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Pre and post-dinner drinks

You know that scene in Wayne's World, where Alice Cooper invites them to stick around, and they start bowing down saying, "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!"...This is how I feel towards you after reading this (among many other responses you've made). Your knowledge is incredible!!

Re: Wait time. We're there for such a short amount of time so not sure we'd want to wait 2-3 hours if there is a similar option without the wait.

We care more about atmosphere than cocktail quality.

You do remember correctly ab living in Paris! We really enjoy the places here by the Experimental guys, and would probably aim for a place that we can't go to here. So maybe Pegu Club before. And you are saying that Raines & Death and Co would have a 2-3 hour wait if we went after dinner on Friday?

Thanks for that advice about Betony being so far uptown and the risk of traffic. That makes a lot of sense. We will plan on Ma Peche or Lantern's Keep before, and then maybe we'll head back down to Employees Only after.

Sounds great for Sunday.

One last thing, and just humor me here - We land at 3:30 on Friday and have this idea of going to an after-work place where we could have drinks surrounded by guys in suits. Is this the equivalent of wanting to be in a Paris cafe with men in stripes and berets? Are we making this option up in our heads or do places like that exist?

Nov 12, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

Pre and post-dinner drinks

My friend and I will be in Manhattan next weekend for Friday, Sat, and Sunday night. We are looking for some fun/interesting spots to have drinks before and after dinner. I have come across a list of recommendations from Chowhound but now trying to narrow it down to 4 or 5.

This is the list of places I've seen recommended:

Raines Law Room
Flatiron Lounge
Fig and Olive
Pouring Ribbons
Dead Rabbit
PDT
Death & Co
B Flat
La Biblioteca
Stone Street
Bath Tub Gin

I don't know anything about these places aside from a friend who told me about her experience at PDT which she enjoyed, so I don't really know how to go about making a choice here.

We are 28 & 32 and just looking for a cool/fun atmosphere with good drinks. We are staying in the West Village and having dinner at these places:

Friday: Pearl & Ash
Sat: Betony
Sun: Momofuku Ssam.

...but proximity doesn't have to be top priority. Not in NY that often, so if we have to go a little out of the way, we have no problem with that.

Any thoughts/recommendations to narrow it down?

Nov 09, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

Recommended dishes at Mission Chinese, Pearl&Ash, Momofuku Ssam, or Betony?

On the list! Thank you!

Nov 09, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

Recommended dishes at Mission Chinese, Pearl&Ash, Momofuku Ssam, or Betony?

Oh no!!! I've been looking forward to that one for so long! What a shame! Thanks so much for the heads up so we can make other plans.

Nov 09, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

Recommended dishes at Mission Chinese, Pearl&Ash, Momofuku Ssam, or Betony?

Thank you so much!! Looking forward to it!!

Nov 05, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

Recommended dishes at Mission Chinese, Pearl&Ash, Momofuku Ssam, or Betony?

Does anyone have recommendations for favorite dishes at the following places:

Pearl & Ash
Mission Chinese
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Betony
Xian Famous Foods
Doughnut Plant (any particular varieties that we must try?)

I know some places have stand-outs, so thought I'd check in for any particular recommendations.

(Thank you, Kathryn, for your recommendations at Ssam Bar in my previous thread!)

Nov 03, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

So much to eat in so little time! Advice please!

Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Great idea about getting Russ & Daughters for the flight home. We'll plan on that!

Re: Umami and Shake Shack...With such a short trip, I'm starting to think a burger isn't worth making the list. We can find a good burger in Texas.

Cronuts are not available at all in Paris so just curious what the rage is all about, but if they aren't worth it, then we will try to fit in another brunch instead. Maybe we can try Breslin or Clinton Street on Monday since the waits would be so long on Saturday or Sunday.

Any thoughts on Red Rooster? The menu looks great and it seems like people really loved it for a while. I'm still having difficulty narrowing down brunch:

Breslin
Red Rooster
The Dutch
Locanda
Public
Clinton St.

Maybe we should choose somewhere that accepts reservations on Sunday to not spend our time waiting in line.

Oct 26, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

So much to eat in so little time! Advice please!

Thanks so much for your thoughts. Great to know about SSam Bar. We will plan to do that instead since the variety of other dishes would be more interesting - thanks for the specific recommendations.

>When in November? Are you before the 31/30/28 day reservations window has opened for many restaurants?

Nov 15-18. Hope this is not too late for some of the places that require reservations.

>So I'm assuming you probably want to fill up on American, Japanese, Thai, maybe some Greek, Spanish, etc?

Primarily American and Asian. Greek and Spanish food are relatively attainable here, while good Asian and American cuisine can be a little more difficult to come by.

>I don't see any Japanese on your list...?

No specific reason. I just happened to be more intrigued by the other options listed. I was really interested in Takashi but then thought such a beef-heavy meal may not be wise considering all the eating we'll be doing.

This is what I am starting to think:

Friday dinner: Pearl & Ash
Sat lunch: Mission Chinese
Sat dinner: Betony
Sun brunch: Breslin, Locanda Verde, or Public
Sun dinner: Momofuku Ssam Bar
Mon morning: attempt cronuts.
Mon lunch: Xian Famous Foods

Will have to squeeze in Shake Shack, donuts, and bagels maybe as afternoon snacks and get some late dinner reservations. Then do pizza and Crif Dogs as late night options assuming we'll stay out late on Friday and Saturday night. Just too many things to try for such a short stay! Wish we were there longer.

Thank you for the feedback, greatly appreciated.

Oct 20, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

So much to eat in so little time! Advice please!

Beloved Chowhounders! Would love your advice to help narrow down food choices for a short trip in November. My friend and I live in Paris (but we're Americans), and we're both food lovers who are more excited about eating on this trip than anything else. With only 6 meals, it is SO hard to narrow it down.

We each have been to New York several times and are adventurous eaters. Willing to splurge so not too concerned about budget. Since we live in Paris, we are trying to avoid French food and focus more on places we could only have in New York. We are skipping bbq and Mexican as well because we will be spending the next week for work in Texas and will get our fill there.

We will have 3 lunches and 3 dinners, and the only thing currently reserved is Betony for Sat night (recommended by a friend but open to changing that based on your feedback). Please help me fill in the itinerary!

Friday dinner
Sat lunch
Sat dinner: Betony
Sun brunch
Sun dinner
Mon lunch

Top of the list right now:
-Pearl & Ash (Friday night?)
-Mission Chinese Food (any thoughts on going for lunch v dinner?)
-Momofuku Ssam (I've eating at Momufuku Noodle Bar before but not at Ssam. Thinking of reserving for the duck or bo ssam dinner. Probably will go for duck just because we only have 2 other friends in NY so the bigger bo ssam may be too ambitious, but we've also thought ab reserving for 6-8 people and seeing if any other Chowhounders would want to join for a fun random evening. Any opinions on duck vs pork?)

Next tier of choices we're interested in:
ABC Kitchen
Prune
Nomad
Xi'an Famous Foods (I love Asian!)

Brunch (trying to choose one=impossible):
Red Rooster
Clinton St Baking Co.
l'Apicio
Public
The Dutch
The Breslin
Locanda Verde
Cookshop

Pizza/Dogs/Burger/Meatballs for lunch or late night:
-Meatball shop
-Pizza (trying to choose just one spot with such a short stay and we are probably going to try to squeeze this in as a late night option. Okay with buying a whole pizza just to get a slice or two if we have to. I have heard that Motorino's margherita is to die for but I have also been to many famous pizza spots in Naples {hate how snobby that sounds but Italy is so close!} so I'm thinking a classic NY style may be a better choice. Although cremini & sausage sounds delicious. I also saw Kathryn highly rated a well done pie from John's so that could be a great choice close to our apt rental. Just curious ab people's favorites!)
-Crif Dogs
-Burgers: Shake Shack or Umami burger (for lunch)
-Halal guys at 53rd & 6th

Bagels, Bakeries, & Desserts:
-Russ & Daugters: Super Heebster sandwich, bagel w cream
cheese/salmon/onion; egg cream; chocolate covered jelly rings; schmaltz herring
-Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
-Dominque Ansel Bakery: cronuts (are these still impossible to get unless you're up at 6am?), magic souflee, DKA, frozen s'more
-Doughnut Plant
-Magnolia Bakery (have never been - worth the stop?)
-Absolute Bagels
-The City Bakery - pretzel croissant and choc. chip cookie

Looking for any opinions on places we should definitely go to (or any places that are not necessarily worth it). Just need help figuring out what to choose here. Have combed through lots of posts and blogs to get to this point but still open to anything I may have missed. Have been to Katz's and other pastrami greats which is why that's not on the list. Tried to reserve Per Se but all booked. Looks like Eleven Madison Park and Gramercy Tavern are full, too. Otherwise we'd try to fit in a Michelin lunch if we could.

Greatly appreciate any input you may have in helping to narrow down this list and make our choices. Thanks!!

Oct 20, 2013
juliemarie8 in Manhattan

6 days in Paris, and couple of questions about specific restaurants

If you like the idea of an all-duck menu, then Au Petit Sud Ouest fits the bill. Their magret is cooked perfectly (assuming you order it rosé, that is), and they have a nice confit de canard and cassoulet as well. They have toasters on the table so you can have fresh toast with your foie gras. Best of all, the owners are two of the nicest people. I think it's a great place to get your canard fix.

Oct 25, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Paris Business Travel -Michelin 1* and Other Notable Restaurants

Excellent report, thanks!!

Oct 21, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Nine Days in Paris

Thanks, this was great!

Oct 20, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Finding equivalent to NY coffee in Paris

No kidding. When I suggested Coutume, I didn't know the OP lived here, nor was I suggesting it was the best coffee one could find on the earth, nor that they were humble, unhip, or the perfect balance of non-snobbery meets passionate unassuming knowledge of crafting the perfect cup.

I just meant that they know coffee and they speak English, so they could probably tell someone how to find what they're looking for. It's a 3 minute bike ride for me, so no pilgrim gear required, although that 15 minute trek on the metro sounded horrendous.

Oct 19, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Dining for One in Paris

Oh I cringed reading about eating sandwiches and bad beef bourg!! What a shame! It makes me so sad to know that so many people do this because they don't research first, and then walk away from Paris saying they didn't like the food. This time you'll do it right. You've come to the right place, there is such a wealth of knowledge here, but I'll admit that the CH search feature isn't always the best. If you search "chowhound 15th" or "chowhound 7th" in Google, something will pop up to direct you to a good post, and then it will automatically recommend other related posts that should be helpful. Here's a few recommendations you can look into in the meantime:

Le Cornichon (This is just south of where you're staying, near Montparnasse cemetery)
Josephine Chez Dumonet (6th) - Also not too far, and where you can find some proper beef bourgignon.

7th:
Au Petit Sud Ouest (all duck dishes so you can try some magret or confit de canard, very friendly owners)
Les Cocottes & Cafe Constant (no reservations)
Violon d'Ingres
l'Affriolé

15th:
Le Casse Noix
Le Grand Pan

Since you're staying near Montparnasse, you could just as easily go northeast rather than southwest and find Les Papilles, l'Avant Comptoir, Comptoir du Relais (Sat/Sun), Semilla. And don't be afraid to hop on a metro and go to some of the other places that are raved about here.

I've eaten in Paris restaurants plenty of times by myself. If you're not used to doing that, then Les Cocottes is a good choice to start with because you can sit at the bar. Also l'Avant Comptoir, which is standing room only.

You're off to a good start! Just remember you need to make reservations almost everywhere. I remember one of my first trips to Paris where I first started doing research for restaurants, and I had my list but didn't know to reserve, so I walked from place to place being told "Sorry, complet." I just didn't know. If you want a dining buddy one night, I'm always looking for excuses to try somewhere new. Just let me know. Happy researching!

Oct 18, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Noma - An unforgettable meal

Oh absolutely! You can get wine anywhere, but the juices were something else. Even more unique flavors to enjoy. I would recommend them in place of wine as well.

Oct 18, 2012
juliemarie8 in Europe

Noma - An unforgettable meal

Thanks DLC & kubasd! We were in search of that elusive 4th...glad it worked out, we were just so short on time to find someone. DLC, I do remember the timing was close but you were already gone. Shame!

Oct 18, 2012
juliemarie8 in Europe

Finding equivalent to NY coffee in Paris

You could go to Coutume in the 7th and talk with them about what you're looking for while having a fantastic cup. They're very knowledgeable, roast their own single-origin beans, and the owner is an Aussie, so they're very English friendly. Even if they don't have exactly what you're looking for, you could get yourself a very good bag of freshly ground beans, or just a good cup, and find out what you should ask for depending on what coffee flavors you enjoy. They offer a nice brunch on Sundays, too. 47 Rue de Babylon

Oct 18, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Dinner in Paris with No Reservations?

Glad to hear it! What did you order?

Oct 17, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Noma - An unforgettable meal

Just wanted to report back on my experience at Noma in Copenhagen. Photos and descriptions can be found here for anyone interested:

http://mustbefrench.blogspot.fr/2012/...

Absolutely loved it.

Oct 17, 2012
juliemarie8 in Europe

Dinner in Paris with No Reservations?

Good catch, thanks.

Oct 14, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Dinner in Paris with No Reservations?

What a shame! So sorry to hear that. These are open on Sunday but you would still need to call and reserve:

Pierre Sang Boyer
Semilla
Fish
Glou
Terroir Parisien
La Grande Cascade (for a fun/fancier experience)
Chez Casimir (cheese plate!!)
Le Chapeau Melon
Les Fines Gueules

I can only think of three others off the top of my head that don't take reservations, so you can just show up, but I'd suggest getting there early since it's Sunday night:

Le Comptoir du Relais
L'Avant Comptoir (standing only)
Cafe Constant (you already went to Cocottes so I'd try others)

I'd say spend 5 minutes trying to call some places, and if everyone is booked, then just decide to go early to one of the other places and enjoy your day in Paris. Good luck, hope you find something that you enjoy!

Oct 14, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Please help me with this list!

Weeknights at dinner (the reservations that seem impossible to obtain) are a "gastronomic" no-choice menu, and supposed to be really wonderful. Lunches and weekends are their standard brasserie menu, but they have a lot of choices and are often well done. I ordered a beef shoulder the other week that was wonderful, and my dining companions enjoyed their choices as well. It sounds like weeknight evenings are really enjoyable and well worth pursuing, but I think the normal menu is nice as well.

Oct 13, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Paris Trip Report- Day 2

Awww I wish I would have come to the Great Canadian!! I was on a long group bike ride for a friend's birthday - the goal was to ride through every arrondisement from the 20th to the 1st, stopping in each one for a photo, drink, or snack. By the time I got to the 6th it was 1am. I still can't believe you saw Maygan & Kyle twice! You have to come back, and we'll all dine together!!

Oct 13, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Please help me with this list!

Your list looks great, I'm sure you'll enjoy all of them! Thoumieux I think is good but not stand out. Comptoir du Relais is all but impossible for the weeknight gastronomique menus. You pretty much have to stay at the hotel. I ate there on a Sunday night, and they said for the weeknight reservation, you have to ask at the hotel. We walked over to the hotel, and the guy said they were booked until January, so to just call at 2pm the same day and see if there are cancellations. I said, okay, we'll just reserve for January. But he refused to let us reserve and kept saying to call at 2pm. It was the weirdest thing. All that to say - Sounds like they only let hotel guests reserve, and then if anything is available the same day, we minions can attempt to join. Comptoir due Relais is still great on weekend nights and for lunch though, just have to wait. Go early. You'll love everything else on your list, and it's a good mix of traditional/bistro/contemporary/fusion. Go for it!

Oct 13, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Disappointed by Frenchie

Last week, I had a long awaited reservation at Frenchie. Back in July, I was eating with friends at Frenchie Wine Bar, so we decided to reserve for the restaurant while we were there. First available wasn't until October, 3 months later, on a Thursday night at 9:30pm, but we took it and waited.

The five of us were excited that the night had finally come after all this waiting, and two of our party had never been, so they were looking forward to it even more. The meal was really nice for the most part (one person's fish was overcooked), but everything else was really enjoyable.

Then at the end of the evening while we were still finishing our wine, the server brought us our bill before we asked for it. We all live here and speak French, so this wasn't a gesture of helping out the Americans who may not know that you're supposed to ask for it. He did this to the other remaining tables as well. I found that off-putting, but we continued to finish our wine before reaching for the bill and paying up. We had all been discussing getting digestifs and coffee, but now felt like we couldn't.

Five minutes later, the server came over with the credit card machine and asked if we could pay so they could close the register. Now I understand that it's late and you've been working all day, and you want to go home, but you shouldn't have a 9:30 seating if you're not prepared to allow people to finish. Or at least just say, "I'm so sorry to ask this, but we're just trying to close out the register, would you mind paying, but feel free to finish your wine, don't feel rushed." He wasn't even apologetic about it.

One person asked what time they closed since we were being rushed to pay (perhaps they have an official closing time and we've all gone past it?), and he said "when everyone leaves". He then just sat there and processed everyone's cards without saying a word.

This really tainted what was otherwise a wonderful evening. It's not like we were the only table left. So to bring us the bill without us asking, before we were finished, not even ask if we want a coffee, and then come over with the machine to force us out., without any semblance of apology about it?

I guess Frenchie is so popular that it doesn't matter how they treat their guests because other people will line up to take the table anyway. Maybe I'm overreacting, but this really tainted the whole experience and certainly doesn't make me want to jump through hoops to reserve, wait 3 months, and spend 100€ just to feel like a nuisance.

Just thought I'd share, as I found this very strange.

Oct 13, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

Just Back...Trip Report

Great report and looking forward to more. I'm glad to hear Spring is still going strong. I haven't been for dinner since last November, but I've always had excellent meals there. (Except for the lobster sandwiches in August which I was not impressed by, particularly the burnt fries.) I have a reservation in a few weeks and am looking forward to it.

I'll be interested to hear about your experience at Chez l'Ami Jean. I usually love it and it has been a long standing favorite, but last time I went, I wasn't wowed at all. In fact, a few dishes were poorly prepared and came luke warm. Couldn't tell if it was an off night or trouble adjusting to the new 10-course format. Just disappointed for the first time.

Oct 13, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

My first 3 Michelin star restaurant...

I've just been reading several posts & reviews lately where people have mentioned plats not being that great, or where they know of something exceptional on the menu and have asked for it in place of their main course options, so it made me curious if this was the case anywhere else, as I didn't even know that was possible.

For example, I went to Le Cinq last year and was not at all impressed with my fish, which was under-seasoned and tepid. I'm not the kind of girl to leave anything behind, but I left most of it just having no desire to finish it. DLCM recently mentioned subbing a 17-hour lamb shoulder at Le Cinq, and had I known that was an option when I went there, I would have done that, as it sounds incredible! I know Le Cinq is not a 3-star, I'm just using this as an example of the sort of thing I'm talking about. I'm just trying to learn from the experience and knowledge of others, having none in this category myself.

The macaroni castle for example - just curious if there's anything special like that to look out for. And another thread talked about a restaurant where certain ALC items were better than the lunch menu, so you were better off paying a little more and getting those instead.

Perhaps there's nothing else specific to look out for or to be aware of, but I thought it was worth asking just in case.

Jul 01, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

My first 3 Michelin star restaurant...

Okay, good to know. If these places do not change in a year or so, then I have plenty of info and will just go off of that. I've been reading so many different threads and blogs and differing opinions spread over a 3 year period that it's all jumbled together, so I thought I'd just ask for any quick recent opinions if anyone had been in the past year. I actually tried to delete this post about an hour afterwards, realizing that most people would probably be annoyed by this request because there's so much info out there, but it wouldn't let me.

And I'm not considering Le Cinq as an option since I do want to try a 3-star; I was only mentioning it in the sense that people had mentioned subbing a lamb shoulder for the plat option on Le Cinq's menu, and I wondered if that was something people recommended anywhere else. I went there for my birthday last year and my plat was mediocre, but the rest of it was a wonderful experience.

Jul 01, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

My first 3 Michelin star restaurant...

More specifically, do you have any recommendations like subs or additions for a tasting menu - For example, Uhockey recommended getting the macaroni castle as an extra at Ledoyen - Do most people agree that even though it's 98€, it's that good that it's worth it? And someone on the recent Le Cinq thread talked about subbing the slow cooked lamb shoulder at Le Cinq - I didn't even know it was an option to ask for a substitute. That's the kind of info I'd love to know! Or perhaps specific a la carte items are preferable to a lunch menu. Otherwise, I will just get whatever lunch menu is available.

Jul 01, 2012
juliemarie8 in France

My first 3 Michelin star restaurant...

I've been trying to find the most recent posts on opinions about the various 3 star restaurants in Paris but mostly come across reports and opinions from over a year ago. So if there is a recent thread already existing, feel free to point me there instead.

I've never been to a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Paris, and this is one of my goals this year before my birthday in a month. If you were to choose one, which would you choose?

I enjoyed the way that Souphie summed up some places in a thread from 2010:

"Gagnaire is a very crazy, exciting experience, sometimes delicious, always memorable. Le Cinq is hyper-welcoming and luxurious, with food that can be dazzling. L'Arpège is a one-man show centered on vegetables in which the main character (Passard) is not always present or inspired. All are truly exceptional restaurants, but in differerent ways."

I guess that's what I'm looking for...a sum-up of your favorites so I can best figure out what to choose. Or just your opinion on why you'd choose some over others. I've always enjoyed the food reports and photos from L'Arpege so the food itself draws me there, Ledoyen seems to get consistent rave reviews for excellence of technique, and Gagnaire is appealing because "crazy, exciting & memorable" sounds like fun. Just looking for any updates within the past year of why I may want to consider one place over another.

I live in Paris, so yes, I could try more than one, and hopefully I will, but budget is a factor that prevents me from going to as many places as I would like.

Appreciate any thoughts or opinions you may have!

Jul 01, 2012
juliemarie8 in France