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Foods you can't keep in the house because you can't stop yourself eating them

Pickled onions - before I know it the jar is gone. Tortilla chips and hot salsa, and pretty much any type of crisp. And mini scotch eggs from M&S, I've been known to eat a whole tub

Aug 21, 2009
SissyGreen in General Topics

Low key girls hen dinner in Central London

Thanks very much for your suggestions. The criteria ended up changing as we had one friend coming from Brighton so we needed to be near Victoria station so she could get there quickly and in time. We ended up at Mango Tree just around the corner which was handy, and we all enjoyed ourselves. We got a great deal with the Toptable 50% off food offer so we all had 2 courses, shared 2 bottles of wine and sorbet/ice cream for dessert and it came to £26 a head inc service. There is even a separate part of the menu for vegetarians/vegans which the 2 veggies loved. We ordered quite simply, I had spicy scallops to start which were crusted with chilli and herbs. Kind of overpowered the scallop but I enjoyed them. Followed with phad thai with prawns, the prawns were good, plenty of them and tasted fresh but could have done with more flavour in the noodles. Love the ice creams and sorbets at Mango Tree, particularly the lavender and chocolate lemongrass. The restaurant was busy and we retired to the bar area for a couple of drinks afterward but the area didnt fulfil the criteria of being overly buzzy and there arent many places we fancied heading to after round Victoria so ended up being a quieter evening. However, we all (and especially the bride to be) enjoyed it.

Jul 16, 2009
SissyGreen in U.K./Ireland

Low key girls hen dinner in Central London

I need help!!! Wanted a restaurant that is buzzy and fun (yet not rowdy with music so loud we cant hear each other!), glam but not too expensive and in central London. There are 5 of us 27 y.o. ladies out for a dinner to celebrate an upcoming wedding but the raucous boozy hen part is over and we really just want somewhere to have a lovely memorable meal and be able to catch up and chat before the wedding, yet we would love atmosphere and buzz rather than somewhere quiet. It's for Friday night after work and we also have 2 veggies so we need to cater for them too. (Bride to be is a veggie so she takes precedence!) Thinking £25 per head roughly not including drinks.

Anyone have any ideas??

Jul 06, 2009
SissyGreen in U.K./Ireland

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

Spaghetti with butter and cracked black pepper.

Jun 03, 2009
SissyGreen in General Topics

Excited Londoner with reservation at Babbo!!

Warning: Long post!

Hi Hounds,

Back from my hol now and trying to catch up with letting you know how I got on! NY was fab as ever.

Down to the food business, am going to leave out all the little stops for drinks etc as we wandered around NYC, this post will be long enough as is but we did enjoy walking around Chelsea, Soho and Greenwich Village stopping every now and again for drinks.

We arrived late Fri night and got dragged by my bro to the Tick Tock Diner at 34th and 8th Sat am. He stayed near there on a previous trip and wanted to go back for the nostalgia factor. I’d eaten there once before and hated it and once again I thought it was horrible, had a cheese omelette that tasted of nothing and lay in my stomach like a stone. Never again.

Sat night we ate at Lombardis with 2 friends as planned. I know not everyone is a huge fan of Lombardis but we all really enjoyed it. In comparison to the pizza I get here in London I think it’s good. Didn’t find the base was soggy despite choosing quite an array of toppings, thought the sauce was really tasty as well. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get to any other pizza places whilst in NY which disappointed me as I had hoped to get to at least one other that has been recommended, but does mean that another trip is in the offing in order to compare and contrast!!

Sun morning we were all very hungover and tired due to a late night’s drinking Sat. We tried to go to a couple of the brunch places suggested here (Five Points and Essex – I wanted a Bloody Mary!) but as we were late there was quite a wait for each place and we really couldn’t wait for the sustenance. So we ended up wandering trying to find somewhere and finally ate in a random diner called Moonstruck. Really didn’t think much of it, they mixed up our orders and my eggs were pretty cold. Usually I would complain but it had been such a mare we just ate what we could and got out of there!

Things look up from here after 2 rubbish breakfasts/brunches – at last!!! We ate at Blue Smoke on Sun night and thought the burgers were really good. Meat was very good quality and had that lovely smoky taste – managed to polish it all off, with the chips. The restaurant was busy even on a Sunday and good fun. Dad was pleased with this recommendation! (BTW every restaurant suggestion I now get asked by my dad and bro if its from Chowhound!!)

Mon we were out early and stopped at Katz Deli – first time. Managed to get the counter order sorted and was given some pastrami to try by the server – yum! OMG, the pastrami sandwich was amazing, so soft and juicy and the bread was lovely. So filling tho – despite my brother helping me out with mine! Pickle very good too. Wanted to do RGR’s Lower East side tour but we were pushed for time and also for stomach space with a reservation at Babbo that evening also beckoning.

Monday night was Babbo night – my treat for my dad and bro. Dad was pleased as he got to wear his suit that he’d brought away with us and not feel out of place! We were seated upstairs which I was glad of as it seemed lighter, airier and less noisy than downstairs. We wisely avoided the bread because we had so much food to come!!! The guys let me order and after research on her, and also a personal preference of what I/we like this is what I ordered for the 3 of us:

Lambs Tongue vinaigrette salad
Pigs foot Milanese

Spaghetti with lobster
Tagliatelle Bolognese (I absolutely love Bolognese and had to try it here)
Mint love letters
Ravioli with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar

Pork chop
Side: Rosemary roasted potatoes (the Irish in my dad and bro wont let them have meat without potatoes!)

Our server was really good, he was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about all the food, the preparation and the ingredients but he did suggest we also ordered the ribeye steak in addition to the above. I am very pleased that I declined his suggestion, not that I wouldn’t have loved to have tried it but for us it definitely would have been too much food. Also we had had burgers the night before and were due to have steak at Peter Lugers the following night.

Let me preface this review by saying that my dad and bro are not the most adventurous of eaters and upon reflection I probably should have reconsidered what I ordered for our appetisers – I did get a little carried away and wanted to try these dishes myself! Despite the fact that I enjoy liver and kidneys, and also am a big fan of black and white pudding none of us really enjoyed the lambs tongue salad. However it was beautifully presented and I do think this was down to our personal preference rather than the dish. The dressing was nice and the egg was perfect (and I did think the egg went well with the lambs tongue and preferred it mixed together with the egg rather than on its own) but I just didn’t really like the taste or texture of the tongue.

I did quite like the pigs foot, as did my bro (Dad didn’t) but in hindsight and given how good the pastas were, personally I would save the room for the pasta were I to visit again.

My favourite part of the meal – the pasta!! At this point I wasn’t thinking that things were going too successfully, my dad hadn’t enjoyed the appetisers at all and wasn’t looking happy and I was thinking I’d have been better taking him to a TGI Fridays. Happy families! But the pasta came and everything was well again! The server explained the order that he would serve the pasta in so that the dishes would complement each other better – spaghetti with lobster and tagliatelle Bolognese together followed by mint love letters and then the ravioli on their own.

We really enjoyed the spaghetti, thought it was cooked perfectly and there was plenty of lobster. Thought the flavour was nicely offset by the tomato and a hint of a kick of chilli. Really impressed by the tagliatelle Bolognese, good ratio of meat to pasta and very tasty. This was actually my dad’s favourite dish of the meal and he said it was the best pasta he’d ever had. Mint love letters came – I can still taste that mint! It was shocking, but shockingly good! The fennel was also very apparent without being overpowering and I thought this it was lovely. Then finally came the ravioli. Dad was starting to feel full and didn’t like the look of it (black and sticky!) so was half thinking of leaving it to save more room for the pork chop but my brother dove straight in. One look at my bro’s face enticed Dad to grab his fork and his life changed!! He kept on about how he’d never tasted anything like it and he hadn’t expected to like it but thought it was stunning. It didn’t last long on any of our plates.

So full by this point!!!!!! We had a decent gap between the pasta and the pork chop though and we all dug in when it came. It was beautifully cooked and the fat was really crispy and just melted away. The potatoes were perfectly roasted as well and very tasty, not too greasy. Dad and John really enjoyed the pork – so did I but let me just say I’m not a huge pork fan (they are). I eat it but I’d prefer another type of meat so it just shows how good it was for me to enjoy it as well. However if I went back again I would have the lamb, or maybe even the rib eye the waiter suggested, once again just due to my personal taste.

