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Looking for the quintessential true sushi bar/experience in New York.

To me I've never found Yasuda to be rushed. Yes, they have a 90 min limit but of all the times we have been we have never done a full 90. So I think it's more of a mental thing.
If you were to eat at Jiro in Tokyo you'd be in and out in 30 mins. I never found sushi to be something that goes for several hours. You are supposed to eat it and soon as is set down for optimal temperature anyway.

That being said: Yasuda gets top marks from me with Mitsuru.
Nakazawa also was stellar and interesting in it's different preparations. But it's a hell of a trick getting reservations. Also, the service was a bit wooden and the owner was looming in the background over our shoulders a bit too much. Likely because it was still relatively new since it opened.

Aug 20, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan
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Carbone v Torrisi

I noticed that there is a note on extended tastings available at Torrisi. Is that essentially the old 20 course menu? Or is it something different? Anyone have any experience with a recent extended tasting?

Aug 18, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Looking for a NYC restaurant to host a private dinner for 8 foodie/wine loving clients. Would love to do it at Nomad but they are booked. Any suggestions?

Can we get an idea on what type of food you are wanting to try? Price range?
Also, how private are you looking for? You could look into one of the large format dinners at Breslin. But not sure how private that table is.

Aug 13, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan
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Carbone v Torrisi

Never done either and feel like I should do one.
I know the formats and ideas behind each one. But can't decide which one will give the better experience and meal.
Which one should we do and why?

Aug 06, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Torrisi - @ $100 prix-fixe, still worth it?

I have never been to Torrisi or Carbone and I'm thinking I need to try at least one.
Seems like Carbone gets all the talk lately. Both good AND bad.
I don't know if this is indicating Torrisi is basically past it's prime or not.

Aug 01, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda

Mitsu definitely. That is who Yasuda personally chose to take his spot.
We sat with him recently and it was phenomenal.

Jul 30, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Blue hill at harvest

Jeremy,

Please report back on how it was. I am curious about the fact that are on one single menu now.
I would like to go for their lunch on a Sunday but only if it's the same extended menu they serve at dinner.

Blue hill at harvest

I'm wanting to visit Blue Hill (preferably Stone Barns) in the fall to try and get the optimum time for harvest.
I was thinking around the end of Oct but worry that may be too late.

Any thoughts?

Raku vs Yusho

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

Jul 10, 2014
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)?

Jul 10, 2014
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