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Park Slope - Quiet and Casual?

Thank you for all the suggestions. We ended up going to Brookvin and it was just perfect.

Feb 24, 2013
nicely2x in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope - Quiet and Casual?

Looking for a date night in-around Park Slope, or anywhere along the F train in Bklyn that's quiet enough to relax and converse. Any cuisine would do. The most important factor is feeling comfortable and unhurried.

Feb 22, 2013
nicely2x in Outer Boroughs

London - Casual and Local - Hyde Park vicinity.

To follow up on the much appreciated recommendations from the group.

We went to Princess Garden on Audley St and, like our previous meals, had a pleasant enough meal. We didn't have a reservation and had to wait a few minutes. Surprisingly, even though the waiting area is right next to the bar, they didn't ask if we wanted a drink.

The place was very crowded, it was Boxing Day. Outside of an incredibly annoying man at the next table, it wasn't as noisy as one might expect from that space.

We had one standout dish - Beef with Lemon Grass. The preparation itself wasn't spectacular, but the flavor was bright and wonderful. I can't recall having a dish that tasted so true to the lemongrass. It was memorable. My family loved the Spareribs starter. I was less enthusiastic about the fried texture, and the indistinct flavor, but they were licking their fingers with joy.

Our favorite meal, and the least expensive, was an afternoon snack in Al-Dar Lebanese on Edgeware Road. If you enjoy Shawarma, this was excellent quality and very flavorful. Make sure you ask for the Harissa.

Jan 04, 2011
nicely2x in U.K./Ireland

London - Casual and Local - Hyde Park vicinity.

Just returned from Christmas dinner at Bombay Palace. Overall, a pleasant dinner. We had a wide assortment of starters and main courses - Chicken fritters, sauteed mushrooms, onion bhajee, Lamb curry, aubergine curry, small intersting leg of lamb meat thats stewed, and chicken with a black pepper sauce. All was fine, the flavors of the main dishes were distinct with the black pepper sauce the most interesting. However, the clear winner was the dessert - carrot fudge.

We had lunch at Ishtar Turkish restaurant on Crawford St. Like Bombay Palace, nothing was spectactular, but each dish had its own flavor. The Kofte, typical in texture, had a lovely grilled flavor. Again, like the dessert in Bombay Palace, the standout at Ishtar was the warm bread they served for the table throughout the meal. I could live off that bread.

Will report back if we try other recommendations.

Dec 25, 2010
nicely2x in U.K./Ireland

London - Casual and Local - Hyde Park vicinity.

Thank you. With no disrespect to other posters, this is very, very useful. "perfectly acceptable food" is more our speed. We are not the fine dining types except when I cook but my presentation leaves much to be desired :)

Also..any opinions on a place called Oliveto on Elizabeth St. Apparently, a friend of a friend owns it?

Dec 22, 2010
nicely2x in U.K./Ireland

London - Casual and Local - Hyde Park vicinity.

Thanks for the suggestions. Master's will be on our list. We aren't particularly rich, but we are splurging a bit on this holiday - especially on football tickets. Our hotel has a rather posh holiday menu, but we were hoping to venture out.
As for the Statue of Liberty, next time you're in NYC, I'll show you plenty of yummy cheap eats place in that area. The working masses on Wall st. do little besides thinking of lunch or post-work drinks.
Cheers.

Dec 21, 2010
nicely2x in U.K./Ireland

London - Casual and Local - Hyde Park vicinity.

We'll be next to Marble Arch. But, we have no problem with walking a couple of miles. We walk everywhere in NYC

Dec 21, 2010
nicely2x in U.K./Ireland

London - Casual and Local - Hyde Park vicinity.

We're staying near Hyde Park and are looking for "neighborhood" places to eat. We live in NYC and when we go out we tend to frequent the local "dives". We're not limited to the Hyde Park area, but within short travel distance is preferred.

Recommendations for friendly pubs, an Indian restaurant, a place to get fish and chips, etc. are all welcome.

Also taking suggestions for a family Christmas and/or Boxing Day meal.

Thanks in advance.
Cheers.

Dec 20, 2010
nicely2x in U.K./Ireland

Suggestions - Chinatown Dumplings around Orchard St.

Have to be around Orchard/Grand this evening and looking for a place to get dumplings - light appetizers.. We usually go to Wonton Garden on Mott, but that's a bit far away for tonight.
Would prefer a similar place much closer to that area.

Cheers.

Jan 22, 2010
nicely2x in Manhattan

Need recommendations - quiet, Hell's Kitchen/Theater District - Sweet Emily's?

Looking for light fare w/drinks in the area...prefer a place that will not be watching the ballgame...I'm a Yankees fan, but have to forego that tonight.

Any cuisine and preferably not pricey.

Anybody have experience with Sweet Emily's? I've heard it's very quiet after 8pm curtain.

Oct 09, 2009
nicely2x in Manhattan

Hell's Kitchen - Quiet and low key

Looking for a quiet, neighborly place to eat in and around Hell's Kitchen. Cuisine is less important as a place where I can sit with a friend and have a nice conversation without feeling pressured to leave.

Prefer something less than expensive. Can be anything from sandwiches and coffee/tea to dive bar beer and burgers.

Aug 01, 2009
nicely2x in Manhattan

Fried Wontons/Hot oil a la Bamboo House

If you're like me, and mourning the loss of the East Village's Bamboo House, I'm looking to find a restaurant that serves a similar Fried Wontons in Hot Oil dish.
Bamboo House served perfectly deep-fried, ginormous wontons drowned in a very spicy, brown sauce.
Thanks in advance.

Dec 30, 2008
nicely2x in Manhattan

Northampton - Casual

Staying overnight in Northampton to drop kid off at school.

Suggestions for a nice, relaxed, neighborhood place - any cuisine, would be appreciated.

Also, would like to know a place where we can get a nice pot of tea,

Very Casual Tea - Near GM Building?

(Is it still called the GM building?)

Looking for a very casual spot to have a pot of tea + light snack within walking distance.
I know about Alice's, but would prefer something less touristy.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 22, 2008
nicely2x in Manhattan

Pizza by the slice in Manhattan

I've been to many of the named places on this board, but for my money, the best slice I can get is from a tiny walk-in on Varick & Carmine - Phil's. Yes, it's sometimes inconsistent, but on it's better days, I'll take it over anything.

Jul 22, 2008
nicely2x in Manhattan

Liberte Yogurt - Moka

Anybody seen this yogurt in any Manhattan store? D'ags seems to have stopped carrying this flavor.

Dec 07, 2007
nicely2x in Manhattan

Coconut Samosas

I go there all the time, but blank out on the name. It's the place next to Ottomanelli's on Bleecker. Actually, I went there last night with the cooler weather. The samosas weren't the best I ever had there, but they were just what I wanted.

Aug 10, 2007
nicely2x in Manhattan

Coconut Samosas

Any recommendations on finding a restaurant or grocery that has fresh, flaky coconut samosas?

The one place I frequent in the West Village has been un-air-conditioned for a while and I sweat just walking by. I'd appreciate recommendations outside of Manhattan, too.

BTW..does anybody know if this is an "authentic" Indian dish or something Americanized like Chop Suey?

Aug 09, 2007
nicely2x in Manhattan

Jackson Heights - Any ethnicity

I'm taking a friend for a culinary walk-through of the 74th St. area. Any recent suggestions on can't-miss hole-in-the-wall places? Anything on the opposite end of Jackson Diner ambience would be appreciated. Any cuisine as long as it's "authentic".

Thanks in advance.

May 22, 2007
nicely2x in Outer Boroughs

Astoria - cheap eats?

Any suggestions for family cheap eats around the UA Kaufman Astoria movie theater? Any cuisine is fine as long as it's quick and casual.

Thanks.

Apr 30, 2007
nicely2x in Outer Boroughs

Soup Dumplings in Chinatown

My daughter is addicted to Soup Dumplings from Joe's Ginger on Pell St. The one time I went there with her, the 'soup' was too fatty and rancid. True, it may just have been an off day, but there has to be better in Chinatown. Suggestions?

Oct 04, 2006
nicely2x in Manhattan