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orange blossom bread

I recently had orange blossom rolls at sixteen which I thought were fantastic. Does anyone know of any bakeries, etc where you can get orange blossom bread / rolls or anything similar to that?

Thanks!

Oct 14, 2010
cotedor in Chicago Area

La Grenouille or something else?

So from what I'm hearing, you guys' wouldn't sub La Grenouille with something like Alto. So I think I might keep La Grenouille, scratch Adour and sub it with Le Bernardin. We were going to have lunch at Le Bernardin (did that last time). Though I really don't like their dining room. Ug, these are not easy choices. I'm steering away from wd-50 cause I assume it's like Moto and I'm not a fan. I thought Gotham would be lively and different. Corton does look interesting, but I can see it being a big flop too. So its now looking like Picholine, Gotham, La Grenouille, Le Bernardin and Bouley. Does that look better?

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Picholine
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Jun 25, 2010
cotedor in Manhattan

La Grenouille or something else?

I like your description of Alto. That's my concern about La Grenouille, might not have the wow factor. Maybe we need to start a a thread of restaurants that have the wow factor.

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La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Jun 25, 2010
cotedor in Manhattan

La Grenouille or something else?

Thanks for the suggestions. Was at EMP and SHO on the last trip, also was at Bouley, but thought it was so wonderful we have to go back. Corton seems all over the place in terms of peoples' reviews. Some like it some really hate it. What do you guys think of Alto?

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Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Jun 25, 2010
cotedor in Manhattan

La Grenouille or something else?

Hi all,

I'm from Chicago planning a foodie trip. So far going to Bouley, Adour, Picholine, Gotham, and maybe La Grenouille?

I'm having doubts on La Grenouille and thinking of subbing it with Alto or Marea. I was wondering what you guys think? I've been reading other threads about it and I don't think we meet the minimum age criteria, we're in our 30s. It's sounding like it might be similar to Les Nomades, if you guys have heard of that. If it's like that we might want to take a pass.

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Picholine
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Jun 24, 2010
cotedor in Manhattan

Cafe des Architectes

Has anyone been to CDA recently? I've never been and thinking about going, but the reviews are all over the place, from very good to down right awful. Is it at the same level as places like MK, Naha, Spring, etc? It doesn't seem very busy which is concerning.

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Cafe des Architectes
20 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Naha
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Apr 30, 2010
cotedor in Chicago Area

Best Chicago Seafood on a Budget?

This is kind of a trick question. You do not have to go to a "seafood" restaurant to get seafood. In fact, you will not find the best seafood there. Now first let me say, for $250 you could almost get away with doing the prix fixe at L2O if you keep the drinking down. I say allow for an extra 50 bucks and go to the best. Or go with Spiaggia, NoMi, Everest, TRU etc etc. And Oceanique is one of my absolute favorite places, but for 30th birthday I would pick something top tier. You can even go to Topolobampo! But please do not go to one of those crab nugget serving disasters, that would be a complete waste of time, money and a special occasion.

Jan 18, 2010
cotedor in Chicago Area

L20 or Alinea?

I've been to both multiple times. First of all, both are some of the finest the city has to offer. I think it comes down to the kind of meal you want to have. Alinea is in a league of it's own. It is not a traditional dinner. You're looking at 25+ very small courses. The L2O courses will be more traditional. You'll have 3-5 courses of very good size portions. The food at both are top tier. I wouldn't even question that. Some people are turned off to Alinea cause it's a little to out there. Some of the food you won't know what you are eating, etc. L2O will be high end fine dining, traditional in style. I hate to use the word tradtional, cause it's not but when you are comparing to Alinea, everything is traditioanal haha. Some people really dislike Alinea because it's so different. So keep that in mind. If you are looking for an adventure of several small dishes, go with Alinea, if you are looking for some of the finest seafood prepared in a modern way over 3-5 courses go with L2O. Oh and price wise, Alinea is more expensive.

Dec 11, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area

L2O or Tru

Tru is forgettable. L2O is outstanding.

Nov 06, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area

Do any of the chefs cook at their restaurants anymore?

I have had a few major disappointments at some of our top restaurants in the city. I'm starting to notice a pattern that it seems to be the ones where the chefs have moved on to other ventures and are no longer focusing on their main restaurants. I don't see this at places like Topolobampo, L2O, NoMi where they are there practically 24x7. Has anyone else noticed this?

Oct 17, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area

Chicago foodie visit - need lineup help

Got it. Thanks for your help. Now I have to see if I can get into these places!

Sep 20, 2009
cotedor in Manhattan

Chicago foodie visit - need lineup help

Thanks for the links! I would not have thought to look on you tube, that's awesome. Ok, I'm sold. Can you speak to Daniel? You said it's the weakest and also Daniel does not seem to get much love on the board. I don't know about the food, but looks like they have put the most into their website. The dishes look amazing. Let me know if you have a better idea. L2O and Spiaggia are my favorites if that helps. Thanks again!

Sep 20, 2009
cotedor in Manhattan

Chicago foodie visit - need lineup help

Better than L2O??? Wow, I have no choice now, I must go to Le Bernardin to see if this is true. If it is, I'm going to love it. Thanks for the suggestions.

Sep 20, 2009
cotedor in Manhattan

Chicago foodie visit - need lineup help

Will be visiting NYC for the first time and very much looking forward to it. I have one more selection I need and this seems to be the hardest. The choice is not obvious, can you please advise.

So far I've picked Daniel, EMP, and Jean Georges.
I want to pass on Per Se for this visit. And I'm hesistant on Le Bernardin because I'm getting the impression from the board that it lacks a complete experience, specifically seems to be lacking in the room and ambiance.

Some options I'm considering are: Chanterelle, Gotham, The Modern.

I have a feeling from what I'm reading, I am going to love EMP. If there's another option similar to that profile, I'd be interested in that. I'm concerned the Modern and Gotham might not be in the same tier as my other choices. Please help me with my last choice. Thanks!!

Sep 19, 2009
cotedor in Manhattan

L20 or Blackbird for birthday dinner?

Definitely L2O, it is superior to Blackbird on food, service, ambiance. And for what its worth from my recent experiences with Tru, I would go to L2O over Tru anyway.

Sep 18, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area

Spiaggia-esque

Thanks for the suggestions. While I was deliberating over this I thought of the cafe, but if I'm going to go over there, might as well just do the real deal.

Sep 18, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area

Spiaggia-esque

I totally hear you. And these are some of the concerns I have that make me think I would be disappointed. Maybe I need to be more specific. I think the pasta dishes are outstanding at Spiaggia and I'm wondering do any of the other Italian restaurants come close to that kind of as you put it haute cuisine in terms of pasta. I'm not expecting the same experience because you're right that's why Spiaggia is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Actually I'm looking at the pasta dishes at Coco Pazzo and that seems more like what I would find at Spiaggia, compared to Prosecco. The Prosecco dishes do look heavy.

Sep 18, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area

Spiaggia-esque

Has anyone been to Prosecco or Coco Pazzo? I'm wondering if either come close to the quality of Spiaggia. From a quick glance at the menus, the preparations at Prosecco look more sophisticated. Trying to find an option close to Spiaggia that doesn't break the bank. Thanks!

Sep 18, 2009
cotedor in Chicago Area