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Restaurant for midweek lunch in NYU/Greenwich Village area

hey guys, i just wanted to thank everyone for their recommendations; everything you've said is highly appreciated.

after talking with my dining companions, it looks like they prefer blue ribbon bakery and lupa. i'm just going to search these boards for some of the recommended dishes at each (other than what kathryn already mentioned) and hopefully i'll have a great experience at one of these places rather than "merely good".

one of my dining companions actually mentioned that she really wants to check out market table (dinner only), but i dunno...i didn't really think it was that great. decent, but nothing special. any thoughts on this place for lunch?

Apr 06, 2010
lebron in Manhattan

Restaurant for midweek lunch in NYU/Greenwich Village area

do you have any favorites out of this group? i haven't been to DBGB or pulino because i'm kind of wary of restaurants that receive a ton of hype. i've been to the other spots but since we're probably not going to get pizza or ramen, it's pretty much going to be a place similar to lupa, little owl, spotted pig, or one of the places i mentioned in my original post. and since i've been to these places, i was hoping for another recommendation...or maybe i should give them another shot?

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DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Apr 05, 2010
lebron in Manhattan

Restaurant for midweek lunch in NYU/Greenwich Village area

looking for a good restaurant in the greenwich village area to have a casual midweek lunch (or even late breakfast) with a group of 4. here are my criteria:

LOCATION: the place should be no more than a 10 minute walk from washington square park/NYU, so the rough boundaries of my search would be 14th st on the north, bowery/3rd ave on the east, prince st on the south, and 7th ave on the west (i'd probably be willing to go slightly past 7th ave if necessary).

CUISINE: anything is fine as long as the food is very good. doesn't matter if it's straightforward american, ethnic, or creative/nouveau as long as it doesn't have tiny portions.

PRICE: $30-$40 per person, maybe slightly more if necessary.

DECOR/AMBIANCE: the place doesn't have to be super fancy or trendy - a simple, clean cafe or bistro is fine. slightly rough around the edges is ok, too. just as long as it isn't a complete dive.

the problem i'm having with my search is that many good restaurants in the area seem to be open for dinner or weekend brunch only. there are plenty of lunch spots near NYU, but many of them cater to the college or tourist crowd or are simply mediocre.

so far, the places i've come up with in my search include the following:
-five points on great jones st in noho
-market table on carmine street in the west village
-marinella restaurant on carmine st in the west village
-blue ribbon bakery on downing st in the west village
-lupa on thompson st in the village
-bar pitti on 6th ave in the village

i've been to all of these spots in the past (not recently, though) and thought all were good but not spectacular. i was especially disappointed by lupa because it's supposed to be awesome, but was merely "fine"; maybe i just went on an off-day?

i'm hoping to find something along the same lines, but with better food if possible. am i missing some gems in the area that offer really great food, reasonably-sized portions, AND are open for weekday lunch?

thanks guys.

Apr 05, 2010
lebron in Manhattan

Mission impossible? Sports bars w/good food and large TVs but not too crowded

good point - i remember going to royale last winter during the early afternoon hours hoping to catch the 1pm game, but it was closed. later, i asked them about this, and they said they were planning on opening earlier on weekends so that people could catch the 1pm games (including other sports like baseball). i haven't been back during the daytime since then so i'm not sure if they've kept to their word.

also, i do remember one occasion when music was being played over the speakers rather than the tv volume, but i just asked them politely if they could switch and they were totally cool with it. dunno if it depends on the specific bartender or what...perhaps i just lucked out. but for me, it hasn't been an issue. i guess i'll have to find out in the upcoming months.

Sep 05, 2008
lebron in Manhattan

Mission impossible? Sports bars w/good food and large TVs but not too crowded

you might want to check out royale. the tvs aren't the biggest at this place, but the burgers are good and it tends to be less crowded than a lot of other bars on football sundays (although it can get packed on friday and saturday nights, as most bars do).

Sep 04, 2008
lebron in Manhattan

What happened to Anna Mia's?

thanks for the info. i totally agree with you about the mother being very personable and anna mia being a little standoffish (or perhaps she was just stressed). and you're probably right that anna mia decided the saturday retail aspect wasn't worth her time. it's too bad, though - i wish she'd given some sort of notice or some avenue for her saturday non-catering customers to contact her.

hopefully someone who has her catering contact info can post it here...it's so difficult finding a place like this with such delicious, homemade goods.

Feb 18, 2008
lebron in Outer Boroughs

What happened to Anna Mia's?

any updates?

Feb 18, 2008
lebron in Outer Boroughs

What happened to Anna Mia's?

drove by this place a couple of saturdays ago, and the place was closed. tried calling the number, but as the OP mentioned, it's been disconnected.

major bummer. looks like it's gone for good.

does anyone know what happened? and does anyone know anna mia personally? perhaps she gave up on the storefront business and works exclusively out of her own house now. i'm hoping against hope that she's still in business somewhere, as her baked goods were fantastic.

it's bad enough that she disappeared so suddenly and mysteriously, but it's even worse that we don't even have an explanation or the faintest hint of her whereabouts.

Feb 08, 2008
lebron in Outer Boroughs

Corn at Jean Talon Market

thanks to everyone for the great tips! this was exactly what i was looking for.

i'm planning on heading up to montreal in the next 2 weeks and have been dreaming about that corn since last year. glad to hear it'll be at its peak when i'll be up there.

Aug 07, 2007
lebron in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Corn at Jean Talon Market

couple of quick questions:

1. when is peak corn season (beginning and end) in the montreal/quebec region?
2. has the stall selling freshly boiled corn on the cob set up shop in jean talon market yet? or is this corn available all summer? regardless, what month(s) is the best time to get this corn?

reason i ask is b/c last year, we went up to montreal and had the juiciest, most delicious corn at this stand at jtm. it was sometime in september, and i was wondering if the corn is at its best at that time only, or if the peak season starts before then (i.e. august) and/or ends later (i.e. october).

thanks.

Aug 07, 2007
lebron in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

thanks again for the pie tips. yeah, i figured that blueberry pies and blueberries were the most quintessential maine dessert.

btw, i lived briefly in the highland park area when i was younger, so i'm familiar with central nj/middlesex county. most of my eating at the indian places down in edison/iselin, though, happened after i moved up to ny. i still head out that way, though, since i have friends in the area and love the indian food over there.

Jun 29, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

thanks for the great tips! i've always wanted to check out downeast maine but my travel companions always said it was "too far" or "probably the same as everything else we've seen". now i have more confirmation from a local that it's worth it. much appreciated!

would you say that the non-blueberry fruit pies (strawberry, rhubarb, etc) at the helen's locations are worth the drive? or is the blueberry pie the only one that's truly outstanding? if the strawberry pies aren't nearly as good as the blueberry pies at helens, can you recommend somewhere in maine (anywhere up and down the coast) that serves really amazing strawberry pie that's "can't miss"/worth the extra drive? something that's special, even for maine. i'm definitely planning on checking out a strawberry festival on my trip, which would ostensibly have plenty of strawberry pies and strawberry shortcakes, but was wondering if there are any specific restaurants/diners that are especially renowned for their strawberry pies in season.

Jun 29, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

thanks to everyone for all the helpful replies so far. still haven't heard from anyone, though, if the two helen's locations (the original in machias and the newer one in ellsworth) have the same high quality pie, and if the pies are baked on location at both. is the blueberry pie the only dessert worth getting, or are all of their pies excellent when using fresh fruits in season? thanks.

Jun 28, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

i've tried calling red's dairy freeze a number of times yesterday and today, but to avail; nobody's picking up. the message on the answering machine mentions that the fresh strawberry soft serve ice cream will be "coming soon", but doesn't say any more than that.

i'm going to keep trying, but if someone up in the south portland area knows the exact dates when the strawberry ice cream is available, pls. post here...thanks!

Jun 28, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

wow, red's dairy freeze sounds great. thanks for the tip!

i'm going to call this red's place today and see when the fresh strawberry ice cream will be available; if i find out i'll post the dates here.

Jun 27, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

a few other questions (sorry if this is very obvious info to the maine natives/experts, but i tried looking online and wasn't 100% sure of the following):

1. i understand that strawberry season is in full swing right now in maine. am i correct in assuming that mid-july is the endpoint of the season (meaning that i need to get up to maine within the next 2-3 weeks to take advantage of it)?

2. i've also heard that the down east region of the state (where helen's in machias is located) is the principal blueberry region of the state. is this true, and does it explain why the blueberry pies at helen's are so fantastic in season?

3. are there any other places in the state besides helen's that are renowned for their pies? i'm willing to travel anywhere in maine as long as it's pretty close to the coast. last year i went to bartley's dockside and had their blueberry pie in season (i thought it was very good) as well as the one at waterman's beach in south thomaston (also good, but their lobster really stole the show)--can you guys name any places that are better?

based on my research, i'm considering the following spots for pie. which are the best of the best, and worth sampling no matter what (and, conversely, which are good-but-not-mandatory eats)? if possible, please let me know which type of pie (blueberry, strawberry, etc) is considered the house specialty/can't miss at each of these places:
-maine diner in wells
-moody's diner in waldoboro
-miller's lobster pound (near camden)
-pie in the sky bakery in cape neddick
-reilley's (sp?) market in pemaquid

i realize this is a really short list, so please add any suggestions.

4. is there a particular region of the state that's renowned for their strawberries? if so, which are the best places for strawberry pies in season in these areas (or anywhere in the state, really)? are helen's strawberry pies just as good (and worth the trip) as the blueberry pies, or are there some places in mid-maine or in the portland area that also serve fantastic for strawberries and strawberry pies?

thanks again.

Jun 26, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

helen's in maine for strawberry/blueberry pie--same in both locations?

hi guys,

this summer, i've resolved to finally try the famed pies at helen's in machias, maine. i've done my research, and this place seems to get more praise than anywhere else for their pies, esp. their blueberry pies in season (as well as their strawberry pies).

recently, though, i heard that they have a newer location in ellsworth, which isn't as far up the coast. my question: is the pie quality the same at both helen's locations? are the pies made on premises at both branches?

i'm totally willing to drive all the way up to machias for their pies, but if the experience is exactly the same at the ellsworth branch, i'd rather go there, as i'll be driving up from the ny area and am not sure that my travel companions will appreciate the extra 75-90 minute drive up to machias.

thanks so much for the tips.

Jun 26, 2007
lebron in All New England Archive

mazorca closed down for good?

does anyone know what the situation is at this place?

Apr 16, 2007
lebron in Outer Boroughs

mazorca closed down for good?

my friends and i were heading down northern blvd in east elmhurst yesterday afternoon when we decided to grab something to eat at mazorca, the colombian snack restaurant. much to our chagrin, the place was shuttered. the metal gates out front were all pulled down, and there were several construction-related notices posted onto the gates. it seems that the interior is in the process of being rehauled/renovated.

does anyone know what the situation is at this place? is mazorca closed for good? or is it simply remodeling its dining room? my suspicion is that it's permanently closed and that another restaurant is taking its place (thus the extensive renovations), since there were no indications from mazorca's owners that they were planning on reopening. but i was wondering if anyone had the inside scoop. thanks.

Apr 15, 2007
lebron in Outer Boroughs

DeMarco's to close restaurant/bar area April 1

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at DeMarco's last night, it was revealed in today's NY Times that the pizzeria is struggling financially.

Because of this, the owners, who of course include several children of Dom DeMarco of Di Fara Pizza, are planning to shut down the restaurant and bar section of the business on April 1, although the take-out area will remain open.

Even though I've never been a fan of the pizza at DeMarco's, I'm sad to see it go. And of course I'm really stunned and saddened by the shooting last night.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/15/nyr...

"Ms. Mieles and her brothers plan to shut down the bar and restaurant part of the business on April 1, and only keep the pizzeria open.

Part of the heartbreak of Mr. Romero’s death, she said, was that she had considered letting him go months ago because the bar and restaurant were faltering. Ms. Mieles said she is haunted by the thought that is if she had let Mr. Romero go, he might still be alive.

But she and the pizzeria’s other owners decided to keep Mr. Romero on, she said, partly because he was a hard worker and largely because he was widely liked. "

Mar 15, 2007
lebron in Manhattan

Craving: Chicken Cutlet Sandwich

I never would've guessed this. I once had to pick up a friend at Queens College and ran into Gino's (on Kissena Blvd, right across from the front gate of the campus) for a quick slice. It was pretty bad and greasy. It had been sitting around for a while, but even so I don't think it would've tasted good if fresh. But maybe their sandwiches are where it's at. Thanks for the tip.

Feb 23, 2007
lebron in Outer Boroughs

Craving: Chicken Cutlet Sandwich

Is this the Lenny's you're referring to?

http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

1024 2nd Ave at 54th St?

Feb 23, 2007
lebron in Outer Boroughs

Looking for Belgian style Frites, any part of the city. Anyone?

i've heard that cafe de bruxelles has the best mussels & frites in the city...would you agree with that statement? i've had it at many places, including petite abeille and the long-gone belgo, but never liked the mussels part of the equation.

also, are the all-you-can-eat fries at cafe de bruxelles available all the time? how much are they? or is there a certain time/day when you can get it?

thanks.

Jan 19, 2007
lebron in Manhattan

Best Indian Food in Edison

brian, thanks for the great tips. appreciate all the edison-area (esp. indian) info!

Jan 16, 2007
lebron in Mid-Atlantic

NYT Real Estate Section Article: Author Moves to Jackson Heights for the Food

could someone please explain to me the difference between sopes and gorditas? i went to tacos guicho recently based on jim's (and others') comments about the place and tried to order one gordita and one sope, each with chicken. now, the two ladies working there speak little to no english & i speak/understand virtually no spanish, but ordering usually isn't a problem at most mexican places as long as i stick with tacos, enchiladas, and tortas.
but there seemed to be confusion at tacos guicho after i placed my order. they made only one item, which they said was a sope. i tried to tell them that i also ordered a gordita, but they seemed confused. the guy behind me in line, who was bi-lingual, then translated my question to them, and in response they told me (through him) that gorditas and sopes are the same thing.

huh? is this true? i'm a relative neophyte when it comes to mexican food but i'd never heard of "gordita" and "sope" being interchangeable terms. my impression was that gorditas are essentially like fatter tacos, and that they can be (or perhaps are always) split and then stuffed with filling. and i thought that sopes were relatively thick discs of masa with a little bit of a ridge along the edges, and the beans, meat, and other toppings were placed on top of the whole thing.
i realize that i'm probably totally wrong, so i'd greatly appreciate clarification about these terms. i need to know what i'm talking about so that i can get what i want next time i go to tacos guicho or any other mexican place.
just so you know, i tried looking up this information online but couldn't really find anything that clearly explained all of this.
thanks guys.

Jan 15, 2007
lebron in Outer Boroughs

Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

Whoops, my bad. I guess I mixed up the fact that moo shoo dishes and General Tso's were/are on the menu at places that otherwise served mostly Cantonese food...like at Wo Hop, for instance.

So General Tso's is actaully Sichuan, perhaps? What about moo shu dishes? Sichuan? Shanghainese? Reason I ask is because if there's a Sichuan/Shanghainese restaurant out there that has a reasonable amount of non-Chinese clientele, that might be a place to target for those particular dishes.

Jan 12, 2007
lebron in Manhattan

Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

Also, Brian: did you notice any of the Cantonese-American dishes I described (moo shoo pork, General Tso's, etc.) on the menu at Amazing 66? Because that's a place I've been wanting to try anyway for the authentic stuff (based on your great review, by the way) and if it happens that they also have the Americanized stuff (and do it well), then that would kill two birds with one stone...

Thanks again dude.

Jan 11, 2007
lebron in Manhattan

Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

Is 9 Chatham Square the old, divey place across from Confucius Plaza? I'm a little confused because I seem to recall a spiffy + newish place having opened up in the past year called Chatham Square...but maybe that's a completely different, separate establishment?

Jan 11, 2007
lebron in Manhattan

Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

I've never been a fan of Ollie's but I'll give the Empire Szechuan places a try, thanks.

Jan 11, 2007
lebron in Manhattan

Americanized Chinese food just like in the 1970s?

Yeah you're right...I'm looking for more than just egg rolls and egg foo young. I always looked at General Tso's, moo shoo pork, and chow fun as really Americanized stuff, but maybe they represent a more "recent" form of Americanization that actually has an authentic Chinese forerunner going way back...and has been bastardized beyond recognition since the 1970s or so. So yeah, I guess that's what I'm seeking...a better version of Wo Hop. The type of Cantonese-American restaurant that was really common 25-30 years ago in Chinatown and has dishes like moo shoo that aren't available even at places like NY Noodletown or Big Wong (at least I think not; correct me if I'm wrong).

Thanks again.

Jan 11, 2007
lebron in Manhattan