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Lunch near Penn Station: help, please

Hope I'm not too late. Don't care for the area around Penn Station. However, there is a place. Don't know the name of it on the corner of 8th ave and 33rd st. It has outside dining on the second floor. If I were to eat anywhere near Penn Sta., thats the place. Then there's Tadd's Steak House. For $6.95 you can get a four course steak dinner (including wine). Have fun.

Jul 29, 2009
ptcandy in Manhattan

Crab Shacks in South Jersey-Wilmington DE

Thanks for the info. I guess I'll have to travel to get what I want.

Jul 29, 2009
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Crab Shacks in South Jersey-Wilmington DE

You mean to tell me there are no crab shacks in the area that are worthy?????? Should I find another place to stay?????

Jul 27, 2009
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Crab Shacks in South Jersey-Wilmington DE

Something like this.

Jul 26, 2009
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Crab Shacks in South Jersey-Wilmington DE

Hi
Will be staying on the Jersey side of the Twin Bridge. Wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a Chowhound worthy crab shack on the water in this area. Nothing fancy. Just some newsprint or kraft paper as a tablecloth, a roll of paper towels to wipe the succulent juices and innards from my chin and a bucket for the shells. Oh yeah, draft beer a plus.
Thanks

Jul 26, 2009
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

36" Range help needed, please.

Here are a couple more e retailers

http://www.amroyal.com
http://www.homeclick.com

Mar 09, 2009
ptcandy in Cookware

36" Range help needed, please.

hi
Delonghi sells an all gas 36 inch range. very reasonable and it has convection in both ovens on It is also highly rated. As for electric ovens,most cooks prefer gas cook tops and electric ranges. That's why dual fuel ranges are always with an electric oven. better regulation and moist heat. Gas ovens have a bigger temperature swing. Fratelli Onofri is marvelous and there is a new model, ILVE, also from Italy that is superb. Cost's twice as much but is is thousands less than La Cornu It is dual fuel and the oven will go down to 75 degrees so you can proof dough if you are a baker. in addition, the fratelli double oven and the ILVE have a built in routisserie. ILVE includes a griddle and many accessories. check it out. at www.eurochefusa.com

Feb 28, 2009
ptcandy in Cookware

Crab Joint in Wilmington/Dover Delaware Area

thanks
been to woodys. will check back with you next year.

regards

Nov 04, 2008
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Drawn Butter vs. Margarine

How about 4 nights ago at a crab joint in New Castle, DE. They tried to pass off a cup of STP oil treatment for butter. We travel for both work and pleasure and go to Maine at least once a year. Occasionally, a restaurant will try and pass margarine for butter and it happens more than you know. Maybe i'm too fussy. What can I say.

Oct 27, 2008
ptcandy in General Topics

Drawn Butter vs. Margarine

Why do restaurants insist on serving some oily concoction with margarine and call it drawn butter? Nothing ruins a lobster or crab dinner more. And what's more insulting, when asked, they insist it is butter. We know better. I wish there was a list or hall of shame to post the names of these restaurants that offend our taste buds and intelligence. (my wife feels I need to get a life).

Oct 25, 2008
ptcandy in General Topics

Hard-shell vs. soft-shell lobster?

Tough to tell what is tastier or sweeter. First of all, if it isn't a Maine lobster from the north Atlantic it isn't. Lobsters caught in warmer waters of long island sound or off the Jersey coast (we call them Jersey Lobsters) taste like mud. I prefer soft shelled lobster because it is easier to eat. There is less meat inside but if the restaurant of fish store is fair, you should be charged a couple of dollars less per pound for soft shell. What I find is more relevant to the taste of a lobster is whether or not it's a male or female. Males have a larger crusher claw but no roe in it's belly. Females are supposed to have broader tails. There are those who feel that the roe adds a sweetness to a lobster. With all else being equal, we always ask for females. My pet pieve are restaurants who claim to serve drawn butter when in fact it's some sour, oily margarine concoction. We all know the difference and nothing ruins a fine lobster more than some cheap motor oil dip that they try and pass for drawn butter.

Oct 25, 2008
ptcandy in General Topics

Crab Joint in Wilmington/Dover Delaware Area

Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately had a small change in plans and will be staying near newark this trip. Perhaps next week I can hit it on the way to Punkin Chunkin Oct. 31.

Anyplace along I 95? Thanks

Oct 23, 2008
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Crab Joint in Wilmington/Dover Delaware Area

Are there no chow worthy sites in the Wilmington-Dover area??? How about a good seafood place?
Thanks

Oct 22, 2008
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Crab Joint in Wilmington/Dover Delaware Area

Hi
Going down this weekend to Dover Del. area. I know local crabs are out of season, but does anyone know of any worthy crab houses in Northern Delaware down to Balto? Doesn't have to be fancy. Just good eats. Water view a plus.

Thanks

Oct 20, 2008
ptcandy in Mid-Atlantic

Chow Worthy restaurants along the Skyline Drive region

Well, I just returned from our little trip and didn't find anything exceptional. Ate at a bar in Winchester VA called Brewbakers. It was OK for what it is. In Harrisonburg, we ate in a spaghetti house called Bravo. Food was fine but service was a bit sporatic. OK for a neighborhood place. Big problem here in Virginia is the cigarette smoke. They have separate dining rooms for smokers and non smokers but the smell finds its way to you (and your clothes). Forgot how horrible it is to eat with the smell. (I am tolerant but spoiled since most northeastern states have banned smoking inside a restaurant). What can I say. Also had lunch at the lodge in the park which was fine.

Oct 15, 2008
ptcandy in General South Archive

Chow Worthy restaurants along the Skyline Drive region

Thanks for the info. I can't believe there are no chow worthy restaurants to visit in the Skyline Drive region (except what was mentioned above) . Is that area lacking in decent places to eat? HELP!
Thanks again

Oct 07, 2008
ptcandy in General South Archive

Chow Worthy restaurants along the Skyline Drive region

Hi
We are spending next weekend motoring along Skyline Drive and Shenandoah N.P. We are looking for nice places for dinner. Open to any and all types of cuisine but prefer local cuisine. We are willing to drive a little further for someplace memorable. Your help would be most appreciated.
Thanks
Peter

Oct 04, 2008
ptcandy in General South Archive

Restaurants in the Woodstock, Lincoln NH area

Tried to make a reservation for Friday night at Bailiwick's. Called at 4:30 pm and was told by voicemail that the restaurant doesn't open until 5:00. I was instructed to leave my information on when I wanted to make a reservation and they would call me back. At 5:45 I called and was told I didn't call! To prove their point, they played back for me all the messages. I'm not an electrical engineer and can't explain why my message wasn't received. On four separate instances during the phone conversation I asked if they can accomodate me that evening. . The man on the other end insisted on proving his point. In the end, while there was no problem seating us, we chose to eat elsewhere. If they couldn't handle a simple task as taking a reservation, their service couldn't be much better. We wound up at a seafood restaurat in Bethlehem, NH called Angelica''s. Food was good but service was so-so. It wasn't that they didn't try, it just seemed to me they were way understaffed.

Any eats on Taconic North of Red Hook?

Any good places to eat north of Red Hook?

NOPE.

Anything good in Valley Forge-King of Prussia???

Hi again
Just a note to say we ate at the General Warren Inn once more and it was as good as before. They offer a prix fixe dinner for $32 each that includes apps, entre and desert. for $165 total, they offer the prix fixe dinner, a night at their inn and breakfast the next morning (for 2). They are slower during the summer. We were there on Sat. Nite and there were empty tables! A far cry from February.
Thanks

Jul 14, 2008
ptcandy in Pennsylvania

Depuy Canal House...Worth the visit?

Hi
I have to agree with both of you. I came in with high expectations and left singing to myself, "is that all there is?"

Good points...
The food was great! Very tasty, nice presentation and adequate portions. I had the Branzino that was perfectly prepared. My SO had the pasta carrot wheel which she loved. We ate everything put before us. The atmosphere of the restaurant was just super. Old plaster walls, planked flooring that squeeked when you walked over them. Artifacts galore. Really a pleasant space to dine.
The not so good points...
In a word, service! When we walked in, we were ignored as waiters whisked by. There was no one to receive guests and we stood there for around 5 or 6 minutes until a bus boy asked if he could help us. We told him we had a reservation and be brought a waiter who sat us down upstairs. It was a beautiful table by the window. Unfortunately, it was quite warm. When asked if they could make it cooler, we were seated in the main dining room downstairs. The restaurant was a quite slow, especially for a Saturday night (3/4 empty). In spite of that, it seemed our waiter was never around when we needed him. Food came out rather slowly (not a bad thing) but it seemed as if the meal didn't flow. No other way to explain it. I can't say our waiter was bad, it's just that this level, we expected better service. They had other problems that night with gas and electricity as well as inadequate air conditioning. If the dining room was full, it would have been worse.
Would I go back? Perhaps if I heard changes were made. I would also like to visit the restaurant downstairs. It was a nice meal but nothing over the top but it could have been.

Depuy Canal House...Worth the visit?

Thanks for the info. Will submit a report when we return.

Regards

Depuy Canal House...Worth the visit?

Hi
We will be visiting the High Falls, NY area next week and are planning on eating at the Depuy Canal House. However, we've been hearing mixed reviews and are wondering if it is worth the expense. Has anyone eaten there recently? Any other suggestions?
Thanks very much.

Ptcandy

Annapolis?

Hi
Just returned from Annapolis and I can suggest Middleton Tavern. It's about a block or so off the docks. For lunch, we had baked oysters with a plop of crab imperial that was out of this world. Candi had lump crab meat sliders and I had crab salad. Not gourmet, but a good lunch. Nice atmosphere and attentive and friendly staff made for a nice afternoon. I would avoid Phillips down the street as, while the food is good,(crab dip is to die for) it is quite pretentious and over priced for what you receive. From the time you sit down, the waitstaff try their hardest to upsell and it gets tiring after a while. Too bad. Good Luck.

special occasion restaurant within 10 minutes of Windsor CT

Hi
Sorry for the delay. The restaurant is nice and if they cater to private parties, it must be a smallish room.We've eaten here twice and were more than pleased both times. (In fact, the check was less than what we spent at Maine Fish Market). I forgot what Candi ate but I had a rotisserie loin of pork something or other. Very tasty. Don't recall seeing much Italian on the menu but we ate there many meals ago. Definately not a family restaurant. One group had a couple of toddlers and toddlers do what they do, received the icy stares from the rest of the dining room.Leave the kiddies at home for this place. We will definately go back next time we are through the area. Hope it helps.

special occasion restaurant within 10 minutes of Windsor CT

Hi
Just came back from Windsor Locks and your suggestions proved helpful. Jonathan Pasco's didn't disappoint. A nice dining experience from the candlelit dining room to the excellent fare. Maine Fish Market has gotten more expensive and is no longer on our list. It is a nice family seafood restaurant that offers efficent service and good food but for the price they charge for the experience, you shouldn't have your salad dressing servied in a plastic souffle cup or the sour cream in a pre packaged plastic cup. You would expect that at a diner. Too bad. Please don't get me wrong. The food at Maine Fish Market was good but overpriced for what they are. Obvoiusly, I'm in the minority as they are are packed every weekend What can I say. Thanks, Chowhound for the tips.

special occasion restaurant within 10 minutes of Windsor CT

The Maine Fish Market & Restaurant is one of our favorites and we eat there every time we go to Brimfield for the antique fair. There's a place on on the other side of the river thats very nice. It has two levels with an outdoor deck upstairs but I can't remember the name of it. Any ideas? Also, any other dining suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks

Anything good in Valley Forge-King of Prussia???

Just returned from the General Warren Inn and we weren't disappointed. Skipped apps to save room for dessert. Candi had the lamb chops and I went for beef wellington, both prepared perfectly and hot. for dessert, we went for banana's foster for two prepared tableside. We enjoyed it very much. Service was first rate and will return duing our visit to Blobfest in July. Thanks Chowhounds...

Feb 23, 2008
ptcandy in Pennsylvania

Business Dinner in Ossining / Crotonville, NY

We wound up dining at a restaurant on the south side of town, off of Route 9 called Goldfish. Nice atmosphere, good service and the food was great. Worked out very well. My dining companion was impressed.
Thanks

Business Dinner in Ossining / Crotonville, NY

Meeting a business acquaintance for the first time for dinner, tomorrow night (Monday, Feb. 18) . Don't know what she likes. Any suggestions???? Don't want to travel too far. Thanks.