New York City & Boston June 2012

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pnwchef
Filet Mignon
2012/02/25 14:07:21
We are traveling by train, taking the 4 day Northern Canadian Route from Vancouver BC to Toronto this summer. I plan on renting a car and driving down to Buffalo/ Niagara Falls. From that point on it's up in the air, I am traveling with my wife and 11 yr old granddaughter. they have never been to New England, I was thinking of driving from Buffalo to Boston, is this a good idea ????? and a good route. What would you all do, if you were doing this. I want to get the best Roadfood travel route and also make it a fun trip and over night adventures for them. I will fly back to Washington State from whatever major New England city I end up in...........This will be the start of my trip report...................If Boston isn't a good idea, what do you think would be a good route???????.Thanks for the help in advance, all of you have been a great source of help to myself and my family.................Bill
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/02/29 10:04:51
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 15:02:48
Start by experimenting with one-way rental car rates (and for that matter, airfares) ... You're gonna need connections to get back home, so you can be flexible. 
Possible airports:  Portland, Maine ... Providence, RI ... Worcester, MA (real limited air service) ... Hartford/Springfield ... Manchester, NH.
(Even White Plains, NY which is just by Greenwich, CT ... SOOOO much Connecticut RF)
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 15:04:33
Or would taking them down through Lancaster,Pa into Philadelphia and up into NYC be a better idea ????????????????
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 15:12:03
They've never been to Connecticut? You can't skip that. But remember, lobster rolls don't cost 75-cents each any longer.
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 16:12:30
wheregreggeats.com. I checked on the car rental, it will be easier to accomplish in Buffalo, I'm not sure any one lets you pick up in Canada and drop off in the USA. I just want to make it a nice trip for my wife and little one.
 
Michael Hoffman. If I get to Boston, it's a bit to far to BPT unless I fly out of NYC. I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of a drive, there isn't any one left in BPT except old friends. If I get to Boston, I should be able to get a taste of all New England foods.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 17:40:18
Hey Chef, Easy ride from Buffalo, one road, i90 East.  I think your family will enjoy Boston.  There's a lot of history there, and it's a walking town.  Also, your daughter might enjoy Salem.
 
If you choose Lancaster from Buffalo you will travel within one mile of me so plan on stopping.  Also, from Lancaster you will be in range of a place called Chubby's BBQ.  Maybe we can schedule a meet-up, I hear the Q is pretty good
 
Or, from Buffalo take i90 east to Syracuse, then take i81 south to Scranton, have lunch with me, then take i84 or i380/i80/i95 through Connecticut on your way to Boston.
 
Keep in touch.
post edited by joerogo - 2012/02/25 17:43:01
ynotryme
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 17:45:40
if you want a scenic ride from Buffalo to Boston, take rt 20. you will travel past the finger lakes, the glacial moraines of central ny, the alleghany plateau, if you have the time, Cooperstown and the baseball hall of fame is only a few minutes south of 20. In Madison take a 1 mile trip north to the Hotel Solsville and eat in a former stagecoach stop. In Aug, Bouckville has a giant Antique festival that runs for 6 miles. You won't hit a major city until Albany.
post edited by ynotryme - 2012/02/26 19:03:48
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 18:03:50
pnwchef
Michael Hoffman. If I get to Boston, it's a bit to far to BPT unless I fly out of NYC. I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of a drive, there isn't any one left in BPT except old friends. If I get to Boston, I should be able to get a taste of all New England foods.

I do have a sister in Connecticut, but that's all. As to old friends, well I don't know whether there are any left there. So, when I go it's strictly to show lleechef my beginnings and to eat good things at old places.
 
But, hey, how could you go wrong with a stop at Chubby's with Rogo? And remember, at Chubby's you'll have the opportunity to eat bacon. And, maybe you could show the owner of that place how to take pictures all by himself using a real camera instead of his daughter's iPhone. Of course he'll likely bug you about Phillipe's.

post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2012/02/25 18:06:56
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/25 18:16:30
joerogo.......Thanks for the invite Joe, I am leaning towards Boston, I haven't been there in years and like you said there is a lot of History. I think you talked about an Italian Restaurant named Rino's, I would love to sample this Chefs food. There are also many other old time places that a few Oysters can be thrown down. I just need to make the ride  a bit of fun for the 11 yr old. Thanks for the info...........pnwc
p.s. Joe, is staying outside Boston a good idea ???? ditching the car and travel by subway/train.
 
ynotryme....... Thanks, I'll keep these places in mind so I can stop over night and break up the 450 miles a bit.
 
 
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/02/25 18:21:59
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/26 12:29:02
Rino's is fantastic!  Been there three times, and it keeps getting better.  Closed on Sunday.  I found the best time to beat the lines is 2-3 in the afternoon(except Monday, opens at 4 PM).
 

 
Stay in the City.  Once you hit town, you should be able to ditch the car, all the major rental companies should be there(without going to the airport).  You will need a taxi to get to Rino's, other than that you hoof it in the city.  Driving in Boston is a royal PIA, the roads were laid out in the 1600's
 
Edit: Good thread on Boston.
post edited by joerogo - 2012/02/26 12:38:02
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/26 14:00:15
joerogo, out of all the Chefs I have seen on the food shows, this Chef impressed me the most. He does it the right way, not because it's the easy way, because it's the right way. This guy is 100% a Chef's Chef, I'm looking forward to eating at his place. I like your idea of taking a right at Sryacuse and heading in to Conn at Danbury. My little girl will like the idea of going to Salem. I could get a direct flight out of Boston back to Seattle, so Boston will be  a great place to end the trip and enjoy it's history for a few days. Thanks for the help Joe................Bill
 
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/26 14:42:00
I'd endorse the proposed stop in Buffalo because, well, I live her, and secondly, there's some pretty good Roadfood here.  I'd be glad to schedule a meet-up if you'd like or provide some recommendations.  You've probably seen the trip reports and restaurant reviews for Ted's, Anderson's, Schwabl's, Duff's, Anchor Bar, and many other great places; just a matter of what kind of food you would like.  Plenty of good candy places here also!
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/26 19:47:47
BTarheel, The beef on weck is  a must and my family never had Frozen Custard. I'm starting to plan the trip, I'II be looking at the end of June. I'll know more when it gets closer and I book my Train from Vancouver to Toronto. I need to keep the little 11 year old busy, so it's hard getting all the Roadfood taken care as I would like............Thanks for the help.................Bill
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/26 20:21:06
  Michael Hoffman, I see Jimmies of Savin Rock isn't getting real good Reviews. I changed my mind and I'm going to go through Connecticut by way of old post road, and into Mystic seaport. I want to get some good fried Clams, Lobster rolls, with some Chowder thrown in as a kicker. I think I'll need to stop or stay over close to New Haven so I could get a Clam pie. I'm going to call it Apizza, no matter what those New Yorkers say. I will never for get my dad coming through the front door with a large Apizza from Jerry's. He would yell I got the ABEETS, we all ran to the table..........I think I need a Buck list of all my Roadfood wants, so I could plan my trip around food destinations. ...Take care............Bill
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/02/27 11:12:35
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/26 20:29:07
pnwchef

BTarheel, The beef on weck is  a must and my family never had Frozen Custard. I'm starting to plan the trip, I'II be looking at the end of June. I'll know more when it gets closer and I book my Train from Vancouver to Toronto. I need to keep the little 11 year old busy, so it's hard getting all the Roadfood taken care as I would like............Thanks for the help.................Bill

We can definitely set you up with some good beef on weck and frozen custard.  Feel free to send a PM, and I'll send you my contact information.  Hope to see you all this summer.  Sounds like a great trip.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 08:44:42
pnwchef

  Michael Hoffman, I see Jimmies of Savin Rock isn't getting real good Reviews. I changed my mind and I'm going to go through Connecticut by way of old post road, and into Mystic seaport. I want to get some good fried Clams, Lobster rolls, with some Chowder thrown in as a kicker. I think I'll need to stop or stay over close to New Haven so I could get a Clam pie. I'm going to call it Apizza, no matter what those New Yorkers say. I will never for get my dad coming through the front door with a large Apizza from Jerry's. He would yell I got the ABEETS, we all ran to the table..........I think I need a Buck list of r so I could plan my trip around food destinations. ...Take care............Bill

 
Don't forget Louis Lunch 
 
Just bring a few of these
 
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 09:13:18
When ??
If you go to Boston, you'll practically be driving by my house in Northampton, Massachusetts.  I hope you'd be able to let me know I'd be glad to show you a little of what we've got around here.
 
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 10:15:26
Buffalo Tarheel. Thanks for the info and kindness, I will get in touch when I figure out the Train Scheduling and when I'll be crossing the border. I need to get my 11 year old a passport, I'll be working on that this week..........Thanks again.....................Bill
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 11:14:50
Tony Bad

pnwchef

Michael Hoffman, I see Jimmies of Savin Rock isn't getting real good Reviews. I changed my mind and I'm going to go through Connecticut by way of old post road, and into Mystic seaport. I want to get some good fried Clams, Lobster rolls, with some Chowder thrown in as a kicker. I think I'll need to stop or stay over close to New Haven so I could get a Clam pie. I'm going to call it Apizza, no matter what those New Yorkers say. I will never for get my dad coming through the front door with a large Apizza from Jerry's. He would yell I got the ABEETS, we all ran to the table..........I think I need a Buck list of r so I could plan my trip around food destinations. ...Take care............Bill


Don't forget Louis Lunch 

Just bring a few of these


Are you trying to have these folks thrown out of Louis' Lunch?  I'm not sure if I'd try to smuggle these in.  I can imagine the outcry: "Sir; step away from the burger and put the ketchup down.  Make sure I can see your hands."
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 11:16:22
pnwchef

Buffalo Tarheel. Thanks for the info and kindness, I will get in touch when I figure out the Train Scheduling and when I'll be crossing the border. I need to get my 11 year old a passport, I'll be working on that this week..........Thanks again.....................Bill


Sounds great.  Hope all the plans go well.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 11:24:33
Tony Bad

pnwchef

Michael Hoffman, I see Jimmies of Savin Rock isn't getting real good Reviews. I changed my mind and I'm going to go through Connecticut by way of old post road, and into Mystic seaport. I want to get some good fried Clams, Lobster rolls, with some Chowder thrown in as a kicker. I think I'll need to stop or stay over close to New Haven so I could get a Clam pie. I'm going to call it Apizza, no matter what those New Yorkers say. I will never for get my dad coming through the front door with a large Apizza from Jerry's. He would yell I got the ABEETS, we all ran to the table..........I think I need a Buck list of r so I could plan my trip around food destinations. ...Take care............Bill


Don't forget Louis Lunch 

Just bring a few of these


 
Commie!
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 12:15:14
joerogo

Tony Bad

pnwchef

Michael Hoffman, I see Jimmies of Savin Rock isn't getting real good Reviews. I changed my mind and I'm going to go through Connecticut by way of old post road, and into Mystic seaport. I want to get some good fried Clams, Lobster rolls, with some Chowder thrown in as a kicker. I think I'll need to stop or stay over close to New Haven so I could get a Clam pie. I'm going to call it Apizza, no matter what those New Yorkers say. I will never for get my dad coming through the front door with a large Apizza from Jerry's. He would yell I got the ABEETS, we all ran to the table..........I think I need a Buck list of r so I could plan my trip around food destinations. ...Take care............Bill


Don't forget Louis Lunch 

Just bring a few of these



Commie!

Joe, this is a "Hamburgertatorship" at it's worst. This is a new word for people or organizations that try to tell you how to eat your food.
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/02/27 12:17:56
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 12:42:14
wheregreggeats.com

When ??
If you go to Boston, you'll practically be driving by my house in Northampton, Massachusetts.  I hope you'd be able to let me know I'd be glad to show you a little of what we've got around here.



Greg, it looks like sometime around the first week of July........I'll let you know more when I start booking trains and flights..............Thanks for the offer .............Bill
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 13:01:20
In Pittston, we call it, "making a big sfilza" over nothing.   
 
Getting back to Rino's.  His kitchen area is very small and storage is very limited.  It's not unusual to see him going out to the street and carrying in boxes of fresh food several times during your meal.  Can't get any fresher than that!
post edited by joerogo - 2012/02/27 13:07:12
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 18:21:40
This is the Route marked in Blue from Vancouver BC to Toronto. We will be boarding the train going East, I will have a Cabin for 3, my little girl bets the top bunk, shes in seventh heaven. The train leaves Vancouver at 8:30 pm pulls in to Toronto at 9:30 am 4 days later. The train goes through the Canadian Rockies, I'm looking forward to that part. It should be  a nice way to start our trip East.........
 

Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 20:03:23
Awesome!  I am thinking that your best bet is to take a train from Toronto to Niagara  Falls and picking up your rental car there.  At one time, we tried to rent a car in Canada to come into the states and no car rental places would do it.  Of course, that was 20 years ago and things may have changed.
post edited by Greymo - 2012/02/28 10:11:34
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 20:34:39
I don't think you mentioned how many days you've allocated for your trip did you? A shorter time frame means using interstates more than scenic routes. Example, I-90 goes direct from Buffalo to Boston. Quickest route.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/27 20:36:22
I drove the road that roughly parallels the train between Kamloops BC and Jasper...along the Thompson River, and it was absolutely amazing. I sure hope you cover that stretch in daylight!
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 09:49:55
Tony, The train departs Vancouver at 8:30 Pm and goes through Kamloops at 6 AM and arrives Jasper at 4PM. That gives the whole day going through that area. That should be a good way to start the trip, we also have access to the dome car so that should make it even better...............Because of the breath taking views on this part of the trip, the Canadian Government cordially asks that you refrain from using ketchup...............pnwc
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 10:00:04
pnwchef

Tony, The train departs Vancouver at 8:30 Pm and goes through Kamloops at 6 AM and arrives Jasper at 4PM. That gives the whole day going through that area. That should be a good way to start the trip, we also have access to the dome car so that should make it even better...............Because of the breath taking views on this part of the trip, the Canadian Government cordially asks that you refrain from using ketchup...............pnwc

 
You'll be too busy oohhing and ahhhing to think about ketchup! The area from Kamloops to Mt. Robson park is a beautiful river canyon, and then from Mt. Robson to Jasper is an amazing mountain pass. You being from West Coast may be more used to such scenery, but for me, having spent my life within a few blocks of the ocean (ie: sea level) this was just amazing. 
 
I am sure you know this, but Mt Robson is highest peak in Canadian Rockies and will be right out your window. Really glad to see you'll be going through here in daylight! Take pictures!!
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 10:37:38
Tony, I have a mountain home in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, driving up there through the open plains and old Homesteads reminds me of watching little house on the prairie. My home is at 4600ft, these pictures are from about 6000ft to an area that we snowmobile and 4 wheel to. I sit and look over this view and realize how small I am in the realm of things...........

Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 11:15:17
pnwchef

Tony, I have a mountain home in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, driving up there through the open plains and old Homesteads reminds me of watching little house on the prairie. My home is at 4600ft, these pictures are from about 6000ft to an area that we snowmobile and 4 wheel to. I sit and look over this view and realize how small I am in the realm of things...........


 
That "how small I am" feeling is exactly what I felt when crossing the plains for the first time, or as you say, being in the mountains of the west. Before that I had only felt that out in the ocean. Maybe the scenery I mention won't hit you as hard as it did me, but it will still be beautiful.
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 12:49:56
This is what I have come up with after seeing how many good restaurants there are in Boston, I already knew New York City is a food wonderland of Taste and verity. Please give me some ideas in NYC and Boston knowing I have an 11 year old to contend with and keep happy.
 
Train from Vancouver BC to Toronto....June 19,20,21,22
Arrive at 9:30 am Toronto on June 23rd do things around town that day.
See Niagara Falls Canadian side  June 24th
Take the Maple leaf from Tor to NYC June 25 arrive in NYC at 9:30pm
NYC tour ciy 26th 27th
Train from NYC to Boston on June 28th arrive Boston at 1:30pm
tour Boston June 29,30,1
Depart Boston July 2nd
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 13:59:07
pnwchef

This is what I have come up with after seeing how many good restaurants there are in Boston, I already knew New York City is a food wonderland of Taste and verity. Please give me some ideas in NYC and Boston knowing I have an 11 year old to contend with and keep happy.
 

 
Here is a running list I have kept. My kids have been to most of these places and enjoyed them. Possible some places may no longer be in business, but it is a start.
 
http://g.co/maps/3jkm9
 
The kids particularly like Economy Candy, Vanessa's Dumpling House, Rice to Riches and
Pommes Frites, but we like try to hit new places as often as possible.
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/28 17:16:13
Hi Tony, Thanks for the advice on kids places, I looked up the Economy Candy, that will be right up her alley. I know for me it will start off with Peter Luger, New York Pizza someplace. New York Deli any place. We only have two full days in NYC so I have to eat 15 times a day in order to eat everything I have missed for the last 35 years.
   What is a good location for a Hotel, with my time being limited. looking for easy access, I'll jump a cab for anything needed outside that area. Is staying around Time Square a good idea ?????????........The Hilton Hotel is on 6th &53rd. $300 to $400 range, does anyone have any info on this hotel, lkes dislikes ???????.................Thanks.......Bill
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/02/28 18:08:48
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 09:59:52
I remember my first Broadway musical in New York City, it was something I will never forget. The Musical was Man Of La Mancha, at Lincoln Center. I have waited until my little girl got old enough to sit through and be mesmerized my the wonders of a live stage performance. Have any of you seen "Wicket" the Musical on Broadway ????????????? if so was it a good musical, or is there better choices that we shouldn't miss..........thanks ..Bill
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/02/29 10:07:57
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 10:20:05
pnwchef

The Hilton Hotel is on 6th &53rd. $300 to $400 range, does anyone have any info on this hotel, lkes dislikes ???????.................Thanks.......Bill

 
 
We stayed at this Hilton two years ago.  The location is great.  However, we got it on Priceline for $145.00 per night.  It is a great way to save money.

pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 11:17:29
Greymo, The Hilton New York is the hotel I'm looking at, pricelines best price is $358. I think summer rates are the problem, if you want it, they will pay.......I also like the location of the Hotel, right down the street from the Musical I'm looking to book...............Thanks for the help..........Bill
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 12:25:35
Wicked was the best musical I've seen in years, and that is from a former director!!!!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 12:42:56
pnwchef

Greymo, The Hilton New York is the hotel I'm looking at, pricelines best price is $358. I think summer rates are the problem, if you want it, they will pay.......I also like the location of the Hotel, right down the street from the Musical I'm looking to book...............Thanks for the help..........Bill

 
 
 
You were probably looking  at the price that they can get for you without your bidding.  You have to "Name your price"  and put in a bid.  There are other 4 star hotels right around there so if you happened to get one of them, you would be happy.  We got the Hyatt on priceline too for under 150.00.  You just have to be  certain that you bid on 4 star hotels.

pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/02/29 12:55:03
leethebard: I'll take that as a written in Stone review, thanks for the help.
 
Greymo: I'll try that and let you know............
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/03/03 11:34:48
I'm in the planning stages on my Trip to Toronto, New York City and Boston. What a great tool Yelp is for planning and getting reviews of restaurants, Musicals, city tours, Markets Etc. Some of the popular restaurants have 100's and even 1000's of reviews. Most of the more popular restaurants have 100's of pictures, and pictures don't lie. I can see being fooled on a restaurant that has 20 or 30 reviews, but a place that gets in the 100's, has to be a good source for information......pnwc
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/03/03 11:47:24
Come on down South, Gettysburg, and surrounding Roadfood restaurants, then a short hop to Wash DC, your Grand daughter would love all the things to see, and as you know, the museums and historic places are endless!
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Traveling from Buffalo, NY to parts of New England ??????????? 2012/03/03 14:40:24
Hey Chewy, I'm waiting for her to get a bit older to, maybe in a year or two. There is a lot to do in the DC area and I don't think shes old enough to absorb all of it at 11 yrs old.
Uncle Groucho
Cheeseburger
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/03 14:58:01
Good call waiting PNWCHEF, my daughter is 6yrs old, In 6 yrs I will take her to Chubbys and than visit D.C.
sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/03 20:33:31
not to get off topic here, but shouldn't this be in the Where Should I eat thread?
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 02:39:52
sk bob, I initially thought that as well but take a look at pnwchef's first post.  He's using this as the beginning of his trip report.
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 14:19:35
sk bob

not to get off topic here, but shouldn't this be in the Where Should I eat thread?

Thanks Bob, now ask the Mods to delete the post........Looks like you have the power.......pnwc
ayersian
Double Cheeseburger
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 15:25:38
pnwchef, we may be on the road when you're coming through Boston, but if you tell me what kind of food you want to try, I can give you great recs.  Regional food here includes fried clams, roast beef, Indian/Grapenut pudding, etc.    Chris
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 15:48:36
Hello all ,
There are many NYC hotels in the 3 and 4 star range int he Times Square Broadway area , check  Expedia , Travelocity , Hotels com and the rest , get the best price , than call hotels direct , or check their website usually better prices .  150 to 200 a night tops , no need to pay almost double .
Are there thoughts of a meet one of the days you are in  NYC ?
 
Benzee
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 16:23:10
ayersian

  Regional food here includes fried clams, roast beef, Indian/Grapenut pudding, etc.    Chris

 
And cod cakes, and baked beans and brown bread...
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 17:53:52
ayersian: Chris, I'm looking forward to traditional New England foods. My little girl and Wife have never been to This part of the country. I want to make it a positive experience for them and still be able to accomplish my own long time food wants. Fried clams are a must, I think my wife would go for  a stuffed Lobster. So, to answer your question, any and all seafood is fine. There aren't may things I don't eat, I just need to watch them and make sure the food isn't to far out of their comfort zone..........Thanks Chris........................Bill
 
Benzee: I'll know more as the time gets closer on a meet up, I'll keep in touch...........I'm still looking for the bargain hotels in the Broadway district, I'm sure everything goes up when the kids get out of school...........Thanks again....................Bill
 
wanderingjew: Wj, Cod cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY......Cod Cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY.
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 19:00:05
pnwchef


wanderingjew: Wj, Cod cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY......Cod Cakes and Baked beans and Brown bread, OH MY.


 
I kid you not
 
Here  was lunch # 2 (actually it's now seems that it was just an early dinner) since I haven't had anything since.
at Turner's Market and Grille in Melrose MA this afternoon. The beans were fine- however the cod cake was simply over the top. In this day and age of "man vs food" roadfood, don't over look something just because it doesn't look as "sexy" as a plate of fried chicken .
 

 
And here' some brown bread I picked up earilier in the day at Nason's Stone House Farm in Boxford MA- I sliced it when I got home-  Nason's is a take out market- they have frozen savory and sweet pies to go, as well as frozen baked pea or kidney beans and various breads. They do serve baked beans and brown bread fresh out of the oven on Friday and Saturdays.
 

pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 19:35:08
WJ, your right, it doesn't have to be pretty, just has to be good. I remember being a kid and loving when someone brought a Crock of Boston baked beans to a picnic. You never really had beans until you have beans from a crock, and thats no crock.
 
 
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/04 19:54:38
Does anyone have good ideas for Hotels in Boston ????? I'm not concerned about the cost, just if location. We will be walking the city, so a central location would be great. Are there any good ideas for getting around town with out a car, or is the city that easy to walk ?????  I would like to get my little girl over to Salem for a 1/2 day, I think she may enjoy that..................Thanks ..............Bill
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 11:26:36
The Freedom Trail will take you past just about everything Historic Boston has to offer.
 
I would say my favorite place to stay is the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, 296 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, right next to the New England Aquarium.  It's also right across from the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and an easy walk to the Italian North End.  The view of the bay from the executive lounge is worth the price.
 
Also the Marriott is at just about the middle of the Freedom Trail.  One day you can go north, and the next go South.  Breaking up the day perfectly.
 
I would check with the hotel for a Salem Tour, or just rent a car for the day. 

 
post edited by joerogo - 2012/03/05 11:30:53
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 13:42:38
Try this place in the north end...the real deal. I tried one of the places everyone tells you to go and the canoli tasted like they were filled with whipped cream. Tell them you know JoeRogo and they'll charge you twice!
 
http://bovabakeryboston.com/
 
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/4/50697/restaurant/North-End/Bovas-Bakery-Boston
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 15:43:17
Tony, if there is anything Joe knows, it's Italian food. I asked Joe about a Italian restaurant in Boston, the Chef was on DD&D, I know Joe saw what I saw in that Chef. The Chef in that restaurant is all heart and soul. It also looks like Joe knows Hotels, the Marriott is one of the more better deals in that area....................for now on in my book Joerogo= Roadfood ambassador
 
joerogo, Thanks Joe, great pick on the Marriott, I checked a lot of hotels in that area and downtown, this one is the best deal for the money and location..............Thanks for the help................Bill
waltpiii
Cheeseburger
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 16:05:29
If you want New England food, try Durgin Park in Boston.  Be sure to save room for the Indian Pudding.
 
Walt
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:New York City & Boston June 2012 2012/03/05 20:22:28
pnwchef

Tony, if there is anything Joe knows, it's Italian food. I asked Joe about a Italian restaurant in Boston, the Chef was on DD&D, I know Joe saw what I saw in that Chef. The Chef in that restaurant is all heart and soul. It also looks like Joe knows Hotels, the Marriott is one of the more better deals in that area....................for now on in my book Joerogo= Roadfood ambassador

joerogo, Thanks Joe, great pick on the Marriott, I checked a lot of hotels in that area and downtown, this one is the best deal for the money and location..............Thanks for the help................Bill

 
Hey Chef, I have Tony in training.  No longer satisfied being Sicilian or Calabrese, he wants to be a Pittston Italian!  
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