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new beer hall in Gowanus/South Slope

Just wanted to give folks a heads up about a new beer hall on 3rd Ave and 12th St. in Brooklyn that seems really promising. I popped in for a couple of beers this afternoon and was impressed. The space is beautiful-- lots of dark wood and great lighting. Plenty of seating at booths and tables. They don't have bar stools yet (?) but when they do you'll be able to sit at a beautiful 360 degree wrap-around bar.

The beer and food are heavily German/Austrian. They had a bunch of drafts-- I'd say 12-15-- and about 200 bottles to choose from. I got a Kostriker (nice dark lager) on tap and a bottle of Celebrator. I also got a basket of the fried, salted croutons, which are a ridiculously addictive drinking snack. They have a bunch of house-made sausages on the menu, but I wasn't hungry enough for that. They don't have hard liquor yet, but said they would after the new year. All in all, if you like beer and schnitzel, this place is definitely worth checking out. I'm pretty sure I'll be back later this week.

Nov 24, 2008
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

gluten free baked stuff in philly?

Hello-- I'm in Philly for the weekend with my girlfriend, who has a gluten intolerance. If anyone knows of places that serve gluten-free baked goods, please let me know. Also, if there's any place that does a gluten-free soft pretzel or cheesesteak, that would be awesome. Thanks so much.

Jul 11, 2008
williej33 in Pennsylvania

romantic dinner in philly

My girlfriend and I are spending our two year anniversary in Philly and are looking for a low-key, romantic spot for dinner. We went to Ansill last year and loved it, but we want to try something new. We are going to Tinto with friends the night before our anniversary, so we can't do that for our anniversary dinner. Tangerine looks great but very expensive-- we're considering it, but would like some advice from those in the know: where would you go in Philly for a relaxed, romantic dinner on a special occasion? Thanks in advance for your help.

Jun 25, 2008
williej33 in Pennsylvania

New Year's Eve 2007-2008 suggestions

Lupa does a 4-course fixed price New Year's dinner, and it certainly fits all of your criteria. My girlfriend and I went last year on New Year's and it was lovely-- the atmosphere was festive but the space was less crowded than usual, and certainly more quiet. The food there is always fantastic and you'll be close to lots of bars. To make sure you get a reservation, you need to call the morning of December 1-- I highly recommend it.

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Nov 26, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

biscuits and gravy in brooklyn?

wow, thanks for all the responses. i will try some of these and report back asap

Nov 06, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

biscuits and gravy in brooklyn?

I've been craving some biscuits and sausage gravy-- anybody know of a good place around here to get them?

Nov 03, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

NYC's Best Hamantashen?

The ones at Moishe's on 2nd Ave are damn good. Like the poppy seed the best, but have never been let down.

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Moishe's Bake Shop
115 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Aug 30, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

what is the best new rest. in Bklyn?

Greens and beans are both real good, and their spiced corn. The tips and bits aren't that good, but the ribs (babyback and spare) are real nice. And the mac and cheese is great.

Aug 30, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

LA Hound in town for a wedding...

Coming from LA, seems like you don't need to eat any Asian or Mexican out here, as there will be better out there. Definitely do Babbo or Lupa. If you got to Babbo early on Sunday, you should be able to sit at the bar, if not get a table. Don't bother with Chelsea Market, but definitely try to get to Russ and Daughters on Houston and Orchard-- get some smoked fish and some sweets. Definitely go to Murray's and Zabars, and Barney Greengrass deli will also be convenient for you. Finally, though it gets bashed a bit on this board, you could have some fun at Artisanal Bistro. If you're into cheese, it can be heavenly. The wine/cheese pairings are actually pretty reasonable, and definitely get the gougeres.

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Barney Greengrass
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Artisanal
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Aug 30, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

any great cheesesteaks around Rittenhouse?

Thanks, hadn't heard about any of these places before. Will definitely check one out.

Aug 30, 2007
williej33 in Pennsylvania

The Ladies take Manhattan...again- need suggestions!

Based on what I've seen on this board, I'd try Centro Vinoteca, the new Anne Burrell place. I haven't been yet, but people seem to like it a lot and it sounds like the casual vibe you're looking for. It can be kind of fun to go someplace in the first couple of months that its open, while the exec chef's still in the kitchen and they're trying new things-- which is why I'm in a hurry to get there.

Aug 30, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

what is the best new rest. in Bklyn?

Buffalo Wild Wings, Atlantic Mall.

Just kidding. I like the BBQ place in Fort Greene, Smoke Joint. Not all their stuff is great, but they make the best hot dog I've ever had in my life.

Aug 30, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

Need restaurant rec in theater district

I'll third Trecolori. Have been going there for many years and always happy. And though I had a sentimental attachment to the old space, I agree with RGR that the new one is much more comfortable.

Aug 29, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

Favorite baked sweets?

Love the really big chocolate chunk cookies at Clinton Street Bakery and the really small peanut butter cookies at City Bakery. But my favorite right now are the vanilla custard bomboloni at Caffe Falai.

Aug 29, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

Your favorite Campari drinks.

Yes, Campari and the Pellegrino orange soda is wonderful.

Aug 29, 2007
williej33 in Spirits

New Yorker coming to Philly-- need recommendations

Thanks again for all these recommendations. We already have dinner reservations for Ansill and Tinto, and are planning to hit a couple of these other spots for lunch (and maybe brunch at Sabrina's). I only wish we had more time...

Aug 29, 2007
williej33 in Pennsylvania

any great cheesesteaks around Rittenhouse?

I know the most famous cheesesteaks aren't around Rittenhouse, but that's what chowhound's for. Are there any cheesesteaks worth eating within a 15-minute walk of the square? My girlfriend and I are coming to Philly this weekend and staying near the square, are both recovering from sprained ankles (not nearly as interesting a story as it should be), and would love to take a short walk to a great Philly cheesesteak. Where should we go?

Aug 29, 2007
williej33 in Pennsylvania

World's Best Mustard? Please stake your claim.

I second Plochman's. Also, Mucky Duck from Michigan is a great honey mustard.

Aug 29, 2007
williej33 in General Topics

NYers- what restaurants would you defend no matter what?

Totally agree with LTT about the gnocchi. Also, they often have an orecchiette tossed in butter with sausage and greens-- it's superb. The spiced dates over marscapone are a great dessert, and the tartufo is the best I've had.

Aug 28, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

New Yorker coming to Philly-- need recommendations

Thanks for all of these suggestions-- really helpful. Tinto and Ansill both look like definites, and Le Bar Lyonnaise looks great. How stuffy is Le Bar Lyonnaise? Do I need a tie? Hard to tell from the website. Thanks again.

Aug 27, 2007
williej33 in Pennsylvania

best afternoon drinks around NYU/West Village

Ended up at The Dove and loved it. $6 specialty cocktails until 8pm makes it one of the best happy hours I've done in Manhattan. Thanks to all for the suggestions!

Aug 27, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

tacos de cochinitas pibil-- anywhere?

Go to Senor Lopez on Michigan Ave, a few blocks West of Livernois. They'll usually bring a free sample cochinita pibil taco before you order. It's a great spot for lunch-- the taco special was under $4 when I was there.

Aug 25, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

ICI tonight...what is really good?

For entree, the skate is very good. Get a side of the cheddar grits if you're in the mood-- they're my favorite thing there. And the duck confit salad is very nice.

The hanger steak is okay, but nothing special IMO.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

Things you like slightly burned or burnt?

This is a fantastic topic. Slightly burnt chocolate cookies are delicious, IMO. Also, charred pizza crust is great. And, if you can believe it, toasting matzoh until it's just a tiny bit burnt makes for a wonderful snack.

Oh, and fried macaroni that's slightly burnt and served with pot roast and gravy is the best.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in General Topics

East Village Bakery

Agreed, the bread and cookies what to get at Moishe's. They do a great job with the hamantaschen, if you're into that.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

tacos de cochinitas pibil-- anywhere?

Excellent-- I love Gabriela's, haven't been there for years, never had their pibil. Thanks for the heads up-- gives me a good reason to make the trek up there.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

Please help me choose!

What's the occasion or desired mood? Those places feel kind of different to me.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan

Carroll Gardens: New to the neighborhood. . .what are my staples?

For casual meals, Frankie's 457 for really good Italian and Joya for solid, though unspectacular Thai. They both have great atmosphere, IMO.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

tacos de cochinitas pibil-- anywhere?

I lived in Southwest Detroit for a few years, a heavily Mexican neighborhood, and used to get these tacos all the time. They were incredible. I can't find them anywhere in NYC-- anybody know where I could get some?

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Outer Boroughs

best afternoon drinks around NYU/West Village

I'm going out for an early dinner at Otto tomorrow, would like to get some drinks in that general area beforehand. So many of the places around there are obnoxious and/or overpriced-- any little gems that I might have missed? I'm up for good cocktails, craft beer, or just a nice tavern with great atmosphere. Don't want to do to much walking as I'm recovering from a sprained ankle, so anything within 10-15 minutes of Otto would be ideal.

Aug 24, 2007
williej33 in Manhattan