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Pastry/bread classes in NYC?

The French Culinary Institute (426 Broadway) and Institute for Culinary Education (50 W 23rd) have a good selection for amateurs and professionals. Natural Gourmet offers a pizza class and a bread baking class - it fills up quickly. The bread baking was VERY good.

Occasionally, the Culinary Loft (http://www.culinaryloft.com), Rustico Cooking (http://www.rusticocooking.com) and Brooklyn Kitchen (http://www.thebrooklynkitchen.com/) offer bread baking classes.

Le Pain Quotidien on Bleecker is starting to offer bread baking classes.

Slightly dated reviews from Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

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Scratchbread has a volunteer link (http://www.scratchbread.com/volunteer/

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French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Natural Gourmet Institute
48 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Institute of Culinary Education
50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Jun 19, 2011
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Where’s the Elk in NYC?

Bareburger is now on LaGaurdia Place (between Houston and W 3rd) - SO tried the elk burger last weekend and highly approved.

Jun 07, 2011
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Where can I take my teenage cousin to eat and learn about cooking?

Natural Gourmet has a 4 course Friday night dinner for $40. Very eclectic and fun mix of people.

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Natural Gourmet Institute
48 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

Jun 07, 2011
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Spring themed menu?

Thank you - sounds promising!

Apr 23, 2011
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Spring themed menu?

Seeking fiddle head ferns, sorrel, morels, ramps and other such spring treats! Vegetarian- or pescetarian-friendly recommendations would be appreciated very much. Lunch or Brunch for $50 pp, not including alcohol / tax / tip and, and party of two. The Green Table and Northern Spy came to mind, but always happy to expand my horizons.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 19, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Cheap but tasty vegetarian? Doc maker cousin visiting NY this weekend, looking for low-cost options

Agree with Dirt Candy and Kajitsu for the "nice" end of the spectrum. Red Bamboo and VP2 are very reasonable. Other options could include:

1. Macrobiotic: Souen (multiple locations) and Purume
2. Asian Vegetarian: Soy and Sake, Wild Ginger, Hangawi
3. Indian: Huge Sarvanna Bhavan fan for South Indian food (idli for 4.50!!), although Rajdhani in LA is hard to beat.
4. Quantum leap (burgers and such) and Sacred Chow (lovely vegan tapas and brunch options even if you're not vegan :-)

Enjoy!

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Red Bamboo
140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

Saravanaas
81 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

HanGawi
12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Souen
28 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Quantum Leap
226 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Quantum Leap
203 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Dirt Candy
430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Soy and Sake
47 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Wild Ginger
226 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

Kajitsu
414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Sacred Chow
227 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Apr 14, 2011
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Vandaag Review

Totally agree with posters. Adored the aesthetic, and enjoyed the food. As a vegetarian, I went there for a late lunch and came away very satisfied. Very cohesive offerings, not thrown together as a token veggie option. I'm looking forward to going back to try a different beverage / brunch option.

Apr 02, 2011
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Cake places in NYC?

I second Blackhound by sugartoof. Momofuku does some interesting flavors ($38).

Apr 01, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

best authentic mexican downtown?

Went there early on a weeknight (7 ish) and so avoided the prime time crush. There is a bar space in front, tables in between, and then counter seating all the way at the back. I went on a night when there was a bunch of trendy-ish twenty-somethings celebrating some sort of birthday. So it was a tad noisy in the bar area, but we were seated at the tables and it was fine. Service was reliable. It seemed like a popular date place an no one seemed rushed. They were responsive when we wanted stuff but left us in peace :)

Apr 01, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

best authentic mexican downtown?

Thx :)

Tacombi is a neat space - u walk thru metal doors and enter a good-sized open space with an old VW van - totally laid back, beach vibe. You walk up to a counter and buy tokens which are then redeemed for food / beverages ($5-10 each). There are a bunch of loosely arranged square four-seater tables and then some bar-like (standing only) tables. I went on a Saturday morning for some post-shopping sustenance and it was super relaxed. The food was fresh and flavorful, they do not have an extensive menu and it feels like you're getting a snack at a food truck at a beach. Good place for groups / snack food. Not really a shrine to culinary skills but thats not what the place is about. I like the little details, the laid back vibe and the fresh food there. Would go back for a casual, low stress bite..

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Tacombi
267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Apr 01, 2011
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best authentic mexican downtown?

Sorry - I don't know enough about authentic but I've been to Hecho en Dumbo (Bowery) and Fonda Nolita Tacombi (Elizabeth St) - very enjoyable and very good food.

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Hecho en Dumbo
354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Tacombi
267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Apr 01, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

downtown vegetarian indian

Along the lines of vegetarian friendly (ie the restuarant also serves meat) theres also Salaam Bombay on Greenwich, and a whole bunch of places on 6th between 1st and 2nd near Brick Lane Curry House like Banjara and Haveli. I like Jackson Diner on University Place for the sheer convenience.

Then theres the Hampton Chutney Co - for indian inspired vegetarian options. The Kati Roll Company on Macdougal and Sangam on Bleecker are both good for snacky little things.

For 1$ samosas, there is Lahore Deli on Crosby St.. On the other end of the spectrum, theres Tamarind Tribeca.

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Haveli
100 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Salaam Bombay
319 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Banjara
97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Brick Lane Curry House
306-308 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

Hampton Chutney Co.
68 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Sangam
190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Jackson Diner
72 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

Mar 14, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Where to find Dosas?

