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Festive birthday dinner w/bf and two college-age children - La Calaca Feliz? Jamonera? Modo Mio?

Thank you everyone! I was all set for La Calaca Feliz, but at the last minute have changed to Alla Spina, as I learned that b.f. was interested in checking it out, and we have been to Vetri, Amis, and Osteria, so it will be sort of fun to complete the group, and I think his kids will enjoy. Will let you know how it goes - going tonight!

Jun 25, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

Festive birthday dinner w/bf and two college-age children - La Calaca Feliz? Jamonera? Modo Mio?

Trying to decide where to go on a Tuesday evening for a festive birthday dinner for my boyfriend and his two college-age children. Not looking to break the bank on this, and would like to be somewhere with a fun atmosphere, but definitely good food. He and I will have a more intimate celebration, involving Bibou, on another night, but Tuesday is his actual birthday and his children will be with us, and I'd like that to have some sort of specialness to it, too, and preferably someplace we've not yet been.

On basis of a little research on the boards, am considering La Calaca Feliz, Jamonera, and Modo Mio. Considered Barbuzzo but can't get a reservation for this Tuesday. Thoughts on these options? Other suggestions?

Thanks everyone!

Jun 19, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

Farm & Fisherman, Fond, Matyson, Mica or Heirloom?

Thank you, everyone! Sounds like Fond should be the choice! Will let you know how it all goes.

Apr 21, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

Farm & Fisherman, Fond, Matyson, Mica or Heirloom?

I'm hoping to secure a reservation for 4 for a surprise birthday dinner at Bibou in late June, but if that fails, any suggestions for how to make a decision between the restaurants listed above? Is there a clear front-runner or is it more of a "can't go wrong" with any of these?

Thanks in advance!!!

Apr 21, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

Birthday party for 50 pp - Foxboro/Prov area, outdoor space, garden?

Am trying to plan a surprise birthday party for my mom, who will turn 70 in June. She's a gardener, and lover of good food. Will probably have about 50 guests, mix of ages, and I would LOVE to find a place with a garden or pretty outdoor area, so we could start before sunset, perhaps. Alternatively, a pretty restaurant we could rent out could work. Parents live in Franklin, don't want too long a drive. Could go to Providence, don't want to go into Boston. I am planning this from NJ, and though i grew up in MA, am not up-to-date on best restaurants. Would consider a space where I need a caterer, but not with a big rental fee.
Creative ideas will be appreciated! Internet searching is proving useless! Thanks in advance.

Apr 09, 2013
kleary2 in Greater Boston Area

55th birthday party for group of about 30-40, food-loving birthday boy

Zahav wants to charge to me $3000 minimum (excluding tax and gratuity) because it's a Saturday night. (Same would be true for a Friday.) Given that we could end up being just under 30 pp., that's much more than I want to spend. So unfortunate, as I really think Zahav sounds perfect, and what you get for $48/pp seems like a very good deal. But having to get to $3k before tax and gratuity is just not going to work.

My boyfriend is Jewish, his daughter spent part of her year between high school and college in Israel, and this would have been the perfect, excellent food, cool vibe, setting! So disappointing. Other suggestions welcome!

Mar 18, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

55th birthday party for group of about 30-40, food-loving birthday boy

Bigley - I actually emailed Zahav just a little while ago! I have not been there, but my boyfriend has, and it has been on our list to get there together. For many reasons, I think Zahav would be an excellent idea. Do you have a sense of what sort of budget I would need for the Mesibah?

Mar 18, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

55th birthday party for group of about 30-40, food-loving birthday boy

Hi all,

Am trying to plan a surprise party of my food-loving boyfriend, for mid-June, and am looking for either a very cool/interesting venue with fabulous food and/or some sort of a food-related activity we could plan the evening around. (I've heard of events in NYC/NJ, where it's sort of a cooking class, with guests preparing different parts of the menu, and then sitting down for the meal, but not sure if there's anything like that in Philly.)

Would also consider some sort of farm-to-table (ala "Outstanding in the Field") type dinner - we don't have to be in downtown Philly, he actually lives in Jenkintown area. I would just love to be able to do something a little out of the ordinary. He's never been thrown a birthday party, so I'd like to make it special.

thanks in advance!!

Mar 18, 2013
kleary2 in Philadelphia

db bistro vs. oceana for pre-theater?

Just wanted to give an update - we ended up at the Modern Bar Room and it was really just perfect. My bf was stuck in horrible traffic and then a torrential downpour, so we didn't have quite as long as I would have hoped, and therefore ate less than we would have, being under time constraints because of the theater, but it was terrific.

The hostess moved my reservation from 5:30 to 6:15 in the most understanding way, and our waiter was very attentive to the fact that we had to leave by 7:40. We had the mushroom flatbread - because I had become obsessed with it while waiting for my boyfriend, as it passed by my table multiple times en route to other tables@ - and the foie gras/spaetzle/tuna dish. Incredibly perfectly rich and a fascinating combination. Also had the pork belly sliders, which were divine. Fairly heavy and rich choices, not usual for us, but it was all great. I'd go back in a second. And the Dining Room is on our list, for sure.

thanks to all for your guidance!

Jul 04, 2012
kleary2 in Manhattan

Staying near St. Michael's for 3 days - need recommendations

We will be spending 3, possibly 4, nights at the Wades Point Inn in McDaniel, MD, near St. MIchael's, in a few weeks and are looking for lunch/dinner recommendations. I've seen the St. Michael's Crab House, the Crab Deck, and Harris Crab House suggested, and wonder if there's anything else we should look for.

We're willing to drive a little bit, as we will be exploring the area generally, and we are happy with everything from a casual bar-type atmosphere to something more upscale. Being summer, and being near the ocean, our preference is seafood, but if there's some meat-based place we shouldn't miss, please tell us! We just like to find the best an area has to offer.

thanks in advance!

Jul 04, 2012
kleary2 in Mid-Atlantic

db bistro vs. oceana for pre-theater?

Thanks, everyone! I've decided on the Modern Bar Room - reviews here and folks I know who've been there speak highly of it. The loudness won't be an issue - we'll be there on the early side, and it may just add to a festive birthday atmosphere. And I think it will work well as a pre-theater dinner.

If anyone wants to call out any "must-haves" from the menu, feel free to share!

Thanks in advance.

Jun 20, 2012
kleary2 in Manhattan

db bistro vs. oceana for pre-theater?

Thanks to both of you. As it turns out, I can't get a reservation for the Modern dining room, and I've also come to feel that that should be an evening in itself sometime. Some friends have now suggested the Lamb's Club, and I'm actually leaning that way. Going to do a little scouting here to see what the scoop is there.

Jun 19, 2012
kleary2 in Manhattan

db bistro vs. oceana for pre-theater?

Or The Modern? either the dining room or the bar room? Our show starts at 8 p.m. . . .

Jun 18, 2012
kleary2 in Manhattan

db bistro vs. oceana for pre-theater?

any opinions? special birthday gift - we're headed to Once afterwards . . .

Thanks in advance!

Jun 18, 2012
kleary2 in Manhattan

Opinions on two different NYC wine bar-hopping itineraries . . .

Yes, but they would be at a couple of the other places (mermaid or ten bells), so if we could have oysters at at least one stop, that would satisfy me.

Feb 10, 2011
kleary2 in Manhattan

Opinions on two different NYC wine bar-hopping itineraries . . .

Thanks so much, that's very helpful.

Feb 10, 2011
kleary2 in Manhattan

Opinions on two different NYC wine bar-hopping itineraries . . .

In order to shake off the end of a long and difficult legal ordeal, my significant other and I are planning to spend this Friday evening drinking wine and eating oysters (I know there are some of you out there who will tell me we should drinking beer or champagne, but let's leave that along for the moment!) Having the option to eat a few other things, would be terrific, and I thought it would be fun to check out a few different places over the course of the evening. I've come up with two different itineraries, in the interest of not having to travel too far between stops. We've been to none of these places, so I'd welcome anyone's thoughts . . .

#1
The Ten Bells
'inoteca
Public

#2
Mermaid Oyster Bar
VBar
'ino

Thanks in advance!

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'ino
21 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

'inoteca
98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

The Ten Bells
247 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 10, 2011
kleary2 in Manhattan

Help!!! - Need a place between Yardley, PA and Madison, NJ!

Ambrose, thanks to you as well - all very very helpful. One of these places will work, I'm sure!

Sep 24, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Help!!! - Need a place between Yardley, PA and Madison, NJ!

Thanks, brucefanz!

Sep 24, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Help!!! - Need a place between Yardley, PA and Madison, NJ!

Meeting someone tomorrow night for a drink (and possibly dinner) somewhere between these two locales. He suggested Flemington, NJ, but it seems that there are only chains and the like there. Please help! Would love a place with a wee bit of atmosphere and good food, if possible. We're definitely having a drink first, and things may not make it to dinner, so a bar is a necessity. Any ideas???

Sep 23, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Red Cat, August, or Perry St?

Please help me decide. I'm moving back to Massachusetts, and this is sort of a farewell dinner with two other couples who are my closest friends but have never met. We of course want a great meal, warm atmosphere, and not so loud we can't hear each other speak. Didn't want to break the bank either, and these places seem to fit that requirement, so I'm just trying to decide. Leaning toward Red Cat... Thoughts? Thanks!

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Red Cat
227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jun 02, 2010
kleary2 in Manhattan

Oysters in NJ - somewhere between Madison and NYC?

I'm going to give that itinerary a try next time I'm in Boston. I've been to Lucky's only once, on a Sunday night when they regularly have a Frank Sinatra-type band - a good time.

On one of your future trips, If you haven't been, you may want to check out Orinoco, on Shawmut Ave., in the South End. http://www.discovervenezuela.com/ Small place, no reservations, everything we've ever tried has been terrific, and it doesn't break the bank.

Happy travels!

Feb 12, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Oysters in NJ - somewhere between Madison and NYC?

Thanks, Tasi! I split my time between Boston and NJ, but we're usually in the South End. Neptune has been on my list of places to get to! I will certainly take a look at Copeland.

Feb 12, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Where to eat in Chatham?

I can recommend Rob's Bistro in Madison. I live in Madison and have been there twice now (but had the same thing both times!) The moules frites are fabulous and a big enough serving for two, though offered as a main course. The salads are great, and though I didn't have it, I heard the burger is terrific. I'd avoid the escargot - practically unsalted - and I didn't love their version of tarte tatin. It's also BYOB (as almost all Madison restaurants are.)

Feb 12, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Oysters in NJ - somewhere between Madison and NYC?

At the risk of being a cliche, I ask for some advice on where we might be able to have some good oysters tomorrow night. We'll be coming from Madison, and may be having dinner in Hoboken, though that's not definite, so we can travel pretty much anywhere. For anyone who's been there, I'm a big fan of B&G Oyster in Boston, and do most of my oyster eating there, but I'll be in NJ tomorrow. If there is any place approximating B&G, that's the sort of thing I have in mind, but any place with a good atmosphere would work for me! I want a nice big plate of oysters and a glass of something bubbly. Thanks in advance!

Feb 12, 2010
kleary2 in New Jersey

Places to have a drink near/before Beehive

The Butcher Shop is right across the street and has a good selection of wines by the glass. But depending how much you want to spend, or how much walking, you might want to consider having a drink in the lounge at the Taj, which looks out at the Public Gardens, or at the Four Seasons. You have enough time so that you could do either of those and then take Arlington St. over to Tremont.

Mar 29, 2008
kleary2 in Greater Boston Area

Name of fish at L'ami Jean?

Thanks to everyone - you've been a big help!

Mar 29, 2008
kleary2 in France

Name of fish at L'ami Jean?

I hope someone can help. We recently had dinner at L'ami Jean and I had what the waiter described as a "John Dory-type" fish. It was on the bone, and I'm pretty sure it was called St. Pierre. Can anyone verify that? I'm trying to write a piece for a class and would like to be accurate here. Thanks in advance!

Mar 24, 2008
kleary2 in France

Intimate 50th birthday dinner...

I'm looking for a place in Boston/Cambridge for surprise 50th dinner party for my fiance. There will only be one other couple with us, but it will be his best friend who he hasn't seen in several years and so I want them to be able to have a nice visit - so not too formal a place, don't want them to be afraid to have a good laugh - but still a special dinner (terrific food, terrific service, special atmosphere, etc.) I'm wondering if anyone knows of a place with a tiny private room, like a wine cellar-type thing? But I'll happily take other suggestions! Thanks so much.

Mar 31, 2007
kleary2 in Greater Boston Area