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Love Ottolenghi's , but they're closed for time we need , anywhere else like it apart from Fig & Olive Islington [London]?

I have a friend meeting me off the train at Kings Cross station and we didnt want to go to far in a taxi , preferably near or in Islington , as I can easily get home from there & she needs to get to Shoreditch by taxi again later in the evening & doesn't want the cost of the day to mount.

Ottolenghi's http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/ is perfect , as they have savoury snacks and lovely cakes and patisserie, but they close around 5 to set up for dinner and we would like to go somewhere to sit from 4-8.

I thought somewhere for tea might be nice , but we fancy something much more relaxed than say The Wolseley or Ritz.

A few weeks back we went to Fig & Olive and sadly had an incident with a fly in our food, was a real shame , as its the right kind of place for an afternoon nosh! So we wont be going back there in a hurry!

It would be great to get some suggestions , as were a bit stuck & where better to come than the wonderful chowhound for some ideas.

Nov 12, 2009
melsy in U.K./Ireland

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

Lol I dont mind the nosey , I am after all a fallen jewess, who has never been kosher , but come from a family who started that way 2 generations back!! It was a kosher non dairy coconut ice cream.

and you are right we did have a chocolate torte with cream in , but our guests have said in the past that they are ok with eating dairy after ,despite wanting kosher meat! We took the chance but also had some fruit on hand to go with the ice cream if thats what they wanted to finish with.

Thank you all for your ideas, the meal went down fantastically well and almost all of it went! I was sad to not be able to have some more the next day, but they couldnt get enough of the satay , fish cakes & Som Tum, (my all time fave salad). There was some left over curry, (as we made litres of it) , to have for dinner this evening.

When I get a chance , I'll upload some pictures. Athough I was so hungry ,I forgot to shoot the starters!!

Those cashews look great MplsM ary, another idea saved for our next thai meal. Thank you.

May 24, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

Now why didnt I think of that!!! Good tip & sub.

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

husband not impressed with this for our guests as he doesn't think they will appreciate it!I I know one of the guests (husbands old University friend), is a bit of a jock, hes the kind to make a snidey joke !

Will save it for my more refined palates!

I am however dying to try and make it!

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

Now that is a FAB idea alkapal. Wondering if Ive got long enough to puree and then re seive and let it drip through for more concentrated flavour.

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

Definitely leaving it out! Just adding some more saltyness -Nam pla- to make up for it.

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

Thank you care11 and alkapal, we've now re jigged the menu as follows , as we had bought all the kosher ingredients yesterday. So we re adapted what were using them for .

The thighs bought for the chicken stri fry are now for the satay & have been deboned & skinned and cut into mouth size pieces and are marinating in fridge with peanut sauce for our metal skewers later. Shhhhh don't tell, it was a jar of something we had already. Were cheating a bit today!
Thai fish cakes now sitting in fridge setting ready to be fried later
Instead of minced chicken salad , its now just a green papaya salad
The rest of the menu is the same, except the chicken stir fry dish will be with mince and not pieces of chicken. Quite authentic think.

I haven't got pineapple , but Ive got a watermelon and am having a think how I could cube that with something yummy and savoury to dollop on top as something unusual. Were trying not to go out to the supermarket now so we can continue preparing , as I have 2 little girls to prepare for baths and bed in 2hrs also!!

It doesn't really matter about authenticism as such, just that we get the flavours more as they should be for each certain dish. Its a trip around Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand!!

Not sure I can post about it after with all our cheating! I will put it on my blog eventually also!

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

oh my they look delish alkapal, alas I cant serve for these friends due to them being kosher , but have saved them for another time.

Wil definately have a look at foodgawker too.

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

ahhh now I did see wasabi nuts at Wholefoods yesterday , but husband made a face!

oooh I forgot I bought some rice cracker , really big ones! Although I suppose its more Japanese.

Lets say my meals asian influence as you say! Its really hard as there arent any really authentic nibbles. None Ive had anyway in Thailand that I can remember.

Will save some for you!!!

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Thai meal , what nibbles to start with?

Other than the obvious crudite, olives , chips and dips etc??? Wanted to do something a bit more Thai in feel. Everyone is Kosher except us, but were doing it for them!!

The rest of the meal is this :

Crispy chicken salad
Thai fish cakes
sweet sour cucumber relish

Red thai curry (beef)
Stir fry chicken
French beans
Sticky rice

Coconut ice cream
Chocolate tarte with strawberries (not very thai at all, but yum from wholefoods!!!)

Not sure if this is the section to post this is in?

Thank you in advance for ideas.

May 23, 2009
melsy in Home Cooking

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

Well Im back from the big A into London this morning and a big thanks again to all that guided us. Weve had a great foodie time!

We realised to late that may be we would have really enjoyed Jean George, as that was nigh impossible on the same weekend, we tried to get a last minute table yesterday lunch time at Nougatine instead , but alas it would have been too late with our flight times. We decided for ease & speed,(as we were there), to go to the Landmarc in the Time Warner building .We will have to save the others for next time!

When Ive recovered from the jet lag ,I will compile a review of our NYC fooderie experiences from the last few days.

May 19, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Sophisticated funky vibe bar eatery?

I have always liked the look of SS, but never got round to going there, may be it was the food reviews that steered me away! We do like to nosh & drink in the same place and need to find somewhere good all round.

I have for the time being booked a table at Stone Rose as it would be great to have the views, although I have read very mixed reviews!

I so wanted to go to Degustation , but alas they arent open on a sunday, it was discusssed at great length on my previous thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596477

Pegu seems to come out as a great cocktail place, but I dont quite know what food they do?

May 14, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Sophisticated funky vibe bar eatery?

OK so I think we've sorted the romantic and the special for our anniversary trip (flight to NYC from London is tomorrow!)and we nearly booked- just! You guys on chowhound have been the best.

Now we need the right sort of place to have a good nosh (oriental small plates or Spanish tapas?) and a very good cocktail for Sunday night? Do we need to book them if eating also & are any close enough to try a couple?!

Id love to dress it up and wear a funky cocktail dress & stack heels too ,

Here's my short list, just to get over the feel that we like, tell me if m crazy & theyre awful?!!

Shillers
Temple bar
Stone Rose
Pegu club
Stanton social
Cambell Apartments (although this is probably more sophisticated than the sort of night were after)
Highline thai
Gansevort Bar

May 14, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Bored foodie..what's new and interesting?

Hi Amourlands , Im looking for the very same type of thing. Will be checking in on what comes up on your topic here.

Also foodie - visiting frm London, wanting casual ,funky lux , (have cocktail outfit that needs wearing!) and love seafood, & despite loving sushi dont fancy it for this trip.

May 04, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

Wow the conversation is still going strong.

David W - your explanation has made me really look forward to EMP.

Thank you everyone for your direction and a very intriguing look into the Parisian themage of NYC "famed" restaurants! It is true that they are rather a Pastiche on a Paris brasserie & I have been lucky enough to dine in Paris for work for several yrs. Balthazar is may be more of a scene, coupled with some trad french fare than a progressive gourmet destination. I think sometimes they are suitable if your looking for a certain vibe , that being the place to be. I suppose it depends on what night your looking for.

Im still struggling on Sunday night and may start another topic for that very purpose, as this topic was more about the best Romantic fine dining experiences in NYC. We've struggled with making a decision on any of the other fine dining restaurant recommendations as we realise that we would also like funky happening places also just to change up the tempo of our last night in NYC, (Although we still would like the food to be worthy!). The choice is also narrowed as so many good places are not open!

May 04, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

Is Balthazar any beter than Pastis , although nice , we found Pastis a bit like an upscale version of a French Brasserie chain in the UK called Cafe Rouge!

But for sure , we really want to pre book as much as possible for a more stress free trip!

Apr 24, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

We weren't sure if you could pre book any of the more brasserie places in Soho. Ive been to Zoe's and waited for 40mins at the bar before. For that ilk it seemed to be a better one?

Ooh I forgot about Tailor, oh boy my head will explode with all this amazing choice! You recommend Chickalicious over Luxee?

Apr 24, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

Yes RGR the one in Madison Sq prk. It depends on how the weather is though and where were heading that day. Do you have any idea on PJ's?

I was more relating the fun and funky vibe to wd-50. I feel Gotham has a more sophisticated air about it. I was just throwing out another idea!

Apr 24, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

Wow you guys have been busy , great discussion. Alas I still think were unable to fit in Degustation. All this talk though makes me want to try it anyway at some point in my life!

Were still in a quandary about our food schedule and this is where were at so far! Its nigh impossible really!

Fri dinner- Mercer Kitchen now booked , as BIL is staying there and its easy to walk to from our hotel!
Sat lunch - if were in the mood The Modern if not , may be somewhere brasserie style round Soho/ Nolita area?
Sat dinner EMP is now booked (despite some not so happy campers on chowhound after a visit, call this a curiosity killed the cat thing). I'd do it on Monday lunch, but Im never quite relaxed the day I fly back! After we will go to Buddakan for drinks if thats possible?
Sun - Shake shack or PJ Clarkes, as we need to have some food thats fun and quick if on the hoof , although I have a personal reason for going to the latter as its the same name as my late papa.
Sun dinner - still cant decide, as much as Veritas looks beautiful, I think we still want somewhere fun and funky and poss mid priced rather than up scale for a more relaxing night, although I know that my husband was looking at WD-50 the other night! May be Gotham Bar and Grill? (Just to throw a new piece into the discussion mix!!). After this Id love to visit Luxee as Ive always wanted to go to a dessert restaurant.

The one reason for not including Jean George is that we eat a lot of up scale Asian food in the UK (Nahm & Zuma ) and would like some really different flavours for this trip.

I think its the shere number of choices and the constraints on days (due to certain places opening times) thats making this such a hard choice.

Thank you so much in advance for any continued efforts to sort my scrambled head out!

Apr 22, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

Such a shame about Degustation , the last time I came to NY I had to miss it too , I just cant seem to work it all through right now and include it! I also cant seem to find anywhere else quite like it for a more different but very well put together way of eating lunch? Lunches are almost harder as they are dependant of course on where we are shopping or wandering and sometimes you just end up going into wherever you can find! (Not always a good move!).

Thank you RGR for the Keens link , I was showing my husband the other day , but I hadnt noticed the hilarious Bourdain video about it, hysterical and so spot on ; "a bar with big bar food"!!! Im such a carnivore , but I do actually like the crudites nibbles!

Thank you all so much for your continued advice , it really is a great help. Im driven to organise it all tonight as we wanted to call EMP tomorrow to catch the early morning bookings for Monday lunch 4wks from now! It does look really lovely and Im bolstered by such good opinions of it. Im sure it was in an epsiode of SATC!?

Im getting there slowly but surely!

Apr 17, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

What would do withought Chowhound I dont know!

As we cant make decisions right now , heres a rough food journey for us and the plan so far!

Fri night - not sure yet , but I still LOVE the atmostphere of Keens as a steakhouse the best, something about the old style decor. Im really stuck other than there as the new wave steakhouse decors arent relaxing enough after a long day travelling from London. Anywere else Ive missed? Gotham bar & grill possibly???

Sat lunch EMP to hopefully get a beam of sun view! Sat night Buddakan (yes may be be flashy - style no substance food!, but might be fun and we're meeting my brother in law and wife there)

Sun Lunch - Shake shack for a more casual nosh (unless Brother in law suggests Mercer brunch as theyre staying there) Sun dinnner - Veritas or Bouley , both look more our kind of romantic! Sun late - Luxee for desserts

Mon lunch - Degustation for a fun nosh

How does that sound?

Apr 17, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

We looked at The Modern and for sure the food looks wonderful but the atmostphere from the images looks a bit corporate and suity, mind that could have been day time images?

It does look very charming at the Waters Edge , but I know that my husband is really not at all into traditional decor & atmospthere.

Great theres another whose a fan of EMP!

Apr 17, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

OK I think its safe to say that Degustation should be saved for a lunch time slot.

Having been several times to NY , this will mainly be a shopping and eating trip rather than a tourist tour! To possibly fit all these wonderful places in we're going to have to do some at lunch time!

After reading several reviews about the atmosphere of Le Bernardin , I think I may pass on there also. I actually quite like the look of EMP both during the day and evening , I just feel that its a must as the reviews are so favourable and Ive not really had anything as progressive in presentation like that before.

Thank you RGR for the Veritas link ,I will have a look and add that to the ever growing shortlist! It sounds very promising.

I will also take another look at Jean Georges and read some more reviews on here.

I know it shouldn't be this hard , but the main concern is doing all this research and then sitting down and being very disappointed. We also are coming very close to the 4weeks before booking window! Given that we have 3 precious foodie days , Our choices will have to be discerning and well thought out! Its serious business this eating!

Apr 17, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

We have 4 weeks to go and still nowhere booked! We've sat for over 4hrs tonight researching!

The only one that sticks out so far with all our research is EMP. (Although found out tonight we can only book at the earliest on the 18th!).

It is really hard to narrow down for 3 nights and 3 types of restaurants, (to get a broad spectrum of places) ; Relaxing classic steak house , Luxury progressive and fun & funky!

We decide on somewere read a review and then get stuck again!

Apr 16, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Dessert Truck - Molten Chocolate Cake - EAT NOW

ooh thanks for the tip, have looked up Dessert truck & its now added to my list of dessert only foodie eateries from my post query http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596469 and what a novel idea - a truck serving dreamy choc things!

Feb 16, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Apart from Chikalicious, any other Dessert only's?

oohh looks like Ive found this http://www.desserttruck.com/ also from a thread I found on here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596541. What a great idea!

Feb 16, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Apart from Chikalicious, any other Dessert only's?

Oh great , so there is actually some dessert only places, very exciting. Looking those up right now. Best get in quick before they disappear too!

Thank you flip4me

Feb 16, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Apart from Chikalicious, any other Dessert only's?

Thank you Katherine for yr reply , will look those ones up. Might even be candiatates for my ever growng list of evening meals venues too!!

Feb 16, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Help narrow down must trys for 3 night anniversary foodie trip!?

I was last in NYC with my sisters in 07 (& ty chowhounders for your direction back then) and it was quite a different trip to the one planned with my husband of 10 yrs this year for May. I would like it to be a very special 3 days . Hes very into his food and the last amazing & romantic meal we had in London was Clos Maggiore. Id love to find something of that ilk in NY.

http://www.closmaggiore.com/v1/defaul...

Ive been to Keanes and liked its atmosphere very much , and we may visit there together this time , as hes very into his Steaks. Ive also been to Pastis, which was nice but not out of this world. (Although our table was not far from Matthew Perrys that night so we had a few hot under collar girls with us!).

He had wanted to do Per Se , but Im feeling that the price per head may be a touch too much this time. Although I know many rave about it.

As you can imagine its so hard to come up with a definitive short list as there so much good food not all of it Michelin star level !

So to this end I would really appreciate some direction.

This is my list so far :

Le Bernardin
Degustation
EMP
Picholene
Jean Georges

Are any of the restaurants in say 60Thompson or The Library any good?

Is there anywere else that is a must that I haven't included? May be something a little lower down the price range, but still gourmet, fresh, well thought out $70- $120 pp inc a glass?

Feb 15, 2009
melsy in Manhattan

Apart from Chikalicious, any other Dessert only's?

I missed the boat on Room4 Dessert in 07 & am hoping to find somewere to go when back in NY this coming May for My anniversary.

I remember reading about Chocolat Michel Cluizel http://www.chocolatmichelcluizel-na.com/ & wondered if its faired favourably?

Feb 15, 2009
melsy in Manhattan