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A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

I'll definitely reconsider Anisette after hearing about your crummy vegetables. As for service, I'm from New York, so warm and cozy are not necessarily the most important qualities I look for. I've really liked the experience at both the pizzeria and osteria at Mozza, mostly because I found the food to be totally spot-on. I'll look into Osteria La Buca too.

Jul 18, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

I've been to Sona already, on a previous trip. I liked it, but found it was a little precious without being particularly inventive.

I am, however, happy that I went and I'm sure you're quite right.

Jul 18, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH...

Here's my (sort of) final list. Grilled cheese night (tonight) at Campanile; Hungry Cat; Chateau Marmont (w new chef from Spotted Pig in NYC); Urasawa; Animal; Lou; Palate in Glenwood; then possibly some of the following: Village Idiot, Comme Ca, Anisette, Orris, Rustic Canyon, Lot 1, Nishimura, depending on who serves lunch, etc. If there's any gross omission, PLEASE let me know. Otherwise, I'll report back when I'm all done...

Jul 17, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

Just read through the menu -- this place sounds INCREDIBLE. Thank you so much for the tip.

Jul 17, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

Animal sounds totally perfect. Looking forward to trying it. Thank you.

Jul 16, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

It's more the feeling of a place that's important -- I'm happy to sit at a table in the dining room alone, but the vibe has to be right for that... If it's a convivial eating bar, all the better, but as long as I feel moderately comfortable, it's the food that's most important to me.

Jul 16, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

I've eaten there too, and loved it. Any other ideas in that vein?

Jul 16, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

Thank you for this -- glad to hear an endorsement, since it's such a commitment of time and money. I just reserved. Will report back.

Jul 15, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

A Week of Eating Alone at LA's Best Restaurants

I'm coming to LA for a week and am looking for great places to eat alone, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I already love Lucques, AOC, Cora's Coffee Shop, and Mozza, and want to discover other restaurants that are quite farmers'-market-driven and have a unique, strong, sophisticated but rustic point of view. I'm just looking for the very best places -- I'm open to any cost, ethnicity, location, etc., and even places that are a bit of a drive or require an overnight stay are fine. Thank you so much!

Jul 15, 2008
Lexie in Los Angeles Area

Best place to buy apple streudel in New York?

Oh yes! Of course. Thank you.

Oct 17, 2007
Lexie in Manhattan

Best place to buy apple streudel in New York?

Looking for streudel for an Oktoberfest party... need it for 30 people, and can order ahead. Thanks for any information you have.

LOVE Cafe Sabarsky's, but it's quite $$$.

Oct 17, 2007
Lexie in Manhattan

Good Babka near 32nd and 5th

Maybe it's too late, but I'm pretty sure they have it at Todaro Bros., 2nd ave and about 31st Street. Call first.

Sep 21, 2007
Lexie in Manhattan

Name of old oyster bar

That's the one. Thank you so much -- I really appreciate your help. I'm not certain about the bar because I never actually went (I needed the info for a story.) What would you say are the top remaining oyster bars in New Orleans?

Jul 03, 2007
Lexie in New Orleans

Name of old oyster bar

I'm trying to find the name of an oyster bar which I believe no longer exists... something like Ulgerrich's, though that's not exactly the name. It was iconic and simple, with a long bar. Any help would be much appreicated.

Jul 03, 2007
Lexie in New Orleans

Tiffin Wallah on E 28th Street -- Anyone been?

I noticed that a new and interesting-looking Indian place just opened on 28th between Park and Lex.... they say they're open for business. Anyone been yet? Thoughts?

Mar 14, 2007
Lexie in Manhattan

If I love Fatty Crab, Momofuku and Otto, where else will I like?

Thank you all for your responses -- sorry for the confusion. In my head, the three have much in common: sourcing top-notch and at times unusual ingredients; cooking in a style that is bright and courageous; leaning toward the sour, acid, green side of the taste spectrum (though not always); and having genuine, internal (not trendy) style. I hope that clarifies. If so, I'd love to hear more suggestions.

Dec 20, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

If I love Fatty Crab, Momofuku and Otto, where else will I like?

Yes, it's true, I enjoy both of those, especially prune... thank you. Any other suggestions?

Dec 20, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

If I love Fatty Crab, Momofuku and Otto, where else will I like?

I'm just not excited about any other restaurants in New York right now, but I can't keep going to these three. I love interesting, courageous food and money is no object. Any suggestions?

Dec 18, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Good Restaurants in a 10-block radius of 30th and 3rd

Thank you all for your suggestions. My findings:

I love the Koreatown suggestion. My favorite now is Gahm Mi Oak, where they cut the kimchee right at the table.

Turkish Kitchen was excellent.

Cosette was fine, but I don't think I would rush back.

Country was excellent, but very expensive for what it is.

Bao Noodles is great for noodles, though I found the papaya salad very disappointing. We now order in noodles, though, very often.

I still haven't tried AQ Cafe, though it's a great suggestion and I look forward to trying it.

Our favorite Indian in the neighborhood is now Chennai Garden, which serves wonderful dosas and an incredible lunch buffet for $6.95!!

Artisanal is also excellent.

Again, thank you all for your help.

Oct 11, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

visiting Manhattan, need recs

Dim Sum Go Go has fabulous, interesting dim sum, though not on carts. Spotted Pig is great for lunch or dinner (though quite a scene, so go on the early/late side). Fatty Crab has some great dishes and some misses, but their chili crab is out of this world and worth a trip.

Sep 04, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

A 4-year Chow tour of NYC--we'd love your help!

I think it's important to go to some major food temples when you're first getting into good food, especially when you're that age. Because price is an issue, maybe you can plan to do this just once in a while (every 3-4 months or so), even if it means having her over your place for dinner on the other nights. As with all education, there's no replacement for the classics! Here, (a few of) my picks: Jean-Georges; Babbo; Le Bernardin; Sushi Yasuda.

Sep 04, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Good american chinese food in Manhattan

You might want to try Chinatown Brasserie, a big new restaurant on Lafayette. The menu has some Chinese-American classics, well executed, in addition to more of-the-moment fusion dishes and passable dim sum. It's quite a scene, but might be just what you're looking for.

Sep 04, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Good Restaurants in a 10-block radius of 30th and 3rd

Thank you all for your suggestions!! I'll write back with my findings...

Sep 02, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Good Restaurants in a 10-block radius of 30th and 3rd

We just moved to the neighborhood and are looking for fantastic food in the area at all price points, all ethnicities, etc. Thank you!

Sep 01, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Best Chili in New York

Do they only have the chili on the carts, or also at the shop?

Sep 01, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Dinner with 2 grown foodies and a 1 year old

We have a 9-month old and we LOVE Otto... It's especially good at off-hours: mid-afternoon, early dinner, etc.

Aug 31, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan

Best Chili in New York

Looking for great chili, from anywhere: take-out shop; restaurant; corner joint; even mail-order would be fine. Thanks!

Aug 31, 2006
Lexie in Manhattan