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Torn between too many choices

mrsturtle Mar 21, 2007 04:37 PM

My husband and I will be in the City for 5 nights in April. We already have reservations at Gary Danko (ate there last year and loved it) and A16. We're trying to line up reservations for the other nights and are torn between several choices:

Limon, Mamacita, Colibri or Maya?

Nopa, Zuni Cafe or Foreign Cinema?

We figured we'd leave one night free, to see what we stumble upon.

We're 36 and 42 and live in NYC. My husband is a very "meat and potato" eater; I'm more adventurous.

I've tried researching each of the restaurants, but have confused myself even more. We're not dead set on any of the above, so any recommendations or suggestions would be greatly appreaciated.


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    whiner RE: mrsturtle Mar 21, 2007 05:09 PM

    In your first grouping, you should note that those are not all similar or even comparable. I like Mamacita, but,you should know it is the apex of the post-frat scene in the Marina. Loud, too.

    I really like Nopa, although sit upstairs if you can -- it is LOUD in some parts of downstairs. Your husband may like the chicken at Zuni. In the modern CA cooking vein, though, I would check out Range.

    I would seriously consider going to Slanted Door and telling your husband to order the shaking beef (asuming he isn't freaked out by beef that is served on the rarer side of medium-rare). I think it is a very San Francisco-y restaurant. Deffinitely the type of place that both tourists and locals eat at (and generally my first thought when an out-of-towner comes to visit).

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      mrsturtle RE: whiner Mar 21, 2007 06:09 PM

      Thanks so much for the advice. I'm going to try to get him to Slanted Door; the beef sounds like something he may entertain. I'll also look into Range, which was one I hadn't considered.

    2. JasmineG RE: mrsturtle Mar 21, 2007 06:35 PM

      If your husband is a meat and potato eater and you're more adventurous, you'll both find things to enjoy at Limon -- I absolutely love the steak there, and they have a range of great stuff.

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        mrsturtle RE: JasmineG Mar 21, 2007 06:43 PM

        I was just looking at the menu there (for what seems like the 20th time!) and have to agree. I think that one's a definite. Thanks for your input!

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        Maya RE: mrsturtle Mar 21, 2007 07:49 PM

        For the second group, I'd say NoPa.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: mrsturtle Mar 21, 2007 08:06 PM

          Maya? You live in New York, why eat at a branch of a New York place?

          I say forget about upscale Mexican. We don't do it any better than you get at home, maybe not even as well. So that leaves Limon by elimination.

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            Maya RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 22, 2007 12:34 PM

            Yeah, I agree. Though for a really great non-fancy Mexican meal, you should go to El Delfin.

          2. Morton the Mousse RE: mrsturtle Mar 22, 2007 12:42 PM

            Your husband will love the pork chop at NOPA, and you'll find some great dishes there as well. Zuni's more of a toss up - I love it, but the menu changes daily and there is not always a good option for a picky eater. The chicken is great, but your husband may balk at spending $40 and waiting an hour "just for chicken."

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              Ruth Lafler RE: Morton the Mousse Mar 22, 2007 12:46 PM

              Yeah, but he's used to NY prices, so a $40 entree for two might seem pretty reasonable.

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                mrsturtle RE: Ruth Lafler Mar 22, 2007 02:07 PM

                Unfortunately, that's so true. Nopa looks great, as does Range - I think we'll go with one of those and Limon.

                Anybody have suggestions for Sunday Brunch?

                Thanks to all for great advice...especially avoiding a place we could go to in NY.

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                  Morton the Mousse RE: mrsturtle Mar 22, 2007 02:20 PM

                  Canteen for Sunday Brunch. Excellent eggs benedict and pancakes.

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                    mrsturtle RE: Morton the Mousse Mar 22, 2007 06:14 PM

                    Just checked out Canteen on menupages and it looks good. Thanks!

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