Bleu also has a nice fried duck roll and is fun if you want live music and dancing.

For noodles there are so many great Asian restaurant to try. Maybe NY Noodletown?

You're staying in such a great foodie neighborhood (walking distance from Chinatown, Little Italy, West Village, Greenwich Village, etc) you won't have a problem! Just let yourself get lost and always save room for dessert :)

Jan 18, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Recs for 2 couples who can't agree

Never said to take them to Blue Ribbon FOR fried chicken, just mentioned it because it's a good example of some of the yummy comfort food on their extensive menu. I'm actually from the south originally and would definitely take my family here if they visited again. They give you huge portions and it's spacious and friendly like many southern restaurants but still maintains a "hip" NYC atmosphere.

I think the steakhouse idea is another great option. My parents constantly ask me about the famous steakhouses they see on tv (like Peter Lugers).

Jan 13, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Your 2010 "Must Try" List

Great topic! I've had a very long to-go-to list which I've recently been checking off one by one (L'Orange Bleue, Via Della Pace, Hundred Acres, Five Points, Prime Meats, Public...all new favs!) Here are the ones I haven't tackled quite yet:

Antibes Bistro
Apiary
Cafe Katja
Cafe Select
Doughnut Plant
Elizabeth
Fat Hippo
Fatty Crab
Jacques
Kafana
Kinski
La Superior
L'Ecole
Le Cubain
Northern Spy Food
Pravda
Prune
Pure Food and Wine
Russian Samovar
Sanctuary Tea
Shopsin's
The Clerkenwell
The Stanton Social
Union Sq Cafe

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Your 2010 "Must Try" List

Have to say I was really disappointed with Tpoutine. I was really excited about it's arrival after getting back from Montreal but it was nothing like the excellent poutine places there. Plus I waited about 40 mins for 3 to go orders when there was no one in the place. Maybe it was an off night though?

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Vegetarian food tasting menu for first anniversary help?

Aww this is such a cute post! It's nice to see a hubby go out of his way to treat his wife to a nice surprise.

Let's see, my bf and I eat a lot of vegetarian food but not too many fancy places come to mind. We just received a gift certificate to Dirt Candy which I've heard very good things about and looks amazing.

Also, a place we've been dying to try is Pure Food and Wine. It's raw food which might sound not so good, but people say it's incredible. I walk by there all the time and it's very romantic looking and possibly a good choice for you guys.

Good luck!!

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Cooking class for couples?

2nd Camaje!

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Recs for 2 couples who can't agree

Haha oh my! It seems like ya'll are gonna have an innerestin' time! Luckily there's plenty of places I think will be great for all of you. How about Blue Ribbon Bakery on Downing & Bedford? They have a huge menu including "fancy" fried chicken and the BEST choc chip bread pudding EVER. Public would be good for brunch since it's cheap but still a foodie fav (try the turkish eggs, sounds weird but very tasty). Markt would also be a good choice as the menu and the portions are both huge. Happy dining!

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

PS - We'll be renting a car for a few days while we're there so "outer burrough" dining experiences are also appreciated.

*TIP: if anyone needs to rent a car, there's an Enterprise on Saint-Jacques Ouest where we found rentals for $9/day!!

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

LOVE Peruvian!! Tx guys

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

Perfect! My boyfriend (a Nick as well!) is a very big beer fan. Tx so much :)

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

We tried Patati Patata last time, soooo good! Jardin Tiki looks pretty amazing for kitsch factor alone. Tx for the great rec's.

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

This place looks awesome! Def will be a lunch pick, tx!

Cocktail party with appetizers for 20 people

I gave my sister a bridal shower at Lulu's in Soho on Mulberry st. They have (had?) a private room in the back and were so amazingly accommodating. The food was INCREDIBLE and I think they charged us something like $20-25 person for a huge brunch with wine. If that doesn't work, maybe try Jo's? Good luck!

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Something comparable to Bianca's experience, prices, atmosphere?

