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Washington Square Park with Kids

If you are willing to walk east, there are all the Japanese joints in the east village, e.g. - Soba-ya. For Hot Chocolate there is Max Brenner on Broadway, just south of 14th Street and they server food, too

Jan 17, 2015
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Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

The cashier to customer ratio at UES Fairway is often atrocious; you would think they are following the Duane Reade Model of Cashiering. A bit far from Fairway and a different of genre of store but the Matter of Health market on 72nd and 1st is chock full of cashiers and customers; the line moves quickly.

Jan 12, 2015
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Family Friendly Italian E. 70s' Vicinity?

...not familiar with it....will check it out. Thanks.

Dec 29, 2014
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Family Friendly Italian E. 70s' Vicinity?

Forgot about Serafina....thanks.

Dec 29, 2014
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Family Friendly Italian E. 70s' Vicinity?

A mile north but good to know, thanks.

Dec 29, 2014
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Family Friendly Italian E. 70s' Vicinity?

Wonder if anyone has a family friendly, affordable Italian joint they go to regularly? For us Delizia on 1st Ave, which is still perfectly fine, both the front room and the dining room, has filled that need but we are looking for a change. We did Al Forno the other that night and that seemed decent and reasonably priced. Fratelli was also good in the past but could offer a bit more in terms of ambiance. Would be nice to have a go-to place when other family members come in but a place were our 8 and 10 yo can be accommodated food-wise (plain pasta, pizza), adults can get real entrees but nicer than your local pizzeria. Thanks.

Dec 28, 2014
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Best Chopped Liver, Gefiltre Fish and Matzoh Balls

Fairway has very decent chopped liver...@ the counter where they have the herring.

Dec 12, 2014
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Don't shoot me... looking for red-sauce Italian and "NY Chinese"

For old-school/nyc Chinese, China Fun can be a good choice. Also, Queens/Brooklyn might have some good choices (beyond the boundaries of this board)...King Yum in Fresh Meadows comes to mind.

Dec 09, 2014
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Where to Buy whole pre cooked brisket in New York

BrisketTown in Williamsburg has awesome brisket and will allow you to pre-order a whole one. Perhaps not typical Jewish-style fare but I don't think your guests will be disappointed.

Dec 06, 2014
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50th BIrthday Party for 4-5 guys

With a bunch of guys, how about BBQ? Mighty Quinn, Hill Country, Daisy May..all low on ambiance but high on savory. For round tables, maybe Chinatown is an option...again, low on ambiance. Also, an interesting place is Public on Elizabeth. Or Tapas in SoHo - Boqueria. Hagi Sake Bar (downstairs) in the W. 50s or Sakagura in the E. 40s. Abuiya Kinnosuke, E. 40s...you can get your own Tatami room if maybe only 6 of you....not sure how many they can accommodate in one of those rooms.

Dec 06, 2014
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Latin American Desserts?

Thank you all. Now to choose :-) A good problem to have. Also thinking of making arroz con leche.

Happy Holidays.

Dec 06, 2014
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Latin American Desserts?

Son's class is having a Latin American party complementing their Latin America studies. Kids need to bring in Latin American desserts. I'm not a flan fan and thought of Boqueria's Churros stuffed with Nutella but I am thinking those would taste better warmed-up which is not a realistic option.

Any suggestions what to bring (make or buy) for 30 kids plus some parents?

Thanks.

Dec 04, 2014
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Best roast duck and pork in Chinatown

Anyone know how early the chickens/ducks/pork are generally available?

Nov 24, 2014
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What is your favorite tiny bar in (Manhattan or BK preferred)?

Heidi's House on E. 78th. Wonderful.

Nov 03, 2014
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What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

-The Chinese Roast Pork sandwich on garlic bread at the diner.
-Frozen Charlston Chews
-2 slices and a fountain coke for a dollar

Nov 03, 2014
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What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

King Yum in Queens had a great pu pu platter but heard they were shuttered for awhile due to cleanliness issues.

Nov 03, 2014
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Looking for an intimate, "townhouse type" venue for a friend's 60th -mid Dec.

Ditto.

Oct 26, 2014
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Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

Next time you are near Penn Station, be sure to check out Korea Town (K-town)....truly a foodie experience.

Oct 21, 2014
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Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

Just to add - there is also Shake Shack on 86th between Lexington and Third. Certainly kid friendly and some people do put it on their foodie list.

Oct 21, 2014
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Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

I would take the train for the "adventure" factor plus everyone gets down time/nap time/video time/reading time in both directions. It may not be cheaper but I think it it will be less stressful than traffic and parking.

Oct 21, 2014
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Possible to do a foodie-level lunch in UES with 2 toddlers?

Not sure how far away from 75th and 5th you are willing to go but other considerations include The Meatball Shop, Boqueria, Donguri, Sushi of Gari, Tori Shin, Maya, Cascabel Taqueria. Orwashers has homemade jelly donuts (filled in real-time withe a filling of your choice)...can be fun for the kids. Also, there is Payard Patisserie on 3rd Ave, across the street from Kayser.

Oct 19, 2014
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Koreantown for a group on a budget

What do they serve for breakfast?

Oct 05, 2014
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Cheap Lobster

Picked up four 1.25 lobsters at Stew Leonards (Yonkers) for $4.99/LB yesterday. Softies since I was able to rip most of the shell with my hands. Steamed them all at once and they were quite good. Meat was sweet and there was a fair amount of water (especially in the cavity behind the head, washing out some of the roe) but still...no complaints/no regrets.

Sep 03, 2014
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Best sushi (delivery) East 80s/90s?

I do miss Gajymaru. Gari delivers but not sure that is the kind of sushi you are seeking.

Aug 21, 2014
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Reuben at 2nd Avenue Deli?

So noted. I'm always amazed that PQ has survived in that Lex Ave spot all these years. Looks like nothing is ever going on in there but perhaps it is just those hours when I happen to be walking by.

Aug 14, 2014
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Anyone know what's opening up next to the MeatBall Shop, UES?

Thx! Love Tapas!

Aug 12, 2014
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Reuben at 2nd Avenue Deli?

Am I missing something or does the 2nd Avenue Deli not sell Reubens? I am not seeing it on the online menu. Is it because they are Kosher?

If that's the case, what's my next best Manhattan choice? Katz's?

Aug 10, 2014
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Where to buy onigiri (Japanese rice balls)?

Zaiya(s), Sunrise Market(s), Katagiri, Dainobu.

Aug 07, 2014
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

For lunch,eat-in or take-out, I will also add Cafe Zaiya and Sunrise Market (some locations) to the list. An assortment of bentos, cooked food, Japanese style sandwiches and more. Zaiya would also qualify for "fast" breakfast as well.

Aug 07, 2014
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NYC's Underground Japanese Eats

Had Ootoya in my list! :-)

Aug 07, 2014
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