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Watermellon & Feta Salad

Anyone know where I can get one? Have a craving and want to get one in before season is over.

Aug 28, 2009
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Group dinner/drinks with "theme"

I need to plan a work-related party for 60 people.

-- The budget is approx $75 pp (all in) for food and drinks.
-- We do not need a sit down dinner although that option is ok too. But passed around food or buffet should be hearty enough for dinner.
-- The atmosphere should be festive -- more party than work. Some people will def stay out until the wee hours of the night once the dinner has ended
-- We're thinking of a "theme" place that has some sort of activity/catch to engage some of the normally stiff, less-social folks.
-- Aiming for a Sat night

Some places we're thinking about are : Johnny Utah's (bull riding), Lucky Cheng's (althoughthe food is too horrible to consider), Le Souk (they have dancing), Slate (pool & ping pong), Flute (champagne tasting) ect...

What else should we consider? Is there any place with good mariachi? Cuban music/dancing? Is there some over-the-top Bollywood-esque place? What else could be really fun? Totally open for suggestions. THANKS!

Mar 03, 2009
ehrmanna in Manhattan

HELP! Desperate for res for 8 in AC

The orginal res was @ Seablue in the Borgata. I've checked all those other places...NOTHING! What a mess.

Aug 02, 2007
ehrmanna in Mid-Atlantic

HELP! Desperate for res for 8 in AC

I am planning a bachelorette party in AC for 8 women on Aug 11th. I could have sworn I made a dinner res with my hotel res. But they don't have it....we're staying at the Borgata. Everything else is booked on Open Table.

How do I get a NICE (meaning atmosphere and $$$$) reservation. Any tricks? I NEED HELP!!!

Aug 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Mid-Atlantic

Good booze lunch place in soho/lower west v.?

How about Felix? They serve pitcher of mojitos. Yummmmmm

Jul 04, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Great meal at Bar Stuzzichini

I agree with everyone. The 5 for $22 is great. We had caponata, percorino, mozarela, grilled octopus, and meatballs (the meatballs weren't so tasty). The pasta dish, the one with fresh peas was delicious. But my short ribs really fell short....not good. Someone else had the swordfish -- they said okay at best. So it sounds like the apps are the way to go here. I would consider going back.

Jul 04, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Tokyo Pop UWS disaster

I too had a horrible experience there ...almost everything went wrong. But for us, this is the thing that set us over the edge....when you arrvive they give you chopped cabbage and some dipping sauce (like chips and salsa @ Mexican). When we ask for a bit more cabbage, we were informed it would be $3. This is after an extremely long wait for a so-so dinner. Haven't been back since.

Jun 26, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Thor -- 35th Bday?

Would you recommend Thor for my 35th b-day?

Guest list will be a mixture of couples and singles; foodies and boozers.

Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday July 3rd. Although it is a Tuesday, I am hoping it will be festive considering eveyone has off for the 4th.

If you say yes, can you recommend some must-haves on the menu and possible some bars fro afterwards.

THANKS!

Jun 12, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Bachelor Party Dinner Suggestions? (Gramercy or nearby)

Not the 'hood you want but not to far is Maloney & Pocelli. They have the steak and win dinner Cite used to offer....3 course meal (including steak) and all you can drink wine (and its decent wine) for $75. This might be out of your price range but check it out.

http://www.maloneyandporcelli.com/Eve...

May 10, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Little Owl

I've with you! I still think about those 2 dishes in particular. Loved it and dying to go back.

May 10, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Fig & Olive (MPD) -- Horrible Service

Lasi night I had dinner at Fig & Olive in the Meat Packing District. What a disappointment! Food so-so and service was horrible. In chronological order....

(1) When I walked in I immediately informed the hostess we would be 2, not 3. After waiting almost 25 minutes for our table, they asked us where the 3rd person was when we arrived to the 4-top. After pointing out once again we were only 2, we were made to wait even further. Then, they seated us at a different 4-top. hmmmm...

(2) Even though we ordered a bottle of wine almost immediately upon seating, it took 20 minutes and 2 reminders for it to come.

(3) We had to flag down waitress to order

(4) Crostinis were quite tasty but yellow fin carpaccio was eh.

(5) My steak had to be sent back twice as the order was wrong....my friend was done with her meal by the time I started mine. And mine was bland.

(6) We never got offered more water. When we finally asked, it never came,.

(7) F&O aknoweldged their mistake and wanted to buy us desert. I ordered warn apple tart with ice cream. It arrived without ice cream -- they ran out. Tart sat in the kitchen so long, it came out tepid at best.

(9) We asked for check and then had to ask again as the waitress forgot it. Then it took was seemed like forever to run the CC.

Nice space. Food so-so. HORRIBLE service. Will not be back.

May 10, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Red Cat recs?

Just ate there. I agree with the green beans. Everything else was good but not great. It took me a while to remember what we had.....pork chop and steak. Both tasty but nothing all that special.

May 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Being Seated by the Kitchen [moved from Manhattan board]

Last week I went to Sapa. And even though there were plenty of open 4-tops, the hostess tried to seat my next to the big a$$ kitchen doors. Of course I asked to be moved and she readily agreed. However, it started the dinner off wrong for me (and there ended up being many things wrong with the dinner). BTW....most of the 4-tops remained unoccupied for the rest of the night,

My question is this: Why do they do this? Do I look like someone who would accept a sub-standard seat (I am SO not someone to try it with)? For those of you in the know, how does this work?

May 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Not About Food

DF in March -- Just Back

A llitle bit of both. The food presentation and decor could easily be NYC. But the service/hospitality and the flavors were certainly Mexican. But all the top end places in DF seem to be this way. In fact, top rest in any city I imagine would tend to be more similar than unalike.

May 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Mexico

DF in March -- Just Back

Ah...that explains it. I had no idea.

Apr 11, 2007
ehrmanna in Mexico

Restaurant Suggestions for Bachelorette

Depending on how much your party will eat/drink, I would recommend Buddahkan. But if everyone gets an app and has several drinks, you are probably looking at closer to $80 pp.

Apr 11, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Can't Get into Babbo...

I've been twice and loved it. Great food and friendly service.

The first time, I had a sliced pork special which was to die for. The second time I had the prok shank which I didn't enjoy as much (just not my thing). My friend had the short ribs -- YUM!!

All the appetizers were great as well...we had some gnocchi like thing and the pesto crepes. Lamb meatballs were also tasty. Fries were also yummy to share with our dinner.

Overall, great meal and I will go back again.

Apr 11, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

HELP - laid back dinner, great food

Maremma
The Little Owl

2 places I've been to recently and loved.

Apr 03, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

2 Foodies, 3nights/4 days in NYC!

If you have a hard time getting reservations at some of these other places, try Maremma in the West Village for Italian. I ate there twice and thought it was great. Nice people too. Moderate prices.

Apr 03, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

DF in March -- Just Back

Yes, drinks really did add to the bill....we boozed it up.

Appetizers were about $10-15 each and entrees $20-$25...if I remember correctly.

SOOOO worth it. Really great food.

Apr 03, 2007
ehrmanna in Mexico

DF in March -- Just Back

2 New Yorkers just got back from a week long trip to Mexico City. Here's what we ate and what we though (excuse the type-o...too tired from the trip to fix)

I'll start with the best...

AGUILA Y SOL: Excellent!! So good, we ate there twice. The pork taco and goat cheese/parmesan "raviloi" appetizers were outstanding. But the true winner was the beff fillet in a pepper cream sauce. To die for. It cam with a peppered mashed potato and a local root vegtable gratin. All amazing. Derserts were unremarkable. Service outstanding. Even the bread was delicious. The only "complaint" I have is about the pacing of the meal. In NYC, a meal of this calliber, would have lasted over 2 hours. But in DF, the entrees were brought almost immediately after our appetizers were cleared. We definitely needed more time to digest before the next course. At first, we thought it was because we had a late reservation but when we went back the 2nd time, the same thing happened. We also noticed that all tables were being served this fast. We had to keep telling them we needed to wait before desert. 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 deserts, many drinks came to $150. One other bonus...the provide a menu in English so you can really understand what you are ordering/eating.

PUJOL: Good food but too much emphasis on presentation vs taste. Everything came out looking very modern and well-designed but I left a little diassatified. For example, I ordered the short ribs in mole. Delicious, but there the very large plate can with a few pieces of meat piled in one corner and some sauce dirzzled on the remaining area of the plate. No accompanyments. While I loved the meat, I did want some complimnetary tastes and textures. I don't think there were even side to order. Everything was tasty but very singular. Another negative, only wine, no booze. No one spoke English so we didn't fully understand what we were ordering. Good bread and olive oil to start. Nice people.

CAFE TACUBA: So-so. Nice atmosphere but everything was drowned in somewhat tasteless sauce. Mediocre at best.

LOS GRISOLES: Another OK place. I had chicken in a creamy walnut sauce which was nice. My friend had the snapper. Another good choice. Everything was tasty but unremarkable.

LA CASA DE LAS SIRENAS: Location was amazing -- right behgind the cathedral. Lights at night were lovely. But it was empty at dinner. First,we ordered 2 maragritas without salt. When the arrived with sat, our waiter simply took a napkin and wiped off the salt in front of us. But as anyone knows....but that point, it is too late -- the salt has already "contanimated" the drink. Had my spanish been better I would have said something but was trying to keep ny NYer in check. Appetizers were fine. I ordered the stuffed peppers in walnut sauce appetizer for my entree as I wasn't starving. I think this confused them as when my friend's entree came out, my "entree" was cold. When I pointed it out, they took it back (after I am pretty sure I saw the waiter put a finger in it) and it came back two minutes later. This time my food was slightly hotter but had t he added bonus of chewiness from the microwave. It was unedible. I pointed this out but I got a nod and no offer to make it right with a replacement or it taken off the check....I know, I am spoled living in NYC. Still, overall, our experience here was not the best.

BUFFET ATOP THE GRAN HOTEL (on the Zocalo): The first few nights we stayed at the Gran Hotel right on the Zocalo in Centro (The hotel with the stained glass ceiling). One day, we had lunch on the roof at a table overlooking the to square. For a buffet, the food was quite tasty. Plus, the view was amazing. It was a lovely experience.

Hope this helps!!!

Apr 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Mexico

Cuba restaurant on thompson???

I ate there and thought the food was really tasty. If I remember correctly the service was friednly as well. Small place. I would go back.

Apr 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Near St. Vincent's Hospital, West 12th? Breakfast/lunch/dinner.

I too support GOOD. The food has always been better than good. Never diappoints.

I've also enjoyed Gonzo in the past. Very different style gourmet pizzas.

Apr 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan

Spotted Pig or Little Owl?

Wow. I had just the opposite experience....I LOVED Little Owl but felt Spotted Pig was totally overrated and the food just not that good. The pork chop at LO was to die for as were the slider appetizers. Been trying to go back to LO but can never seem to get a reservations when I want.

Apr 01, 2007
ehrmanna in Manhattan