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  1. What huiray said. Get to GATG and Frontera Grill EARLY. Be there right when they open and be prepared to grab seats . (NB: I've gotten a Frontera reservation for 2 before, but I called 3 months in advance.) For Girl and the Goat, both the actual bar area with bar stools as well as the lounge tables with couches are considered first come, first served, and they serve the full menu at both. So you might be OK if a lounge table opens up and you don't mind eating on low tables. Love the food, and it's very reasonably priced. Maybe for Saturday lunch, skip Hot Doug's, and try Purple Pig then, as th
  2. I usually take unadventurous Midtown visitors to Marseille. http://www.marseillenyc.com/menu.aspx?mid=112
  3. I can't speak to their reubens but really like the chicken in a pot and matzoh balls at 2nd Avenue Deli. Their pastrami isn't that great, though, I prefer Katz's for that.
  4. The Publican is not near any tourist sites. It's also only open for brunch and dinner. I am not sure the "beer hall" atmosphere of the Publican is going to appeal to a 13 year old. Not sure I've ever seen any kids there. However, you might like Publican Quality Meats, their store next door, which does have soups, sandwiches, charcuterie, etc. Purple Pig is closer to tourist attractions due to proximity to Magnificent Mile, serves the same menu all day, and I've definitely seen kids there.
  5. Also near the Loop, try Do-Rite Donuts (L2O alums, check hours beforehand), and The Gage (gastropub). 2nd Mercat a la Planxa. I've also heard good things about Terzo Piano inside the Art Institute as well. Also nearby the Art Institute is Cafecito and their takeout window No. 5. Note that it's a long-ish walk from any nearby hotel to Shedd's front door (15-20 minutes given that the paths through the park are not exactly direct) and the Field Museum. Also: buy tickets to Shedd online ahead of time! However, near Shedd/Field Museum is the Bongo Room, with fun pancake flavors that a 13 year old m
  6. Now I have to hope some of the recipes are eventually revealed... that Dueling Banjos sounds really interesting to me. It's essentially a Mai Tai but with lemon standing in for the lime, freshly made corn milk standing in for orgeat, and two bourbons instead of two rums. I'm sure they'll give you the specs if you ask (the postcard that comes with the check has "fill in the blank" spaces pre-printed for cocktail recipes), and they're pretty active on Twitter as well. https://twitter.com/pouringribbons
  7. Here's the Pouring Ribbons menu in PDF for those following along: http://www.insidehook.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Classics-and-House-Cocktails.pdf
  8. Due to an angry neighbor and issues with their liquor license, Death & Co's last call/close time used to be midnight. They have since extended it to about 1am last I heard, after resolving the issues, but that's why it closes "early" in comparison to other places. Definitely go to Death & Co and Pegu Club. Pegu Club allows standing so it can get really loud later on in the night. Luckily it opens at 5pm and not 6pm like the other places, so it can be a nice place to start. It's the 2nd floor and bright and airy, with a very different atmosphere (not speakeasy). For Milk & Honey, y
  9. http://starchefs.com/cook/features/mixology/aged-cocktails I'd also ping David Wondrich via Twitter.
  10. I believe the new format begins today. They have been closed for the past week doing renovations.
  11. Insieme. Formerly by Marco Canora, who left in fall 2009.
  12. So glad that worked out for you! Especially since Alinea is on vacation starting today until the 22nd.
  13. Get to a Brisket Lab if you can, eGulleteers! Hopefully you have a friend who pre-purchased tickets/meat as the events are all sold out now. This was my first time attending the roving BBQ pop-up and I was quite impressed. If you did pre-purchase meat, here's what to expect. $25 for two people yielded 8 oz of brisket each, plus slaw, pickles, onions, and bread, with tax and tip included. The slaw was excellent, a carrot and red cabbage vinegar-based coleslaw with lots of fresh herbs, including mint. Yum. Quite fair especially since the live music is also included in the price, and they passed
  14. NB: Hot Doug's is taking a few days off in August. MONDAY, AUGUST 6 THROUGH TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
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