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East Village eats/haunts with a Southern woman - thank you NYC Chowhounds!

Just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my thread -

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

I ended up making a rez at the Red Cat, but called to cancel because plans changed generally, but I am hoping that I will be seeing a lot more of the Southern belle in the original post, so those suggestions will definitely be getting some mileage.

Here's what we ended up doing last Saturday / Sunday -

Strolled over to the Oktoberfest party at Zum Schneider, 107 Avenue C (Seventh Street), (212) 598-1098. Waited outside for over half an hour - place was packed - one bartender - plates of food passing by looked great! Revelers were in high form - giant steins of excellent Spaten and Oktoberfest brews - the honest-to-goodness oompah band played great sets of German drinking songs interspersed with the oompah favorites of today (personal fave - Mambo No. 5!) A wicked good time had by all.

Then, cabbed over to Corner Bistro - only about a fifteen minute wait in the bar for a table for 5 - rounds of bacon cheeseburgers and fries - delivered to table in under ten minutes, and just outstanding - perfectly cooked - and under $10 each?! Phenomenal.

Slid over to Automatic Slim's for a few more cocktails - perfectly fine bar. Bartender comped another drink because I tipped too much? Didn't think so...unless a $10 jumped out instead of a single...but reasonably certain that was not the case. A good-sized pour of bourbon.

Last but not least, at Bar Jamon, we shared a lovely Spanish red and some tasty olives and bagette rubbed with tomatoes - simple tapas and a great, light note to end the evening. (Had no idea it was part of the Batali-opolis!

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The morning - not surprisingly called for coffee - 71 Irving Place came through with good black coffee (don't need cream or fancy Italian degustations when it's this good), decent zucchini muffins and great looking bowls of oatmeal with enough fresh fruit that the plump blueberries were tumbling off onto the counter and floor. Lovely and reasonable.

While I am fairly certain that all of these places are well-known to you NYC 'hounds, I have to say that the ease with which NYC pulls off good, straight-forward chow puts places like my hometown to the northeast to shame. I had a blast!

Oct 18, 2006
Greg Matthews in Manhattan

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

Sounds like a good place, per your review...but it has gotten decidedly negative reviews on the board here....care to comment?

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Manhattan

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

You are surely quite right, sir! Definitely not my intention to play the role of the know-it-all.

However, I do want to have at least some points of reference so if I am called to place the mantle of the "Man" on my shoulders, I can be adequately prepared.

There is a fine balance to be struck between expectations of the North and the South, no? ;)

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Outer Boroughs

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

Visiting NYC this weekend to meet for a first date of sorts with a lovely young woman who is originally from the South, and a relative newcomer to Manhattan.

Planning on heading over to the DUMBO arts festival in the afternoon on Saturday - What can chowhounds recommend in the neighborhood for lunch and/or dinner that is bound to impress?

Some place, a true chowhound place, that will make her wonder..."How did HE, who doesn't even live here, know about this great place in this neighborhood?"

It'll be our little secret. ;)

Thank you in advance.

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Outer Boroughs

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

Lisette - thanks for those suggestions and the etiquette tips.

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Manhattan

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

Definitely no need for apologies! Those sound like great suggestions, Nick.

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Manhattan

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

Thank you for the suggestion of Union Square Cafe.

Can you also recommend something a little more unknown? The vibe I am going for is wonderment, i.e., something that does not immediately leap off the page of guides, Gourmet, etc.

The hidden gem, so to speak.

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Manhattan

How to impress a southern woman? Help me chowhounds!

Visiting NYC this weekend to meet for a first date of sorts with a lovely young woman who is originally from the South, and a relative newcomer to Manhattan.

What can chowhounds recommend in the Union Square neighborhood for lunch and/or dinner that is bound to impress?

Some place, a true chowhound place, that will make her wonder..."How did HE, who doesn't even live here, know about this great place in my neighborhood that my so-called friends have never even suggested?"

It'll be our little secret. ;)

I throw the southern in for reference merely - any cuisine will do. I say Union Ssquare, but I would love to hear of any gems here, in greater lower Manhattan or in Brooklyn/Queens neighborhoods bordering the East River, for future reference.

Thank you in advance.

Oct 12, 2006
Greg Matthews in Manhattan