Saravanna Bhavan and/or Tiffin walah on Lex are pretty consistent - fresh chutney and reliable masala dosa / rava dosa / uttappams. My personal favorite is the idli / wada combo - very good deal.

Mar 13, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Suggestion for inexpensive, festive ethnic (Indian, Mexican, Thai top choices) restaurant for group of 12?

Vatan, near 28th and 3rd, has the whole rustic Indian (Gujrati thali) thing down pretty good. Its all-you-can-eat for $30.

Chinese Mirch on 28th and Lex, does Indian Chinese. The fish and lamb are pretty good.

Caveats: These are both slightly offbeat and you may want to try the cuisine to see if it will suit your party before committing to it.

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Vatan
409 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Chinese Mirch
120 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Mar 13, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Semi-expensive vegetarian friendly in Tribeca/West Village

How about The Green Table in Chelsea market? I am a vegetarian and went there with my omnivore beloved last spring - very solid beverage list, menu featured fiddle head ferns and morels and such - quite lovely!

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The Green Table
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Mar 04, 2011
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Best Vegetarian Entrees below 34th St.

(In decreasing order of perceived special-ness)

1. Japanese shojin restaurants - Kajitsu is lovely.
2. Gramercy Tavern will do a vegetarian tasting menu if requested in advance.
3. Dirt Candy (I agree that Pure Food and Wine and Counter are overpriced, I haven't tried Cafe Blossom in Chelsea)
4. Veggie-friendly loca-vore places like Northern Spy and The Green Table (very solid risotto and vegetable pot pie respectively)
5. Asian / Asian inspired: Gobo, Soy and Sake, Pukk, Souen (multiple locations), Hangawi, Wild Ginger, Buddha Bodai
6. Indian / Indian subcontinent: Vatan, Lots of places on Lex for regional Indian food, Sigiri (Sri Lankan) and the tibetan place on 1st Ave are super casual and affordable.
7. Angelika Kitchen, Quantum Leap (multiple locations), Atlas Cafe and Sacred Chow have very respectable sandwiches.
8. Otto and Paprika have some excellent vegetarian options (best gnocchi ever at Paprika!)

Enjoy!

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Pukk
71 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Buddha Bodai
5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Vatan
409 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016

The Green Table
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Sigiri
91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Cafe Blossom
466 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

Souen
28 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Quantum Leap
203 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Dirt Candy
430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Soy and Sake
47 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Wild Ginger
226 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022

Kajitsu
414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Sacred Chow
227 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Nov 30, 2010
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Where Can I Find a Whole Tres Leches Cake?

Apologies in advance for this answer but ask at the Bowery / Houston Whole Foods - I've seen it in the dessert 'buffet' section and in the desserts to-go section.

Nov 30, 2010
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Vegetarian-friendly Restaurant Week Options?

We went there for brunch this Spring when Shuna Lydon (eggbeater) was the pastry chef. Had the basket of breads (they let us pick if we wanted a sweet or savory selection) and the dutch pancake. It was all very good. Full disclosure - we were there almost exactly at 10:00 am and caught them before things got super-busy. Absolute value for money. The coffee was fresh, the service was unhurried, and the whole experience was totally charming.

Jul 25, 2010
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Vegetarian-friendly Restaurant Week Options?

Thanks veggieyummy - I'm starting to agree.

Jul 20, 2010
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Vegetarian-friendly Restaurant Week Options?

Dear all,

As a vegetarian, some of my best meals have been eaten in Manhattan (Kajitsu, Gobo, Northern Spy Food Co, 10 Downing, The Green Table, Otto and such) So I'm not a food snob but I'm looking for flavorful, preferably local food. I will confess that I am often underwhelmed by the paltry vegetarian options at most places. So far DBGM seems the most promising. Suggestions welcome!

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The Green Table
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

10 Downing
10 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014

Northern Spy Food Co.
511 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

Jul 19, 2010
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Weekday Lunch

Noticed that on their website :-( Will keep my eyes peeled for other options. Thanks LesleyO.

Weekday Lunch

Thanks so much Cyberveg!!

Weekday Lunch

I'm looking for a lovely weekday lunch. I am in Ottawa on work and this will be my one indulgence. I'm vegetarian, will be dining alone and I'm looking for casual chic. I really liked Black Cat Cafe the last time around but they don't do lunch :-( Locations near Parliament Hill / University of Ottawa would work best. Thanks in advance!

Dessert and coffee spots

In Greenwich Village, theres Bruno's bakery, Cafe Reggio and Esperanto cafe.

Here are some google maps I've found useful:
1. Chocolate Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

2. Coffee map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

I second kathryn's selection of previous CH posts. In addition:
Desert in the Village: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610152
The Cupcake Discussion: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609674

Apr 21, 2009
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Where to buy chocolate in NYC?

Thank you! Will start price comparisons and post an update. Many thanks!

Apr 21, 2009
geeksaregoodfun in Manhattan

Where to buy chocolate in NYC?

I'm looking buy baking chocolate (5lbs or less), semi-sweet to bittersweet (60% and higher). Would prefer fair trade. Or manufacturers like Callebaut or Valrhona. Have ruled out local grocery store (too much sugar, low cocoa butter content), Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in Manhattan (too expensive). My preference would be to find a retailer in (increasing order or distance) Manhattan, NYC, and so on. Will consider mail order.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 19, 2009
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