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Need an Italian Restaurant somewhere near Grand Central

Vitae.

May 07, 2014
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Easter Late Lunch/Dinner

Driving to Montreal from NYC for Easter Weekend. Looking for suggestions for a terrific spot for a late lunch or early dinner on Easter Sunday. Prefer French or Modern Canadian cuisine. Price is not an issue. Also looking for recommendations for bistros in Old Montreal.

Paulaner Brauhaus

I have walked by several times and have never seen more than a handful of occupied tables. No one, as yet, seems to be marketing this place. Beer prices are quite high for the typical NYU student and pretzels cost $7 at dinner...they should be gratis with the entrees.

Dec 29, 2013
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Paulaner Brauhaus

On Christmas Eve, I took some out of town guests to the recently opened Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery (hoping for a festive evening of beer and German Food). First the good news: Decent and authentic German Food has returned to Manhattan. Bratwurst, Sauerbraten, Spatzel, Wienerschnitzel were far above what passes for German Food in Manhattan today. But, this place was lacking any sense of a German beer hall--without music, customers or beer carriers performing balancing acts through the spacious aisles. Sadly, Paulaner has zero Gemutlichkeit--the one ingredient that could make this place a major success.

Dec 28, 2013
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Carbone

A very over priced (and over rated) red sauce joint. Food is very good, but so are many, many other NYC spots at about half the price.

Nov 02, 2013
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RedFarm UWS

Had lunch there today. Beautiful design and much more comfortable than the downtown location. Great flavors and lots of whimsy on the plates. The mushroom spring rolls resembled those terrifying trees in the Wizard of Oz; crab and duck dumplings (with pink eyes), looked like exotic sting rays and a tea smoked chicken could have passed for Peking Duck. The restaurant was full, service was friendly and efficient, and Ed was making the rounds (beaming). At last, a destination restaurant on the UWS.

Lively place for drink and good food near Penn Sta

Stella at Macy's is a terrific option, with sublime food and a great view of the Empire State Building. This is certainly the best restaurant in any NYC retail establishment.

Oct 01, 2013
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Medium Priced Dinner in Chelsea/Hell's Kitchen Area

Try Suenos!

Sep 26, 2013
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First Date on UWS

Calle Ocho has a great vibe and flavorful food.

Sep 21, 2013
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Fine Mexican?

I am a big fan of Sue Torres and her restaurant Suenos. A fun environment and very fine creative food.

Aug 18, 2013
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Current Best-of-everything in or Near Jackson Heights.

Ayada serves world class Thai food. Uncle Peter's is the best restaurant in Jackson Heights. Alchemy is gaining traction as a major player in barbeque-land. And for dessert, Cannelle's pastries are flawless. Unfortunately, I have never found a great Indian restaurant here.

Jul 25, 2013
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Family dinner around Times Square - 59st Lexington.

I second Vitae. A terrific (and under-appreciated) restaurant in a beautiful environment.

Apr 09, 2013
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Stella 34

Went last Thursday for dinner. The room is beautiful--pulsating with NYC energy. Pizzas and pastas feature creative ingredient combinations; service is friendly, and the gelato is the best I've tasted in NYC. Macy's has opened a fashionable and stunning restaurant with terrific food. By far, NYC's best in-store dining.

Apr 03, 2013
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Kappo. An exceptional culinary adventure.

Dined last evening at Kappo, the latest exclusive (8 diners only) culinary laboratory in the David Chang empire. Prior to this dinner, guests received personal phone calls from the ebullient Chef Paul Carmichael to determine food preferences/allergies and to learn about participants' favorite liquors/cocktails. Kappo is a very comfortable sectioned off portion of the bar in Ma Peche where all the food (for a nearly three-hour repast) is prepared by the Chef and his capable team. The evening begins with personalized cocktails mixed by spirits guru Caitlin and served with excellent fried chicken skins and salted seaweed chips. After a dramatic life ending ceremony for two noble lobsters, the Chef and team prepare a parade of exotic, flavorful, and "quirky" dishes, featuring lots of seafood including John Dory, Conch, Uni, a succulent salt-encrusted bass and those lucky lobsters. A bread course (baked on the spot) showcases loaves of Challah drenched in duck fat and salt. Congee is served with egg yolk and dotted with seafood. Guests are instructed in the art of mofongo making, and are given wooden pilons and mashers to turn the ingredients (plantains, garlic, etc.) into this staple of Puerto Rican cuisine. Somewhere during this food parade, a dish of scrambled eggs and barbequed pigtails made a tasty guest appearance. Dessert included an apple sorbet paired with an ethereal peanut butter mousse. There was also some superb molasses candy. The wine/drink pairing (a $65 supplement) is creative, generous and is in perfect sync with the food. From a rare cider, to an esoteric white wine(Prie Blanc) from Northwestern Italy, to a late-meal pina colada and a sparkling burgundy, the libations were exceptional. Overall, Kappo provides a satisfying (though at times challenging) culinary adventure. Chef Carmichael and team are onto something here. Ahead lies greatness.

Mar 13, 2013
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Spaghetti Carbonara

Indeed, authentic carbonara does not include cream. Otto, a bit less pricey than Lupa, has excellent carbonara.

Feb 19, 2013
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Lunch near 45th and 5th?

Check out Vitae. An under-the-radar, but excellent spot. Sophisticated design and cuisine.

Feb 07, 2013
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Red Velvet Cake near Rock Center

Depending on time of day, perhaps Amy's Bread on 9th ave (a 10 minute walk from Rock Center) could accommodate you in back. They have fantastic red velvet cake.

Jan 28, 2013
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Pizza to rival Motorino/Keste/Co in Jackson Heights

A new "gourmet" pizza spot, Pagliaccio, dazzles in Jackson Heights with imaginative pies with fresh ingredients served in a spacious environment. Prices are gentle and variety is plentiful.

Jan 19, 2013
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Grimaldi's Pizza in Douglaston: Update, Please?

I go there quite often. The service is cordial and swift and the thin-crust, slightly charred pizzas are first-rate.

Nov 07, 2012
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Mr Bruno's in East Elmhurst /Jackson Heights

Tried Bruno's yesterday. A very nice place to sit and enjoy a slice or two...comfortable tables and booths. Counter service was not the friendliest or the most efficient. And the pizza, though good, is not much different than other places in the neighborhood. Gianni's on Northern is a better bet.

Oct 01, 2012
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Does anyone know any cool restaurants for teenagers in NYC?

Though the food is good, Otto is not cool.. For the "cool" factor, Stanton Street Social tops the list. Also Hecho en Dumbo in the Bowery and Schiller's. With careful selection, you should be able to meet your budget at any of these places. Red Farm would also be on the cool list.

Aug 12, 2012
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celebratory lunch close to 40th/5th ave

Check out Vitae at 46th and 5th. This still under the radar spot serves perfectly executed (and creative) American food with an Italian flare. Read the (nearly two hundred) great reviews on Open Table.

Jul 18, 2012
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Best Indian Restaurants in NYC

Junoon....elegant, inventive and far superior to any other Indian spot in Manhattan.

May 05, 2012
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Good lunch around Manhattan diamond district?

Try Vitae, the still under-the-radar fine dining spot on East 46th, right off of Fifth Ave. The menu is inspired (creative Italian) and the decor is dazzling.

Apr 28, 2012
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Sapori D'Ischia Closed?

Yesterday i was taking a friend to lunch at Sapori D'Ishia in Queens and found the place empty. A women working there told me the restaurant was closed for good but might be moving. Anyone have any more information?

Apr 19, 2012
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Good seafood with bar seating for solo dining

Marea on Central Park South is the perfect spot...Great food and that bar is sexy...

Mar 25, 2012
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La Cage aux Food, AKA, Vitae

Thanks for the beautiful photos. And so happy you enjoyed this place. For a newcomer, they truly have their act together.

Mar 18, 2012
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La Cage aux Food, AKA, Vitae

The lamb is sensational...And last night's amuse, a cup of celery soup with caviar and a mini taco, was quite tasty. The food is fresh, full of flavor and beautifully plated. Enjoy.

Mar 16, 2012
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La Cage aux Food, AKA, Vitae

Vitae, an elegant new eatery on East 46th Street, should become a new clubhouse for the media elite (it's a stone's throw from NBC). Unlike other clubhouses (Michael's) where the food is overpriced and uninspired, Vitae is plating some of the best American food in midtown. Clean flavors dominate an inspired menu (scallops with cauliflower in a vibrant curry sauce/ethereal housemade pastas/chilled pea soup with lobster). Service is still a bit disorganized, but the setting (a caged affair with abundant space and flattering lighting) is perfect for deal-making or making out (check out the intriguing balcony).

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Vitae
4 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

Mar 16, 2012
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Maison Laduree has finally opened!

Waited in line for one hour on Friday to try these much heralded macarons. Although good, there are a handful of NYC bakeries that produce equivalent or better morsels: Bouchon, The Macaron shop on West 23rd Street, Cannelle in Queens--even the mini-chain, Financier, can turn out a fine macaron. You certainly don't need to buy into the upper eastside frenzy for a tasty cookie

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Macaron Cafe
625 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

Sep 03, 2011
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