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Late Night Eats in South Beach

Thanks for the replies! Pubbelly and Yardbird seemed to be the most obvious options for late night dining in the area, but we're happy to consider other options. Again, we don't mind walking (especially if there's lots to see on the way to our destination), so really appreciate the suggestions.

Aug 09, 2012
delikado in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Late Night Eats in South Beach

Hello all,

We'll be visiting South Beach for the first time in a few weeks (coming in from NYC), and will touch down at MIA at around 11pm on a Friday. Assuming that we get to our hotel (Essex House on Collins and 10th St) by midnight or so, could you recommend some places where we can still get a bit of good food to go with our drinks? I was thinking about walking over to where Pubbelly and/or Yardbird are located, but wanted to ask if these places would be jam-packed by then.

Also, can one actually walk from Essex House to Pubbelly? We won't have a car, so will opt for a taxi if that's more practical.

Thanks!

Aug 07, 2012
delikado in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Arriving on Friday evening, looking for a dinner spot...

Thanks, bb! Gitane's menu does look lovely...but they don't have anything till 9:45PM :(

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Gitane Restaurant & Bar
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

Apr 15, 2010
delikado in San Francisco Bay Area

Arriving on Friday evening, looking for a dinner spot...

I realize now that my request was ridiculously vague :( After reading up on the neighborhoods in SF, I was thinking that the Mission would be a cool place to visit on our first night... How is Foreign Cinema? I keep hearing that it's a great place for brunch, but the dinner menu looks interesting, as well. Again, we're looking for a lively (but not deafening) spot that serves good food *and* cocktails.

On a side note, how are the bars in this area? Dive-y?

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Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Apr 15, 2010
delikado in San Francisco Bay Area

Arriving on Friday evening, looking for a dinner spot...

Hello all,

My boyfriend and I will be flying in from New York on Friday, and we'll be staying in the Union Square area. Assuming we get to our hotel at around 8:30-9PM, could anyone suggest a place for dinner? We'd prefer not to venture out *too* far from our hotel, but any place that is within a short train ride or walk would be okay with us.

The ideal place would be lively, entrees in the $20s, good wine/cocktails. We aren't picky about cuisine, but would love to try something that is "quintessentially SF," if that makes any sense.

Thanks!

Apr 14, 2010
delikado in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch after Bliss-Soho

You could try either Mercer Kitchen or Caffe Falai, both of which are about a block away from Bliss Soho. I'm not sure what your definition of 'inexpensive' is, but Mercer has a $26 prix fixe lunch everyday, while Caffe Falai is doing a $20 prix fixe on weekdays (according to their websites).

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Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Caffe Falai
265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Mar 17, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Where can I buy a green tea mille feuille cake?

Hi Vicki,

I'm pretty sure you can get that at Lady M, which is located on E 78th between Park and Madison. I've also seen them sold at the Dean & Deluca on Broadway (Soho), but the flavors vary depending on the day.

http://www.ladymconfections.com/

Mar 16, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Moving to Hell's Kitchen

Personally, I think there's a dearth of good, moderately-priced sushi in Hell's Kitchen, and my old reliable (East Japanese on 55th between 7th and 8th) closes at 11PM. In case you find yourself without any options, you should drop by Sake Bar Hagi, which is on 49th between 6th and 7th. They have an izakaya-style menu (so very few raw items, if any), but the food is delicious, and they're open till 2 or 3AM.

Mar 04, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

cocktails and nibbly things

To add to the wine bar choices: I like Bar Carrera, Bar Veloce, and Terroir, which are all in the East Village.

Mar 04, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Good Eats in/near Hell's Kitchen

You should definitely drop by Casellula (52nd between 9th and 10th). It's a charming little wine bar, with a great small plates menu and cheese selection. It does tend to fill up, though, so I'd recommend going early (right when it opens), or after dinner.

Mar 03, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Birthday dinner - good cocktails?

Another vote for the Modern at the MoMA. I prefer the Bar Room, but as the previous poster mentioned, it can get a little noisy. You could also consider BarBao (modern Asian/Vietnamese) or Yerba Buena Perry (Latin).

Mar 02, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Aldea or Apiary

Quite right--but given that the OP is looking for a low to moderate noise level, I don't think they would find Apiary to be intolerable. Again, I was there on a very busy evening, and didn't struggle to hear my companion or raise my voice.

