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Nunu Chocolate on Atlantic Avenue: how is it?

I just worked with Justin Pringle on some bridal shower favors for my sister. I wanted to support a local business in Brooklyn, and I also liked that she gets her beans from a sustainable farm in Columbia. All I can say is that Nunu chocolates did a great job--they were very accommodating, they came up with a great design for the favor box, and the chocolates were loved by all. I really like the salt caramels, and the earl grey ganache is also quite lovely. I think they planning to build a beer and wine bar soon; I am looking forward to it.

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Jul 07, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Prime Meats?

My husband and I have noticed though that the wait is rarely as long as they say it is going to be. We usually give them our cell phone number and go have a drink at the Minibar across the street. It's rare that we wait longer than 30-45 minutes for a table. We love it there though, and we're usually willing to wait for a little while. Sometimes we do pass on it when it seems really crazed, but we love it just the same.

Apr 21, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Prime Meats?

Actually, we were surprised--we walked in around 7/7:15 on Thursday night, and we were seated immediately. I've seen it get quite crazy on the weekends but I think we were lucky last week.

Apr 21, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Prime Meats?

My husband and I had dinner at Prime Meats last Thursday night. We had an excellent meal. The food feels very authentically German/Central European and the atmosphere is great. We tried the sakrut garnie, which is essentially a huge plate of high-quality pork meats and sausages, and I also tried the goulash. Very good food. I've written a full review on my blog, but overall we had a very positive experience there. We're huge fans of Frankies Spuntino, so we weren't too surprised.

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Apr 21, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Bridal Shower on Arthur Avenue

I'm throwing my sister a bridal shower this spring, and we would like to hold it in a restaurant around Arthur Avenue. We're expecting about 50 people. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience working with the restaurants over there? I'm planning on checking out Roberto's, which I went to once and enjoyed, and Anne & Tony's, on the recommendation of a friend. Are there any other places I should look into? I'll look into costs on my own a little later.

Feb 18, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Bridal Shower on Arthur Avenue

I'm throwing my sister a bridal shower this spring, and we would like to hold it in a restaurant around Arthur Avenue. We're expecting about 50 people. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience working with the restaurants over there? I'm planning on checking out Roberto's, which I went to once and enjoyed, and Anne & Tony's, on the recommendation of a friend. Are there any other places I should look into? I'll look into costs on my own a little later.

Feb 18, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Eating at Tarry Lodge

I definitely see your points, and the fault is probably mine for not using stronger language in my review. I didn't want to go too over the top describing how unhappy I was with the food at Tarry Lodge, but I will try to elaborate a bit more below:

Yes, the appetizers were fine, but the more I thought about them, the more disappointed I became. Although tasty, they weren't very impressive or interesting to me. I tried to be fair and say that my waitress did warn me that the combination of pancetta and cockles would be salty. I wasn't surprised by this, as I am familiar with both ingredients. However, I then found the dish over-salty, which is why I hope to ask a question about the broth. My husband's pasta, while better than mine, wasn't fantastic either. The artichokes and the dessert--well, I made myself clear there. Overall, I was just disappointed, but this is always a matter of opinion. The service didn't help the situation.

No, I didn't complain to a manager. By the time my card flew across the room I was just ready to go. What was done was done, and I didn't feel like dragging the night out any longer.

In the last paragraph of my post I do cite Bastianich's interview where he states that he never intended to open a fine dining establishment with Tarry Lodge. Personally, I am disappointed he and Batali didn't choose to open a more ambitious restaurant, but again, it's just my opinion.

As I said in my post, for comfortable, trattoria style dining, Tarry Lodge is fine. Perhaps my expections were too high, but now I have tried it and I know what it's about. I'm glad I tried it, at least.

Feb 13, 2009
artichokeheart in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eating at Tarry Lodge

I had a very mediocre experience at Tarry Lodge this weekend. My husband and I went on Saturday night at 6 pm for my birthday. I found the food uninspired and the service was absolutely terrible. I've written a complete account of the experience on my blog, if anyone is interested. While they could have been having an off night, my experience was so disappointing that I'm just not interested in returning.

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Feb 12, 2009
artichokeheart in New York State (exc. NYC)

Buttermilk Channel in CG

I've been to Buttermilk Channel twice now--once when they just opened and then I went again last weekend. Like everyone else, I think the space is beautiful and the vibe is great. I loved the delicata squash tart, and the entrees are very generous in size and overall, well done. They are starting to do brunch on Sundays, and I am excited about it. For some reason I think it would be the perfect place for brunch. Our waitress on Saturday night said the toast was "phenomenal." I'm not sure how toast can be great, but I'm looking forward to finding out!

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Feb 06, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Mulino Bianco Cookies in Brooklyn?

Good Food Supermarket on court street between 3rd and 4th places in carroll gardens has a big selection of mulino bianco cookies, if you're ever in the neighborhood and need some!

Jan 02, 2009
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Henckles/Staub warehouse sale

I went to the Henckels sale last year--don't remember anything about Staub--and it was great. Knives are priced at around 50% off. You can also find cheap cutting boards, scissors, etc. There was even cookware on sale. I bought 2 knives last year, and I want to return this year for more...

Oct 23, 2008
artichokeheart in Cookware

All Clad round stainless grill pan or Calphalon

i have the calphalon grill pan, and i like it a lot. all of my other pans are stainless, but we wanted a grilling option. it's a great buy. i asked the salesperson in William Sonoma about it when i was buying it, and she confirmed that it's a great pan. reasonable price, works well.

Aug 01, 2008
artichokeheart in Cookware

Any one check out Eton for dumplings yet?

I picked up some dumplings for lunch yesterday. I got the beef/pork dumplings and the vegetable dumplings. They were great. The owner said the soups would start in September, when the weather is consistently colder. I need to go back and try the shaved ice. I think it's a great, quality addition to the neighborhood. I just wished they did delivery.

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Jul 07, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

New Pizza, Carroll Gardens

Wow, I went there a few weeks ago, and while I remember the music as being pretty bad, I don't remember it as being too loud. The ambiance at South Brooklyn Pizza isn't great anyway; I found the the place is way too dark and gloomy. But I did really like the pizza on the night that I went. It's too bad if they have gone overboard with the music volume.

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Jun 27, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

szechuan garden on smith st.

Last night we ordered from Szechuan Garden for the first time, and we were really pleased. We only got a few things--pork dumplings, scallion pancakes, and kung pao chicken--but everything was very good, much lighter and less greasy than the other delivery places around here. Also, delivery was amazingly speedy for a Friday night. I'm sure we'll order from them again.

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Mar 22, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Le Creuset Stainless Steel Knob

Or, use this link from the Le Creuset site to find a dealer:
http://www.lecreuset.com/usa/shopping...

This is how I found the stainless steel knob. I looked at the list of the local dealers near me, and then called to see if they had it in stock. It was really easy.

Mar 14, 2008
artichokeheart in Cookware

Burrata in Brooklyn?

I had it many times over the holidays this year while on vacation in California; it was everywhere! I loved it, and I can't wait try it in Brooklyn. I have to follow my own advice and pick some up at Caputo's the next time I go.

Jan 28, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Burrata in Brooklyn?

Second vote for Caputo's on Court Street, between 3rd and 4th. They have a sign up advertising their burrata almost all the time. All of their cheese products are fantastic, although I have yet to try their burrata.

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Jan 26, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Spirito to close

I'm really sad about this--I've tried to go a few times in the last few weeks. At first a sign was up saying they were undergoing renovations and would open after the new year. We've tried to go twice since then, but when we drove by last night the gate was up and the space dark.

I didn't see the Time Out review, but I had gone to Spirito 3 times since it opened, and I thought the food was very good. And the guys who owned it were really nice. It was the perfect place for well-done Italian food in a casual settling. Do you know if the Spirito partners are planning to reopen somewhere else in the neighborhood?

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Jan 26, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Early Breakfast in Cobble Hill or close by -- 9 am on Saturday

Le Peit Cafe opens early on the weekend, and their garden (it's enclosed) is a beautiful place to eat. It's on Court Street, between Nelson and Luquer. It's at the edge of the neighborboods that you mention, but I really like their breakfast food.

Jan 09, 2008
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Dinner in Paso Robles

Thanks for all the suggestions! We wound up at Villa Creek (which we had been to once before, about a year and a half ago on another trip) and Artisan. Villa Creek was good, but we enjoyed it more the first time around. I had the butternut squash enchiladas, and my husband had the cassoulet, both of which were decent. The service wasn't great, so that may have affected our opinion a bit. It's too bad, because we loved Villa Creek the first time we went there. Maybe something was off this second time around. For our second night we went to Artisan and loved it. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was fun, and the service was great. We started with the pork belly and the calamari, and then i had the scallops while my husband had the lamb shank. I really liked the scallops, but the lamb was outstanding. If you're in the area, I highly recommend Artisan. Thanks again for all your recommendations!

Jan 03, 2008
artichokeheart in California

Dinner in Paso Robles

Spending two nights in Paso Robles starting tomorrow--any restaurant recommendations?

Dec 27, 2007
artichokeheart in California

Rolf's: weekend brunch?

Thanks for the information. I've heard that the food is mediocre, and I think we've decided to scrap this plan. Thanks for responding though, I really appreciate it. Maybe we'll stop in to get a drink as you suggest.

Dec 18, 2007
artichokeheart in Manhattan

Rolf's: weekend brunch?

I keep trying to call Rolf's on 21st and 3rd, to see if they do a Holiday weekend brunch. The line has been busy all day. Does anyone know if they do a brunch menu on the weekends? I will have family members from out of town this weekend, and I know they'd love seeing all the holiday decorations there. I think they would rather eat brunch than a heavier german dinner.

Dec 17, 2007
artichokeheart in Manhattan

Good Fork

Went to the Good Fork about a week ago for the first time, and I really enjoyed it. We got the dumplings, scallion pancakes, and scallops to start. I thought the dumplings were really good, nice and delicate, and I loved the scallion pancakes and scallops. Got the steak and eggs with kimchee rice for my main dish and loved it. It's not usually my type of thing, I loved the combination of juicy skirt steak and fried egg. Went with a group of 5 people, sat in the back room, and had a really great time. Service and atmosphere were both friendly and laid back. Looking forward to returning.

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Dec 17, 2007
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

wedding site for people who love food?

My friend had her wedding at the Lighthouse; we all had an amazing time, and the food was great. Good luck!

Nov 27, 2007
artichokeheart in General Tristate Archive

wedding site for people who love food?

I'll throw in another vote for Abigail Kirsch. We had our reception at Tappan Hill, and everyone loved the food. Compared to other Westchester locations, you get a lot more for your money, and the cost is pretty reasonable. You can choose from many options as well. It's a beautiful space, with a great staff.

Nov 27, 2007
artichokeheart in General Tristate Archive

Help! Need Cheeseburger in Cobble Hill

Crave's burger isn't bad. We've ordered it quite a few times, and it has always been pretty good. Sometimes the delivery can take a while though. It's worth trying.

Nov 27, 2007
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Actually pretty decent Chinese on Smith

I'm excited by these reviews. We haven't received a menu yet; can someone post the phone number? Thinking of ordering in for lunch tomorrow.

Nov 24, 2007
artichokeheart in Outer Boroughs

Cheese tasting in Pittsburgh?

Thanks again for all your suggestions. Forgot to mention that we're trying to coordinate this from out of town, so this is all very helpful.

Nov 19, 2007
artichokeheart in Pennsylvania