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Meat free and healthy in Harlem?

La Corsa is our go-to spot for pizza delivery, for sure. Their thin-crust grandma pie is pretty consistently good!

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La Corsa
123 E 110th St, New York, NY 10029

Dec 05, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

Brunch in South Harlem

We've tried the new Settepani for brunch and were very underwhelmed - the service was pretty terrible too. Of those on your list, we've only done Melba's for brunch - we took my mom once, and she LOVED it. Of course, it was her first time ever hearing of chicken and waffles and was blown away by the possibility of such a combo :) So it might be a good place for visitors who want a fun Harlem experience - when I've been with locals my impression has been the same as yours.

Welcome to the neighborhood - it's pretty great, isn't it?

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Melba's
300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026

Settepani
196 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026

Apr 29, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

The Red Rooster - anybody been?

I think you should be fine - I haven't been but I live in the neighborhood and some of my friends with young kids said the 5:30 dinner seating worked out perfectly, and the staff was very accommodating. Have fun!

Apr 29, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

lunch near columbia university?/UWS

Pisticci is great and within a few blocks of campus...

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Pisticci
125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027

Apr 11, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

Help - office is moving to Queensboro Plaza - any lunch, coffee options?

Thanks for the suggestions - I will check them all out once we move there!

Apr 11, 2011
emilie01 in Outer Boroughs

Help - office is moving to Queensboro Plaza - any lunch, coffee options?

Hi Chowhounds - my office is moving into a new building near Queensboro Plaza, and the pickings for lunch and coffee seem pretty dire. I know that there are a lot of great places in LIC, but they are all in the Vernon-Jackson area, which is still ~15-20 minutes walk from the office. Does anybody have any recommendations of places to go within 5 minutes of Queensboro Plaza? Thanks in advance!

Apr 07, 2011
emilie01 in Outer Boroughs

Food deliveries in East Harlem

Two pizza places we like are Dreamer's Pizza (whole wheat crust and fancy toppings - "healthy" pizza) and La Corsa. La Corsa does a great thin-crust grandma pie! Their pastas are hit or miss though.

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Dreamer's Pizza
1850 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10029

La Corsa
123 E 110th St, New York, NY 10029

Apr 01, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

New Wonton Garden... closing and moving

Yes, it's now called HK Wonton Garden but the food is exactly the same! My coworker went to test it out and he said it was excellent as usual...

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HK Wonton Garden
79 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Mar 21, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

Levin Bakery Sticky Buns

Probably not convenient for you, but thought I'd mention that Levain just opened another branch in Harlem at 116th and Frederick Douglass. They have the same sticky buns on the weekends and do not sell out! Apparently us Harlemites haven't caught on to the sticky bun awesomeness yet. The owner also said we could call ahead and they would save one for us, wonder if they'd do the same thing down at 74th Street... (might as well try!)

Mar 14, 2011
emilie01 in Manhattan

new to NYC - shopping advice pls..

Although this is the Manhattan board, I also wanted to mention that you are just 1 stop away from Queens (on the N/W line), which gives you access to Astoria and anything on the 7 line (transfer at Queensboro Plaza to the 7), which is foodie heaven! Might be worth looking around the Outer Boroughs board...

Sep 02, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

Signature dishes of various places in NY

Awesome list! I agree with everyone else, skip Crumbs - their cupcakes are so-so. For cupcakes, people on the boards really like Sugar Sweet Sunshine (and I'm also a fan of Billy's Bakery).

As someone who lives in Harlem and has tried most of the chicken and waffle places, I think Amy Ruth's is okay, but not my favorite. I always feel kind of gross after having their chicken and waffles, to be honest! I like Melba's a lot, mostly for her eggnog waffles with strawberry butter. Really great - the chicken is pretty good but the waffles are very memorable! Harlem is fine, just be reasonable - take the main streets to feel the safest. Melba's is on 114th and Frederick Douglass Blvd - 114th between FDB and Adam Clayton Powell is not the greatest street to walk down!

Also, in terms of bagels, H&H is fine, but might not be a destination-type place.

Perilla - agree, ordered the duck meatballs because they are known as his specialty but actually it was my least favorite dish. Everything else was AMAZING.

Enjoy your trip!

Aug 19, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

Harlem - Best Soul Food?

Never been to Manna's or Miss Mamie's but I wasn't very impressed with Amy Ruth's. Sylvia's, while packed with tourists, is still good. Melba's is great - amazing chicken and waffles, nice atmosphere, but it's small so make a reservation or go at off times...

Apr 13, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

Great non-steakhouse steak option?

We went to Perilla for my birthday, and their hanger steak is delicious - great sauce ($27), along with everything else. And I agree that most French restaurants have good steak frites - I've been into Cafe D'Alsace on the UES lately, they have steak frites as part of their very reasonable prix fixe menu...

Mar 02, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

Restaurants and Bars with Matchbooks

Perilla has them

Feb 26, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

East Village Indian update needed

I like all 3 of these also. I go to Haveli the most though, they're very nice there and always give us free mango ice cream! Hard to pass that up...

Feb 19, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

Green coffee beans in NYC?

The Roasting Plant at 75 Greenwich Ave. has them.

Feb 17, 2009
emilie01 in Manhattan

Chinese take out boxes (colorful ones)

I'm pretty sure any paper store (like Paper Presentation on 18th and 5th) has those. Maybe even Target...

Dec 11, 2008
emilie01 in Manhattan

Papabubble? Looking for good hard candy..

I'm no hard candy expert, but I really liked Papabubble. Besides being beautiful, the flavors were very strong, in a good way. I think I had a mix of fruit ones, plus ginger, lavendar, some other spices (this was a long time ago so it's hard to remember). They had a good cherry one, I believe. They give you a sample as you walk in the door, which is always a bonus :)

They are pretty expensive, and there are plenty of other sweets out there that I'd rather spend money on, which is why I never went back. But as hard candy goes they are the best I've had (again, I'm no expert)...

Nov 21, 2008
emilie01 in Manhattan

Best red velvet cake?--not cupcake!

Make My Cake in Harlem (they have two locations). Very moist cake, cream cheese frosting, and it has this slightly cinnamon-y taste to it. I'm actually not normally a fan of red velvet but I love theirs!

Aug 14, 2008
emilie01 in Manhattan

Is LeRelais de l'Entrecote the place for steak?

Honestly, the wait shouldn't be that long. We got there about 5 minutes early and were seated right at 7. We went another time on a Saturday night and got there at 8 and didn't have to wait for a table.

Jul 14, 2008
emilie01 in France

Is LeRelais de l'Entrecote the place for steak?

This is what we did our first night in Paris and I think it was a good choice and exactly what you're looking for - consistently good food, seconds without even asking for them, and the only decision you have to make is how you want your steak done! There was a line (we got there right before 7, like the Americans we are), but it moved quickly. Lecume was good too (love the 3 different sauces) but a different experience - my husband loved their potatoes.

Jul 14, 2008
emilie01 in France

Is Avignon Chowworthy

Just got back from our honeymoon and we stayed in Avignon for 3 nights - I agree, 4-5 days would be too long but if you have a car it would be fine. Our best meal was at Numero 75 - beautiful garden and delicious food! I'd say Avignon in general is Chowworthy, but only if you stay for a few days, then you'd run out of options...

Jul 07, 2008
emilie01 in France

Pink Berry or Red Mango? [moved from Manhattan board]

I live right by 14th and 6th Ave (where there is a Pinkberry and a Red Mango) and I usually go to Red Mango. I actually think they taste pretty much exactly the same, but Red Mango is not as crowded or cramped, so it wins!

I'd go for the fro-yo at Bloomingdale's over both any day...

Apr 28, 2008
emilie01 in Chains

Third Date with a Vegetarian

I know you have already made a reservation, but if you ever want to go somewhere for good jazz and pretty decent food, there's the Bar Next Door (next door to La Lanterna) right off of Washington Square park. My fiance and I had our first date there - it's got a great, romantic vibe to it. They take reservations as well.

http://lalanternacaffe.com/
(Click on the link for Bar Next Door)

Mar 28, 2008
emilie01 in Manhattan

What restaurant did you eat at on Thanksgiving?

We went to Landmarc last night - it was pretty good. They had a turkey dinner with all the fixings, but I had a strip steak instead. My boyfriend had the pasta special. Probably the highlight though was dessert - cotton candy! It's not on the menu but you can ask for it. Everybody in the restaurant looked at our big pink basket as it came to our table. Yummy!

Nov 23, 2007
emilie01 in Manhattan

Peter Luger ... weekend lunch = weeknight dinner? [moved from Manhattan board]

Yes, you can get the porterhouse and regular sides during lunch on the weekend. They have burgers, too. The one time I've been was Saturday at 1pm, and while the burgers looked tempting I went for the porterhouse and was not sorry!

Jul 31, 2007
emilie01 in Outer Boroughs

good upper eastside Italian?

I like Grotta del Mare - 77th between 1st and 2nd.

Jun 19, 2007
emilie01 in Manhattan

A Good BYOB in Queens?

De Mole in Sunnyside. This place has been talked about many times (search for De Mole or its old name, El Jarro) - yummy Mexican food with a nice, homey atmosphere. If you bring the tequila, they'll make margaritas for you. It's on 48th Ave. just off of 45th St.

May 13, 2007
emilie01 in Outer Boroughs

De mole is such a little gem!

Their hot chocolate is really, really good - definitely try it the next time you go. It's nice and cinnamon-y. I also order their lemonade a lot. My boyfriend loves the banana and strawberry shakes, too. There isn't anything that I've had that has disappointed me - and they really are so nice. Love that place!

Nov 16, 2006
emilie01 in Outer Boroughs

New to Sunnyside. Need info about EVERYTHING.

Welcome to the neighborhood! Timmernyc did a great job. I haven't been to all the places he listed on the bottom, but Aubergine Cafe on 50th and Skillman is a cute coffee shop with good sandwiches and decent desserts. A little bit further (I think maybe 51st or 52nd) is La Marjolaine, which is known for its almond croissants and other pastries.

I also wanted to add the Butcher's Block, on 41st St. just north of Queens Blvd., which is a grocery store/butchers with great dinners - meat and 2 sides for $7.50.

And I agree with the other posters - run to De Mole, it's our favorite place in Sunnyside.

Oh, and not a decent bagel to be found in Sunnyside, unfortunately.

Sep 17, 2006
emilie01 in Outer Boroughs