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Good Fried Chicken in the City

I haven't been there in a while, but I used to LOVE the fried chicken at the Redhead, in the east village.

Aug 21, 2014
deeg in Manhattan

Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

I was just coming in to post my update :)
We ended up at Ivan Ramen - the wait wasn't bad at all (around 20 minutes on a saturday night for 4 people, at 8pm). Everyone loved it! We had the meatballs and chinese broccoli to start, two of us had the triple pork mazemen, one had shoyu ramen, and one had the the 4-cheese mazemen. All tasted great, but the 4-cheese mazemen eater had a bit of a stomachache the following day - I think it was a bit too heavy for him (he was supposed to share it with me, but then ate it too fast!). Followed it all up with sugar sweet sunshine for dessert.

Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions! Even though we went with my original plan, I've added a lot of your recs to my must-try list.

Aug 21, 2014
deeg in Manhattan

Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

I think if it could be about $20-30pp for main dish + one or two shared apps, including tax/tip (no alcohol), that would be ideal. Or something in that ballpark.

Aug 11, 2014
deeg in Manhattan

Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

I have friends visiting from out of town this weekend, and I'm looking for ideas for where to take them, especially for Saturday night dinner. I want to find someplace fun and interesting, that they can't easily get at home (Boston). We're all students so don't have a ton of money, so nothing too expensive. Also trying to stay downtown - below 23rd st.

In terms of what I'm thinking - last time we went to Caracas Arepas and that was great - good food, sort of different but still very accessible, and price was amazing (I think we spent like $20pp). Right now I'm thinking maybe Ivan Ramen, but open to other ideas. Thanks!

Aug 11, 2014
deeg in Manhattan

Post-wedding brunch on a budget

while I totally agree, for my family this is non-negotiable. We have a lot of people flying in from out of the country, and my parents feel that we have to also plan a brunch. It's also part of the tradition in my family - everyone else who has gotten married has done one (as well as a lot of other events which I'm skipping b/c NYC is too damn expensive!). So I'm just trying to find a way to do it without having to spend a crazy amount of money!

Jan 14, 2014
deeg in Manhattan

Post-wedding brunch on a budget

Hi hounders,
I'm getting married this June, and am trying to plan a post-wedding brunch for the day after since a lot of the guests are traveling from out of town. I'm hoping to keep costs as low as possible, since we're already paying for a whole wedding the night before.
A few requirements:
- Available saturday (bc the wedding is a friday) - timing is flexible, but probably around 11-1.
- Large - our wedding is for about 200 people, so I'm guessing the brunch will be about 100ish.
- Alcohol is not necessary
- indifferent between buffet, served, etc. But want more than just a continental breakfast (which is what our hotel offered us, for $60pp!).

I'm happy to go with something casual. My ideal would be to have a large space where we can bring in bagels, juice, fruit, etc but finding a large, inexpensive space in nyc is not so easy (my apartment definitely won't do!). Another idea is dim sum, but I'm not sure about where/prices. Doing it at a restaurant would also be good but hard to find one that's not too expensive. Any other ideas or suggestions you might have would be hugely appreciated.
Thank you!!

Jan 14, 2014
deeg in Manhattan

Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry - moving?!

A friend went this past Tuesday and said there were signs about a move, but didn't pay enough attention to get any details.

Oct 31, 2013
deeg in Manhattan

Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry - moving?!

Does anyone know if Tasty Dumpling, the cheap dumpling place on Mulberry & Bayard, is moving? Any info on when, or what the new location is?
Thanks!

Oct 31, 2013
deeg in Manhattan

Nassau County Restaurant Rec Please - for a gift

I want to buy my parents a gift card for a restaurant on Long Island - they live in Nassau County, and pretty much anywhere in Nassau would be fine (or on the border between Nassau & Suffolk).
I'm hoping that I can spend $75 and get them a decent meal for two - it should cover a shared app, 2 entrees, and shared dessert (no drinks). I haven't lived on LI in a while so I'm not sure what place would be best. I'm open to all types of restaurants - they just don't like anything spicy (AT ALL!), and aren't really into Italian.
Any ideas? Thank you!!!

Lunch near NYU

I recently started working near NYU (W. 4th & Mercer) and am looking for some good, cheap lunch spots (<$10). Preferably a 10 minute walk or less. Any suggestions? Any and all types of food are fine - take-out or sit-down (understandably sit-down may be a little pricier). Also, are there any good food carts/trucks in the area?

Thank you!

Jun 07, 2012
deeg in Manhattan

Fun, hip place for Friday dinner near Madison Square Park and the Ace Hotel?

In the Ace Hotel, the Breslin is great. Haven't tried John Dory Oyster Bar but it's also supposed to be very good.

Jun 07, 2012
deeg in Manhattan

Pasta with Chickpeas ?

Anyone know where I can get a pasta w/chickpeas dish? They used to have it at Zero Otto Nove, but sadly it's been taken off the menu. Have you seen it anywhere else?

Thank you!

May 30, 2012
deeg in Manhattan

Scarpetta - Is the spaghetti w/tomato THAT good??

I got the spaghetti! And it really was that good.

Everything was delicious (amazing bread basket, polenta w/mushrooms, foie & duck ravioli, baby goat) but the spaghetti really was such a tasty, simple dish. So glad I ordered it.

Feb 13, 2012
deeg in Manhattan

Scarpetta - Is the spaghetti w/tomato THAT good??

I'm going to scarpetta soon, and have heard so much about the spaghetti that I really want to try it. But.... it is just spaghetti in tomato sauce. Is it that good? Better than the other pastas? I probably won't be back at scarpetta any time soon (the last time I was there was 2 years ago) so I want to order as well as possible :)

Thanks!

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Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Feb 09, 2012
deeg in Manhattan

Kid-friendly brunch near Brooklyn Botanical Garden?

Hello!
Heading to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this weekend with the family and wanted to get brunch beforehand, around noon. I'm not too familiar with the area - any suggestions on what would be good? Best if they take reservations, since we'll have tickets for a specific time at the garden.

Thanks!

Jan 06, 2011
deeg in Outer Boroughs

Scarpetta - solo dining?

Would Scarpetta be ok for a solo diner? I see they have a bar, am I (female, late 20's) likely to feel comfortable eating there on my own on a Monday night, around 7pm, or will it be very crowded? I've eaten at the restaurant before, and have been itching to go back to try the spaghetti w/tomato & basil - I'm on my own tomorrow night and figure it could be a good time to try it. What do you think?

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Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Jul 25, 2010
deeg in Manhattan

Snacks in the City - what's your favorite?

Thank you! This will definitely keep me busy.

And I know that pun was awful, but it was better than the movie.

Jul 04, 2010
deeg in Manhattan

Snacks in the City - what's your favorite?

Sorry for the lame pun, I saw Sex and the City 2 yesterday.

Anyway, I'm a student, in NY for the summer with my days mostly free. I like to plan some places to go in order to give my day structure, and that includes trekking around the city in search of delicious treats! I'd like things on the cheap side (around $10 or less), any type of food, any part of the city. What are you favorites??

I've lived in NY before so I already have some places on my list (pretzel croissants, dumpling man, cheese rock from big booty bread co), but I'd love to add some more.

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2010
deeg in Manhattan

30th Birthday Celebrate - Recs please!

Just wanted to thank everyone for the great recommendation. Perbacco couldn't have been better! The service was spectacular - I had mentioned in my reservation that it was a birthday, so they had a little card waiting for the birthday boy, everyone wished him a happy birthday, we got a really nice table, and were treated to a free dessert. The food was AMAZING - we split the peach salad to start, then did a 2-pasta tasting (the short rib ragout and the raviora with ricotta & asparagus), then the duck & scallops for our main. Each dish was better than the last! (although I think the asparagus pasta and scallops were the favorites). We were stuffed but went with the caramel gelato for dessert - delicious, especially with the salt- and they brought over the "ugly-but-good" hazelnut cookies as a treat, which were such a lovely consistency and had such a nice flavor. Ooh, and I got a 'girly' drink to start- Prosecco with strawberry - and it came with the most delicious candied strawberry, such a nice little treat. Afterward we went to the Top of the Mark for a drink, was lovely but we were too full to properly enjoy it!
All in all, a great meal and a fabulous experience. Thanks again!

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Top of the Mark
Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

Jun 26, 2010
deeg in San Francisco Bay Area

30th Birthday Celebrate - Recs please!

Thanks everyone! I made a res at Perbacco and will plan on going to Top of the Mark afterward- sounds great! Hopefully the boyfriend will like it :)

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Top of the Mark
Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

Jun 16, 2010
deeg in San Francisco Bay Area

30th Birthday Celebrate - Recs please!

Hi! The boyfriend just hit the big 3-0, and I want to take him someplace special. We're from NY but will be in San Francisco next week, so I'd love to surprise him with a really lovely evening - an amazing dinner followed by drinks someplace 'cool' (nice setting, etc). Any suggestions? We're staying near Union Square, some someplace that's easily reachable by foot or public transport would be great. Any type of food. Price - say up to $150 total.
Thanks!

Jun 15, 2010
deeg in San Francisco Bay Area

Saturday Group, around Flatiron?

Hi! Trying to plan a dinner for 10 people this saturday. 5 are from far away (Norway & Belgium), and I'd like to take them someplace with good food and a fun atmosphere, so that they have a good experience. A lot of us are students, so not too expensive would be preferable - say around $40 per person (including sharing some wine), and a BYO would be great. We're all in our mid/late 20's. Also, we have a party to go to afterwards in the flatiron district, so not too far from there would be ideal.

Thanks for any recs!!

Aug 25, 2009
deeg in Manhattan

Any good deals/specials?

It seems that lately some restaurants are offering different specials/deals, which is a nice way to go out without killing my budget. Maybe we can try to round them up here?

I'll start with the two I know -
Irving Mill - $15 burger and beer on Mondays
(great burger!)

Mermaid Inn - $20 Lobster Roll & beer in Feb (daily, 5:30 - 7:30)
I think they'll have a new special for March, not sure what.

Any more?

Feb 27, 2009
deeg in Manhattan

Bar Blanc, Allegretti, or Scarpetta?

Going to a celebratory dinner on friday - which of those would be best? Another option is Macao Trading Co. Open to any other suggestions in that price range, prefer below 34th st, any type of food besides sushi.

Thanks!

Jan 06, 2009
deeg in Manhattan

Brunch in Barcelona?

Pretty sure Milk, in barrio gotico, has a weekend brunch. Also you can get a pretty good breakfast/brunch at the cafe Laie on Pau Claris (upstairs from the bookstore).

May 09, 2008
deeg in Spain/Portugal

Back in NYC for a week, where to go?

I've been out of the country for about a year, and now I'm back in Manhattan for a little over 1 week... are there any places I should make sure to go? Of course I'm going to hit up a few of my favorites, and make sure to get a good cheeseburger and some bagels. Where would you make sure to go if you were in my position??

Dec 21, 2007
deeg in Manhattan

Can Ros or Can Majo for paella in Barcelona?

I ended up at Can Ros. The paella was really good (we got one regular and one with noodles instead of rice) but the restaurant was verrrrry quiet. Also the sangria was way too sweet.

Nov 11, 2007
deeg in Spain/Portugal

Can Ros or Can Majo for paella in Barcelona?

I've heard both are good... how do they compare in terms of food quality, price, atmosphere, etc? Or is there a better place you'd recommend?

Also, does anyone know if these are open on Sunday night?

Thanks!

Oct 14, 2007
deeg in Spain/Portugal

Dinner with Dad - need parking nearby!

Today!

Aug 23, 2007
deeg in Manhattan

Dinner with Dad - need parking nearby!

He also wouldn't want bar food (burgers, fries, etc). Other than that I think he's pretty open to types of food. Places we've gone to in the past have been Esperanto, Yaffa and Lucy's Latin Kitchen - he thought all were fine, although didn't seem to LOVE any.

Aug 23, 2007
deeg in Manhattan