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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #150 on: March 01, 2012, 10:28:57 AM »
Brouwerij Lane is a great spot for a brew or two.

And I see Bigfoot has been spotted at the Lane recently.  :)

Oooh, Barleywine!


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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #151 on: March 01, 2012, 11:01:00 AM »
To answer Pizzablogger's questions...

I'll be in the tour for Friday night only.

1. JOINING TOUR: at 6:30pm at Forcella
2. I have no car :(
3. Will go through to PGs.
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« Reply #152 on: March 01, 2012, 11:26:56 AM »
To answer Pizzablogger's questions...

I have no car :(

One of the beauties of living in the world's greatest city.  :)
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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #153 on: March 01, 2012, 12:38:45 PM »
John, Kelly, East River State Park was one of the first places I looked at.  According to this page here

http://nysparks.com/parks/155/hours-of-operation.aspx

it closes at dusk. Unless, of course, park closings are more recommendations than hard and fast rules. If that's the case, we'll go there.

I chose Brooklyn Bridge Park because it's open until 1:00 am. Prospect and Mccarren are open late as well, but some quick googling revealed them to be a bit potentially dodgy at night.

Like I said, absolute worst case scenario we end up at the Bridge.

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« Reply #154 on: March 01, 2012, 12:41:10 PM »
Paulie, it'll be great to have you from Totonno's to New Park.  Sorry to hear about Saturday.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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« Reply #155 on: March 01, 2012, 01:38:55 PM »
Still waiting on feedback about the 4:00 slot:

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:00 Nathans
1:30 L&B
3:00 New Park
4:00 ?

Do we expand, contract (and add a sit-down) or add another slice?

Here's an expanded scenario

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:30 Nathans
2:00 L&B
3:30 New Park
5:00 Barboncino

That's really laid back (but very safe, in case traffic get's crazy)

and here's the contraction

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
12:45 Nathans
1:15 L&B
2:15 New Park
3:30 Roberta's (if we can get a reservation)

Basically, New Park is about 20 minutes from L&B and about 20 minutes from Roberta's, and Totonno's, Nathan's and L&B are all quite close, so this translates into 40 min. at Tottono's and L&B, New Park and 25 min. at Nathans.

The clock is beginning to tick a bit louder, so whatever feelings you might have, please chime in quickly.

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #156 on: March 01, 2012, 01:43:59 PM »
A heads-up: If you're using GMaps driving-time estimates, be sure to factor in an additional 10 to 15 minutes for parking/getting lost/making wrong turns alone. That's not to mention traffic. Eg., the drive from my house to IKEA is supposed to take 25 minutes. It always takes me 40 minutes, even with light traffic.
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« Reply #157 on: March 01, 2012, 07:06:28 PM »
Also, GMaps directions are not fully accurate when using transit -- MTA service changes are not included. This will likely have little to no effect on Friday but may effect those that are taking the trains on Saturday. Many train lines are effected.

The MTA Trip planner does take into account these changes:
http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/tripplanner.aspx

For line specific service changes you can check here:
http://travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory/default.aspx
« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 07:42:14 PM by johnnydoubleu »

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« Reply #158 on: March 01, 2012, 08:07:45 PM »
Smartphone users should download the NYCMate and HopStop apps for subway time estimates, line service updates, train times and street maps.
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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #161 on: March 03, 2012, 10:38:22 PM »
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends

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« Reply #162 on: March 05, 2012, 02:01:11 PM »
I know it's been a while since an update. I'm still waiting for a couple places to get back to me- mainly Roberta's and Barboncino.  It looks like everything is pretty much falling into place.

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« Reply #163 on: March 05, 2012, 02:31:14 PM »
Ron @ Barboncino got back to me (with good news).

I'm still waiting for Roberta's but, in the mean time, here's the itinerary

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:00 Nathans
1:30 L&B
3:00 New Park
4:00 Roberta's
5:30 Barboncino
7:00 Forcella
8:30 Best
9:00 Brouwerij Lane or Pencil Factory (Or Brooklyn Bridge)
10:00 Paulie Gees

If Roberta's never writes back (Btw, does anyone have a good contact email for Roberta's, I used their press@ address and it's been five days without a response), I don't feel too bad about a walk-in at 4:00.

By shifting Barboncino, Forcella and Best forward, we're not only able to squeeze in Roberta's, but it shrink's our hour and a half to kill pre-Paulies to just an hour.

It looks like we're in good shape on the drivers.  I'm still working on the logistics but will be letting everyone know about driving shortly.

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #164 on: March 05, 2012, 02:47:26 PM »
Is this like a wine tasting where you sniff, swirl, savor and spit ?
If not, you guys are my idols !


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« Reply #165 on: March 05, 2012, 02:54:27 PM »
Scott,

I just spoke with Roberta's host. For groups of 9+, the group dining form needs to be filled out so they can plan (in the kitchen and also so they can (maybe) be able to seat us all together):

http://robertas.wufoo.com/forms/m7x3w7/

Within 48 hours of form submittal, "we" should hear back from them.