I should also add that I haven't yet had the chance to try Aldea; I'm just offering my opinion on Apiary.

Mar 02, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Ko - Sorry! Other than one insanely delicious duck dish, everything else seemed very one-note and self-indulgent.
DBGB - Ridiculously overpriced!
Maialino - I'm a Danny Meyer fan, but my meal here was terrible from start to finish: bad service, bad food, bad times.

Mar 02, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Aldea or Apiary

My SO and I had dinner at Apiary on Valentine's Day, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We ordered off the regular menu (i.e. no overpriced prix fixe menu!): the sweetbreads, sea scallops, peking duck breast, and squid ink linguine were all delicious. And considering that both the bar and dining area were packed, neither of us found the noise level disturbing. (There was a nice 'buzz,' but nothing that prevented us from having a conversation.)

Mar 02, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Visiting hound asks: Where can I get roasted dungeness crab in the city?

Hello all!

I've only had roasted dungeness crab a handful of times, and all of those times were at Thanh Long. My question is: where else can I get great crab without going too far out of the city? My SO and I will be in town for a quick weekend visit from the East Coast, and are really looking forward to having some great crab. (We won't have a car, so we'll be relying on public transportation or taxis.)

Should Crustacean even be an option? Also, I've seen a few places mentioned on the board (PPQ, La Vie?), but the reviews seem to be mixed... Also, we definitely want Asian-style crab, as opposed to a cioppino.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Mar 01, 2010
delikado in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Fried Chicken and Waffles SOUTH of 96th st!

Had the chicken and waffles at Resto last weekend, and wasn't impressed. The chicken (leg and thigh) was soggy and bland, while the gravy was a small step above KFC's! The waffle, on the other hand, was fairly good.

Mar 01, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Has anyone tried TribeCafe yet?

My SO and I finally dropped by TribeCafe for dinner last night, and we really enjoyed it! The ambiance is completely different from the restaurant that used to be in this spot (Tokyo Bar), and the change was positive: it's now a lot more intimate and cozy, kind of like a wine bar without the atttude. Not at all what we expected when we saw "Tokyo Casual" on the website, as you did.

On to the food: We had the carpaccio, gambas, and the garlic rice to start. The raw fish for the evening was fluke, and it was nice and fresh. The dish (with the thin slices of fish sitting atop mixed greens) is similar to a sashimi salad you'd find at a lot of other Japanese restaurants, but the dressing was particularly yummy, with hints of citrus, ginger, and sesame oil. Again, nothing unusual, but good nonetheless. The gambas, on the other hand, was a huge hit with us. We were wondering how a Japanese-inspired restaurant would interpret this dish, and we were pleasantly surprised. It was served in a little cast iron pot, which contained shrimp, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and fingerling potatoes. Everything was cooked perfectly, but the sauce was the star here: it was a rich garlic-anchovy reduction and it was DELICIOUS. It went nicely with the garlic rice (which had beef in it, FYI). But on its own, the rice wasn't anything special. (We both love Filipino-style garlic rice, which is why we couldn't resist trying it.)

For our mains, we had the mushroom spaghetti and the mentaiko spaghetti. Both were amazing, though I think the mushroom spaghetti had a slight edge because of the soy-butter sauce that had the perfect balance of salty and buttery goodness. The mentaiko was good, as well, but a little too salty for my taste. I would've liked a little more acid from the tomatoes to balance out the flavor of the cod roe.

We ended with the green tea chocolate souffle, which I found to be a little too runny in the middle. Nevertheless, the flavor combination was lovely, and it was a perfect end to our meal.

All around, we had a really great time at TribeCafe and will definitely be returning soon to try other things on the menu (the thai curry spaghetti is next on my list). I hope this place does well.

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TriBeCafe
277 Church St, New York, NY 10013

Feb 27, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

Perilla - A great experience

I couldn't agree with you more about Perilla! I had dinner there for the first time last week and my SO and I were both completely blown away by the simple-yet-complex dishes we had. Like you, we shared the spicy duck meatballs and pretty much licked our plates clean. (Actually, all of our plates went back to the kitchen completely empty.) For our entrees, I had the tea-smoked duck breast, which was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and served with really interesting rice cake "gnocchi," which came out to be a little heavier than your usual gnocchi. But my favorite dish that evening was my SO's tasting of rabbit, which had rabbit done three ways: crispy belly, roasted saddle, and stuffed into cabbage.

Can't say enough about this place! I'll definitely be heading back soon.

Jan 20, 2010
delikado in Manhattan

DC Hound visiting: fish tacos in Monterey/Carmel

My family and I will be spending some time in the Monterey/Carmel area, and I'm hoping to find some good fish tacos in the area. Can anyone recommend their favorite spots? Grilled fish, fried fish, I'm game for anything. I'm not familiar with the food scene in this part of the country, so any and all recommendations are welcome! (I'm also spending some time in SF, so I'd be happy to explore there, too!) Thanks!

May 23, 2009
delikado in California

Looking for some good seafood tonight...

I'm craving for some good seafood, something along the lines of a New England clambake. Does anyone know where I can go to get this? I'm pretty open about location, but would prefer a place no more than an hour drive away from Manhattan. Thanks!

Mar 13, 2009
delikado in Outer Boroughs

Reasonably priced dinner on Saturday, in Dupont or Georgetown?

I'm trying to decide on a place to have dinner with some friends on Saturday, and am hitting a wall since some of my companions have limitations with regards to their budgets and "adventure levels." Are there any good places in either Dupont or Gtown where we can get reasonably priced entrees ($20's at the most), and where a non-adventurous eater would feel at home? Also, there will likely be 5-6 in our group, so restaurant size/reservations might also be a deciding factor.

Nov 11, 2008
delikado in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fun, laidback bar near Ben's Chili Bowl?

Hi all! A couple of friends are visiting from out of town, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to *finally* try Ben's Chili Bowl, since they'll surely be famished when they get in at midnight on Friday. Can any Hounds recommend a fun bar for us to visit in the U Street area? We're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, where we won't have to fight for bar space.

Thanks!

Nov 11, 2008
delikado in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hells Kitchen Treasures

I haven't had any Ethiopian in the Hell's Kitchen area, but you must go to Pam's Real Thai on 49th between 9th and 10th. I've never had a bad meal there, and their oxtail soup is one of my favorite dishes in the city. I also like Empanada Mama for their many varieties of empanadas, and I recently had dinner at the recently-opened Five Napkin Burger, which I also enjoyed. For dessert, I almost always go to Kyotofu for their black sesame sweet tofu.

Aug 15, 2008
delikado in Manhattan

Your favorite downscale food, from where?

And who can forget Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich? Plus fries and a side of their "cheese sauce" for dipping...it's junk food nirvana.

Aug 13, 2008
delikado in Manhattan

Your favorite downscale food, from where?

I have to say, I always enjoy the burgers at Five Guys, and KFC!

Aug 06, 2008
delikado in Manhattan

Your favorite downscale food, from where?

Fried ruffle fat is actually fried pork intestines, which is really the best thing in the world, especially with ice-cold beer. Filipinos call this 'chicharon bulaklak,' which is kind of like 'crispy/fried flower.'

Aug 06, 2008
delikado in Manhattan

Looking for good but not pricey pasta

The carbonara at Crispo... Oh. My. Lord.

http://www.crisporestaurant.com/

Aug 06, 2008
delikado in Manhattan

Out of towners - Ladies looking for fun and trendy latin restaurants/lounges

Some friends and I went to Macondo (E. Houston & Allen thereabouts) last weekend for dinner and drinks, and had a very nice time. Focus is more on sharing small plates and the place was really busy (but not annoyingly so). Plus, the drinks are very inventive, very good.

Aug 06, 2008
delikado in Manhattan

Take away for picnic in Prospect Park

Union Market is a great suggestion; I dare you to resist their rotisserie chicken! Not very elegant finger food, but very delicious.

You can also grab a couple of savory pies from The Pie Shop, located on the corner of Prospect Park West and 16th Street. The pies are about the size of your palm, so they're easy to snack on! The shepherd and steak & mushroom are favorites of mine.

Aug 04, 2008
delikado in Outer Boroughs

Best for single dining, < $40 lunch?

My thoughts exactly! I'm definitely going to hit up one of the Momofukus, mostly to see what all the fuss is about :)

Keep the suggestions coming! I can already tell that I'm going to have a GREAT week.

Aug 04, 2008
delikado in Manhattan