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UWS Delivery/Restaurants

Land Thai on Amsterdam, Bettola on Amsterdam, Patsy's on 74th/Columbus (limited delivery hours), Cocina Economica on Amsterdam, Gari Sushi on Columbus, Hummus Place on Amsterdam, Kefi (when it reopens), Aroma espresso bar (for salads). I miss Saigon Grill though! When you want a fancier dinner in, try Shun Lee West, Cesca, or Leopard. When you're willing to go pick it up, try Salumeria Rossi. Enjoy!

Aug 30, 2013
kkstein in Manhattan

Upper West Side dinner for conservative group

Patsy's on 74th and Columbus.

Aug 30, 2013
kkstein in Manhattan

Les Cocottes de Constant?

I don't know about excellent, but it's consistently very good, and a fun place to go. The staff is excellent -- very friendly and professional despite always being swamped.

Jan 04, 2012
kkstein in France

Tipping in Paris

I admit to being confused about restaurant tipping in particular. Most things you read say service is included by law, but does that mean when it says 'service non compris' that is a lie? Most things you read also say that French people do not tip extra except to round up or in a case where they are very satisfied with extraordinary service. But I know French people that do leave 10% regularly if they are happy with the meal, and two french websites I saw say only that 'normally' service is included but leave 10% extra for good service and more in top restaurants. So it is very confusing and seems pretty variable according to the person and the situation.

For the hairdresser 10% seems safe, though I know French people who do less.

Aug 22, 2011
kkstein in France

Expensive Paris Restaurants Really Worth The Money

Thank you Souphie - I did see some other replies but as you say, they were old, and things change so much! I don't really know what unusual meats are -- it is almost too difficult to specify so forget it. I was considering L'Arpege because it emphasizes seafood and vegetables, which I love, and I have read that the atmosphere is more relaxed, which is a nice thing sometimes. But I am worried my friend will not be happy that Passard does not serve red meat.

If I have my perfect meal, it will be the best quality food first. I would have a choice for each course (which is why I am not considering L'Astrance). It will also have really nice service and wines so that the overall experience is fantastic. And ideally, it would not be the most expensive of all the three star restaurants -- price is not important for this meal but if I am choosing between two perfect restaurants and one will cost a lot more than the other, I probably wouldn't choose it.

Based on that, what are your suggestions?

Jan 03, 2011
kkstein in France

Expensive Paris Restaurants Really Worth The Money

Hi - I'd like to have some recommendations for a really exceptional meal in Paris -- this is a once-in-a-lifetime type of evening so I am willing to spend money...but I don't want to spend money just for a restaurant's decor or view or past reputation. I want really amazing food (wine and service also important although service is slightly secondary to the food and wine). I was looking at the two and three star Michelins but it does not absolutely have to have two or three stars since I think Michelin is just an indicator, not a failsafe way of choosing. I am really picky about quality ingredients and like creativity but am not very into molecular cuisine or unusual meats. Suggestions would be very welcome!

Jan 03, 2011
kkstein in France

best food in Stonetown, Zanzibar?

Hi - I need a place to take my parents, who are serious, serious foodies. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it does have to have some atmosphere (the type of place we can linger over dinner). Ideally it would be something with local influence (and they love seafood) and great African wine. The quality and freshness of the food are the highest priority, though. Any recommendations?

Apr 28, 2009
kkstein in Middle East & Africa

Best on the Upper West - please help

I completely forgot Bar Bouloud, which I haven't seen mentioned yet, and is very bistro-like.

Mar 02, 2009
kkstein in Manhattan

Best on the Upper West - please help

Telepan does have an excellent brunch, which last time I went was $35 for two courses and one of the best bread baskets in the city. They are also great for dinner but I wouldn't really consider it a bistro. Worth a visit however. I've heard great things about Dovetail but haven't been yet. Cesca is averagely good -- nothing special but very solid. I heartily second the recommendations for Shake Shack - such good quality food. Kefi is a good moderately priced option two. The one that is more in the class of Telepan is Ouest, which is more bistro-like in atmosphere and has very good food. However you mentioned you are not a meat eater, and I think Ouest's strength is the steak. Other more casual places to consider are Penang (Malaysian) and Land (Thai).

Mar 02, 2009
kkstein in Manhattan