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Ko reservation policy change

I posted about the reservation policy change on 2/23 on this board under my thread "Momofuku Ko 2.0". No one received any advance notice of the change.

about 11 hours ago
ellenost in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

He's gone (I spoke to friends of his last week while at dinner at Ko). I would have loved to have had one more dinner with him. I may still try to get a reservation since CDC Jaime Young will do a wonderful job, and cooked a few dinners for me last year when Matt was away.

about 12 hours ago
ellenost in Manhattan

EV Lunch

Have you been to Momofuku Noodle Bar? I love the Hozon Ramen.

about 21 hours ago
ellenost in Manhattan
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near Carnegie Hall

Betony
Ma Peche

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

An alternative to EMP/Brooklyn Fare is Momofuku Ko (Michelin 2 star). Beautiful new space and considerably less expensive at $175. Reservations are only available on the Momofuku website 15 days in advance (including the current day).

2 days ago
ellenost in Manhattan
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Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

Still pretty bad on Saturday at 4:00. But tolerable.

Feb 28, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

Contra: entire dinner.

Persimmon, squash, ham
Swordfish, horseradish, radicchio
Hanger steak, wild onion, anchovy
Meyer lemon, coffee
Yogurt, grains & seeds
Bread (definitely splurge and order this for $3)

Now that I've lost Atera, glad I have Contra.

Photos:

Feb 28, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

Ma Peche:
Cabbage pancake, short rib, shrimp, bonito
Chicken + caviar dip: crispy chicken skin, ranch dressing, caviar
Beef with broccoli: short rib, broccolini, radish

FYI: the short rib at Ma Peche is as good as my "gold standard" at Betony. Frank Bruni had dinner at Ma Peche a few days ago and tweeted that his standout dishes were the cabbage pancake and the chicken + caviar.

Here are the photos (sorry for the poor lighting):

Feb 28, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

I love the bon bons and the cold foie gras prep at Betony. The short rib has become my #1 dish at Betony.

When I dined at Shuko, they did not offer the wagyu.

Feb 26, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Best restaurant roast chicken: Barbuto, Mighty Quinn's, other?

I love the roast chicken for 2 at The NoMad.

Feb 23, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Momofuku Ko 2.0

FYI: Momofuku Ko reservations are now available 15 days out, including the current day.

Feb 23, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

Looks wonderful! Even though Matt is no longer cooking at Atera, I may try for another reservation before the change in menu. I will miss very much Matt's cuisine; he's a brilliant chef.

Feb 23, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Two Chicagoans In NYC in mid April

The OP needs to be careful as to which restaurant you mean: you are referring to "The NoMad" (not Nomad). The NoMad is a great suggestion!

Feb 22, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Two Chicagoans In NYC in mid April

I'm a big fan of Contra, Betony, Ma Peche, and Russ & Daughters.

Feb 21, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

Tonight at about 8:30, almost no lines at Fairway. The true test will be Saturday/Sunday afternoons. Of course the upcoming bad weather could impact the crowds (good or bad).

Feb 20, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

According to someone he's friends with, Matt is already gone. Thought something was odd that his name was removed from Atera's website if he was still there. CDC Jaime Young is still there, and will do a great job of executing Matt's food. (A few times during 2014 when I dined at Atera when Matt wasn't there, Jaime did a wonderful job).

Feb 19, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

I just read that Chef Matt is no longer at Atera.

Feb 19, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

I'd love to have dinner with you at either Cosme or Estela. Unfortunately very few of my friends like to dine out at the restaurants that I like, and I am always looking for new dining buddies. Both Cosme and Estela are on my list of "must try" restaurants.

BTW, have you dined at Contra? You'll be reading a lot of praise from me about Contra.

Feb 19, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Memorable birthday dinner in the city

+ 1 for Betony and The NoMad (have not yet dined at The Modern Dining Room since the change in chef).

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

30th bday recommendations

In addition you should consider Momofuku Ko. Their new location is stunning, their wine program has just been named as a James Beard semi-finalist, and at $175 dinner at Ko is less expensive and superior to the other restaurants that you are considering. FYI, reservations are taken 10 days in advance via their website.

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Menu Format Changes at Picholine

Thanks very much for your report. I hope to be making a reservation for dinner at Picholine very soon; their menu looks wonderful!

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

I'm not involved with either restaurant (other than as a customer). Sorry you don't share my enthusiasm for these restaurants. Oops!, you probably meant to add EMP to the list (and I'm not involved with EMP either).

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

Loved that dish! Loved the entire Winter Menu at EMP so much that I've already made another reservation to return in 3 weeks! Thanks for the photo reminder!

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Menu Format Changes at Picholine

Saw the article about changes in the menu format at Picholine. There is now a 5 course tasting menu with choices (and supplements) for $125. Also, there is a 5 course vegetarian menu (no choices) for $125. The new menu looks great. Will probably make a reservation soon. There is also an a la carte menu in the Salon. Has anyone been in since the change in format?

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

I did not find any of the food to be too spicy, and I have a low tolerance for spicy food. Even the extra dish I received called "spicy trout" wasn't too spicy.

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

No surprise, but I'm delighted that the Momofuku Team has 4 semi-finalist spots:

Best Chef NYC: Paul Carmichael, Ma Peche (2nd year in a row)

Outstanding Wine Program: Momofuku Ko (Jordan Salcito has done a magnificent job with the new wine program at Ko)

Outstanding Restaurant: Momofuku Noodle Bar

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

I know; I checked yesterday. Glad I got in when I did.

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

I wish both Chef Matt and Jodi much success with their future endeavors.

I had hoped to see Chef Matt and Atera receive their third Michelin star this year, but it looks like this will now happen separately in the future.

Edit: Just checked the Atera website, and Chef Matt's name has already been removed as Executive Chef (would have been nice to keep his name until 3/28).

Feb 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

I had a terrific dinner at Shuko at the end of December. Now that Shuko has received 3 stars from the NY Times, if you can get a reservation, grab it. Of course, Betony also has 3 stars from the NY Times. Either one will be wonderful!

Feb 17, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Lunch tasting: Bouley vs Juni vs Betony vs ?

I've been to lunch and dinner at both Bouley and Betony, but only dinner at Juni. I love all 3 restaurants very much, but Bouley has the most luxurious lunch: 5 courses for $55. I think it depends on what you're looking for. If you want a 2+ hour lunch in one of the most beautiful dining rooms, pick Bouley. If you want a great lunch in midtown that will probably last 1 1/2 hours, pick Betony. Betony is now my #3 favorite restaurant, and am returning for dinner next week.

Bottom line: you will have a superb lunch at either.

BTW, I've loved my 2 dinners at Juni, but since I've not had lunch at Juni, I can't compare it to the other 2 restaurants.

Feb 16, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan