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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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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-janeiro‎ (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
Ffromsaopaulo in Latin America & Caribbean
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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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in France

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

I loved going there again! A winner.

Jan 22, 2014
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Sao Paulo

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

Jan 20, 2014
Ffromsaopaulo in Latin America & Caribbean

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Latin America & Caribbean

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Latin America & Caribbean

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Uncle Boons - new Thai restaurant in Nolita headed by two Per Se vets

Jun 15, 2013
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Trip report: Atera, Momofuku Ssam, and more

I loved there, definetly going back!!

Jun 15, 2013
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Trip report: Atera, Momofuku Ssam, and more

pictures can be seen at my instagram @foodemotion

Jun 14, 2013
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (review)

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

Jan 04, 2013
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Latin America & Caribbean

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

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
Ffromsaopaulo in Manhattan

Paris report: Pierre Gagnaire, Septime and more

Thank, Jonh for the Atao tip!

I went to Larnicol due to some of your posts, Ptipois and it was an absolute winner.

I forgot to mention we had brunch at Chez Casimir, it was very good, duck was themain dish. It was good value, around 30 euros per person, excluding the wine that was also a good value as you can choose from their cellar.
Cheers

Dec 26, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in France

Paris report: Pierre Gagnaire, Septime and more

Sorry for the time it took me to write about my september stay in Paris, but as people say, better late than never.
I was with my companion R and we had meals at 3 places focusing on oysters and seafood: Garnier, L'Ecume Saint-Honore and Huitrerie Regis. We stayed at Garnier's oyster bar, we had a big seafood platter and it was very good, the place is very beautiful. At L'Ecume St-Honore we had Fines de Claires and Gillardeau oysters and a couple of fresh oursins, very delicious. At Huitrerie Regis we had Belons and Speciales de Claires oysters and also a few crevettes, some cheese after that; everything excellent, unhappily they were out of oursins the day we were there. We loved all of them, but if I had to choose only one place to go back I would probably choose L'Ecume, although Regis was a close second place.
We had dinner at Pierre Gagnaire and it was absolutely fantastic. As starter, I had the Jardin Marin and R had the Crevettes and Sole, then I had Veau and he had Agneau. I loved the biscuit d'oursin, the oreille en crapaudine and the ris de veau, with girolles and also tasted R's lamb rognon with tamarind sauce that was fantastic. We had cheese and shared a vanilla souffle.We were in doubt if we would get the tasting menu or order a la carte. Our waiter whom was very attentive and friendly suggested that ordeing a la carte would make us taste monsieur Gagnaire's cuisine more profoundly, which after the meal I totally agree (although the main reason for ordering a la carte was I wanted to try the sweetbreads which is one of the things I love most). One question that keeps coming to my mind, though, is the reason for offering a tasting menu that doesn't quite represent the best of the chef. What do you think about it? We drank a blanc de blancs champagne (I don't rec all the name and I am not finding all of my notes) and I was surprised that its price was less espensive than the Ayala brut one at Garnier.
Septime was excellent as well, it was our first time there and we both loved it, R says it was the best place for him in Paris. I tried to make a reservation for dinner 3 weeks before, but at the phone I was told I had to call 2 weeks before. When I called 2 weeks before, at 12 in Paris time I was told dinner was already fully booked, so we went for lunch... We had the carte blanche menu and it was delicious:first maquereau, then vegetables, then merlu, then plume iberique (that was terrific), then chocolate with physalis (we also had excellent cheese). For 55 euros, i think it was impecable, no wonder it was packed. I will definitely try to go at night next time.
It was also our first time at Bistro Volnay and it was very good.The decor is very nice, and so is the staff. We both had foie gras terrine as starter, then I had the sweetbreads with girolles (it was good, but Gagnaire's one was better) and R had the foie gras tarte (he wanted a pork chop, that was a daily special, but when he ordered it was al). Then he had only cheese and I had riz au lait with caramel, that was ok. Overall it was a good experience.
Another good surprise was Le Dauphin!The best dishes for me were seared foie gras with mirabelles and wagyu beef, R loved the risotto a l'encre (we ordered this one twice), we also had jamon de bellota, thon rouge, tempura de fleur de courgette (the third best for me), cochon de lait with bulots (R loved this one), maquereau, octopus with curry and we shared a dacquoise for dessert. definitely we'll return.
We stayed in Marais, so ended up going to other nice places nearby as Nanashi, L'Estaminet des Enfants Rouges, Bob's kitchen and Derriere (this one with friends that live in Paris, but the food was so so, I had sweetbreads with ginger in the sauce that sort of stole the flavour of the meat).
Drinks at Candelaria were fine (went twice), also twice at Le Progres with our friends, good for people watching, as at Pickklops and L'Etoile Manquante. Unhappily we couldn't make it to Experimental Cocktail Club where I try to go when in Paris (we'll check the one in NYC in a few days).
As always, loved the macarons and sweets at Pierre Herme, but also likes Georges Larnicol a lot and Gerard Mulot. We had some chocolate at Patrick Roger, but unhappily didn't go this time to Jacques Genin in spite of being close to his shop.
Paris keeps being magic and wonderful, can't wait to go back.
Happy holidays for you all.

