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Help!! Need Affordable Restaurant Ideas for a 40th Bday in Manhattan

Highly recommend Contra. Located on Orchard Street just north of Delancey. 7 courses for $67. Food is delicious and creative. Service is friendly and attentive. Casual, so jeans are perfect.

May 25, 2015
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Best Dishes of 2015

Love the entire Spring Menu at EMP so much that I'm already making plans to return before the Summer Menu is introduced at the beginning of July. BTW, I loved spending 4 hours at lunch on Saturday, and I wasn't even the last to leave at 5:00. My photos came out much better with daylight, and was able to enjoy sitting in Madison Square Park afterwards.

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

Delighted to hear you enjoyed Momofuku Ko; it's been my favorite restaurant for 7 years. BTW, I had a wonderful lunch today at EMP; the Spring Menu is terrific.

May 23, 2015
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Dominique Ansel Kitchen (not bakery)

Thanks! I was at the Bakery on Saturday at 3:00 (picking up my pre-ordered Cronuts), and it's still a mob scene. Thank goodness I didn't have to wait on line for the pickup. I'll check out the Kitchen soon.

May 18, 2015
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Dominique Ansel Kitchen (not bakery)

Is it as crowded as the Bakery, and do they sell out of things quickly (like the Bakery)?

May 18, 2015
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Bouley Lunch Tasting Menu Review: Best Fine Dining Deal in NYC

Glad to read that you enjoyed Bouley. Definitely need to return soon for lunch.

May 17, 2015
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Been to Jungsik lately?

Thanks for your great report. I definitely need to return to Jungsik soon; it's been a year since I was last there.

May 09, 2015
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New York - Best Michelin 3 Star

Eleven Madison Park

May 06, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

Thanks for reporting back. Very happy you liked Contra since it's among my top 5 favorite restaurants.

May 05, 2015
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Commonwealth, SF: Report

Thank you for such a beautiful and detailed report. I'm a NYC Hound coming to SF in (hopefully) 6 weeks, and already have a reservation for Commonwealth based on a recommendation from one of my favorite NYC chefs. Very much looking forward to this dinner.

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

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

May 03, 2015
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best chicken soup

+1 for Sarge's!

May 01, 2015
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e, Twist or Le Cirque?

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

Apr 28, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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