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Hakkasan

I am going back tonight believe it or not! I can't get that pipa duck out of my head. No I did not have dessert--I get full easily which is why Hakkasan doesn't break the bank for me. Thanks for warning about the lamb. The pea shoots are outrageously good.

Jan 11, 2014
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Hakkasan

Just ate dinner at Hakkasan for the first time tonight. Pipa duck was outstanding, as promised--but even better were the snap pea shoots sautéed in oyster sauce which we ordered as a casual side dish. Lemon chicken was fairly good, I thought. Lots of attentive service. I wasn't paying, but if I go back I'll stick to the cheaper items to limit the damage to my wallet. No quibbles with the food, though.

Jan 04, 2014
crinkle11 in Manhattan

christmas day dinner in santa fe

Thanks to all of you who tried to help out. I found out that Coyote Cafe was doing their regular menu, so we're going to be going there at 6--it's the Xmas Menus that always gouge you, and leave you far more full than is pleasant. Happy Christmas everyone!

Dec 24, 2008
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christmas day dinner in santa fe

it's a good idea but not fool-proof--I just checked out Tulips' web site (listed as available on open table) and they are definitely closed on Xmas Day...

Dec 20, 2008
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christmas day dinner in santa fe

Help! My family and I are trying to find a place to eat on Xmas night which is not too fancy or overpriced--which has good food--and which IS OPEN! I was hoping for Cafe Pasqual but they are closed, and Pink Adobe is only doing a lunch. So far I can only find over-priced and over-formal food, and we're running out of time to book. Thanks for any help or recommendations that anyone can give me.

Dec 20, 2008
crinkle11 in Southwest

8 year old girl's birthday dinner

Thanks to everyone for their input--and here's a report on the actual event:

Popover Cafe doesn't take reservations, but they thought on a weekday night at 6:30 we'd have a reasonable chance of getting in, and they suggested setting up the dinner on the long banquette in their back room. They didn't hold it for me, and we had to (nicely) ask for the couple who were sitting there to move. Once we were set up there, the evening was almost perfect--normally impossible when you're doing an event with 8 children and 5 adults.

The banquette was long and soft, the service was very nice (though the food came more slowly than we would have liked. The restaurant has teddy bears that a bored child can borrow, plus a kid's menu that comes with crayons to draw on. I had to bring in my own birthday cake (and charged a $10 cake fee), but that was fine. We pretty much had a whole half-room to operate in and yet it was a quiet enough place that the grown-ups could relax while they had a drink. The food was just fine, though nothing was exceptional. Plus the place had a kid's menu, which meant that the total bill with tip for all of us (including 5 drinking adults) came to $350 or so. All in all, pretty much a best-case scenario, and I'd recommend the Popover to anyone doing a girls' event for this age.

Two words, though: try and get that back banquette--and make it clear to them if you've got a movie to get to or other kind of deadline.

Jul 17, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

8 year old girl's birthday dinner

Checked out serendipity and vetoed it yesterday. now hesitating between pinch/smac and popover cafe, or perhaps mama mexico...

Jul 13, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Midtown for my birthday

I had lunch at DB recently and wasn't impressed. Maybe try Molyvos, an haute-ish nouveau Greek place in midtown?

Jul 12, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

8 year old girl's birthday dinner

I don't know much about it, but will check it out--sounds interesting.

Jul 12, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

8 year old girl's birthday dinner

I *know* UWS is a wasteland, I'm dying to move back downtown. Problem is it's a wasteland for adults not kids.

party of 10, 3 adults and 7 kids (gulp). I'd like good food in principle (and for the adults to eat), but to be honest a festive, slightly unusual and kid-friendly atmosphere/decor is probably more important. Thanks Simon!

Jul 12, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

8 year old girl's birthday dinner

She might be able to handle it but I don't know about her 8 year old friends (one of them ordered plain pasta, no butter, when I took her out to dinner recently--at Brooklyn Diner! $10 for plain pasta, the ultimate markup).

Jul 12, 2008
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Eating without the din near Columbia University?

favorites:

calamari del diavolo, penne alla vodka, spaghetti con polpettine, salsiccie alla giacomino, the vegetables in padella

don't order pollo all' argentina

Jul 11, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Eating without the din near Columbia University?

Nobody is mentioning Meridiana. I don't believe they're open for lunch, but at dinner they offer very good pastas and mains. It's a quiet place because they are usually not crowded--you can also eat outside, which is really pleasant in the summer. Highly recommended.

Thai Market, as I'm sure you've found by now, has great food but it is often NOISY. And, as you've noticed, it's hard to find places that aren't. Try Meridiana, and maybe the Mill (Korean). And good luck! I eat lunch out everyday in the area, as I work up here, so we'll probably rub elbows sometime.

Jul 11, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

8 year old girl's birthday dinner

Where can I go for an 8 year old's 8:30 pm birthday dinner, with a bunch of her girlfriends? She is a city kid, and so are they. She is not (yet) a gourmet, but we are and I'd like to take them someplace a little special or unusual. Serendipity? Someplace else, pref on the UWS? Uptown preferred, alas...Thanks for any help you can provide.

No theme-y Planet Hollywood-type places, please...

Jul 11, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

W 114th St: good eats nearby?

Forgot to mention Rack and Soul--excellent barbecue, which was hard to get in London when I was last there...corner of Broadway and 109.

May 31, 2008
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W 114th St: good eats nearby?

I live in the neighborhood, but I agree, the food choices aren't good. The best:

Amir's
Meridiana (Italian)
Thai Market
Awash (Ethiopian)
and Community, quite good but expensive and crowded
The Korean food at The Mill is especially cheap at lunch and can be good if you know what to order

If you venture further down the West Side, best choices are Ouest (expensive) and Hampton Chutney (cheap but excellent)

May 31, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Nicole's at Nicole Farhi?

That's so sad--I'd been a (semi-) regular there since it first opened.. The restaurant was pretty successful, one Michelin star and plenty of clients--anyone know if they are planning to repopen somewhere else?

Boo hoo.

Jan 09, 2008
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where is best Filipino food in manhattan

Agree with others about Cendrillon--the chicken adobo is fabulous.

Jan 04, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Christmas Restaurant Tour in Santa Fe

We actually did book five seats at the Compound that day, as it was a Saturday. You could order from the main restaurant's menu or from a separate bar menu (with things like the hot dog), as I recall. Bar seemed to seat about 15. I will definitely back on my next trip to Canyon Road.

We went to 315 twice, once at the bar and once sitting down. I don't love formal dining the way I used to--because of the sky-high prices, the formality, and the uptight feeling that I'm taking up a seat at one of their tables and need to order two or three courses to pay my rent. So I enjoyed eating at the bar much more. Ordered a calamari caesar salad and a good glass of white, which I liked a lot. My husband's food, which I can't remember, was good also. And 315, which had great service, put together a killer plate of chicken with plain sauce and mashed potato for my 7-year-old girl, who was putting up with our restaurant mania.

Jan 04, 2008
crinkle11 in Southwest

What to order at Fiamma

We ate there last night. The setting is lovely. The portions, I thought, were absurdly small for the money--and the food itself was good but not great. Slightly too salty for my taste. Based on reviewers' recommendations, I ordered burrata and beets (should have been called burrata and beet, since there was maybe one mini-beet in the dish), lasagne and panna cotta. $89 for three courses, which were also slow to arrive. Servers were reasonably attentive so I suspect that it may have been the kitchen holding things up.

I wound up feeling fairly ripped off. Then again, take my opinion with a grain of salt because I am over the whole formal-dining scene. There is so much good food available now in the middle- and low-price tiers that the fuss, drama and pretentiousness--and laughable prices--of the top tier never seem worth it anymore. I have a good palate and grew up eating one- and two-star Michelin French food--in France--so it's not that I don't know good food from bad. And God knows I care about food. But if I'm going to pay three times as much as I could be paying, I insist that what I eat be three times as good--and, in my recent high-end experiences (including, to take one example, EMP) that hasn't been true.

Jan 04, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Christmas Restaurant Tour in Santa Fe

We took a stellar restaurant tour of Santa Fe this December, and I thought I'd share our reactions...

Eating at the bar, we had great experiences both at Bistro 315 and The Compound. The courses I myself chose at the Compound weren't that great (the bartender, who advised a dried-out pork loin and not-great apple dumplings, steered me wrong) but my inlaws all adored their food. My mother in law especially had a fish prepared in red wine that she raved about. And my 7 year old's Niman Ranch hot dog was great too. Altogether, the bar seems to be an inexpensive and informal (i.e., more fun) way to have a relaxed time at the Compound, and I'm sure we'll be back.

We always love Pasqual's, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. It's so great to look at, the vibe is so relaxed and friendly, and the food at its best is vibrant and imaginative without being outrageous or pretentious. A green salad I had there for lunch with a Reuben sandwich was phenomenal, and I'm a big fan of their baked brie with two salsas at dinner.

Blue Corn Cafe was only so-so. Bumblebee Diner on Jefferson was amazing value, and highly recommended. La Casa Sena on Xmas Eve was delicious: mother-in-law didn't love her food, but the rest of us really enjoyed a lobster enchilada with a really interested chilied sauce, and a steak with blue cheese crumbled on top. Setting was cozy and service (despite challenging behavior by in-laws) was great.

Casa Nostrani was excellent too. We had a very memorable panna cotta with caramel and tangerine sauce for dessert. The food's not as much my style as Pasqual's--too subtle--but ingredients and prep were essentially perfect. It's wildly expensive and a little formal, though the service is good and not unfriendly.

Hardly a bad experience, in 10 days. We are dying to go back!

Jan 03, 2008
crinkle11 in Southwest

Healthy dinner UWS

Try Community Food and Juice--their brown rice bowl with veg and chicken is very good. Further up than you asked for, though--it's at 112 and Bway.

Jan 03, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

What to order at Fiamma

Friends from out of town are taking us--I haven't been there since Trabocchi took over and would love to know what is good there now. Thanks for any advice, Hounds!

Jan 03, 2008
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Marrons Glaces

Call Payard Patisserie, they may have them...

Jan 03, 2008
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Great, Casual, fun lunch near Barney's or Bloomies for out of towners

Nicole's, right across from Barney's on 60th, is one of my favorite places to eat in the city. Very fashion-y and chic, but the staff have no attitude. Food fresh and market-based. If you go, try one of the daily pastas, pizzas or soups rather than the regular menu. If you want to eat cheaper, try the half-portions, which are more than enough.

Dec 13, 2007
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Sat. Night Solo in NYC

I used to like eating alone at Mesa Grill in the Village. It feels festive, and the food and margaritas are good. But get there early. Gotham Bar and Grill also works if you can get there early enough...

Dec 12, 2007
crinkle11 in Manhattan

Upscale Pre-Theatre-Pre-Fixe or Bar-Lounge Dining

Try Marseille--close to the theatre district, and the food is very good.

Dec 12, 2007
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Dishes that wowed you

The Deviled Eggs on Pork Toast at Resto. Wonderfully fatty.

Dec 12, 2007
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Dishes that wowed you

Second both of these, especially the miso sea bass. Tofu, flaking white fish, and the best broth (dashi) that I've ever tasted. A dish with real depth, and it's really memorable.

Dec 12, 2007
crinkle11 in Manhattan

What to order at Savoy?

Thanks, LeahBaila. I love the restaurant--just wish I liked the food itself more.

Dec 12, 2007
crinkle11 in Manhattan