Feeding the Folks - Where to Go

Feeding the Folks - Where to Go

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I got people asking me where to feed their guests/visiting family/boyfriends in NYC constantly. Here are my answers to your specific questions; and I hope this will be of some help to people who are wondering the same thing as well.

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    He’s kosher. She’s vegetarian? - Ask for a table veiled with white curtains at Tulsi and explore the vegetarian menu of Hemant Mathur who made his name with Suvir Saran at Devi. Chickpea cake with tart tomato chutney and tangy pineapple relish.
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    Where would you take an ethnic food junkie? - Ever-adventurous Zarela Martinez and her friend Rich Sander -- he bills himself online as the EthnicFoodJunkie – took us for fabulous hand-pulled noodles with lamb and cumin at Xi’an Famous Foods.
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    Where shall we take our gay friends from Texas who think New York is a Disneyland of fabulous hangouts for flirting with arm candy? - The chilled seafood tasting for two with two small lobster rolls was perfect for our three.
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    I need to escape that horrible restaurant noise when I gather with colleagues for lunch meetings. - It’s a hotel dining room after all, and it’s perfect for you. No need ever to raise your voice.
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    My parents live in Hong Kong and are terribly fussy. Where dare I take them? - They’ll love Robataya in the Village because it’s cheaper than the Robataya back home.
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    They’re so uptown but they've asked for a downtown vibe. - You might want to try the elegant cured pig’s head – and they can feel safe enough with the chicken and a vegetable gratin.
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    We hung out in the Village in our early newspaper days. But he married an heiress from Toledo and moved there to work for her father. - Make him feel young and free again. Oysters with truffled pork sausage. Roasted bone marrow. You can come home again.
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    I want to treat my secret lover to a holiday lunch somewhere that feels innocent. - Oysters allegedly being aphrodisiacal – plus the steamy fork play possible at a stolen lunch.
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    My nephew and his wife are treating their three kids to Christmas in New York. - Shrill little voices and fussy-eater demands are a cinch to handle at Brooklyn Diner. Also a favorite of grownup-children (and an advertiser).
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    My cousins from Michigan meet every year for ten days of theater. They can only give me an hour for dinner before the curtain. - I like Blue Fin upstairs for a light supper before theater. I never tire of that sweeping stairway with birds flying overhead.
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    I haven’t seen my old boyfriend in 40 years. Where should we have lunch? - Since 70 is the new 50, you've become a savvy New York lady that you are. Still, it doesn’t hurt to take advantage of the cosmetic light in a side-by-side booth at this place.
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    She only has time for a late drink after her business meeting. Suggest a hot place. - Grab a couple of seats in the exquisitely-lit library at NoMad, designed by the biblio-curator Thatcher Wine, an oasis just off the noisy bar scene.
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