• Location: New York, NY

What's the Most Expensive Meal You've Had in New York?

the one that stands out because i felt the meal and service were cookie cutter was del posto, where we roughly spent $700 for 2. that seemed like a waste.

similarly priced meals but totally worth it were daniel and blue hill stone barns.

the two most expensive meals i've had were in stockholm, one of which may have been the best meal of my life but was upwards of $1K for 2

Tea Recommendations

i like spicy teas. right now im drinking tazo's chai tea with milk, i also like bigelow's orange and spice tea.

Suggestions for a large party 20 plus persons in NYC?

im loving the love for cafe asean. i used to live right around the corner from that place and it was always a favorite

Suggestions for a large party 20 plus persons in NYC?

wow. tough task. i dont envy your position if you're the organizer. opentable appears to have a lot of options for 20 people without a private room. of those, the smith would give you a range of options for dining and is affordable. not exactly adventurous food, but with 20 people there's something for everyone there. i also once put together a very large table without a private room at craftbar, but i cant remember how many people it was for. this one definitely fits all of your criteria. you could call them and see if they could accomodate 20.

Valentine's dessert for sour gummy candy loving wife?

im thinking something with strawberries and balsamic vinegar - like a yogurt panna cotta topped with those ingredients, or maybe even strawberry shortcake.

I feel a little dirty...but oddly, not guilty.

one afternoon i ate eight hostess cupcakes

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

i hope you feel better soon!

i've been on a similar baking kick (pregnancy hormones i think). i like quick breads - recently i made this one, it was seasonal and delicious. it wasnt so quick though

my husband and i also recently made a pancake cake (cake made of out pancakes with buttercream frosting in between layers and strawberry on top) - that was silly and uplifting.

i like to make pasta from scratch when im stressed - kneading the dough is a good physial activity to relieve tension and cutting into shapes / stuffing them is a zen-like activity.

Kids Cooking Class Ideas

mini muffins and cookies take 10-15 mins in the oven
make your own butter (basically involves putting cream in a jar and shaking for 5-10 min)
fresh squeezed orange juice

New York Gets its First Canele Shop

oh my! looks delicious

What Would You Choose for Your Last Drink on Earth?

hmm - my primary choice would be a really good barbaresco (a generous pour). if alcohol weren't an option, i'd go with diet coke.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: 'Round Things Are Tasty' Tote Bag

Start with a graham cracker pie crust....

@ traveller - ha! awesome

Start with a graham cracker pie crust....

fruit tart or cheesecake filling

What Was Your Best Bite of New York in 2013?

fried oysters at pig and khao!

that bread in the photo looks delicious, where is it from?

What are some side dishes I can make in advance?

im really digging recently chuck hughes' mushroom and speck salad as a side for winter gatherings. the recipe is available online if you google it. it's hearty, easy to make a lot of it for a group, and can be made in advance (although better warm so just heat up at game time). i just made this last weekend with guinea hens for a pre-christmas dinner. i also made corn bread which is another potential make-in-advance side.

Mail Order Beef for Burgers?

yes! pat lafrieda dry aged blend!!

Substitute for Sunchoke Soup

mmm sunchokes. too bad fd is out of them.

how about a cauliflower soup? thomas keller has a good recipe in ad hoc at home

Food gift baskets for a sick friend?

for basic baskets, i like dean and deluca or zingermans

murrays cheese in nyc is also good, mostly cheese focused but also has charcuterie, snacks, and olives

Desserts to Deconstruct

there's a place called the bees knees in nyc that does this - maybe you can draw some inspiration from their menu:

low-mid range restaurants for two girls in east village

for upper east village/close to flatiron - try northern spy food co., ippudo, maysville, boqueria

Cookie Monster: Salted Caramel Shortbread Cups

i just made these. i burnt the caramel and my finger - i'll be more careful next time when caramel gets to boiling point. i think i left it on too long.

the shortbread cups worked out well for me. i would eat them on their own or filled with other things. they puffed up (@rmhorath) but not that much. i really pressed the dough into the cupcake containers and i think that helped.

Where Are You a Regular in NYC?

huh - little collins - i had never heard of it - thanks for the tip avaryne. thats not too far from my office, i'll check it out!

Where Are You a Regular in NYC?

ok i think i'll define regular by "the staff recognizes me." by this definition, it's generally breakfast and lunch near the office: sushi ann, amma, 'wichcraft on 47th, and that newish bakery on 51st st - pomme palais

Lunch place near MOMA

how about in MOMA? the bar room at MOMA is great for lunch. and a cocktail.

special duo birthday dinner in NYC

the vibe at babbo and colicchio have energy in common. babbo is an interesting blend of intimate/rock and roll while colicchio is, as you note, bigger and has more of a bustling metropolitan restaurant feel to it. i've never ordered the tasting menu at colicchio and sons, just a la carte. they have a good wine list though, id recommend splurging on that.

i definitely would not recommend getting a room at the nomad just to eat at the restaurant. i've never stayed there though so i dont know if its worth staying there for its own sake. the location is certainly central.

Moving to the 'Burbs

Hi, so, after twelve years in Manhattan, my husband and I are moving to Westchester. We're looking for food-related recommendations out there - everything from grocery to restaurant suggestions. We plan to continue to have date night in the city, but also would like to have some ideas of places closer to our new home for a night out. And we have no idea where to buy food! It would also be helpful to know if there are any reliable websites for further research on this topic. Thanks in advance for your help. Best, Kristin

Christmas Dinner - Main Course

Hi Everyone, I've been tasked with deciding what the main course should be for Christmas. My husband and I would like to try something new, but my family isn't very adventurous when it comes to eating. Any ideas for new twists on classic Christmas main dishes? Thanks and happy holidays!

Clementine Confit

Hi All,

I tried to make clementines confit over the last couple of weeks and all but one of my clementines shriveled up and sunk in. Do you know what I did wrong?

Thank you! - Kristin

Clementines in NYC

Does anyone know where to get clementines in NYC at this time of year? I just had clementines confit for the first time (at Epicerie Boulud) and want to try to make this myself. Also if anyone has any recipes for this I would love to read them. Thanks in advance for your help!

Help! I forgot to make dinner reservations for tomorrow (NYC) -

Saturday night is usually date night for my husband and me, and I am mostly in charge of our dinner plans. I am forgetful so I run into this issue frequently - I'm too late to make a reservation at most of the places on my list of restaurants I'd like to try.

So my question is - what are your favorite last minute spots - places where it's possible to get a reservation w/ 24 hours notice or that doesn't have crazy long lines for walk-ins?

My favorite one of these historically was Jacks Luxury Oyster Bar. We made a last minute reservation here and had an awesome meal.

For help with tomorrow's plan - I live in Chelsea and would be open to anywhere downtown-ish. Thanks :)


I was inspired by SE's "dinner tonight" yesterday and think I will try to do the Momofuku Steak Ssam tonight. Does anyone know whether any of the grocery stores near Chelsea (westside, garden of eden, trader joes, etc) sell kimchi? I could call them but if anyone knows offhand that would be helpful.

Awesome NYC Tasting Menus

My fiance's birthday is coming up, and every year I take him to a nice restaurant for his birthday. Usually we go somewhere that has a tasting menu because we enjoy that experience. The last couple of years, for example, we went to Daniel and Ko. I'm having a brain block and am hoping you can help me with some suggestions for this year's b-day. What are some of your favorite tasting menus in the city?

NYC Restaurant Reviews

It would be cool if there were a dropdown menu in the review section, like the neighborhood dropdown, that allowed the user to select only those reviews of restaurants that got a grade from Serious Eats of A or A-.

Quiet Bar - Chelsea/West Village/Flatiron

This may be an oxymoron - but does anyone have any suggestions for a bar (preferably in the Chelsea/West Village/Flatiron even East Village area) where it is quiet enough that one might be able to have a normal conversation on a Saturday evening? Ugh. This question makes me feel old. I'm asking anyway!

Ways to Serve Hors D'oeuvres

I am having a large cocktail party and need to make many different kinds of hors d'oeuvres for the guests. I've been trying to think of different ways that finger food can be served, to make sure there is variety. For example, I don't want to have like 20 different kinds of things on bread.

My question is: What are the different ways to serve hors d'oeuvres?

The list I came up with so far: (1) on bread, (2) in a small disposable cup with a fork or spoon, (3) on a spoon, (4) on a stick, (5) with a toothpick.

Other thoughts on how to make food easy to pick up?

Another Boston Question - Rehearsal Dinner Clambake?

I'm getting married in Boston next fall and am looking for some potential venues for a rehearsal dinner. I haven't lived in Boston for quite sometime (in NYC now) so I am not up on the current restaurants there. Anyone have ideas for a place that (1) has a private room that can seat 40-50ish people and (2) does clambakes or similar seafood buffet? Legal's is one option - any other ideas?

Foods that pair with whiskey

My sister got me an awesome whiskey tasting kit for Christmas (it contains a variety of kinds), and I am thinking about having a whiskey tasting party with a homemade dinner. What kind of foods would you pair with whiskey?

Holiday Cocktails

Hello, Serious Eaters. Every year for the last few years I have made egg nog from scratch and brought it to a friend's Christmas party. I am kind of sick of making the same thing every year. Anyone have ideas for a twist on the old classic or for other holiday cocktails that could be made and then transported from my home to theirs?

Updating the Ol' Queue

About a year ago, I solicited lists of NYC restaurants that you're waiting to try.

