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Best neighborhoods and places for a night of progressive drinking and dining?

Fantastic - thanks so much.
I'm marking everything on google maps - can't wait!

Aug 06, 2015
monab in Chicago Area

Best neighborhoods and places for a night of progressive drinking and dining?

This is awesome!

Thank you all for your suggestions and advice.
Looks like it would be good to have a provisional booking somewhere, in case the "winging it" idea doesn't pan out...

Solely because West Loop is one of the areas we have explored, I am veering towards Logan Squ/Wicker Park - and looks like Uber is the way to go to get between places.

If you had to pick your top 5 (I know, I'm being ambitious think I can hit 5!) in this general area, what would they be?

Thanks again!

Aug 06, 2015
monab in Chicago Area

Best neighborhoods and places for a night of progressive drinking and dining?

We are totally happy to eat/snack at the bar - which is what we normally do when we do this in New York.
Is this not done in Chicago? I assumed it was...

It will be a Friday night. And, although we normally eat quite late (9-9:30pm), I was think of starting out at around 6-6:30pm and seeing how we go...

Thanks again!

Aug 05, 2015
monab in Chicago Area

Best neighborhoods and places for a night of progressive drinking and dining?

So, for one of my evenings in Chicago, I would love to move around and have bites and drinks at multiple interesting, different, delicious places that are walking distance from each other.

This is one of the things my husband and I love to do here in New York, and I thought it's be a good way to try out a few places without having to fully commit to just one, since we're only here for a few nights.

What do you think?
I was thinking either Wicker Park or Logan Square?
Or both? Is that possible? Advisable?
Any particular recommendations in these areas?
Or are other areas better?

PS - I have been to Chicago a few times and have hit many first-timer places - Alinea, Aviary, Frontera, Topo, Publican, Blackbird, Goosefoot, Purple Pig, Girl & Goat, etc.

PPS - we are staying in the Magnificent Mile area, but happy to travel anywhere

Thanks in advance!

Aug 05, 2015
monab in Chicago Area

El ideas one night followed by Next the next - too much?

Thanks Gonzo70, much appreciated!
I will see if El ideas is still available - unless there are any dissenters...
:)

Aug 04, 2015
monab in Chicago Area

El ideas one night followed by Next the next - too much?

Hi
I'll be in Chicago for a long weekend and can get reservations for El Ideas on the first evening and have Next:Tapas already booked the next evening.
Is this overkill?
Will it diminish the experience at Next to do El Ideas the night before?
Is it simply too much food?
What do you think? Quick responses most appreciated!
Thanks!

Aug 04, 2015
monab in Chicago Area

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Thanks everyone for all your suggestions!

Arriving today, so I'll report back on places we go.

Final question - we will be visiting Fort Worth too. Any particular stand outs for lunch?

Thanks again!

Dec 26, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Ah yes - Vietnamese!
I have been seeing a few names (Mot Hai Ba, Pho is for lovers, La Me) repeatedly as I am researching...
With a couple of exceptions, I have found the vietnamese food in New York to be really mediocre., so will definitely think about including one of these in the list.

Quick questions re BBQ place:
Do they tend to be open all day? Are there lines? What time is good time to go?

Thanks!

Dec 19, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Thanks twinwillow - I'll add El Tizonocito and The Slow Bone to the list!

As for Lucia and Gemma - they sound fabulous, and the only reason I am not going to go to them is that I only have time for 2 dinners, so want to concentrate on cuisines that might not be as good in NYC.

Dec 17, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

This is immensely useful - thank you.

So far, I've narrowed down the shortlist to:
Restaurants:
FT33
Smoke
CBD
Mesa

BBQ:
Pecan Lodge
Lockhart Smokehouse

Tacos:
La Nueva
Los Torres
Tacos la Banqueta
El Come Taco
Taqueria La Candelaria

Now, I just have to find a way of being able to try them all in the space of 2 and a half days!

As for restaurants that might be similar to FT33 in NYC - there seems quite a few seasonal, ingredient-driven, inventive places - some fairly recent openings I've enjoyed are Luksus, The Elm, Batard and Juni.

Thanks again demigogh and gavlist!

Dec 16, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Thanks again - good to know CBD Provisions and Midnight Rambler are recommended as we are staying at The Joule!

Dec 16, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Thanks so much - this is great!

Although the quality of BBQ and Mexican food in NYC has improved exponentially in the last 5 years, I will definitely be eating as much of both as I can get my hands on whilst in Texas.

Also, if you have recommendations for other, higher-concept places - that would be great too.
I was thinking about FT33 or something else of this ilk...
Will I be disappointed coming from New York?

Thanks again!

Dec 16, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant for First-Time Visit By New York Foodies

Hello there

I will be in the area for a couple of days (2 lunches and 2 dinners) at the end of December and would be very grateful for all suggestions:

What places showcase the best that the area has to offer, that I absolutely should not miss?

My focus is on restaurants that are in someway unique, indicative of the food scene in Dallas-Fort Worth, or that focus on cusines that may not be as good in New York (e.g., Mexican or bbq - both traditional and modern)

Cost is not really a factor - from food trucks to fine dining - it just the best food that I'm after.

Thanks in advance for your help!

(PS - I am perusing restaurant lists on Eater, Thrillist etc. - are these reliable? Are there any other websites I should be looking at?)

Dec 15, 2014
monab in Dallas - Fort Worth

High-maintenance dining; seeking options for Italian in NYC

Go to Keste for some of the best pizza in New York.
They have tons of no cheese, no meat, etc. options.

Sep 22, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Looking for a seafood restaurant recommendation east of Genoa

If you read Italian, I would highly recommend downloading both the Gambero Rosso 2014 and the Slowfood Osterie 2014 mobile apps.
The are about $10 each, and you can search on maps.
I have found the recommendations to be extremely reliable, especially the trattorias in the Gambero Rosso guide.
There are several "2 and 3 Gamberi" - the highest rankings for trattorias - in the Genova area:
Arvigo
Axillo
Pintori
E Prie Rosse
Bruxaboschi

I haven't been to any of these, but you could look them up and see what you think.

Have fun!

Aug 11, 2014
monab in Italy

Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

DBGB
Lure

Apr 14, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Need a great biz breakfast spot

err, not super close, but how about maialino on lex and 21st?
great, great breakfast.

Apr 14, 2014
monab in Manhattan
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Best desserts in NYC

buvette's chocolate mousse is the stuff of dreams

Apr 04, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Decoy under Red Farm - anyone been?

I, too, am waiting eagerly!

Apr 04, 2014
monab in Manhattan

French restaurants

Very casual, but with great, GREAT food: Buvette in the West Village.
The absolute BEST chocolate mousse in the city.

Apr 04, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Decoy under Red Farm - anyone been?

I heard it was going to be duck-centric…
I was wondering if the food overlaps or if it is a completely different menu from upstairs?

Apr 04, 2014
monab in Manhattan

near the Javits Center

+1 for Gotham Market West.
Also Larb Ubol for amazing Thai

Apr 04, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Will there be a wait at Robertas on a Monday night?

Go early and you'll be fine.

We were 4 people and we went at 6pm on a Saturday and were sat straight away.
AND, there was a couple next to us with a toddler and a baby.

Everyone seemed happy and chill - parents, kids, staff, Toby McGuire (who was also there).

There was no "hipster affectations and rarified preciousness".

But, that was more than a year ago, so maybe it has changed… still, I'm sure if you're there early on a Monday, you will be fine and get to eat some delicious pizza!

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Outer Boroughs

Dim Sum with 3.5 year olds?

+2 for Golden Unicorn. The best of the chinatown bunch.

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Uncle Boon's brunch

I thought they might have canceled it because it wasn't very popular - it was always a little empty the 3 times I went…

If that was the case, I would urge them to give it some more time.

I guess Ill say anything to bring it back. :)

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Cold Soba Noodles

this is opening April 7.
Looking forward to trying a new place:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/food-d...

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Lunch at Ma Peche

I had the exact opposite experience.

Got there at 12:45pm and as soon as we sat down, as the waiter was explaining the concept, the "hot" cart came by.

We took the wings and the rice cakes - 2 of the best dishes in retrospect.

Every other cart came by pretty soon afterwards, so we ended up having the carb dip (great) , the pork buns (ok), and one other thing that i've totally forgotten.

We were stuffed and done by 1:30pm!

Really wanted to order the lamb noodles, but we were too full. Next time.

I think it might have helped that we were sitting right next to where the carts came into the dining room - a favorite tactic of anyone who goes to a lot of dim sum places that applies equally to ma peche.

also, the waiter seemed happy for us to just ask him for anything we wanted if a cart did not come by - just as you would in a normal dim sum place - i asked about the fish buns, and he would have gone to get them if we hadn't decided against them int he end.

i loved the food, but do agree that some items are small for the price - but that's what's great about the carts - you can SEE what you are getting and make a choice if you want to pay for the size of portion or not.

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Asian dinner for 6, 20-somethings in Manhattan/Brooklyn

yeah, you're right - it would only really work if you go early - like 6 ish.
but, on the positive side - the food is AMAZING and afterwards, you can uber or hail it williamsburg or greenpoint for drinks...

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Asian dinner for 6, 20-somethings in Manhattan/Brooklyn

you can reserve for 6 people, so i assume they can accommodate that many.
there's some pretty nice booths at the back...

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Decoy under Red Farm - anyone been?

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan