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Business lunch near S. Norwalk

Thanks Taboo. As often happens, we ran out of time and ordered in sandwiches... oh well.

Feb 14, 2012
RCPLAUT in Southern New England

Business lunch near S. Norwalk

Going to be in S. Norwalk Tuesday and looking for a nice place to have lunch with a client. Does not need to be upscale - not looking to impress anyone that way, but we do need to sit down and be relatively comfortable. It can be any cuisine, but since they are from the mid-west maybe seafood would be best.
The restaurant does not need to be in S. Norwalk - we are headed back to Hartford afterwards, so not too far west...
Thanks for your recommendations!

Jan 27, 2012
RCPLAUT in Southern New England

dessert near Fifth Ave or Yorkville

we'll walk quickly.

Dec 20, 2009
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

dessert near Fifth Ave or Yorkville

Thanks - I will check them out.

Dec 20, 2009
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

dessert near Fifth Ave or Yorkville

Need to end the day with a little dessert. Our family of four are coming into town to go to the Guggenheim tomorrrow, then out to Brooklyn for an early dinner at Peter Luger, returning to Fifth Avenue to look at the windows then back to 86th Street to pick up the car.
Can anyone recommend a place to get in from the cold and have a little dessert either on 5th Ave. or in the vicinity of Lex and 86th? Does not need to be fancy.
Thanks for your help!

Dec 20, 2009
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

Breakfast between Philly and Wilmington?

Ended up at Arners - real easy, right off of 95. Good (nice) service, decent eggs, good bacon, nondescript home-fries and WOW sticky buns - sliced in half and grilled!

Apr 24, 2009
RCPLAUT in Mid-Atlantic

Breakfast between Philly and Wilmington?

Thanks to all - was deciding between Java Joes and Lucky, but now with Arners in the mix, it will require some element of fate...

Apr 22, 2009
RCPLAUT in Mid-Atlantic

Breakfast between Philly and Wilmington?

Thanks Ellymae

Apr 18, 2009
RCPLAUT in Pennsylvania

Breakfast between Philly and Wilmington?

Thanks John

Apr 18, 2009
RCPLAUT in Mid-Atlantic

Breakfast between Philly and Wilmington?

Flying into Philly early morning and then driving to Wilmington with about an hour to kill and thought we'd stop for a nice breakfast - don't need anything fancy, just good. Any recommendations not too far off Rt 95?
Thanks!

Apr 17, 2009
RCPLAUT in Mid-Atlantic

Breakfast between Philly and Wilmington?

Flying into Philly early morning and then driving to Wilmington with about an hour to kill and thought we'd stop for a nice breakfast - don't need anything fancy, just good. Any recommendations not too far off Rt 95?
Thanks!

Apr 17, 2009
RCPLAUT in Pennsylvania

Gordon Ramsay Alternates

Went to Maze and while we both enjoyed it and thought the food to be excellent, I think I made a mistake in how I ordered. I had one small plate - the quail which was very tasty, followed by a very nice pork chop as a larger course. The problem was that both were served with a chutney type of dressing that was quite sweet. The result was that it was too much of a good thing. The flavors were nice, the cooking was perfect, the service was top-notch, but at the end of the meal I was disappointed. My guest had three smaller plates, the sweetbreads (which I tried and thought were delicious), the quail and nice, but not terribly inspired, cod. He followed it with a cheesecake that he thought was great (but I didn't even try - having been sugared-out).
All in all, it was a nice experience, but after wine the check came to $300 and even in NY, I think that's a lot to pay without being blown away. My guest said he would return with his wife. When my wife and I were in town last week we went to Les Halles and loved it. Given, it is a totally different experience, but much more to my liking (and wuite a bit easier on the wallet).
Thanks to all of you again for the great comments.

Jan 03, 2009
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

Best Bagels in Western MASS?

Kimmels in Longmeadow, no matter what it is called now, from a NY native's pov is the closest thing to a NY bagel in these parts. There deli selection is limited and not the reason to go there. The bagels are great! It is in the Big Y plaza.

Yes Noreaster, Typical Sicilian is still there - wanted to go tonight, but they're closed Sundays... will try Touch of Garlic. Anyone familiar with Abundanza - around the corner from Typical Sicilian?

