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Taiwanese in Manhattan?

I wish I knew more great Taiwanese restaurants, but I live/work in Manhattan so I don't make it out to Flushing as often as I'd like, sadly. The only place I can recommend in Chinatown is Excellent Pork Chop House on Doyers. My favorite dish there is the pork chop over rice (it comes with minced pork and pickled cabbage). Their braised spare rib soup is also pretty good. I've heard about a few other small Taiwanese restaurants in Chinatown, but I don't think any of them (including Excellent Pork Chop House) offer the same variety and quality as the Taiwanese restaurants in Flushing.

There's supposedly a Taiwanese lunch truck in Manhattan (maybe in Midtown), but I've never tried it. Would be interested in hearing whether it's any good!

Feb 02, 2010
nsp216 in Manhattan

Nougatine?

If you search carefully, you'll see lots of posts which mention Nougatine. Here are a few that might be helpful:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604399
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616034

I haven't had dinner at Nougatine in a few years, but had lunch a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a very different feel from the main JG dining room, but in general I think the food is still pretty excellent, even if it's not as fancy.

Feb 02, 2010
nsp216 in Manhattan

Is it still worth trying Per Se without Benno?

My husband and I made a reservation for dinner at Per Se on Sunday, Feb. 8th, 2010, hoping that we would be able to catch Jonathan Benno before he left. I called today, to find out that his last day was last weekend! This might be a silly question, but is it still worth trying Per Se without Benno? We actually just missed Corey Lee when we ate at French Laundry this past summer, and we had a less than stellar experience. I'm sure the other chefs who remain at Per Se are wonderful, but I'm just a bit wary of spending that much on a meal again when a kitchen is going through transition.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

Feb 02, 2010
nsp216 in Manhattan