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Bouchon Breakfast Advice

New York Foodies here who get to Vegas a couple times a year. I'm always on the lookout for the best Breakfast place, so two years ago on the strength of all the raves here we tried Bouchon. I feel like a heretic saying this but it was truly terrible - the kind of meal where you finish feeling sad and cheated - undercooked potatoes, corned beef that was literally just some corned beef and onions diced together, service that never showed up.

Well, I'm back in Vegas this weekend and I see that everyone still loves it, so I suspect that we must have gone on the only time they've ever had a bad day. It happens. SO! I'm trying again. But this time, I want to make sure I give it the best shot I can. Can anyone tell me exactly what to order to make sure I get the experience everyone else does? I really want to like this place. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2014
zaf12 in Las Vegas

Rec's in Vegas

Shamu613, I hear what you say about distances - fish in vegas is certainly not local by the traditional definition, but almost all the large hotels there have their own large-grade tank systems where live stuff is kept. Fish and lobster for restaurants is usually fresh killed just before a meal - there have been some pretty interesting documentary of how they do it over the years. Next time you're there, ask and sometimes they'll give you tours of them.

Jan 08, 2012
zaf12 in Las Vegas

Romantic dinner near the MET?

Alright! It sounds like this is the final list, in this order of what I should try:

Le Refuge...which is now closed?
Cafe Boulud
Daniel (might be out of my budget, but I'll give it a shot)
Le Paris,
Table d'hot
Central Park Boathouse (may not be the right ambience)
Cafe Sabarsky
Le Caprice

Thank you so much everyone! I'm going to just call down the list and see what I can get a reservation at!

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Cafe Sabarsky
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

1308 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

Central Park Boathouse
Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

Le Paris
1312 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Jul 09, 2010
zaf12 in Manhattan

Romantic dinner near the MET?

HI there! I'm looking for a special place for my guy's 30th near the MET. It doesn't need to be super fancy as long as it's romantic - The idea is to go to the roof at the MET for drinks (unless you tell me that's a really bad idea - I haven't been yet) and then get dinner somewhere nearby - within 10-15 blocks. Any ideas?

Jul 07, 2010
zaf12 in Manhattan

Gourmet coffee reviews?

Hi there! I know nothing about coffee, but I need to buy some gourmet beans online to send to a friend for a present. Finding reviews of different brands online is proving difficult because there are so many.

Does anyone have a favorite brand of gourmet coffee? Ones that can be bought online are best; I did once try some great coffee brought from Kenya wrapped up in a sock, but I dont know if I like this person *that* much.

Aug 28, 2007
zaf12 in General Topics

Kangaroo in US restaurants

Hi there! Can anyone help me find a restaurant in the US that regularly serves kangaroo on their menu?

I know there are a couple of Australian themed places, and also a few exotic game restaurants that sometimes have it as a special, but can anyone point me to a standard restaurant that's made Kangaroo meat part of it's normal menu, or often has it as a special? Anywhere will do; I travel a lot- but so far no luck!

Mar 06, 2007
zaf12 in General Topics

Late-night Frederick?

A diner might do the job - I've read scary things about the Double-T's service but if the food was good (and 24 hours) it would make up for it-

Late-night Frederick?

I know this might be a bit too specific, but I'm looking for good late-night spot in or near Frederick MD. I know there are a couple of good coffee shops; are any of them open late? Or any 24 hour food places you can sit in? If not, a more relaxed bar would do the trick if it wasn't too loud.

Any ideas?

Another Steak Post - Recs for downtown DC?

Thanks everyone! It looks like the Prime Rib would be the safest way to go, consistency-wise (I omitted The Palm, Capital Grille and Charlie Palmer's only because I forgot about them). I've always wanted to try Charlie Palmer's, but I'm not sure I want to risk bad service - the group I'm going with doesn't exactly look like power players if you know what I mean. I think I'll try Prime Rib, and then if they don't have a reservation I'll go down the other ones you suggested.


Another Steak Post - Recs for downtown DC?

Hi there! I need a nice steak place to take an out-of-town friend - he's on an expense account and likes good wine. I've narrowed it down to these places, but I've never been to any of them! Are any of these personal favorites for anyone?

Smith and Wollensky
Ruth's Chris
The Prime Rib

Mid-range near Penn Station?

This looks absolutely perfect - Thanks folks!

Nov 08, 2006
zaf12 in Manhattan

Mid-range near Penn Station?

Taking a friend for dinner and I need advice on someplace tasty within five or six blocks of Penn station. I'd prefer low to mid-range, and not too formal - we'll all be in jeans. Just somewhere relaxed and laid back so that we could really talk, which means nothing really super stiff (tho loud's alright- we all have good lungs)

Really appreciate it, thanks!

Nov 07, 2006
zaf12 in Manhattan