Dec 14, 2008
RCPLAUT in All New England Archive

Gordon Ramsay Alternates

Wow! What great replies and nice discussion.

I don't know why my client asked to go to Ramsay's, but I don't think he'll be insulted if we go to Maze instead. In the event we can't get reservations you all have supplied a wonderful list of alternatives which should keep me busy discovering for a quite a while.

A friend suggested Secession, David Bouley's new restaurant on Hudson St, - she heard it's reasonably priced, with an an imaginative menu and great ambiance. I checked the board and found nothing posted on it - have any of you tried it?

Dec 12, 2008
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

Gordon Ramsay Alternates

$60-75 would be workable. I'm a bit of a hick, and in my non-NY world and in today's economy Gordon Ramsay's $300-400 for two people seems high probably because I'm out of touch.

Dec 11, 2008
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

Gordon Ramsay Alternates

A customer requested we go to to Gordon Ramsay for dinner this Monday and I'm shaking in my boots. I would love to go, but if I present the bill on my expense account I'll be fired (or wood-fired).
Can anyone recommend a place with similar cachet or at least quality, but at half (or less) the $$$$$?
If it's in the Times Square area that would be a bonus though we are mobile. Here are my (disjointed) thoughts: relatively recent and maybe almost hip (but not so much that we wont get in on short notice) not necessarily white table-cloth, not French (he's French), not Asian (he just returned from a two-week vacation there).
Arrgh! I'm sounding fussy, but you must know someplace...
Thanks!

Dec 11, 2008
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

Onyx Fusion, Springfield MA -- nope

Compelled to agree with you. I also ate at Onyx and had high expectations after reading the build-up in the local newspapers and then having it reinforced by a truly interestingly designed interior.

It was a business lunch which started off uncomfortably - ordered a couple of glasses of wine, which took almost ten minutes to reach the table (despite the place having only five or six other tables of customers at about 12:30 pm).

I then had the misfortune of ordering the same meal you did - the Asian pulled pork. After two or three bites I had to give up - it was so sickly sweet and heavy. Besides appearing to be frozen, the onion rings had been left in the deep fryer so long they were almost black and hard as nails - I tried to cut one and it shattered! The coleslaw was not a highlight, but it was at least edible.

Had I not been there with a client I would have made a fuss and sent it back. He said he liked their Tempura fish and chips and I didn't press him on it (not wanting to make a big deal... after all, I chose the place).

I absolutely agree on the need for more choices downtown - I will be taking a colleague out for Italian tonight and even that old stand-by, in a city with a lot of Italian immigrants, has limited options: Lido is not that good anymore, Red Rose while tasty is not quite fancy enough, Pazzo is over-rated and my favorites - Typical Sicilian and Touch of Garlic are both closed Mondays. So that basically leaves Carrabba's which is not too bad (for a chain).

Jun 23, 2008
RCPLAUT in All New England Archive

Reasonable eats near 5th and 59th?

staying at a classy hotel, but need a break from upscale high priced places. Any recommendations for a lone business-person to relax with a magazine and a good meal? Any cuisine except Sushi or Indian where I won't be rushed or too cramped. Probably need decent AC since its kinda warm out there.

Jun 28, 2007
RCPLAUT in Manhattan

I-90 foodie stops

Thanks Jimmyg - sounds like an interesting pzza.

Sep 21, 2006
RCPLAUT in General Tristate Archive

I-90 foodie stops

Thanks to all. I've actually been to the Rochester location (years ago) and had forgotten about the original one... appreciate the reminder.

Sep 11, 2006
RCPLAUT in General Tristate Archive

New Bedford seafood

A step up from a seafood shack, but serving the freshest no frills (paper plates and formica tables) seafood at the lowest prices is Turks just down Rt. 6 in Mattapoisett.

Sep 08, 2006
RCPLAUT in All New England Archive

I-90 foodie stops

Traveling from the Mass. line to western PA on the NY Thruway with no plans to eat at a Thruway rest stop. Can anyone recommend anywhere between Albany Erie near I-90 for lunch?

Sep 08, 2006
RCPLAUT in General Tristate Archive

inexpensive, but good, olive oil? [Moved from Home Cooking]

Whole Foods private label 365 Olive Oil is very clean and fresh, and a real bargain.

Sep 08, 2006
RCPLAUT in General Topics