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Soho (cool, hip, fun, trendy) lunch with teenage girl

Cute/trendy places The food is good at all of them, but nothing mindblowing:
Jack's Wife Frida
Cafe Gitane
Sant Ambroeus
The Dutch

Sep 26, 2014
Barcelonian in Manhattan


Has anyone been to Navy? I've heard it's good and I'm thinking of going on Saturday. Any opinions?

Sep 16, 2014
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N.Y.C. visit

If you haven't been to Barbuto in many years, it's probably not best to comment on it. The ambiance you describe is nothing like Barbuto. It's loud, unrefined, skews younger, pretty trendy. Food is easy and delicious - best chicken I've had in a long time.

Sep 15, 2014
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2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I loved the spicy ramen at Ivan and agree that it's the spiciest ramen I've had in the city, but it is still not "burn-your-face-off spicy." I could tolerate much more than that!

Aside from some mentions above, I'd direct you to thai in the outer boroughs (e.g. Sripraphai) which is a different variety of thai than Zabb Elee, but I prefer it.

Sep 11, 2014
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Peasant Restaurant

How many were you?

If you calculate the cost/person for dessert had you eaten from their menu (i.e what they had to forgo given that you brought your own dessert), I bet $21 is a bargain!

They would've told you up front the cake plating fee if you'd ask I'm sure.

Sep 11, 2014
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Feed me! Where to eat?

When I dined there last week, they weren't yet serving food at the bar at Batard.

Sep 10, 2014
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New York Michelin

@foodwhisperer I think Chevre D'Or was the best meal of my life.

Sep 03, 2014
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Fuss free, cool dinner for not so new to NYC

Loratliff, what about Le Jardin? I went on your recommendation last week and loved it. That sounds like it might fit Arugala's bill.

Aug 27, 2014
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Lunch in lower east side this Friday

Most of my suggestions are more East Village/Nolita, but close enough....
Lafayette, Il Buco Alimentari, Cafe Gitane, Cafe Mogador, Northern Spy, Shopsin's...

I love Ivan Ramen but I personally would not want to eat ramen on a date...unless we're at the point where I'm not longer worried about getting food on my shirt.

Aug 26, 2014
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solo casual breakfast soho, village, nolita

If you're talking weekdays, you can do that at the Smile, Lafayette, Cafe Gitane, Il Buco Alimentari. Weekends you'd probably be overwhelmed by people, unless you go early.

Aug 22, 2014
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Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

Given your location and past experiences, what about The NoMad instead of any of these options?

My choices in order based on the options above are Annisa, GT, USC, Gotham.

Aug 21, 2014
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Any veggie restaurant in NYC like Greens or Millennium in SF?

Similarly casual are Souen and Dimes or Angelika. All pretty solid for non-meat eaters.

Aug 19, 2014
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Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

Try White Moustache handmade yogurt. I know Murray's Cheese at the Grand Central Market sells it. It's amazing. One of their flavors is honey and walnuts.

Aug 07, 2014
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The Pavilion in Union Sq, when did this open?

It is NOT good. Careless staff, over-priced and not very good food/drink. I've been for happy hour and brunch and regretted both. The space is nice and it's great to be outdoors, but everything else pretty much sucks.

Jul 23, 2014
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Pick One

I agree 100% with sam1.
Casa Mono is the only one that entices me. Hearth is good but boring, and Crispo is a small step above mediocre.

Jul 17, 2014
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Your favorite tapas?

If the black sausage was morcilla, it's made with rice and should be somewhat mushy.

Jul 11, 2014
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Wait time at Ippudo

It does!! However, they no longer will take day-of in-person reservations...

Jul 09, 2014
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Recommendations for visitors (you must be getting tired of this)

I'd steer you from Bar Pitti and recommend Emilio's Ballato instead. I find bar pitti to be a bit too euro-trashy for my taste. Just walking past there on a weekend at lunch or dinner time turns me off!

