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Trip report - Momofuku Ko, Batard, Manzo, tacos!

Thanks for your very detailed report. Glad you had a great trip.

about 3 hours ago
ellenost in Manhattan

best chicken soup

+1 for Sarge's!

May 01, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

e, Twist or Le Cirque?

How is the new chef at Twist? The menu looks great.

Apr 28, 2015
ellenost in Las Vegas

David Chang: How to Eat Well in Vegas

I've dined at all of the Momofuku restaurants except Seiobo in Sydney (and this is now on my "bucket list" since Chef Paul Carmichael from Momofuku Ma Peche was named Executive Chef of Seiobo), and they are all different from each other. Even the Noodle Bar in NYC has a mostly different menu than the one in Toronto. I am confident that a Momofuku restaurant in LV would have a menu unique to LV but retain some familiarity so that patrons visiting LV would be able enjoy a Momofuku menu without feeling that it was merely a NYC clone. I think a Momofuku restaurant located at a hotel on the Strip should be a welcome addition to patrons seeking mid-price creative cuisine.

Apr 28, 2015
ellenost in Las Vegas

David Chang: How to Eat Well in Vegas

I'm still hoping that Momofuku will open a restaurant for me in Las Vegas; I'd be happy with a Noodle Bar or Ssam Bar. I think it would be great at The Cosmopolitan (which would be perfect for me since I stay at the Bellagio). My dream 4 night vacation dinners would be: Momofuku; Le Cirque; Twist; and Gordon Ramsay Steak.

Apr 28, 2015
ellenost in Las Vegas

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

Just saw that on OpenTable, Atera 2.0 is accepting reservations starting on Tuesday, May 12.

Two very smart moves on the part of Atera's management: a price reduction back to $195 (their price until 10/14) and a reduction in the cancellation period from 7 days to 3 days before the cancellation penalty is charged. I applaud Atera's management for both of these very wise and needed changes.

Apr 28, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Betony -- menu suggestions

I've been using the second pronunciation.

Apr 22, 2015
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1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

Highly recommend skipping Blanca. I dined there once and left with the feeling that this emperor truly had no clothes. Nothing bad with either the food or service, but for $195, the hassle of getting to Bushwick (BTW, I'm a native Brooklynite), the ridiculous cancellation policy, left hungry, and the policy 2 years ago of no use of smart phone to read or take notes, there are much better restaurants at which I can dine.

Apr 19, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Need 3 dinner recommendations - previous favorites: EMP, Atera, 15 East, etc.

I've received snooty service at both Daniel and DB Bistro. Food was fine, but since the service stinks, no intention to return. Much better food and service elsewhere. Glad that Daniel was demoted by both NY Times and Michelin.

+1 for both Jean-Georges and Jungsik.

Apr 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Last minute challenge/the downside to spontaneity

I just checked OpenTable, and Momofuku Ma Peche has availability at 7:30 for 3. Ma Peche is one of my favorite restaurants, and is located near your hotel on West 55th Street between 6th & 7th Aves. They have wonderful fried chicken that might be perfect for your son. They have rolling carts that also have the famous Momofuku pork buns which might also appeal to your son (in addition to you and your husband). Since Ma Peche is located in a hotel, I frequently see families with young children.

Apr 17, 2015
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1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

Cancelled the reservation at The Eddy and booked Contra instead. I haven't had less than a terrific dinner in all of the times I've been there. Looking forward to trying their new extended menu for $67. Reading about their new more casual restaurant soon to open on the same block; has anyone heard/read anything more about it?

Apr 17, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Thoughts for my birthday dinner?

Definitely Contra! They are now offering a 6 course tasting menu for $67 per person. I find Contra's cuisine to be among the most innovative and delicious in NYC. Service is friendly and attentive too.

Apr 16, 2015
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1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

Ouch! Thanks for the warning! I've never been to The Eddy, but, like you, have read great things about the restaurant on this board. Since this is a dinner with a good friend whom I haven't seen in more than a year, I may want to pick another restaurant. Maybe I'll try The Eddy when I dine solo to try out the restaurant. Appreciate your feedback, and I'm glad you enjoyed Contra and Betony since they're both in my top 5 favorite restaurants.

Apr 14, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Need recs for quiet business lunch - Financial District

+1 for Bouley; they offer a $55 5 course tasting menu with choices for each course.

Apr 14, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

Just suggested The Eddy to a friend for dinner. Menu looks very nice. If I go, I'll report back.

Apr 14, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

Different, without a doubt. Better, remains to be seen. I look forward to returning to Atera in a few months after everyone settles in to see how Chef Emborg has re-created what was one of my most favorite restaurants.

Apr 13, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Need 3 dinner recommendations - previous favorites: EMP, Atera, 15 East, etc.

When was the last time you dined at Atera? The "rocks, twigs, moss" were part of the earlier menus, and they were delicious! I dined more than a dozen times at Atera since August 2012, and haven't seen those items in a very long time. BTW, Atera used wagyu, truffles (both black and white), oscetra caviar, and lobster--some very high quality ingredients to most of us.

Apr 13, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Need 3 dinner recommendations - previous favorites: EMP, Atera, 15 East, etc.

Definitely try for reservations at Momofuku Ko and Shuko. Highly recommend you skip Blanca; it's an Atera "wannabe" (at least when Matt Lightner was the Executive Chef at Atera).

Apr 13, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

Atera is currently closed while they are in the middle of the change in chefs. While they should be open in June, I have no idea whether it will be as good as when Matt Lightner was the Executive Chef. I am hesitant to recommend Atera until I have seen how the food is by the new chef.

Apr 12, 2015
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1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

These are 3 of my favorites that are not as expensive as EMP/Per Se: Contra (chefs just won the 2015 Food & Wine People's Choice Best New Chef for NYC); Betony (both the chef and the GM are EMP alumni; chef just won one of the 2015 Food & Wine Best New Chef); and The NoMad (same team as EMP).

Apr 12, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner upcoming Friday

One of my favorite restaurants, Betony, has availability on OpenTable. $95 per person for a 4 course menu.

Apr 11, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Cuisines from 30+ countries

You have an ambitious plan. For German food I like Heidelberg on the Upper East Side (the old German town). For Austrian food, I agree with the others who recommended Wallse in the West Village. You must order the Salzburger Nockerl.

Apr 11, 2015
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Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

Have you decided to cancel EMP and go to Jean-Georges?

Apr 08, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney

Hi! I'm a NYC (Manhattan) Hound, and want to let my fellow Hounds know that you and Seiobo have just gotten one of my all-time world-wide favorite chefs: Paul Carmichael. Chef Paul has been Executive Chef at Momofuku Ma Peche for the past few years. His cuisine is brilliant, and he is one of the nicest people I know. I will miss him very much. I know you will give him a big welcome. A visit to Sydney (and Australia and New Zealand) has long been on my "bucket list". Now that you have one of my most favorite chefs, this trip is now #1.

Revised NYC list for April

I never do wine pairings at any restaurant since I drink mostly German Rieslings (with an occasional glass of Champagne). Women can feel comfortable with nice slacks (I wouldn't wear jeans) and a nice blouse. Bouley is one of the most beautiful restaurants, and I tend to dress up when I have lunch/dinner at Bouley.

Apr 03, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Midtown Fine-Dining Destination Betony Goes Prix Fixe Only

I'm having dinner tonight at Betony. I typically get 4 courses so this won't have much if any impact on me. I think $95 for 4 courses is a fair price and very similar to what I paid several years ago at EMP. I'm looking forward to trying the 10 course tasting menu for $195 in a future visit.

Apr 02, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Lunch near MOMA?

+1 for Ma Peche.

Apr 01, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

New restaurant from the EMP team

Me too! But it's still a great idea!

Apr 01, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

New restaurant from the EMP team

You may be correct, but I think it would be a wonderful idea anyway! Hope someone at EMP reads this, and gets an idea.

Apr 01, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

New restaurant from the EMP team

Great news! Any idea as to the timing of the opening?

Apr 01, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan