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Memorable Salads?

oh my, these all sound so good... especially the watermelon salad from otto and the fig & olive salad, yum!

i also have a new fav to add! Just had Giorgio's of Gramercy's chickpea & avocado salad with scallops- I'm already salivating over the left overs!

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Giorgio's of Gramercy
27 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

Sep 02, 2010
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Memorable Salads?

I am generally a meat and carbs kind of gal- when it comes to eating vegetables I can be quite picky. Oddly enough, however, the dishes that I dream about at night are salads! There are 4 really stand out salads that I constantly find myself craving:

Crema's Ensalada Mixta En Aderezo De Cacahuate Enchilado with Grilled Shrimp- it comes with mixed greens, avocado, fresh corn, panela cheese, and a vinaigrette that's slightly on the sweet side. I could eat this salad everyday for the rest of my life and be content.

Perry St. used to have this salad that featured grilled peaches, candied pistachios, crystallized wasabi (omg drooooool), and some kind of creamy cheese- maybe goat? Unfortunately, they no longer have this on their menu :(

Vezzo/Gruppo/Posto/Spunto have this delicious Tre Colori salad that includes mixed greens, roasted pears, walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese.

And finally, all the way in London, Jamie Oliver's 15 makes a burrata, white peach, and rocket salad that is to die for.

What are your most memorable salads? Looking at my list I seem to have a thing for sweet and savory salads, do any of you have any recommendations?

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Crema
111 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Aug 20, 2010
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Moderately priced steakhouse (I know its an oxymoron)?

I personally was not impressed by Keens last time I went. Everything they served was cold, including the soup! A much better option with a similar price tag is Wolfgang's, and I think there's a location in Tribeca as well. The porterhouse for two can easily be shared between three people, and they have some of the best sauteed mushrooms and creamed spinach I've ever had!

Apr 07, 2010
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Nougatine or JeanGeorges?

There most definitely has been salmon on the jean georges menu, because they make both my and my boyfriend's favorite salmon in new york... the presentation is very similar to nougatine's salmon- we dined at the two restaurants a few weeks apart from each other and couldn't notice any striking differences. Same delicious foam, same smooth, tender salmon, cooked perfectly! That being said, we both enjoyed dining at Jean Georges more because of the atmosphere, service, and the seating. We sat in the booths facing the windows and we felt like royalty! We didn't find it at all cramped, and there was enough separation between the tables that we could barely hear the waiters talk to the couple next to us.

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Mar 30, 2010
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Restaurant for a teen night out

are you still looking for a restaurant? if so, try freemans... delicious food, really cute private rooms for parties of 6+. the only problem is it might be hard to get a reservation if the party is soon. i'll also second the recommendation for stanton social

Jan 21, 2010
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Magnoila Bakery

I personally LOVE Magnolia's cupcakes... they're definitely in my top 5, maybe even top 2. That being said, I've never had to wait in line for the cupcakes, usually people have brought them to birthday parties, so I can't say if it's worth the time or the price.

My friend did buy the cookbook and the cupcakes she has made taste exactly the same and have the same soft spongy texture as the magnolia cupcakes I've tried, but the frosting is pretty hard to recreate.

Oct 19, 2009
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Birthday Dinner in LES/Village Area?

Oooh wow that actually sounds great! Thanks so much for the recommendation : )

Sep 30, 2009
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Birthday Dinner in LES/Village Area?

I'm finally turning 21 and I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for me and 8 other friends not too far from Alphabet City which is where my party is taking place. My friends and I like to think of ourselves as foodies, so I'd like the food to be well above average and the ambiance to match it. However, it's Chinese tradition for the bday girl/boy to pay for the meal, so I'd like to keep it at around $30/person if we share a few appetizers and each get an entree... I know, tough feat right?

I'm currently on the wait list for Freeman's which is one of my favorite pre&post drinking spots, but I'd like other recommendations for a back up spot! I'd like to stick to French/American food, but if there's another style of cuisine that's absolutely fantastic I'll consider it : )

Other places I'm considering are: Thor, The Redhead, or The Stanton Social, but I've never been to any of these places so I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sep 29, 2009
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momofuku fried chicken - wow! incredible!

Just got to try this today! The korean fried chicken was fantastic, although I'm not a fan of wings, and that's pretty much the only part of the chicken they fried korean style. I think they said something about the drumsticks and breasts being juicier if fried southern style? The southern fried chicken, on the other hand, was SO INCREDIBLY SALTY. It was inedible without the pancakes, and I ended up just taking off all the skin and eating the plain chicken with the sauces provided. It was still a really enjoyable meal, but I wouldn't say it was worth $100... I'd recommend you all go to Boka for their all you can eat & drink deal instead.

Sep 29, 2009
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Prix Fixe dinner deals in Manhattan ?

Momofuku Noodle Bar is doing a 4 course dinner, but i don't quite remember how much it was... somewhere between $35 and $45

Sep 29, 2009
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Good food in or around Battery Park City?

oh, thanks! i did a search for bpc but somehow forgot to search l&l... :)

Aug 17, 2009
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Good food in or around Battery Park City?

Just moved to BPC from the Union Square area, and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any spots for good cheap food (under $10) near by? I'm so used to being able to just walk outside an pick any place on the block and be satisfied without breaking the bank! I've heard L&L Hawaiian BBQ's pretty good, has anyone tried it?

Aug 17, 2009
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Union Square Cafe Restaurant Week?

I read somewhere on this board that although none of the USHG restaurants are participating in NYC's restaurant week, Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and Eleven Madison Park are each doing a week long restaurant week type promotion, and that Union Square Cafe's promotion is this week. Can anyone confirm this? And if anyone went today, how was it? Was the prix fixe menu a good representation of what the food is normally like there?

Jul 20, 2009
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Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

YAYS:
freeze dried bananas... soooo addictive
frozen quiche
butter croissants in the bakery section
ready to bake rolls and baguettes
strawberry and blueberry perserves - i eat this right out of the jar...
white cheddar popcorn
bags of apples (in plastic packaging) - these are always really crisp!
frozen teriyaki shrimp bowls - my bf and i both love these!
whipped cream cheese - really creamy, can't go back to philadelphia after this!
pesto sauce in a jar
dehydrated garlic mashed potatoes - i cook this with evaporated milk and add grated cheese to make it really creamy and taste like homemade mashed potatoes
butternut squash boxed soup - i like to add a little garlic salt and fresh ground black pepper
chili in a can
4 cheese pasta sauce
their dried pastas are sooooo cheap! love the cavatapi
water with electrolytes - this saved me when i had food poisoning. the only fluid i could keep down!

nays:
most of their red meat... i always find it really tough and gristly
frozen kalbi short ribs and refrigerated bulgogi- great taste, horrible cuts of meat: all fat!
dried mango - i'm used to eating dried mango from the Philippines which is sweet and soft and mmmm yummy. this was hard and had a weird flavor to it...

Jul 01, 2009
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HELP! Dinner for 7 people TOMORROW!

thanks for the recs, i'll see which are available :) Yasuda's only expensive if you get the omakase, which is excellent if you're willing to splurge, but I find that their sushi sets are definitely more than satisfying, especially for the price!

Jun 04, 2009
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HELP! Dinner for 7 people TOMORROW!

So 6 of my friends all have internships in NYC this summer and they all just arrived last week, and we're getting together this Friday for dinner... except my friend who planned the dinner forgot to make reservations till today at Sushi Yasuda, and guess what, they're fully booked! So now it's up to me to save the day. I've looked on eater and nymag for recession specials, but most of the ones I'm interested in aren't offered on Friday, so please please please, any help would be appreciated!

Here are some guidelines:

-They would prefer a prix fixe option, but one that's less than $30 so all of the Jean Georges restaurants are out.
-We're pretty open to any cuisine but would prefer Japanese, Italian, French, or American
-As mentioned above, $30 is the most we'd like to spend per person
-We'd like to stay within the boundaries of Soho & Columbus Circle, but are willing to travel East and West.

I have a backup reservation at Landmarc at the Time Warner Center just in case, because the food there is pretty solid, although nothing special (besides the burgers! yum!).

Jun 04, 2009
jisforjenn in Manhattan

Your Favorite Jean-Georges Lunch Selections

Ah! What happened to the filet? I've ordered it every time I've gone to JG for lunch and it always makes my BF embarrassed b/c I make the most embarrassing sounds while eating it haha it's just that good! Since that's no longer on the menu, I would recommend the salmon... wait.... that's gone from the menu too? Well, in that case, the chicken, veal, and short ribs were all pretty good- my dining companions have all had those in the past and have given me a bite or two : )

I would not recommend the Tuna Ribbons... personally I found the marinade that they serve it with to be way too overpowering. It was extremely salty, and there wasn't enough avocado to balance it out. The sweet pea soup was also pretty good, but I'm not sure it's really worth your money compared to many of the other items on the menu. Hope you enjoy your meal!

Jun 04, 2009
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Favorite "recession" deal?

Sounds like I'll have to head over to Smith's next! I'd been avoiding it because my boyfriend eats A LOT, but he's really picky, so would probably only eat the chicken... and I was worried it would be too small for 2 people to share. If they're giving you TWO chickens though..... :D Thanks for the review!

May 18, 2009
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Favorite "recession" deal?

I know that eater, nymag, and a few other websites have a great compilation of all the restaurants that are offering great deals right now, but with the crazy number of deals right now I'm having a really hard time choosing which ones to try next!

Which ones are your favorite? Which did you think gave you the most value for your $?

So far, my favorite is JG's lunch deal.... going again on Tuesday!!

May 17, 2009
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suggestions for cheap good eats?

we're really not picky eaters. i guess asian would be the favorite though. thanks so much for your recs so far!!

Nov 17, 2006
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suggestions for cheap good eats?

I'm a student at NYU, and I have a friend visiting me for thanksgiving vacation, who is expecting me to take her out and eat good food (preferably under $20/person). Problem is, I've been eating dining hall food/whole foods for the past couple months, so I have no idea where to take her.

Can anyone recommend any good places that aren't too expensive/sketchy?

Or, even better, what restaurants do we absolutely have to go to?

Nov 17, 2006
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