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Tasting menu

Juni is excellent. I definitely need to schedule a return visit.

Nov 16, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Tasting menu

My favorite tasting menus are: Momofuku Ko, Atera and Eleven Madison Park. All three are difficult reservations to get.

Nov 16, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Where to eat between Broadway shows?

Have a wonderful time!

Nov 15, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay Steak & Wicked Spoon brunch (long report with photos)

Thanks for the foie gras recommendation.

Nov 13, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay Steak & Wicked Spoon brunch (long report with photos)

Thanks again for your detailed report. I'll probably order a la carte at Gordon Ramsay Steak, but plan to order the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Since this will be my first dinner in LV after a long flight from NYC, I'm not sure how hungry I'll be. Planning multi-course tasting dinners at Le Cirque, Twist and Guy Savoy for the other nights.

Nov 13, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay Steak & Wicked Spoon brunch (long report with photos)

Thanks for your very detailed report. I'm hoping (if my mother's health is okay) to visit LV next week, and dine at Guy Savoy. Also planning to dine at Gordon Ramsay Steak, so I'll be interested in reading your review.

Nov 13, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

Sorry, but the CH moderator has asked me to identify when I am a "regular" and "known to the house". Thought after all this time, it would be obvious to most of you, but perhaps not to a casual reader.

Nov 12, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Momofuku Ssam Bar: chawanmushi with white truffles, chanterelles, Asian pear, spinach.

Nov 11, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

I haven't dropped Bouley, and had a wonderful 5 course tasting lunch with my sister and a friend in June. Bouley has been the restaurant that my sister and I would take our mother to for holidays/birthdays for many years, but since my mother isn't able to dine out anymore, I get very sad dining at Bouley without her. (I know TMI-sorry).

Nov 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Which restaurant have you eaten at the most?

My most frequent restaurants (and at which I am a "regular" and very well known to the House) are:

Momofuku Ko
Atera
Eleven Madison Park
Ma Peche
Betony
The NoMad

(BTW, I'd be surprised if you all didn't already know this).

Nov 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

The NoMad Bar Brunch

Thanks Spiritchaser for your excellent report. I still have not yet had dinner at The NoMad Bar (hoping to correct that very soon). I am not known to The NoMad Bar, but am known to the staff at The NoMad and EMP (in case anyone forgot).

BTW, I had a magical dinner at EMP last week; won't give you any hints, but if you haven't had the "autumn" menu, I highly recommend it.

P.S. just in case inquiring minds want to know: no "comps"; did visit the kitchen and had a non-alcoholic cocktail, and did receive a jar of granola.

Nov 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Traveling to NYC for girlfriend's 30th b-day.

Very happy to hear you enjoyed Ko. I'm looking forward to dining at the new location when Ko re-opens.

Nov 06, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

"Coolest/Hippest" restaurant in Midtown area?

Highly recommend both The NoMad and Betony (they're both among my "regular" restaurants). They're both Michelin 1 star restaurants if your boss is trying to impress the clients. Food and service are great at both restaurants.

Nov 05, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Help for special birthday dinner

I'm also dining at Guy Savoy in 2 weeks. The Innovation menu is wonderful! I had it last year, and loved it so much that I plan to have it again (the actual menu items did change quite considerably from last year).

Nov 04, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

Highly recommend you consider Bouley's 5 course lunch tasting menu (with choices) for $55 per person. You will definitely leave full! Food is delicious, service is attentive and friendly, and the room is gorgeous!

Nov 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Tasting Menu Help - Daniel or Jean-Georges (or Atera?)

Of the three that you've listed, Atera is my favorite by a wide margin. Atera will be closed during the Christmas holiday. I believe their last dinner service is December 20. You should definitely call the restaurant to find out their exact dates of their holiday break. Atera is definitely not "weird". I've dined about a dozen times at Atera during the past 2 years (yes, I've become a "regular"), and find Chef Lightner's cuisine to be very creative, beautifully plated, and most important to me: delicious. BTW, I'm also a big fan of, and "regular" at Eleven Madison Park.

