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Great Beef Burgundy or Braised Beef Short Ribs (any neighborhood, $20-$30 per entree)

Hello all,

I'm looking for a restaurant that serves great beef burgundy and/or braised short ribs. Boyfriend has a hankering for either dish.

$20-$30 per entree is our price range, anywhere in Manhattan is OK. We also prefer a restaurant that's not too scrunchy (i.e. as good as the food was at Blue Hill--we went last week-- the seating was way too tight for our liking).

Happy holidays--and thank you!

Dec 26, 2012
rachelpink in Manhattan

Romantic, Special Birthday Dinner (last year was Mas, this year?)

I've been looking through thread after thread and I'm still undecided, so I thought I'd ask for help.

My boyfriend's birthday is the Sunday before Christmas. Instead of presents, he likes a nice dinner (nice for us= $200-250 total bill, including wine). Last year I took him to Mas Farmhouse. He loved it.

He really likes the Oyster Bar, he loved Mas and he's a big fan of Blue Ribbon Bakery. He also really likes great italian food. He doesn't have a super adventurous palate, (but he's getting braver all the time.)

He hates a place that's crowded and loud, no matter how good the food.

I'd love a geographic range from the Flat Iron to the West Village, but I can absolutely be swayed otherwise. We'll do drinks before and after.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Nov 27, 2012
rachelpink in Manhattan

Restaurant Rec for Birthday Dinner in the West Village

Hello all,

I'm looking for a restaurant to take my boyfriend for his birthday (December 23rd), and I'm a bit stumped. He loves the West Village (though that's not a must--locale can be flexible). Dinner is his birthday present--so I'm looking to spend $175-275 (including wine). I'm not a fan of anywhere that's super pretentious (I had dinner at Peasant last week and LOVED the food--but I didn't dig the service).
He's not an incredibly adventurous eater. I don't need a hot new place, I'd much rather go somewhere cozy with delicious food where you can have a conversation. He loves Blue Ribbon (me too!), but I go there a bunch, and I want this to be a special night. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dec 12, 2011
rachelpink in Manhattan

Spunto pizza

They do sell by the slice. They have some excellent lunch specials--2 big slices and a free soda for around$6. You can also get a personal-size cheese pie, a small salad, and free soda for $9. Very nice thin crust pie and a great addition to the neighborhood.

Mar 26, 2009
rachelpink in Manhattan

Valverde on Steinway/36th Ave--great

I'm right across the street from Valverde and I agree--it's a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. I've only been for brunch, and I had the same scrambled egg dish. Those eggs are out of control good. I've bought bread on the way home from work a few times, and the owner mentioned that they'll be selling fresh pasta at some point.

Jun 03, 2007
rachelpink in Outer Boroughs

Brunch in Astoria??

I live across from a tiny new place called Valverde (36th Ave. and Steinway St.). A friend and I had brunch there this weekend and it was lovely. The scrambled eggs were outstanding--creamy and light and topped with parmesan shavings. The brunch special was $10 and included an entree, coffee, and juice. The owners seem really nice and earnest and committed to making everything fresh on premises. The brunch menu also had the usuals (pancakes and french toast), assorted sandwiches, and pasta dishes.

May 21, 2007
rachelpink in Outer Boroughs

Astoria Italian Across from Museum

Tried it the first week it opened. I won't go back. The food was unremarkable and really overpriced. I live a block away, so I was excited to see a new place open--but this was so disappointing all-around I just won't go back.

May 19, 2007
rachelpink in Outer Boroughs