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Not Happy With Fairway

I'm so glad to read this thread. I used to love Fairway and it surely has changed in recent years. I thought maybe it just a matter of my maturing tastes but clearly, it's not just me. What a shame

Aug 12, 2015
mla19 in Chains
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First Trip to San Sebastián

Wow thank you for this info. Will consider a few nights in Bilbao

Aug 11, 2015
mla19 in Spain/Portugal

First Trip to San Sebastián

My husband and I are planning a five night stay for late next June. As overtired parents to young kids, our main goal is to relax and eat well. I've read up quite a bit and I think I've settled on four of our five meals per the below list.

If this were your first trip, what would you pick as your fifth meal (which suggestion needs not be our last meal of the trip). So far, I've toyed with Arzak (but can't say I've been too excited reading people's thoughts here), Azurmendi (but I don't know if we want to deal with two travel days outside SS) or Zuberoa (whose menu appeals as a change of pace but is it worth the price?). Any help is appreciated!!

-Two Pixtos hopping nights
-Lunch at Asador Extebarri
-Lunch at Aklelarre

Aug 10, 2015
mla19 in Spain/Portugal

Appetit Bistro, Port Chester, NY

Just went for the first time tonight and loved it. Another hit in Port Chester! Can't wait to have cozy meals here when the weather cools down.

Casual in Port Chester (Westchester County)?

All fine suggestions but I'm with 51rich and would easily pick Gemelos over Bar Taco (yuck), Tarry (eh) or the PC Beer Hall (haven't been but haven't heard anything too great). Gemelos is cheap and delicious. Hard to beat for a pre-show meal.

Philly overnight with kids

That's it! Interesting article

Jul 28, 2015
mla19 in Philadelphia

Philly overnight with kids

Hi again! Just read the Washington Post article about Philly dining. Is there anywhere on Passyunk that might work for an early dinner with kids? Le Virtu, Bregantessa or Townsend maybe? Like most little ones, our girls love pasta :-)

Jul 28, 2015
mla19 in Philadelphia

Philly overnight with kids

Thanks!! Abe Fisher definitely appeals to us but worried it may not work for the kids.

I will definitely check out Spruce Street Park! Thanks!

We're staying in Philly proper at the Lowes so don't need any recs near Sesame Place. And there's been a Max Brenner in NYC for at least a decade now and it's rather terrible. Hoping to never have to go there again!

Thanks, All!

Jul 21, 2015
mla19 in Philadelphia

Brother Jimmy's Stamford: Yikes

Wasn't expecting much and have been to several Brother Jimmy's in NYC but tonight's visit was atrocious. Terrible service, including a ridiculously long wait for our meals and beers, and our server failing to comp our children's' meals per their highly publicized "Kids Eat Free" promo until we made her change the bill. The food was equally terrible and tasteless. I'd been down on Dinosaur BBQ after my last visits but compared to this, it's legit. Oh well.

Jul 21, 2015
mla19 in Southern New England

Philly overnight with kids

Were taking our young kids to Sesame Place again this summer and combining it with a night in Philly. I have a tentative early dinner reservation at the Dandelion. Last summer, we did dinners at Pizzeria Vetri and Zahav with them and also hit Federal Donuts and Franklin Fountain ice cream. Is there anything new we should try or anything we've missed? Our kids are almost 4 and 16 months and we're coming from the NYC area. Thanks!

Jul 20, 2015
mla19 in Philadelphia

Help me plan please [Lower Westchester County]

I can confirm that Gemelos consolidated both restaurants into the newer space around the corner. We've been a few times and it's as great as ever. I hope others realize this change and it doesn't hurt their overall business.

PS also agree on the KB and Acuario recs. All three are great spots

Ramen in Westchester?

Not Westchester, I know, but depending where you are in the county, Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield, CT is really great and worth a visit (don't skip their dumplings either)

Nessa, PortChester

Zeppoleme closed but looks like they're turning it into an Italian market and wine bar?!

Agreed on Nessa. Loved it at first but seemed less great all around with each passing visit. Haven't been back in a few years and would be very curious to hear an updated review.

Moving offices to Midtown East ... I need new lunch options!

I'm right near you but my company provides free lunch via Seamless so I mostly stick to ordering that way. On that note, my favorite, healthier option is Akdeniz, a Turkish spot on 46th btw 5th and 6th. A bit far for walking but if you happen to need a Seamless rec, don't hesitate to order from there.

Also, a Luke's Lobster opened recently right outside your door.

Apr 01, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

Best of the Cancun Hotel Zone

Hello! Visiting Cancun next month with two other couples, and each of our three year old daughters. My husband and I love food but we'll be limited here between the young kids and the fact that the two other families are not going to be inclined to go digging for good eats. Accordingly, if you had to eat in the Hotel Zone (we're staying at the Ritz), what are your best bets? We plan to get a sitter one night so an adults only suggestion is also requested. Thanks!

Mar 16, 2015
mla19 in Mexico

Ko reservation policy change

Just an update that the GM at Ko could not have been nicer and more accommodating to me. She called me Wed with an open spot and went out of her way to make sure we'd have a great time. And we did! A flawless and delicious meal! My two meals at Ko have been so memorable. Hope to have many more.

El Rey Coffee Bar

El Rey is so great. Loved reading this review. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 09, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

Greenwich/Stamford First Date

MRS - agreed on Le Penguin. It's the best spot in Greenwich. Delicious. Finally trying their sister place, Le Fat Poodle in a few weeks. Nice to finally have a restaurant or two to be excited about in Greenwich.

Mar 07, 2015
mla19 in Southern New England

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

We just go to Liebman's in Riverdale. Better food and fairly convenient for much of Westchester.

Ko reservation policy change

Thanks, Loraliff! Someone at Ko did respond to my email and they've put me on the wait list for that night should someone cancel. It's a nice gesture and I'm just generally glad that they responded and are trying to make the customer happy. We shall see...

Mar 03, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

Ko reservation policy change

In my opinion, that's a crummy thing to do. I was following their long standing policy and ready to sign on tomorrow at 10am on the dot for my 3/13 reservation. Instead, the restaurant changed their policy with no notice or "grace period" and thus a person who may have decided on a whim to log on to Ko's site 5 days ago, got my reservation.

Mar 02, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

Ko reservation policy change

Any idea when Ko announced the change from their long standing policy of taking reservations 10 days out to taking them 15 days out? I planned months ago to try for a birthday reservation tomorrow for 3/13 and I checked the Ko site several times in recent months to ensure I followed their ressie policy. Somehow, when I logged onto their website this morning, I saw that the reservation policy changed effective 2/23 and sure enough, 3/13 is already sold out. I can't imagine Ko gave much notice for the new policy, since I'm pretty sure the site still showed the 10 day policy in January and possibly parts of February.

Assuming I'm right, it's pretty terrible that they would change their red policy so suddenly without any sort of notice period. I sent an email to the restaurant, but have thus far gotten no response and not expecting to. Really frustrating and off-putting.

Mar 02, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

YELP's algorithm fail in Westchester

Agreed. Beyond Yelp, food blogs around here taut and praise food that wouldn't get a second glance in NYC. It drives me nuts, especially as NYC places operating at a much higher level, get critiqued all the time on their own local blogs (Serious Eats, Eater NY etc). In the burbs, the crappiest food passes for excellence.

ko or blanca?

I've only been to each once so I am not a great judge. But I can tell you that my one meal at Ko in 2011 was outstanding and I still think about it often. Hope to finally revisit, now in their new space, for my birthday in March. I ate at Blanca in 2012 and have no interest in going back.

Jan 29, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

Piora revisited- Fantastic dinner!!

So glad to read this. I went once with a friend when Piora was fairly new and loved everything about my meal, including the gorgeous room. I'm going back soon with my husband this time and am happy to hear it's still great. Agreed it doesn't seem to get the appreciation it deserves.

Jan 29, 2015
mla19 in Manhattan

The best of Connecticut?

In lower FFC, each of the Bill Taibe restaurants in Wesport are excellent and worthy of a stop (Le Farm, The Whelk and Kawa Ni). Also good:

Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield
Colony in Stamford or Fairfield
Brasitas in Stamford or Norwalk
Estia's in Darien
Espresso Neat (Darien and Westport) or Lorca (Stamford) for coffee
Rincon Taqueria in Norwalk
And Fortina is soon to open in Stamford. They'e already in Armonk and Rye Brook, NY and excellent

Jan 29, 2015
mla19 in Southern New England

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

Hmm I bet you were mischarged, which is a shame. Fortina's pricing is generally pretty reasonable, especially given it's tastier than most Westchester joints at a similar price point.

I'm Angry and I'm not Taking it Anymore! Westchester NY

Ok so not a cocktail and not entirely relevant but i must share a story about los gemelos in port chester. I just love that spot - its food and prices. The other day i order their lone red wine with my meal. It was listed on the menu at $10, which i thought was a bit steep for Gemelos but generally in line with the going rate for house wine by the glass. Five minutes later, the waitess plops an entire bottle of red wine on my table. Yup, that price was for a full BOTTLE.

There are some great and reasonable spots in Westchester for food and drink. They're just much fewer and farther between than NYC.

Fortina opening in Rye Brook

We tried Rye Brook last Saturday (a week ago) at 5pm with our young kids and another family. Service, food and amibiance were absolutely perfect - even better than our last visit in Armonk. By 630 the place was packed. They're going to kill it in both towns and I'm sure Stamford, too. While we were there, I saw Rob and John (2/3s of the owners). I suspect, at least for now, they'll travel back and forth through the night.

As for the food, our old favorites were as good as ever (tenderoni, burrata, pork braisole, bread pudding), but we tried their brussels bravas for the first time and they were pretty much the best side dish I've ever had. We ordered a second batch. We dine in NYC often and we think Fortina honestly stands up against its city counterparts. It's really that good.

Re the noise, I'm in my 30s and I'm a city mouse, so that stuff doesnt bother me (I actually prefer the energy of a crowd), but I think that atmosphere is par for the course with Fortina, and you either "get" their shtick or you dont.

Cosme soft opening

Went last night and looks like things haven't changed much. Food was outstanding but service, particularly from the hostess, was comically bad. Luckily, we enjoyed what we ate so much, that it made the slow/amateur service tolerable. The husk meringue dessert was to die for.

Nov 14, 2014
mla19 in Manhattan