Dessert menu was brought and I so wanted to try the fruit crostata (it was lemon and I love lemon!!). However I couldn’t manage it by myself (Dad refused due to being stuffed) and my brother had already decided he was going to fit in a cheesecake (he loves dessert). So the crostata was left behind and I made do with an espresso (and the yummy biscotti type biscuits). At this point I left the table and upon my return my dad was up out of his seat shaking the waiter’s hand. A strange sight. Turns out my brother’s cheesecake had arrived and once again my dad had decided to up forks seeing the look on his face as he tried it and thought it was so good that he had to shake the waiter’s hand in gratitude…..family. The cheesecake was lovely though, creamy but still light and the biscuit seemed to be throughout every bite rather than just at the base.

All in all a wonderful meal and excellent service – totally uphill after the appetisers for me. I could go back and eat that pasta every night (if I didn’t live in London and if I could get a reservation!).

Tues am we ate breakfast at a restaurant around the corner from the hotel as we were going to the Rockefeller Center which was a couple of blocks away. It was called Pigalle and was decorated in the style of a French bistro. Was nothing very exciting, I had eggs, toast and home fries which were quite bland but my bro had a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese which he quite enjoyed.

Everything went a bit wrong for our reservation at Peter Luger on Tues night. Made the mistake of letting the guys loose Tues afternoon while I went shopping and came back to find they’d been on a bit of a bar crawl and were hell bent on continuing it. So much to my disappointment I had to call Peter Luger and cancel and apologise profusely, and join in with the bar crawl which took in quite a bit of Hells Kitchen. (an area I haven’t really been to on previous trips and did quite enjoy some of the bars) Sometimes you have to go with the flow. Anyway later on that evening we went to an Indian restaurant….stumbled upon it after walking for a while. I think it was called Bombay Palace. This was at my dad’s insistence that he wanted a curry, despite my reservation that I haven’t ever really had good Indian food in the US. I’m sure there is, and having read some of the Outer Borough posts I’d be interested on a future visit to head out to maybe Queens to try some, but I didn’t think we’d find it round where we were and we didn’t. It was really expensive, especially compared to London, and even with a few beers in us we didn’t enjoy it. Somehow it was just like chicken with no flavour and a sauce – like a bland stew with chicken that hadn’t been marinated or anything just stuck in it the sauce. Not good. I didn’t think the meat was good quality either. Shame that was our last meal in NYC.

We left on Wed.

So that was this time in NY. Good food and bad food. Next time my aims are to try more pizza, more brunch recommended places (breakfast/brunch pretty much proved our downfall!), RGR’s Lower East Side tour and also more desserts. Thanks again for all the recommendations, I’ve saved them all and quite a few lists too – all ready for my next visit.

May 29, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

Whilst backpacking around the US for 3 months 4 summers ago my friend and I stumbled upon a cafe near our hostel in Charleston, South Carolina. We ordered lunch (half a sandwich and salad - so cheap compared to what we had been spending in other cities as we travelled down from NYC). It was a marinated chicken salad sandwich with tomato and it was the best sandwich I have ever tasted. I will never forget the taste of that tomato - it was like I had never tasted tomato before and that was what it was meant to be like! Without speaking I offered my friend a bite and our eyes met in total understanding and agreement. We still talk about that sandwich to this day, back in London.

May 28, 2009
SissyGreen in General Topics

Brooklyn Bar Crawl

Once again, thanks from the bottom of my pint glass for all your suggestions, hints and tips! Noisejoke you're right in me being an experienced tourist ;) and I will have my Google Maps checklist with me with all your great comments...but from experience my bar crawls, as well planned as they are, tend to go what we call "west" (life is peaceful there!) after a few beers! However, thats all part of the fun and should we find somewhere we particularly like I wouldnt go marching out the door just for another tick on the list. Having said all that, we'll have a good go at the crawl (as Bob said, we are British!) and will let you know how we get on and our faves when I'm back. I'd personally like to compare the areas and draw my own conclusions. Cheers for the car home suggestions as well - sounds necessary after what we're trying to accomplish!

Wish us luck!

May 07, 2009
SissyGreen in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Bar Crawl

These suggestions are just what I was after!! Thinking of doing this crawl this Sunday after brunch somewhere boozy (maybe The Sunburnt Cow - any opinions??) and then coming over to Brooklyn to hit some of these suggestions. If I combine some of the Williamsburg/Bedford Ave suggestions with the Park Slope/4th/5th ave crawl is this feasible for a Sun afternoon to evening or do I run the risk of being carried home?! I like the casual dinner factor as well, so will work that in.

May 07, 2009
SissyGreen in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Bar Crawl

I know hipsters - we have them in Camden Town!

Personally I hate a pub when its rammed and I cant get served or get a seat if I want to sit. I'm also bringing my dad along for the crawl - he's a hipster dad ;) so we've got to include places he'll feel comfortable. Basically anywhere with a nice friendly crowd who might wanna chat to some Londoners, good drinks, seats if we want, maybe some music, later on live music might be exciting. Just places that are laid back and fun really. Does that help with recs?

May 06, 2009
SissyGreen in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Bar Crawl

Thanks for the link Bob! There are loads of bars on there for Williamsburg, are there any you would particularly recommend or should we just head on over and have a wander? Also if we come on a weekday night will places be busy or dead?

Thanks for all the suggestions before - keep them coming!

May 06, 2009
SissyGreen in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Bar Crawl

Hi all,

I also asked this in the Manhattan forum and got some helpful responses for Manhattan. One of the posters suggested Brooklyn as a destination so here we go, am hoping for more details! Would like suggestions and recommendations of an area in Brooklyn NYC where we can bar hop for an evening, so that the bars are close enough to walk to the next one, or get the subway. Basically I've been to NY a number of times but mainly done the tourist attractions and when I have had a night out its either been a dinner or a cab to one bar for the evening and I would love a native New Yorker to tell me where to head!

To try and explain what I'm after, here in London I could tell someone to head to a particular tube station in a lively area and suggest 4 or 5 pubs/bars they might want to visit over the course of an evening all within walking distance or a short tube ride away and include a suggestion of a place to finish up that would be open later if they got late night slightly drunken inspiration! I've never managed this in NYC and always feel like I'm missing out, so I'd love some suggestions from you guys. Usually we pick somewhere from a guide book or another recommendation and get a cab straight there and then do the same when we want to move on - would love to just find an area we could hang out in all night! I know there must be somewhere, I've just managed that horrible thing of always just missing it!

Am pretty open minded but would be cool if the bars werent overly touristy, I didnt come all the way from London to hang out with other English people (although I wouldnt not go to a fab bar just because it is popular with tourists too.)

All help appreciated.

Sissy

May 05, 2009
SissyGreen in Outer Boroughs

Bar Crawl NYC

I have printed off each area from Google maps and have highlighted each bar on the map so I can go to that subway stop and see how close they are and can stumble from one recommended place to the next. Am I too eager to have a v boozy night out in NYC??!!! My trip is this weekend so I'll let you know what bars are my faves upon my return! Thanks again all.

May 05, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Last min cupcake delivery - Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Ah goody, I'm glad! Was just thinking on the tube this morning how much I'd enjoyed their wedding (prob too much!) and wanted to kick off their honeymoon with just a little something. Am sure they will appreciate the thought and am pleased that I picked a decent place as well. Will let you know what they think of the actual cupcakes and their faves.

May 05, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Last min cupcake delivery - Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Yeah, I looked at that - what an awesome idea!! They only had as many as half a dozen cupcakes available for delivery through maxdelivery.com though so I went with SSS direct. Will definitely keep details for future reference!

May 05, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Last min cupcake delivery - Sugar Sweet Sunshine

My friends got married on Sat and are due to arrive in NYC any moment now to start their honeymoon. Very last minute I decided this morning to arrange for some cupcakes to be delivered to their hotel with a note wishing them a happy honeymoon. Called Sugar Sweet Sunshine from the UK this morning as soon as they opened, they were really lovely and helpful and are going to deliver a selection of cupcakes to the hotel today along with the note with a personalised message for me. Great service at such short notice and amazing value for money compared to the UK - cakes and delivery came to $31, just over £20. Rarely, if ever, found in London! Now I just have to hope my friends actually like the cakes....!

May 05, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

[London] Looking for recs around Victoria/Belgravia

Try The Mango Tree. Literally 5 mins round the corner from Victoria Station. Decent Thai food and good service and IMO a good place for a business lunch, the decor is very sleek and modern. And if you book through Toptable then you can get 50% off the total bill at lunch time!

Apr 23, 2009
SissyGreen in U.K./Ireland

Bar Crawl NYC

That sounds awful - I hope you didnt get it from a Chowhound recommended restaurant! We're only in NYC from late Fri night to Wed evening, staying in Chelsea and already planning to do Lombardis Sat night, Babbo Mon and Peter Luger Tues so you're right it doesnt leave us much time! Always interested in recommendations though, I try and make it over as often as I can. Thanks for your bar recommendations, if I can do the same for you for London in the future just shout!

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Peter Luger or Keen's or ?

This post has been really helpful, I'm doing the reverse and bringing my dad to NY (I think he'll be allowed wine!) and have booked Peter Luger although have been considering visiting Keen's as well. We're coming from London next month to NYC and my bro and I visited Peter Luger before and absolutely loved it so decided we had to bring my dad there. We had the porterhouse steak with creamed spinach and potatoes and it was so much food! I didnt like the spinach (after trying a few I now know I dont like creamed spinach - but like most things will still eat it) but my brother did and we both thought the steak was just amazing, melt in the mouth tender and so tasty. Guess we went on a good day! Also the service was fab, I'd heard about the gruff NY waiters but our waiter was such a sweetie, he was of Irish descent so we chatted for ages and he brought us a complimentary slab of apple studel with schlag (thanks Bernard!!). I was sure I couldnt fit any more food it but it was so yummy that we managed it. My mouth is watering thinking about it..so I'll be interested to see what your opinion is if you visit both Keens and Peter Luger.

Walshey, your daughters are very lucky girls!!

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

Also, we're going to Babbo on the Mon night and Peter Luger on the Tues night. Food coma alert! Good bars around those restaurants or easy to get to would be a bonus.

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

I like the look of this Von Bar. Are there other places nearby to head to as well? Also, we are travelling with my dad but I'm 27 and my bro is 25 - if that helps at all with the recommendations!

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

CSwim, I see you asked a similar kind of question in the London forum last year about spots to head to. Did you think that areas like Hoxton were comparable to the East Village?

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

Thanks!

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

Could you let me know what subway stations are the best to head to for these places?

Thanks

Sissy

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

All of these suggestions look fab - thanks for all your comments so far! We only have the one weekend night. Am going to NYC with my dad (49) and my bro (25) - both love a good night out and my dad is known to party hard (albeit with requisite embarrassing dad dancing)! We're meeting 2 friends of mine and my brother's on the Sat night and think the plan is to head to Lombardi's for pizza first then head out from there so I think I'll look at your suggestions cswim of either Brooklyn or Lower Lower East side for that night. If we go over to Williamsburg, what are your suggestions for there and what subway should we get off at? Then I think we may try some of the other places on the Sun/Mon/Tues we're in town. As I'm with my dad and bro I think we'll steer away from the achingly trendy places on this visit, dont want to bother with dress codes or queues or bouncers - I 'm leaning towards good neighbourhoody/local places/dive bars/somewhere welcoming and will save the hipster places for when I visit with the girls.

PS. it's the same for me in London, I totally avoid "town" on a Sat night

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Bar Crawl NYC

Hi all,

I hope I've posted this in the right place! Am hoping for suggestions and recommendations of an area in Manhattan NYC where we can bar hop for an evening, so that the bars are close enough to walk to the next one, or get the subway. Basically I've been to NY a number of times but mainly done the tourist attractions and when I have had a night out its either been a dinner or a cab to one bar for the evening and I would love a native New Yorker to tell me where to head!

To try and explain what I'm after, here in London I could tell someone to head to a particular tube station in a lively area and suggest 4 or 5 pubs/bars they might want to visit over the course of an evening all within walking distance or a short tube ride away and include a suggestion of a place to finish up that would be open later if they got late night slightly drunken inspiration! I've never managed this in NYC and always feel like I'm missing out, so I'd love some suggestions from you guys. Usually we pick somewhere from a guide book or another recommendation and get a cab straight there and then do the same when we want to move on - would love to just find an area we could hang out in all night! I know there must be somewhere, I've just managed that horrible thing of always just missing it!

Am pretty open minded but would be cool if the bars werent overly touristy, I didnt come all the way from London to hang out with other English people (although I wouldnt not go to a fab bar just because it is popular with tourists too.)

All help appreciated.

Sissy

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Girls dinner/lunch Lisbon

Just wanted to say thanks for the suggestions. We went to Lisboa a Noite on our first night and we really enjoyed it. Lovely round table so we could all talk to each other and the waiter recommended a gorgeous red wine that we definitely drank too much of! We shared starters, including the pineapple carpaccio with black pudding which was an interesting and tasty contrast and the mushrooms in cream sauce - yummy! We also had garlic sausage, the flavour was good but the texture was slightly mushy which we all found a little strange. Main courses, 3 of us had grouper fish which came with mashed potato and was amazing and the other three had steak which was also devoured very quickly and enjoyed! The restaurant was busy but service still decent and I also liked seeing the fish tank when you walk in. The location was good too, so near to the Bairro Alto to go out after. The only disappointment was the dessert. The waiters wheeled a trolley round through our entire meal and they all looked fab so we were looking forward to trying them. We had a tiramisu, a chocolate cake and a cheesecake and were unfortunately disappointed by them all. Overall good value for money though and I'd also like to mention there was a non smoking and smoking area of the restaurant and they were kept very separate which was good.

Whilst we were there we also ate at Chapito on a recommendation of another friend- lovely view over Lisbon but shame for us it was raining and it was slightly out of the way although if you're at the castle its not too far. Food decent, we were there for lunch so had sandwiches which were OK and also calamari which was also just OK.

We also ate the Sunday brunch at Estufa Real at the Botanical Gardens - we wanted a nice place to celebrate as one of the girls is getting married very soon. Lovely surroundings and so nice to stroll in the gardens afterward. The brunch was all you can eat, quite a lot of fish and seafood so was more lunchy than what I consider breakfast (although there was scrambled egg and bacon). All the food was fresh and lovely, the platters of food were restocked frequently and the desserts were also very good. I particularly like the passion fruit and chocolate mousses and the poached pears. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine and espresso to finish were a nice touch. Was slightly more expensive but we all agreed it was worth it for the surroundings and the quality of the food. Slightly out of the way as well.

I cant wait to go back to Lisbon and try some of the other places I've read so much about, we simply didnt have long enough!

Apr 21, 2009
SissyGreen in Spain/Portugal

Excited Londoner with reservation at Babbo!!

Many thanks again for pointing me in the direction, I'm sure it is annoying when newbies ask the same questions again and again but you've been really helpful. Really cant wait for my trip to NY, and especially Babbo. Will let you know how I get on and whether our opinions concur! Now to get reading all these great threads...its like Alice in Wonderland, one leads to another and another and another!!

Apr 16, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Excited Londoner with reservation at Babbo!!

Is the pork chop better than the lamb chop?

Apr 16, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Excited Londoner with reservation at Babbo!!

Actually Kathryn, I think that you are my friend rather than search!! Would've taken me ages to find all of these threads, thanks for making it so easy by pinpointing what I need. These look amazing, I've had a quick read and love the posts of a213b who is on a "business" trip - sounds to me like the business is eating and also RGR's walking food tour. I also am enticed by this food cart, although I dont think my dad would be all that impressed by my dragging him around town to find that, might save it for another visit!

Anyway amazing, thanks again for these. Making me hungry..although its breakfast time here rather than dinner!

Apr 16, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan

Excited Londoner with reservation at Babbo!!

I'm coming to the US for the family trip of a lifetime with my dad and bro - this will be my dad's first ever trip across the pond and our first stop is NYC - so excited! Have spent a while now lurking on this site and following advice I have got us dinner reservations at Babbo and at Peter Luger. I've been to Luger before so I know its steak for 3 (yay!) but cannot wait to try out Babbo.

So....What do we order?? This is a once only visit for my dad. He isnt that adventurous so I know he'll lean towards chops and steak - what should I order to let him some variety?? So many things have been recommended on here, I want to try them all! Also my bro is of the bottomless pit variety of human - is an antipasti, a pasta dish and a secondi each too much?? (Bearing in mind he will finish off whatever we leave - when we ate at Lombardis we ordered a large pizza between us and he nearly ate the whole thing to himself)

We are also going to return to Lombardis with my dad and some friends who are also in town as we loved it and I think he will...

Finally I also know that I want to take him to Katz Deli. After taking him to eat at these places, will I have done his NY trip proud or is there anywhere else I should try and squeeze in?? Unfortunately, we only have 4 nights before we move on so 3 are gone already..but there's always room for lunch and brunch and late night eats! Oh and dessert!

Sissy

Apr 15, 2009
SissyGreen in Manhattan