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Searching for great traditional, warm Christmas dinner for a New York family

Hello hounders - will be coming to DC with our two young (3 and 5) girls, staying over Christmas. Looking for a lovely, delish Christmas meal that is historical or in some way special. Any suggestions?

Best dishes at Congee Village Allen Street

Hosting a bunch of folks from out of town who have various levels of palate and eating restrictions. Thought CV would be fun and I want to give them a spread of some of the best dishes - this is what I have so far - thoughts?

Sauteed snow pea leaves
Eggplant with Salted Fish and Chicken
Salt and Pepper Squid
Beef and Chinese Broccoli
Sesame Chicken

Need more fun and more veggie items!

Mar 30, 2012
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king cake in manhattan?

Does anyone do this (and do it well)? Looking for a treat for my MIL's birthday this week...

Feb 19, 2012
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Need fun lunch place for my team in Times Square

Taking my work team (about 8 people) out for a thank you lunch around Times Square - looking for a not too expensive ($20-30 a person) ehtnic place that is fun and good for groups (and takes a reservation). Was thinking of Korean on 32nd Street (I like Kum Gang Soon) or that place in the diamond district that has Russian food? Any other advice?

Dec 07, 2009
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Need a great low-key place for burgers near the Carlyle

Doing a high and low night for our wedding anniversary - seeing Ute Lemper at the Carlyle, but don't want to pay all the $$ for a mediocre meal afterwards - any suggestions? Doesn't need to be burgers but want something low-key.

Feb 25, 2009
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help - need brunch recco around 50th street and 10th ave stat

my toddler daughter is meeting her aunts and in-laws after swim class this morning - other than Landmarc, are there any places near TWC for a family-friendly brunch that takes reservations?? Thanks in advance

Feb 07, 2009
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Girls group dinner in W. Village

I third Alta - where I do all my girl's dinners

Sep 11, 2008
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Got a sitter, need a good place to eat with my husband tomorrow - UWS or Wash Heights

Desperate for to sit in a nice place with my husband and not our adorable, unruly baby. Any suggestions?

Sep 11, 2008
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Best place for a picnic in Manhattan?

Trying to put together a picnic for my husband's birthday for about 20 people - where would the best place be - looking for a little shade, sun, not too crowded, easy to find, ideal if there were picnic tables near by but not a deal breaker if not.

And what would be good to serve? Any good takeout places that specialize in food that you don't need a fork and knife for?

Apr 24, 2008
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Anything good in Washington Heights?

It's called Parilla - have been there once and it's ok, people there are very friendly

Feb 06, 2008
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Anyone been to Covo in W Harlem?

Is it any good?

Feb 01, 2008
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Restaurant and supermarket situation in Washington Heights?

Oh and there's a Dunkin Donuts opening on 162 and Bway and their Milky Way hot chocolate is pretty addictive.

Feb 01, 2008
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Restaurant and supermarket situation in Washington Heights?

My husband and I have lived in Audubon Terrace for four years (because of the great spaces and light) and love it, but the food is limited compared to downtown. That being said, three months of maternity leave has given me a better layout of the area and have been pleasantly surprised by the markets - there is an Associated on Bway and 162 that has organic milk, eggs and yogurt, as well as decent produce, but if you can plan, use the Fairway on 125. There's also a supermarket on 157th bet Bway and Amsterdam that has organic stuff and is good if you need to run out for things - all the markets have come a long way since we got here, and they have always been excellent for South American staples like the cheese and other dominican goodies.

There's a fruit stand on 160th and Broadway that has good tropical fruit and you can get a boatload of it cutup for 1/2 price you would get on Freshdirect or Fairway - I buy about $12 worth of mango, pineapple and watermelon and we have our fresh fruit for the week. Also lots of vendors selling limited fruit and veg (lots of cilantro, avocado, squash and tomato as reflects the community). We had a greenmarket two years ago, but it closed, so you can go uptown to the Inwood one or the one on 175th on sat.

In terms of resto - for a nice afterwork place, In Vino Veritas on St Nick and 170 is a lovely wine bar, there's Plum Pomidor for grilled stuff and pasta (the family also runs the pastry place JouJou around the corner which has amazing things). Fiesta is great for Mexican, Joa has AWESOME Korean delivery on 162, Tawaa has Indian, Swish around Columbia delivers (but I think it's gross unless you are dying for weird Thai-fusion). There's an ESG that delivers Chinese. The OC is a great bakery on 158 and Edgecombe with good bread, quiches, and sweets. Also, Vinegar Hill on 138 delivers amazing thin crust pizza that is the closest thing you will get to Otto up here.

Feb 01, 2008
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Best Pizza (delivery) in Washington Heights

Vinegar Hill on 137 and Broadway has terrific thin-crust pizza - they deliver at least to 157th street...

Jul 24, 2007
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Last birthday dinner before baby

My birthday is next week and I'm six months pregnant. Looking for a final last blast of culinary fun with friends before life gets complicated. My best birthday dinners have been ethnic, cheap (want to be respectful of our grad student friends and family), and loud (Congee Village, unnamed Vietnamese places in Chinatown, that Italian place in West Village, ethipian, Rasputin, etc).

Any suggestions (doesn't need to be all the above, just condusive to old and new friends with good food)? Would love to stay in Manhattan, and was thinking about German Biergardens (though we have a bunch of vegetarians). About 10-12 people coming. Help!

Jul 18, 2007
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9:15 Times Square--no reservation..too busy?

Bond 45 (on 45th right East of Times Sq) and Tintol (46th just east of the Square) are both good option, bustling but not awful. Bond is tasty Italian and great atmosphere (I have their antepaste about once a month, and their homemade mozz is very good), and Tintol is a tapas place that has a nice buzzy vibe. Would strongly recco over Carmines or Ollies etc.

May 10, 2007
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Grom cometh

Went last night because my husband is an ice cream addict so we decided to have it for dinner. Wait was about 20 minutes at 7:45, very UWS, all friendly-like with dogs and kids. I second that the May special flavor Luna was outstanding, as was the intense chocolate. The vanilla was very intense, but like the pistachio, I thought it was too sweet (think Dreamery is the best for vanilla). The small size is miniscule, but you can have two flavors in there, and it's perfect portion control (give me that over a vat of the chemical stuff any day). We will be back.

May 10, 2007
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Dinner Near WTC?

Just took my 76 year old dad to dinner to Blaue Gans and he LOVED it (especially the desserts), but it does get noisier as the night goes on - if you go early, all will be fine...

Apr 10, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Frederick Douglass and W 155th--What's to eat?

Cannot do better than Charles'

Apr 10, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Around W168th St

All these places are great (and I am still ordering from PP) -- if you're willing to go down a little further, they just opened a little cafe on Riverside and 157 that has great salads, sandwiches and quiches, as well as great baked goods. The guy who owns it sells his bread to a bunch of places in the city, and was the kitchen manager for Pain Quotidien (and it really shows). Everything is really delish and totally fills a need in the nabe (and how).

Apr 10, 2007
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New Food on Broadway btwn 137 and 138

Great to hear that they opened -- been watching the progress and wondering how it would be. It's so...gentrified looking, but hopefully still serves the general nabe.

Now I just want El Rey del Cubano to re-open on 138th street - that was a crazy good sandwich.

Feb 23, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

NYC Bridal Shower Ideas

Danal has a lovely upstairs parlor in the back and the food is terrific.

Feb 18, 2007
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hot chocolate with chile

City Bakery, MarieBelle, and Jacques Torres all do good versions of them.

Feb 10, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Three Black Grain Powder or other coffee sub

So I was in Chinatown yesterday trying to find a substitute for coffee that would be creamy but not filled with sugar (no caffeine either), when I picked up Sweet Garden Three Black Grain Powder, which looked like it would hit the spot, in a Postum kind of way. When I tried it though it was kind of awful, the texture can only be described as wet ashes -- am I doing something wrong? Or does anyone have a good caffeine/sugar free substitue they can reccomend? I've been using this great orzo-coffee-cocoa Italian thing from Arthur Ave, but now I need to cut back on even that.

Feb 10, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Moving to NY. Suggestions on where to reside based on chow?

you could also do washington heights for mexican and dominican. what it lacks in variety it makes up for in good subways (25 min to your work) and great living space -- also amazing cuban sandwiches, roast chicken and cafe con leche. But truth be told, if I were a bajillionaire I would live in a brownstone in the West Village close to Murrays Cheese and the Union Square greenmarket

Feb 06, 2007
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Any restaurants/chefs committed to Local Foods?

applewood in brooklyn -- do a search on haute barnyard to get more

Feb 06, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Casablanca Tearoom?

I was there a few months ago - would have been my go-to place for snacks and tea in SoHo if the music was not so deafeningly loud. Maybe they've lowered the volume since then - food was really tast and it was fun looking room.

Jan 29, 2007
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Need great lunch spot around Madison & 60th

Also the restaurant in the Nicole Farhi store - excellent

Jan 21, 2007
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Reccos for Telepan tonight

Going with some friends - what should not be missed?

Jan 19, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan

Great NY restaurant for anniversary dinner?

DH and I had an amazing meal at Jean Georges for our anniversary - I *think* you can do it under $100 if you're careful with wines - lovely servers, sublime food. Nougatine is the less expensive front of the house. Gramercy Tavern is lovely but I think it might be out of the price range.

Blue Hill in the village is SO absurdly good as well. Actually, it migh nudge out JG in terms of cozy ambiance.

Jan 15, 2007
weezie1818 in Manhattan