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dinner near Battery Park City?

It really depends on how far you are willing to walk. The suggestions for WFC are definitely the closest, although I'm not really a fan of eating there at dinner. Kinda depressing in an office-parkish way. Plus in March you probably won't be able to eat outside on the harbor.

If you are willing to walk across West st. into Tribeca, some of the closer options that you might consider are Blaue Gans (spacious, bustling bistro with good Austrian/German food); Bouley Upstairs (no reservations so depends on what day/time you are looking for); Nam (upscale-ish Vietnamese in comfortable setting) or Duane Park Cafe.

Feb 22, 2008
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Kee's Chocolate--favorite flavors?

Love the black sesame!

Feb 15, 2008
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Ushi Wakamaru - Reopened!

Thanks. That's a great deal.

Jan 13, 2008
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Ushi Wakamaru - Reopened!

Great report. One question- how much did this 15 piece sushi omakase cost?
Thank you!

Jan 13, 2008
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New pizzeria in Tribeca?

It's called Dean's. I believe there is one on the UWS also, and I want to say it is affiliated with Patsy's pizza, but I'm not positive on that point. I actually walked by it on Greenwich the other day and asked some guys painting the door when it will open, and was told Jan 2. Let's hope so, it's been in construction the past 6 months. Could use a new pizza joint in the neighborhood.

Dec 23, 2007
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Best Bahn Mi in Chinatown, Manhattan

My favorite is bahn mi saigon, and in addition to the #1, i think the chicken is quite tasty.

I'm not crazy about bahn mi so 1 because they put butter or some sort of buttery spread on the bread that i didn't like.

Paris was just ok. I only go there if I want a place to sit down and eat, but it lacks the vegetables that I like (no cucumber last time) and the bread is sometimes too crunchy (too long in the toaster)

Haven't tried Sau Voi yet, that's next on my list.

Dec 21, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Are you a cheap date?

Malatesta
Cafe Asean
Bun

Dec 10, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

waffle truck in front of Fairway's (74th)

I recently noticed the truck in Soho on Broadway during the week and stopped for a waffle. I was told they can be found in Soho on the weekdays and UWS on weekends.

I ordered a plain liege waffle, no toppings, and while the taste was good with nice sugar crystals, the texture was really disappointing. I spent last christmas eating my way through Belgium and tried more than my share of liege waffles, which I loved for the slightly crispy exterior and chewy texture. But this one was consistently soft and mushy throughout, like it was microwaved instead of cooked in a hot waffle iron. Maybe he didn't cook it long enough, or the iron wasn't hot enough. I have no idea. But I'm willing to give it another try because there is nothing tastier than a liege waffle on a cold winter day!

Dec 09, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Help! - not too sportsbar-ish place to watch Steelers game Sunday

For his birthday, a friend has requested to get a group together to watch the Steelers NFL game on Sunday. I don't think we can watch it at one of our homes, since the networks will probably show the Jets game instead. So.. that leaves a sportsbar/restaurant that will be showing this particular game.

Here's my question - several of us (out of 6 total) are not exactly football fans, and would prefer to just enjoy the company of our friends and hopefully have some fairly good food (better than typical bar fare). Can anyone think of someplace other than a typical sports bar that will be more enjoyable (in terms of food, atmosphere) for non-hardcore football fans.

I heard Hill Country shows NFL games downstairs. Has anyone watched games there? Several of us are big BBQ fans.

Thanks!!

Dec 07, 2007
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Can't get reservation for Sat. night w/ parents - please help!

I agree Fresh is a great seafood option downtown. I had a very pleasant meal there recently, and recommend it highly.

Dec 05, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

$100 to burn!

Given the $100 budget, you might get more bang for your buck at an upscale vietnamese restaurant for example. I like Nam in Tribeca, OMai in Chelsea and Bao 111 in E. Village. All have stylish and modern decor, not too fancy as you specified. You could order an assortment of dishes to share, they have delicious grilled meats, lots of seafood options and yummy rolls and appetizers. And you should have money left over for wine or cocktails.

Dec 02, 2007
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Zucker's in Tribeca finally open

Just returned from lunch at Zucker's Original Bagels and Smoked Fish on Chambers St. in Tribeca. It finally opened this weekend! I believe it is owned by someone affiliated with Murray's bagels. The menu is mainly smoked fish, but I did notice pastrami listed on the menu. Speaking of the menu, it is written in white on a mirror behind the counter and is practically impossible to read because of glare from the lighting, but hopefully that will get worked out. Also, prices would be nice. There are no prices listed anywhere yet, and when I overheard a customer ask about the salmon prices, he was told they didn't have prices printed yet. Judging from the crowd there, people didn't seem too concerned with that though..

Had a bagel sandwich with Sturgeon and cream cheese, spinach knish and large mushroom barley soup. With a water, it came to $22. They kept the bagel open faced and really piled on the sturgeon, which was delicious. The bagel tasted just like Murray's bagels, which is fine with me. The soup was really great, very fresh tasting. I'll definitely be back to try their other fish. A lot.

This place is bound to be a success. There is such a dearth of casual, affordable eateries in the neighborhood. There were a lot of families today, and I imagine will get lots of students during the week on their way to the Manhattan community college a few blocks down. Overall, a great addition to the neighborhood.

Nov 10, 2007
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ISO nice-ish lunch spot near 70th and Park

Just a quick report on our lunch: We chose Via Quadronno as a counterpoint to all the fancy dinners they have planned during their trip. It was great! They loved the authentic italian neighborhood feel, and the quirky but cozy decor. We started with soups as they are big soup fans - pureed vegetable medley. Very tasty and light. Then shared a couple of paninis, and a smoked salmon tartine. We all loved the hot crusty bread of the paninis, my favorite being one with speck, brie and pate. (It was listed on their menu as their "award-winning" panini). We finished the meal with a scoop of gelato each (the banana was great) and a delicious cappucino.

A perfect casual, fun and memorable lunch. Thank you for the recommendation.

Nov 06, 2007
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Best New England Clam Chowder

I agree with Pearl's, and I also love it at The Lobster Place at Chelsea Market. I wasn't as crazy about the version at Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Nov 06, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

ISO nice-ish lunch spot near 70th and Park

Thank you! I love both of these ideas. Cafe Boulud looks lovely, and definitely the type of place I'm sure my aunt and uncle would enjoy. I also love the idea of a light panini lunch at Via Quadronno, especially since their dinner reservation is at 5:30, so I'm going to run both ideas by them and let them choose.

Thank you again. These are perfect.

Nov 01, 2007
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ISO nice-ish lunch spot near 70th and Park

I'm taking a visiting aunt and uncle to an art exhibit at 70th and Park Tuesday afternoon, and wanted to find a nearby spot for lunch afterwards. They are in their 70s, and I was hoping not to have to walk far, preferably within 5 blocks. They have an early dinner reservation at Jean Georges, so lunch really doesn't need to be too fancy or a big production. But I'd like something fairly nice. I'm not familiar with this neighborhood - any thoughts?

Thank you!

Oct 31, 2007
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Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl

The Lobster Place! I can't speak for the one on Bleeker, but the one in Chelsea Market has delicious clam chowder, and you can order it in a bread bowl.

Oct 29, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Half Price Bottles of Wine on Tuesdays

I think all the Petite Abeille locations have the half price wine deals. Mondays they do half price belgian beers.

Oct 23, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Quiet-ish spot for a drink near City Hall park

Thanks for this suggestion. It looks perfect.

Oct 23, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

World Financial Center - am I truly screwed?

There is a good italian deli on Greenwich between Chambers and Warren called Pane Peppe. It's about 4 blocks from WFC. Really good fresh sliced italian meats, and reasonably priced (most sandwiches are around $7.50). Apparently they used to run an italian grocery store in Little Italy.

http://www.panepeppe.com/home.html

Oct 23, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Quiet-ish spot for a drink near City Hall park

Thanks, I've been meaning to check that place out sometime. But is there anywhere even closer to City Hall park. Like within 5 blocks?

Oct 22, 2007
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Quiet-ish spot for a drink near City Hall park

Looking for a place near City Hall park to grab a post-work drink with a friend. Preferably somewhere not too loud, and not a sports bar. Something like a wine bar would be ideal. Hoping not to have to walk west into Tribeca.

Thanks!

Oct 22, 2007
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Ice Cream Sodas

Oct 18, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

what is the purple-ish named restaurant i am thinking of?

Prune?

Oct 18, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Looking for "jai" in chinatown

thank you HLing! sounds like you know exactly what i'm looking for. i'll check these places out.

Oct 17, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Looking for "jai" in chinatown

Thank you! I'll have to check it out at these places.

I'd love to find a place that really specializes in this. My fear is that sometimes when I find it listed at restaurants where it is not a specialty, it tastes more like plain old stir fried vegetables. I love the vegetables to be really soft with lots of tofu skins and mushrooms and wood ear...delish.

Oct 16, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Looking for "jai" in chinatown

I'm dying to find this dish I grew up eating in San Francisco and I'm hoping those familiar with Chinatown here know where to get this. We call it jai in cantonese and it's basically vegetables and tofu all cooked together, and is traditionally eaten by monks in china. One particular type I love is a combination of eight ingredients called "Lo hon jai"

Can anyone please help me get my jai fix?
Thanks!

Oct 14, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Upscale Vietnamese?

I've had some good meals at Safran. I didn't love their rolls, but I did love the green papaya/beef salad and luc loc beef. Some of the best I've had. Had a great fried fish dish there too.

Sep 18, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Great Lunch Place on a Budget in tribeca?

Also, there's a Thai place called 35 Restaurant on Lispenard and Church (right by the new Colombe coffee shop). I've been meaning to check it out but supposedly it has great lunch specials. You can choose an appetizer and an entree from their menu for 7.95. I've heard it's not bad. Worth checking it.
http://www.35restaurant.com/index.html

Sep 18, 2007
lchang in Manhattan

Italian in Tribeca?

Pepolino on West Broadway (I recently saw Mario Batali eating there if that is any endorsement!)
And just north of Tribeca:
Aurora on Broome
Giorgione on Spring

Sep 17, 2007
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