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
i like spicy teas. right now im drinking tazo's chai tea with milk, i also like bigelow's orange and spice tea.
im loving the love for cafe asean. i used to live right around the corner from that place and it was always a favorite
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.
im thinking something with strawberries and balsamic vinegar - like a yogurt panna cotta topped with those ingredients, or maybe even strawberry shortcake.
one afternoon i ate eight hostess cupcakes
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.
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
oh my! looks delicious
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.
wheel of cheese
@ traveller - ha! awesome
fruit tart or cheesecake filling
fried oysters at pig and khao!
that bread in the photo looks delicious, where is it from?
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.
yes! pat lafrieda dry aged blend!!
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
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
there's a place called the bees knees in nyc that does this - maybe you can draw some inspiration from their menu: http://www.beeskneesbakingco.com/
for upper east village/close to flatiron - try northern spy food co., ippudo, maysville, boqueria
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.
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!
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
how about in MOMA? the bar room at MOMA is great for lunch. and a cocktail.
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.