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willow road what i liked and what i didn't

Nicely explained! I especially agree with your thoughts about overpriced drinks.

Apr 07, 2013
chrisbob in Manhattan

Picholine closed for renovation

The restaurant has filed for bankruptcy protection. Here are details:
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/...

Nov 06, 2012
chrisbob in Manhattan

Picholine

Here's the bankruptcy details: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/...

Nov 06, 2012
chrisbob in Manhattan

Schaefer's Beer?

Sounds like it might be worth taking the next giant step: a phone call to the distributor in Brooklyn to find out if Manhattan is included in its territory. Good luck.

Feb 18, 2012
chrisbob in Manhattan

Schaefer's Beer?

The brand still has a web site that lists distributors and retail venues.

http://schaefer-beer.com/locator/defa...

Feb 18, 2012
chrisbob in Manhattan

where to eat 72nd street and Columbus avenue area

Cafe Ronda on Columbus bet. 71-72 has good small plates, Spanish and other varieties of Latin. Good drinks. Noise level depends on the time of day.

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Cafe Ronda
249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

Dec 13, 2011
chrisbob in Manhattan

Where do chefs buy cookware in NY?

there are a host of restaurant supply houses in the city, many of them on The Bowery below Houston Street. you might also check Broadway Panhandler on East 8th Street for high quality equipment aimed at both restaurant and consumer markets.

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Broadway Panhandler
65 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

Oct 28, 2011
chrisbob in Manhattan

Fordham U Parents/Alumni - Bronx-Arthur Avenue

The main entrance to the Fordham Rose Hill Campus is four or five blocks from Arthur Avenue.

Oct 23, 2011
chrisbob in Outer Boroughs

Wedge Inn - Bronx

there's an interesting wikipedia entry about the history of sub sandwiches and the names they carry (including wedge):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarin...

Jul 03, 2011
chrisbob in Outer Boroughs

favorite dog friendly restaurants UWS

I haven't been this year, but the patio at the West 79th Street Boat Basin is pet friendly (and a beautiful location) and the servers have provided water and dog biscuits to my friend who sits under the table.

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Boat Basin Cafe
W 79th St and Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024

Jun 30, 2011
chrisbob in Manhattan

Looking for country ham

Not in Manhattan so this is a bit off topic, but Stinky Bklyn usually has a couple of real country ham selections amongst the cheese.

http://www.stinkybklyn.com/meat.html

Mar 28, 2011
chrisbob in Manhattan

Pierogi?

And for your next trip, I'm told there's a second Veselka in the Union Square area. With real drinks.

Mar 13, 2011
chrisbob in Outer Boroughs

Pierogi?

I've been looking into the same thing, ragna, and so far came up with two: Karczma in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Veselka in the East Village in Manhattan. Both come highly recommended but I've tried neither yet.

Let me know if you find a place.

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Karczma
136 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Feb 28, 2011
chrisbob in Outer Boroughs

A voce Columbus Circle

While my reaction was not as strong, I also had a negative experience at A Voce Columbus Circle. Service was inattentive and the food was just okay. Given the prices and the marketing, it was a pretty big disappointment.

That being said, I have only been there once, although I have no plans to go back for a second try.

Dec 19, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

Need delivery ideas to NY Presbyterian (165th and Broadway)

Manhattan Fruitier delivers all over town. The fruit is expensive but very good. Don't know about the cheese.

http://www.manhattanfruitier.com/

Sep 29, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

upper west side dessert place

Cafe Lalo has atmosphere and an assortment of chocolate desserts. Call ahead to find out which of the chocolate cakes are available.

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Cafe Lalo
201 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Sep 09, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

Ed's Chowder House: Tuesday evening "Back Room Dinner"....anyone been?

Same here, once for lunch. I sat at the bar, but the service was good (not great). I thought the food was very good. And the fresh lemonade was the perfect way to cut through the creamy chowder sampler.

Jun 07, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

Very early Sunday dinner between Port Authority and Lincoln Center?

Michael O'Neal says his restaurant will be open until the end of June. The Atlantic Grill will open several months later.

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Atlantic Grill
1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

O'Neal's
49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

Jun 05, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

Graduation Dinner near Lincoln Center -weeknight

When did Maialino move to the Lincoln Center area? Maybe we should ask for clarification about distance from Lincoln Center, or just assume that "near Lincoln Center" means that.

Apr 17, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

Graduation Dinner near Lincoln Center -weeknight

If your group is looking for a party atmosphere, think about Rosa Mexicano across the street from Lincoln Center. If the food is a more important consideration, maybe Picholine on West 64th St. would suit.

Apr 15, 2010
chrisbob in Manhattan

Is either A Voce worth trying?

I was there a couple of weeks ago. It seems like a work in progress. As Davy noted, some of the food was good, none great. A highpoint: the floor manager pointed to my empty wine glass and asked if I wanted another. When I told her I had been waiting for the glass to be filled the first time, she apologized and provided a drink on the house. Staffers are making an effort, but they have a way to go.

Nov 28, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

Good brunch in Battery Park area???

Steamers Landing is on the Hudson just south of the World Financial Center. Decent food, friendly owners. Menus and photos at: http://www.steamerslanding.com

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Merchants River House
375 S End Ave, New York, NY 10280

Nov 13, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

Lemon Hart Rum

Anybody have a Manhattan liquor store that retails this brand? UWS would be most convenient, but anyplace in Manhattan. A friend tells me it's the best!

Nov 12, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

Carolina Oyster Roast or Frogmore Stew in Manhattan?

I can't quite tell from the original post what an oyster roast is (is it something as simple as oysters cooked whole?). The Oyster Bar in Grand Central has oyster pan roast and oyster stew, both of which are very good but soup-like items. They have some of the best shell fish in Manhattan, so you might want to see if they'd cook your critters the way you want them.

Oct 15, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

Lunch for 10-20 pp near W. 72nd

On the block of 72nd St. between CPW and Columbus are Trattoria Sambuca and Dallas BBQ. Either would be able to handle your group, each has reasonable prices. The food at each is pretty good but not better than pretty good.

Oct 06, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

ouest, dovetail, telepan?

All three of your candidates have excellent food, IMO. I find that Telepan does the best job of highlighting seasonal ingredients and concentrating/highlighting the flavors of every dish. I also find it to be the most relaxed (not as noisy as Ouest, with service excellent but less formal than Dovetail).

If you want to add a candidate, look into "81" across from the Museum of Natural History. Also wonderful food, also terrific service.

Aug 31, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

i have to go to %&cking vegetarian restaurant because this chick is kosher

It's been a while since my last visit, but Tevere on E. 84th St. had good Kosher Italian and a beautiful dining room.

Aug 29, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

rooftop bar at Peninsula-is it cool/hard to get into?

230 Fifth: good view, expensive drinks, big crowds. What more can you ask for? Take a look: http://www.230-fifth.com/

Apr 06, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

Best steakhouse near 341 W 36th St NYC?

Keen's is great, but if location is critical, take a look at Uncle Jack's. It's at 440 Ninth Ave., between 34th and 35th St. All the usual steakhouse foods done very nicely, good service and a lively bar scene. 212-244-0005.

Mar 30, 2009
chrisbob in Manhattan

Trenton eats easily accessible from NYC?

If you're looking for something a bit more formal, consider Pete Lorenzo's Cafe. It's directly across the street from the Trenton train station, and a lunchtime hangout for New Jersey politicians and lobbyists. Serves good steaks and chops and some Italian food. It seems to be a little less lively at dinner time, but the staff is friendly and the food pretty good. With Trenton's Chambersburg now only a memory of the once lively Little Italy it was, Pete Lorenzo's is one of the few options in the neighborhood of the train station.

Mar 30, 2009
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