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NYC report: The NoMad, Russ and Daughters Cafe, Baz Bagel and Restaurant, Momofuku Ssam Bar and more

Luke's lobster roll

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NYC report: The NoMad, Russ and Daughters Cafe, Baz Bagel and Restaurant, Momofuku Ssam Bar and more

The NoMad foie gras terrine

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NYC report: The NoMad, Russ and Daughters Cafe, Baz Bagel and Restaurant, Momofuku Ssam Bar and more

Russ and Daughters Café new catch herring sandwich

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NYC report: The NoMad, Russ and Daughters Cafe, Baz Bagel and Restaurant, Momofuku Ssam Bar and more

First of all, thanks for all the information provided by the board, Chowhound is amazing.
My companion (R) and I spent a few days in New York last month, a visiting friend (V) joined us in some meals.
We went to Russ and Daughters Cafe and liked it there. He enjoyed his Bella's matzo brei and I had the new catch herring sandwich which was very good, and I had the Lower East Side cocktail, with gin, lime juice and cucumber that was very refreshing. I also went twice to Russ and Daughters, one day I had lox, alaskan salmon roe and cream cheese bagel and the other day lox, cream cheese and caviar, both excellent. Russ & Daughters is one of my favorite places in NY, miss it a lot.
Baz Bagel and Restaurant gave us a positive impression. He had the egg sandwich, I had the Nova salmon bagel and we shared a chicken salad that was excellent. Staff was very friendly, I would love going more times to taste other things.
The three of us went to Preserve 24 for the oyster happy hour, which is good (only blue point oysters, but for 1 dollar each, I can't complain!). They had beer and I had the happy hour cocktail made of gin, lavender syrup, lemon whch was ok, a little sweet. This time we couldn't make it to the Mermaid Inn, which has a very good happy hour (last january they had 2 east coast and 2 west coast oysters at the happy hour, plus other dishes).and the Ka
We went to Cata for some gin and tonics, as it was very hot that particular afternoon. We had been there last year and went back as their g&t selection is amazing. All the 3 types we had were good: I had the rhubarb one, R had the lemongrass and V had the lavender (I had it last time and for my taste this was the best). We shared the razor clams that were very good, patatas bravas were ok, chicken croquetas also ok and the foie gras was very good.
I had a lobster roll at Luke's (East Village location) that is always good, although I also love having Pear Oyster Bar one whch has more mayo, but didn't have time to go this time and R had the shrimp one that he likes as well. It's a good place to grab a snack and keep doing things or passing by late at night after cocktails nearby (as we did other times after drinking at Death and Company or Amor y Amargo).
We went to Momofuku Ssam Bar which is a favorite for us. We all had the Penicillin cocktail. We ordered the scallops tataki that was amazing, the uni dish with tofu and trout roe (the uni dishes that I had at Ssam are always delicious), buffalo pork buns that were good, softshell crab tempura with pimento cheese (last spring I had it there and kept thunking when I would have then again, though last year I think it was a slightly different preparation) and finally the spicy pork sausage that we all love. R and I went back at one night (I told you Ssam Bar is really a favorite),after having cocktails at Mayahuel and Pouring Ribbons, having againg the softshell crab, steamed pork buns and Katahdin/White Dorper lamb that was very good.
R and I had lunch at the NoMad, staying at the bar (we were doing some stuff nearby and we didn't have a reservation, but they had room at the bar which we kind of prefer by the way, we also like its decor a lot). R had the Bamboo cocktail (sherry, dry vermouth, orange and angostura bitters) which was excellent and I had the Paloma one (tequila, mezcal,lime), which was a long drink, that I'm not very fond of, I guess I should have asked more details about it before ordering. I had the foie gras terrine with Perigord truffle that was awesome, I could repeat it over and over, and R had the slow poached egg that he loved. For the mains, he had the suckling pig confit that he liked it a lot and I had the roasted beef and bone marrow that was also perfect. The Nomad is really awesome, it's a pity I don't have it nearby.
I still have some other places to tell, but I'll do it soon as I have work to do (and pounds to lose after the trip lol).

Best, @foodemotion

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Best Dishes 2014

Fried chicken at The Dutch

Jul 04, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Roasted beef and bone marrow at The NoMad last week

Jun 30, 2014
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Best foodie spots in Rio de Janeiro

Lasai has been getting good cover from people I trust. The chef used to work at Mugaritz.

May 19, 2014
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6 Day NYC Report - Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Bouley, Jean Georges, Lincoln, Marea

Thanks for your post! Both times I went to Atera were awesome. Love EMP as well.

Apr 07, 2014
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Gramercy Tavern lunch

I had lunch at the Tavern in the beginning of March. The sweetbreads were very good and also the cheeseburger (it's not listed on the menu, but you can ask for it), pictures above. My companion liked his duck liver mousse and also the cheese kielbasa. Have a grreat time.

Apr 02, 2014
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Best foodie spots in Rio de Janeiro

Bars (or botecos as we say in portuguese, meaning there's not much comfort relating to furniture or the place itself, although we can eat well, generally snacks, typical brazilian dishes).
www.bracarense.com.br (site under construction), Rua José Linhares, 85 Leblon.
www.chicoealaide.com.br
Adega Perola, Rua Siqueira Campos, 138 - Copacabana.

Fancier bar
Astor, Avenida Vieira Souto, 110 Ipanema www.barastor.com.br/o-astor/rio-de-ja... (originally from São Paulo, in front of Ipanema beach).

Steakhouse, expensive, (all you can eat), but very good, location at Baia de Guanabara (Porcão Rio's) is amazing www.porcao.com.br

Restaurants
www.aprazivel.com.br
www.bazzar.com.br

Very expensive, she used to cook for a former brazilian presidente (Fernando Henrique Cardoso) in Brasilia. She's on San Pellegrino's best 100 restaurants list. I'm not sure if it would be suitable for a child.
www.robertasudbrack.com.br
Enjoy!

Mar 27, 2014
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Pearl and Ash - Alder - Estela

I went to Pearl and Ash in january and march and loved both times. The first time it was a party of 3 and we eat a lot, so we had almost everything ( although the portions are small). The sweetbreads are excelente, so are the crudo dishes, lamb belly and the pigeon, although I'm not sure it will stay on the menu until end of april (in january there was a rabbit sausage instead of the squab one).
I also went to Estella and liked the steak tartare a lot.
Service at Alder was ok, but I didn´t love the food, foie gras, pastrami and pigs in a blanket were just ok, clam showder was very good.Maybe I was spoiled by having eaten at Pearl and Ash and Estella before and should return next time in NYC. Hope you have fun.

Mar 27, 2014
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Monday Dinner in Paris

Pirouette for monday night, I loved it there. I also went to Bistro Volnay, that Parnassien mentioned, on a Monday night and adored (still remember the sweetbreads and the madeleines that had just left the oven). Enjoy!

Mar 27, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Squab, guajillo and fennel earlier this month (it replaced the rabbit sausage I had in january which was good, but the squab was perfect) at Pearl and Ash

Mar 26, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

I loved going there again! A winner.

Jan 22, 2014
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Best Dishes 2014

Agreed on the aged wagyu beef with truffles, we had it a few days ago and we adored. It was my second time there and definitely want to go again. Here is a picture of the dish, but I also have a video on instagram @foodemotion

Jan 22, 2014
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Sao Paulo

A starter at Attimo, crayfish ravióli with duck foie gras on the top, very tasteful.

Jan 20, 2014
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Sao Paulo

At Epice, you can also try the lunch menu, tuesdays to fridays (it's very busy cause it's a bargain. 2 options of first, second course and dessert, last time I went in december it was less than 40 brazilian reais, free water and amuse-bouches). The Picture is from that meal. If you have instagram, you can check more pictures at mine, @foodemotion

Jan 20, 2014
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Sao Paulo

I'll second Epice and Attimo, you can make reservations at both. You should also consider Mani and Tordesilhas. Enjoy!
www.manimanioca.com.br
www.epicerestaurante.com www.tordesilhas.com www.attimorestaurante.com.br

Jan 20, 2014
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Sushi Dojo- Up there with the best sushi in NYC

I had the omakase there last night, liked it a lot, price was 80 dollars. Should I live it here I would definitely be a regular. Everybody kind, Max really helpful. I'll try to report more extensily when back home and put some pics at my instagram @foodemotion.

Jul 07, 2013
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Uncle Boons - new Thai restaurant in Nolita headed by two Per Se vets

Jun 15, 2013
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Trip report: Atera, Momofuku Ssam, and more

I loved there, definetly going back!!

Jun 15, 2013
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Trip report: Atera, Momofuku Ssam, and more

pictures can be seen at my instagram @foodemotion

Jun 14, 2013
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Trip report: Atera, Momofuku Ssam, and more

I'd like to thank all the chowhounders for the information provided and that helped me choose the places I've been on this late May trip to NYC.
It was my first time at Atera and I was really impressed. We arrived earlier than our dinner reservation so that we could have a cocktail at the Lounge, and I can say that Brandon Duff rocks. I loved the Ruby one, with beets and gin, my companion R had one with whiskey that was also excellent.The Lounge is very intimate and the music is exactly what I like, loved listening to LCD Soundsystem and Beach House there. At 9 pm we were called to go upstairs. R and I decided not to have a wine/cocktails pairing and asked for another round of cocktails (I ordered the Ruby one again and R had a tequila one that he loved) and after a bottle of Roger Pouillon champagne. The amuse bouches were very good, particularly the beer foam macaron with caviar, sunchoke cannoli and the swordfish belly. Then came the dishes, which were terrific.I liked most the Santa Barbara uni with sweet potato, the squab and the rack of lamb, although the sepias with chicken bouillon and aspargus with sp inach were very good. R had hake instead of squab and he liked it a lot. My favorite desset was the brocken egg ice cream with egg yolk jam. We also had rhubarb with sheep's milk yougurt, walnut sundae and celery root, bourbon cask ice cream. The music was also amazing with Bowie, Talking Heads, Rolling Stones.The service was excellent and chef Matt Lightner was very nice, I want to go back.
We managed going to Madison Square Eats, its initiative is fantastic. I had the Red Hook lobster roll that was good (although my favorite continues to be Pearl's, with Luke's on second place), R had the pulled pork roll from Mason Jar and we shared some pasta from Sunday Gravy. Unhappily, we didn't have room for Roberta's pizza.
We ended up going to our 3 all time favorite places in NYC. My number one continues to be Momofuku Ssam Bar, we had as usual the pork buns, the uni was delicious, then the softshell crab tempura and then the sausages and rice cakes that we both love. The lemon pie and pistachio was very good. Music good as always. We went to The Breslin and had the lamb burgers, also tried the Death's Door Gin and Tonic that was very good. The Spotted Pig's burger was as good as I remember, we also had the chicken liver toast and bloody marys, and also a Hendrick's g and t.
We went to Lafayette on a saturday night, R would have rather gone in a weekday due to the loudness of the room and some of the folks there. The food was good but not great. R and I shared the foie gras terrine that was good, then he had the octopus as appetizer and I had the steak tartare that was good. As mains, I had a special of the day braised short ribs ravioli that I liked and he had the lamb chops that were just ok. The cocktails were good, R had a Manhattan and I had a Sazerac.
Keen's steakhouse was excellent.R had Bloody Marys, I had one dry martini and then a Sazerac, that were very good. We had beausoleil oysters, lobster salad, mutton chop and rib eye steak, everything delicious. The carrot cake was one of the best I've ever eaten. I had an Arran single malt, but I would gladly stay there forever enjoying their single malt selection. A must-go restaurant.
We liked Uncle Boons a lot. Everything we had was very good: beef cheeks curry, grilled pork spare reebs, sweetbreads were fantastic, spicy roasted chicken and banana blossom salad. Lots of things to try more, especially the pork offal soup.
Lure Fish Bar was good, in spite of being short of time, we had some cocktails, little neck clams, blue point oysters, shrimp cocktail, hamachi carpaccio. I would like to go back to try more things.
At Cata, we made a quick stop. R had the ginger G and T and I had the lavender one, liked the G and T selection a lot. We had razor clams a la plancha and we liked them.
At Chelsea Market we went to Lobster Place, having a huge steamed lobster, a delicious fresh Santa Barbara sea urchin and some Malaspina, St Simon and Barnstable oysters, I could have eaten lots of the sea urchins, it was extremely good.
We went to Milk and Honey, loved the staff, decor and of course, the cocktails. I had a version of Sidecar and Sazerac with lots of absinthe, R had a white negroni and Manhattan. The music was very good as well, having cocktails and listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller is always good.
Attaboy was also excellent.We had Sazerac, Whiskey Sour, Negroni and Manhattan. This is a cocktail bar I would be happy to live nearby.
We also went to Pouring Ribbons, and we had lots of their cocktails, I loved them a lot, and the bartenders were very nice. Another bar I would be a regular.
Thanks for reading this post!
Hope to be back soon. Cheers!

Jun 14, 2013
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PIg and Khao is AWESOME

Good to know about the other dishes. We wanted the crispy pata, but unfortunately they were out of it.

Jan 04, 2013
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Eleven Madison Park (review)

Excellent! Going back in a few days and reading your post makes me more excited.

Jan 04, 2013
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PIg and Khao is AWESOME

Thanks for drawing Pig and Khao to my attention, foodwhisperer. We've just had a wonderful dinner there: pork jowl (we were a party of 3, had to order it twice), quail adobo, mussels, lamb ribs and fish. I would definitely go back shortly should I live in NY.

Jan 03, 2013
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cruise ship docking in Rio for Carnaval

Lamas is near Largo do Machado and is a very traditional restaurant with meats (sirloin) that serve 2 people, www.cafelamas.com.br
Another traditional restaurant, in Ipanema, at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is Bar Lagoa, but beware they don't have air conditioning.They have sort of german food, so I don't know if you would be interested. I love steak tartar and it's one of the best in the whole country. Kassler is also delicious. The caipirinhas cocktails are good, www.barlagoa.com.br
Albamar is fish and seafood restaurant and near where you'll be, although it's been more than 5 years the last time I've been there. It is also very traditional, www.albamar.com.br
An upscale fish and seafood restaurant is Satyricon, I love going there when I'm in Rio, www.satyricon.com.br
I wouldn't bother going to Barra da Tijuca.
Enjoy!

Jan 03, 2013
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Momofuku Ssam Bar, Pegu Club and The Dutch

Thanks, kathryn.
We went to Booker & Dax last april and liked it a lot, we'll try to go again. Happy new year.

Dec 31, 2012
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Momofuku Ssam Bar, Pegu Club and The Dutch

We had a delicious lunch at Momofuku Ssam bar yesterday. We wanted some cocktails, but they don't make them at lunchtime, so R ordered a beer and I the momofuku sake, which was good. The stripped bass with quince was very tasteful, I like quince a lot and the combination was perfect.Santa barbara uni was even better, V and I shared it, but I could eat 2 or 3 dishes of that. I remeber I ate 2 years ago at Ssam an uni dish with pear and guanciale that was also fantastic. Then we had the pork buns, needless to say how terrific they were.then we had Benton's smoky ham which was also good, I preferred this one from Finchvilllles one we had in April, the former is a little more smoked. V ordered the duck noodle soup, he liked it and I tasted the duck tongue that was tender and tasteful. I had the duck bologna sandwich that was good as I love provolone and caramelized onions but I preferred the one I had in april when the duck sandwich was with foie terrine. R ordered the spicy pork sausage that was delicious, remebering that those who don't like sichuan pepper should avoid it. I had the chevre sorbet thet was good. The music was awesome and the staff friendly and helpful, it's a place I would definitely be a regular should I live here.
We went to Pegu Club before heading to the Dutch. I had the Earl Grey marTEAni , V had the Old Cuban and R had the Pegu Club cocktail, all of them were good, I wished we had more time to try other ones.
It was our first time at The Dutch and we liked it. For cocktails, I had the Gezellig that I was only ok, I didn't like the creme de mur taste.R's Vida Old Fashioned was excellent and V's Mary Celeste was good.
We loved the little oyster sandwiches and the spicy lamb tacos. We had the Sullivan platter and the uni was delicious, also loved the snapper ceviche (the popcorn idea was remakable). R and V ordered the pork chop, which they liked a lot and I had scallops with bacon jam that was delicious. Overall I expected it would be good and it sure was, the crowd was nice, the staff correct.

Dec 30, 2012
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Schiller's Liquor Bar, Amor y Amargo, Luke's Lobster Bar

My companion R and I arrived yesterday around lunch time in town and met with our friend V to go to Momofuku Ssam, but I guess the city is already crowded with tourists like us and everybody is having the same ideas... It was a little less than 3 pm and Ssam was crowded with more than 12 people waiting to get in. We thought that Spotted Pig would be full as well so we decided going to Schiller's. It was fun, had lots of cocktails (bloody mary, hendrick's dry martini, wet ginger martini, wildflower also with hendrick's, manhattan). We had some east coast oysters (1 dollar each from 4 pm, not sure if on weekends as well), french fries (I love their french fries), nachos and pork sandwiches (served duringhappy hour). We like the staff, the decor and the crowd.
Then we headed to PDT, arriving at 5:55 pm and the queue was huge.So we went to Death&Company which also had lots of people. We then went to Amor y Amargo, where R loves. It was excellent, we had Negronis, Amaris (with Fernet and strega, delicious), Sharpie Mustache.R and V ate the pickled egg and liked it a lot.
Later we went to Luke's Lobster bar and had the lobster roll, which was very good, although as I have already written in other post here, I prefer Pearl's one, but R prefers Luke's as this one has less mayo.
Cheers!

Dec 29, 2012
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