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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

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

+1 for Uncle Boons!
Awesome food, cool place, great neighborhood for drinks before or after. Not as "touristy" as Buddakan or Kittichai.

In terms of "fun" atmosphere, I would recommend the following:

Thai:
Somtum Der
Larb Ubol

Vietnamese:
Bun-ker - amazing but in the middle of nowhere.

Japanese:
En
Morimoto
Hakata Tonton

Malaysian:
Fatty Crab - still good IMO

Also:
Fatty Cue

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

decent brunch around 55th street 5 and 6 av. - possible on workday

Pershing Square has the best pancakes and corn beef hash in Midtown. It's next to Grand Central - about a 10-15 min walk from your hotel. Think they serve breakfast/brunch everyday, but you can check.

Bar Américain on W 52nd is also great, but it will be more of a "lunch" than "brunch" during the week - although, it does open at 11:45...

If you want a place that midtown workers would go - try Little Collins on Lex between 55th & 56th. It's an Aussie coffee shop with some of the best coffee in midtown and a small menu of delicious breakfast/lunch dishes.

I would NOT go to Norma's or Sarabeth's. Both are famous but mediocre in terms of food quality IMO.

Agree on Petrossian and Landmark, or even Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center. Again, I don't know if the have brunch classics (you'll have to take a look at the menu), but the pastries and coffee are great.

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

ABC Kitchen vs Scarpetta

If you want great Italian, I wouldn't go to Scarpetta.
Plus, you are already going to Perla…

ABC is definitely a better choice that Scarpetta in absolute terms, but if you don't want farm-to-table, then there are other interesting places to go:
- Boulud Sud - mod med
- ACME - mod nordic
- The Musket Room
- Estella

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Uncle Boon's brunch

I've been to Pig & Khao.
It was good, but I guess it's just not the kind of food I personally ever crave.

ilili looks interesting - I'll give it a good - thanks for the recco!

Apr 02, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Uncle Boon's brunch

So so so good, but it's gone!!!

I am a little distraught.

What I really liked was that it wasn't just:
normal thai dishes + traditional brunch dishes, with a bit of thai flavor,

They really made an effort to include thai dishes that were really right for brunch as well as creating thoughtful and delicious takes on brunch dishes incorporating incredibly authentic thai flavors…

Any ideas about how I can get them to resurrect it?
I promise to go at least once a month…

Any other suggestions folks for AMAZING, unconventional brunches?

Apr 01, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Collation of Cooking classes in NYC ...

thanks for posting!

Apr 01, 2014
monab in Manhattan