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totally agree with Milk & Honey.

Aug 18, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Best thing you ate this week?

five spice pork belly sandwich at Num Pang. Delicious! Plus the blood orange lemonade.

Aug 18, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Moderately priced tasting menu?

Po in West Village has a 6 course tasting for around $52/person. Momofuku Noodle bar now has a prix-fize - I think it's under $30?

Jul 09, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Tasty Sandwiches near 50th Street & Bway

I like Amy's Bread - my favorite is their grilled cheese with tomato, red onion and cilantro. They have a nice selection of sandwiches - all come on their famous bread! Also great sweet treats to help you get through your afternoon. (9th ave between 46th and 47th)

Amy's Bread
672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Jun 30, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Best Chicken in Manhattan?

I actually really like the Pennsylvania Roast Chicken at Upstairs at Bouley - it's super juicy and just a really nice flavor.

Jun 30, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

I agree with Joe's Shanghai and Spotted Pig. Also Fatty Crab - but that one I am on the fence about and think I should give it another chance, hehe.

Jun 29, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Brooklyn Lobster Roll Rec's?

Love the Red Hook Lobster pound Lobster rolls! Delicious! Served on Sundays at the Dumbo Flea Market - prepare to wait at least an hour, but it's worth it!!

huge chunks of lobster...

Jun 28, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Outer Boroughs

NYC Lobster roll search

I just went to the Brooklyn Flea today and tasted the lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound. Waited 2 hours for a buttered lobster roll and a traditional one - actually worth the wait if you can believe it. And I am usually a very impatient person, haha. Huge delicious chunks of lobster - the buttered one is pure decadence...

Jun 28, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Moving to NYC - Where to live for a die-hard foodie?

Firs - Totally agree about being as close to a subway station as possible!

I actually lived in Hell's Kitchen for 4 years from 2003-2007 and I loved it. Mainly because it was super convenient to a ton of ethnic cheap food places + many many 24 hours delis. you'd be surprised at how many areas lack a big supply of 24 hour delis...

I now will be living in union square - primarily because I think it's a really central location. Nothing is too far - uptown or downtown, whereas in Hell's Kitchen I sometimes found going down to the LES or alphabet city a big trip...

If I really had my pick - I would live in the West Village (too pricey for me right now) - I think it has a really great mix of both cheap eats and nice restaurants - and I'd be hard pressed to find a more charming area. Somewhere between west village, greenwich and east can't go wrong with that!

Jun 26, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Cupcake Mecca

I really like the ones at Butter Lane in the east village (7th between 1st Ave. and Ave. A). They have some interesting icing flavors - and do both american and french icing. The chocolate cupcake with french vanilla icing is delicious.

Jun 25, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

-Babbo - too much hype made it impossible to live up to. think Po is much better.
-Gramercy Tavern - did not think it was worth the hype as well. Good, but not fabulous and not worth the steep bill.
-August - people seem to love this place. I have only had so-so experiences here.
-Clinton Street - used to LOVE it, but recently the blueberry pancakes have suffered do to a change in food distributors - no longer at all worth the wait.
-Fatty Crab - didn't see the hype as well. Overly salty - left me thirsty for days.

Jun 25, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Blue Hill - Main Dining Room or Garden Patio?

I've eaten at the patio in the summer - but it was two years ago so maybe things have changed since then...

I actually think I preferred the main dining room to the patio - the patio is pleasant, but I feel like you sort of get more of the "Blue Hill" experience in the main dining room. And if you aren't sure about weather, cold/hot/ I always go for inside - plus summer is primo mosquito season!

I just think for a pricey meal, I don't want any distractions, hehe

Jun 22, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Brunch in the east village?

I like Five Points as well and I also really like The Smith - huge french toast and dishes like potato pancakes with creamed spinach. Also love the Croaker - toasted sourdough rye, ham, fried eggs, and topped with gruyere cheese...yummm

Five Points
31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

The Smith
55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Jun 21, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Choices in Meat Packing

They are all really different. I think Fig & Olive is the most "glamorous" in terms of high ceilings, flashy looking crowd. Mediterranean style - for me it can be a bit on the pricey side since it's a bit tapa style...

I really like Barbuto - Italian style cuisine - plus the Jonathan Waxman is a contestant on Top Chef Masters so that sort of makes it extra buzz worthy right now...

Cafe Cluny is maybe the most charming I think - more like a quaint French cafe - best date place of the three in my opinion.

Jun 19, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Father's Day Brunch/Lunch in SoHo Area

I think Jane would be a nice choice - not sure if they are booked up yet but it's a pretty classic brunch spot in Soho.

100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

Jun 18, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Dinner in the area of 11th Ave. & 51st

Yep - I loved living in "Clinton" - I still like calling it Hell's Kitchen, hehe. I lived there from 2003-2007, and even in that short period of time I saw 9th Ave. transform completely! I was so sad when I had to move to Boston - I had to give up a rent stabilized apt on 51st and 9th that I loved! Now living around Union Square but I still come up to 9th every so often - love the diversity of the restaurant selections.

Oh yeah - also hit up Amy's Bread for sure if you get a chance. Kyotofu is nice for Japanese desserts as well. If you go to Empanada mama - get the guac and plantain chips - and order a pitcher of sangria.

Oh, also Uncle Nick's for Greek!

Jun 17, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Dinner in the area of 11th Ave. & 51st

I like 9th ave, hell's kitchen area. When I lived there I used to go to Eatery on 53rd and 9th, Empanada Mama on 51/9th, Nook is cute on 50-501st and 9th. If you go a little south - Hell's Kitchen is great at 46th/9th.

Just talk a walk along 9th avenue between 44th - 57th and there are quite a lot of cute small inexpensive places...

Jun 16, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Red Egg - one of the better dim sum places in manhattan

I feel like it's trying to be a trendy dim sum place, but I think they charge for the trendiness. For me the food is a bit on the greasy side. Nice to take people from out of town or people who have never tried dim sum, but I'd probably stick with some of the more traditional dim sum places for myself. Oh also, the service is a bit spotty - we were not served all the dishes we ordered...but hey, bad service at dim sum is pretty routine, hehe.

Jun 15, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Your 10 favorite Manhattan restaurants?

No order:

3.Momofuku Ko
4.Per Se
5.Upstairs Bouley
6.Blue Hill
8.Dessert Club Chikalicious (for dessert)
9.Gotham Bar & Grill
10. Hell's Kitchen

Jun 14, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Big Apple BBQ Suggestions

Hi I went today - I really really liked the 17th St. Memphis baby back ribs the most. Flavor of Baker's Ribs was great and smoky - but a little dry for me. I thought it was really fun until it rained - crowds were less than last year I think...

Here's my quick review:

Enjoy tomorrow if you didn't go today!!

Jun 13, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Wife's Birthday: Best Meal for under $200

So I always pitch Po in the west village as a great restaurant - not too pricey and really charming. They have a tasting menu - think it's under $60 a person. It's on cornelia between bleecker and west 4th so you can take a nice walk in the west village afterwards...

'cesca on the UWS is also very nice - both places are Italian so not sure if you wanted that...

I agree that Hearth is very sterile - and honestly I didn't really think the food was that much to write home about...

If you want to spend a little more than a Po or 'cesca - i know it's trite now that Obama went - but I love Blue Hill and think that would be a great choice as well. Maybe you can still get a resy on a Wednesday night?

31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

164 W 75th St, New York, NY 10024

Jun 12, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

West side question from a former New Yorker

oh I love Cafe Ronda!!! great sandwiches as well. Also Bouchon at the TWC is nice - one of the best grilled cheese and tomato soups around town.

If you want quick and simple - Le Pain Quotidien is right near where you will be...(I know it's not unique to NYC but it's super convenient)

Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Cafe Ronda
249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

Le Pain Quotidien
60 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

Jun 12, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

cheap eats tour of greenwich/ west village--ideas?

Hi there!

I did a cheap eats food tour last summer through greenwich to east village -

I went to :

A. Kati Roll
B. Peanut Butter & Co.
C. Plump Dumpling
D. S'Mac
E. ChikaLicious Dessert Club
F. Crif Dogs
G. Caracas Arepas
H. Dessert Truck

basically i went with some friends and we ordered just enough at each place for each of us to get a couple of bites - ended up being around $15 -20 a person (depends on how many places you hit and with how many people) but it's a great way to try lots of diff foods. And anyhow - the first couple bites of anything are the best!!

Jun 12, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Very random brunch observation

Yep for the most part brunch is sat and sunday in NYC - except some places like Jane only have sunday brunch - i.e., includes the cocktail! I would just check with places beforehand - sometimes the drink is only included on sundays.. (after 12pm)

Jun 12, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Do you guys really like Momofuku Milk Bar?

Agreed - great summary Jane!~

Jun 10, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Best inventive sushi: Gari, Sasabune, Seki?

Soto is very good as well -

Went there after a meeting with David Barber at Blue Hill (Dan's brother) recommended it as a great west village neighborhood place. Otherwise I probably would have never heard of it. Not really omakase - but lots of small dishes.

It's great - very inventive sushi/sashimi but super pricey so be aware.

357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

Jun 09, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Post theater dinner-W 45th

Also Five Napkin Burger and Hells Kitchen are nice choices

Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Jun 09, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Theatre District for dinner

Love Hell's Kitchen - upscale mexican. Also Five Napkin Burger could be a nice choice.

Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Jun 08, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Best Biscuits and Gravy for Breakfast on Sun

I love Stone Park Cafe too! If you want to stay in Manhattan - Good Enough to Eat has great biscuits and gravy and I also like Whym's version as well (with cheddar biscuits)

Good Enough to Eat
483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

889 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Stone Park Cafe
324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jun 08, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan

Challenge - fun dinner followed by rooftop cocktails

This is also outside of your zone but the roof at Empire Hotel near Lincoln center is also really nice - drinks are probably like 230 fifth.

The Empire Rooftop
44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

Jun 08, 2009
YummyInTheCity in Manhattan