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Best Eats in Hilton Head?

I am going to Hilton Head next week on business and was checking out this thread for recs for myself and my group from New York City. I was wondering if any of these restaurants mentioned serve some type of typical HH cusine? What is the best place to go for that?

Coming from nyc I want to stay away from Italian, ethnic eats, and try the best local cuisine. Any recs that you have would be greatly appreciated.

Jun 13, 2007
wlark in General South Archive

Like Cafe Gitane?

I like Ino and Lovely Day. Both are small and have a good vibes with prices similar to Cafe Gitane.

Jun 08, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

I'm a freelance fashion stylist in nyc and I also design jewelry in my spare time and am trying to get it into stores. I just graduated from school so I don't have a large income and I definitely spend a lot of money on clothes and even worse, dry cleaning, but all the rest goes toward food and fabulous cocktails.

I rarely cook since I have a tiny kitchen and it seems more expensive to make food for one person than it does to go and pick up $1 dumplings or a $3 bahn mi. Delicious ethnic cheap eats, tasting menus, and byob restaurants are my favorite. I also love to spend money on good cocktails made from fresh juices, eggs, and hand crafted syrups.

But like another chowhounder posted, food and fashion don't go together all that well, so it is a love hate relationship. Actually it is mostly that I love to eat and hate the fact that sometimes I just can't have another dumpling.

Jun 08, 2007
wlark in Not About Food

Best lobster roll in the city?

Haven't had the softshell crab sandwich yet, but I second Ed's for its delicious lobster roll.

Jun 04, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

bar with classic mixed drinks

Milk and Honey is great and I'll add Death & Company, Pegu Club and PDT.

Jun 04, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Best places in Lower Manhattan that you can always get a table / same day reservations.

I recommend Mercer Kitchen. I have never just shown up for dinner and waited, but every time I have called I have gotten a reservation the same evening. Despite it being a sleeper on Chowhound, I always find the food good and it has become an old standby of mine when I need a place to go on short notice.

Jun 01, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Lobster Roll Report

I agree with atjsfo, that I can't decide which one I like better. I have been to Ed's several times and am always incredibly pleased with the lobster roll. It just melts in your mouth in the best way possible. Since I live around the corner from Ed's it is now my go to destination for a lobster roll fix. Plus I really like the New England-type bar and the wines are good too.

Jun 01, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Something like Freemans?

I am looking for a restaurant for dinner in the Lower East Side that is hip, has good cocktails, and entrees $20 and under.

I really like the scene at Freemans and to a lesser extent La Esquina and would like to find some place similar. I have been out of the city for most of the year and I feel a bit disconnected from the restaurant scene. Are there any new restaurants you recommend that fit my criteria?

I recently read a review in The New Yorker about Browns Cafe, but couldn't find too much information on Chowhound about it. Thoughts?

Thanks

May 31, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Romantic NYC Restaurant?

Bouley. Sit in the red room.

May 24, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Milk and Honey - I want to believe

My advice is go. The drinks can not be beat. If you can't find the number, then I recommend stopping by at nine when they open. It is rarely busy around that time on week nights and they may seat you immediately or call you when a table is available. I have been a regular for years and it started going down hill a bit around the time they opened East Side Company Bar. They ripped the Kiehl's soap and lotion dispensers out of the bathroom and replaced them with soap from Chinatown loosing a little of the special atmosphere.

But unlike any of the other bars mentioned in the thread, Milk & Honey has no menu, so you can order anything you want. Basically you are asked what type of alcohol you like, (gin seems to be the preferred libation, but they will give you vodka, but definitely don't order a cosmopolitan), if you want something sweet or sour, or you can request on of the fresh squeezed juices of the evening. Then the waitress will make suggestions. Most of the drinks are served with Bodum metal straws/stir sticks which I love and they don't have at M&H's sister bars: Little Branch or East Side Company Bar.

It is basically a serious place to become fabulously drunk. If you are lucky they may even bring you a plate of strawberries and whipped cream.

My other favorites are Pegu Club and Death & Company, and Bemelman's bar if you are uptown. For great drinks with food sit at the bar at Freeman's, where some of Milk & Honey's bartenders also work. They will often make you many of the same M&H cocktails if it isn't too busy.

Imbibe and enjoy!

May 24, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Monkfish Pate

Can anyone recommend any stores in Manhattan, preferably downtown, that carry monkfish pate?

May 20, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Cheap uni

Just wondering if anyone knows if good uni is available at the fish market in the Bronx?

May 17, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Hot smoked fish in a gas oven?

