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Uchi vs Uchiko?

Going to be in town next week for SXSW, and wanted to try either Uchi or Uchiko.

Was wondering if there was one that you guys would recommend over the other, and if so, why.

Mar 02, 2012
KA1555 in Austin

Alex Stratta's Bigoli?

So the opening of Alex Stratta's (formerly of Vegas restaurants Alex and Stratta) new NY restaurant Bigoli was supposedly on Monday.

Has anyone been yet or heard any word on the place (other than about the ghastly decor)?

140 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Dec 07, 2011
KA1555 in Manhattan



30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Dec 05, 2011
KA1555 in Manhattan

Splurge Lunch Recommendations in Paris?

Looking for 2-3 recommendations for the best prix-fixe lunches under 200 euros in Paris - meals that can't be missed. As points of reference, my favorite restaurants in New York are Le Bernardin and Daniel.

If it's something that absolutely requires reservations several weeks in advance, then it's out of the question. Some restaurants with Saturday lunches would be great as well.

Also, if you could include prices (particularly for those restaurants that have a different lunch and dinner price), that would be great.

And I know that this may have been discussed to death, but I'm in Paris right now and just don't have the time to sort through search results. Plus, based on my quick search, people give many options - I'd just like your 2-3 "must visit" restaurants.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 13, 2011
KA1555 in France

Please Bestow Your Wisdom

Asomaniac, one of my other great passions, perhaps even greater than that for food, is fashion, and that part of me can't say no to a combination of Ducasse and Chanel. I'm afraid I must visit.

Notorious, Thanks for the rec on the Soba place. If anyone has any other recommendations on a must-visit Soba place in Tokyo or Kyoto, it would be appreciated.

And the fusion element of Basa Nova is something I was looking forward to, to be honest. Although if anyone has a recommendation for a great soy-based Ramen place...

As for Yamada, my understanding is that it is a Japanese take on MG, fusing Japanese cuisine with MG, which is why I was intrigued by it (that and the fact that I'm unsure of whether or not I'll ever have a chance to eat at El Bulli, so I figured I might as well experience the cuisine of someone who has trained there).

And this actually is an introduction to MG for me. I split my time between Nashville and DC. There's obviously nothing in the way of MG in Nashville and I have been unable to secure a reservation yet for the Minibar in DC (José Andrés' place, and I believe the only MG restaurant in the area). And while I do visit NY several times a year, unfortunately I'm usually either pressed for time when I go, or the people I'm with aren't foodies.

Mar 23, 2010
KA1555 in Japan

Please Bestow Your Wisdom

Thanks for the input. As for Beige and L'atelier, I have my reasons for wanting to visit them.

But, I think I'll take your recommendation and switch out Ivan with something else. Perhaps a Soba place. Any recommendations?

I had put Basa Nova because I had heard good things. Is there a Ramen place you would recommend instead?

And is Tapas Molecular really not worth it?

Mar 22, 2010
KA1555 in Japan

Please Bestow Your Wisdom

Thanks for your help guys.

I've decided on the following schedule:


Dinner - Kozue


Lunch - Misoguigawa (in Kyoto)
Evening Snack - Ivan Ramen
Late Dinner (11 PM) - Yamada Chikara


Early Breakfast - Sushi Dai at the Tsukiji-Market
Lunch - Beige by Alain Ducasse at Chanel
Dinner - Tapas Molecular Bar


Lunch - Maisen
Dinner - L'atelier de Joel Robuchon
Late Night Snack - Basa Nova

In my opinion I think this is a fairly good mix of well-known vs. lesser known, a good mix of cuisine, etc.

I'll be sure to share photos/a report if anyone is interested.

Mar 22, 2010
KA1555 in Japan

Looking for Recommendations in Some Smaller Cities (Agra and Chandigarh)

I'm going to be in Chandigarh for 4 nights or so, and Agra for two nights.

So far the only place that I've heard anything about is Esphahan at the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra.

Anyone have any recommendations in either of these two cities?

Mar 18, 2010
KA1555 in India & South Asia

Please Bestow Your Wisdom

Thanks for the recommendations. I wasn't sure about Kozue but now I suppose I'll definitely go there over New York Grill.

As for Troisgros - I actually edited my previous post because I found out that it's closed on Wednesdays.

Mar 18, 2010
KA1555 in Japan

Please Bestow Your Wisdom

I would like to try Michel Troisgros, but the final seating is at 9 pm and I'm not sure if I'd make it in time.

Edit - Nevermind. Just checked and they're closed on Wednesdays. Any other nearby alternatives to New York Grill for my first night there are certainly welcome.

Mar 17, 2010
KA1555 in Japan

Please Bestow Your Wisdom

Visiting Tokyo in about two weeks. Getting in on a Wednesday evening, and leaving on a Sunday morning.

This doesn't leave very much time, and I want to truly make the most of my dining while there.

The only place that I've decided on for sure is New York Grill the night I arrive (By the time I get to my hotel on Wednesday evening, the Park Hyatt, it'll be 8 PM, and I doubt that I'll feel like venturing very far).

That leaves Thursday-Saturday, and Potentially Sunday if anyone has any breakfast recommendations. I was thinking of visiting Kyoto either Thursday or Friday (Leave in the morning and return to Tokyo in time for dinner) - worth it?

Basically, I just want to know - What are the must dine at restaurants? Let's say you have three dinners and 2-3 (depending on if I go to Kyoto) lunches left in life, and you were limited to restaurants in Tokyo - Where would you dine?

(And before anyone says "Go do a search" - that's all well and good, I have, but the problem is that I have TOO MANY possible options. I kind of want a "Must visit before you die" kind of list. Also, I'm not one of those people who believes in the "Japanese cuisine only!" mentality. Fusion, french, etc. are fine if you think that one simply must experience it).

Also keep in mind that I'll be there solo, so any restaurants that don't accept groups of 1 are out of the question, unfortunately (unless anyone here would feel like dining with me).

Mar 16, 2010
KA1555 in Japan