If Atera is closed during your visit, I highly recommend the following restaurants for tasting menus: Juni, Jungsik, and Picholine. Another favorite restaurant of mine, while it doesn't have a "tasting menu" is Betony. The General Manager and Executive Chef are "alumni" of Eleven Madison Park.

If you would like to stay with either Jean-Georges or Daniel, I highly recommend Jean-Georges. I had an excellent tasting menu with very attentive and friendly service during the spring.

I am not a fan of Daniel due to poor service in the past. Recently Daniel was demoted to 3 stars from the New York Times also for service issues (also was demoted from 3 Michelin stars to 2 Michelin stars).

Nov 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Recently renovated, and probably the most refined brunch in Las Vegas - Veranda at The Four Seasons

Is the New York Donut from Press available during the week?

Nov 03, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Big celebration lunch for two - tomorrow

The chicken for 2 is very special.

Nov 03, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Help for special birthday dinner

I'm also looking forward to your report on Twist since I'll be dining there in two weeks. BTW, I dined solo at é a few years ago and also loved it.

Nov 03, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Andre's at the Monte Carlo vs. Alize at the Palms

Actually Robuchon slipped a bit for me two years ago (very chewy beef). Le Cirque LV is currently my favorite restaurant in LV. I was very impressed with Guy Savoy's Innovation dinner last year, and am dining again at Guy Savoy in 2 weeks. I am also looking forward to dining at Twist this year. Since my palate has become more adventurous, it will be interesting to see whether I will better appreciate Chef Gagnaire's cuisine on my second visit.

Nov 03, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar - New at Red Rock, and for now perhaps the most interesting dining in Summerlin

Sorry to divert this thread, but I've been a VIP on OpenTable for a few years, and I haven't noticed any special treatment. In fact, a restaurant in NYC that I booked recently with OpenTable gave me the worst service ever from their General Manager (a Michelin 1 star restaurant).

Nov 03, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

best chicken soup MIDTOWN EAST

You should try Sarge's Super Soup (chicken noodles, matzoh ball & kreplach)

Oct 31, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Andre's at the Monte Carlo vs. Alize at the Palms

Unfortunately I still haven't been to Andre's. Did read uhockey's excellent report, so it may be on my itinerary for a future trip. For my upcoming trip to LV (also in November) my plans are: Gordon Ramsay Steak, Le Cirque, Twist and Guy Savoy. I was delighted to read uhockey's glowing report of Le Cirque. I was a bit concerned when I had read that the chef had recently changed, but am now confident that my dinner at Le Cirque will be just as wonderful as my past dinners.

Oct 30, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Solo lunch on Halloween

If you're in midtown, I highly recommend one of my favorite restaurants: Betony. Betony has a 2 course lunch (app + main) for $38. There are 5 choices for each course. Solo diners are welcome for table seating.

Oct 30, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Some photos from my dinner at Atera last week

Looking for restaurant suggestions

+1 for Jungsik and Bouley.

Oct 28, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Recent dinners at two of my favorite (and regular) restaurants:

Atera: entire current menu is brilliant and delicious!

Betony: potato ravioli with leeks and trout roe (photo attached).

Michelin really messed up with these 2 restaurants: Atera should have been elevated to 3 stars, and Betony deserves 2 stars. Let's hope Michelin gets it right for these 2 restaurants next year.

Oct 28, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

What is your favorite glass of wine?

My favorite glass of wine is a German Riesling (either a spatlese or auslese). I find that it works well with almost everything.

Oct 26, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Is Twist ok for a solo diner?

I will be dining solo at Twist in about a month. I'm looking forward to the Grand Tasting Menu too. Didn't know that Twist was open on Monday.

Oct 24, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Post-theater dinner in Midtown West, Saturday

Highly recommend Betony. It's located at 57 St. & 6th Ave. I regularly dine at Betony.

Oct 23, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan