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Wine paring at e by Jose Andres? Are they flexible???

Hi Vegas Hounds,

My bf and I were lucky enough to grab reservations at e in June. Very excited as I have never been to E (or Vegas), but am a hugh fan of WD ~50 (fully relaize it's controversial, but I happened to have the BEST meal of my life there).

My question about e though is about the alcoholic beverage pairing. We're not really sweet people when it comes to wine etc, and my bf is under the impression after reading some reviews that the set paring is generally sweet.

1. Has anyone tried it and was that your experience?
2 If that's the case, although I've never been anywhere nearly as small, I've always been under the impression that restaurants of that calibur will work with you, and all you need to is mention when ordering that you tend to prefer "dryer, less sweet ect". My boyfriend on the other hand thinks that we should casually mention it in our reservation email. He assumes that they will have one pairing planned for the night and no flexibility given the place has 8 seats. Sort of a take it or don't approach.

Anyone have advice / thoughts for the situation?

I appreicate your help and insight!

May 18, 2012
steffibell in Las Vegas

3 weeks left in NYC and wanting ot make the most of it--

Oh I just saw the typo, I actually meant Alta the tapas restaurant. Had a great dinner for two there one night.

Sep 20, 2010
steffibell in Manhattan

3 weeks left in NYC and wanting ot make the most of it--

A good group of friends and I (they're Australian, I'm American) are halfway through our 6 week stay in nyc. Coming to the horrible realization that the company we work for is going to ship us home again we decided that we needed to be proactive with what time we have left.

We are looking for places that are really all about the food. I have to admit my pet peeve is paying a lot to eat boring/OK meals b/c some place has flashy decor and is supposed to be trendy ( ie my expereince at Abe & Aurther and a few others). That being said we're all in our 20's and enjoy places that have more character than classic white table cloth fine dining. Our price rage is moderate-high (we typically spend $50-150pp when we go out. Obviously if it's lees than that we're happy too.

Some places we've enjoyed:
El Quinto Pino
21 club (food was only moderate, but it had a great old nyc feel we enjoyed)
The Breslin

I've been thinking about:
Locanda Verde

What are your favorites though? Would appreciate any advice. There are so many places to see and go I get a bit lost in all the reviews.

Also these don't have to be group friendly.. we happily spit in to twos some nights as well.

El Quinto Pino
401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

246 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Sep 19, 2010
steffibell in Manhattan

EMP wine pairing question

That sounds wonderful. How does pairing with only some of the courses work though-- simply ask the sommelier about the option? And do you typically pay for the whole pairing or is there some reduction in the price given you skip almost half?

Thanks for the suggestion!

Aug 03, 2010
steffibell in Manhattan

EMP wine pairing question

My bf and I will be dining at EMP in a couple of weeks and plan on ordering the 11 course gourmand. I'm contemplating the wine pairing as well, but was wondering how much wine comes with each pairing. It seems like it varies from restaurant to restaurant so I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has been before. I'm trying to gauge how much eleven of the pairings would be in the aggregate, since I'm a smaller person and don't want to stumble out of the restaurant. *GRINS* Can anyone help shed some light?


Aug 02, 2010
steffibell in Manhattan

Foodies from out of town need rec for intimate dinner

Thanks everyone! Degustation sounds perfect. Prune looks good too though! I'll try to add it to the list as well.

I followed some of your posts Kathryn and went down the veritable rabbit hole of visiting NYC restaurant requests (3 Week Chowfest with a213b being my fav) . Here's the short list I'm working on and a lot more questions. Help????

Bagels: Ess a Bagel, Bagel Bob’s
Burgers : Minetta Tavern, Corner bistro, Shake Shack (anything in between Minetta and Shake Shack quality wise someone would recommend?)
Indian: Spicy Mina or Southern Spice (both in Queens)
Italiano: A di La (Brooklyn), Locanda Verde, Scarpetta
Pastrami: Katz
Pizza; Motorino, Artichoke (square slice), and Di Fara (also thinking about Keste, Franny's and Lucali's, thoughts?)
Ramen: Ippudo, Menachnko-tei
Steak : Keens (is there somewhere else I should be considering?)
Tapas: Txikito

Some more questions..:

1.) How does everyone feel about Devi now? I know it was going through a transition phase a little while ago, but I love Indian spices/flavors.
2.) My bf also loved Scott Bryan when he was at Veritas… thoughts on Apiary?
3.) Is Gramercy Tavern a must? I was thinking of dining Tavern Side.
4.) Anyone have a recommendation for French or French inspired. My list seems a little Italian skewed right now.
5.) Thoughts on the Momofuku empire.. If you had to pick one would you go to Noodle or Ssam ? Or skip the whole venture?
6.) Other amazing places I'm completely overlooking.... ?!

Also ass I side note I wish I could do more lunches. I would be at Jean Georges in a heartbeat, but alas I will be in the financial district M-F and unable to get away. that being said I'm limited to week nights and weekends although I am willing to go out any night of the week.

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Bagel Bob's
51 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Jul 10, 2010
steffibell in Manhattan

Foodies from out of town need rec for intimate dinner

Will be in NYC in August for a few weeks with my boyfriend. In exchange for going to Eleven Madison Park (my #1 pick) he would like to dine somewhere smaller with a more intimate atmosphere and service. Any recs? We are both huge foodies willing to spend $200-300 for dinner and a bottle of wine. We're 25 years old and will travel anywhere in Manhattan. Also although we are young the restaurant doesn't have to be skewed towards a younger crowd, just good food. Any cuisine aside form Asian/Indian fusion... We eat (and love) it all.

Also I know there are approx. a million threads about visiting NYC, but if anyone wants to shout out their "must eat at" restos I'd definitely appreciate it and take note. We're here for 3 weeks so I've compiling quiet the list from previous threads.

Thanks in advance!

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

Jul 10, 2010
steffibell in Manhattan