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Ricette, The Gander, or ?

I was at The Gander on a Tuesday a few weeks ago and it was far from quiet. Last week we tried All'Onda and the volume (and food) was much better. There are a few salad and vegetable sides on the menu. Check out I sodi too - lots of great, simple salads and lots for the foodies.

Oct 23, 2014
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Annisa

If it's early, you could probably get a seat at the bar, but it's a really small place. The bar seats, what, 8 people? Tough call...

Oct 23, 2014
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Union Square Area Dinner Reco Needed

Not a fan of The Gander. Nothing terrible, but nothing particularly memorable either. The food and the vibe left me cold.

Casa Mono could work for you. We just had a great meal at All'Onda. If you're willing to head a bit farther west, check out I sodi and Foragers.

Oct 23, 2014
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In Manhattan for a few days. (price no option)

Atera.

Oct 23, 2014
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

Where can I buy acorn flour in Manhattan?

H-Mart is all out. Where else can I find the stuff? Any ideas?

Thanks!

Oct 23, 2014
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

Please help with my Montreal restaurant itinerary!

Thank you! Do you feel that any of these places would be better for lunch instead of dinner (or vice versa)? I'm wondering if I ought to splurge on dinner at Europea or try the less expensive lunch instead.

Please help with my Montreal restaurant itinerary!

We will be in Montreal Thurs-Sun and I'm aiming to try as many restaurants as possible. My husband eats everything, whereas I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I think I've narrowed down our list but am not sure which places to hit for lunch and which places to hit for dinner. Any thoughts?

Europea
Damas
Le 400 Coups
Chasse et Peche
Hotel Herman (I know they don't love vegetarians but I think my husband will like it and they are willing to feed me.)
Bouillon Bilk (same as above)
Vin Papillon (Dinner because of the wine list - not a big daytime drinker.)

Thank you!!

A Vegetarian in Paris

We just got back from a lovely 3-day visit to Paris. I couldn't find much information on foodie vegetarian dining before we left so, in the interest of helping future vegetarian travelers, I thought I'd share a brief list of restaurants that were particularly good to me. I did not make many reservations on my trip 5 years ago and, as a result, wound up with many croque monsieurs without ham. We wanted to do better this time and tried to find restaurants that were up snuff for both meat eaters and non-meat eaters. For what it's worth, we are 40-something New Yorkers and like to believe that our standards are high.

All restaurants were notified in advance of my dietary restrictions.

Friday lunch - Chez Dumonet
When I called, I was informed there would not be much, "maybe an artichoke or something." True enough, there was not much to choose from, but said artichoke was a delicate and delicious salad, and there was enough on the menu to make a fine feast.

Friday dinner - Le Martel
Went here on the recommendation of a friend who is a frequent visitor to Paris and enjoyed the best vegetable tajine I've ever had, certainly better than anything we ate in Morocco - loads of asparagus and capers in addition to the usual vegetables. My husband had bbq pork and couscous, called something like Mamounia, one of best dishes he ate in Paris this time around.

Saturday lunch - Les Papilles
Prix fixe so I was left in the hands of the chef. Soup and omelet with vegetables were delicious. Prix fixe also includes a cheese course and dessert. You can email for reservations and to notify of dietary restrictions: lespapilles@hotmail.fr.

Saturday dinner - Au Passage
The menu changes regularly but it consists of many small plates and there is sure to be something for the vegetarian.

Sunday lunch - bread, cheese, La Fougasse, etc. No restaurant visit.

Sunday dinner - Mon Vieil Ami
We had been here years ago and the food did not leave a big impression, but they've come a long way. Several options here and the staff is very accommodating. Note: This place is loaded with fellow tourists. That said, my meal was outstanding and I'll certainly go back on our next trip.

On our last trip we ate at Arpege and Maceo. Both will happily accommodate you. If we had had more time, I would have returned to Maceo. Arpege was a bit over the top and pricey for me (but many will disagree).

Apr 28, 2013
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please help with my husband's birthday dinner

Thank you. No, it doesn't have to be a tasting menu.

Apr 05, 2013
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please help with my husband's birthday dinner

Hi. I am looking for something fairly swanky, but perhaps not Per Se swanky. The big catch is that I am not really into seafood and that rules out a lot of the new contenders. For what it's worth, our favorite upscale places, in addition to Per Se, are Atera and Corton. We were underwhelmed by The Modern and Lincoln, and the husband has no interest in the new EMP. I just called Jungsik and they can keep the seafood out of my meal. Is that a good choice? Where oh where should we go?

Thank you!

Apr 04, 2013
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NoMad vs EMP for 50th dinner

Hello, all.

My husband turns 50 next month and I'm trying to figure out where to take him. He loves EMP so I thought NoMad might be an interesting surprise for him. Is it up to snuff and special occasion-y enough? I don't need anything terribly fancy - food is most important - and I'm wondering which venue to choose between the two. Which would you pick and why?

Thank you!

Apr 12, 2012
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swanky UWS dinner recs please!

Thanks so much, everyone! Picholine sounds like the winner but if you come up with any other stellar ideas, please post. I'm not going to specify which room - we'll just see what happens.

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Picholine
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

Apr 18, 2011
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Chelsea nice enuff for adults but with little kids in tow?

Those are all great options. Also, if it's a nice day and you feel like a stroll, Gradisca on W13 can't be beat for good food and kid-friendliness. Grand Sichuan and Legend are pretty good with kids too if your pals want Chinese.

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Grand Sichuan
229 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Gradisca
126 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Legend
88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Apr 18, 2011
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swanky UWS dinner recs please!

My husband and I are going to something at the Beacon for his birthday and I'd like to take him for a memorable dinner before the show. All I can think of is Telepan but we've been there a couple of times already and I'd rather try something new. What are you favorites these days? Much obliged.

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Apr 15, 2011
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

Nice/upscale resto with good vegetarian options

Another vote for Boulud but you have a lot of fantastic options. We recently had a great vegetarian meal at Tocqueville, which is well worth a trip with or without a vegetarian. Not sure how upscale you want to go, but you will do well at EMP, Per Se, Devi (but service is odd there), and Blue Hill, to name a few. Personally, I'd go with Tocqueville or Cafe Boulud and you probably won't have a hard time getting a reservation at either.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Dec 05, 2010
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Child Friendly in Chelsea for a Friday or Saturday night dinner?

Chelsea Ristorante is nothing special but there are always kids in there and the menu is pretty straightforward and solid. Our favorite kid-friendly spot is Gradisca - they adore kids and the food is generally very good. Both places have a full bar for the adults. ABC Kitchen could work if the kids like to eat early, but you'll need a reservation.

Eataly is a zoo, even worse weekend night, I think.

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Gradisca
126 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Chelsea Ristorante
108 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Sep 18, 2010
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

NYU Medical Center area, low 30s and 1st Ave. Any good eats?

I have spent a lot of time over there and my favorite spot for lunch, dinner, or takeout is Ali Baba on 34th. You are wise to avoid the NYU food. If you're up for a bit of a stroll, you're not far from many good Indian options in the upper 20s.

Aug 29, 2010
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Best reasonably-priced Indian in the W Village or Soho?

Surya on Bleecker is reasonable. I haven't eaten in the restaurant recently but it's always been pretty reliable and solid. Plus it's comfortable and they have a full bar so your pals can relax after all of that walking. There's also Bombay Talkie but a) that might be too far for you and b) is a little pricier, I think.

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Bombay Talkie
189 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Aug 25, 2010
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where to get fresh wild blueberries?

We were at the Abingdon farmers market this morning (open every Sat) and they had plenty.

Aug 14, 2010
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

(Fine) Dining in the West Village

There are a lot of great recs here. I'd also add I sodi on Christopher.

Aug 08, 2010
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Birdland - To eat or not to eat

Are you looking for something close to Birdland, or are you willing to travel?

Aug 02, 2010
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Birdland - To eat or not to eat

I haven't eaten there for a year or two but, assuming nothing much has changed, I can tell you that the food is perfectly average. I wouldn't seek it out but it's not disgusting. If you are fussy, get something light during the show and then go out for dinner elsewhere.

Jul 31, 2010
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Far Far West 20's

Also, I'm quite fond of La Bergamote, a great place for croissants, pastries and sandwiches.

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La Bergamote
169 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jul 15, 2010
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Far Far West 20's

Whoops - typo on my part.

Jul 15, 2010
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

Far Far West 20's

Grand Sichuan on 9th and 24th for Chinese takeout and/or delivery. Co. is right across the street.

Jul 14, 2010
clembeauchamp in Manhattan

ice cream cake?

Does anyone know where I can find a non-Carvel ice cream cake in this town? Someplace in the West Village or Chelsea would be ideal but I'm flexible. Thanks very much.

Jul 09, 2010
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Italian dinner for 13 including kids

We have a toddler so Chelsea Ristorante is in regular rotation. Sgordon's description nails it - it's nothing special but they are family-friendly and reasonably-priced. I've taken my parents and grandmother there on several occasions and they were all happy. I wouldn't call it festive, though, and there's something a little cheesy about it, but the food is solid and the service attentive. The other family-friendly Italian place we frequent is Gradisca. It's probably a bit pricier than CR but the staff is fantastic with kids and the food is far better. Also take a look at Intermezzo. I haven't been there since they changed management but believe there was a recent posting here about how good it was.

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Gradisca
126 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Chelsea Ristorante
108 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jul 07, 2010
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3 night visit: Scarpetta and Blue Hill booked; final dinner?

Take a look at Maialino too. Great wine list without a huge markup. Not huge, but interesting. Oh, and the food is great too.

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Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Jul 06, 2010
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Anything open today (on July 4th)?

Check out opentable.com to get a sense of what's open and available today. You can search by neighborhood.

Jul 04, 2010
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Can I bring a kid to Recette?

She is just about two and doesn't make a lot of noise. However, I try to be respectful of those around us, who don't necessarily want to hear a kid babbling when dining. She goes out with us a lot - Barbuto, Locanda Verde, and ABC Kitchen are recent venues - and, if dining with her, we'll eat at 6:30 or 7. If Recette and casual and kind of loud, I think we'll bring her.

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Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Recette
328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Jul 02, 2010
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