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I liked Apizz now what? Visiting with two daughters ages 16 and 20.

$50+ per person before taxes and tips. Lets just say closer to $50 than $100.

And THANK YOU so far for the comments. Kuma Inn looks interesting. My daughters might gasp at the ducks hanging in the window at NY Noodletown, but it would be good for them! Do chinese restaurants use chicken too besides pork and duck?

Jun 07, 2011
iuspock in Manhattan

I liked Apizz now what? Visiting with two daughters ages 16 and 20.

After some work on the chow discussion board last fall I dined at Appiz in September with my daughter and nephew and we enjoyed the dinner, service and decor. Seemed like a nice "find" in an out-of-the-way spot.

Coming back to Manhattan in two weeks, with daughters (ages 20 and 16) and nephew age 25 and looking for another dinner spot.

While we are staying down on Canal Street and shopping around Spring Street, I consider us very mobile for a good dinner. I too realize that within 2+ weeks I may have difficulty getting into a spot I desire, unless it is a late or early dining time, but we are good late eaters.

Willing to enjoy a $50+ per person dining experience. I don't think my daughters yet would appreciate a $100 dining event. I'd consider their tastes to include: "american grill/steak", italian, and asian. (I don't have any good chinese/asian spot on my Manhattan list so that might be nice to experience.)

We are having brunch again at Balthazar on Sunday. The cinammon apple panackes my daughter enjoyed on the previous trip were so delicious and light and fluffy. Certainly easy to make that a regular stop it seems. Has anyone had dinner at Balthazar and care to comment? Just curious if dinner is also good.

Possible other stops recommended to me include (and these may be more casual I don't know):
Crispo - for affordable italian?
Il Bastardo at 7th and 21st for affordable italian?
Felidia - italian at west 58th?
Mumbles on 3rd Ave?
Amedeo Buona Sera - italian

And visiting the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and/or Shake Shack if the line isn't too long.

Looking forward to comments and hope I wasn't too vague.

Hot in St. Louis

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Felidia
243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

Apizz
217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

Crispo
240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Il Bastardo
191 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Jun 07, 2011
iuspock in Manhattan

Scottsdale Corridor...any restaurants there worth trying?

We are going to try the Eddie Vs steakhouse which I understand has relocated from DC ranch (that property must be suffering a bit?) to the Scottsdale Quarter. I suppose there is more foot traffic versus the up north DC ranch location. I'll be sure to report back after the meal. I simply hope they don't jack-up the wine list prices like Mortons does. Paying 2.5 to 3x a bottle's retail should be illegal.

Feb 18, 2011
iuspock in Phoenix

Scottsdale Corridor...any restaurants there worth trying?

Thanks for the correction. My mistake it is the Scottsdale Quarter and thank you for the link. I just knew it was in the Kierland neighborhood and across the street from the old Barcelona nightclub.

So here are the restaurants listed on the link. Has anyone dined at any of the locations and had a good dinner experience?

BRIO Tuscan Grille
Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Narcisse Champagne Lounge
Oakville Grocery
Parc Central
Press Coffee
Primebar
Tanzy
TK's Urban Tavern
True Food Kitchen

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True Food Kitchen
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
9788 W Northern Ave Ste 1440, Peoria, AZ 85345

Oakville Grocery
15015 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Jan 22, 2011
iuspock in Phoenix

Scottsdale Corridor...any restaurants there worth trying?

I am only an annual visitor to Scottsdale and understand that a new development named the Scottsdale Corridor is a nice venue.

In March I'll be visiting with the ____________________ (choose your term, typical/obligatory/snowbirds/jackwipes/funloving/sunburnt) for our yearly golf and spring-training baseball trip.

Is there a good restaurant where 8 fellas might like to dine in Scottsdale Corridor?

Thanks and looking forward to getting out of this snow!

Chilly in St. Louis

Jan 21, 2011
iuspock in Phoenix

DBGB or Balthazar for brunch? Please help me choose!

Just over a week agon my 16-year old daughter and I were visiting and brunched at Balthazar and had a wonderful meal.
My daughter enjoyed the apple cinammon pancakes which were really delicious, light and fluffy. The pancakes come with a dollop of warm apples on top (although I think my daughter requested them on the side) but they were tasty and could have been a bit more plentiful.
I asked the hostess her favorites and settled on an poached egg special on the menu that came with pancetta and a tomatoe sauce, very tasty and not the eggs benedict. I thanked the gal for recommending it as I departed. My cafe mocha came quickly and was very nice as well.
Balthazar remains busy so make sure you have reservations and are on time. But I'd recommend it (never been to DBGB)
I would have bought some goodies from the bakery if I had room in our shopping bags to take some goodies home.

Hungy in St. Louis

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Balthazar
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Oct 22, 2010
iuspock in Manhattan

Good Mexican in St. Louis

I'll add one more comment to this thread I began a while back...while I bitch about Hacienda serving drinks outside in only plastic cups, I neglected to say that at Nacho Mama's you are served your dinner fare on styrofoam platters. But I still get a nice glass for my margarita. So in the interest of full disclosure, don't be surprised when your food comes on styrofoam, its still tasty. And they just finished some added outdoor seating!

Oct 11, 2010
iuspock in Great Plains

Best lasagna in Manhattan?!

Stuart since that cookbook on Amazon is $88 why don't you share with us that one page of lasagna recipe here!?

Oct 07, 2010
iuspock in Manhattan

The right wine off the wine list at Apizz? Help with Italian wines!

I'll definitely ask the sommelier for some assistance for wine and food pairings. I prefer not to go in blind. Plus it makes me feel important if I can share some up front knowledge with my dining companions :) !

RCC # 145 Babaresco, Marchesi de Barolo....or is that a Barolo?

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Barolo
398 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Oct 07, 2010
iuspock in Manhattan

The right wine off the wine list at Apizz? Help with Italian wines!

All,

I'm have an upcoming weekend reservation at Apizz, largely based off some positive comments from this board.

I'm lacking in knowledge of Italian wines. I typically prefer the bigger cabs. A brunello? A Barbaresco? A Rosso de Mantalcino? Its a pretty reasonably priced list and I'll likely not exceed the $100 price tag given my dining companions.

Any of you have a working knowledge in those wines care to persue the list and identify any solid values which we might enjoy?

www.apizz.com is the web site click "vino" to see the wine menu.

Much thanks fellow hounds and oenophiles.

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Apizz
217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

Oct 07, 2010
iuspock in Manhattan

Weekend Trip Review - STL

I've yet to sit down and dine at Niche and hope to soon. Wife and I tried Taste by Niche which is the smallish bar/dining spot attached next door to Niche. They offer small plates and small portions of what is being prepared in the kitchen of the restaurant. Knowing everything would be good, or expecting so, we simply ordered everything on the chalkboard which is updated daily. As expected it was tasty: some salamis and a cheese plate, riby-eye brushetta, and other some other nontraditional fare which I can't recall. We both asked the bartender to simply make us something refreshing which he did after he queried us on what we usually might order. That bartender was Ted Kilgore and I'ld read about him in SAuce magazine so was delighted to be in his care at the bar. Its rare you get a drink mixologist who takes the profession to his level. So go and be daring.

Aug 29, 2010
iuspock in Great Plains

LA Chowhound Needs Help in STL

Ditto on Harvest Restaurant. Fabulous place in Richmond Heights, Clayton area.

And I'd skip First Watch as a breakfast place, reheated hash brown squares are more like McDonald's in my opinion.

A great and more homemade breakfast place is in Clayton, which is right next door to Richmond Heights. Great restaurants and I'd recommend breakfast at......

Companion Bakehouse & Cafe - www.companionstl.com
Location: 8143 Maryland Clayton, MO 63105 - Map
Phone: 314-721-5454
Hours: Every day 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Another recommendation a block away from Companion Bakery which I've heard good things about is...
City Coffee House & Creperie
Location: 36 N. Brentwood Clayton, MO 63105 - Map
Phone: 314-862-2489
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 6:30 am - 4:00 pm, Sat. - Sun. 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Breakfast, luncheon and dessert crepes (white flour or buckwheat), Belgian waffles, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups.
Retail artisan bakery, coffees, pastries, breads. Breakfast and lunch specials daily.

Downtown: Tony's is terrific and a St. Louis landmark. It is an experience so call ahead for reservations. And I would ditto the Mike Shannon's steak recommendaiton.

So if you are willing to travel a little from your Richmond Heights consider the Clayton neighborhood or go the other direction to Maplewood which borders you on the south. If in Maplewood Monarch restaurant which has been a long-time successful spot just reopened with a new menu and I suspect it will be great like the previous incarnation.

You want more?

Aug 29, 2010
iuspock in Great Plains

Experiences using "Restaurant.com" in the DC Metro Area?

I'd suggest you simply be careful with the web site as they had a vendor that was doing "follow-on" marketing that once it had your credit card information it unknowingly enrolled you in a monthly "club" and charged you $14.95 or something thereabouts. A congressional inquiry and lawsuit followed. Now I may be speaking unfairly about the restaurant.com site itself versus the vendor they employed....but I'm just sayin.

Aug 17, 2010
iuspock in Food Media & News

Taste by Niche in St. Louis .....first time visit

I've read a lot about the great work being done at Niche in St. Louis which is on Sidney Street, and last night I went to the informal side of Niche, which is Taste by Niche. It was a great experience.

Taste, is a small spot, able to seat only 16 persons or so and their menu board is geared more toward small plates. Knowing the restaurant knows their business we stuck strickly to the specials on the menu board and ordered everything on the board!

But first we had to have a cocktail, and on a nice warm St. Louis summer evening a cold cocktail sounded refresshing and it was. We asked the bartender to "make us something good" and he queried us on our general tastes etc. Shortly after fixing us a couple tasty cocktails I asked Ted our bartender, "are you Ted K?" which meant Kilgore. Ted Kilgore is well known and a person that makes drink preparation and creation to a new level. I had read about Ted in a magazine or two and St. Louis publications. Anyway Ted made me a refreshing mojito, not a "normal" but with nice twists that I can't identify. My spouse had a delicious pomegranet cocktail with orange zest and it also was tasty. So just give Ted the "green light" and I'll be you'll be happy.

So the small plates included a cheese plate as well as a sausage/salami plate both served with some crostini, some ground mustard, a sweet blueberry paste with the cheeses. All good. As a more "main course" we tried a chicken liver pate that was tasty as well as rib-eye crostini which was terrific.

So I'll go back and I look forward to my first visit to the restaurant for the full menu at Niche. Tell me about your experience if you've been to either.

Still hungy and thirsty..

Mark

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Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St, Saint Louis, MO 63104

Aug 05, 2010
iuspock in Great Plains

Downtown for two nights, including Men's NCAA finals, where to eat? April 5th

Leaning towards Social and Peasant. Peasant has Monday Mussell's Night which sounds interesting. Anyone every tried them? $15 all you can eat and $25 with an bottomless glass of wine, although we don't know what wine.

Mar 31, 2010
iuspock in Atlanta

Downtown for two nights, including Men's NCAA finals, where to eat? April 5th

Staying at the W Hotel downtown Atlanta and need ideas for some tasty restaurants. It doesn't have to be BLT Steak or a white tablecloth but the four of us do want to sit and eat some good food and perhaps have a bar in the restaurant to watch the men's NCAA finals Monday night after dinner. We will have a car and would prefer not to drive more than 10 or 15 minutes is possible.
The concierge at the W mentioned Stats to me on the phone. In looking at the menu it appears ok and moderately priced, but I read another post on the board that said the food wasn't good, nor was the service.

Other mentions on the board for downtown restaurants that I've read include:
FAB French American Bistro (which I normally shy away from fancy french and their smaller artsy portions)
Rathbun's Steakhouse is mentioned as a short 10 minute drive but worth it.
Azio's on International?
Social seems to get good reviews as a local favorite downtown.
ROOM in the 12 Hotel.

Appreciate any input.

Lastly, we'll be driving up to Augusta to watch a practice round Tuesday. I have tickets but if anyone has any local hints on traffic, parking etc I'm all ears. My map says its 146 miles over to Augusta.

Chow in St. Louis

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Rathbun's Restaurant
112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Mar 31, 2010
iuspock in Atlanta

Chowhound needs nice dinner for 9 fellas! North Scottsdale in March

Just back from our time in Scottsdale and wanted to write about our dinner at Ocean Prime which is in the City North complex.

First, setting and ambiance was pretty cool. I'd go back simply to enjoy the bar or sit on the couch outdoor along the city sidewalks and enjoy a martini. They do a great job serving drinks and the gals serving are gorgeous and friendly.

We actually sat with 9 guys in one of the private rooms, which was ideal. The private room included a flat screen if there was something on tv (sporting event) you wished to follow. We were there strictly for the food and friendship. So for conversation having the private room was great.

The food was average. While likely trying to be as good as comparable steak houses (Mastro's Ocean Club, Fleming's, Eddie V's) I believe all those others are a cut above Ocean Prime, including the quality of the steak.

I ordered a bone-in strip which was just okay. No good outside crust and the quality of the steak wasn't mouthwatering. Again I've had better elsewhere. When I order a steak out at a great steakhouse, I expect something better than I can fire up on my grill at home. These type of restaurants are supposed to have extremely hot fires that can do things I cannot at home. This wasn't the case.

The side dishes, while tasty were very small. The sea bass ordered was prepared well and tasty but again a small portion.

The best thing I can say about the place is the service. We were taken care of very well and all our needs met inclusive of good wine recommendations.

So I'll go back for drinks , but I'll spend my dinner money elsewhere.

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Ocean Prime
5455 E High St Ste 115, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Mar 19, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Burgers in Paradise at IU Bloomington

Where is La Torre and Opie Taylor's located in Bloomington? I'm up for some new ideas! And is Tallent upscale or can be a casual lunch spot?

Feb 22, 2010
iuspock in Great Lakes

Chowhound needs nice dinner for 9 fellas! North Scottsdale in March

Well sounds like a plan, we'll see if we stick to it. Keep the sun out please and I'll report back in a couple weeks!

Feb 22, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Chowhound needs nice dinner for 9 fellas! North Scottsdale in March

What about this plan, Ocean Prime for dinner and drinks afterwords at the Blue Martini? Are those two establishments at the same spot?
Thanks all for input so far

Feb 11, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Chowhound needs nice dinner for 9 fellas! North Scottsdale in March

Thanks for the input so far. I'll look at Don and Charlies. It would be nice to find a "reliable" steak spot, just below the tier of the prices at Mastro's , Morton's , City Hall, etc.

Feb 08, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Razz’s, Rancho Pinot and Sassi

Any comment of these spots as a good weekend dinner for 8? Wine lists? Fair or overpriced? Steak or no steak at any of them?

Feb 08, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Chowhound needs nice dinner for 9 fellas! North Scottsdale in March

I guess looking around other restaurant options include:

J&G Steakhouse which is the new Jean Georges steakhouse at the Princess:
Eddie V's:

Anyone know much at Deseo at the Westin Kierland?
How about Rancho Pinot Grill?

Feb 08, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Chowhound needs nice dinner for 9 fellas! North Scottsdale in March

All,
I'll be in Scottsdale for spring training baseball and golf in March, like may of the other visitors. We need a nice place for a nice steak dinner (some guys might eat the fish) and reasonably priced wines.
In past visits we've dined at Mastro's Ocean Club (bit proud of their wine and they almost get offended if you don't want the "seafood tower" !) , Paul Fleming's, and the restaurant at the TPC Clubhouse (actually very good!).
We'll be in North Scottsdale and like to stay within a few miles of the neighborhood for reasons of drinking and driving. I've thought about City Hall which is down at Camelback at Fashion Square but hoping we don't have to drive that far south.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Feb 07, 2010
iuspock in Phoenix

Burgers in Paradise at IU Bloomington

Its fine, edible anyway. I can't say I was looking forward to eating at Burgers in Paradise but my college daughter, who actually is a good foodie, said I'd be ok.

And she was right. I had the crab cakes and they weren't totally swamped in oil and too much fake taste. The burgers at the table were all stated to be good and cooked as ordered. The sweet potato chips were nicely crisp and the Asian dip that accompanied them was good.

Daughters shared a bacon burger that they enjoyed.

So I'll go back I suspect. I need to do some additional work on good spots in Bloomington though.

PS..the Nick's pizza for lunch is worth driving the 4 hours for, simply for the memories!

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Cheeseburger In Paradise
2550 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Jan 20, 2010
iuspock in Great Lakes

St. Louis bakery

I would ditto any recommendation of Cravings. Amazing desserts and worth the extra expense. I've had a carrot cake that was WOW!

Good Mexican in St. Louis

I'll be the first to admit I haven't tried all the various spots around St. Louis for great and near authentic Mexican food. With that said, I'm going to put down a positive comment for a favorite of mine near our neighborhood of Webster Groves, and that is for Nacho Mama's on Manchester Road.

I had dinner again last night at Nacho Mama's and it might have been the best I've had over the years. I ordered the Tex Mex Platter, which comes with several items. The beans are tasty, the chicken well grilled on the enchilada and the cabbage on the taco?? is so more near authentic Mexican. As usual the margaritas are always tasty and served in a nice tall glass, either frozen or on the rocks (my preference).

While the much more well known Hacienda is just down the street, I tired years ago from their overcooked sides of rice and beans which surrounded an always-average entree. What keeps me away from Hacienda these days is the fact that when enjoying a margarita on the outside patio, they insist on serving it in a plastic glass. I'm old enough not to drop my drink thank you.

My wife prefers the enchilada plate with a spinach and chicken enchilada. My neighbor prefers the half of a chicken which is grilled and very tasty.

So give Nacho Mama's a try.

Chuey's is closed in Dogtown right? But it moved elswhere?

Jun 11, 2009
iuspock in Great Plains