Oliver Katz

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My cousin is visiting from Brazil fir his birthday, and he says he wants plenty of American food while he's there. So, burgers, waffles, pancakes, anything like that. I'm sure he would also enjoy what other things New York has to offer, like pizza, ramen, china town, etc. What do you recommend?

Open Thread: It's Cold Out! Where Are You Eating to Warm Up in NYC?

Pasta. Lots and lots of pasta. I get fresh spinach pasta from Eataly, toss it with a little butter and a LOT of parmigiano reggiano.

Oh, and not that this is really cold weather food, but I recently became OBSESSED with Blue Bottle's granola. I have it with Ronnybrook. So good.

Where to eat near Joyce Theater in Chelsea

If you like Burgers, you have Bareburger ( right down the street, a locavore burger joint that has normal stuff for the neice but with interesting choices for the adults as well (Ostrich meat on a burger?!). Soccorrat, although not with very american offerings, has one of the best, if not the best paellas in NY. Also, if time in not too much of a problem, you could go to Le Zie on 7th ave for some familiar Spaghetti and Meatballs.

downtown restaurant for 12 people

You could try Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria. I had a birthday party there and everything went seamlessly. Oh, and if you go, make sure to try their gelato.

Best hot chocolate in NYC?

I love City Bakery's. And their Marshmallows? To die for!

Interesting restaurants in Back Bay, Boston

@J. Kenji López-Alt, Thanks for helping! We (parents) know Boston a bit and are familiar with some of the neighborhoods, but since we only have one night (Saturday), we were thinking of going somewhere pretty nearby, hopefully in Back Bay itself. We are not as interested in Chinese; we would prefer Japanese or Vietnamese.

@dashofginger, Thanks for your help! I was wondering a little more about Wagamama, as I've heard great things about it. What is the ambience like for lunch? What is your favorite dish? Also as a side note, one of my sons REALLY loves steak. How's the steak at Sel de la Terre?

@shoneyjoe, Thank you for your comment! We are not celebrating a particular event, but rather, as you suggest, looking for something a little elevated from the usual.

NYC Dinner for 6 (2 12 year olds, My Wife, and my grandparents


No real preference on cuisine, just food that both the kids AND the grandparents would like. The price can be anything below $150 per person, I don't want to be COMPLETELY broke. ;)

Daily Slice: Tutto Italiano, Hyde Park, MA

I think some Mardi Gras fans might have Louisiana as their favorite boot shaped peninsula, but I get your point.

Restaurants in Catania

@ BitchinFixins,

Thank you again! Also, would you happen to know anny places near Taormina?

Nutella Panini

@BitchinFixins, I tried the Lemon Granita on your request. AMAZING! You should really try it some time.

Cold Cereal - Favorites from Youth, Favorites Now

@ BitchinFixins,

Of course, all their other meals make up for it. ;) (I'm in Italy right now)