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Recommendations for large party for early dinner in Georgetown or near Verizon Ctr?

Kanlaya fell victim to development, apparently.

http://the42bus.blogspot.com/2014/01/...

Anyone have any idea where and if they will relocate?

Liberty Tavern Lately

Urban Restaurant Suggestions

Just visited Roka Akor this week - was also impressed with the food. It has a very good (thought a little pricey) wine list as well.

Apr 28, 2012
L84Dinner in Chicago Area

Best new restaurants?

Ate at Acadia last evening with a group of business associates. Spectacular food, great presentation, excellent wine list with unique choices priced reasonably fairly. I will definitely return.

Apr 28, 2012
L84Dinner in Chicago Area

La Morra Brookline Village?

First time (for me, my wife had been before) dining at La Morra last Saturday night. Easy to arrange a reservation for 4 through Opentable. We were seated upstairs and had a well-paced yet relaxed dinner. Although the tasting menu with wine pairing was tempting, the specials were more so and we went a la carte. Heirloom tomato salad was on point, pasta bolognese was superlative, clam risotto was off the hook good, the herbed veal special great and hangar steak phenomenal. Desserts were well executed too. Definite re-visit.

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La Morra
48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

Aug 11, 2011
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Seeking butcheries, seafood, and restaurants near Marshfield

Any recent updates to the nice list here?

Aug 05, 2011
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

King Fung Garden Chinatown, any recent expereinces

I've been to both of the original owners' restaurants - KF (Chinatown) and KF2 (Brookline). I haven't done takeout from either, but food has been excellent in both locales and in my experience the Peking Duck has been just as good at KF2. The lamb dishes are also a favorite. Have not been to the Chinatown location under new management so I can't comment on it.

Aug 04, 2011
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Crabs in Arlington/DC area

Recently had crabs at Quarterdeck on a Sunday evening (it was packed). Ate outside, weather was nice. It would be great if they banned smoking (which seriously detracts from any dinner unless you are the smoker), but we still enjoyed the crabs which were deliciously messy. Had the mesquite shrimp as well and I would second that suggestion. We will definitely return.

Arlington: Ray's, Guajillo, The Liberty Tavern

Thanks for the recs - will definitely try.

Arlington: Ray's, Guajillo, The Liberty Tavern

Visited the Liberty Tavern again last month and took 4 college students (two of my daughters and two of their friends). Food was again excellent - I had the grilled octopus salad again and it had been changed a bit but was still spectacular. One in our party had one of the pizzas and it was also very tasty. All our meals were well-executed, very flavorful, and the service was attentive. Once again a good selection of wines by the glass. The price was very reasonable considering we all had appetizers and desserts. Definitely a place I'll visit whenever I am in the area.

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The Liberty Tavern
3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

Recommendations for large party for early dinner in Georgetown or near Verizon Ctr?

Thanks all for the suggestions. We eventually went to Kanlaya. They had no trouble with our party size, no minimum planned menu like the other places in the area. Excellent Thai food with enough options to suit the college crowd, our 10 year old, several parents and one vegan; friendly and attentive service; and a tab that did not break the bank. We will return.

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Kanlaya Thai Cuisine
740 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Recommendations for large party for early dinner in Georgetown or near Verizon Ctr?

Zaytina and Jaleo require making a private party reservation for parties of 12+... with three course tasting menus starting at $40 pp (plus 20% tip and 10% DC meals tax). Non-starters for us since none of the girls are likely to eat that much and that pushes the price to $625+. While I like both, way more than we want to spend on a casual post-game early dinner. Next. Unfortunately Matchbox is no reservation on Saturdays.

Recommendations for large party for early dinner in Georgetown or near Verizon Ctr?

I forgot about matchbox - thanks.

Recommendations for large party for early dinner in Georgetown or near Verizon Ctr?

Looking for restaurants in either Georgetown or the Verizon Center area for an early dinner in a couple weeks. Party will be between 10 and 14 in all, mostly college classmates of my daughter. Not looking to spend tons of dollars (may not be possible, I realize). I thought of Paolo's and Zaytina (my daughter likes the former but I've never been and I've been to the latter). Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Tu y Yo in Needham?

Went again with family for dinner on a Sat night. Packed. Food pretty much the same but the service was very prompt - vast improvement over our prior visit.

Nov 11, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Need Recs for Philly Downtown

Had dinner at Amada last night - chef's tasting menu (mid-price - $55pp) which was fantastic except for an octopus dish that could have used something to raise it above bland.

Three pretty good wines by the glass as part of the wine tasting menu ($20 for three 3 ounce pours):

Marqués de Alella Alella Pansa Blanca 2008 (Spain, Catalunya, Alella) - crisp, good acidity, lemons and pears on the finish, nice starter.

Juan-Antonio Ponce Manchuela Clos Lojen 2008 (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela) - I really liked this one - beautiful nose with lots of berries, palate much the same - not much structure for long term drinking, but expressive wine that went well with the food.

Manto-Negro, Binissalem-Mallorca, Gonzalez-Suner 2007 (Spain, Mallorca) - apparently a blend of the local grape Manto Negro (75%) with Callet, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah (25%). Spicy, some more structure than the last, pretty closed. Decent match with the last meat courses but nothing special.

A glass of Spanish brandy was nondescript and way too sweet, like cognac with a teaspoon of sugar mixed in. Next.

Food highlights:

The cheese and charcuterie plates were great, lamb chops were spectacular as was the chorizo. Creme fraiche ice cream was also fantastic.

The service was great and the ambiance enhanced by several people in Halloween costumes.

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Amada
217-19 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nov 01, 2009
L84Dinner in Pennsylvania

Tu y Yo in Needham?

Have not been to the Somerville location but friends have and recommended it. I went last week with my 9 yr old daughter. We had tableside Caesar salad (not really Mexican but she loves it) - very good except way too much dressing. We split 4 appetizers (Camarones al Mezcal, Pork tacos, Longaniza quesedillas, and enchiladas del carne) - all were excellent. Small portions except for the shrimp dish. We then split a pollo almendrado - also excellent. I'd give it a B+/A- on food but a C on service: excruciatingly slow between appetizers and main dish. Was medium busy.

Overall we liked it and will return. The prices aren't that bad and you can make a meal out of the appetizers if you want. The service should improve with time (I hope). It would be nice if a restaurant will be able to avoid the 'three years and out" curse the spot seems to confer.

Restaurant website with menus: http://tuyyo2.com/needham.htm

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Tu Y Yo Mexican Cuisine
66 Chestnut St, Needham, MA 02492

Oct 24, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants everyone seems to love but you don't

Naked Fish. Ate at the Natick location for the first time last week. Artichoke dip appetizer was good but the grilled mahi was blah, the mango salsa had fruit that was not close to ripe, the mashed potatoes were blah, and the grilled asparagus was not fresh. Unimpressed. The wait staff were friendly though.

Sep 07, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Arlington: Ray's, Guajillo, The Liberty Tavern

We've been here over the weekend dropping our daughter off at college so we took the opportunity to explore some of Arlington's restaurants.

We've been to the new Ray's the Steaks before but went again when a call at 2:30 the day of our arrival (a Thursday) scored a table at 7:30. As always, a solid meal with spectacular smoked bacon-sauerkraut appetizer and perfectly executed steaks. Wine service was great as well as we let Mark suggest wines based on our party's preferences and they neither disappointed nor broke the bank. Remains a must visit.

We scoured chowhound for a mexican place and went to Guajillo Grill (1727 Wilson Blvd.). Opted for an outdoor table where we could enjoy the breeze and watch the masses crowing Ray's Hellburger next door. Very friendly service, outstanding marguertias. Homemade salsa with chips had just the right amount of spice; fried plantain appetizer with sour cream was perfectly done although the con queso was a little less warm than it should have been. The tacos (chicken, flounder, beef) were all subtle combinations - my only complaint was that the chicken was a little overcooked and the sauce with the flounder could have used a tiny bit more spice. Chicken quesadilla was enormous but fantastic; shrimp fajitas the same. We were too stuffed to try the desserts but they should be good if the plantains were any indication.

http://www.guajillogrill.com/

Tonight we ventured further up Wilson Blvd. to The Liberty Tavern. As others have mentioned, the bar is quite loud - the dining room upstairs is as well but it's manageable. Service and food were spectacular. We were told it was the last night of Restaurant Week and that the entire menu was included for $35pp (app-main-dessert). The grilled octopus and clams with grapefruit, fennel, sugar snap salad with lemon-coriander vinaigrette was an unbelievable combination of flavors. Lobster fettucine carbonara was a nice twist on an old standard. Pork chop with ham hock jus, chantarelles, and pepper mostarda was well executed, but the accompanying corn/potato hash in cream sauce was fabulous. Cheeseburger sliders with spectacular herbed french fries were perfect for our nine year old. Desserts were also great, including warm profiteroles and american farmstead cheeses. French press coffee was better than most. Wines by the glass matched dinner well and the wine list was interesting - both were well-priced.

http://www.thelibertytavern.com/about...

We will definitely visit all three again. Great food at great prices with good, friendly service.

Needham's Dining Scene

Whether you like the place or not, $5 corkage is very reasonable. Most places in Massachusetts do not allow BYOW at all. Corkage in most cities starts at $15 per bottle and goes north from there.

Aug 23, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Needham's Dining Scene

Acapulcos reportedly moving into the old Ground Round site near 128 and Tu y Yo going ahead with plans to open on Chestnut Street.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/needham/fu...

Aug 05, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Needham's Dining Scene

We've had dinner at Spiga twice recently, both before and after the chef change. Enjoyed both. Thread ongoing here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/477462

Jun 14, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

New Italian restaurant coming in Needham

Apparently taking over the old Quince space - Restaurant Pomodoro. Liquor license just approved and opening this summer.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/needham/ne...

Jun 10, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Spiga...Needham St

We went again tonight for dinner with friends. The food was excellent and well executed. Our two nine year olds loved the potato gnocchi, two of us had the tuna entree special while one had the salmon and another had the costata of veal. The caesar salad was better than past salads we had (and more flavorful than described in a prior post), not so much overkill on ingredients. One antipasti - the two flavors roasted sausage skewers with roasted red peppers and onion salad - was spectacular. Marisa Iocco came out mid-meal to check on how our meal was. Our only quibble was with service speed - the kitchen was a little slow getting our entrees out as the place was full. It wasn't overwhelming though. Total for that plus 4 glasses of wine and soft drinks was $310 including tip (6 of us). I am not sure what qualifies as a "legitimate post" but we again enjoyed our meal except that the service could still be a little faster. As for the chef tasting what comes out of the kitchen: we sat near the kitchen and she was evident the whole time (except when she circulated in the room) supervising the sous chefs. Yes, there is a patio outside - it was not in use tonight as it was raining.

Jun 05, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Le Lan closed?

Thanks - sorry for the duplication. I searched but did not find a mention. Since I live in Boston I do not read the Trib that often.

May 25, 2009
L84Dinner in Chicago Area

Help! Arun's?

Agree completely. It is definitely worth eating there at least once. Not bland or uninteresting at all.

May 23, 2009
L84Dinner in Chicago Area

Help! Arun's?

I enjoyed the meal I had there very much but agree it is overpriced. It is not fusion, it's more 'upscale' Thai.

May 23, 2009
L84Dinner in Chicago Area

Le Lan closed?

May 23, 2009
L84Dinner in Chicago Area

Car Crashes into King Fung Garden

Same chef, same Lo Mein.

May 23, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area

Car Crashes into King Fung Garden

Yes - same as the old place they need 24 hour notice.

May 23, 2009
L84Dinner in Greater Boston Area