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Peet's Coffee at NYU

There is now a Peet's Coffee at NYU's dining hall - also home to NYC's only Chik-Fil-A.

You don't need an NYU ID to gain access.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/peets-coffee-...

Mar 10, 2010
shelley5 in Manhattan

Tim-Tams in NY?

I spotted them at Gristede's on 8th Av at 21st St.

Dec 18, 2009
shelley5 in Manhattan

Anguilla recomendations

Thanks for your recommendations everyone! It was a great trip.

Highlights:
E's Oven - very well-priced, nice atmosphere, delicious chicken and fish - I agree that this is a definite must-do.

Gwen's - great laid-back atmosphere right on the water, generous portions, really good ribs with amazing BBQ sauce (go early before they run out), great cole slaw and curry pasta salad

Veya: beautiful island atmosphere with outside plumeria trees, warm service, great skirt steak lettuce wraps and crayfish with ginger vanilla sauce

Ken's BBQ - Fri and Sat in the Valley, outdoor grill - amazingly cheap and delicious chicken and ribs - I think it was $7USD - better than Carl's BBQ under the Tamarind Tree (nearby) or B&D's - yes we did a rib run day :)

Johnnos - great atmosphere and punch

Le Bon Pain - the patisserie in the East End - go early or she'll run out of pain au chocolat or the chocolate/pecan chocolate twists. Also has large baguette sandwiches big enough for 2.

Also went to:

Mangoes - beautiful sunset atmosphere, service was a bit brisk here however. the lobster cake wasn't very good, but the sesame snapper was delicious.

Smokey's - beautiful atmosphere on Cove Bay, but I didn't think the food was anything special and with small portions at higher prices than Gwen's.

Hungry's van - always open late at nite - good seafood quesadilla and conch soup

Zara's - the singing chef was very funny to listen to - but not much atmosphere and not as good as E's Oven. the calamari was delicious but was not impressed by the pumpkin soup or tamarind fish wrapped in a banana leaf.

Koko's - Anguillan lobster is definitely not as good as Maine lobster! ribs were OK but not as good as Gwen's. we came in the late afternoon tho. nice view of Island Harbour and Scilly Cay.

So overall I would rank the BBQ as Ken's for #1, then Gwen's, B&D, Carl's, Koko's, and Smokey's. Smitty's is closed for construction (but he is still running his gas station!).

A lot of places didn't have crayfish so I'm glad we went to Veya!

Next time, I will definitely hit up Hibernia and Koal Keel.

Anguilla recomendations

OK I have done my research and am ready to go - any feedback? I'm more interested in the cheap(er) eats - with emphasis on bbq and seafood.

Kokos
Zara's
Gwen's
Mangos
Smokys
Smittys
Big Jims
Hungry's van
E's Oven
Lucy's
B&D
Carls under the Tamarind Tree
Palm Grove

Splurge: Veya

bars: Elvis, Ripples, Johnnos, Pumphouse, Rafe's

Anguilla recomendations

I'm headed to Anguilla this month - do you need reservations to get seated at restaurants this time of year? Or is it OK to walk-in?

OK...I'll try this again...Miss Maude's or Miss Mamie...is one better than the other?

I really love Miss Mamie's. I went to Miss Maude's once and thought it was just as good but that was a few years ago.

I LOVE the fried chicken and the sides (mac n' cheese, spinach, and mashed potatoes). The sampler is amazing - the ribs are so good. The homemade lemonade is delicious - but expensive.

Sep 15, 2008
shelley5 in Manhattan

Sunday Business Lunch nr Loop

Thanks so much! These suggestions are great.

Jul 10, 2008
shelley5 in Chicago Area

Sunday Business Lunch nr Loop

I need to find a "masculine" place for a Sunday business lunch - not brunch.

Every place I am looking up I am finding no Sundays or only brunch - I thought Zagat had a "Sunday" filter but I am not seeing it.

Any thoughts? We are staying at the Mag Mile Marriott but can take taxis within a mile or two.

Jul 10, 2008
shelley5 in Chicago Area

Guava juice

Update: Maaza guava juice from Holland - it comes in glass bottles. It's available at the corner bodega on the southside of 22nd street on the east side of 8th ave in Chelsea (open 24 hrs btw). It's fantastic!

Jan 29, 2008
shelley5 in Manhattan

Crueller Donuts

Thanks for the sighting reports!

Apr 05, 2007
shelley5 in Manhattan

Crueller Donuts

The DD ones are too fried for my taste. Hmm, according to their website, there's no Tim Horton's nearby but I think I saw one in Connecticut once. The search goes on. . .

Apr 03, 2007
shelley5 in Manhattan

Crueller Donuts

I've only seen these in southern CA. Cruellers are also known as French donuts. They are circle shaped but twisty. They should are soft inside and not heavily fried.

My favorite has strawberry frosting---any hope of finding these in NYC?

Apr 02, 2007
shelley5 in Manhattan

Good food cheaply for London trip

Bombay Brasserie- Indian
Mandarin Kitchen- seafood
Mike's Cafe- breakfast
Wolseley tea
Randa- Lebanese

Reporting back in the States: the above are the ones I ended up at.

Went to Bombay Brasserie on a Sunday for lunch. Very nice variety and well-spiced. Watch out for those mango lassis though---ended being the equivalent of $9 each--and not worth it.

Mandarin Kitchen was pricey, but deliciously worth it! The first time we had the lobster noodles with ginger and green onions and the beef dish. Both were excellent, and the lobster was cracked and split for easy eating. The green onions were sweet and the noodles were fresh. And no waiting! We had our final meal here on a Saturday and had to wait a bit, and we had the lobster noodles again along with Peking duck with pancakes, plum sauce, green onions, and cucumbers. They separate the crunchy skin from the meat and take off the fat from the skin---very accomodating place. Thanks for the rec!

Went to Mike's Cafe for breakfast on Saturday. Unfortunately, they stop serving eggs benedict after noon. Got the breakfast special for 5.50 pounds with rashers of bacon, sausage (not v. good), egg over hard, delicious tomatoes, and toast. Very hearty and filling.

The Wolseley was great---right off of Green Park in a beautiful setting with Asian accents (somewhat odd). The atmosphere is a bit posh but we were seated promptly after arriving early for tea. The waiter had to wait until 3:30 to put in the order. One order of afternoon tea was plenty for 2. Great scones and incredible egg salad! I had constant inquiries to refill my hot water.

Went to Ranoush late at night. Very generous refilling of bread to go along with our baba ghanoush. And six delicious and complimentary dessert bites of that layered phyllo dough dessert treat that escapes my mind at the moment.

Ended up at the Tate Modern restaurant on the top floor. Incredible night view of St. Paul’s across the river. I had a fish dish in a cream sauce with white asparagus which was quite tasty.

In Hackney, went to Tre Viet since Green Papaya was not open for lunch. The pho looked great, but was disappointing. The broth did not taste like it had absorbed any of the green onion, cilantro, etc. and the meat was dry and the noodles were thick and doughy.

In Oxford, the Aziz on Cowley was closed for renovation, so we went to its new sister restaurant on Folly bridge. The pappadum was incredible---so light and delicious with mango chutney and an amazing lemon sauce. The curries were underspiced however. But service was excellent and the atmosphere was very clean and club-like. We had afternoon tea on the High St. at The Rose. The scones were biscuity and it came with one type of cake. It was very cheap I think. IKEA-like atmosphere. I think the sandwiches were rather anemic.

In Bath, had an early lunch at the Pulteney Arms. Probably the second best meal of the trip! Generous Yorkshire pudding with beef and gravy with chips for 5 pounds---quite filling. Had afternoon tea at the Pump Room---but wanted to skip getting cakes since we were full from the PA. So we only got the scones and the sandwiches. The scones were very crumbly. The cream cheese and cucumber sandwich was the best.

Went to Phoenix Palace for dim sum right at noon. Ordered everything since they had no carts. The scallop dumplings were great. The siu mai was rather flavorless. The shrimp croquettes with sweet mayonnaise were delicious. The shrimp and greens dumpling tasted very fresh. I did not find service to be a problem.

Ended up in Chinatown late at night and ended up at Canton Restaurant after seeing how high New Mayflower’s prices were. Do not go to Canton Restaurant---got the duck and the fried noodles with seafood. Anemic portions with little flavor.

For the final round of afternoon tea, went to Tea Palace in Notting Hill. Showed up right at 3, which was a good thing, since many people ended up on the waiting list. Got seated at a table for 4 even though we were only a party of 2. The host was excellent. I was disappointed in my Cassis tea, which I thought would be blackcurrant, but ended up tasting like cough syrup. My Twinings blackcurrant tea was much better than that. The cakes were beautiful and looked like petit fours. They were very rich, though, and we couldn’t finish them (note that we ate at Mike’s Café about four hours earlier). The scones were large and the sandwiches were good, but not especially memorable.

After all of the tea experiences, I think the Wolseley was the best. Tea Palace and the Rose were in small settings (the Tea Palace felt a bit cramped since it shared space with the shop) whereas the Wolseley and the Pump Room were in large, airy spaces.

A bit disappointed in the Indian places from my earlier memories of the UK, but it’s hard when I compare everything to my favorite place ever, Indian Oven, in San Francisco. Next time I will need recommendations on which dishes to order since there are so many different regions in India.

Overall, a great eating adventure in the UK full of clotted cream! We saved money by eating snacks and having one big meal, or having one cheap meal and one pricier meal. Thanks for all the recommendations!

Mar 19, 2007
shelley5 in U.K./Ireland

Good food cheaply for London trip

I've never heard of this place in Queens---sounds fantastic!

Feb 17, 2007
shelley5 in U.K./Ireland

Good food cheaply for London trip

Thanks for the input. I love dim sum, but am put off by the pricing I see on these UK menus---although Phoenix Palace looks reasonable.

I love love Indian food and am eager to have it in England again---I haven't had much success in NYC---although everyone talks about good stuff in the outer boroughs. I especially love korma and have not found a place where it is as good as Indian Oven in San Francisco (where it is delicous with scallops btw). And I haven't had a mango lassi as good as Vik's in Berkeley.

Howler, are you referring to Tea Palace in Notting Hill? I can't seem to find Tea Room information.

Not to go too O/T but some NYC recs for posters in exchange for their recs:
Zuriga, have you had dim sum at Chatham Square? It's my new favorite.
Oonth, you have to go to that fabled Thai place in Queens: Sriphapai, it's right off the 7 train.

Feb 16, 2007
shelley5 in U.K./Ireland

Good food cheaply for London trip

Actually I'm from New York by way of SF and LA---there's no good dim sum to be had in London?

Thanks for the advice so far!

Feb 15, 2007
shelley5 in U.K./Ireland

Good food cheaply for London trip

After perusing these boards and Time Out, here is what I've come up with for my food itinerary. I'm staying in Kensington for a week and am looking for yummy affordable eats.

Bombay Brasserie- Indian
Mandarin Kitchen- seafood
Mike's Cafe- breakfast
Neal's Yard- cheese
Books for Cooks- cheap test kitchen meals
Mandalay- Burmese
Dragon Castle- dim sum
Wolseley tea
Randa- Lebanese
Galvin Brothers- British
Mala- Indian
Borough Market- tapas brindisa
Le Boudin Blanc- French

Any suggestions or better food for the buck?

Feb 15, 2007
shelley5 in U.K./Ireland

Best Orange Flavored Chicken???

I'm from southern California and I confess that I have made the trip to Jersey City for the yummy orange chicken.

Actually, I really like the orange chicken at Mama Buddha on Hudson. It has a really palpable orange kick---sort of like what the second poster described.

Oct 11, 2006
shelley5 in Manhattan

Guava juice

I realize NYC is far far away from Hawaii, but any places have really delicious guava juice?

Oct 06, 2006
shelley5 in Manhattan

Pasta with Cream Sauce

I'm not a big fan of red sauce but I love cream sauce. Any good lobster ravioli with cream sauce or other pastas with cream sauce?

Oct 06, 2006
shelley5 in Manhattan

Paris: Client Dinner for 10

What brasseries would you recommend that have good food and aren't too touristy? I can't seem to find any open on Sunday for dinnner.

Aug 30, 2006
shelley5 in France

Paris: Client Dinner for 10

Thanks for your suggestions. Looking up these places, I realized I should also mention that the dinner is on a Sunday and that it needs to have a nonsmoking section. Unfortunately, it seems like many restaurants are closed on Sundays.

Au Petit Tonneau sounds promising, but is it small? Do I need to make a reservation since it's such a large party? I can't seem to find a website or phone number.

Aug 30, 2006
shelley5 in France

Paris: Client Dinner for 10

I'm arranging a dinner for my boss along with 9 clients and colleagues in Paris in mid-September.

Cuisine: French

Atmosphere: Quiet enough for them to hear each other, but not too cramped, stuffy, or formal.

Price: My boss has a high taste level, but I think the top Michelin restaurants are too expensive for such a large party. I would put an estimate of 100-125 Euro a head, including wine.

Location: Anywhere in the city would be fine, as long as it is in a nice/safe/clean part of town.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Aug 24, 2006
shelley5 in France