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Simple French dinner

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

Dec 09, 2014
nohofoods in Manhattan

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
nohofoods in Italy

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
nohofoods in Los Angeles Area

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
nohofoods in Los Angeles Area

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
nohofoods in Los Angeles Area

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
nohofoods in Italy

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
nohofoods in Chains

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
nohofoods in Manhattan

Best Beer List in Manhattan...

Second DBGB.

Aug 29, 2012
nohofoods in Manhattan

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
nohofoods in Manhattan

Kyo Ya kaiseki menu - drinks

Thank you for your helpful reply.

Jul 09, 2012
nohofoods in Manhattan

Kyo Ya kaiseki menu - drinks

For the 11-course ($150) kaiseki at Kyo Ya, I have seen many food pictures but haven't been able to find any information about drinks. Would there be pairing options, and if so, how much should one expect to spend? If no pairing is available, could someone comment on their sake and beer list please?
Thank you very much in advance.

Jul 08, 2012
nohofoods in Manhattan

Rethinking Babbo

Actually if you do a la carte, you can still request wine pairings. I've done that quite a few times, and they were always happy to do that.

Jun 10, 2011
nohofoods in Manhattan

Whiskey please

I go to Highlands and St Andrew's quite a bit, have been to Brandy Library only twice. I know BL has multiple tasting flight options, all very good. the other 2 don't have tasting flights on the menu, but maybe you can ask them. If you're interested in different kinds of whiskey, BL is excellent, but if you're leaning towards scotches, I'd recommend the other 2. Their prices are a lot more reasonable than BL.

Nov 16, 2010
nohofoods in Manhattan

Whiskey please

Your description of the bartenders at the Manhattan DBA cannot be more true.

Nov 16, 2010
nohofoods in Manhattan

Peasant recommendations

I like their cuttlefish baked in spicy tomato sauce. In the summer sometimes they have the pasta dish with rabbit and fava beans, it's pretty amazing and not to be missed.
I have never been impressed with their desserts, but they have nice dessert wines by the glass if you want something sweet.

Aug 26, 2010
nohofoods in Manhattan

Anyone been to Canoe Restaurant in Toronto? [moved from Manhattan board]

exactly. I also don't trust Michelin for NYC. For Europe, the guides are reliable. For NYC, they are hit and miss. And for Asia they are completely useless.

In any case, I went back to Black Hoof on Monday (they started closing after Tuesday) and try the rest of the menu, Amazing!!!!! I also tried Foxley, love the ceviche but blah about everything else on the menu. I also went to a Vietnamese and a Thai restaurant, pretty good, but my quest for true Northern Vietnamese food goes on.

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Foxley
207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Boston Chowhound looking for guidance

I just came back from Toronto. I ended up eating dinner at Black Hoof twice during our 4-day trip because we wanted to try more dishes on the menu. Everything we had was really outstanding. If you're not squeamish, try the raw horse sandwich. I can't even think of a place even close to this in NYC. Note: cash only, American debit cards don't work here, and no credit card.

On a lighter side, Foxley is really great for ceviche. I wasn't too impressed with the other dishes, but loved all their ceviche.

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Foxley
207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Anyone been to Canoe Restaurant in Toronto? [moved from Manhattan board]

Thank you very much for your replies. I decided to cancel Canoe and take my chances at more casual places. I've been to Black Hoof twice already in 3 days!
I've been to both EMP and JG, and even without knowing much about Canoe I have to say I agree with SkylineR33. You can't really get any better deal than lunch at those 2 places.

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The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Anyone been to Canoe Restaurant in Toronto? [moved from Manhattan board]

Hi all,
This is wrong location for the post, but I would really appreciate a NY chowhounder's perspective on Canoe Restaurant of Toronto. Good? Great? Not worth the money? This is one of the most recommended restaurants in Toronto along side with the Portuguese restaurant Chiado, which I went to yesterday and was quite disappointed. Nowhere near as good as Aldea, but a lot more expensive.
Anyway, thanks in advance.

BYO Wine Reccomendation for Kuma Inn?

I often bring a bottle (or 2) of sake. Beer works too. Hitachino Nest anyone?

May 10, 2010
nohofoods in Manhattan

NY foodie coming to New Orleans looking for CANT miss places- Help me with my itinerary please

Hi steakrules85, fellow NY chowhounder here. I've been down to NO many times, and here's my $0.02: Avoid Galatoire's. I went there twice, and that was twice too many. The place is loud, waiters are rude, and the food is absolutely horrible. Another point against them: they insist gents wearing jacket. My boyfriend showed up in a classic Ascot Chang blazer, and the host asked "Is that a jacket?"
Cannot be missed, from what you said you liked in NY: Cochon.

Oct 22, 2009
nohofoods in New Orleans

Reliable Knife Sharpener

I take mine to Korin too. The service quality is very good, and turnaround is about 2 weeks.
Korin also has knife sharpening demonstration on weekends.

Oct 21, 2009
nohofoods in Manhattan

Chanterelle shutters

I don't post on here very much, so maybe my experience is not relevant to your first paragraph. To me Chanterelle was the perfect classic and classy restaurant. Eating there was like being invited to someone's home, the food was always excellent, the setting is elegant, and the staff members made you feel comfortable and well, loved. For some reason it was under the radar (eg not mentioned on chowhound a lot) which I loved, but in restrospect I wish they had a bit more of the hype some newer restaurants seem to get these days.

Oct 01, 2009
nohofoods in Manhattan

Reception in Nolita? Locals help please!

Public has been very popular with wedding receptions lately. I called 4-5 times this summer during weekends and they were closed for weddings.

Oct 01, 2009
nohofoods in Manhattan

Chinatown fruit report [Old]

Vietnamese word for them is "na", pronounced exactly as written. There are several kinds, the ones we get in NYC are of the softer, sweeter type. They are soft to the touch and have nice fragrant when ripe. If you happen to buy green ones, put them in a bowl and cover with uncooked rice, they'll ripen up really fast. Peel the outer skin then break them into chunks, whichever order you like.
Fun note: I used to wash the black seeds and play mancala with them.

Sep 23, 2009
nohofoods in Manhattan

Need A Tea STORE...

McNulty Tea on Christopher between Bedford and Bleeker. Their selection is mostly Chinese, but they have some nice Japanese and English teas available.

Sep 21, 2009
nohofoods in Manhattan

best bo bun in chinatown?

Are you looking for bun bo with broth or the dry bun bo with dipping sauce and crushed peanuts?
The first kind I don't have a recommendation. For the 2nd kind I like Pho Viet Huong.

Sep 11, 2009
nohofoods in Manhattan

How "bad" is the Alinea wine list?

:))) when was your reservation? Upstairs/downstairs? Maybe we sat next to each other.

Sep 08, 2009
nohofoods in Chicago Area

How "bad" is the Alinea wine list?

I just got back from Chicago. Just want to say thank you all for your info. We did the tour menu and wine pairing. 2 things I would like to comment on. First, the wine pairing was excellent. All choices really complimented their respective courses. Second, I thought the wine list was pretty reasonable with quite a few bottles under $100, and a lot of excellent wines around $150 - 200. Still, I was very glad I did the pairing. Basically didn't eat breakfast and lunch the next day, but hey, you don't do this very often. :)))

Sep 07, 2009
nohofoods in Chicago Area