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Jungsik menu question

Dang. Next time. :)

Nov 17, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Jungsik menu question

Ended up doing the tasting over the choice menu. Really great meal and also great service.
I thought the Bibimbap would be the star, and it was great. But the octopus was easily the best octopus dish I think I've ever had.

Nov 17, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

just to follow back up:
Ichimura was fantastic and is now probably the best sushi I have been able to have. Really great experience all around. We skipped a pairing and did carafes of sake which were great.

Only downside was I was sat next to a guy who came late, talked really loud, and insisted on chatting with me practically every moment he didn't have food in his mouth. Also for some reason he stared over my shoulder when the bill came which was pretty tacky. :)

Anyway, Ichimura himself was wonderful and the food amazing. Thought I would hate the layered nigiri but it was so good your eyes roll back into you head.

Some comments below mention he serves you sushi till you say stop but not for us. There was a hard cut-off for everyone. But it was around 18 pieces and we were stuffed.
Dessert was ok. But next time I plan to let the sushi have the final word.

Nov 17, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan
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Cosme soft opening

It was all a la carte. Very much like Estela in the menu organization and price point.

Oct 31, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Cosme soft opening

Visited on the third day after they officially opened and it shows.
Kitchen is turning out very good high end Mexican cooking but are backed up by extremely uneven service.
I'll cover the downside first, showed up early for our reservation and were asked to be seated in the bar area which we were more than happy to do. Took over 20 mins to get a cocktail after we ordered it.
Cocktails were good and had some snacks of the mussel tostada which was fantastic and the smoked sepia which had a nice subtle smoke flavor but a texture that is more of an acquired taste.
Waited for quite some time after finishing the drinks and snack and finally after it was 10 mins after our reservation time went up to ask if we could be seated.
Maitre d' said we could sit at a communal table or wait 30 mins.
I expressed confusion since we had a reservation to which he acted surprised like he had never seen us before despite the fact we had specifically checked in with him and sat in his direct line of site for 40 mins.
He then simply walked off and another female hostess came up and said she would see if our table was ready.
We sat down for 10 more mins and watched several empty tables before the original male matre d came back and just stared at us oddly.
My wife asked "are you ready for us?" And he said yes.
He walked us back to our table and finally at the table offered to take our heavy coats which we had carried since we came in only after he saw us trying to put them on the chair backs in confusion.
We were then handed menus which were stained with salsa and avocado from previous customers and ignored for another 10 minutes.

Thankfully, after that things started to improve significantly.
The staff in the dining room were much more attentive and pleasant and very soon we were able to make drink and food orders and proceeded to have a good meal. The only other hiccup was that my wife reported the bathroom as out of order.

So on to the better news. All the dishes ordered ranged from very good to excellent. Single-origin blue corn tortillas were fantastic and had a range of salsas very well balanced with enough heat to notice but not to be overwhelmed.

We ordered:
Octopus cocktail - excellent octopus with delicate heat and red onion with purple corn.

Burrata with weeds - cool and creamy and delicious with a wonderful herby salsa verde.

Cobia al Pastor - slices of cobia tataki with pineable. The cobia was a more neutral flavor but carried the bright pineapple and included tortillas and salsa.

Lobster Pibil Sope - A standout dish with lobster and chorizo and creamy black beans.

Duck Carnitas for 2 - a lot bigger than we expected and very rich. This one required careful eating. You had to balance it with just the right amount of skin and fat and salsa. Otherwise it came across as somewhat dry. But eaten in balance was good. But by this time we could not finish it all as we were too full.

Had to skip dessert which was hard since we heard the corn mousse was very good.

All in all solid cooking and I would love to try again when they hopefully have everything running smoothly.
This is Enrique Olvera so it's obvious he can produce world class food. But given the comically bad service to get seated and being handed dirty menus it started off a good meal with a bad taste in our mouths.

Oct 30, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Atera not available--need alternative

Just saw that EMP is in fact doing a different menu for Thanksgiving Day.
Served from 12-8:30pm.

Oct 29, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

What's the % of guys who wear a jacket to Ichimura?
I intend to "dress up" but wondering if most people skip the jacket.

Oct 28, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Atera not available--need alternative

Best of luck!
Btw, if for some reason you can't snag a dinner reservation try for a lunch reservation if it's Thurs-Sat.
Those typically are picked up slower than dinner (but by that I mean they are typically available on opentable for a longer period in the morning 28 days before). :)

I have never done lunch. But it's the same menu as dinner and with the dining room and big windows I expect it's a great atmosphere.

Oct 22, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Atera not available--need alternative

Oh also, if your mother is wanting to see some modern techniques, ask to see the kitchen. They typically make you a "surprise" frozen cocktail back there with liquid nitrogen.

Oct 22, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Atera not available--need alternative

Eleven Madison Park is "formal dining". I use quotes because the atmosphere is closer in spirit to Atera than Per Se. It's a little more lively and fun.
The food is very refined.
It has the 3 michelin stars. The 4 from the Ny times, and it's #4 on the world 50 best lists.
So it's a target for a lot of "it's all hype" talk.

But every single meal I have had there is stellar. The cooking is fun and delicious.
The service is...well, I'd say it's the best in the world.

Oct 22, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan
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Cosme soft opening

Apparently they started same-day reservations yesterday at Enrique Olvera's new place.
Any CHers manage to go? I have reservations for the 30th and pretty excited to hear what the early word is.

Oct 22, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

SF Michelin stars 2015

Does this mean that Benu will likely bump up its price now? I know Corey Lee said he thinks the menu should really be $225.

Wonder if this also means Saison will get a bump in price. Really wish I can visit before it gets insanly high.

Oct 21, 2014
Heeney in San Francisco Bay Area

Atera not available--need alternative

Have never done WD-50.
Atera to me is totally unique in NY. In some ways it seems less like Alinea or WD50 and more like Noma.
So maybe Aquavit may be worth checking out.
Have you considered Eleven Madison Park? That and Atera are the two best restaurants in the city to me. Both cost the same now after ateras price hike.
Two other great counter dining experiences would be Brooklyn Fare (but not in Manhattan and slightly over why you wanted to pay) or Momofuku Ko.

Oct 21, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan
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Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

So we settled on Ichimura.
I'm wondering if there is any feedback on the wine and sake pairings.
How many glasses? Worth it v ordering a bottle or glasses a la carte?

Oct 19, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Per Se wine pairing

I don't know if it has changed recently but a small pour on the pairing wasn't the case when we went. We've done a pairing at both per se and TFL.
Since they don't have an official pairing it was almost full standard pours. We walked out of both places basically hammered.
On subsequent visits we have ordered by the glass which is what I recommend.
Not a fan of their corkage policy or price so I don't recommend BYO.

Oct 16, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

new york city [near Lincoln Center, walker friendly]

I won't be with someone in a walker. I just used this existing topic to ask a new question.

Oct 16, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

new york city [near Lincoln Center, walker friendly]

Was looking to do brunch at Lincoln before a Sunday matinee at the Met.
Show starts at 1:00. Brunch opens at 11:30.
Is that cutting it too close for a two-course brunch?

Oct 15, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Jungsik menu question

Normally we would do the tasting.
The only thing that is making us lean to the choice is the chance to try the uni rice, lobster, Galbi, and Jang Dok.

Oct 15, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

So, the recent price hike at Atera is apparently an actual savings if you were the kind of person to add the caviar course. Because it now comes standard.
I think Atera is worth the same price range as EMP. I actually thought about it and I slightly prefer Atera to BK fare because sometimes BK Fare can be a little somber.
When we were at Atera there were times when several people at the bar and even the kitchen were dancing and singing along to the Jackson 5. :)

Oct 15, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

Hmm. That bump to 225 must be very recent. It used to be 195. Not cheap either way. But now it looks like Atera is priced the same as EMP.
I hear Anissa is quite good. I wouldn't worry too much about it dropping its star. From what I heard people are baffled about that.

Oct 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

Also, it's not on your list but I highly recommend Atera. It's one of my three favorite spots with EMP and BK Fare.

Oct 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

NYC for 2 dinners, which one would you pick?

Have only eaten at Ko of the three but that would certainly be a must. Been twice and great both times.
However, they have a relocation coming up very soon so need to keep that in mind.

Oct 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Jungsik menu question

Thanks for the feedback. Do you have more info on the different portion sizes? I saw that on the menu and was curious. If we are sharing dishes to make our own 10 course tasting should we be going with the larger sizes?
We went back and forth a lot trying to decide between Jungsik and Betony. Still struggling with that choice because we have been to neither and heard great things about both.

Oct 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Jungsik menu question

Will be visiting soon. First time.
Can't decide between the choice menu or the tasting.
The two of us would get different choices and share if we didn't do the tasting.
Any feedback on which is better?
Are there other additional things with the tasting like amuses that don't come with the choice menu?

Oct 14, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Lincoln brunch - white truffles

Anyone had brunch at Lincoln since they started the Piedmont menu?
Curious if they are doing white truffles at brunch or only dinner.

Oct 08, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

It is currently set for Halloween.

Oct 02, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

So obviously given the overwhelming choice of Ichimura we are looking to choose that over a return to Nakazawa.
But here is my one concern:
We made one attemp previously to visit Ichimira. It was Labor Day last year.
With about 4 days notice they called and informed me they decided to be closed and cancelled my reservation. Even though when I made the reservation I explicitly asked if they were certain they would stay open.
So obviously if they were to cancel again after I dropped my hard-won reservation at Nakazawa, I would be extremely unhappy.

Oct 02, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

Are you sure Ichimura doesn't charge for extra nigiri if you keep going? That's contrary to other reports I have read.

Oct 02, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

Is Masa still only doing lunch service on Fridays?

Oct 01, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan

Weighing Nakazawa vs Ichimura

Secured reservations at both places near the end of Oct.
Have been to Nakazawa once before earlier this year. Felt like the sushi was excellent. Overall experience was slightly diminished by service that was overly stiff and rehearsed.
Have never been to Ichimura before. But have heard excellent things and saw today it got bumped to 2 michelin stars.

Part of me wants to return to Nakazawa to re-try the experience. The other part feels we should try something new.
We are primarily nigiri focused, but the sashimi and prepared starters at Ichimura look good.
Typically how many nigiri are served at Ichimura vs the 21 at Nakazawa?
Also noted the difference in the cost of the omakase (180 vs 150 at Nakazawa, 125 for sake pairings vs the $45 steal at Nakazawa).

For those who have visited both...which one do you prefer? Ideally looking at it from simply a food perspective. Which place has superior rice? Which has the superior fish technique.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Sep 30, 2014
Heeney in Manhattan