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Suggestion for Birthday Bash

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant where six gay men can celebrates a birthday this Friday? This is an annual event and would be in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Last year we went to Marseilles in Hell's Kitchen and the year before the Montauk Club in Brooklyn.

Jan 25, 2012
J.T. in Manhattan

Taking Students to Little Italy, Recommendations?

Did I find the general range of responses helpful? No.

Did I find the attitude behind most of the responses off-putting? Yes.

Remember, I began with a simple question: could anyone recommend a restaurant in Little Italy that could do an inexpensive meal for a large group? I did not ask anyone's opinion of Little Italy in general. I did not ask about restaurants in the East Village, Nolita, or elsewhere. I did not ask anyone's thoughts on the wisdom my students' decision to eat in Little Italy. Nor did I ask about restaurants in Chinatown, a cuisine the class roundly rejected. I certainly did NOT ask for wise-ass remarks like, "JT is welcome to take the advice of [a] tout in front of a 'free wine' place instead..." of bowing to the collective wisdom of anonymous Chowhound food snobs.

Alas, only about three or four responses actually answered my straightforward, informational question. For those people who did try to help, I thank you. I've checked out the places you recommended online and am going to Little Italy this afternoon to select one. I'm currently veering toward Lombardi's. That way I won't have to negotiate a prix fixe and collect money. The students can order and pay themselves. The trip is on Thursday, by the way.

For the record, my students are eighteen-year olds who want an inexpensive dining experience with a touch of ambiance that, for them, would be out of the ordinary. They are not gourmets, gourmands, or "foodies" (odious term, that!). They have a lifetime to acquire taste and discrimination and get over their inexperienced palates. Places like Lombardi's and Il Cortile are good starting points to teach them that dining can be an experience with a touch of history added and that food doesn't come off an assembly line. If they don't like their meal, that's part of the learning curve, isn't it?

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Il Cortile
125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Apr 12, 2011
J.T. in Manhattan

Taking Students to Little Italy, Recommendations?

Thank you Egit and Betty. You've given me leads. Any thoughts on Il Cortile?

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Il Cortile
125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Apr 11, 2011
J.T. in Manhattan

Where to eat in Little Italy?

We're disagreeing on this. It sounds like you had a bad meal. Why not write a review?

Apr 11, 2011
J.T. in Manhattan

Taking Students to Little Italy, Recommendations?

No one's really answering my question. They want to eat in Little Italy because they're college freshmen, tourists if you will. Why not offer help instead of sneers?

Apr 11, 2011
J.T. in Manhattan

Where to eat in Little Italy?

The Oyster Bar is filled with tourists yet is one of the best seafood restaurants in New York. The food sucks at the Waverly Inn, but if you're not Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan, forget about eating there.

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Waverly Inn
16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

Apr 11, 2011
J.T. in Manhattan

Taking Students to Little Italy, Recommendations?

I'm taking a group of twenty college freshman on a field trip. They want to eat in Little Italy. Any recommendations for a place that could do something at $25-$35 a head?

Apr 11, 2011
J.T. in Manhattan

Restaurant Recs Near the Cloisters (Fort Tyron Park)

The New Leaf may or may not be a good restaurant. I'll never know. The two times I have gone out of my way (think about it: Fort Tryon Park!?) to have lunch there, the entire restaurant has been completely booked for a "private party."

If you're a catering hall, please say so. Based on my experience, however, calling the New Leaf a "restaurant" is false advertising.

Dec 12, 2008
J.T. in Manhattan

NO RESERVATIONS::WHERE TO GO IN BROOKLYN WHEN LINES ARE TOO LONG

The top two floors are apartments with the first and second floors used as club space. There's a bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, and catering facilities. Yes, it's for members only but anyone can join the Montauk Club. See http://www.montaukclub.com/home.cfm

Mar 16, 2007
J.T. in Outer Boroughs

Simnel Cake

Sunday is Laetare Sunday and I'm looking for a bakery in Brooklyn or Manhattan that makes a traditional simnel cake. Any suggestions?

Mar 16, 2007
J.T. in Manhattan

Best Fried Clams/Calamari in Brooklyn?

A little off-beat, but Lai Yung, an Italian-owned haute Chinese place on 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, has a grilled calamari and cashews appetizer that knocks my socks off. For the best traditional calamari though, I leave Brooklyn and go to Tosca's on E. Tremont Avenue in the Bronx.

Jan 13, 2007
J.T. in Outer Boroughs

NO RESERVATIONS::WHERE TO GO IN BROOKLYN WHEN LINES ARE TOO LONG

If you like private clubs and believe the Heights Casino is your only option in Brooklyn, think again. The Montauk Club in Park Slope is older than the Casino and -- dare I say? --classier. In any case, the club hired a new chef in the Fall and the food is fabulous these days. Last night I had artichoke fritters, fettuccine alfredo with bay scallops, and a French bread toast/vanilla ice cream/caramel concoction. My dining companions had a chicken cordon bleu and a Dover sole with salsa. The dining room at the club has good-sized portions, reasonable prices, no lines, and accessible membership rules. On top of that, they know your name.

Jan 13, 2007
J.T. in Outer Boroughs