Definitely try Da Andrea (13th st btwn 5/6 ave) and Via Della Pace (48 E 7th st). I live very close to Bianca's and love it as well!

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Meet the Parents Brunch

100 acres is nice for a group. I took 6 friends there last week for brunch and everyone was pleased. Also Jo's is nice and quite. Check Open Table for reservations and good luck!

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Breakfast Bagel

I really like David's Bagel on 1st Ave 19/20th st. Also, and I can't believe I'm saying this, there's a Ray's pizza on st marks and 3rd that has amazing egg bagel sandwiches in the morning.

Jan 12, 2010
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

Hi all! My boyfriend and I visited Montreal from NYC last year for Vday: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/591822 Now we're getting ready for round 2!

I've been compiling a list from the board rec's but If anyone has any MORE/NEWER tips on eccentric finds, dark cafes, quirky bars, strange & ecclectic menus or cozy hole in the walls, I would love it. We don't care too much for the overpriced chi chi. Nothing super loud or obnoxious.

Last year we went to:
le paris (very good!
)stash cafe (dying to come back for the duck)
chez cora (enjoyed several breakfasts here)
alpenhaus (nicest staff ever)
patati patata (def coming back)
le petit alep (Mmmmm)
milos (we had a gift certificate...there's one here in NYC too!)
chocobel (OMG!)
the bagel place (Meh)
foufounes electriques (very cool bar)
bar flye (really friendly bar)

Not too many hole in the walls but everything was wonderful and we can't wait to try more!

Here are a few places we were told to try:
Au pied de cochon
Else's
Sur Bleury
Bouchees Gourmandes
Aux Délices de d'île Maurice (aka Sylvester's)
Le Piton de la Fournaise
Byblos
Le Fromentier
Fous Desserts
Les Saveurs du Plateau
Bouchonné comptoir à vin
Pop!
Café Myriade
Bistro Bienville
Au Cinquième Péché
Les 3 Petits Bouchons
Le Jolifou
La Binerie Mont-Royal
Fuchsia

Any opinions or off the beaten trek suggestions are appreciated. We're staying on Rue St Denis South this year (latin quarters I think?)

TX chow hounderzzz!!!

Under the Radar - East Village Recs

Oops forgot to mention my all time east village fav Lucien. I've been countless times and have never tasted any entree less than perfection. The duck magret & confit with figs is probably my favorite dish in NYC.

Nov 15, 2009
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Under the Radar - East Village Recs

I love Wechsler's! To this great list I would add: Decibel, Three of Cups, Downtown Bakery (very casual Mexican), Paprika, Yummy House (casual Chinese), Yokocho Village, Quantum Leap (veggie), Mama's (BYOB!), Mara's, May's & Sigiri (Sri Lankan).

For diner/casual B&H and Stage are amazing - not under the radar but so good!

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Three of Cups
83 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Downtown Bakery
69 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Quantum Leap
226 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Yummy House
76 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Wechsler's
120 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

Nov 15, 2009
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

West 4th St/near NYU restaurant for dinner?

I would second La Lanterna for dessert (definitely ask for a table in the back, very pretty) and would also second Da Andrea if you can get in for dinner (the salmon with shrimp cavatelli is AMAZING!). For something very casual, cheap and neighborhoody I'd suggest Dojo. It's on West 4th and has a ton of vegetarian options. Probably a better pick for lunch but if you're in a bind not a bad option! Noho Star is also nice but may be a little out of your price range depending on what you order. Good luck!

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Da Andrea
35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

La Lanterna
129 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Noho Star
330 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Dojo
14 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

Nov 15, 2009
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Best hot chocolate in the city?

Wow that's awful! Good to know though, thanks.

Nov 15, 2009
Jacquelyn in Manhattan

Best hot chocolate in the city?

Really?? I haven't been in a while but I used to really enjoy their breakfast. Not so much their dinner though. Have you been recently and it was bad?

Nov 14, 2009
Jacquelyn in Manhattan