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    Per Se Lounge

    Yes, you simply "show up", and there should be seating available. You don't need to call ahead to reserve. There are a few separate seating areas (sofa with table) as well as a long communal table. I returned to Per Se two weeks ago for my birthday dinner, and noted people eating dinner at both the communal table and the individual sofas/tables. Dining at the Salon at Per Se was wonderful for a spontaneous dinner at one of the best restaurants in NYC. I've been noticing that Per Se posts their dinner menus (including the Salon menu) at about 5:30, and since it's about a 10 - 15 minute walk from my office, I think I'll be dining in the Salon more frequently as a spur of the moment treat. Excellent, appreciate the follow-up. I am definitely going to take advantage of this when I am in town in a couple of weeks. Sounds like the perfect way to get an amazing meal without having to stress about getting reservations. Thanks again.
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    Per Se Lounge

    This is perfect ellenost, thanks so much for posting. So you just show up around dinner time? No calling ahead required? I will be in NYC next month and while I was able to secure Le Bernardin and EMP reservations, Per Se eluded me. Walking into the salon would be great and from your description it sounds like a lovely experience.
  3. No problems there, we will be a party of 2. Good to know though.
  4. Great stuff guys, thanks very much! I'm going to give that a shot.
  5. yes. though many of us eat at the bar at Babbo or at the walk-in tables rather than bother with reservations. (bar-dining is a big deal in NY) ← I see, I did not realize that was an option. Are there any sort of rules I need to know in order to get in at the bar/walk-in? I think Esca would be a much better (and more similar) replacement, though of course your meal would have a seafood bent. I haven't been in a few months, but Fiamma would also be a decent replacement. My meals at Lupa in recent years have been extremely uneven. If you decide to go, I'd suggest putting your name in early (waits are generally an hour to three hours) and then having some drinks at Pegu Club across the street. ← Great, thanks very much, I'll look into those. Cheers, Len
  6. I tried, but was unable to get a reservation at Babbo, so would Lupa be considered a somewhat respectable replacement? Thanks, Len
  7. Thanks very much for that, I had been assuming slices were available from any of them. Now I'll make sure I'm plenty hungry before going. Len
  8. As they say about pizza, on any given day...we've had great pizza at Luzzo's and then on a return trip, not so great pizza. Same with Una Pizza... Patsy's, et.al. Had 1 great pizza (plain cheese) the other night at Arturo's - the second pie, pepperoni and mushrooms - not so great. So, it's a toss-up, imo. And agree with sneakeater about the wait at Shake Shack - unless you go at really off-peak times (like 3 in the afternoon). ← Fair enough, so I guess I'll just pick a few and try them all (hardship). Looks like 3 in the afternoon it is then, I have no problem with that. I'll just eat a big breakfast and save room for a burger late in the day! Thanks! Len
  9. So I've gone and looked at the menus of all of the places you have recommended so far and I find Tailor and Momofuku Ssam Bar the most intriguing. I'm still not sure I really understand what is going on at Ssam Bar, even after reading the FAQ and 'about' pages, but it looks very interesting. Perry Street looks like a great place to get a JG fix without having to pay full JG prices. Good stuff, it's been a huge help so far, thanks again. Len
  10. Whoa, I got lost for a moment there, didn't realize things had been moved. Anyhow, to the posts. @ kathryn: Thanks for tips. For pizza would you pick any of those three as better than the others, or are they all comparable? As for burgers, I'm not a connoisseur by any stretch, but I would probably say my favourite burger is the Western Bacon Blue Ring (blue cheese, onion ring, bacon, etc...) from Taylor's Automatic Refresher in San Francisco, so I guess that means I like a lot of stuff on my burger, but it certainly does not have to be super fancy. @ Nathan: Thanks for the list. I have always wanted to go to Babbo and was just perusing the menu again; looks fantastic. I have not heard of the others, but will take a look. @ jm chen: Thanks for the rec, I'm sure I can squeeze in two burgers during my trip! Cheers, Len
  11. Thanks Nathan! It's funny, but Daniel and JG were two others on my short list for a fancier meal. I'll take a look at Eleven Madison Park. I'll also look into the other 3 you listed later as I have not heard of any of them. My taste is quite variable and am open to anything really, as long as it is good. I eat plenty of decent Japanese here in Vancouver, so I don't need any recommendations for that. The same goes for Indian and Chinese I guess. If I can provide further insight, please let me know. Len
  12. Hello all, I will be visiting NYC for the first time ever (staying in Midtown Manhattan) in May and am looking for a few recommendations in the general area, or really anywhere that is easily accesible. Specifically I am looking for ~3 places for a nice, moderately priced evening meal (not romantic because I will be with my Mother). Moderately priced means, in this case, a cocktail + starter + entree + glass of wine and a shared dessert for under $80/head. I also plan on hitting one place that is a litle fancier, but I'm not sure where that would be and I don't want to break the bank. I was leaning towards wd~50 since I have wanted to go there ever since I first read about it several years ago, but I'm not sure whether this is still a good choice these days. I have also received the following recommendations for cheaper stuff and would love to know (from those in the know, i.e. Egulleters) whether they are accurate and worth hitting: Best Pizza - Grimaldi's I've had 4 independent people recommend this place. Best BBQ - Dinosaur BBQ (I'll be in St. Louis the week after NYC, so I may skip this since I assume STL BBQ will be much better in general). Best Hamburger - Burger Joint at Le Park Meridian Seems odd, but I was told it's great. Best doughnut - The Doughnut Plant I do love a good doughnut. If anyone has any other recommendations on anything food related I should check out while in NYC, I would absolutely love to hear them. Thanks very much in advance. Len
  13. Great stuff, thanks all! B44 looks very cool, particularly becasue we were just in the Catalan area of Spain in the Summer! Len
  14. Great information Carloyn, thanks again! Cheers, Len
  15. The food sounds great, thanks. I have added it to my short, but quickly growing, list! Also, as a side note, our other dining plans are just to hit somewhere fun/relaxed for lunch on Monday. Everything else we will be playing by ear. Zuni may fit the lunch bill very nicely and I have always wanted to go there. Len
  16. Thanks Carolyn! I am very inexperienced when it comes to steakhouses. I'm from Vancouver and I don't think we have very many great steakhouses here, so I thought it may be a good opportunity to try a decent one and Lark Creek looks better than any steakhouse I have seen recently. Canteen looks very interesting and very minimalist. Is this the entire menu: http://www.sfcanteen.com/menu.html or just a sampling? Myth looks great; a very definite possibility. Michale Mina still seems way overpriced to me. Aziza is out as the friend I will be with actually dined there a couple of years back and had a terrible experience. Thanks again for all the help! Len
  17. Well what wonderful timing, thank you! From that blog and the comments below it I have found three intriguing places: 1. Lark Creek Steak 2. Anjou 3. Cortez Anyone have any particular comments on any of these? Or any other recommendations? Thanks, Len
  18. Hello everyone. I am quite out of the loop with respect to San Francisco restaurants, so I am hoping someone here can help me out. We will be in town for a three day weekend in December and one of those days will be my dining partner's birthday so I am trying to find a decent place to go for dinner on that oh so important day. I tried to get a reservation at Gary Danko because I have always wanted to go there, but no dice, they are full. Does anyone have a recommendation for a nice, moderately priced, restaurant in the Downtown area? We are staying at The Clift, so anywhere we can easily reach on foot or by cab would be ideal. I was looking through the one-starred Michelin restaurants to see if anything stood out, but it was hard to tell. Last time we were in SF we went to Foreign Cinema, which was quite good and had a very cool environment, so something in that vein (read price range) would be great. Thanks in advance for the help. Cheers, Len
  19. It does not feel right to me either. I would think both parties would have some sort of policy against this type of thing. -Len
  20. Very beautiful victor, thank you for the suggestion! Definitely looks like a great place to take some food and wine and spend the day! Cheers, Len
  21. Thank you both. It looks as if I have a lot of searching/reading to do. I have my fingers crossed for Rafa's; sounds like my kind of place! Cheers, Len
  22. I concur with these recommendations. Clearly there are a number of other worthwhile restaurants as well. Further discussion of this legitimate question should be directed to another topic though as it is OT for this one. ← I have created a thread to discuss the matter here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=104565&st= Thank you. Len
  23. Hello everyone, I posted my brief question in the El Bulli reports thread, but I have now created this thread in order to elicit further discussion of restaurants in the general area. We will be visiting El Bulli and Roses in August for 3 nights (lodging at the Port Salins Hotel) and are looking for some other places to try during that time. I have already received recommendations for Rafa's in Roses and Can Roca in Girona, which I have started to investigate. A short drive will not be a problem as we have rented a car and are specifically looking for more relaxed/casual establishments though any recommendations are appreciated. We typically have one very luxurious meal per destination (El Bulli for Roses, still undecided for Barcelona) so we mainly hit more casual establishments for the rest of the trip, but nothing is out of question. Thank you in advance for your help. Kind regards, Len
  24. I did not want to create a whole new thread just to ask my question, so I figured I would post it here. We will be visiting El Bulli in August and staying at the Port Salins Hotel for the obligatory 3 nights. My questions is: are there any other must go places in that general area? We will have a car, so a short drive is not out of the question. Thanks in advance for the help. Regards, Len
  25. This one was definitely on our list before we went to Vienna, but when we actually got to the restaurant, after hours of wandering the halls of the MAK, it was a little too busy and noisy for our collective mood. That said, it did look like a great place to grab a bite, but we ended up finding someplace a little quieter to go through our MAK guide and discuss what we had seen. Regards, Len
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