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Manhattan veg friendly byob

Prefer upper West side, open to ethnic cuisine dinner for 10 on a Saturday evening In July. Really want byob with low corkage fee.

Jun 23, 2014
ctkathy in Manhattan

Indian Group Dinner from the Gloucester Tube area [London]

It's a Thursday night actually and I would like to keep the price reasonable so I do think Indian zing will work for us and be easy to get to. Thanks.

Apr 27, 2013
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Indian Group Dinner from the Gloucester Tube area [London]

Thanks. I'm sure I will recommend that to the group for another night.

We really want one night for an Indian dinner. Has anyone been to Indian Zing lately and is it still as good as it was? I see it has good Yelp reviews, but need to hear it from Chowhound.

Apr 27, 2013
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Indian Group Dinner from the Gloucester Tube area [London]

I am bringing a group to London late May during the Chelsea Flower Show time and have offered to take whoever wishes out for Indian one night. I recently lived in London for 3 years. At the time my favorite spots on the high end were Quilon, Amaya and then going down I liked Star of Indian and always enjoyed Indian Zing. I thought Indian Zing would be good to keep costs down and it is a short tube ride away but I don't know if it is still up to standards. We obviously aren't going to the higher end spots for this dinner and it is too far to go to the great kebab spots. Any other suggestions that are convenient to the area that are really good for food and also have a very nice atmosphere--at least as good as Indian Zing. Thanks so much. (the size of the group for dinner will probably be about 10)

Apr 26, 2013
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Group dinner ideas needed

Le Deux Salons will be on my list for when we are in the W. End for theater. Anyplace convenient to S. Ken, Gloucester Rd you can think of?

Feb 11, 2013
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Group dinner ideas needed

A group of 22 older adults will be touring in May and need a restaurant in central London midweek. Our hotel is based right by the Gloucester Rd tube, but we can travel via tube or coach within reason. I'd like to keep the price at about 60 GBP and the cuisine modern British or Continental as we will have other opportunities for a gastropub or Indian food.

A private dining room would be great. I had thought of Launceston Place or The Pantechnicon. Trinity would be a top choice if it weren't out of the way. I lived in London for 3 1/2 years until recently so I'm fairly familiar with the restaurants, but the scene changes so quickly. This is not the group to take to the trendiest spot in town, however. Thanks for any suggestions.

Feb 11, 2013
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Has anyone tried Colbert in Sloane Square?

Used to be Oriele and I always enjoyed it when I was living in London and before they closed it. Zagat review made it sound like a good choice. Would love to hear a first hand report.

Oct 24, 2012
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

The Square, Helene Darroze, L'Oranger, Gordon Ramsay?

I live in London but normally we go to the more ethnic or casual spots. An anniversary is coming up in mid-November and the above restaurants are on the short list. My husband tends to like the really traditional seared foie gras and souffle dishes that mark a special dinner for him. I love really good fish especially turbot, John Dorry and great seafood. I'm not sure we can get into GR, but their menu looked good for us. I remember we tried to get into The Square last year but waited too late and it was booked. Any other really top suggestions? I want something in the central London location and don't really care about the cost (too much). Thanks so much.

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Gordon Ramsay
Royal Hospital Rd, Kensington, Greater London SW3 4, GB

L'Oranger
5 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EF, GB

Oct 02, 2011
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Any South London restaurants open Christmas Day?

The Ship, a gastropub in Wandsworth, has a Christmas Day menu.

Oct 02, 2011
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Superb meal @ Trinity, Clapham, London

There is a cover charge of 1.50 that covers the sparkling or flat filtered water, the seasonal bite for the table which is a radish/taramasalata at present and their homemade bread and butter.

Sep 20, 2011
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Superb meal @ Trinity, Clapham, London

I totally agree and I am so lucky I live a 3 minute walk from this amazing place! Today I took a party of 20 there for lunch and everyone loved it! Only problem is ---- not easy to get in on the weekend at short notice. Their Sunday lunch option for a group lets you order ahead a Beef Wellington or other large joint for your group in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere. I also appreciate their filtered flat and sparkling water served gratis.

Sep 13, 2011
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Help with Midweek Lunch in London

Perhaps Last Running Footman? It is more of a gastropub but very nice menu.

Aug 01, 2011
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

High Tea & Theatre [London]

The Goring Hotel is nearby Billy Elliot and has a very good reputation for tea.

Apr 26, 2010
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

L'Ami Jean alternative

La Regalade was wonderful when I first had the pleasure of eating there last year. I do remember the trek to get there from the hotel, which is the same one I'm staying at this time. I'd like to stay a little closer to the central area due to the person who will be joining me. I will plan to return to La Regalade next time I am in Paris.

Nov 17, 2009
ctkathy in France

L'Ami Jean alternative

Have upcoming reservation for party of 2 at L'Ami Jean but could only get 7 pm. Due to some other plans this is not a very convenient time for us to dine. Would you be able to suggest alternatives with similar menu and price; most importantly that might have an opening this week during the popular 8-8:30 pm time slot . Prefer 6th, 7th, 8th. Staying in the 8th. Will travel to eat for right place.

Thank you!

Nov 17, 2009
ctkathy in France

Two women dining midweek looking for special experience!

Meeting a friend in Paris, staying in the 8th, want to have a special dining experiene. 1-2 stars would be fine, not too worried about the budget, would like to stay central in the 1st, 6th, 7th or 8th.

Have been to Joel Rubochon, Le Violon des Ingres, Ducasse and quite a few others. Nothing too stuffy and food that is more along the classical lines of preparation.

Any help most appreciated!

Nov 12, 2009
ctkathy in France

Good (cheap?) English breakfasts in Westminster, London

The Regency Cafe is good. 17 Regency Street on the corner.

Cinnamon Club serves breakfast during the week but doubt if it is in the budget category--still breakfast would be cheaper than lunch.

Oct 07, 2009
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Brunch near Hunter College/Lex & 68th/68th

Looking for brunch spot mid July for small group. Found suggestion of Sel et Poivre on an earlier post and am definitely considering it. Need moderate price range (Sel et Poivre's brunch is $14.95 pp for instance). Any others come to mind within easy walk of the Hunter Kaye Playhouse Theater?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

Jun 13, 2009
ctkathy in Manhattan

Reviews from Greece and Istanbul: Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Ios, Mykonos, and Istanbul

Also went to Hamdı et Lokantası ın Istanbul thıs week. There was a mısunderstandıng about our reservatıon and we were not seated on the terrace level. Ordered a bottle of whıte wıne and ıt was served warm. We were rushed to order (but dıd not) and forced them to chıll the wıne whıle we sat and waıted. Dessert and tea--we waıted and waıted and waıted. Fınally told them to forget ıt and got check and left wıthout gıvıng a tıp. Informed the floor manager thıs was the worst servıce we had encountered of late--they don,t care. Food was very good ıf you can stand the aggravatıon.

Jun 01, 2009
ctkathy in Europe

Trip to Ireland

Try Ely's Wine Bar in Dublin. 22 Ely Place near St. Stephens Green. Well priced and great food + wine.

May 17, 2009
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

In Vienna Now Need Help

We live in London so are certainly used to the smoking, but we have picked up colds so the smoking definitely is making it worse and hard for us to breath under the circumstances.

>Our hotel recommended Plachutta and thought another might be Gaumenspiel .

We have opera tickets for Thursday for Manon. Wiener Staatsoper Staatsoper. Is there a spot for dining after the performance nearby.

Thank zou.

Apr 28, 2009
ctkathy in International Archive

In Vienna Now Need Help

Staying at the Hilton Vienna in the Stadtpark area. Anything nearbY that is great I have noted lots of recommendations on the board but everzthing is so unfamiliar, including this kezboard.

Another question husband and <i are struggling a bit with the smoking in the restaurants. Still recovering from lunch todaz and we were at a nonsmoking table in a cafe. Anz recommendations_ Hate to ask if there are nonsmoking restaurants that are considered excellent_

Thanks verz much. Sorrz for the zzzzzzs.

Apr 27, 2009
ctkathy in International Archive

[London] Looking for recs around Victoria/Belgravia

I would also suggest Kazan for Turkish food in an upscale setting with very good food on Wilton Road and Memories of China for Chinese food and fast service on Ebury street. Olivio and Olivomare are said to be good, but I haven't personally been to either of them.

Apr 24, 2009
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Dinner around 51st/Lex vicinity

3 ladies staying at above location looking for great dinner place within reasonable walking distance (up to 65th or down to 32nd staying E) or shortish taxi ride. $100 per person including a drink or two would be nice. Italian, French, Greek, Turkish, Indian, American all great! Pleaseant atmosphere--not too hip or too young. Any great ideas for us?

Was thinking The Modern Bar but read mixed reviews.

Jan 07, 2009
ctkathy in Manhattan

Somewhere you go to again and again (London)

Cyprus Mangal at 45 Warwick in Pimlico is a great Turkish place that is cheap and the food is fresh and delicious.

Also in Pimlico on Tachbrook is Gastronomica which is an Italian casual place for a coffee, meal or to buy cheese, meat and wine. Very cool place.

I'm looking for a great Indian place in that neighborhood that is reasonably priced. Millbank Spice is horrible.

Dec 03, 2008
ctkathy in U.K./Ireland

Where is Chow worthy in the Champage region?

Anyone have any ideas for a lunch spot in Reims? Cafe Anna is booked and I'm not looking for a 3 * experience; just a very nice lunch to break up the day.

Oct 13, 2008
ctkathy in France

Where is Chow worthy in the Champage region?

Trying to plan day trip to Reims on November 1. Cafe Anna is booked. Any other recommendations for a moderately priced lunch? Thanks!

Oct 12, 2008
ctkathy in France

Paris: Upcoming Salon Du Chocolate and 4 day trip to Paris

I have a couple of other ideas for Sunday--Le Petit Pontoise, Christophe, Le Comptoir, Le Stella or Le Fontaine de Mar. We are staying at the Hilton in the 8th. Any recommendations nearby?

I also hope we will have a chance to have some Vietnamese food while we are ion Paris.

Oct 10, 2008
ctkathy in France

Paris: Upcoming Salon Du Chocolate and 4 day trip to Paris

Has anyone done the O Chateau wine tastings?

I looked at the trips to Reims, but the Saturday morning (Nov 1) direct trains aren't availalbe so they must be booked. If we went on Friday I would have to cancel my two reservations (above) and I hate to do that. We can get over at another time hopefully.

Oct 09, 2008
ctkathy in France

Paris: Upcoming Salon Du Chocolate and 4 day trip to Paris

I am currently living in London and will be here for several years. In the past my husband and I visited the Chocolate Show in New York held in mid November. The same organizers do these shows in several locations, including Paris. This year it is being held October 29-November 2 at the Paris Expo, Porte de versailles in the 15th. Tickets are available through FNAC (French only) for 12 Euros each which includes one day admittance.

We have been to Paris before when the economy wasn't such a problem and had the opportunity to try some fine dining establishments at that time. Now we are going for the more modest restaurants.

Thursday dinner L'Ami Jean
Friday lunch Atelier Joel Robuchon
Friday dinner La Regalade
Saturday dinner L' Petit Troquet
Sunday dinner Mon Viell Ami

Probably we will go to the Show on either Saturday or Sunday. Would anyone know a good place for lunch near the Porte de Versailles that would be open on Saturday or Sunday?

Also, would anyone know of a good wine tasting experience on Saturday? I found a website of a company called O Chateau that has several options--anyone used them? Would really like to take a day trip onn our own to Reims but just dont think there is time. Has anyone done the bus trip to Reims? Worth the time?

Any other high level wine experiences to recommend? We do not speak French other than a few words.

Thanks very much.

Oct 09, 2008
ctkathy in France