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Dinner Recommendation for after Totem (Marine Industrial Park)

Hi All,

I'm going on a double date tomorrow and it totally skipped my mind to find a dinner place for after the 4pm showing for Totem. Does anyone have decent moderately priced recommendations for this area? We are thinking of maybe trying out LTK but that has so many mixed reviews. Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks!

Jul 05, 2012
nycmegs in Greater Boston Area

Brunch After More Half Marathon

Hi all,
I'm looking for a good place for brunch after the half marathon next Sunday. I'm looking for something moderately priced 15-20 that will be able to hold about 11-15 people on the Upper West or East Side.

Thanks!

Apr 17, 2010
nycmegs in Manhattan

Big Group for valentines day. Is this possible?

Hey all,
My birthday is Valentines day and I really want to go out to dinner. I have about 10 people who I want to have go out with me for dinner. The problem is I'm having trouble finding place that will seat more then 5 on this day since most places are doing the couple thing. I'm looking for a moderate priced place and would love a good wine list. If at all possible not uber love dovey would be great too.

Thanks!

Jan 19, 2009
nycmegs in Manhattan

Culinary School

Just a little update and response to the post that have gone up since last I checked.

I'm finishing up the semester this Friday and have hopefully found a nannying job that is flexible. I'm going to look at some other cooking schools in New York City. I am very worried about the diploma mill factor. It just seems like these schools are so easy to get into. I'm looking at the FCI's Italian Cooking Experience and the Art Institute of New York. What do people think about these schools? Though, I don't want to leave New York City I think that I need to expand my search of schools. I'm going to go look at the CIA in a couple weeks and maybe go look at the New England Culinary Institute. I have a question about both of these schools. Which I will ask and admissions officer but maybe someone here could help. I have a four year degree and I know that some of the gen-ed requirements are very similar to requirements I already fulfilled with my bachelors will these credits transfer? I think it would get me out of a year of school.

Finally what do I have to look for when it comes to diploma mills? I feel like all schools have become diploma mills now. They might say they are top tier and have great finical aid packages, but I have yet to see it and I work both sides at a top tier school.

Again thanks for all your help. I hope to stay in New York City, but if my dream takes me elsewhere for a bit that is ok. I was thinking that a good way to understand both sides of the business was to see if my dad would let me help him run his cafe. I know he wants to expand to catering and he is trained as an accountant. This would let me see both sides of the business and let me get my hands wet and yes my dad is a cook that would scream at me if I screwed up in the kitchen ;^)

May 01, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Culinary School

All I have one more week of my masters program and will begin looking into working in restaurants or for a cater and maybe an Inn next week. I'm really love all the tips. The books are amazing and very eye opening. I have to say that they are making me really want to go work in a restaurant just to be part of the action.

Again thanks so much for the suggestions.

Apr 23, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Culinary School

I know all of these postings are really helpful and am so grateful for all of the advice that you have all written here. I went and sat in on a class today and got to talk to many of the students and the chef instructor. They were all very helpful and I got the sense of what a class would be like. Most of the students were in their mid to late twenties which was nice to see.

Once I'm done with the semester (I'm at NYU for a masters). I'm going to pursue some stage positions and look in to some other programs.

Again thanks so much for all of your comments. All your insights and advice is more the appreciated!! Most of all it makes me realize I'm not crazy for trying to pursue my dreams but that I need to real it in a little bit before taking the jump. I think my mom is grateful too because she was getting a little nervous that I was going to jump without thinking.

Apr 19, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Culinary School

I'm reading it right now and love it.

Apr 19, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Best West Village Restaurant

What do you think is the best? Please do not say mamoons.... Chick Pea is pretty good. I'm limited as I have only done falafel in the villages.

Apr 17, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Culinary School

First of all I want to thank everyone for their great tips. I picked up Heat today and really love it. The other books are going on my to read list. I'm going to sit in on a class at ICE on Thursday.

I guess I'll explain a little more about me. I have been going to school in something I have really recently discovered I do not enjoy. This being said I have an excellent education to fall back on with some good work experience and connection in the public policy/political and business world to fall back on. I also know how hard it is to work in the culinary world. My father has been everything from a waiter when I was really young, a wedding cake maker, a baker, and now he runs his own cafe in Rollinsford, NH (if you are ever in the area go try the Black Bean my dad makes a killer brioche and sticky buns and to this day his bread is really thee only bread I like). This being said I have seen the struggles he has gone to to keep afloat in this business and know how hard it can be and have seen you really do need the passion.

His first recommendation to me was to go and get a job some where too. So I'm taking all these suggestions and am going to try to get a position somewhere in the city. I'm thinking of nannying on the side as well so I can keep a roof over my head. I'm thinking of taking a leave from my masters program and testing my feet in the culinary world for about 6 months before making the ultimate career changing decision. Also I should add I'm still fairly young so I haven't been in my current career for that long.

This brings me to my last question. Though, eventually I would like to own my own Inn with a restaurant I'm really interested int the catering aspect of the culinary world. Would it be worth it to get a job with a catering company or should I really pursue work in the restaurant field?

Again thanks so much for all your help. You have know idea how these comments have really helped me come to a rational decision regarding this life change.

Apr 17, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Culinary School

How do I go about getting stage positions. I'm fine with doing the unpaid labor part. ICE interest me because I want to stay in New York city and it has a fairly good reputation. Also ICE program is only a year and you can add the restaurant managment to the culinary arts program. I feel like J&W and the CIA are more geared toward undergrad where ICE seems to be for the career changer. I might be wrong but that is what it seems like from all of the websites. I'm going to tour the CIA in May. With the CIA you are required to have 6months of experince. Does anyone know what type of experince this is? Would doing food prep at Wholefoods count?

Thanks for all your help.

Apr 17, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Culinary School

After 7 years of doing stuff I don't really find all that enjoying I have decided to pursue my true passion and go to Culinary School. I have always dreamed of eventually running my own inn or restaurant and don't know why I didn't pursue a career in food earlier in my education. I am now in a little bit of academic debt, but just don't think that continuing my current education would be worth it.

Anyways I was accepted at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and have looked into the Culinary Institute of America, and Johnson and Wales. I would rather do a one year program but was wondering if there are any chowhounds out there with advice on culinary schools. Also does anyone know where I could find some scholarships?

Thanks so much.

Apr 16, 2007
nycmegs in Not About Food

Best West Village Restaurant

Have got to disagree with Mamouns. Go to Taïm if you are in the mood for falafel and hummus. It is on 222 Waverly near 7th. Best falafel in the city and their fries with aiol mayo are amazing.

Mar 20, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Sarabeth's (West)

Does anyone know if Sarahbeth's (West) serves brunch? If it does is it like the CPS brunch? Do either of these places take reservations? Will my parent's like it?

Mar 20, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Belgian Fries in Manhattan

As someone who has lived in Brussels I was spoiled by their amazing food and have yet to really find a great Belgian fry place. I went to Pomme Frites but the fries were a little over cooked for my liking. If only Frite Welt was in New York. This list looks great and I look forward to rtryeing ot the Belgian Beer Bar. :)

Mar 15, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

I just relocated to West 145th Street

I am so willing to expand my radius. I'm would like to find some good fall backs for delivery too. I would say 30-40 blocks in any direction would be good for me. I know there is a bunch of stuff in the 125 st area.

Mar 15, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

I just relocated to West 145th Street

Hi all,
I just relocated from Astoria to West 145 in Harlem and need some tips on speciality grocery stories, fruit stands, and restaurants (eat in and take out). I'm probably going to be exploring the area this weekend but any tips would be helpful.

Thanks,
Megs

Mar 14, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Visitors on Saturday

How long is the wait if we got there around 11?

Jan 08, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Visitors on Saturday

These all sound great. I'm leaning toward Prune, Balthazar, or Jane. How hard is it to get a reservation at Prune for Brunch on Saturday?

Jan 08, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Restaurant Week Suggestions

It is my first time in New York for restaurant week. I will probably only be able to go to one place for dinner or lunch. I just wanted to get suggestions on which place I should try. I'm up for anything.

Jan 08, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Visitors on Saturday

I'm looking for something casual with prices ranging for entres between $10-20. I'm open for any cuisine and looking for a friendly laid back ambience. I love brunch so I would love to do that. I'm not sure if they are going to be up for it so something that has a good selection of lunch items for brunch.

Jan 08, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan

Visitors on Saturday

Hi all,
I've been living in New York for about 6 months and have found some great place, but still need some help. My aunt and her friend are coming down on Saturday and we are meeting up for lunch/brunch and then going shopping in Soho/East Village area. I was wondering what some good moderately priced places to eat in that area are. I was thinking of trying Dos Caminos Soho for brunch.

Thanks!

Jan 08, 2007
nycmegs in Manhattan