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Dinner tomorrow-south end or back bay

These are all great recommendations, thanks! On the whole, is South End a better/cooler restaurant destination than Back Bay? I've heard some people say Back Bay is over priced 'style over substance'. We're comfortable traveling to different parts of the city so we're cool with going to another neighborhood if we'll have a better experience. In terms of price, we're looking for entrees $20 or less.

Jun 08, 2010
envynyc in Greater Boston Area

Thursday 'Girls Night' Dinner in Boston

My friends and I will be in Boston next Thursday. Two of us are from Manhattan and the other is from San Francisco and we're definitely foodies. We'd love to find a cool, lively restaurant with solid food...moderately priced. Are there any new restaurants we should check out ? We're in our mid-thirties and are staying near Boston Common but are not limited to that area. No Sushi.


Jun 07, 2010
envynyc in Greater Boston Area

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

Forget Dublin and head straight for Ballymaloe! I had the pleasure of spending a week there last September. Took a 2 1/2 day class with Rachel Allen at Ballymaloe Cookery School and enjoyed amazing 5-course meals at Ballymaloe House each night. I'm in my mid-thirties and have lived in NYC for 15 years. I wasn't sure if the Ballymaloe experience would be too stuffy or old fashioned for me. I absolutely LOVED it! No TV's in the rooms so you hang out in the gorgeous drawing room on the ground floor, sipping your Irish whiskey or wine, chatting to other guests. Food was off the charts fantastic...all of it is sourced from the Ballymaloe farms or from farms just down the road. YOu don't need a car to get down there from Dublin. Just take the train from Heuston station in Dublin to Cork City and it's about a 30 minute cab ride. They also just opened a commuter line to Midleton, Cork so you could also just transfer to that line as well. Let me know if you want more details! BTW, I've been to Ireland 11 times and to Dublin 7 of those times. You won't be missing anything if you skip it.

May 14, 2010
envynyc in U.K./Ireland

30th Birthday Dinner Ideas

I've been to Wolfgang's but not STK. How is it? Craft might be a good call as well, but what's the atmosphere like?

Feb 27, 2009
envynyc in Manhattan

30th Birthday Dinner Ideas

Brooklyn options are fine, but there has to be something compelling/special about the place that makes it worth the trip. Walter Foods looks intriguing.

Feb 26, 2009
envynyc in Manhattan

30th Birthday Dinner Ideas

I'm taking my boyfriend out for dinner tomorrow night (Friday) for his 30th birthday and although I've poured through sites like New York Mag, Yelp, Citysearch, NY Times, etc., I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Some restaurants we've enjoyed in the past:

Grange Hall (back in the day...)
Back Forty
Philip Marie
The Place
Five Front
Pretty much every steakhouse in Manhattan

We're meat and potatoes people and my boyfriend has a HUGE appetite, so we definitely want somewhere that doesn't skimp on food. We're not looking for sushi or any other obscure or strange food offerings. Ambiance is important...somewhere with a nice, cozy feel would be great. Price not a factor! Any help you could give would be great. I posted last year and Apizz was recommended and we LOVED that.

Feb 26, 2009
envynyc in Manhattan

Dinner with the ex....

I'm having dinner tonight with my ex (who I haven't seen in three months) and am looking for the perfect spot. I've been wanting to try The Redhead but am worried it may not be the right fit, given that it's more of a bar than a restaurant. I'm looking for a place with entrees $20 or less and preferably below 23rd street. In terms of atmosphere, I'd like something not too overly romantic and with tables not crammed on top of each other. Any suggestions?

Oct 17, 2008
envynyc in Manhattan

Going to Apizz - Any Recommendations?

My boyfriend and I had a WONDERFUl dinner at Apizz about a month ago. He had the meatballs, which were extremely flavorful and tender. I had the gnocchi with the braised short ribs and it was one of the best dishes I've ever had...I nearly picked up my bowl and licked it clean it was that good. Great atmosphere and very attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Great place!!

Apr 07, 2008
envynyc in Manhattan

A 'hidden gem' for a birthday dinner...

One of my coworkers just suggested the bar menu at Gramercy Tavern. I've read they don't take reservations, but would anyone recommend this over Savoy? I've read quite a few negative reviews about Savoy lately so want to be sure before I make a reservation!

Also, what are the portion sizes like at Gramercy? My boyfriend is a very big eater and if the portions are teeny, we might need to skip it...

Feb 27, 2008
envynyc in Manhattan

A 'hidden gem' for a birthday dinner...

I'm taking my boyfriend out for his 29th birthday dinner on Friday night and I'm having a hard time deciding where to take him. In the past we've gone to:

Grange Hall
The Place

I'm always looking for somewhere that's not a trendy 'restaurant of the moment' but somewhere that feels like a hidden gem...something with a unique quality that's apparent as soon as you walk through the door. I'm looking for ambiance coupled with great food at a reasonable price (see restaurant's above). Any suggestions?

Feb 26, 2008
envynyc in Manhattan

The old Grange Hall the new 'Commerce'

I loved the old Grange Hall and was wondering if anyone had any specific details about Harold Moore's Commerce. Will they be sticking to the Grange Hall's simple, mid-western, hearty fare or is this going to become a high-priced destination? The Grange Hall was a restaurant with the perfect price points..the kind of place you always found your self going back to again and again and you never felt guilty for doing so! I'd hate to find out that we're looking at $25-30 entrees....


Feb 03, 2008
envynyc in Manhattan

Back Forty - A Disappointment

Had dinner last night at Back Forty and was disappointed.

We were seated at a two-top table in the back room which was great. The interior had a cool, relaxed, 'farmhouse' feel which we liked as well. We ordered a couple of beers and felt good about checking out Back Forty. However, as soon as the waitress came to our table, the problems began. We had a really aggressive waitress who stopped by every 30 seconds to see if we were ready to order. We felt like saying "Back off and lets us look at the menu!". My friend ordered a shrimp appetizer (with heads on for anyone squeamish...) which he said was 'okay'. He also ordered the pork sausages on a bed of red cabbage ($15.00). When the sausages came out, we were shocked at how small they were! We both thought they would have made a nice appetizer, but were certainly not enough for your average guy. I ordered the burger ($10.00 + $2.00 for cheese) with a side of fries ($5.00). I requested that the burger be done 'medium' and it arrived extremely well done wasn't very flavorful. It was also on the small side with bun much larger than the hamburger patty. The only thing I liked about the burger was the bun, which was soft, with just a bit of bite to it. I'm not a fan of hard crusty hamburger buns. On to the fries....well, they were though they'd been fried hours before and had been sitting around in the kitchen. They tasted great, but we were disappointed their sogginess. Overall, we felt like the restaurant kind of 'dupes' you into thinking it's affordable, but because everything has to be ordered separately, costs add up! I'm sorry, but a burger should come WITH fries...not as a $5.00 'side'. For dessert we tried the homemade donuts with apple cider glaze ($7.00). The donuts came out cold with a slightly lukewarm cider glaze. The donuts were 'okay', not great and we expected them to be at least a bit warm.

We liked the atmosphere of Back Forty but overall were very disappointed with the food and with the aggressive service.

Dec 29, 2007
envynyc in Manhattan

My parents are visiting Vancouver from the midwest...

Thanks for your recommendations, they're much appreciated!

My parents are visiting Vancouver from the midwest...

Can some Vancouver locals recommend a few restaurants that offer great food at affordable prices? My parents will be visiting next week and if I don't provide them with some local guidance, I'm afraid they'll end up eating at terrible tourist traps. In terms of price, I'd say no more expensive than $16 Canadian per entree. No fish restaurants or sushi as Mom doesn't eat seafood.

Visiting Boston from NYC Memorial Day Weekend

We're flying up from New York for Memorial Day weekend and are looking for some restaurant recommendations, here are some of our criteria:

- Moderately Priced ($15-18 entrees)
- Not super touristy
- Anywhere in downtown Boston
- Comfortable, laid-back atmosphere
- No sushi or Asian restaurants
- Restaurant with a good bar scene, but not 'trendy'

If anyone has any great local recommendations, let me know!

May 21, 2007
envynyc in Greater Boston Area

Visiting from New York City

I'm a 34-year old in town from New York for a work conference and would love some restaurant recommendations. I went to Beer Bistro last night, which I really enjoyed, and I'm looking for another great pick for tonight. Searching for somewhere with a pricepoint of around $15 per entree, good atmosphere/energy. Would also love cool pub/bar recommendations (no clubs or 'sceney' places).


PS, I don't eat seafood

Restaurant Suggestions for 7, 34-year old females

Seven of us are flying in from around the country (SF, NYC, Chicago) for a 'girls weekend' and are trying to find a couple of good places for dinner in D.C. on Fri/Sat night. It's a bit tricky since some of us have plenty of cash to spend, while others don't, so we're looking for a place that will satisfy everyone, both from a food perspective and a financial perspective.

The only caveat is that we can't do sushi since one of our friends is pregnant.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Trying to Switch from Coffee to Tea...

I would suggest and Irish teach like Barry's Gold which I love. It's a smooth, strong brew. PG Tips is also good. I get mine at my local Gristedes on 72nd & 1st. You can get Barry's tea at the shop next to 'Tea & Sympathy' in the West Village or at

Feb 08, 2007
envynyc in Manhattan