I went to all of the ones on my list from last time (except allen and delancy) and have a new list of ones to try. I just knocked a couple off my list that were serious eats suggestions - both really good! (Kin Shop and 6th St Kitchen)

Balboosta is upcoming this weekend. I've also wanted to try: artichoke, fatty cue, foodparc, hill country chicken, meatball shop, osteria morini, otafuku, and tiny's giant sandwich shop. Thoughts on additions / deletions?

What's in your current queue?

The little things count!

I am having a dinner party tonight so it's probably too late to incorporate suggestions, but for future events - what are the "little things" you all do to make a dinner party special?

Tonight, for example, I have prepared little menus for everyone and made an extra dessert (from a recipe i found on this site) that I put in a gift-wrapped boxes for each person to take home.

I am always looking for new ideas to make guests feel special and welcome. What has worked for you?

Brooklyn Eating

I am taking my boyfriend, the pie addict, all the way out to Brooklyn on Saturday so he can pick out a pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. While we are there, I thought we could try one of the many Brooklyn restaurants that are getting such good reviews these days for lunch. What's great and close to 3rd Avenue and 8th St? I was thinking Fatty Cue but I think that is far away and I am worried about a long wait. We don't have a budget and are adventurous eaters.

Thanks for your help! - K

Azores Recommendations (circling back with info)

Earlier, I solicited culinary recommendations for a trip to the Azores. I found there is not a lot of information out there on this topic. Someone asked that I report findings after the trip, so here they are. I would highly recommend the Azores for foodies. Hopefully future travelers find this helpful.

Sao Miguel

Arruda Pineapple Plantation: Tastings of a delicious homemade pineapple liqueur are free.

Gorreana Tea Plantation: You can taste 6 kinds of tea.

Alianca: Popular with locals. The blood sausage here was cinnamony and velvety, like the inside of a chocolate truffle. It is served with pineapple. Also you can try grilled limpets (a mollusk/barnacle?), a specialty served sizzling hot & covered in garlic.

Restaurante Nacional: Try the regular sausage. All meals on this island were served with a delicious fresh cheese & pimento sauce.

Costa Do Atlantico: Lots of fresh fish, including something called squirrelfish (very light & fluffy).

O Jaime (not the one by the water): The owners don't speak English & are very friendly. Here we had lots of unusual fresh fish.

Tony's: The locals cook a stew underground near the hot springs. The stew contains pork, blood sausage, regular sausage, chicken, brisket, yam, potato, cabbage, & carrots.

Pico Island
My favorite food island, known for wine and one kind of cheese. Ask someone to take you to the shack where the cheese is produced. It seems everyone owns a vineyard - our guide took us to his! We tried his wine & fig brandy.

Ancoradeuro: Order the octopus stew - flavorful, fresh, & expertly cooked. My favorite!

O Luis: No one spoke English here and we pointed to random items on the menu. What we got was a delicious kind of lobster called cavaco, which is superior to our lobsters. Wine is cheap in this island. We got a pitcher of wine for $2.

Food is heartier here.

O Lima: Try the goat. This restaurant was full of locals watching soccer.

Medalhas: Great quail and ribs. Best meal on the island.

Pork Rillettes - Seeking Advice

Has anyone made these before? I am hoping to try this weekend and am hoping for some advice on the preparation.

Also, this may be a ridiculous question, but when you spread the pork on a piece of bread for serving, do you use the layer of fat or dig down to the porky part?

Favorite Butchers

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had a favorite Manhattan butcher? I have to pick up a couple of things I don't always see at regular grocery stores (such as pork back fat) so I was thinking my best bet is a butcher. Thoughts? I'm also not 100% sure what pork back fat is, so any tips on this would be helpful.

Azores Recommendations?

Does anyone have any culinary recommendations in the Azores? I am travelling to three of the islands in May: Sao Miguel, Pico, and Faial. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Cook the Book: Rhubarb Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

While the bounty of spring greens has been plentiful at local farmers' markets, the selection of fruit is still limited mostly to apples and rumors of a few stray strawberries (I'll believe it when I see it). But for those of you who want to bake a seasonally inspired dessert, there's plenty of rhubarb to be had. This recipe for Rhubarb Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce will satisfy your urges until the strawberries arrive. More

Cook the Book: Sicilian Pistachio Bars

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Best sandwich in Manhattan?

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The Best Baked Beans Ever from the Pioneer Woman

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Author Margaret Maron's Fig Preserves

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Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: Gin-to-Vermouth Ratios in Martinis

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The Amateur Gourmet's Meal at El Bulli

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Wylie Dufresne's Garlic Bread

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Gadgets: The Aebelskiver Pan

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A Guide to the Best Blueberry Muffins in New York City

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Food Funnies!

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