Dec 25, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in France

Madrid trip report: La Terraza del Casino, El Club Allard, Le Cabrera and more

My partner preferred El Club Allard, I would be in doubt, but we are going back in february with a friend and we are definitely taking him to El Club Allard. Enjoy Madrid!

Nov 15, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in Spain/Portugal

Feijoada in Sao Paulo

From the same owner of Botica do Quintana and with feijoada on saturdays is http://www.verissimobar.com.br , although I have never been as it is far from where I usually go.
Would you consider going to other neighborhoods?
As itaunas mentioned, you would need to get a cab.
A good place is Piraja, http://www.piraja.com.br/ according to google around 6 miles from your hotel, although traffic even on saturdays could take you a lot to get there.It is in Pinheiros area.
In Vila Mariana and around 6,5 miles from your hotel is Veloso, http://www.velosobar.com.br/ , which is very small, so you could have to wait a lot for a table, but feijoada is very good and the barman Souza has won several prizes for the best caipirinha in town (brazilian pinga or vodka with smashed fruits), being one of my favorite places in Sao Paulo.

Nov 04, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in Latin America & Caribbean

London report: The Ledbury, Tayyabs, J Sheekey Oyster Bar and more

Harters, I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Some pictures here: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/foodemotion

Oct 29, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in U.K./Ireland

London report: The Ledbury, Tayyabs, J Sheekey Oyster Bar and more

First of all, I would like to thank all of the chowhounders from this board as their posts helped me choosing the restaurants for my september trip to London.
It was the first time we have been to The Ledbury and we were mesmerized . My companion R had a negroni and my friend V and I had dry martinis, they were very good mixed. We discussed about having or not the tasting menu, but decided to go with the dinner prix-fixe. The main reason for that was that R and V wanted lamb and it was not on the tasting menu (we told our waiter that and he said the pork was also good, so there wouldn't be a change) and I would like to have the deer which wasn't in the tasting as well. We also thought that been almost 10 pm when we sat, tthe tasting menu would finish too late. For starter, I had scallops with cauliflowers that were very good, R had green beans and shaved foie gras which he loved, and V had the partridge, which he also loved. For mains, I had the fillet of deer with carrots and berries which was among the best dishes I have ever eaten and they adored the lamb with eggflower.I had figs with tiny doughnuts which were good, R had a passion fruit mousse (I think it was the best dessert amongst ours) and V had the chocolate tart. We also ordered some cheese. I definetly want to go back, maybe try the tasting menu with an earlier reservation.
We always go to Tayyabs when we are in London. Everything was good: lamb and vegetables samosas, chicken tikka, meat pilau which was a special dish of the day, karahi mixed vegatables curry and lamb curry. The prices are excellent as well.
We went to J Sheekey Oyster bar, ordering the plateau de fruits de mer with lobster, then octopus with paprika and scallops with chilli and garlic. V had a tart with clotted cream, that I tried and was very good. The plateau was very good, although I missed razor clams (last year we didn't have them at Sheekey, but had them in the plateau at Scott's).
We also had a good plateau at Wright Brothers Oyster House (Borough Market) and selection of rock oysters (Carlingford, Lindisfarne and Dorset rocks), although we preferred the one at J Sheekey. The visit to the market was also good, having some raw scallops and also seared ones with bacon in a stand there. We also had some cakes at a shop close to the Wright Brothers restaurant that were delicious.
R and I went to Bentley's Oyster Grill, sitting at the bar, and it was lovely. We had Loch Ryan natives and also West Mersea, very tasteful. R had octopus with capers and artichokes that he liked and I had smoked eel salad with bacon and horseradish that was terrific.
We had some oysters as well at Prunier-Harrod's: Portland princesses rocks and Colchester ones, then R had a salmon salad and I had salmon and caviar with creme fraiche.
We went with some friends to Song Que and had summer rolls, spring rolls, 2 types of squid dishes, sweet and sour pork and scallops. Everything delicious and also good value, it's definitely a place I want to go back.
We had fish and chips and fish ckes at Poppies and it was excellent.
We had some food and lots of drinks at the Campari Bar in Polpo-Beak street, which was very good.
Our choice for the best bar was Happiness Forgets, the drinks were excellent, we ended up going twice. It´s lively and loud, so people should be aware of that. Unhappily it closes at 11 pm (probably due to expensive licence to stay open after that?).
Mark's Bar at Hix was also very good, the drinks were carefully mixed and the decor is amazing.We had some Loch Ryan oysters there because we had to order some food due to licence conditions.
We went to Worship Street Whistling Shop and the drinks were good as well and the place was very busy.
Before going to J Sheekey we had drinks at Rules Bar, and R loved the negroni and V and I loved the dry martinis.
I liked a lot staying in London, already looking forward to going again as there are so many places we still want to try and some we want to go back (The Ledbury for sure).

Oct 29, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in U.K./Ireland

Recent trip to Madrid and Barcelona (with a day in Segovia)

Excellent review!
I also loved El Club Allard last february and Mercado San Anton.
Best regards.

Oct 27, 2012
Ffromsaopaulo in Spain/Portugal