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One night in Saint Paul

I am traveling to Saint Paul from NY for business in a few weeks and will be spending one night at the Saint Paul Hotel. Any recommendations for where to eat relatively close to there. I will be eating with one colleague. I'm not looking for the hottest, most cutting edge place, just good food and atmosphere. Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
pcwd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Early dinner with a toddler

Probably around 5:30. Thanks!

Oct 18, 2013
pcwd in Manhattan

Early dinner with a toddler

We are taking our toddler son to Chelsea Piers Sunday afternoon, then need to end up near Penn Station. Looking for somewhere family friendly to eat an early dinner somewhere in between the two locations. He is generally very well-behaved and there no real restrictions on types of food.

Oct 18, 2013
pcwd in Manhattan

Downtown Lunch

I started working near the Staten Island Ferry terminal and I'm looking for new lunch places for informal meetings and catching up with friends. Somewhere with waiter service, but not fancy or expensive. I'm already burned out on the places on Stone Street, and I'm not a huge fan of the pub at Fraunces Tavern. I'm willing to walk as far north as Wall Street. Any suggestions?

Oct 25, 2012
pcwd in Manhattan

ISO: Sunday breakfast/brunch for group of 15 on UWS

Ditch Plains at 82nd and Amsterdam has a semi-private room that would be perfect for that sized crowd, and the food is very good (same owner as Landmarc, and similar price point). Like Landmarc, it is very kid friendly for brunch, so not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

Oct 25, 2012
pcwd in Manhattan

Dinner near the Westin?

I am coming to Minneapolis in a few weeks for business and staying at the Westin. I am looking for somewhere relatively close by for dinner where I would be comfortable eating alone and total bill is $50 or under (I'm not a drinker so no alcohol included). No specific type of food required. Thanks!

Oct 18, 2012
pcwd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

I am a big fan of Perfecto's at 92nd and Broadway - it is attached to a Greek place. Very good NY pizza by the slice. As others have said before me, it is critical to distinguish between "pizza by the slice" type pizza and more brick oven style pizza with a crispier crust.

May 14, 2012
pcwd in Manhattan

Anniversary

Looking for a place for our 10th anniversary in late June. Anywhere in Manhattan, though the closer to the UWS, the better. Will spend $100 per person before drinks. I want an interesting, NYC atmosphere without being super trendy or snooty - we are yuppies who shop at Brooks Brothers. Unique yet not the flavor of the month. Value is important - we're fairly big eaters. Don't want traditional French places. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Mar 30, 2012
pcwd in Manhattan

Pubs with good bar food - UWS

Slightly out of your range, but Firehouse on Columbus around 85th has really good burgers and wings.

Feb 15, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

sushi places for a 1st date...

It has definitely gotten mixed reviews - I personally like it, as do many others, but others definitely do share your opinion. However, please note that Poke has moved down the street to a bigger, nicer location.

Feb 14, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

sushi places for a 1st date...

If you live in the general neighborhood, I like Poke on the UES. Not quite as trendy as some of the others, but good sushi in a nice atmosphere - most of the folks there are couples. As someone who recently got engaged after years of first dates, I can say for sure that places like Nobu are not appropriate for a first date - too glitzy, and way too much money. Wait until you know her a bit better before spending that kind of money - don't be cheap, but by choosing sushi, you've probably already accomplished that. Another good spot that isn't only sushi but has some sushi and other good items, and a nice atmosphere is Citrus. Again, only if you are already uptown.

Feb 14, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

72nd and Amsterdam- Just Moved In

Some of these are repeats, but here goes:
Josie's - a little overpriced, but fairly healthy food
Good Enough to Eat: Best brunch in the neighborhood, but long lines
Swagat: inconsistent but usually good Indian
Cafe Ronda: Very good spot to eat or linger with a drink
Pasha: Nice turkish spot
Telepan: Great for a special occasion
Land: good, affordable Thai

Stay-aways:
Nice Matin: snooty service and over priced
Compass: overpriced, tries to be unique for the sake of being unique rather than for the sake of taste

Feb 14, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

looking for a yummy sandwich place on uws

Columbus Bakery is a nice spot, and if you're up for a walk, head down to Cafe Ronda in the low 70s for an excellent Cuban Sandwich. I am also a fan of Lenny's - a little pricy, but consistently one of the best deli sandwiches around.

Jan 29, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

Tribeca eats

Walker's is great for burgers. Square Diner is a great old fashioned diner too. Bazzini is a bit overpriced but has a very good selection. Sosa Borella is also a little nicer but has very good food in a nice atmosphere. Azafran has good tapas but is also pricier.

Jan 26, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

business lunch near marriott marquis

Sushi Zen and Sushiden (on 49th) are best bets for Sushi. Delfrisco has great steaks and the atmosphere you're probably looking for.

Jan 17, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

Birthday Cakes - Upper West Side

Buttercup is the best, but it isn't cheap. It is on 72nd, I believe between Columbus and Amsterdam/Broadway.

Jan 12, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

Looking for Ethnic cheap and cheerful on Upper Westside

Land is your best choice - good prices, food and atmosphere. Swagat at 80th and Broadway is fairly good Indian.

Jan 12, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

UES Saturday Brunch

I agree with a lot of the posts above. Sarabeth's is my favorite, but it could be a wait. Their flower juice is the best! I believe they take reservations for parties of 6 or more. Annie's is also a nice spot, though it also tends to be crowded. Some of my friends disagree, but I also like The Barking Dog, which is further east. For a quintessential New York brunch, these are three great options.

Jan 11, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

Great lunch spots near Natural History Museum?

Isabella's is your best bet - very convenient, lots of outdoor seating, good food. Bistro Citron at Columbus and 82nd isn't a bad option either for French bistro food with a very small outdoor area. Stay away from Cafe Frida - overpriced, mediocre service, not particularly good food. If you are looking for more casual, the Columbus Bakery suggestion also works.

Jan 05, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

30th Birthday for my wife

Crispo is a great suggestion - I think they would give you the back room, which is a nice spot and should be the right size. The atmosphere there, particularly in the back room, is excellent, and the food is great too.

Jan 03, 2007
pcwd in Manhattan

Lunch today Dec 28, currently in West midtown

I'm blanking on any great suggestions but I work a few blocks away and just returned from the local salad place and want to warn you that it will take a long time to get anywhere as the neighborhood is overrun with tourists - this year is much worse than years past. The only place I can think of that is remotely different and interesting but not too expensive is Yum Thai on 44th and 6th, but I think you want a bit nicer than that. Good luck!

Dec 28, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan

Maruzzella Ristorante

I'm a big Maruzzella fan - good food, attentive staff, reasonable prices. Back in my single days a few years ago this was a top choice date spot for me ;)

Dec 28, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan

Beacon Theater 2130 Broadway area- Looking for recs 4 good eats/pub

West Side Brewery is about a block away - I can't vouch for their food but it is a good place to grab a beer.

Dec 21, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan

Philadelphia restaurants near the Four Seasons

My knowledge is a bit dated, but I believe Nodding Head is owned by the same people as Monk's and is closer to the Four Seasons - someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Genji is great sushi and very close to where you'll be - not as good as Morimoto but nowhere near the price tag either.

Dec 20, 2006
pcwd in Pennsylvania

Business Lunch Far West Tribeca

Nobu also isn't far, as well as the new Wolfgang's - I haven't been there but I know it's very popular with the Citigroup crowd. Dylan is a good recommendation too. If she's willing to walk a bit further you get Bouley, Landmarc and Danube as options. For something less expensive, Sosa Borella can get crowded at lunchtime but has good food and atmosphere.

Dec 20, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan

Buddakan to be AVOIDED

I went on a Saturday night on the early side (around 7) and had a great experience. The waitress was surprisingly pleasant and helpful - I would expect more attitude at a place like that. Food was not cheap but not too bad - we had about 3 appetizers and shared an entree and a dessert and it was plenty (and we are big eaters) - it seems like the OP ordered a lot more. We got enough of the "scene" for our taste while still getting out of there before it became overrun by the beautiful people. I strongly recommend it.

Dec 18, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan

Client dinner in Philly

I haven't been in a while, but Buddakan has a second floor that you can probably rent out for a group - I've done it in the past for slightly larger groups. They can serve family style which works out very well as your clients can try a lot of different things off their excellent menu.

Dec 13, 2006
pcwd in Pennsylvania

Large group in Atlanta

Other suggestions above are great, but if you want to splurge a little bit one night, there are several Maggiano's in town that might meet your needs. Since it is family style food in huge portions, you need to order far less than one entree per person so for a big group the pricing isn't nearly as bad. And the food (red sauce Italian) is teen-friendly and pretty good.

Dec 13, 2006
pcwd in General South Archive

Best Steak House in NYC?

I really did not like Peter Luger on my one visit. I generally prefer a filet to a porterhouse, so the cut of meat just doesn't taste good to me. And I hated the atmosphere - I went a few summers ago and I thought the building was not nearly as nice as even an average Manhattan spot, it was a major trek to get there, and most of the clientele looked like a bunch of tourists in their jeans and t-shirts - very little class.

Dec 12, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan

Lunch on 58th St. or Nearby

I have only been for dinner, but Brasserie 8 1/2 is a nice spot that fits the location requested - it is on 57th St.

Dec 12, 2006
pcwd in Manhattan