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Avenida - why have I not tried them before?

We went there for dinner last night, and my wife and I don't really feel the need to go back. We had our kids with us, and their dinner menu is very kid-friendly. The atmosphere is also fantastic - a historic early 18th-century building and a very nice little patio out back. The food was passable, even good. They massively overcooked my "medium rare" steak to where it was Texas-style grey throughout, but still tender enough that I didn't complain.

The price is what really floored me, and I used to live in Manhattan. Price for 2 adults and 2 little kids? Over $130 pre-tip. If the food was top-notch I would accept this, but it was just good. Granted, we had a total of 3 drinks, and we had dessert, but it's still too much.

I will say that the drinks and dessert were tasty and probably worth the price.

It's too bad - the staff was very nice and the meal was pleasant - the food just doesn't match up to the price. You have to be pretty good to command a $17-19 price for an entree. For those prices I can go downtown and get really good food.

Aug 24, 2011
MightyYar in Philadelphia

Hand Sliced Smoked Salmon

Ouch, $50/lb? Yeah, that's high even by New York City standards. I just moved back from the Upper East Side, and our go-to (but expensive!) place was called Sables, and it was always about $20-30/lb. Awesome whitefish salad if you are ever there... I'd love to find something like that back here in Philly.

Jun 04, 2010
MightyYar in Philadelphia

Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add me to the list of people who love this recipe. We follow it exactly, except we substitute chunks of chocolate for the chips. The recipe doesn't make that many cookies by my standards, but you don't need to eat very many of these!

Mar 07, 2010
MightyYar in Recipes

Best lesser-known beer bars in NYC

Well, charm is the wrong word for the converted loading dock that they occupied before... but whatever it was about the old location is what made that bar for me. The new place has low ceilings and is very unspectacular, but the food remains good and the beer still comes in 32oz styrofoam cups. Even the regulars seem to be the same.

I used to go out of my way to bring people over there or meet up with friends there, but it's not that kind of bar anymore. If I worked down there it would still probably be my favorite "dive" bar.

Mar 20, 2007
MightyYar in Manhattan

Best lesser-known beer bars in NYC

Awww, that's a sore memory for me. That place was one of my favorites, located in an old warehouse with bras and neckties hanging from the ceiling and a concrete floor.... picnic bench seating.... it was a favorite. Unfortunately, they moved down the street to another location which is nowhere near as unique - they did move some of the bras and neckties though. I didn't really stick around - it was too depressing.

Mar 19, 2007
MightyYar in Manhattan


They are very good bagels, but that's because they get them from H&H. If you go there often enough, you will eventually be around for an H&H delivery, and there is usually an H&H invoice stuck to the wall behind the register. Interestingly, it seems like the H&H guys take fish back with them, so perhaps the lox over at H&H is sourced from Sable's. That would be a very good thing, because Sable's lox is really good. I also love their pastrami - it is the best that I've found so far on the UES. My wife and I go to the Sables eat-in side all the time, despite it's pizzeria ambiance.

Mar 19, 2007
MightyYar in Manhattan