Jul 08, 2014
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Wait time at Ippudo

Waits for 1 in general are minimal. Worst case you go have a drink around the corner and they'll text you when your spot is ready.

Jul 08, 2014
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In Soho tonight, good takeout recs?

Hampton Chutney is good but nothing to write home about. I'd recommend Parm, Rubirosa, or Taim over it.

Jul 07, 2014
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Delicious meal ordered in, downtown

Taim Falafel - they should deliver to you and it's so good

Jun 27, 2014
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ISO Food Related Event/Class to Bring Clients To

Sur la Table also does hands on cooking - Bouley's are the kind where you watch the chef and eat what he cooks, but there's not audience participation.

Jun 27, 2014
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Work dinner for 12 downtown?


Jun 19, 2014
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Definitely avoid Gato and Estela if noise is an issue. Narcissa is buzzy but palatable. The NoMad could likely go either way depending on the time you eat but make a request for a quiet table and I'm sure they'll accommodate - or dine on the early side. I can't speak to the rest.

Jun 19, 2014
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Bar Primi - East Village

I went last Saturday and was also rather disappointed. We were a group and tried 5 appetizers (including the meatballs), 6 pastas, the Saturday special (hangar steak) entree, and 2 desserts.

The appetizers:
sweet pea & farro salad - good, nothing special
brooklyn arugula - same
stuffed meatballs - good, but small portion
mozzarella - hard to mess that up
san daniele prosciutto - same

Pastas - None of them were memorable; all of them were rather small
rigatoni - best of the group
taglioni al pesto
fiore di carciofi

Hangar steak - delicious

We had the GELATO DEL GIORNO (which was hazelnut), and the ORGANIC STRAWBERRY COPPA (refreshing and not too heavy). Neither was all that great.

It was loud and difficult to hear across the table, but service was attentive.

Jun 16, 2014
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GATO last night

I went last night (Thursday) for the second time. We had an 8:30 reservation and arrived 5 minutes early. The hostess told us they were running 20 minutes behind. The space around the bar on either side is minimal as it's really just an aisle for servers to pass. With the combination of people seated at the bar and the tables behind, there's really not enough room for one to stand comfortably and allow a server to pass by. It is not the type of bar where you could stand 2-3 people deep. Every single bar seat and bar table was taken when we waiting and no one appeared ready to leave for a while. If I were seated at the tables right next to the bar, I would not be happy about it.

Aside from our table not being ready when we arrived, everything else was pretty good. We had 3 bar snacks - tiny, which I knew already, but good: Chorizo, eggplant and burrata. We also had the lamb sausage pizza which was better than I expected it to be - sweet/spicy red sauce, good sausage. We also had the eggs which were as good as they were on my first trip. The shrimp appetizer is skippable. The halibut was pretty darn good, and the paella was good (better the first time), but not AWESOME. The wait between the first few dishes and the mains was too long as well.

Mr. Flay was in the kitchen and Anne Burrell, Michael Simon and Chris Santos were dining in the restaurant.

Jun 13, 2014
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Sunday Brunch

I wholeheartedly 2nd the NoMad - had a fantastic brunch there last weekend.

Jun 04, 2014
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Gramercy Tavern or Blue Hill?

GT - hands down. Both are good, but GT is just better. It's grander, nicer, more celebratory.

May 22, 2014
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Ivan Ramen

I just went last night - no wait at 7:30 (nor did there seem to be one when we left after 9:30). We sat outside in the back and it was really lovely.

Only tried the scrapple waffle (great) and the spicy ramen, which was pretty darn spicy. Food was really good and I'll be back to try more.

May 22, 2014
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ABC Kitchen tonight

Don't skip the crab toast with lemon aioli.

I wasn't wowed by any of the pizzas I've tried or the burger.

+1 on Pretzel dusted calamari

I haven't had some items on the current menu but the housemade ricotta, rhubarb compote and grilled bread and the wood oven roasted fiddlehead ferns with spring garlic and lemon sound pretty darn good.

May 16, 2014
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