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need help with where to eat in southern spain

Jeff,

If those suggestions are still available wold love to have them. I'm flying into Malaga in late March.

Dec 23, 2008
alexgourevitch in Spain/Portugal

need help with where to eat in southern spain

Ham,

Did you end up finding anywhere good? I'm going next March/April and looking for suggestions.

Dec 23, 2008
alexgourevitch in Spain/Portugal

Boston Dining Gift Certificates?

Are there any great Boston area restaurants that have gift certificates available online? Or even better, does Boston possess something similar to the Union Square Hospitality Group, where you can buy a gift certificate that is applicable to a number of high quality restaurants? (See https://ecommerce.custcon.com/Selecti...)

Aug 13, 2008
alexgourevitch in Greater Boston Area

15 People, Separate Room for Speech?

I'm looking for a restaurant in Manhattan where around 15 people could eat, and listen to a speaker give an informal talk. I know that the most conventional thing to do is reserve a room at a restaurant but we don't have the money for that. So I'm wondering if people know of a restaurant that has somewhat compartmenalized rooms that one can just reserve for dinner, and would be quiet enough to hear someone talk. It doesn't need to have any special, speech giving facilities. Thanks for any help! (The talk would be on a Thursday night.)

Jan 20, 2008
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Kosher Caterers in NYC area

Have people had experiences with any of the following Kosher caterers in the New York area?
Classic, Foremost, Simply Divine, Manna and Exquisite. We would love information on food quality, service quality, value, and hidden costs. My fiancee and I have noticed that Classic is considerably cheaper than the others, and we're wondering what kind of difference in quality it is. I cross-posted on the Kosher board, but thought there might be some people here with information and opinions who don't read it.

Sep 27, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Classic, Simply Divine, Manna, or Exquisite? NYC caterers

Have people had experiences with any of the following Kosher caterers in the New York area?
Classic, Foremost, Simply Divine, Manna and Exquisite. We would love information on food quality, service quality, value, and hidden costs. My fiancee and I have noticed that Classic is considerably cheaper than the others, and we're wondering what kind of difference in quality it is.

Sep 27, 2007
alexgourevitch in Kosher

Besh or Dickie Brennan's?

Just to report back, Dickie Brennan's was fantastic. They had a little trouble keeping eleven drink orders straight, mainly b/c four or five of us kept changing the order. But it meant we got extra drinks. The steaks were great, especially the ones with toppings - fresh crab, or surf and turf were especially great. Their crab cakes were amazing. And we got a private room, which was especially fun. Highly recommend for a special occasion in NO.

Apr 13, 2007
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Can't miss restaurants in NYC?

You can pick from the fancy one's listed above, but there are at least two things New York has that you have trouble finding anywhere else: great pastrami, and great bagels. Katz's is unmissable. Extraordinary, innovative, high class restaurants abound in many of the world's great cities, but only Montreal can come close to this quality of flavorful, peppery, succulent, thick-cut absolutely delicious beef. Katz's you must go to.
For bagels, I would go to Absolute Bagels up on Broadway between 107th and 108th - make sure to ask for the dark ones of whatever variety you choose (personal favorite is the everything bagel with scallion cream cheese). Or Murray's, on 6th between 12th and 13th.

Mar 15, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Best Argentinian?

I'd like to take a friend out for a great Argentinian steak, and I don't want to fly to Buenos Aires. Where's the best place in the area?

Feb 11, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Besh or Dickie Brennan's?

Ha, tell me what you really think. Unfortunately, Besh didn't have any availability for 15 people, so DB's it is. I'll report back to you all...

Jan 29, 2007
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Besh or Dickie Brennan's?

Thanks for that. What did you think about the steaks themselves?

Jan 16, 2007
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Besh or Dickie Brennan's?

I posted previously a question about where to go for a bachelor party. After consulting with my crew, which are more conservative eaters than I, we decided on steakhouse. Every Hound suggested Dicke Brennan, and nobody recommended Besh, but I'm wonder how big the difference is. I know that we plan to go to Harrah's afterwards anyway, and Besh has the location advantage. They seem comparable in price. Is it a big mistake to go to Besh over DB?

Jan 15, 2007
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Does New York mexican food really suck?

Well, having recently returned from San Diego, where I grew up, I am reminded that there are a lot of medium Mexican restaurants even in places where there should be good stuff (ie, San Diego). I will also say that people from the Southwest and Texas, myself included, have an over-nostalgic appraisal of 'authentic' Mexican cuisine, which then turns into non-credible claims that you can't find any really good Mexican cuisine anywhere in the city. This is silly. Just to name two places that stand out in NYC: The first is Tacqueria Y Fonda, on Amsterdam btw 107 and 108. They have great tacos (carnitas, lengua, though no sesos anymore), and their mole is ok. It's a great, cheap, Mexican meal. The second is Itzocan. Sure, it's not 'traditional,' but the chef is from Oaxaca and applied techniques he learned as a sous chef in France to Oaxacan cuisine. It's very creative and no reason not to call it 'Mexican.'

I half agree with the comments about 'Mexican' being too large and unhelpful a concept. If you're looking for some great tacos, like at Tacqueria y Fonda, that's different than looking for mole, and different again if you're looking for pozole (the only decent one I've found is at Noche Mexicana on weekends), and different again if you're looking for tamales. And so on and so forth.

Jan 12, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Lunch near 59th and Park?

Alas, I read this after I met my grandmother...

Jan 11, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Lunch near 59th and Park?

So just to report back, I ended up going to Bistro 60 because it was the closest to my grandmother's appointment. We arrived around 12:45 and easily found a table, but by 1:15 it was completely full and pretty noisy. The food was fine but uneven. The celeri remoulade was good, but the potato-leek soup tasteless and over-peppered. My grandmother's trout meuniere was, as she put it, "very good, but not trout meuniere!" I had a nice seafood salad - monkfish, salmon, scallops, shrimp, on a bed of mixed greens - but it was underdressed. I had to ask for dressing, and when they brought it to me, it was a different dressing. It turned out fine, but obviously not quite the seamless culinary experience one would prefer. My grandmother and I shared a bowl of three sorbets, which were just delicious, especially the mango and the sorbet. Finally, I noticed that a few chowhounders are sensitive to service - once things got busy, I think the wait-staff had trouble keeping it all together. I had to ask three times, and three different waiters, for more dressing for my salad. This seemed to trouble my grandmother more than me, and would probably have irritated those of you sensitive to service. Anyway, all in all, I would say it's a fine place to go, but there must be better.

Jan 11, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Lunch near 59th and Park?

By the way, thanks especially to those who gave warnings about noise levels. When I'm out with my grandmother, noise tends to be more important than the food itself in determining whether she enjoys herself...

Jan 10, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Lunch near 59th and Park?

Thanks a million everyone! Very helpful. Now I have to choose...

Jan 10, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Lunch near 59th and Park?

I am looking for a reasonable, quiet place to take my grandmother for lunch near 59th and Park. She walks fine but slowly, and has an appointment at that address, so if anyone could recommend a nice place near I would be very grateful!

Jan 09, 2007
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Two Nights in New Orleans

Would a taxi be unreasonable from downtown to Jacque-Imo's?

Dec 10, 2006
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Two Nights in New Orleans

Having looked at Emeril's, I think it's too expensive for us. Something a little less expensive would be good. (Although Emeril's does look like a lot of fun...)

Dec 09, 2006
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Two Nights in New Orleans

I'm going to be in New Orleans for two days, with a bunch of friends. Where should we absolutely not miss that won't break our bank? A number of them are real meat-eaters...

Dec 07, 2006
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

Bachelor Party Suggestion

I am taking my brother and a bunch of his friends to New Orleans for his bachelor party. We are congregating from various parts of the country, but nobody knows New Orleans. Any suggestions on where we should go? Optimal is a place that in some way features local cuisine, and can handle about ten to fifteen big guys with bigger appetites.

Dec 07, 2006
alexgourevitch in New Orleans

butter beans, fresh frozen to cook at home

Sorry took so long to respond, Pitu. I saw them at the Union Square Farmer's market. Though at this point I think the season's passed. August and September are the months to hunt for them. Sorry!!!

Oct 29, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

Well, just to report back on the Peruvian excursion. We went to Pio Pio and weren't that impressed. The Pisco Sours were good, though weak. The chicken was very tasty but no better than at other places I've been. And the huge mound of fried food was, again, tasty but nothing special. The ceviche was a touch better than the mains. But I think we're going to try some of the other places, even if they don't have Pisco Sours.

Oct 29, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Best Russian?

My grandmother comes from the old country, as they say, and she's pretty adamant that there's no point in going out for Russian food in New York. I'm hoping to prove her wrong, and surprise her, but I don't know where to go. Can anyone help?

Oct 04, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

Thanks for that folks, especially designerboy01. I'll report back when i get the chance!

Oct 04, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Best Peruvian in 5 Boroughs?

I've been to Coco Roco, and really enjoyed it, but was then told by a Peruvian that it's 'inauthentic'. Never quite sure what to make of that comment when I enjoy the food, but by the same token, I haven't been to any others as good as Coco Roco. I have also heard that there's good Peruvian in Queens. Anyhow, who knows where to go?

Sep 30, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Where are the best wings in NYC

Jacob,

Did you end up going to any of these? I'm curious because there are so many recommendations, and, besides the plurality for Dinosaur, not much agreement.

Sep 29, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

butter beans, fresh frozen to cook at home

You can sometimes get them at the Union Square farmer's market, but obviously, they are fresh, not frozen, there.

Sep 29, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan

Best Sushi in Village?

I'm new to the village, and wondering what the best sushi is, preferably not outrageously expensive. Thoughts?

Sep 29, 2006
alexgourevitch in Manhattan