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Raku vs Yusho

Great. I have one for 7 so sounds like I am all set.

1 day ago
Heeney in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

Thanks for the feedback. Any info on when is the best time to go (see my comment from earlier)?

1 day ago
Heeney in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

We are from out of town.
Thanks. We were leaning Raku and it seems like that's the right thing to do.

I'm curious when the best time to visit is.
I hear not too late because the specials may be gone.
But not too early because service may not have "warmed up"

Is there a sweet spot?

Finally, do I need a res at sweets raku after for dessert?

Jul 07, 2014
Heeney in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

I can only do one. Please help decide.

Raku seems to have the edge on word of mouth. Seems more traditional.

Yusho seems a bit more "creative". And it's close to our hotel for convenience.

Have never done either before.

Jul 07, 2014
Heeney in Las Vegas

Itinerary Feedback

Will be in Vegas for 4 nights in a few weeks.
Looking to do dinners at Raku/Sweets Raku, Yusho, DB Brasserie, and Jaleo.

I have heard that raku and yusho are different enough that it won't feel repetitive. Is that the consensus? Should I space them out because right now I am looking at doing them one night after the other?

Also, are reservations recommended for sweets? Having trouble gauging how to plan dessert there after raku.

finally, how easy is it to get a cab back to the strip from raku? Will I need to call one?

Jun 24, 2014
Heeney in Las Vegas

Pok Pok lines and plan of action

Haven't been back since they started lunch but I hear the lines are not that bad. Especially for weekend lunch.
You can see the wait time via a webcam in their website.

Jun 19, 2014
Heeney in Outer Boroughs

DB Brasserie Menu

Opentable is showing lunch reservations but the website shows hours as only for dinner. Also, only a dinner menu is shown.
Curious if anyone has gone for lunch and what the menu is like then?

May 05, 2014
Heeney in Las Vegas

Venice - Restaurants - Riveria, Il Ridotto

Ridotto was a great meal.
Dessert was a bit of a throwaway. But the menu di made we had was excellent and the chef himself came to discuss a lot of the dishes at the table. Great person.
It would be in your $400 budget range.
Highly recommend.

Apr 09, 2014
Heeney in Italy

Yusho - my thoughts as to why you should be excited about visting the strip instead of Spring Mountain

Yusho is gonna be a must do for me.
But I'm wondering if it will be similar enough to Raku that I'd have to drop it (Raku) from my plans?

Apr 07, 2014
Heeney in Las Vegas

Yusho - my thoughts as to why you should be excited about visting the strip instead of Spring Mountain

Definitely going there when I return to Vegas in July.
Any idea if this is going to be dinner only or will it be open for lunch?

Apr 06, 2014
Heeney in Las Vegas

sushi nakazawa -seating

I had similar feelings when we were there recently regarding his assistants cutting the fish.
But I think this is similar to how they do it at Sukiyabashi Jiro. Where each piece is made by one person and served at the same time.

I'll be writing a longer post on it soon but I enjoyed it very much. Excellent rice, tamago, hay smoking was great and chutoro was incredible.

Service seems a little odd. As in, too formal and serious.
Nakazawa showed everyone a photo of a fish and said it's Japanese name. Then one of the waiters walked down the line whispering it's name in English with a very serious expression.

It made my wife and I chuckle a bit.

Mar 28, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Atera vs Blanca

Just a quick update that we did choose Atera and were thankful we did because it was a fantastic experience. I'll post a review later but it was a fantastic meal and atera is certainly playing in the top tier ground of restaurants in the city.

Mar 22, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

Quick update:
Had sushi at Yasuda today with Mitsu and it was great. That last time must have been a fluke due to the sushi chef. But Mitsu's was excellent. Every bit as good as Yasudas if not better.
It was actually a great experience because Yasuda never seemed into "omakase". It was always a set from the menu and then every time asking "how about...?" And us always saying yes.
with mitsu we just asked for omakase and he asked what we don't like. After we said nothing he just went to town with a pageant of good stuff. We lost count but it felt close to 20. After the toro roll I wasn't sure if he was just going till we said uncle but we said we were ready to wrap up.
Superb sushi as we always remembered.
Wonder if he actually does have a pre-planned stopping point and we jumped the gun?
Oh well.

Mar 19, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Torrisi vs Lincoln for Sunday lunch

Well, I called Torrisi last Friday and they said the menu is different. 75 v 100.

Mar 17, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Torrisi vs Lincoln for Sunday lunch

Want to go to either Torrisi or Lincoln for lunch next Sunday.
Haven't been to either. Benno made one of the greatest meals of my life at Per Se but I heard Lincoln had a rocky start , yet has improved greatly since the original reviews.
Torrisi appeals more because the dishes seem more creative. But I guess the lunch menu is shorter (7 courses). And I haven't heard much feedback on how it compares to dinner. Are the courses pulled from the dinner menu?
Which do you recommend and why? Also, how long would lunch at each one last?

Mar 16, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Torrisi Lunch - Friday to Sunday

Was looking at doing Torrisi for lunch in the next week. Is the lunch format still the same? I heard it's still 7 and do they pull each of the 7 from the dinner menu?

Mar 16, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Daniel. Yes or no?

Hmm. I'd go with LB too. If you are up for eating that early.
Can't comment on Jungsik first hand. But I think that is probably more food focused and less on the luxury night out aspect. I heard the dining room is kind of dull.

Mar 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Daniel. Yes or no?

Hmm. Probably because you caught someone else's cancellation in 48 hours.
For the whole package of good food and a luxurious night out that's your best bet IMO.
Have a good time.

Mar 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Daniel. Yes or no?

One other compliment I'll pay Daniel. It has two totally different tasting menus and you can order each one for your two top.
That's what we did so it was a larger and better variety (assuming you were thinking of doing a tasting).

Mar 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Daniel. Yes or no?

For this Saturday? Anywhere that would be comperable or better is likely booked.
My experience at Daniel is that is is somewhat the "old money" restaurant. I didn't find it too stuffy or rude though.
That being said, the food was very good and it's certainly a luxury feeling to eat there.
I say go and have a great time.
Also, if you cancel now won't there be a penalty on your credit card?

Mar 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

tasting menu help! what haven't i thought of?

We have been twice, both times after they switched to not being BYO.
So I can't speak for the difference. But it was a wonderful meal both times.
Obviously if you are looking for something new then skip it.
I'll also second 15 East as a good option.
I have never actually been to WD-50 but I saw that that's absent from your list.

Mar 12, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

tasting menu help! what haven't i thought of?

Are you saying you already did Brooklyn Fare? If not that's my top recommendation.
I was gonna say Atera but you mentioned that's not an interest.

I think Jungsik is certainly a good option. Or you could do the extended menu at Torrisi.
Though, if you can snag a seat at the sushi counter at Nakazawa I'd jump at that given how hard it is to get in right now.

Mar 12, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

Ok. That's a thought.
I'm a little spooked by some other recent blog posts and CW threads about the extended menu.
Looks like all they got were about 5 extra canapés, plus the foie course on top of the salad.
No truffles or wagyu. Not sure if $50 per extra course merits it if they hold back on those luxury items.

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

We've considered an extended tasting for our upcoming visit. But it's a 10pm reservation. I think that would run till 2 or 3am. And I doubt they even offer it to guests dining that late.

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

I don't think they include tax. Just service.

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Jean Georges and Le Bernardin for Lunch

I've only done LB at dinner so I don't know what the dress code is like a lunch.
JG is a great lunch and no jacket needed at all.
I will say that our last time there was disappointing due to service that was weaker than before. But the food was still just as good.
Ironically we'll be doing lunch at bouley for the first time soon.

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

Logically it should be $10. The difference between the salad and the foie.
Heck, even 20 is ok since you get the luxury of the "dining room."
But the supplement being the same as a la carte il seems off.
They also do the same with the truffle course.
Oddly, the caviar and wagyu supplements are less than a la carte. Still more than the difference between the courses. But more logical.

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

I can understand portion control. Per Se leaves me pretty exhausted by the time those chocolates come out.
But a la carte in the salon the vegetable course is 30. And the foie is 40.
So a 40 suppliment is basically me getting an a la carte item and paying them 30 to take away a course so I don't get too full?

I know, "in for a penny". Just irksome a little. If adding a la carte is the same as a supplement I'll just do both and keep 30. I think a hearts of Palm salad won't put me over the top too much at the end. :)

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se: Wonderful, but no longer magical

When you added the foie a la carte: was it still $40?
I've noticed the supplement charge for the foie is always the same as the a la carte price in the salon. That's always irked me since it seems more logical that it would be the difference in cost between the foie and the vegetable course.
Seems like doing the supplement is just the equivalent of throwing away a course and ordering a la carte.
We are going in a couple weeks and might just add the foie a la carte if it's the same as the supplement.

Mar 11, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

What's happening with the DOH?

So I am actually visiting the most famous recent victim of the doh in 2 weeks. I'm nervous that their second inspection will affect their cooking in the meantime. Like, doing away with sous vide and serving cheese too cold. Stupid stuff they have to do to pass.

Mar 10, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan