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Lin's Gardens

Kam Bo was my family's favorite restaurant.

Sep 20, 2014
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Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

Funny thing is that Bâtard is following me on Twitter. No idea why.

Sep 19, 2014
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Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Another great dinner tonight at The NoMad. My original reservation was for tomorrow evening, but when I saw availability for tonight, I switched my reservation. Following the recommendations from this thread I chose the trout with cucumber and avocado, the tagliolini with clams, the duck with kale and plums, and the milk and honey dessert. I received the wonderful flat bread that was served warm and flavored with dill and potatoes. Had to stop myself from eating more than half (otherwise I would have been too full to enjoy the courses to follow). The trout was delicate with the sliced cucumbers and avocado; the tagliolini was rich and flavorful with the clams. The duck had a great taste, worked beautifully with the plums and the sautéed and fried kale, and cut easily with a standard knife. Chose my favorite milk and honey for dessert. Service, as always, was very warm and attentive. Special thanks to Jenna for taking great care of me through the evening. Had a 1/2 bottle of a 2012 JJ Prum Auslese that paired beautifully with everything.

Sep 18, 2014
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Pre-theater Dinner 9/20

Also the delicious short rib.

Sep 18, 2014
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Pre-theater Dinner 9/20

If you can get a reservation, Betony would be my pick. Betony has become one of my favorite pre theatre restaurants.

Sep 18, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Restaurant with Good Ambiance around 35th

You should consider The NoMad on Broadway and 28th St.

Sep 18, 2014
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Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

What's that saying: Great minds think alike!

Sep 18, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

I love EMP too! Probably the same people would make the same comments about me too. BTW, I also celebrated my birthday at EMP last month, and it continues to be wonderful both for food and service. My sister joined me for dinner (she had not been to EMP since they switched to the new format), and loved it too! We both chose the beef that was delicious. We also both chose the hot foie gras prep that was perfect! Hope to make my birthday celebration at EMP an annual tradition.

Sep 18, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

4 days and nights in Manhattan

You should also consider Bouley's tasting menu at lunch; $55 for 5 courses is a wonderful (and not too expensive) way to enjoy Bouley. Each course has options.

If you do decide to go to the Salon at Per Se, you should get there by 5:30. My first 2 visits I had no problem getting a sofa and coffee table. My third (and last) visit, I got to Per Se at 6, and although they had a few sofas available, they were holding them for their dinner guests who might want drinks; I was seated at the communal table which was not comfortable.

Sep 16, 2014
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Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Thanks very much; your photos are great. Was planning on either the lobster or the duck, but I think I may get the trout for my main.

Sep 15, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Absolutely! Thanks!

Sep 14, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Thanks! That is one of new dishes that I want to try.

Sep 14, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

Having diviner this week at The NoMad (Restaurant). Looking for recommendations from recent visits. Haven't been to The NoMad since the spring. Thanks very much.

Sep 13, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bouley

Loved it when I had it in June.

Sep 11, 2014
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New Chef at Le Cirque

I look forward to reading your report. I'm a long-time fan of Le Cirque LV.

Sep 11, 2014
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Traveling to NYC for girlfriend's 30th b-day.

I have noticed that sometimes lunch doesn't book up as fast as dinner (maybe people sleep late or forget on the weekend).

Sep 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Traveling to NYC for girlfriend's 30th b-day.

Atera has become one of my most favorite restaurants anywhere, and am dining again at Atera tomorrow. I think you would love Momofuku Ko (which is tied with Atera as my top 2 restaurants). Getting a reservation for 4 is difficult via the website, but is possible if you're one of the first to get into the reservation system. Ko is a more casual dining experience, but the food is just as delicious and creative. Lunch at Ko has a more extensive menu and lasts for 3 hours. EMP is wonderful too, but is more of a traditional white tablecloth experience. There is a lot of interaction with the staff; food is excellent. Definitely not stuffy. Bottom line: I celebrated my birthday last month with dinners at all 3 restaurants.

Sep 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Where to eat between Broadway shows?

Terrific idea to go to Ko for lunch. I had lunch at Ko about a month ago, and it was fantastic! Ko is now providing a printed menu at the end of the meal so I no longer need to take notes. The Hozon macaron is now my all-time favorite macaron (only served at lunch).

Ma Peche is nothing like Ko (other than they're both under the Momofuku umbrella). Table seating with mostly dim-sum cart service. Chef Paul Carmichael also has a few specials that will be served. Chef Paul also has 2 styles of some of the best fried chicken in NYC: country fried or habanero (which is my favorite). I'm having dinner at Ma Peche on Saturday, and I hope Chef Paul's wonderful short rib will still be one of the specials. As for me, there can never be too much Momofuku :-).

BTW, I'm having dinner at Atera tomorrow.

P.S. I read that you had a great dinner at Splendido.

Sep 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Where to eat between Broadway shows?

Welcome back! I've been dining pre-theatre (or between shows in your case) at Betony (which you've already been); The NoMad (subway is right downstairs from the restaurant); and Ma Peche. 5:30 is the earliest seating for these restaurants, but I have had no difficulty making an 8:00 curtain. Do let your server know that you are attending theatre and you would like to done at a certain time. Another restaurant that I like in the theatre district itself is Marseille--44th Street & 9th Ave.(although I haven't been there in a few years).

Sep 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Best dinner in the city for under $100 pp

Highly recommend Betony and The NoMad. Did not like Batard.

Sep 10, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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New Chef at Le Cirque

Just read there is a new Chef at Le Cirque. Look forward to reading reports since I have a reservation for dinner in 2 months. Thanks.

Sep 09, 2014
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Great meal at Jaiya (Thai; 3rd Ave. at 29th St. location) last night

Good to know; thanks for the report. My sister still lives in the neighborhood, and there's a Jaiya on the UES near me.

Sep 09, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Cherche Midi - Keith Don't Go

Thanks for the warning. Another restaurant that I'll skip. Actually, I'm now on a moratorium of trying new restaurants between my unpleasant experience at Bâtard this week and your experience at Cherche Midi. Definitely will spend my money only where I know I will be welcome and have amazing food.

Sep 06, 2014
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Large Format Dinners 2014

My sister and I plan to try the peking duck meal at Decoy. How far in advance did you need to reserve?

Sep 05, 2014
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Bâtard

Bottom line: receiving rude service and less than stellar food from Bâtard only makes me love more my favorite restaurants: Momofuku Ko, Atera, EMP, Betony, The NoMad, Ma Peche, and Bouley.

Sep 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bâtard

I agree with you: every person should be treated with the highest level of service. I have no food blog, and am not part of the culinary world. Maybe he saw me as a woman dining solo, that he thought he could get away with rude treatment.

Sep 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bâtard

Doubt it, and doubt whether he would care. He probably feels now that he received 3 stars from the NY Times, he doesn't need to worry about customer service. I had checked OpenTable yesterday, and very limited availability for a month out. With a full reservation book, he sure doesn't need my business.

Sep 04, 2014
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Bâtard

Yes, which is unfortunately why I'm not too surprised by his attitude.

Sep 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bâtard

I was surprised that the dish was being charged at all knowing that I found it unacceptable. Expected him to do the "right" thing by not charging for it at all; didn't expect him to argue with me that since I ate much of the dish I should pay for it. Wasn't looking for him to take the bill back and deduct $10. I "expected" the comp; I will not ask for the comp.

Sep 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Bâtard

I certainly wouldn't have requested a comp, but it would have been nice if the restaurant took $10 off of the bill. BTW, $10 doesn't matter to me in terms of cost of the dinner. It would have made a world of difference if my server or Mr. Winterman presented me with the bill, acknowledging that because of my disappointment with the duck course, there would be no charge for it. Instead, the only response I received was that since I ate 2/3 of it regardless of my unhappiness with the dish, they will charge me the full $10 as if I loved it. Really short-sighted customer service on his part. Funny thing that if he had done the "right" thing, my review while still pointing out that the duck was hard, would have ended with "I'll probably return to Batard to give them another chance". Yes, $10 (as little as that amount is), has cost Batard any future dinners from me where I would spend more than a hundred dollars.

Sep 04, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan