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PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

Thanks for your perspective, sam1.

We sat at the 1st floor bar and a table on the 2nd floor. We didn't drink that much, went more for apps.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/902757

There is some novelty because it's newer. I like that the servers wear dresses and they serve punch in the tea cups. I could see how you feel it's overrated.

about 17 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

I haven't had a Golden Cadillac cocktail in years (it's a lot more retro than the 70s!):

http://www.goldencadillacnyc.com/

Another for The Dead Rabbit.

Grand Central Oyster Bar (sit at the counter) and Russ and Daughters are "only in NYC." If you eat outdoors many parks are off limits to adults unless you have a child with you (there will be a sign).

Went to Kyo Ya recently. Might want to save some Asian food for your November trip.

about 21 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Victor's Cafe (Cuban) . . . anyone been recently?

Thinking of going to Victor's before a show. Haven't been in some time.

Not much on this Board. Also took a quick look at Yelp, etc. Still solid and NOT trendy/sceney? Two hours before curtain enough time?

Anyone been recently? Your experience?

about 21 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Midtown Tapas?

RichInMV, where did you end up? How was it?

about 21 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

My Gentile palate is craving great Haroset this week! Where to find?

Third for making it. You don't need a food processor and you don't need a range.

about 21 hours ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

LES seafood suggestions?

SO said the oysters were insanely good :)

1 day ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

EV Lebanese mentioned in NYT

Pookipichu, thanks for the report.

Compared to the chick peas, in the center of the dish, probably not as huge as the photo depicts :)

I've never had risotto that is "porridgey." Risotto consistency is very similar to Israeli couscous, based on my experience. We make both at home often.

How does Au Za'atar compare to Bereket (no ambience, cafeteria-ish) foodwise?

1 day ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

LES seafood suggestions?

alehrfeld, where did you end up? How was it?

2 days ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

LES seafood suggestions?

SO just went to Grey Lady. Said it's a bar with a restaurant. But the food is better than bar food. Really good music. I'll find out more about the food and report back. He did not use the word "excellent."

2 days ago
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

15 Church (Saratoga) . . . ETA?

Returned recently.

The bread service has changed. My focaccia "stick" was warm and really good. Same delicious soft butter with black salt.

Started with the cornmeal crusted oysters with honey mustard remoulade, frisee. Even sweeter and better than last time.

Had the lumb crab cake "croquettes" with ginger hazlenut aioli, frisee salad and roasted red pepper chutney. Perfectly crisped round balls filled with crumbly crab. My favorite part of this was the chutney and ginger aioli. Probably would not get again.

Finished with a sweet. Had torrijas brioche turbinado sugar with Lloyd Spear honey and tarragon salad. If you're not a tarragon fan, no worries. It's subtle, not overpowering. This was delicious. Three large pieces of brioche perfect for sharing. This should have been shared . . .

Their website shows a prix fixe theatre $35 pp dinner available until 5:45 pm weekdays. How clever with the newer cinema nearby. Includes Alsatian tart du jour for the table, 3 courses.

2 days ago
financialdistrictresident in New York State (exc. NYC)

Crazy Cow (Ballston Spa)

Roger K reported in a post that Yelp is showing they are closed:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/crazy-cow-res...

Apr 13, 2014
financialdistrictresident in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fifty South (Ballston Spa)

Roger K, say it isn't so . . .such nice people, really good food, HORRIBLE location.

If they were on Front Street near The Iron Roost and The Whistling Kettle it might have been better for their business.

That's two really good B. Spa restaurants closed in about a year.

Apr 13, 2014
financialdistrictresident in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fifty South (Ballston Spa)

Now that Strata has closed there are few dinner options in Ballston Spa. We drove by Villago (Ballston Lake) and it was too crowded to attempt. We didn't want to go to S. Springs. SO suggested Three Olives, I suggested The Crazy Cow. We compromised and headed to Fifty South aka Kim Klopstock's Fifty South.

Like the focus on sourcing ingredients locally.

For those who are vegan, vegetarian, have Celiac disease (about 1% of the American population), gluten sensitivity or are gluten free just because it makes them feel better, this might be the place for you.

We started with spicy fried calamari, topped with shredded parmesan cheese (don't care for the combo of seafood and dairy) with sweet thai chili sauce. It was cooked perfectly. Not overcooked or breaded. It was spicy for the masses. Didn't really notice the hot peppers or garlic. We would have liked it to be spicier. Very good.

SO had the poached pear salad. Local farm greens, poached pear, chevre, dried cranberries, sugared pecans, and house made maple vinaigrette. I tasted everything but the pears and it was very good.

I had a demi portion (appreciate the choice of large or smaller portions) of the salmon on mashed potatoes with wasabi cream and topped with steamed spinach. Salmon was cooked perfectly, though they didn't ask how I wanted it cooked. Very good. Would definitely get again.

SO had tuna martini with his salad. He didn't care for it. I tasted it. Meh, nothing special.

Service was very good. Good place for a casual dinner. Though, eating healthy (organic,etc.) doesn't come at a casual price. Sometimes they have live entertainment.

http://www.fiftysouth.com/menu.php

Apr 12, 2014
financialdistrictresident in New York State (exc. NYC)
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restaurant for Passover dinner in saratoga ny

Apr 07, 2014
financialdistrictresident in New York State (exc. NYC)

A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

Thanks, everyone. Will report back . . .

Apr 07, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

If it quacks, clucks or swims I eat it :)

Apr 07, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Lunch for office near Wall Street TODAY

What did you end up ordering? How was it?

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

Will take a look at their menu, MrGrumpy.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

Thanks, rrems. I need to get back to Lupa. SO likes Maialino. Not so good for me, mostly meat.
I've been reading about All'Onda. . .

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

Thanks, lexismore. No Chef Shea Gallante. Looks like his former sous chef, Tin Huynh is at the helm:

http://ny.eater.com/places/ciano

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

Reading the "Italian in the city" thread got me thinking about some of my favorite Italian restaurants. Sadly, Ciano, Falai and Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg) are now closed.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919921

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/789526

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2337...

Is there a NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo?

Preferably LES, EV, Brooklyn. That said, will travel for food.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Kyo Ya

We went to Kyo Ya recently. The Zen like atmosphere is restorative. At one point it did get a little loud, though.

The highlights were cherry smoked anago (eel) and ankimo daikon simmered monkfish liver with daikon radish in sweet soy sauce. Amazing.

We also had fresh sea urchin. I had sea urchin once before at another restaurant and it was not good. Now I know how it should be.

Ebi shinjo - bite sized shrimp mousse balls and vegetables in thick broth.

Seasonal kamadaki rice cooked in clay pot. We had a choice of seafood (razor clams and ? OR ?). Delicious. Takes 45 minutes.

We had 2 desserts. A distant memory now.

A relaxing few hours. Service was excellent. Expensive, but so worth it.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan
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Les Halles (Financial District)

Went to Les Halles recently for an early dinner. Crowded and lively. Anthony Bourdain is long gone. Service was excellent.

I had escargot in garlic butter and a half order of Billi-Bi (saffron, cream vermouth) mussels. Small and tender. My friend had a green salad and hanger steak.

With so few good dinner options in the Financial District, Les Halles is on our short list when we want to stay close to home. They also serve breakfast now. Can't beat that they are open 7 days (including holidays)non-stop from 7 am - midnight.

http://leshalles.net/menus-wines

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Financial District Lunch Recommendations 2010

Sadly, SHO closed in 2012.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854110

Thanks for the food memories:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6425...

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Financial District Lunch Recommendations 2010

edit.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Lunch near NY Stock Exchange?

Where SHO's chef, Shaun Hergatt was eating in 2012:

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/0...

. . .Harry's

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Financial District Lunch Recommendations 2010

Sadly, two of my favorites for lunch and dinner, Onda and Table Tales are closed.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Lunch near NY Stock Exchange?

OP didn't ask for "iconic," asked for "excellent food." Also, "really fantastic lunch." Not so easy to find in the Financial District.

I've been to Fraunces several times recently and dinner is okay. Lunch might work. Better for cocktails and a nosh with history, IMHO.

Without heading over to TriBeCa, you have the steakhouses (Bobby Van's, Mark Joseph, Harry's, Delmonico, etc.). I've been to Bobby Van's, Mark Joseph and Delmonico's, too long ago to be helpful.

The Trading Post (too far from the Exchange?) is also more on the formal side.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917468

A long thread "Financial District Lunch Recommendations 2010" to present:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713434

A thread on Reserve Cut:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919716

Too bad SHO is gone, it might have been perfect.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Kyo Ya or ? (seafood on a Tuesday)

We ended up at Kyo Ya. The Zen like atmosphere is restorative. At one point it did get a little loud, though.

The highlights were cherry smoked anago (eel) and ankimo daikon simmered monkfish liver with daikon radish in sweet soy sauce. Amazing.

We also had fresh sea urchin. I had sea urchin once before at another restaurant and it was not good. Now I know how it should be.

Ebi shinjo - bite sized shrimp mousse balls and vegetables in thick broth.

Seasonal kamadaki rice cooked in clay pot. We had a choice of seafood (razor clams and ? OR ?). Delicious. Takes 45 minutes.

We had 2 desserts. A distant memory now.

A relaxing few hours. Service was excellent. Expensive, but so worth it.

PS Many thanks to Kathryn . . .how we discovered Kyo Ya :)

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan

Trading Post (South Street Seaport) anyone been?

Yes. Enjoyed my salad and soup. Very fresh. Agree good for a casual lunch.
Next time I return will try the sandwich you suggest.

Apr 06, 2014
financialdistrictresident in Manhattan