I LOVE this restaurant! The food is fantastic! I do not thinkt hat there is anything that my friends or I have tried that I have not enjoyed. However, what really makes this a great place to eat is the waitstaff. I appreciate the fact that our waiter remembered my visit 2 weeks prior and was able to suggest dinner options based on my earlier meal! He also made wonderful recommendations based on a brief discussion of the menu. Since he did a great job the first time I have come to rely on all the waitstaff for their opinions of what is good on any given night. It is a great place to have a meal. Also, the best Manhattan that I have ever been served!!!
PROS: Lovely food, Excellent service, very pleasant setting
CONS: can be difficult to find parking for the car-enhanced crowd
After trying many of the other options in our neighborhood, our office has decided that Armands is the best option. Our favorite is the thin crust with almost any topping. Armands is also a good option of office ordering because the also offer a variety of salads and sandwiches for the less pizza inclined folks in the group. They keep us all happy!
Walking into this hardware store is like walking into a time machine amongst the office buildings and chic restaurants in the neighborhood. They have it all from basic nails to high-end dishwashers and a whole lot of everything in between. I have learned that it is usually easier to ask for assistance immediately upon entering the store -- there is an order to things but not one that is easily discerned. So ask the helpful staff to help you track down your prey. This is a great place to shop!
The Ascot Restaurant is a bit of an anomoly. It has a definite 60s rumpus room decor, serves a great Indian buffet lunch, and turns into a bar/nightclub in the evenings. I have experience the lunch portion of its personality but I highly recommend it. When friends come to meet me for lunch they invariably ask "can we go to the Indian buffet?" The food and price override the oddity of the setting. I especially recommend the butter chicken and the turkey meatballs!
PROS: tasty food, pleasant service
CONS: odd basement setting, little spent on decor
The great part about Au Bon Pain is that they are almost exactly the same wherever you are--of course that is also a negative too in my mind. Their selection of 6+ hot soups served every day, in addition to sandwiches and salads, makes them a great destination on a cold and/or rainy day.
PROS: tasty variety of soups and sandwiches
CONS: a little on the pricey side for my wallet
As the title suggests, this is my favorite spot for an inexpensive lunch. You can watch the food being made in front of you so everything is fresh. However, here are a hint for the uninitiated -- ignore the menu on the wall; only select what is currently prepared or be ready to wait! My favorite combo is the vegetable samosa and a small chicken briyani (for under $5) or the chicken tikha (around $6).
PROS: Quick and inexpensive
CONS: limited menu and can be busy at times