I recently moved to 51st and 9th ave, and am looking for some good restaurant recommendations, since the vast amount of choices can sometimes be overwhelming, and I don't want to waste my time on sub par food. Any input would be much appreciated.
Just wanted to add my experience about attending an Emeril taping. I was given a ticket by one of my friends who works in the industry - it turned out to be a VIP ticket also. And luckily enough, I was chosen as one of the guests to sit at the counter by Emeril to taste all the food. The taping was a while ago, so I don't remember the specifics of all the items he prepared. I do remember that it was a dessert episode and I wasn't too impressed with what I ate. One dessert had custard involved, but they must have stuck it in the freezer because it was half-frozen.
One thing that was funny was that we were asked to not eat our food until we were on camera - they didn't want to waste you taking bites with no one to record it. And they encouraged us to make yummy sounds. I chitchatted a bit with the guy sitting next to me during breaks, and he told me that he had met Emeril a few years ago and had gotten tickets through mutual friends, although he wasn't sure if Emeril remembered him because he had met him just once. I thought it was nice that Emeril came over during one of the breaks to ask him how he was doing and if he needed anything - he obviously remembered him.
The episode had winners of some Cooking with Kids contest, so there were quite a few children in the audience. During one of the breaks, he called all the kids over to the freezer where they each got to pick an ice cream.
All in all, Emeril seemed like a nice guy - just a bit shy/reserved. As for being able to have a q&a, they're shooting multiple shows on a tight schedule, which doesn't allow for much time for that element.
I'm not much of an Emeril fan so I found the taping interesting, but nothing beyond that. And as someone asked - no, they don't ask you not to hug and kiss Emeril when he runs through.