In related news, I may be only able to "afford" to participate "to" L&B. Trying to shake this out as quickly as possible, but at the moment I can't commit to more. :(
« Last Edit: March 05, 2012, 03:01:12 PM by johnnydoubleu »

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« Reply #166 on: March 05, 2012, 04:18:04 PM »
Thanks, John! Although the group dining really doesn't apply to us (there's no way we're spending $22 per person, their minimum group dining package),  I was able to put in a 'fake' reservation (with an old date) and get a contact email from it.  We'll see how they feel about a non group dining reservation for 12.


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« Reply #167 on: March 05, 2012, 04:35:19 PM »
Nice Scott. I hope they are cool and appreciate the headsup. The host basically said we would never hear back from the email you mentioned and that the form was the way to go. I didn't look into it beyond that and no mention was made by the host about cost.

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« Reply #168 on: March 05, 2012, 11:49:34 PM »
The clock is beginning to tick a bit louder, so whatever feelings you might have, please chime in quickly.

My internal pizza clock is ticking louder as well.  I can't wait for y'all to meet me.   :-D

Even if hip replacment surgury is necessary; from all the walking with luggage,  Chau is a first responder. :chef:
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« Reply #169 on: March 06, 2012, 06:21:52 AM »
You will make it! Chau has the ability to help you not feel anything, but I think you want to remember the pizza !
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« Reply #170 on: March 06, 2012, 09:31:12 AM »
I peeled the rinds off the lemons and steeped them in the grain alcohol on Thursday night.....they were among the most anemic looking lemons I have seen.

Will only be a 7 day steep. Not optimal, but the liquid is a nice yellow color, a good amount of the yellow color from the lemons has been leeched out and the smell is on track.

I'll bottle it up Thursday night and take a quick sample to see how it is.  :)
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« Reply #171 on: March 06, 2012, 07:57:01 PM »
I'm still going back and forth with Roberta's.

At this point, with the amount of people we have coming, I think now's a good time to make our itinerary official/final.

For Friday, this is it. Speak now or forever hold your piece- of pizza  ;D

11:00 Artichoke
12:00 Totonno's
1:00 Nathans
1:30 L&B
3:00 New Park
4:00 Roberta's
5:30 Barboncino
7:00 Forcella
8:30 Best
9:00 Brouwerij Lane or Pencil Factory (Or Brooklyn Bridge)
10:00 Paulie Gees

Here's the list for Friday:

Chau
Scott
JohnW
JohnC (meeting us at 12:30 in Coney Island)
Craig (meeting us at 1:00?)
Gene (meeting us 1:00?)
Kelly (leaving after New Park?)
Steve
Norma
Bob (leaving after Roberta's)
Frank (leaving after Roberta's)
Nick
Paulie (Totonno's to New Park, handling own transportation)
Adam (6-7 on)

Craig and Gene, you had talked earlier about meeting us at 1:00 or 1:30.  Is that still the case? Perhaps you guys can meet up with JohnC and drive out to Totonno's with him.

Kelly, any chance you can join us for Roberta's?

Btw, does anyone have an email contact for Frank Pinello?  It's not a huge deal, and I don't expect him to be able to do anything special for us, but I think giving him a heads up would be nice.

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« Reply #172 on: March 06, 2012, 08:10:08 PM »
This is the final itinerary for Saturday

11:30 Amano (when the doors open)
1:00 Pizzatown
2:00 Vesta
4:30 Mr. Bruno's

And here's the guest list

Chau
Scott
Craig (leaving after Vesta)
Gene
Bob (just Vesta)
Frank
Nick

We definitely have the cars, so if anyone else wants in, we'd love to have you.

Craig, Gene and Chau, the train station is within eyesight of Amano, but I think it will be easier for you if I drive into the city and pick you up Saturday morning.

Craig, there's a bus that goes very close to Vesta that will get you back into Manhattan in time for your evening plans.  It runs about every 20 minutes. I can split off from the group at 3:00, make sure you're on it, and then rejoin everyone at Vesta.

Gene and Chau, you can take the bus line that Craig might take (with a later bus) or it might be easier for you if I just drive you back in.

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Re: Chau's Coming to New York! Tour Time!!!!
« Reply #173 on: March 06, 2012, 08:45:33 PM »
Scott I get lost easily, so I'll stick with you if that's ok.  8)

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« Reply #174 on: March 06, 2012, 10:18:30 PM »
Scott trying to Make Artichoke which one? address ? worst case  arrive totonnos ready to eat :) can take 3 or 4 from then on may have to scrap Pauilie G its just too late with the Paddle tennis tournament Saturday I have to be able to move !!  :-D
May catch you later sat also if I get knocked out of tourney but hoping not ! if not 2-3pm  arrival somewhere ?
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