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Alyse

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I don't know if anyone will respond to this, but I am desperately seeking that donut dog bed for my pup! Anyone know where I can get one in NYC? The internet was no help.

Win Two Tickets to Plate by Plate, October 4th

Win Two Tickets to the Great Steak Debate, September 15th

Since I haven't been to Peter Luger, the Strip Steak at Club A is phenomenal.

Win Two VIP Tickets to the Vendy Awards, September 7th

If you're lost you can look and you will find me... Taim after Taim.

Win Two Tickets to the Big Cheesy, March 23rd and 24th

Earl's Beer and Cheese: Kimchi and pork belly. Need I say more?

Win Two Tickets to the Village Voice's Choice Eats on March 19th

Del Posto and Dirt Candy! It's a tie.

Win Two Tickets to the Fourth Annual Latke Festival at BAM, Monday December 10th

Cooked by my Jewish grandma, aka no food processors in sight — hand-shredded potatoes means more love and time put in to make them delicious!

Win Two Tickets to Plate by Plate on October 5th

I'm probably in the minority here, but Ilili!

Win Two VIP Tickets to Let Us Eat Local on October 3rd

This summer, it's been a myriad of different-colored asparagus! I feel like every time I stop by the green market, there's something new popping up. I'm obsessed with short-season veggies like ramps and fiddleheads, but my go-to produce includes corn, avocados, and various fruit for summer sangria!

Win Two VIP Tickets to the 2012 Vendy Awards on Saturday, September 15th

I desperately miss working in Midtown — mostly for Kwik Meal! Dreaming of their Kati rolls (even though Biryani was just one block away.)

Taste Test: Every Flavor of Chobani Greek Yogurt

I love Chobani, but the thing that excited me most about this post was Wegmans. I'm from upstate New York, and it was a big part of my lifestyle growing up. I mapped it, and from my UES apartment, it's an hour drive. Is that how you two trekked out there?

AHT Giveaway: Tickets to Thrillist's East Village Beer & Burger Crawl, May 19

I don't have a sweet tooth, but that Fried Chicken Luther from D.C.? I could get behind that. Replace the chicken with a medium-rare burger, add a ridiculous amount of cheese -- and hell, maybe some bacon jam? -- with no vegetables. Straight-up meat and bread.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Manning the grill for my late grandfather while he whipped together awesome condiments and sides.

Bake the Book: 'Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts'

Memorial Day Grilling Giveaway: Win This Delicious Cap of Ribeye

A smorgasbord of meat, of course!

Sugar Rush: Frosting and Cookie Dough at Butter Lane Cupcakes

Did you meant to type "worth nothing" or "worth nothing"? It completely changes if I should bolt down there or not!

Cook the Book: 'How to Cook Everything The Basics'

The Gourmet Cookbook!

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Michael Lomonaco's Upper East Side

This is the neighborhood guide I've been waiting for! Finally -- my actual UES neighborhood.

Cook the Book: 'The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook'

Betty's ridiculous international dinner party!

Super Bowl Giveaway: The RUB BBQ Wings vs. Ribs Giveaway

It's never going to happen, but I'm going to throw a TIE out there because I'm clearly not an avid football fan. 23-23!

Super Bowl Giveaway: 10-Pound Box of Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Watching the Puppy Bowl and cooking up a storm!

Brunch or Lunch on the UES (80s/90s b/t 2nd and Lex)?

Thank you! I've read about almost all of these places, but have yet to check them out. Also, this talk post was featured on the SE:NY homepage today! So double thank you for reading and responding.

Win Tickets to Dinner and a Coldplay Concert from BlackboardEats

Le Bernardin and She & Him (and it rhymes!)

Brunch or Lunch on the UES (80s/90s b/t 2nd and Lex)?

Thanks! I've brunched on the UWS before, but I'm trying to find a nice place in my neighborhood to take family. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

Super Bowl Giveaway: California Avocado Gift Box for Guacamole-Making

Lately, it's been atop roasted salmon, lightly seasoned with lemon, salt, and pepper. Sometimes on a salad, sometimes over rice. The possibilities are endless!

Lunch near Carnegie Hall and budget dinner suggestions!

Hey Serious Eaters!

I try to stay away from Midtown when I'm not at work, but my parents are coming into town tomorrow and I don't want to schlep all over the city with them. They are from the suburbs, so immediately cringe at high prices and long treks on the subway. (Yes, I'm adopted. It all makes sense.)

I'm looking for a great place for lunch near Carnegie Hall, and also any suggestions for a budget-friendly dinner that isn't too fancy. They like Italian food, basic, boring American stuff, and a place they can wear jeans and sneakers to. They're not farmers or rednecks, but they are simple, and far from serious eaters.

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

Brunch or Lunch on the UES (80s/90s b/t 2nd and Lex)?

Hello, Serious Eaters!

I'm always browsing the talk forums here, but now I need your help. I'm moving to a new 'hood around 95th and 3rd, but I've only been to one restaurant--The Barking Dog, which is tops.

My family is coming in to visit this weekend and they're not city folks, so I'd love to walk to a great place for brunch or lunch on Sunday afternoon. Does anyone have any recommendations in the general area? Of course, for the right place, I can round everyone up on the subway or take a cab, but it would be nice to walk, plus I am a big brunch fan anyway and like to be lazy on Sundays.

Any suggestions would be great! They're kind of picky folks, so basic items (with a flair!) would be great--omelettes, benedict, french toast, pancakes, etc. I'm more adventurous though and love to explore different cuisines, so you can also add those in. Thanks!

Best restaurants to take someone who is new to NYC?

Hello fellow foodies!

My friend and I are attending a conference from today until Wednesday and will need to eat out for each meal. I am here frequently, but she has only been here once before. We are working with a budget of approximately $40-$50 per day for lunch and dinner, so I want to take her to delicious places that won't break the bank.

Here's the catch -- she's kind of picky and simply, so I can't just take her anywhere. I'm looking for some great Italian restaurants that aren't tourist traps and possibly one amazing prix fixe to take her to.

Any suggestions for lunch or dinner would be great, but I figure we will do cheap lunches at Chipotle and the like and then bigger, more exciting dinners since we will be at a conference all day from Sunday through Tuesday. The only place I know I'll be taking her to is Cafeteria in Chelsea because I always have a great time there!

Thanks in advance! I hope to have a list of places for the both of us to try!

Las Vegas Dining Out on a Family Budget

Hello, hello.

My family and I will be heading out to Las Vegas and staying in a resort (Summer Bay on a timeshare) and will be trying to stay within a moderately low budget during our week's stay. I have browsed through some other topics, but I have some picky eaters with me while I would like to say I have more of an extensive pallet.

There are a few things I am looking for in food:
- Groceries. We will be renting a car and I will probably be cooking one or two meals at least. I noticed that there is a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods, but does anyone have any local markets or better recommendations to stay in a lower budget?

- Buffets. I know they are cheap and frequent on the strip, but what are your favorites?

- We will splurge once or twice, so ULTIMATE favorites would be nice to see. No more than 30 per person though, I have a feeling that will be the limit.

- Anything ranging from 10 to 20 per person is a range we'd like to maintain since this is an expensive vacation as is. I know that is very minimal, but we work off of one salary during the summer unfortunately. Fast food works (like In-N-Out, etc.) but we'd rather hit sit downs close to the strip.

- This is not food related, but any entertainment recommendations. This is our first trip and it will be an 18 year old girl (who is more into culinary and popular music than shows), a 16 year old boy, and two parents in their 40's.

Thanks in advance for any help! We'll be there from July 17th to July 24th, so if you know of any special events, please let me know!