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la grenouille - weekday lunch questions

This is the most crowded top class restaurant I've ever been to in NYC. They cram you in like sardines in a can. There is almost no room from table to table. The last time we were there we had to get up and let people from adjacent tables get through to wherever they were going. The food however is excellent and the flowers are beautiful.

Oct 05, 2014
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Per Se Corkage

They've gone from an already high price of $90 per bottle, to one of $150. I'm guessing that of all the restaurants in the city that have corkage, this must be the highest price.

Aug 27, 2014
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10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Yes it is. I really love the place.

Aug 21, 2014
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10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Although its ostensibly a Greek restaurant, the freshest and best assortment of fish, seafood and produce in NYC in my experience is to found at Milos. Everything that I've ever had there is excellent. They do run a heavy pencil on their a la carte items, but they have relatively inexpensive lunch and pre theater specials. I believe the lunch special is three courses and the pre theater one is four courses. Its a beautiful room with excellent service.

Aug 21, 2014
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Best Chocolate Souffle

The one at the Four Seasons(the restaurant, not the hotel) is excellent.

Jul 01, 2014
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Greek tavernas of Montreal

I love Faros. I've been going there forever. Maybe a hair less better food than Milos, but pretty darn good anyway. At two thirds the price I'd take it anyday.

May 12, 2014
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One night in Palm Beach - where to go?

Its next to impossible to get a reservation, but Palm Beach Grill stands alone.

Balthazar: worth the price?

Chez l'Ami Louis in Paris is considered to be a bistro. Yet its prices are probably higher than half the three star restaurants in France. I would never define a bistro by its price.

Jan 25, 2014
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Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

Four of us were there for dinner last night. As usual, everything was fantastic. We had two tomato and runny mozzarella salads, a wilted bibb lettuce and shrimp salad, the pasta of the day(not sure what was in it but it was delicious), two blue cheese and cremini pizzas and one regular pizza. We brought our own bottle of Dominus 2001. If this isn't the best pizzeria in the world, its most definitely the very best one that I've been to.

Four Seasons Restaurant??

Its wonderful for what it is - a New York City classic. We go there four times a year, once each season when the look of the dining room changes. The food is excellent, but very traditional. My wife orders crab cakes wherever she goes and she says their's are the best anywhere. Their duck is off the charts. Almost nothing innovative, but that suits us fine. The service is as good as you are going to find anywhere. The only caveat is the price. Quite high, but that is what we expect. The thing I find annoying is that they nickel and dime you to death. For example the last time four of us had dinner there, the cost for WATER was $43.00.

Jan 14, 2014
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This might be silly but…..

Why is it that every restaurant I've ever been to in Paris that has a blackboard displaying menus or specials has them written in beautiful handwriting? Are the French more adept at teaching there children to write in a beautiful cursive than we North Americans? I've never been to a restaurant in North America that has blackboard displays written even remotely as well as those in Paris,

Dec 26, 2013
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How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

Why let yourself be intimidated? You are the customer. Order in a manner in which you are comfortable. If the counter person isn't happy with your order, then that's his problem. If he is a smarts, then answer him the same way.

Nov 14, 2013
porkpa in Manhattan

Good, moderately priced Le Marais and beyond

Try Chez Robert et Louise. In the area, fairly priced and the food is very good.

Sep 23, 2013
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$500 - $600 special dinner in Paris

Go for lunch. Most of the top starred places have lunch prices that fall into the $500-$600 price range. Its not quite what you would get for dinner, but pretty darn close. Ones that come to mind are Guy Savoy, le Cinq(my favorite), Taillevent, Michel Rostang and although it doesn't still have the stars la Tour d'Argent. I actually prefer lunch because it gives you time to digest the large amount of usually rich food you will be eating.

Aug 04, 2013
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Best Pub/Low rent Burger

I've eaten burgers at pretty much all the so called best burger locations. Form my experience Walkers stands out.

May 12, 2013
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Last Minute Reservations this Friday and Saturday, suggestions please!

On occasion we've been able to obtain weekend reservations to Milos with little advance time.

May 09, 2013
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Last Minute Reservations this Friday and Saturday, suggestions please!

On occasion we've been able to get last minute weekend reservations to Milos.

May 09, 2013
porkpa in Manhattan

Nice place near Broadway and Canal?

Walker's restaurant is an only in New York type tavern restaurant on Moore St. between Hudson & Varrick. Virtually everything on the menu is good. They have what in my opinion is the best hamburger and roast chicken to be found in New York. The clientele includes everybody from families to single yuppies. The service is excellent. Of equal importance perhaps is that the prices are extremely reasonable.

Apr 29, 2013
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Milos Restaurant

The key to enjoying Milos and not bordering on bankruptcy is to go early and have their pre theater menu which is four courses for $49.00. The food is every bit as good as what is on the regular menu.

Apr 02, 2013
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Katz's--A Disaster

I'm in Los Angeles visiting kids and grandkids. I've long heard about Langers in LA being as good if not better than Katz. I decided to go to Langers yesterday. Here's my verdict. The pastrami, was not nearly as good as that at Katz, albeit better than decent. I didn't see them cutting it, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't hand sliced. The slices were too thin. The portion wasn't as big as a Katz sandwich, but was big enough for me. The one area where the Langers sandwich really stood out was the bread. Simply put it was by far the best rye bread I've ever tasted on a deli sandwich or anywhere else for that matter. The bread alone made the sandwich comparable to that of Katz. I know its the pastrami that counts the most. But its not a sandwich without the bread. If Katz was able to acquire a comparable bread, their pastrami sandwich would be perfection.

Feb 20, 2013
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La Table du Lancaster, and the surrounding neighborhood

Although they are more expensive, but not inordinately so for lunch, the overall experience at Taillevent, Guy Savoy and Michel Rostang is far better than at the restaurants previously mentioned. They are all within walking distance of the Lancaster.

Jan 31, 2013
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Time for a new Steakhouse!

Coincidentally, today's New York Times contains an excellent review for the Arlington Club, a relatively new steakhouse on the upper east side. The review is excellent but the rating is only two stars. I understand that two stars is very good, but in my opinion not as good as the content of the review indicates the restaurant is. The contents of the review are all extremely positive except for that of the sushi which really doesn't belong on a steakhouse menu.

Jan 16, 2013
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Solo in Paris -- need help!

Willi's Wine Bar, close to the Palais Royale, good value, excellently priced for food and wine. Quite friendly. I love sitting and eating at the bar.

Jan 16, 2013
porkpa in France

Worst experience at a "fancy" restaurant and why?

I love good wine as well as good food. Much of my wine is relatively rare and expensive. If we were to order it or comparable wines in restaurants it would break our bank. Thus when we dine in restaurants in New York, we try to restrict ourselves to those that have a corkage policy. I don't mind paying corkage. Actually I like doing so. I really don't want to feel that I'm getting something for nothing. I realize that glassware and service have costs associated with them. I'm willing to pay for it and I will also tip accordingly. I also try to bring wines that are not available on a given restaurant's wine list. A couple of years ago four of us had a wonderful dinner at Bouley in New York. We had checked on the restaurant's corkage policy. They had one. We ate, drank and tipped well. Three weeks later we made a reservation to eat there again. Once again we brought our own wine. After sitting down we were told that they had just discontinued their corkage policy. We could ony have wine that was ordered from their list. The wise thing would have been to leave then and there. Instead we just ordered cocktails and had our meal without wine. I'm sure that the food was probably just as good that time as the previous one. Unfortunately we were so upset, we didn't enjoy it. The restaurant not only knew that we had brought our own wine the previous time. It was on their computer. We also told then about our previous visit.In my mind they should have done at least one of two things.
(1) Advise us of the new policy when the reservation was made.
(2) Made an exception because of the obvious mixup in communications.
They did neither.
I'm sure that they will likely not miss us. But we will never dine there again nor will we recommend that anybody else does.

Jan 11, 2013
porkpa in Not About Food

Visiting from Montreal - Any suggestions?

Consistently good and meeting most or your criteria is Craft.

Nov 18, 2012
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Finding equivalent to NY coffee in Paris

This is sacrilege. Whenever I want a cup of American tasting coffee in Paris, I go to McDonalds.

Nov 17, 2012
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Lox and bagel between Charlton and 57th Avenue along 6th? Seeking ideas

Actually Murray's is owned and run by the same folks that own Zucker's. You should find their food similar. The onloy difference I've found is that Auckers will toast their bagels whereas Murray's will not.

Nov 11, 2012
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Le Cinq for Christmas lunch?

There are very few places where I've enjoyed having lunch as good as le Cinq and none better.

Nov 06, 2012
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Paris Trip Report- Day 1

I've had an ambien amnesia experience as well. Went to a dinner, delivered a speech and recalled absolutely nothing. I always thought the problem might have been having a glass of wine after taking the ambien. Perhaps it was just the ambien.

Oct 09, 2012
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Flying to Paris For One Blow-Out Meal

I stand by my statement. The fact that Chirac took Clinton there does not make the neighborhood beautiful or even nice. Perhaps I should not have characterized the restaurant as a dump. It is clean and the food is well presented. The feeling that one gets when entering it is that one might be entering a restaurant as if one were in the 30s or 40s. Actually it probably hasn't changed much in appearance since then.
John, what is a "Bobo"?
The fact that probably hundreds of luminaries in addition to Chirac, Clinton and Kohl have dined there is not a reflection of the neighborhood, but rather of the restaurant and the experience of dining there.

Sep 05, 2012
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