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Chinatown place at 3:30 PM tomorrow that a 12 yr. old girl and a 14 yr. old girl might enjoy.?

Sounds like a tough crowd alright. Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street has soup dumplings as a curiosity (is this still special though?) and rest of the food is OK. It's been packed whenever we were there so maybe the buzz itself is attractive.

http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com/

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Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

Aug 22, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Suggestions for Saturday lunch with 9 year old tourist????

Otto (pizza) near Washington Square Park is fun, kid-friendly and reasonably priced.

Aug 20, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

First Time Visit to Blue Hill at Stone Barns Tomorrow

To put a contrarian view - wife and self had the tasting dinner a couple of years ago with wine pairings, and left the place absolutely stuffed. Neither of us are huge eaters but shortage of food was not a problem. It was delicious too.

Aug 18, 2010
NYCTechy in New York State (exc. NYC)

Recs for the Upper, Upper West Side

We have been to both but the uptown one is most recent. First visit I ordered and really enjoyed mixiote, on second visit ordered mole negro de Oaxaca which was OK but I did not enjoy as much. It was nice to see (and taste) hand-made tacos from a front-of-house comal.

Service was slow the second time, but we enjoy the food and ambience enough to want to go back. Much better than Mama Mexico in my opinion.

I've eaten from Taqueria y Fonda (cheaper, and nearer to us) and did not like it at all - maybe I caught them on a bad day. The Super Tacos truck (now parking near uptown Cafe Frida I believe) is better for this type of 'cheap and cheerful' street food in my opinion.

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Mama Mexico
214 East 49th St, New York, NY 10017

Cafe Frida
368 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Super Tacos
W 14th St and 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Aug 14, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Seattle Visit, Foodie Parents, 2 Kids Not So Much

We went into Long Provincial one lunchtime (late, around 1.30) and it was dead as a doornail and so we left (for Serious Pie, which was hopping). Perhaps dinner has a better buzz, hard to see how it would match the Saturday night atmosphere we found at Tamarind Tree though.

We too loved Zoe when living in Seattle - we went to Quinn's Pub last week instead, since we could not Zoe with our daughter.

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Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Quinn's Pub
1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA

Aug 11, 2010
NYCTechy in Greater Seattle

Recs for the Upper, Upper West Side

Second the rec for Toast. On Weds they have a burger-plus-draft beer deal which is under $10 and better VFM than any PatLlaFrieda blend.

Aug 10, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Recs for the Upper, Upper West Side

This has moved, they park on Columbus above 96th St now. We also enjoy Cafe Frida for Mexican which is Columbus between 97th/98th.

We do go to Mama Mexico sometimes, but more to entertain people from out of town than for the food. Guacamole there is good in my experience and food is not horrible.

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Mama Mexico
214 East 49th St, New York, NY 10017

Cafe Frida
368 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Aug 10, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Seattle Visit, Foodie Parents, 2 Kids Not So Much

One more thing I wanted to mention. After visiting Quinn's Pub we took a stroll around what has become a fabulous neighborhood north of Pine St, east of Broadway, anchored by a new playing field and park. Kids might go for this as a bribe to sit still later, while you visit one of the restaurants on Pike or Pine. Also in that area is Molly Moon which serves pretty good ice cream (expect a line). Broadway (from Pine St to Roy St) itself looked a heck of lot more welcoming than it used to as well.

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Quinn's Pub
1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA

Aug 10, 2010
NYCTechy in Greater Seattle

Seattle Visit, Foodie Parents, 2 Kids Not So Much

No problem. We were impressed with how much the dining landscape has broadened since we left in early 2005. Looking forward to next trip already...

Aug 10, 2010
NYCTechy in Greater Seattle

Seattle Visit, Foodie Parents, 2 Kids Not So Much

Just returned from a week in Seattle with our 7 year old. She is happy to try stuff but has a limited range of things that we can rely on to fill her up when out. Hope these notes - promised before we arrived, after suggestions from posters on this board - on our experience help.

First, if you have Internet access while you are there check whether restaurants have a Kids Menu. Many do, including some good ones for foodies, and this is a good sign that your child will have workable choices.

Second, most places will cook one or both of pasta with butter/Parmesan or French Fries, if asked. Mileage may vary if you go more upscale.

Third, we have found that encouraging our daughter to try things (risk-free apart from the taste of course) helps her to expand her range. On this trip she discovered that salmon rolls

Saturday night we went to Steelhead Diner. Both wife and I enjoyed our food greatly (Pork Collar, Black Cod entrees), as did all 3 kids (ours and a friend's). This is right in the Pike Place Market. We had a short wait, but this was a busy Saturday night after all.

Monday lunchtime we went to Lola. Reliable and tasty without being spectacular. Doughnuts for dessert, good and fun to eat. By this point, was remembering how good beer is in Seattle.

Monday night we went to Quinn's Pub. This is a brewpub but like many places in Seattle has a dividing rail outside of which kids can sit and eat/drink. We liked but did not love the food. Beer is great though.

Tuesday and Wednesday lunch we went to Serious Pie. Tom Douglas has a small area of the city that he has made his own - you can go to this place, Lola, Dahlia Lounge, Dahlia Bakery (great cookies/pastries) all within 100 yards of each other. For you guys, Etta's Seafood is in the market on Western iirc, and just as good. Pizza can be prepared simple tom/mozz, no basil, if like our daughter your kids are violently resistant to green things on their food.

Wednesday dinner we had a night out! Mistral Kitchen in the casual dining area. Have to say that (cocktails aside, wow!) we were underwhelmed, mostly due to ingredients not being matched by seasoning/preparation. Wish we had gone to Canlis or somewhere more low-key like Crush, Elemental @ Gasworks, Tilth for our splurge/grown-ups only night. My overall impression is that this is where Seattle shines, not on the traditional high end tasting menu. One thing I really like is that for the most part the chef is still in the kitchen in these places (MK are you listening?) vs the sprawling multi-restaurant empires that we see in NYC.

Thursday I stopped in Wedgwood for Top Pot doughnuts and latte. Value for money, this was my single best food experience in Seattle :-) Of course it was not v expensive, this not being NYC, so that's not to run down the other great meals we had. Top Pot also has a downtown location and well worth the trip if you have a sweet tooth.

Friday lunchtime we went to Toulouse Petit on Queen Anne Ave, which is walking distance from the Space Needle/Seattle Center if you head up that way. I had a very good jambalaya the place in NOLA-themed) and wife and friend each had a nice soup and salad combo. Kid-friendly assuming your kids will eat a plate of fries. They appear to have lots of price specials at different times, and it was busy.

Friday night we went to Nishino in Madison Valley and had the chef's recommendation of sashimi followed by same for sushi. This was great, and exceptional value imo given the quality of the fish ($75 per head, including tip and a large cold bamboo of sake between us). Daughter had rice, and edamame in the pods (fun and good for kids). You can get the bus or a cab out there but I do understand that there are good sushi alternatives nearer to the Market. We picked this because we used to live nearby. It was very busy even at 5.30pm.

Saturday night we went to Tamarind Tree (Provincial Vietnamese) behind a mini-mall on the north side of Jackson and 12th. This was fantastic, we shared several dishes family style and loved them all - coconut chicken curry, house crepe to divide and wrap in lettuce leaves, lemongrass chili beef, grilled eggplant. Again, incredible value for us NYC-ers. Very busy so call ahead for a reservation.

One off note - we had breakfast in Lowell's (right in the market) one morning, and found it overpriced, I did not realise this was such an obvious tourist trap. If Cafe Campagne is open it's much better and you can go always look at the view afterwards. Breakfast was the only meal where we did not venture as much as I would have liked, we ate in the hotel (Fairmont) every other day. Also would have liked to explore the amazing number of happy hours, but oh well.

Hope you enjoy your trip. One final note is that we took the light rail from the airport to the city which is just as quick and way cheaper than a cab, also fun for our daughter. Practicality depends on how many bags you have, and how close you are staying to the stops downtown though. We returned to NYC having had a great number of good meals and only a couple of downers.

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Dahlia Bakery
2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

Quinn's Pub
1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA

Steelhead Diner
95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

Etta's Seafood
2020 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Queen Anne Cafe
2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Nishino
3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Aug 10, 2010
NYCTechy in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Week Restaurants

We were there for lunch last week and I wore neither tie nor jacket. Your observation may reflect more on typical after-work FiDi 'expensive dinner' crowd than on any rules of the house. I would not recommend jeans, but Dockers and collared shirt would be fine I think.

Jul 29, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Restaurant Week Restaurants

Lunch or dinner? We went for lunch to SHO Shaun Hergatt (way downtown) last week and it was fabulous. They are not doing dinner though.

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SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

Jul 28, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Blue Hill (W Village) or Degustation?

Wife and I did the $50 tasting menu at Degustation a few weeks ago and while we enjoyed the food (with some real standouts eg. the cold almond soup), I was still hungry when we left. If we go again I would get the longer version.

Dined at Blue Hill a few years ago and don't remember the same complaint.

Both are great in my opinion. BH is a bit more formal/traditional. Degustation has the 'sushi bar' setup where you sit side by side admiring the kitchen in action while you dine.

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Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Jul 28, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Visiting from NY with 7 year old

Many thanks. We are greatly looking forward to it. It's possible we will get a 'grownups only' night out if friends offer to babysit for us so good to have some options. I promise to post on our impressions when we return.

Jul 27, 2010
NYCTechy in Greater Seattle

Visiting from NY with 7 year old

We lived in Seattle for 13 years and are looking forward to revisiting some favorites, but also exploring some new places and looking for advice on kid-friendly restaurants. Our daughter is very well-behaved and not too picky an eater. We are NOT looking for "hot spots" where we have to hang out for an hour in the hope of getting a table. Places with good lunch or early evening availability would work best.

Favourites from our time in Seattle - Nishino, Cafe Campagne/Campagne, Wild Ginger (before the move from Western), Rovers, Lampreia (RIP), Pirosmani, Shanghai Garden (pea vines!) to name but a few.

Is Canlis worth the splurge for food? We know the view is fabulous. We love Eleven Madison Park in NYC, which is the alma mater of the current head chef I believe.

Mistral Kitchen looks interesting and varied. Any opinions? We visited the old space and enjoyed the meal.

We are coming July 31. Are any of the Alaskan salmon still running? That's the one thing from Seatown that is hard to get here :-(

Thanks in advance. Looking forward to it, yes even the Mariners game we have tix for...

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Shanghai Garden Restaurant
80 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027

Lampreia Restaurant
2400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Nishino
3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Jul 24, 2010
NYCTechy in Greater Seattle

THREE nights of dining in NYC - suggestions for both budget and NON-BUDGET restaurants desperately needed!

I second this for VFM, with the proviso that if you are big eaters, plan on going for a burger afterwards. In this case, I would say do the larger tasting which with tax and tip and no drinks will come in just over $200.

This is based on our first trip to the restaurant a week or two ago. Hard to match the variety of flavors in that 5 course tasting, for the price.

Jul 07, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Bachelorette Party Dinner for Foodies on Moderate Budget who will NOT be Sporting Tiaras or Penis-themed Accessories

Wife and self like Lure Fishbar in Soho. Has nice buzz and good seafood, pretty nice cocktails too, not ridiculously expensive for Soho. Hosting a large, moderately boisterous party would be no issue as the place is large and quirky (decked out like a cruise liner, basement level location). Great visitor-friendly location.

http://lurefishbar.tumblr.com/

May 04, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

West Village / Greenwich village high food quality

May 02, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Where the locals eat in Oaxaca City

Itanoni in Colonia Roma would be my suggestion for something special, cheap (ridiculously cheap imo) and off the beaten track. Also as noted the Mercado 20 de Noviembre is fun and cheap, we had good food there. Tamales Oaxaquenos are our favourite local specialty. So much flavor in one small banana leaf.

Apr 26, 2010
NYCTechy in Mexico

Graduation Dinner-UWS

Ouest is pretty nice, and culinarily uncontroversial. Telepan too. Picholine looks nice but have not actually eaten there (tho' did eat at Artisanal, which has same owner, and we enjoyed a lot).

For Italian - A Voce Columbus.

if money is really no object then Per Se, Masa, Jean Georges

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Ouest
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Picholine
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

A Voce
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Masa
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Apr 25, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

What's for dinner at Ko?

We had dinner at Ko on Friday and frankly were blown away. The info linked to above from 4/12/20 matches what we had. Our favourties were the foie gras (wow), the duck, the skate, the "onion soup" (for me) and the carpaccio (wife). We were pleased to hear that the lunch menu is almost totally different, as we want to go back soon.

I have seen mixed reviews of the restaurant here, largely around room temp (so take layers) and staff frostiness (it's a small place, so don't expect to be pampered like you would at EMP or the like), but our FOOD experience was stellar and that's what we went for.

If you were a huge eater, you would leave Ko hungry. We are not, and in fact it was nice to not be dreading the next course towards the end of the repertoire.

For us, the menu while pricey in absolute terms is a relatively good deal. A truly memorable experience and though initially the bar-stool, elbow-to-elbow setup was a little strange, the food and wine quickly became the focus. That's what we enjoy. Someone looking for a more top-to-bottom "fine dining" night might not feel the same way.

btw I was able to go online to the Ko reservation site one day about a week ago and found open slots for that Friday, as well as for some lunch times/days. Perhaps I just got lucky or perhaps the buzz is dying down a little - when I tried to get a slot last year, I just gave up in frustration.

Apr 25, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Graduation Dinner-UWS

Any preference for style of food? There are quite a few nice options up here. Fine dining or more informal, Asian/European/American/locavore, for example.

Apr 25, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Oaxaca City

Sorry for the double text here, cannot work out the post edit protocol on this site at all.

Just got back from a week in Oaxaca and while street food was not strong on our agenda (we have a 7 year-old) one of the best meals we ate was at Chabuelita at the rear of the Mercado 20 de Noviembre. Delicious chile relleno de picadillo de pollo, very cheap and clean. Also liked the champurrada (atole with chocolate, I think? pls excuse any spelling mistakes). If you cannot find your chosen chow there, I imagine that's a good place to ask for recommendations. The spot we tried was at the reco of a lady in the Guelagueta chocolate factory a little down the street.

Our other favourite meals were at Itanoni in Col. Reforma ("corn as a fetish" - that's not meant as a slam, food was cheap and fantastic and owner was very friendly, you order on a list at the table like some sushi spots in the US), and light comida at Casa Oaxaca (a huge Botana Oaxaquena between self and wife that would have made a good appetizer for 6). Nice mezcal cocktails there too, a great rooftop deck setting behind Santa Domingo), and zero attitude.

Enjoy your trip, I am most jealous!

Apr 06, 2010
NYCTechy in Mexico

Correct spelling of Walsee retaurant, West Village

Wallse

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Wallse
344 W 11th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10014

Mar 25, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Espresso at Joe

Did not try the espresso, but just back from lunch ending with the Four Barrels press, which I enjoyed greatly (and without getting wired to the hilt).

Food was also good - Coppa Croccante (suckling pig in batter, sounds better in Italian...) with delicious chard and tomato/peperoncino side. Location right by Gramercy Park also makes for nice light at lunchtime. Space has buzz without being too loud. Customary Danny Meyer service - friendly without being over familiar.

One v small complaint is that my almost empty plate was nearly removed twice in quick succession, before our waitress intervened to tell us to take our time - it seemed like they noticed and corrected, in other words.

Looking forward to going back.

Mar 23, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Moving to UWS from Union Square .... need help with recs.

Coffee - Art of Joe, fairly new on 84th/Columbus
Ouest - nice established French place on Broadway/84th (?)

Indian on UWS is generally lousy imo but I've heard Earthen Oven is good.

Similarly Mexican, though Super Tacos at 96h St subway is good. Cafe Frida is not bad (though not just tacos) and near the AMNH.

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Earthen Oven
53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Ouest
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Cafe Frida
368 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Super Tacos
W 14th St and 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Mar 22, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

6 day trip to NYC – mostly Manhattan Area .. ( March 29 – April 4) - All Dinning suggestions possible..

It would be helpful to responders if you can offer more guidance on what you like! As young adults, do you want places with a cool vibe or are you more interested in food quality?

Do you like Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese (if so, what region). Top-notch Asian will be easier to find here than at home.

One place wife and I always enjoy is Lure Fishbar. That's not the obvious Soho spot but seafood is nice and cocktails are worth paying for, which is not always the case. I think it's on Mercer and Prince St but Google can help you find it for sure.

There are tons of decent-to-good US-style barbecue joints in NYC now. For contrast with the Mexican version, that should be fun.

Good luck.

Mar 22, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Local Farm Delivery

I got in touch with Basis Foods based on this NY Mag issue, but they have limited delivery targets at present. Perhaps you live close enough to one of the drop points to be convenient, or can persuade several neighbours to make it worth their while to come to your bldg, but be prepared to be disappointed - FreshDirect coverage it ain't, despite the FD dis in the mag.

Anyway you can contact them via goodfood@basisfoods.com to get more info. They responded quickly - just no good for me right now.

Mar 21, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan

Oaxaca City recommendations needed

Thanks to all who posted on this thread. Wife, daughter and I are traveling to Oaxaca next weekend for a week, and will definitely visit some of these spots.

Mar 21, 2010
NYCTechy in Mexico

Review this San Francisco Hound's List!

Second the recommendation for EMP - it's well worthwhile to try one of Danny Meyer's sitdown places (not just Shake Shack) on a foodie visit to NYC. As a visitor-friendly alternative, the Bar Room (or the Dining Room - dressier and pricier) in The Modern allow you to chow and see art at the same time since they are colocated with MoMA in Midtown.

Also second recommendations to go elsewhere than Rack & Soul for chicken/BBQ. Harlem in the area discussed above is no scarier than the Tenderloin imo (we were in SF for 10 days last summer), so long as you keep your wits about you and don't act like an obvious 'turista'.

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Rack & Soul
258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Mar 19, 2010
NYCTechy in Manhattan