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Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

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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

Midtown Group Dinner - Where should we go??

Ma Peche - with new "dim sum carts" concept would be fun
Landmark - in the TW Center

Apr 01, 2014
monab in Manhattan

theater trip with a 12-year-old

Esca is great.

Others to consider:
Taboon
Bar Americain
Danji

More casual:
Shake Shake
Toto Ramen
Ippudo (ramen)
Don Antonio (neopolitan pizza)
Pure Thai Cookhouse

Apr 01, 2014
monab in Manhattan

Seafood recommendations

For seafood:

In Soho: Aquagrill and Lure
In the West Village: The Clam and Pearl Oyster Bar
In Greenwich Village: Mermaid Oyster Bar
In Tribeca: Marc Forgone
For post-theatre: Esca (depending on how late the play finishes)

Apr 01, 2014
monab in Manhattan

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

We're going to The Bazaar on Christmas Day dinner - it was available on open table.
I assume that most of the hotel restaurants will be open, but check open table...

Dec 22, 2013
monab in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

Another qu - after reading a few reviews, I'm seriously reconsidering Michy's. the menu sounds good but not unusual...
What do you think? Between Michy's and Michael's, which one would you forego?
Thanks for your opinions!

Dec 20, 2013
monab in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

:)
Is there anything else of that ilk between FLL and Miami?
Love to try some new places.
Thanks!

Dec 20, 2013
monab in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Trip Report: Michy's, Michael's Genuine, Nexxt Cafe, Larios

Thanks for the report!
Humm… I have Michy's booked for dinner soon, maybe I should change…but what to??

Dec 15, 2013
monab in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

Thanks for the report!

Dec 15, 2013
monab in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

Also - any idea what's open Xmas day lunch and dinner?
I will check opentable (and I currently have The Bazaar booked for dinner), but if anyone knows of a fun thing to do for lunch, let me know.
Thanks!

Dec 15, 2013
monab in Miami - Fort Lauderdale