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New wrinkle on hard to get reservations

There's a new company in NYC doing the same thing. Not sure if anyone is using it; I won't bother.

about 9 hours ago
ellenost in Las Vegas

15 East - Pedestrian Sushi and A Scaly Foot

Your meal sounds great to me. I keep reminding myself that I must try 15 East (especially since I can't dine solo at the sushi bar at Sushi Nakazawa--I'm really getting very annoyed at the restaurants that won't seat solo diners).

Jul 28, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

List of top steakhouses in NYC

Loved my dinner at American Cut! You should definitely try it. I loved the pastrami coated rib eye; some have found it too salty, but I thought it was terrific. Also loved the potato latkes and the cracker jack sundae.

Jul 28, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Alternative to EMP

+1 for both The NoMad and Betony.

Jul 27, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Single Diner New York

Since there are only 12 seats at Momofuku Ko, walk-ins are not permitted since there will be no availability. You should check their website for last minute cancellations, and make a reservation (if available).

Walk-ins are permitted at all of the other Momofuku restaurants (in fact other than Ma Peche and the large format meals, reservations are not taken for either Ssam Bar or Noodle Bar).

Jul 25, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

What is the appeal of Yusho?

Sounds like I'll be trying it for myself.

Jul 24, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

What is the appeal of Yusho?

BTW, have you had the Logan Poser Ramen? Does it have a sour(ish) taste? I am planning to have it when i have dinner at Yusho, but if it does have a sour(ish) taste I might pass on it. I'm not a fan of Chinese hot and sour soups.

Jul 24, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Per Se salon, Marea or Momo Ko

I've dined at both Ko and Per Se Salon. Definitely try to get the reservation at Ko. Was there last night for dinner, and they've just put back their amazing deep fried short rib. It's so delicious that I'm already planning another dinner.

Since reservations are not taken for the Per Se Salon, there is no guarantee that you'll be seated at one of the private sofas and tables. On my last visit to the Per Se Salon, I was seated at the communal table that I found very uncomfortable (no other people, but the seating itself was uncomfortable).

Jul 24, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Deep fried short rib, peanut and bean sprout at Momofuku Ko. Ko hasn't had the short rib on their menu in more than a year. Today was its return to the menu (just missed the last of the rib eye cap, but love the short rib just as much).

Jul 23, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Momofuku Noodle (lunch question)

Great report! I definitely need to visit Noodle Bar again. Had two wonderful lunches at Noodle Bar in Toronto, and I agree with you (as usual) that although I'm not a ramen expert, I do know what I like, and I loved the original Momofuku ramen. I definitely want to try the hozon ramen and the shiitake buns. Also want the pretzel cake truffles since they're my favorite!

Jul 22, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Per Se or Eleven Madison Park?

Agree with Spiritchaser 100%.

Jul 22, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Single Diner New York

I've dined solo at Eleven Madison Park, Momofuku Ko and Per Se, and have had terrific meals at all three. Solo reservations are not available on OpenTable for either EMP or Per Se; you will need to call to reserve. Per Se takes reservations one month to the date in advance of your requested date; EMP takes reservations 4 weeks in advance. Momofuku Ko takes reservations only via their website 10 days in advance including the current date for dinner and 14 days in advance including the current date for lunch; solo reservations are available. All of these restaurants are exclusively tasting menus.

BTW, Per Se will be closed for vacation for 2 weeks in August (I think it's the first 2 weeks).

Another restaurant that I highly recommend is Atera (a Michelin 2 star restaurant). I've dined solo at Atera, and have loved all of my dinners (also only tasting menu). Atera takes solo reservations via OpenTable 6 weeks in advance.

Jul 21, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

What is the appeal of Yusho?

I am looking forward to trying Yusho when I visit LV in November (sorry that I had missed it in Chicago 2 years ago).

Jul 18, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Elan--anyone been yet?

Thanks for the report. I used to love Chanterelle, so I hope Chef works out the menu. I'll also wait a few months before I try it.

Jul 18, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Help with Mother in Law B-Day Dinner Please! (price no object)

Bouley has a beautiful private dining room downstairs. I'm not sure as to whether there is a minimum # of people required. Food is excellent and service is very attentive. I had an office celebration in the Bouley private room that was wonderful!

Jul 17, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

One dinner

Highly recommend The NoMad and Betony.

Jul 16, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bouley Lunch Tasting Menu Review: Best Fine Dining Deal in NYC

Bouley has lunch only on Saturday for the weekend. I used to get the chocolate souffle all the time, but I now prefer fruit desserts to chocolate desserts.

Jul 16, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bouley Lunch Tasting Menu Review: Best Fine Dining Deal in NYC

I recently returned to Bouley for a late Saturday lunch, and there wasn't an empty table at 2:00. I've been a long time fan of Bouley, but had not tried the $55 tasting lunch until last December. I agree with you about the fantastic value. I love the decor, and have always found the service to be very attentive (other than my water glass needing a refill at the end of lunch). I chose most of the dishes you had ordered other than I chose the duck and the pear for dessert. I loved all of the dishes.

Jul 15, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

Wow! Talk about "taking one for the team"!

Jul 15, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Restaurant Pet Peeves

Silly policy at Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare.

Two of my most favorite restaurants: Momofuku Ko and Atera (both in NYC) are extremely welcoming to solo diners.

Jul 14, 2014
ellenost in Not About Food

What is the appeal of Yusho?

"he "called ahead to a restaurant to "let them know I am coming" was something I recall reading about the restaurant critic John Mariani.

Jul 14, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Best Chinese restaurants North of 34 Street?

Wa Jeal on the UES serves "non-hot" food (in addition to "hot" food); it was perfect for my mother.

Jul 14, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Loved Taste of the Apple! They were the best burgers. Almost forgot about the onion loaf.

Jul 14, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Betony -- menu suggestions

Just checked the menu, and saw the tagliatelle is no longer on the menu. Forgot to mention the delicious foie gras bonbons.

Jul 11, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Betony -- menu suggestions

Definitely get the lobster; I've had many of the lobster dishes, and they're all delicious. Also highly recommend the tagliatelle with egg and ham hock; I posted about it with photo on the best pasta dishes thread.

Jul 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

65th birthday, can I do any better than EMP?

EMP would probably be the best restaurant for you and your spouse. But if you don't get the EMP reservation you should consider Per Se, Bouley and Picholine.

Jul 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Who do you follow on the Manhattan Board?

Same reason why I haven't replied to the OP: don't want to risk leaving someone whose opinion I value off of the list.

Jul 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Dining with a baby

Maybe it was the Alinea baby in England :-)?

Jul 10, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Restaurant Pet Peeves

I believe that is correct.

Jul 10, 2014
ellenost in Not About Food

Bye Bye CRUMBS

I miss Krispy Kreme! They're the only reason I like going to Penn Station, but miss the stores that used to bake them fresh. Loved seeing the lit sign when they had just come out of the oven.

Jul 08, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan