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Looking for great counter service eats in Philly

Hi all! Heading to Philly next weekend with our two young kids. We have all our eats planned except Sunday lunch. Looking for a delicious, non-sit down option. We're doing Federal Dougnuts on Saturday but would appreciate options in a similar vein. We are well aware of Redding Terminal Market as an option. Anything else? Thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
mla19 in Philadelphia

Kneaded Bread in Port Chester

It really is fantastic. We go often with our young kids and it's the perfect early start to our day. I'm addicted to their mixed berry scone but everything from their muffins to doughnuts to brioches is wonderful.

Jul 05, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Spadaro Port Chester

Thanks, MRS. We actually ate there too yesterday, but we were there much earlier and with kids. Our service was fine, probably bc the place was mostly empty, but we too weren't impressed with the food. Nothing we ordered was particularly flavorful and several dishes arrived cold. Disappointing since their New Ro place was great when we last went (albeit a few years ago).

Jun 22, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Campagna - the old Bedford Post, Bedford, NY

Now that we're firmly in June, curious if anyone has an update on the opening? Also, the New York Magazine Summer issue mentioned Campagna and noted that its prices will be more gentle than Chef White's NYC venues.

Jun 16, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Blue Hill Stone Barns private table? [630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, New York]

Jeez my sister and I JUST gave our parents a gift card there for their special anniversary, basing the amount off a $148pp price. Figures. The new price is virtually Per Se/Alinea territory

Jun 15, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best nachos in lower Westchester County?

Always happy to read love for Los Gemellos. It really is a gem and now I'm even more excited for my next visit to try their nachos.

We've also tried their chicken spin off, probably when it first opened last fall or winter. We enjoyed (I'm admittedly not such a rotisserie chicken fan) but on our one visit, they had their music pumped up so high, that we could barely concentrate on our food!

Jun 11, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Spadaro Port Chester

"The menu is heavy on pizzas, calzones and pastas."

That's surprising knowing that the original New Rochelle restaurant is much more than that. I wonder if this spin off is intended to be a more family friendly, casual version. Curious if anyone who's been to both can weigh in. We're hoping to get to the PC spot soon ourselves.

Jun 11, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Alla Spina or Pizzeria Vetri (with kids)

Heading to Philly for a bit in late July with our 2.5 year old and 3 month old daughters. Which of these two spots would you recommend for a 5pm Sunday dinner? The interesting menu at Alla Spina appeals more to me but I assume Pizzeria Vetri is more kid friendly (although "no reservations" spots scare me with kids and I saw Alla Spina has outdoor seating....)

Jun 02, 2014
mla19 in Philadelphia

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

I can't believe they're expanding so fast and with locations so close to one another. Curious what happens.

Jun 02, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Top 10 Recent Dining Experiences

best recent meals (not all time bests):

betony
the clam
ma peche
il buco alimentari and vineria
piora
mountain bird

May 28, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Spadaro Coming to Port Chester!

I missed this news back in February when Rye's Hamlet Hub posted an article but driving through Port Chester yesterday, I saw that New Rochelle's Spadaro is coming soon. Very exciting news for us. We'd been twice to Spadaro while White Plains residents and enjoyed ourselves but now living in CT with kids, it's a bit too far to consider. This location also looks much larger than New Rochelle. Anyone know details about when it's opening and whether it'll be the same type of place (no menus, family style) as New Ro? The article says March but I don't think it's open yet.

http://news.hamlethub.com/rye/neighbo...

May 18, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

That was my husband's concern, too. They have such a good thing going in Armonk, I hope expansion doesn't kill what they already have. Fortina does have three owners (including Christian, the chef), plus Coby, the beverage manager, so I guess between them they can handle keeping two places reasonably close to one another in check. We shall see!

May 18, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

I saw the news today, too, and I'm also curious how different it will be from the Armonk location. Armonk and Rye Brook aren't THAT far from one another so to some extent, they will draw the same crowds of patrons. So I'm hoping there's something distinct about their new spot. Also, on Facebook someone commented that they thought Fortina was coming to CT and Fortina responded, "stay tuned." Interesting....

May 12, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

If you want to go less traditional bar food but more special and interesting, try The Breslin, Spotted Pig or the Butterfly.

Apr 11, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Best desserts in NYC

This one may be a bit too simple but I always think about the salted caramel sundae with popcorn, peanuts and chocolate sauce at ABC Kitchen. Yum.

Apr 04, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Quintessential Dining Spots for a First-Timer in Manhattan

Agreed on the Ssam/Booker and Dax combo. And Uncle Boon's is great, too, if you're looking for Thai (in a hip, non-divey space)

Apr 04, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

French restaurants

+1 for Le Philosophe but note that it is a whole lot more casual and noisy than Daniel and Le Bernardin (in addition to being less expensive)

Apr 03, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Lunch at Ma Peche

I went a few weeks ago for dinner and loved the new format but I agree that it might not be the best for a weekday lunch. Our meal took awhile and even then, we didn't see every cart. But everything we tried was delicious and I'm really happy to hear that you loved the lamb noodles because we, too, thought they were amazing. Yum.

Apr 03, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Primary Food & Drink Greenwich?

Just checked this restaurant's Yelp page and reviews are pretty much unianimously terrible. I don't usually put much stock in Yelp reviews, but when there's smoke, there's fire and my experience was in line with these bad reviews. Curious if any Hounds have been recently. Also curious how aware and how much Chef Elliot cares about the less than stellar online talk about his place.

Apr 03, 2014
mla19 in Southern New England

Philly weekend - meals with and w/o kids

Thanks, everyone! Sorry about all the restaurant name typos. I wrote the post quickly from my iphone.

Anyway, I appreciate all the great suggestions and the vote of confidence to try Zahav at 5pm. We drag our older daughter to restaurants often so she sort of knows the drill (as best as a toddler can). And the younger one is still small enough to hopefully sleep or sit quietly in her carrier.

This trip isn't until July so I'll look into Laurel as a date night option as well as the others. I didn't recognize Laurel at first, but I should have since I watched this past season of Top Chef!

Oh and we (including our older daughter) ate at Amada in the Encore hotel in Atlantic City two summers ago and had a great meal. My husband usually dislikes tapas but loved Amada.

Mar 25, 2014
mla19 in Philadelphia

Philly weekend - meals with and w/o kids

Hi! We plan to take a trip from the NYC area to Philly for a long weekend this summer with our 2.5 year old toddler and infant. We'll mostly be doing kid friendly activities but would love to get some good meals in. If we ate very early, could we swing Pizza Vetri and/or Zahav? We'll definitely hit Federal Donuts at the very least.

If we can get a sitter, would love one meal without kids. Serpico really appeals bc Momofuku Ko is one of my favorites here in NYC but should we try something less similar to home? We've already done Bilbou. We eat all kinds if food/no budget. Just looking for a great meal worthy of a sitter cost :-) Thanks!

Mar 25, 2014
mla19 in Philadelphia

Reader's Poll Bday Dinner: Gato vs. Ma Peche Dim Sum

Went last night to Ma Peche. Thought the dim sum was great and lots of fun. As a previous poster said, the carts usually only had 1 or 2 servings so not ideal for a large group, BUT Ma Peche still offers a large format meal for big groups (not sure of the details but it's on their website). A very large group was there last night and everything they were served looked amazing. Worth looking into.

Mar 15, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Rincon Taqueria in Norwalk - Wow

Thanks for the report. I've read a few other glowing reviews and definitely need to try this place!

Mar 08, 2014
mla19 in Southern New England

Michael White to take over at Bedford Post Inn

I'm also very excited. Having Michael White's pasta in Westchester is something to celebrate!

Mar 06, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

8 hours, 3 meals, NYC | Seafood! French!

Oops Nazawaka is also $120-150 before tax, tip and drinks so also pretty impossible to do with a $200 budget if you're looking to have a real lunch, too.

Feb 28, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

8 hours, 3 meals, NYC | Seafood! French!

Ko would eat up much of your $200 total budget at $125pp for dinner before tax, tip and drinks. And Di Fara, while awesome, is a schlep from Manhattan and usually features long (1-2 hr) waits. So it wouldn't work in your limited time. Your other options all seem doable though again, your lunch plus dinner will likely total over $200 unless you order very selectively.

Feb 28, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Lower Westchester bars/restaurants with quality cocktails

Only slightly less off topic to the OP's request but if one finds him or herself farther up north, there is an awesome cocktail bar in Westport, CT called Luxe. A really special place and a rarity in the 'burbs.

Feb 26, 2014
mla19 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Quick note on Laduree SoHo

I am no macaron aficionado but Pierre Herme's in Paris were divine. Have not had ones as good since, including Laduree. If only he would open up shop in NYC.

Feb 19, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan

Last Hurrah Before Baby - Pls help me pick spot

Duplicating this post from the Manhattan board due to some choices being in the other boroughs. Thanks!

Hello! Going out for my birthday in March, about a month before my due date for baby #2. Given dietary restrictions, inability to drink alcohol and general back pain prohibiting bar stool dining (sigh), I've narrowed down my choices to the following. If anyone has been to any or all, would love some insight. Thanks!

M Wells Steakhouse
All'Onda
Costata
American Cut
Juni
Dover

Feb 19, 2014
mla19 in Outer Boroughs

Last Hurrah Before Baby - Pls help me pick spot

Hello! Going out for my birthday in March, about a month before my due date for baby #2. Given dietary restrictions, inability to drink alcohol and general back pain prohibiting bar stool dining (sigh), I've narrowed down my choices to the following. If anyone has been to any or all, would love some insight.

Will post on the Outer Borough board too b/c of M Wells/Dover. Thanks!

M Wells Steakhouse
All'Onda
Costata
American Cut
Juni
Dover

Feb 19, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan