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What to wear - dress code

We had dinner at Eleven madison last week. At the next table were two college students and one Dad. The student were leaving the next day for school.

Both were in jeans and got the same stellar service we did. And when I say jeans I don't mean Old Navy.

I would definitely skip the sneakers at all of these restaurants though.

Sep 11, 2007
Chef99 in Manhattan

NYC chef coming to London, looking for great local food & drink

Thanks Steve R. We will look into it.

Oct 06, 2006
Chef99 in U.K./Ireland

NYC chef coming to London, looking for great local food & drink

Thanks Howler! Some great recommendations.

I have been to books for cooks. Great book store. It was about 8 years ago. Glad to see it's still there.

I am going to try to hit as many of these places as posable. I have heard of St John. I'm not sure why. I also feel like maybe I have read about a place that was really meat driven. It might have been that place. The gastropub thing is getting big here in nyc. The spotted pig (one of my favorites) helped start that trend.

I am not sure why but when I told one of the owners of the company I work for that I was going to London, the first thing he said was "are you going to the River Cafe". It is kind of surprising that everybody is really down on it there. I am not going to say who he is, but lets just say you would know of him if I told you. He is one of the owners of a small but very famous nyc restaurant group that has been around for over 20 years. I think The River Cafe was an inspiration for one of their new cafes I run. I feel like I may need to go but hate to waste the money if it ends up sucking. I know he'll ask me the next time I see him.

I was researching some breweries. You say you can get a good beer at the dove. Any other recommendations? I like all kinds. Depends on my mood.

Let me know if you get time.
Once again, thanks for all the info.

Oct 05, 2006
Chef99 in U.K./Ireland

English is Italian?

If it's a "scene", it's strictly for the tourists.

Don't waste a meal on this place. There are so many better restaurants in NYC.

Oct 04, 2006
Chef99 in Manhattan

NYC chef coming to London, looking for great local food & drink

We're staying in the St James area but are willing to travel as we'll be touring many different parts of the city.

TIA!

Oct 04, 2006
Chef99 in U.K./Ireland

NYC chef coming to London, looking for great local food & drink

My girlfriend and I are going to be visiting london next week and are looking to try some good restaurants. I like places that are more authentic (places that local people frequent.) I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, I just want a good beer, some simple British food and to be surrounded by friendly local people. The traditional english breakfast is also one of my favorite meals and I am looking for some good ones.

If you know of any good food stores or markets where I can check out some local cheese, wine, food, and anything else a chef might be interested hit me with that too.

Can anyone give me some suggestions?

Oct 04, 2006
Chef99 in U.K./Ireland