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L'Arpege or Le Chateaubriand?

My husband and I are traveling to Paris from NY for a birthday weekend celebration and have one night in Paris for dinner.

Somehow with a lot of luck I was able to get reservations at both L'Arpege and Le Chateaubriand.

We have read mixed reviews on both and are now conflicted on where to go. We are not vegetarians so we would opt for the longer menu at L'Arpege that consists of one or two meat courses. And Le Chateaubriand is a total guessing game as to what we'll get!

This will be for my birthday dinner so we want something fun and memorable.

Any thoughts on which of the two we should keep?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


Aug 23, 2015
eb385 in France

Dine In Harlem: Ginny's Supper Club - Marcus Samuelsson & Sean Brock

Not sure where to post this but reaching out to other foodies in case anyone is interested:

I'm trying to sell 1 ticket to the Harlem EatUp!

Dine In Harlem: Ginny's Supper Club
Featuring Chef Marcus Samuelsson & Guest Chef Sean Brock
Friday May 15

this event is sold out but sadly I can no longer attend

Selling for face value: $125 + $40.84 (tax and gratuity) = 165.84

event description:
On any night, Ginny's Supper Club is a spirited place for incredible food, fun drinks and intoxicating music. There will be even more magic when award-winning host chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson welcomes 2014 James Beard Award winner Sean Brock of Husk Restaurant in Charleston, SC. It's bound to be an extraordinary night in Harlem!

let me know if anyone is interested. I would hate for the ticket to go to waste!


May 06, 2015
eb385 in Manhattan

Humm and Guidara's Nomad

has anyone dined on the rooftop yet?

going tonight and have no idea what to expect

so excited!

Jun 20, 2012
eb385 in Manhattan

Humm and Guidara's Nomad

My husband and I went back again last Friday anticipating a nice meal at the bar...but sadly you can no longer enjoy the full menu when you snag a lucky seat at the main bar. Only the shorter bar menu is available.

I'm really sad to see this dining option disappear because we always thought the bar dining was a great feature at The Nomad.

Ended up walking down to Veritas and had an excellent meal at their bar.

Jun 13, 2012
eb385 in Manhattan

Humm and Guidara's Nomad

guess I was still tipsy when I wrote this...correction..basil leaf ice cream. Bay leaf ice cream would have been quite odd!

Apr 03, 2012
eb385 in Manhattan

Humm and Guidara's Nomad

there were four of us total - one chicken for two people.

But with the amount of food in the tasting we could have split one chicken between the four of us and still been satisfied

Apr 01, 2012
eb385 in Manhattan

Humm and Guidara's Nomad

My friends and I had an excellent meal at The NoMad last night and definitely went a little overboard by ordering the 7-course tasting menu with the beverage pairings. And because I didn't want to leave with regrets.... we added the chicken! Yes, definitely overboard but definitely delicious.

My one complaint with this addition (besides eating way too much food!) was when we were debating between the tasting and a la carte menus we asked if the chicken could be part of the tasting not necessarily an extra course. This didn't seem to be a problem. As we counted our way through the evening we soon realized the chickens were an addition...albeit a tasty one indeed. And yes, you read correctly…chickens plural…they sent two! Too bad our final bill was not as special of a treat.

Yes, the dinner was expensive, but the experience made for fantastic memories. My advice if you do the tasting menu with pairings is be prepared to leave full and beyond tipsy. They leave the bottle for each pairing at the table to be enjoyed throughout the course.... dangerous.

The family style aspect of the tasting was unique and made for great dinner table participation. Lazy susans, massive growlers, “picnic meats”, and ice cream scoopers…we couldn’t stop smiling as each course brought a new element of surprise for diner involvement.

Dishes included:
- Scallop Ceviche with Yuzu, Jalapeño and Pistachio
- Sea Urchin Panna Cotta with apple gelee and caviar
- Butter dipped radishes with fleur de sel
- Pig’s head terrine (or Pig face? Whatever is was…it was damn tasty)
- Sweetbreads Croustillant with Parsley
- Flatbread with onions and sliced potatoes
- "The NoMad Picnic" (that’s what I’ll call it! – and it was hysterical)
- 62 degree Egg with asparagus, quinoa, and parmesan
- Whole roasted chicken with foie gras, black truffle brioche accompanied with white asparagus and truffle potatoes
- Garlic encrusted Rack of lamb with potatoes
- Milk and Honey
- Fruit Cobbler with bay leaf ice cream

I appreciated the variety of the beverages in the pairing. Drinks included if I remember correctly: Billecart-Salmon ‘Seledtion NoMad’ Champagne, The NoMad Rose (perfect pairing for the picnic), Mount Eden Vineyards ‘Wolff Vineyard’ Chardonnay, the fantastic Brooklyn Brewery “Le Poulet” Brown Ale beer, Syrah, and finally a classic cocktail to end the evening.

There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try, however, I seriously could not eat another bite. Fortunately I am lucky to be going back next weekend to explore the a la carte options (excited I didn't cancel my original reservation for two!)

Oh and Daniel Humm and Will Guidara came by our table and were so nice and genuinely excited. It was a pleasure to share our enthusiasm with them. Congrats on The NoMad…a fantastic addition to the NY dining scene.

Mar 31, 2012
eb385 in Manhattan


thank you all for the advice.

so I think we are gonna head to El Celler de Can Roca! I'm super excited.

Hopefully all will go well and we'll be able to hit up Tickets the night before and 41 after our Can Roca lunch.

You guys have been so helpful and I can't thank you enough. Sorry to pick your brains...but you seem to be very knowledgeable...are there any tapas bars in Barcelona or pintxos bars in San Sebastian that you think are can't miss?

also thank you PBSF for the Arzak tips. We are lucky to visit there a second time on this trip and the idea of creating a new personalized tasting menu sounds absolutely delicious!

May 04, 2011
eb385 in Spain/Portugal


thank you so much for all your input! You have been extremely helpful...but now I have a new decision to make...Can Roca or Sant Pau...ha ha!

would you consider the food at Arzak to be more similar to Can Roca or Sant Pau? I ask this because Arzak was my husband's favorite meal and he tends to dislike molecular cooking that goes a little too crazy.

May 03, 2011
eb385 in Spain/Portugal


wow - thanks for the Tickets tips! I checked last night and all the grey dates made me nervous.

Is it too much to do Tickets one night for dinner and then the next night 41 after a fabulous lunch at Can Roca or Sant Pau? Another option is to hit Taktika Berri? Has anyone been there? Or are we going to be stuffed?

Sadly because we only have two nights in Barcelona we need to head back, but we are spending more time this trip in San Sebastian and already have plans to head to Akelarre, Mugaritz and back to Arzak (seriously the best meal of our lives!). Oh I can't wait

I hope you enjoy your meals at Arzak and a road map for Etxebarii. Best purchase of our trip.

May 03, 2011
eb385 in Spain/Portugal


Thank you all for you input!

to answer some of your questions:

Our dislikes of Moo were based on a few things. We weren't big fans of eating in the hotel setting. Our dessert was amazing and quite memorable. However, my husband did not enjoy his pork belly entree and my entree was ok but did not blow me away. Honestly, I don't even remember the other courses. The insane dessert and the small touches of molecular cooking made the meal interesting but sadly there were few "hits." The wines were delicious.

When I look back it was really the hotel and my husbands pork that threw the night off. It is not that we hated it per was just that we enjoyed our meals more at other restaurants. To give you some insight into our "likes" our favorite meals during our last trip were at Arzak, Exterbarri, Cinc Sentis, Inopia, El Portal de Echaurren...and plenty of tapas!

It sounds nice to head out of the city and enjoy a fabulous meal for my birthday and El Celler de Can Roca seams like a wonderful choice...I'm just worried we will have more misses than hits....

Would we be silly to miss this opportunity to dine there by playing it safe at Alkimia?

also, Sant Pau was on my list originally but somehow fell through the cracks (thanks for the reminder!) Would it be too cold to enjoy the gardens there in September?

Now that makes the decision even more confusing..Can Roca, Sant Pau or Alkimia? Guess you can't go wrong.

we are traveling in September so we have time to plan strategies for reservations at Tickets and 41. Ideally we would like to try both considering we loved Inopia so much so on our last trip that we ate there twice. The dates we would like to go are September 8th or 9th...guessing the books open up around June 10th??? we have to plan our internet strategy from New York. thanks for the tips Aleta

hmmmm...I wish we had more days to enjoy it all!

May 02, 2011
eb385 in Spain/Portugal


My husband is taking me back to Spain for my birthday and we are filling our days with nonstop eating.

On my actual birthday we have confirmed a lunch reservation at El Celler de Can Roca.

I was thinking we could have lunch at Can Roca, return to Barcelona for the evening and head to Tickets or 41 for a light dinner and drinks.

Or, we were thinking of heading to Alkimia for a birthday dinner instead.

The last time we were in Spain we ate at Moo, and it was probably our least memorable meal of our this an indication of what we would expect at El Celler de Can Roca?

Are reservations at Tickets/41 too difficult to attain?

Or is Alkimia a better bet?

any insight would be greatly appreciated.


May 01, 2011
eb385 in Spain/Portugal

Birthday Dinner Decision?


I'm now thinking if the wine pairing is a major factor in the decision then le bernardin is the way to go

is the gourmand 11 course menu with wine pairing at EMP way too much food?

Jul 13, 2010
eb385 in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner Decision?

thanks for the tips!

would you suggest doing the larger tasting menus at EMP or stick with the smaller 3 course?

maybe I should just let my husband pick between the two considering I picked Blue Hill at Stone Barns last year and that was a if he doesn't like it this time around it will be his fault - ha ha!

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Jul 08, 2010
eb385 in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner Decision?

I am trying to decide where I want to go for my birthday this September and have narrowed it down to two places:

Le Bernardin
Eleven Madison Park

Two years ago I went to Le Bernardin and had the most amazing meal of my life! Unfortunately my husband missed out, so I'm thinking my birthday might be a great opportunity for him to try this delicious restaurant for the first time.

I went to Eleven Madison Park ages ago right when it opened and sadly haven't been back. It looks wonderful and I have been wanting to try out the new menus.

If you had to choose a tasting menu with either wine pairings or a bottle of wine with dinner which one would you recommend based on value, taste, and birthday celebration factor?

or would you go somewhere entirely different?


Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Jul 07, 2010
eb385 in Manhattan

Seafood recs in Barcelona

I just ate at Kaiku in Barceloneta last week and I have to say it was the best fish I had throughout the entire trip. Very simple and very fresh. Yes, you will get some tourists considering it is in guide books but I felt like we were surrounded by a ton of locals out for a fresh bite to eat on a beautiful Monday afternoon. We also ordered the black squid ink paella that was also quite delicious. A definite must try if you are in this area in Barcelona on a sunny day

May 30, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal

How much is the tasting menu at Cinq Centis?

My husband and I just ate there last week for dinner and I believe it was somewhere around 65-80 Euros per person. Not including wine, tax and tip. It is definitely worth it though. One of the top meals of our trip thus far! The foie gras is outstanding!!

May 30, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Special Occasion Meal on a Monday night???

I'm curious where you end up going. We don't leave until May 20th. Got a table at Paco Meralgo for Sunday and Alkimia for Monday. Now debating on cancelling my Comemrc 24 reservation and trying Gaig, Moo, Hoffmann or Dos Cielos instead. Still gonna try to get a table at Cinc Sentits as well

Have a safe trip and please report back!

Apr 27, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Solo Trip Report (long)

Thanks for all the detailed info!! My husband and I are going to Barcelona in May and I now have a better idea of definite places to hit up

so far we have plans for Paco Meralgo, Inopia and Cal Pep (if we can get seats - thanks for the tips!), Alkimia, Bar Pinotxo...

I have a reservation at Comerc 24 but I now think I want to try something else...perhaps Moo, Dos Cielos, Hoffmann, Hisop, Sauc, Gaig....? Any thoughts??

I'm also trying to get a reservation at Cinc Sentits and after reading your review I definitely am going to try my best to get in.

thanks again

Apr 26, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Special Occasion Meal on a Monday night???

Alkimia looks good and I was a bit on the fence about it but I requested a reservation just in case. Thanks for the suggestion.

After some more research today a couple other places came up: Toc, Moo, Hisop, Hoffmann, Gaig, Gresca

Have you heard of any positive or negative reviews of those?

Apr 24, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Special Occasion Meal on a Monday night???

My husband and I will be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary in Barcelona on May 24th.

Unfortunately our anniversary falls on a Monday night and no restaurants seem to be open.

Does anyone know of any fantastic restaurant that is open on a Monday night in Barcelona where we can enjoy a delicious meal? Cost is not a factor.


Apr 23, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal


interesting. We live in NY and have eaten at both The Modern and the bar at the Modern and I do agree with the loud noise level. I enjoyed my meal, however, my husband did not.

If Moo is off the list where should we go??

Apr 14, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal


My husband and I will be traveling throughout Spain for our first wedding anniversary and I am in charge of picking the places to eat. After reading tons of posts on chowhound, other websites, and guide books I am extremely overwhelmed...everything looks so delicious!

Right now my biggest dilemma is picking a restaurant for dinner to celebrate our actual anniversary. This will happen in Barcelona on a Monday night.

So far my list of possible places are:
• Alkimia
• Comerc 24
• Restaurant Gaig
• Drolma
• Cinc Sentits (closed on Mondays?)
• La Dama
• Sauc
• Hisop
• El Cellar de Can Roca (perhaps too far away?)
• Gresca
• Abac
• Moo
• Lasarte

Can anyone help me narrow this down???? We will be in Barcelona for 5 nights so we can definitely try to hit up a couple if there are multiple places that are can't miss.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!!

Apr 11, 2010
eb385 in Spain/Portugal