Thank you, I have heeded the warnings and will definitely not be smoking fish according to my original plan.

I am not sure if I am up for building a smoker out of a flower pot al a Alton Brown. So I am planning to test both Sam's s and ESNY's recipes. But I was wondering,what purpose does the rice serve in Sam's method?

May 17, 2007
wlark in Home Cooking

cheap eats in Manhattan - $10 and under

Well, not everyone agrees on Lovely Day. I personally love the salmon and that is always what I order there and I have yet to be disappointed. But, I do second your suggestion of Rice. That is a great place to enjoy an inexpensive meal and the atmosphere is lively during the evening.

May 17, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

cheap eats in Manhattan - $10 and under

For the evening I recommend two spots downtown that are both filled with students and young crowds.

Lovely Day - it is a little vintage-looking kind of asian inspired diner in Nolita. Its always packed with a good looking young crowd, who love the scene and the good cheap food. My favorite thing to order is the seared salmon. It is an enormous piece of fish served with mashed sweet potatoes covered in a creamy citrus type of sauce accompanied by an amazing house salad for only $9.50. Plus it is big enough to share with another person, so you could even order a cocktail and still be within your $12 budget.

Ino - is another favorite of mine for inexpensive, but fun dinners. The West Village restaurant is almost the size of the shoe box, but once you have a seat who cares. It is dimly lit and a great New York type of experience. The truffled egg toast for $7 is amazing or just order a bunch of the $2 bruschettas.

You might also want to check out happy hour specials.

Lure Fish Bar - kind of like being inside a yacht, but you're in Soho. $5 glasses of wine and $6 martini, along with a discounted bar menu Mon.-Fri. 5-7. The shrimp tempura, $6, is quite similar to Nobu's rock shrimp tempura in creamy spicy sauce. It is a large portion, enough for one for dinner and with a blood orange martini or a grapefruit margarita you'll be at $12. Great way to start the evening.

May 17, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Hot smoked fish in a gas oven?

I am out to recreate an amazing dish that I was served at a dinner party. The recipe in question is a hot smoked wild salmon, which was smoked in a regular outdoor grill using some combination of wood chips that had been soaked in water and then placed over hot coals in the grill. The result was spectacular. The fish tasted of the wood flavors and was perfect to eat right away. I don't think that this method preserves the fish and that is not what I want to do anyway.

My dilemma is that I live in a very small apartment. Thus I do not have a grill and don't have the money to buy a stove top smoker or any other type of indoor smoker, also I must note that the ventilation is poor in my apartment. I was thinking that maybe I could line the bottom of my gas oven with aluminum foil and place water soaked wood chips on top of the foil and then could slowly smoke the salmon directly on the oven racks at around 200 degrees. Would this work? How long would it take?

I am not a very experienced cook and this may seem like a totally ludicrous idea, but I am just dying to relive the flavors of that perfect salmon. Any suggestions or recipes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

May 17, 2007
wlark in Home Cooking

Best place for pizza in Manhattan/ Little Italy?

I love L'asso. It is on the corner of Mott and Kenmare putting it on the border of Nolita/Little Italy. The have an amazing D.O.C. pizzas, which are genuine Neapolitan pizzas made according to Italian law with ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. These pizzas are cut into sqares and crust is very crispy, unlike Lombardi's, which is on the same block. Sooo good. Plus they have non D.O.C. pizzas that are round; some are more traditional, others more gourmet. Nice atmosphere too with an open kitchen.

May 16, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

overrated restaurants

Daniel. While my dessert was etheral, both my appetizer and entree were extremely too salty. Plus throughout the meal I consistently received a smaller pour than my boyfriend when our wine glasses were refilled. This place has definitely gone downhill.

May 03, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

Best relaxing cafe in SoHo, NoHo, Nolita?

Try Lovely Day on Elizabeth between Prince and Spring. They serve Segafredo and you can sit for hours without anyone bothering you.

May 03, 2007
wlark in Manhattan

PGA National Area

Check out Vic & Angelo's on PGA Blvd. for Italian food and great pizzas. Sit outdoors, enjoy a quartino of wine and play a game of bocce. Cafe Chardonnay is across the street from VIc & Angelo's and has been a classic on the restaurant scene serving very good continental cuisine. For the best seafood in the area drive to Jupiter and go to Little Moir's Food Shack. Get one of the crusted fish and order the grouper cheek appitizer and you won't be sorry. The atmosphere is a casual and beachy, kind of surf kitch. They don't take reservations, but it is definitely worth the wait. Good luck.

Mar 19, 2007
wlark in Florida