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December 3, 2010

Your weekend dining -- I'm off to New York City

gatesI'm off to New York City. The 6:12 a.m/ Northeast Regional 180 should be pulling out of Baltimore Penn Station right now, hopefully with me on it.

I haven't been up there for a while, and I really want to see those orange gates up in that park.

I am headed up for a friend's birthday party, and I have no firm food plans. But I'm sure I'll be eating something. Drop some suggestions for me here.

I'm thinking I'll check out those ramen shops I posted about a while back. And my new foodie friend from Delaware North said I'm nuts if I don't get myself to Quality Meats. All I know is I'm bringing good walking shoes and some eating pants.

I haven't successfully blogged remotely yet, but I'm going to try over the weekend. 

What are you doing? 


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Posted by Richard Gorelick at 6:12 AM | | Comments (29)


Quality Meats....awesome! Head to the Ace Hotel and check out John Dory and the Breslin.

Ray's Pizza! Yeah, that really narrows it down...

you MUST get ramen while you're up there, since the Baltimore/D.C. area has NO good options.

i feel very strongly about it, obviously. :)
i love momofuku noodle bar, but your possibilities look better.

no real dining plans here, except for maybe cafe zen. ate there for the first time last night and i'm now enamored with the place.

The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal.

Go to the two mac + cheese places referenced at and then torture me with the details.

My niece has been crowned Miss Jr. Yuletide in the Mayor's Christmas Parade in the Hampden/Medfield community at 2 p.m. this Sunday. My mother and I will be judges in the parade.
We were invited to a catered dinner being held at the Hampden Rec on Saturday evening to prepare for the event. I don't know who the caterer will be nor what is on the menu. Surprise, surprise!!

Whoops, the parade post was from me.

cassoulet at petit louis.

suburb update: heard on the radio this morning that the Valley Inn has been sold and is closing soon. Another near centenarian Baltimore restaurant bites the dust.

Enjoy the gates. I went to see them in 2005 and LOVED them.

I am looking forward to a weekend with dear friends and family. Hopefully my choice to meet at the [Mt Wash] Tavern was a good one. Not expecting culinary fireworks, just a decent meal.

The Russian Tea Room chef, Marc Taxiera, will be at Bloomingdale's today for a tasting of their borscht and blinchiki. 12-2 on the 6th floor in the home goods section. Could be a fun stop for you. Although I'd rather have a Moscow Mule at the RTR bar.

In Pittsburgh this weekend. Kaya tonight and Lidia's Saturday night. Home Sunday in time for the Ravens game.

Good news about the closing of the Valley Inn (the place died a while ago). Great building in a fine location with appaling canned food and somnolent service.
As for New York, you won't go wrong by trying one of the Momofuku restaurants-- a sexy mixture of American rural and new Korean.

What? The Gates are back up?

Can anyone confirm that this is true? I've been Googling to no use.

Or did Richard just mean he hasn't been to NYC since 2005...

Balthazar - 80 Spring Street - fantastic bistro fare...very, very fun atmosphere

Sushi of Gari - you have to get the chef's menu - outstanding. There are a few locations - I went to the one at 78th Street.

Mercer Kitchen for a late drink - lower level's in the Mercer Hotel - great fun - 147 Mercer Street

Locada Verdi in the Greenwich Hotel, aaamazing. Pull up a seat @ the happening bar and enjoy Andrew Carmellini's cuisine. Always sold out months in advance for a table, but I can can you one if you want.

Soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai and then across the street to momofuku milkbar for dessert, get the salty caramel pistachio soft serve if they still have it! life-changing!

emily beat me to the suggestion of joe's shanghai's soup dumplings. definitely a touristy type spot but worth it imo.

milkbar is across the street from joes?

tonight i plan on checking out a champy tasting at the wine source, have dinner somewhere in hampden (alchemy?), then check out the lights on 34th st.

saturday is the holiday party for the maryland homebrew guild at heavy seas brewery, where we'll be enjoying a german themed food offering.

Mother-in-law is in town, and we're thinking about introducing her to Jack's Bistro. I have not yet been able to convince her of the total amazingness of Mac & Cheese with shaved chocolate on top, but may have to let her have ONE bite of mine. Oh, and the pork chops looked very nice too.

Well, Joe's Shanghai and Milkbar are within a couple blocks of each other on W.56th St, maybe not exactly across the street.

If you can afford it, check out Rossini's - 108 E. 38th St., just off Park Ave. Best Northern Italian I've ever had. Exceptional service. Old school atmosphere.

Sas, I'm from Pittsburgh and I love Kaya. If you like biscotti, grab one from Enrico's. Best anywhere. And, Scott Baio filmed a very good and sad movie in the shop, after Charles in Charge but before he found a wife on reality TV.

coffe house. union station, brunch have fun

Thanks to Bill Irvin. We were reading the blog on Megabus on the way to NYC this morning. We had lunch at Quality Meats. Tasty, excellent presentation 2 3/4Stars . Service okay 2 stars. Ambience 3 stars Great music and very nice water facilities.
One extremely loud diner-(It got worse quick since the bottle of wine she was splitting was gone before entree.)
Thanks. I am off to Porterhouse tomorrow.

Thanks to Bill Irvin. We were reading the blog on Megabus on the way to NYC this morning. We had lunch at Quality Meats. Tasty, excellent presentation 2 3/4Stars . Service okay 2 stars. Ambience 3 stars Great music and very nice water facilities.
One extremely loud diner-(It got worse quick since the bottle of wine she was splitting was gone before entree.)
Thanks. I am off to Porterhouse tomorrow.

the maitre'd at Russian Tea Room always thought he knew my husband..although we were far from frequent diners or any kind of celebrity..but we always got a good table. but didn't they close?

Grafiti in midtown! 10th Street, if I recall correctly... it's indian-influenced small plates and perfect for winter dining. the space is very cozy, with about 3 or 4 small, community tables that seat about 6 ppl each. sit against the wall and you can see the kitchen. no matter where you sit though, you can smell chile and tumeric and sip really affordable wine.

i've linked the site to my name:

I haven't been to NYC in years, but my memory is that Christo's Gates were only up for a month or so. (Too bad!) And I also thought that the Russian Tea Room had gone into bankruptcy.

Dahlink, the good news is that the Russian Tea Room is still there, at 150 West 57th Street. The bad news is that its prices have sputnik'd. A simple bowl of borscht? That'll be $18, peasant. Chicken Kiev? $38, comrade. Even the Tea Room's popular post-theater snack has become rubles-esque at $55 per proletariat.

Thanks, Comrade Gray!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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