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Aug 26, 2008 10:17 AM

Will be at the Fountainbleu!

but will also be able to get out to eat ---would wwelcome suggestions on places nearby - preferably walkable - and ethnic ----

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    Not a lot to walk to near the hotel, but the shuttle bus or a taxi to Lincoln Road area brings you to most popular spots for "ethnic" chow like David's Cuban, Sushi Siam, Indomania, Chalan, O Asian Grill, Le Bon Belgian, etc. 41st Street area is largely kosher (like kosher Chinese "Mr Chopsticks" and a few casual cafes).

    Search this board for recent South Beach threads. For a nice dinner, go to 23rd Street Talula, check out the roof of the new Ganesvoort...


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    1. re: advisor_Girl

      I would not check out the roof when it is crowded. I heard it is painful to get there and leave...

    2. I can't think of much right on Collins there, which is "Condo Gulch". A walk to the 41st Street (a/k/a Arthur Godfrey Road) area is probably about a half mile from the Fontainebleu. AG is right that the predominant "ethnic" in this area is Kosher. Pita Hut has pretty decent middle-eastern standards - shwarma, falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, etc. wrapped in a laffa bread. Arnie & Richie's Deli apparently is underoing a conversion to a "Roasters and Toasters" and I've not been recently, though it was always just sort of average Jewish deli.

      If you can get yourself to South Beach there are lots of threads discussing options, including this recent one on Miami Beach ethnic ->

      On the other hand, iIf you want to head north rather than south, I've done a google map of many options around the 71st Street Normandy Island area and westward back toward the mainland ->

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        I just had a very enjoyable black linguine seafood with pomodoro sauce over at Prima Pasta (see Frod's map). Homemade pasta and sauce were perfect, the seafood was fresh and the portion was generous.

        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          Prima Pasta is great Italian but thats definitely a cab ride North.

          1. re: Blind Mind

            Clearly 71st Street is not walking distance from the Fontainebleu around 44th Street unless you're a very vigorous walker.

      2. When does Hakkasan open in the Fountainbleu? I recently had some friends in from London and they said that is one of their favorites in town.

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        1. re: mikek

          Hakkasan at the Fontainebleu? Hadn't head about that. We ate at the original in London a few years ago, it was pretty good.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Well that's an interesting development...

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Is Alan Yau involved or is this one by the people he sold to? Other Fontainebleau update: Alfred Portale has staff hired and says he will be open in Oct

              1. re: rockysobe

                Appears that it is the new owners who are taking it international, but this article says he still has a stake and remains involved as CEO (I have not checked for any subsequent updates) ->

            2. re: mikek

              Hakkasan is one of my all time favorites. I hope they are not going the way of many of the so called star chefs: licensing their name. We dined recently and Wolfgang Puck in Vail, CO because we arrived late and it was the only option at the Ritz.. Almost not edible. Many of these licensed establishments are chain restaurants with seemingly no link to the original chef.

              1. re: Arpege

                The original founder of Hakkasan, Alan Yau, sold a majority stake in the restaurant a year ago (though he still is supposedly involved). They are opening locations in Miami, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.


                1. re: Frodnesor

                  I have heard two positive reviews on Scarpetta which have recently opened at the Fountianbleu, however, I have not made it there yet personally. Firends loved the food and atmosphere. Scott Conant from NYC is the chef onboard.... I have eaten in the NY location and liked it a lot.

                  1. re: Debbie

                    scarpetta is packed and getting high marks for atmosphere, service and a well thought out menu. our friends were there last weekend and said that the bronzini was the best they've ever had - and they travel/dine in nyc often

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