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UES favorite restaurants

Torishin has moved to West 53rd. I much prefer the feel of the place when it was on 1st Ave.

Aug 26, 2015
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need a suggestions for a midtown lunch meeting

If you're looking for upscale business lunch places, around 46th and 6th has a lot more options than Chelsea/Meatpacking. Immediately south of 46/6th, DB Bistro and Aureole are 2 common business lunch places, good food and nice setting. To the North, Milos and Quality Meats are pretty popular business lunch spots (well, at least at my firm).

Aug 25, 2015
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Some suggestions for two dining issues!

Tori Shin is indeed very good, and similar to Totto, I would stick with beer at Tori Shin. I feel like since they moved to the west side their sake list has gotten more expensive. Also I would just get a bunch of yakitori, their other foods are good but not spectacular and quite expensive.

Aug 25, 2015
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UES favorite restaurants

I end up around the Met quite a bit during normal art season. My favorite around there is Beyoglu at the corner of 3rd and 81st. The meze options are great, the fresh bread is excellent, kebabs and grilled fish are also very very good. The place can get a little crowded though.

Aug 17, 2015
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

1. $4 difference counts?
2. Do we count the number of courses now?
3. Tips? Service charge is usually 12.5%-15% in London. Do people here tip 12.5-15% in a place like Ko?

Aug 13, 2015
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Right I have taken exchange rates into account. The exchange rates when I used to be in London ranged from 1.5 to 1.67.

Aug 13, 2015
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

In my opinion London fine dining is actually cheaper than NY. Granted I haven't been to Gordon Ramsay or Ducasse in London, but I have found the bills at the Ledbury or Greenhouse to be less than those from even 1 star places here.

Aug 13, 2015
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Taiyaki

Maybe call Minamoto Kitchoan? I have had quite a bit of luck finding various types of Japanese sweets there.

Aug 11, 2015
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Lunch deal rec

Maialino? Prixe fixe is $35 and soup/panini combo is only $15.

Aug 07, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

My husband had the chef's tasting with wine pairing, I had Le Bernardin tasting menu with a glass of white Burgundy, and we traded bites across the table. This was our first visit to the restaurant, so we wanted to have an overarching view of the offerings, and I enjoyed both menus very much. That said, there were a few things I thought were spectacular: the warm king fish with caviar, langoustine and the monkfish from the chef's menu, the scallops and Peekytoe crab from the other menu, with the standout absolute favorite being the king fish and caviar. I would honestly consider actually going with the prixe fixe so I can get bigger portion of these dishes =). The other dishes on the tasting menus were delicious, but expected from such a restaurant.
Before going I heard a lot of complaints about the service at Le Bernardin, but I found the service to be very good: exact, courteous, friendly but not overly so, i.e. how I think professional waiters/waitresses conduct themselves.

Aug 07, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

Thanks!

Aug 07, 2015
nohofoods in Manhattan

Special occasion dinner recommendation

We had the chef's tasting menu, I am not sure how often that changes. I thought the flavor combinations in each dish were often surprising in a very good way, the beef tongue especially, with anchovy mousse at the bottom. I liked the wine pairing of the cheese course the best, Danish blue cheese paired with a Dansk Mjod Viking Blod, intense strong alcohol at first sip but it finishes really well with taste of honey and ... hops. I've never had anything like it, really cool. Dessert course was white chocolate egg filled with cream on top of bird's nest made of thin cookies and blueberry sorbet, with fresh blueberries and edible flowers strewn around the plate. It really reminds of the dessert Alinea had maybe 5 years back, although at Alinea, an odd material tablecloth covered the table, then the chef came out and just splashed various components of the dessert around and you just eat off the tablecloth.

Aug 07, 2015
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What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

I was going to say the exact same thing. I crave dishes that I can't get here, or what's available here either isn't as good or even the same dish.

Aug 05, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

I ended up going with Le Bernardin for my husband's 40th birthday 2 weeks ago and we just ate at Aquavit for our anniversary tonight. Both dinners were really really good, but while I am in no hurry to go back to the former, Aquavit has just moved from "I've never been" category to "this is one of my favorites and I should make plan to eat here often" category. Wow! We had the chef's tasting and my husband had the wine pairing (I'm 2 months from due date so I stole sips from his glasses). Every dish was spectacular, and the pairings spot on. We are already planning to return to try more dishes on the menu.

Aug 05, 2015
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Bouillabaisse--best & traditional service

+1 for aquagrill. The bouillabaisse there is great. Actually everything there is always great.

Jul 03, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

Sorry I missed the bit about Saito. We tried quite a few times as well, I guess it's just one of those lucky thing.

Jun 12, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

Thank you for the recommendations, so many good options! I currently have a very early reservation at LeB, but will try to see if I get lucky at Contra, Aquavit or Blanca when their reservation windows open up. :)

Jun 10, 2015
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Good source for bones for Bone Broth

Florence Prime Meat on Jones almost always has frozen beef bones in stock for a good price. I haven't bought pork bones there before so I don't know if it has them in stock, but if you call ahead the day before you should be able to get what you need the next day. I don't think the products there are pasture-raised or organic. Like Ottomaneli's it is an old-fashioned butcher shop.

Jun 10, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

Thank you for the link and recommendations. I like JG, but we just got back from Tokyo (did sushi saito and iwa, and a couple of kaiseki dinners) so sushi and Asian influenced are probably out. I will check out del posto and contra.

Jun 08, 2015
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Special occasion dinner recommendation

I'm trying to pick out a special occasion dinner spot for my husband's 40th in late July. In the last few years we have been doing our high end dining in Europe and Japan, so my list consists only of places we have been and loved (EMP, Marea) and places we haven't been but want to go (LeB and the Modern). I would love to hear your opinions and recent experiences at these places, and also suggestions if any of alternatives. We are not in Brooklyn Fare's or Ko's camps, otherwise we are quite diverse in our preference.

Thank you very much in advance!

Jun 08, 2015
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Simple French dinner

La Sirene is nice. More old school I'd second La Mangeoire.

Dec 09, 2014
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Florence for 5 days

My husband and I are heading to Florence in November for 5 days. We've done some initial research on places to eat, but would really appreciate help in weeding out our list. One catch: we try very hard to avoid carbs (my husband is insulin resistant), so we are looking for places where we can have great meals without relying on pasta, bread, pizza, etc. We also do not eat desserts. Other than that, we are very open-minded eaters: raw/nearly-raw meat, game, offal, etc. are all staples in our book!

With that said, here are the restaurants currently on our list:

Lunch (need to eliminate 2)

Trattoria Mario
Da Vinattieri
Antico Noe
Il Maggazzino
Sostanza
Da Ruggero

Dinner (need to eliminate 2)

Antica Trattoria Da Tito
Il Profeta
Alla Vecchia Bellota
I'Brindellone
La Giostra
Osteria Il Buongustai
Trattoria 4 Leoni

Thanks in advance for any and all advice you can offer.

Sep 28, 2014
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4 days in LA - help with our list

Thank you for the tip, I was wondering among the 3 restaurants and just picked one that got mentioned more :).

Dec 31, 2013
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4 days in LA - help with our list

Thank you very much for the recommendations, I'll definitely check out the names mentioned here.

Dec 31, 2013
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4 days in LA - help with our list

We're staying downtown and will rely mostly on cabs and walking (native NYers, very rusty/don't drive). We've narrowed down to 3 places: dinners at Rivera and Baco Mercat, 1 lunch at Sushi Gen. We'd really appreciate recommendations for another place for dinner. Good food takes priority, but if the restaurant isn't ear-splitting loud that's a big plus.
Thank you in advance.

Dec 31, 2013
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staying near Cavour Station...would appreciate recommendations

I actually just got back from Rome yesterday. Going during the slightly off season was wonderful.

Among the names you mentioned, my husband and I went to Colline Emiliane and loved it. The food was great (the fresh pastas are probably the best we had in Rome), the place was lively but not too loud, and our servers (an old gentleman and a young guy) were very friendly and helpful.

Pizzarium is about 10 minutes' walk from the Vatican museum, I think that's the best pizza in Rome. We stood at the side counter and shared 6 kinds of pizza (rosso, caramelized onion and cherry tomato, potato, fennel, margarita and artichoke) and they were amazing, especially the pies that just got out of the oven. It's a bit chaotic with no seating area, but I thought it was very much worth it.

My favorite trattoria of this trip was Armando al Pantheon, right around the corner from the Pantheon (left side street where the taxi stand is). Traditional Roman trattoria, very very good food at very reasonable prices, friendly service. When we went for lunch it was crowded with maybe half tourists and half office workers. The place isn't very big, so if you think of going you should reserve or show up when they open. Around the corner from the trattoria is a small but excellent gelato place, Cremarie something (sorry, I stayed across from it, so didn't look at the name, just knew it was there).

I hope this is helpful to you. I'm sure there will be a lot more replies and recommendations. One off topic thing I'd say is for all the major sites, book in advance for early in the morning if you can, you avoid a lot of the crowd that way. My husband and I were in the Sistine Chapel and the Rooms of Raphael with 2 other people at 8:30AM, and when we walked back again around 10 it was hard to even move.

Mar 04, 2013
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Capital Grille on 51st. Any good?

I got the same coupon, AMEX. I'm planning on using it at the one downtown on Broadway.

Sep 25, 2012
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Mid-Autumn Festival – It’s Time For Mooncakes, A Taste Test of Local Mooncakes

I too love Lung Moon mooncakes. I found them by accidents many years ago after eating at Pho Viet Huong. I actually much prefer the snowskin variety, do you happen to know where in Chinatown I can find some?

Sep 25, 2012
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Best Beer List in Manhattan...

Second DBGB.

Aug 29, 2012
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Good place for a pre-dinner drink around 23rd & 10th?

Drunken horse wine and cheese bar (right next door to Red Cat, so 10th between 23rd and 24th), no outdoor sitting though, but a nice chill place.
Izakaya Ten for beer and sake.

Trestle on Tenth is not a good restaurant IMO, but it has a very pretty back garden. It's on 10th at the north corner of 24th.

Aug 29, 2012
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