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Authentic, reasonable Milanese in city center?

Just got back from a week in Milan and stayed in Center Storico so maybe I can help. I happened on sites Sauce Milan and Swide and got a lot of information about restaurants etc.
For lunch in the center try Paper Moon Via Bagutta 1. We ate dinner there but they are also open for lunch.
We also had delicious meals at the following restaurants where I think you would be fine dining alone.
Langosteria 10 on Via Savona.
Giacomo Arengario overlooking Duomo but food was good.
Alice the *Michelein in Eataly behind closed doors. Eataly in Milan isn't as touristy as NYC.

May 18, 2015
trav in Italy

Manchester and Chester dinner suggestions

Please recommend restaurants that serve good food including fresh fish. Higher end is fine with creative chefs and cool atmosphere. Close to city center in Manchester would be great too. Thank you.

May 07, 2015
trav in U.K./Ireland

Please help me dine in Tokyo

Please help me select places to eat that aren't more than a 15 minute taxi ride from Ritz Carlton Hotel. I will be visiting Toyko in mid May.
I am interested in Omakase sushi, kaiseki, tempura, and modern.
I have read about Narisawa, Nihonryori Ryugin, Harutaka, Teni-ichi, Sushi Iwa, Sushi Sawada, Yoshitake. Are any of those places with 15 minute cab ride? I am open to all suggestions and want to try places for soba and ramen too. Would you also comment on which places would be less expensive for lunch.
I would appreciate any comments and suggestions. Thank you very much.

Mar 26, 2015
trav in Japan

Dinner near SF airport

Thanks so much for the info.

Mar 15, 2015
trav in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner near SF airport

South San Francisco. Thanks.

Mar 15, 2015
trav in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner near SF airport

Any recommendations for dinners near airport. Staying at Embassy Suites and would take a taxi there. Thanks.

Mar 14, 2015
trav in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for trendy atmosphere

Upland or Marta

Dec 20, 2014
trav in Manhattan

El Convento, San Juan, PR

They are all very average. If you are staying nearby, they are convenient.

Sao Paulo information please

Would like recommendations for restaurants in Sao Paulo for a February trip. Have read about Mani, Dom, Mocoto, Chou. I'm interested in great chefs and would prefer Japanese, fish, seafood, if possible.
Also if given the choice for hotels, does Emilano or Fasano come out ahead? Thank you.

Special occasion dinner in Manhattan but with teens!

Tao downtown--if they eat Asian food. The restaurant is gorgeous! Close by is Buddakan--also beautiful with Asian food. Toro in the same vicinity and although they have small plates, I wouldn't call them precious. All 3 of these restaurants are close to High Line teens might like.

Oct 19, 2014
trav in Manhattan

Ricette, The Gander, or ?

Ate in The Gander last night. If you sit in the back room in one of the corners, you would be able to hear each other talk. Food is very good and for the person who picks at greens, I would say to order the crispy calamari salad. Just a few scattered calamari on top of delicious greens nicely dressed.
By the way it's Recette!

Oct 08, 2014
trav in Manhattan

Acquolina Hosteria

Acquolina located on Via Antonio Serra 60.

Aug 21, 2014
trav in Italy

Acquolina Hosteria

Posted about a month ago for restaurants between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna. Maybe I need to be willing to travel further. What is consensus for dining at Acquolina Hosteria? There is a lot of fish/seafood on menu which I like. How long a taxi ride is it from Via Babuino? Should I make the trip? Grazie.

Aug 19, 2014
trav in Italy

Barchetta - Stylish Seafood in Chelsea from Esca Chef

Had a completely negative experience when I ate dinner there a few months ago---tiny portions, way too expensive, a waiter who rushed us, a manager who constantly walked back and forth sneering at diners, etc. Very different experience at Esca and Il Pesce.

Aug 12, 2014
trav in Manhattan

Columbus Circle Restaurant

The Smith is on Broadway and 63rd. You can order a variety of dishes which wouldn't be too expensive. On a nice evening, it's pleasant to sit outdoors across from Lincoln Center.

Aug 12, 2014
trav in Manhattan

Eating between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna in Roma

Staying on Via Del Babuino late September from Saturday to Tuesday. Have been to Rome many times and traveled to great restaurants all over the city. This time we want to dine within a 10 minute walking distance of Hotel Piranesi. We are interested in Italian food with emphasis on pasta and fish or shellfish--not meat. Any price and perhaps a hidden gem you may know about. Also wine bars or great pizza. Grazie.

Jul 20, 2014
trav in Italy

Excelsior Hotel or Phoenician in Valetta

Which hotel in Valletta, Malta would be closer to the best food opportunities?

Jul 15, 2014
trav in Italy

Valetta, Malta

Please recommend your favorite restaurants and hotels for a trip in September. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2014
trav in Europe

Cagliari in September

Any recommendations for all levels of Italian restaurants. Thanks.

Jul 14, 2014
trav in Italy

Sunday restaurant week dinner

Many restaurants are participating in Sunday dinners. Would love some current opinions on the following restaurants. Thanks.
Tribeca Grill
The Harrison

Jul 10, 2014
trav in Manhattan

Puerto Rico (ESJ, OSJ, Condado) Suggestions?

La Cueva Del Mar in OSJ only opened in that location 3 weeks ago but they have 2 other locations. Their menu is large and fish tacos look very good. We ate a delicious fried whole snapper and were able to select the fish we wanted.

Trip Report San Juan

Thanks to everyone who helped us find great food in San Juan. La Cueva Del Mar in OSJ opened 3 weeks ago and is a great place for wonderful seafood/fish at a reasonable price. Both Jose Enrique and Santaella in Santurce were outstanding. Marmalade on OSJ offered a lovely setting and good food. St. Germaine had great salads and sandwiches for lunch and Cafe Puerto Rico's mofongos were delicious.
We loved staying at El Convento but didn't think their restaurants were nearly as good as the ones I just mentioned.


I ate there last night and although the staff was gracious and competent, I found the food I had to be way too salty. I sent back the spaghetti with manila clams. The dorade was tasty but the bed of tomato olive tapanade it sat on was also extremely salty. I loved the tuna crudi though. There was a large selection of wines in all price ranges. My bill reflected a no charge for the sphagetti and an extra amount taken off as well. Maybe I'll try All'Onda again in a few months to see if the chef modifies the salt.

Jan 19, 2014
trav in Manhattan

San Juan--what do you think of these choices?

After some research, I've narrowed down dining to these restaurants. We are staying at El Convento for 5 nights in February so I've chosen places convenient to the hotel I think.
Jose Enrique
Rosa Triana

We want to have fish, seafood and vegetarian choices and want to sample a variety of cuisines. Thanks for your help.

taipei upscale restaurants

Going to Taipei next week for several days and have reservations at Shin Yeh and Really Good Seafood. I know we could get more authentic food at night markets and eating street food but would prefer more elegant settings for dinner. We are staying at W Hotel in Xinyi so if there are restaurants close to our hotel it would be a plus. I would like Asian food preferably with many seafood/fish options. How are Aoba and San Hsi T'ang at National Palace Museum?
Thank you for your help.

Dec 07, 2013
trav in China & Southeast Asia


Lincoln Ristorante on the Plaza at Lincoln Center and Robert in MAD Museum at Columbus Circle.

Dec 02, 2013
trav in Manhattan

Upper West Side

Red Farm recently opened its second location on Broadway between 76-77. Delicious take on Chinese food--right now it's only opened until 5pm so lunch would be your best bet. Also Mermaid Inn for great fish is on Amsterdam between 87-88.

Nov 05, 2013
trav in Manhattan

Pasta near Empire Hotel for pre-marathon dinner

The Empire Hotel is across the street from Lincoln Center so you have picked a lovely area for your stay in NY. I recommend Cafe Fiorello on Broadway around the corner from your hotel for pasta and vegetarian choices. The Lincoln Ristorante on the Lincoln Center Plaza or Bar Boulud next to Cafe Fiorello would be good Sunday choices. You can check out their menus online on menu pages. There are also some mediocre restaurants next to or part of your hotel--Ed's Lobster House, Rosa Mexicano, and PJ Clarke.

Oct 10, 2013
trav in Manhattan

Asian food near Lincoln center tomorrow night

Shun Lee is right across the street from Lincoln Center. There is a cafe in the front of the restaurant and a regular dining room in the back of the space. Open Table shows that they will take a reservation until 11:30 pm.

Oct 03, 2013
trav in Manhattan

best whole grilled fish

Don't know if it's the best in the city but whole fish at Mermaid Inn on Amsterdam and 87th is very good!

Sep 19, 2013
trav in Manhattan