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1 night in SF: Bar Tartine or Pizzaiolo?

Thanks for the tip on Marlowe- it looks great!

Mar 29, 2010
littleguy in San Francisco Bay Area

1 night in SF: Bar Tartine or Pizzaiolo?

Thanks for all the helpful responses!

We will not have a car, but are New Yorkers and are accustomed to walking. We already have a reservation, so that's not an issue.

Just loved the Bar Tartine menu so much! Are there any restaurants with a similar style that are open for lunch? Greater proximity to my hotel than Mission/Berkeley/Oakland would be a plus. I am staying near the Ferry Building.

Thanks again.

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Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mar 29, 2010
littleguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Has anyone been to Ubuntu lately?

I guess I didn't explain my dilemma clearly enough...I am going to be driving down to Big Sur that day and am wondering if it is worth staying in Napa for lunch or if I should hit the road instead, considering that Ubuntu has a new chef and may not be as good as it previously was.

What I was not looking for a was a post on the differences between Ubuntu and Duarte's; clearly they are different restaurants in different locations, but from my understanding, they are both destination restaurants in their own rite.

I guess no one has been to Ubuntu lately?

Mar 29, 2010
littleguy in San Francisco Bay Area

Has anyone been to Ubuntu lately?

I see that the chef has changed, and they haven't updated their website menu since December, so I'm wondering if this is still a can't miss.

I think it will torture my meat-and-potato loving husband to eat there, so I don't want to drag him in if it's not worthwhile.

I am going to be driving from Napa down to Big Sur and am thinking of just getting lunch at Duarte's instead.

Any thoughts?

Mar 28, 2010
littleguy in San Francisco Bay Area

1 night in SF: Bar Tartine or Pizzaiolo?

Thanks for all the input. I think I will go with Pizzaiolo. Would have liked to try Bar Tartine for lunch, but it's not open. Maybe I will try Tartine?

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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mar 28, 2010
littleguy in San Francisco Bay Area

1 night in SF: Bar Tartine or Pizzaiolo?

Bar Tartine or Pizzaiolo? Where would you eat?

TIA.

- Littleguy

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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Bar Tartine
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mar 27, 2010
littleguy in San Francisco Bay Area

good and cheap on the UES

I'm looking for a place to meet a friend for dinner around Lennox Hill next week. While I am looking for a real restaurant with table service, I am hoping not to spend an arm and a leg. I don't get up to the UES much, so if you can recommend something special and unique to the neighborhood, I would greatly appreciate it. Great cocktails and/or affordable winelist would be a plus.

TIA.

Jan 27, 2009
littleguy in Manhattan

Help - need last minute advice. Going to FQ tomorrow!

We were just in New Orleans and while the lines at Acme were perpetually blocks long, we were able to partake of Napoleon House. While it has character, I wouldn't exactly consider it lively. It has more of an antique feel, and the food was adequate, but not inspiring. Our favorite casual meal in the French Quarter was Coop's by a landslide. We both had fried chicken, which was the best we've ever had, but I saw other people's po'boys passing by and they looked delicious as well.

Jan 03, 2009
littleguy in New Orleans

Lunch in Warwick NY

I recommend the Warwick Valley Winery. The food is awesome and there is plenty of wine and cider to buy at the adjacent tasting room.

Nov 17, 2008
littleguy in General Tristate Archive

Help plan my foodie honeymoon

Tlubow,
Thanks a lot for your advice. I will certainly consider Tremezzo. Would you please give me the name of the hotel and the other standout restaurant?
Thanks again.

Sep 17, 2008
littleguy in Italy

Help plan my foodie honeymoon

Hello! I am trying to plan my 12 day honeymoon in Italy and I am having a hard time choosing where to go. I have been to Rome, Florence, and Venice, but my fiance has never been to Italy. I was thinking about starting in Rome for 3 days, going on some kind of walking tour in Tuscany or Cinque Terre for 5 or 6 days, and then going somewhere relaxing- either Como or Amalfi coast for the remaining days. However, I am totally flexible on this. So, if you could please help me out with the following...
- Does anyone have any experience with any walking tour companies in Italy, e.g. girasole, backroads, etc...?
- Is the food better around Lake Como or on the Amalfi coast? Alternate relaxing places will also be considered. I'm going in June if that helps.
- Since I've already been to Rome and stayed by Piazza Navonna, I was planning to mix it up a little and stay in Trastevere this time. I see on these boards that Testaccio seems to be preferred over Trastevere. Is this the case? Are there any hotels particularly well situated for major chowing down?

Thanks in advance for any and all feedback. I feel like a kid in a candy store planning this vacation- I'm so overwhelmed, but in a good way!

Sep 08, 2008
littleguy in Italy

Sushi 101

Looking for a sushi place that a beginner (my boyfriend) will like, but a more experienced sushi eater (me) will also enjoy. I'd be interested in a restaurant with tasty, fresh fish presented in creative ways (i.e. some cooked ingredients, familiar components, etc...) and I'm also hoping not to break the bank in case it doesn't work out. I've been to Yasuda and my crappy neighborhood places, but I can't think of anything in between.

Any ideas would be much appreciated. Please include success stories of restaurants that converted sushiphobes to sushiphiles.

I'm in Chelsea but am willing to travel.

Thanks again.

Jan 03, 2008
littleguy in Manhattan

Bairrada in Mineola

Any recent experiences at Bairrada in Mineola to report? I am thinking about going there with my family to celebrate my Grandmother's 88th birthday. Any comments on this would be greatly appreciated. TIA.

Sep 08, 2007
littleguy in General Tristate Archive

Restaurant with an affordable interesting wine list in downtown manhattan (except for Landmarc)?

Via Emilia

Aug 23, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

$200-ish to burn...where should I go?

My boyfriend took me to Telepan for my birthday last year. It has a special and romantic feel, and with the $64 prix fixe you can definitely have a glass of wine and still stay under budget.

Aug 23, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

Rotisserie Portugalia

I've been reading about this place, and I'd like to go there when I'm in Montreal next month, but I'm a little confused about the logistics. Is it take-out only, or are the tables? Although I love roast chicken, I don't consider it the ideal picnic food- it's just a little too messy. Also, is it really necessary to call in your order an hour before you get there? I'd prefer to see the menu before ordering.

If it is only take-out, can anyone suggest a good substitute that has tables?

Thanks in advance.

Jun 23, 2007
littleguy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Name that cafe

Thanks so much! You found it. Is it as good as I remember?

Jun 16, 2007
littleguy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Name that cafe

While in Montreal a few years back, a friend took me to a cafe that specialized in crazy sandwiches. The one I had contained (I think) cottage cheese, peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, etc... It was huge.

They have a nice garden with a fountain, and I would love to return there when I'm in Montreal next month. The only problem is that I have no idea what its called or where it is.

Any takers? A name would be greatly appreciated. A website would be even better.

Thanks in advance.

Jun 15, 2007
littleguy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pierogies in Manhattan

I LOVE the Veselka Pumpkin Pierogies!

May 18, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

HELP ME CHOOSE (Chinatown)

If New Big Wang is 67 Mott Street, then I love it too! They have great roast pork and soy sauce chicken. The man behind the register is a doll- he will make sure you have a great time.

May 18, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

Best dosas in the city (restaurants)?

There is a great dosa place on Newark Ave in Jersey City, just a few blocks from the Journal Square PATH station. It's called Dosa House or something like that. You can get there from Manhattan in even less time than it takes to get to Jackson Heights. They have the best dosas I've ever had, and the cheapest- they cost about $5 including unlimited spicy lentil soup.

If you are unwilling to leave Manhattan, I love Chennai Garden. I think their black chick pea dish might be even better than their dosa, though.

May 18, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

Best Rugelach in NYC/ Tri State Area...Oy! I give up!

I like Bruce's in Great Neck. They have a bunch of delicious Jewish pastries.

Apr 23, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

Sitting with Yasuda

I went to Yasuda with my dad a few months ago. We drank water, so I can't speak to the sake issue. However, I can definitely affirm that you're right to be excited. On the downside, you may never look at your corner sushi joint the same way again.

We each started with a soup and then dove right in to the tasting. We told Yasuda what our faves were (I said Salmon Roe, and my dad said Toro), and he gave us a few different examples of each to try. After that, we let him suggest a few things and we got more ideas from what the people around us were eating. Although the Toro was great, we were surprised to find that we liked the Scallop sushi best. It was so soft and sweet!

Yasuda suggested two things that we were hesistant to try, but we complied and were happy we did. First, he made us baby scallion sushi. It looked like grass, but it was a really refreshing break between bites of fatty fish. Second, the usually pedestrian Salmon Skin Roll was elevated to new heights. I would compare the skin to wonderfully crispy, smoky bacon. It came in a close second to the scallop.

After eating about 20 pieces of sushi a piece, we decided we were full and Yasuda agreed we had eaten enough, so we ordered fruit and ice cream. The fruit was beautifully presented and perfectly ripe. I really recommend it.

The bill came in at around $130 (including tax but not tip). As I had expected it to be higher, i left feeling like I had gotten a great deal. Enjoy yourself on Thursday! You're in for a treat.

Apr 17, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

65th birthday dinner for grumpy dad

Does Dad like sushi?

I took my Dad to Yasuda for his 70th birthday. He has a lot in common with the Dad you described- grumpy, picky, not in the prime of health... I was a little worried, but it was an incredible experience. We sat at Yasuda's area of the sushi bar and he really made my Dad's day. Yasuda really listened to him and picked out just the right things for him to try, in addition to being very complementary and entertaining.

If sushi is no good, here are a few of my Dad's favorite restaurants: Chanterelle, Periyali (a little less upscale than the other places you mentioned), Union Square Cafe. They have staff that treat him well and take his crankiness in stride.

Good luck, and I hope your Dad has a very happy birthday!

Apr 14, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

Good coffee in UWS and Chelsea

Murray's Bagels on 8th ave between 23rd and 22nd streets usually (85% of the time) has good, strong coffee. They always have good bagels, though.

Apr 06, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

What to do with crackers & cracker crumbs?

I like Ritz cracker crumbs as a cruncy topping on my mac and cheese!

Apr 01, 2007
littleguy in Home Cooking

Billy's Bakery on Ninth Avenue in Manhattan

Your comments are really suprising since both Billy's and Sugar Sweet Sunshine are Magnolia offshoots. I don't know much about Sugar Sweet Sunshine, having only been there once, but I know for a fact that Billy's is owned by a former Magolia manager and he started with at least one Magnolia baker. Most of the recipes are the same. There shouldn't be that much of a difference. Maybe their success has done them in.

I agree with you about Cupcake Cafe. Their cupcakes look beautiful, but their frosting tastes like sweetened Crisco...for shame.

Mar 31, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

FRIED OREOS!!

I don't know of anywhere in Queens or Brooklyn, but they do have them at RUB on 23rd Street in Manhattan.

Mar 30, 2007
littleguy in Manhattan

Yolato Review (Edgewater)

Just wanted to write a quick note to let all of you frozen yogurt fans know that Yolato is here and it is pretty good.

It's located in a strip mall on River Rd, in a bright and shiny new store front with board games, free wireless, and plenty of seating.

I tasted a few of the yolato (low fat gelato) flavors, and was not that impressed. Their frozen yogurt, however, is great. It's called Yoggi, and it has a tangy yogurt flavor, similar to Pinkberry, but even more similar to the fro-yo they have at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan. A small cup is actually not that small, which is great because it costs almost $4.00. I had some mango on it, which was fresh, but not very sweet.

Anyway, it's a good place to chill for a couple of hours with a frozen treat, and I think I'll start frequenting Yolato, and spending less time at the chaotic, dirty Starbucks in Edgewater Commons. I recommend you give it a try next time you're in the area.

Mar 30, 2007
littleguy in Mid-Atlantic

Seeking A Gracious and Special Dinner for my Parents

Thanks for all of the suggestions. So far, August and Stella sound the best to me. If you all have any more ideas along that vein, please pass them along.

I'm forwarding all of this to my mom, and she thanks you too!

Mar 29, 2007
littleguy in New Orleans