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momofuku ssam/noodle prix pixe

You are correct (never get downtown for lunch so I had forgotten). I recall both Noodle Bar and Ssam Bar offered lunch prix fixe. Not sure whether they still do; I couldn't tell when I checked the Momofuku website.

2 days ago
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momofuku ssam/noodle prix pixe

Both restaurants offer large format meals with a prix fixe that require advanced reservations via the Momofuku website.

2 days ago
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Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

That's really a shame that the service was bad tonight; GM Eamon Rockey will be heartbroken to hear that his staff did not perform well tonight. I think I'll skip the $195 tasting menu, and order my favorites from the menu next week.

BTW, Atera increased their price to $225 in October. Even though Chef Matt has not been at Atera since the announcement of his departure, I went 2 weeks ago to enjoy his exquisite cuisine one last time before the restaurant ends his menu this Saturday. Chef Ronny Emborg is going to have an almost impossible task of replacing Chef Matt.

Mar 24, 2015
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Best Dishes of 2015

Yes, it was excellent too! Love Chef Fabian's desserts because they've all been delicious and light.

Mar 24, 2015
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Best Dishes of 2015

Contra: strawberries and cream dessert--brilliant!

Mar 24, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

Very curious about the $195 tasting menu. Thanks in advance for your post.

Mar 24, 2015
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Aquavit - Betony - Lincoln...help me choose

It's very new. Started about 2 weeks ago right after I was in. I called to ask about it, and the gal who answered the phone said it's a 4 course tasting with amuses for $95. She said the regular a la carte menu was still available. Based on what I would order the $95 is a bargain. I'm having dinner at Betony next week, so I hope you post about your dinner. Have a great time!

Mar 24, 2015
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NYC first visit (kind of) - where to eat to feel like you're in NY!

I'm not a ramen expert, but I can say that the ramens (both the original and the hozon-which are the only ones that I've had) at Momofuku Noodle Bar are delicious! The restaurant is most definitely NOT a tourist trap, and it has just made the finals of the James Beard Foundation Awards nominations for Outstanding Restaurant (in the same category as Per Se). You definitely are on a "band wagon" of Momofuku bashing (including your negative comments about Ma Peche).

Mar 24, 2015
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Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

Update: at 8:00 tonight, the lines were back to being as bad as they had been on Saturday afternoons (snaked around the store). Guess the novelty of Whole Foods has warn off.

Mar 23, 2015
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This Wednesday, 3/25

Only once in 2-3 weeks. Probably will miss them for a few weeks with Passover.

Mar 23, 2015
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Non-Kosher Passover To Go

I had always done my holiday ordering from Sarge's when I lived in Murray Hill and after when I moved to the UES. The only reason I stopped ordering from Sarge's is when they were closed for the fire. I began ordering from Fairway since it's a block away from my apartment, and I've been very pleased with their quality and pricing. Curious as to why you don't want to order from Sarge's (they'll deliver to the UES).

Mar 23, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

This Wednesday, 3/25

I'm having dinner again at Contra tomorrow.

Mar 23, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

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

Glad to see you have some of my favorites: Betony (heading back next week); Contra (heading back tomorrow); The NoMad; Ma Peche (highly recommend the habanero fried chicken); Eleven Madison Park (heading back at the end of the week)--do you already have a reservation or are you planning to have an a la carte meal in their bar area?

Mar 23, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

This Wednesday, 3/25

At Ssam Bar, I was thrilled with the uni with sake lees, the foie gras terrine special, chawanmushi, spicy spring rolls and the sliced pork chop.

At Ma Peche, I adored the arctic char toast (from the carts), and the vegetable rice cakes, cabbage pancake, habanero fried chicken, and beef and broccoli (waiter served).

Mar 23, 2015
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This Wednesday, 3/25

I've been to (and am a big fan of) 3 of your 4; only one I haven't been to yet is Cosme. I've dined solo at Contra, Ma Peche and Momofuku Ssam within in the last 2 weeks, and had terrific dinners at all 3.

Mar 23, 2015
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10th Anniversary Trip in May - Help requested with Midtown ramen & Meatpacking brunch

Great idea about anniversary dinner at Momofuku Ko. Don't know if you're aware that Ko has a new website for reservations. Reservations are now available 15 days in advance including the current day at 10 a.m. (May 17 for May 31 dinner).

Mar 22, 2015
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Restaurant Recommendations Midtown West

Highly recommend Betony: great food, drinks, service, and it's 1/2 block from your hotel.

Mar 19, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

Unfortunately any restaurant that charges $225+ is not really designed for local "regulars". When EMP was $88 for 3 courses, and even at $125 for the 4 course grid menu, I was dining at EMP 6-8 times a year. Now, I go quarterly.

Same thing with Atera now that they raised their price to match EMP (and I'm not sure when I will return since Chef Matt is gone).

When I did go to Per Se, it was limited to 1-2 times a year.

Momofuku Ko did the smart thing by not raising their price when they moved to the new location; Ko had been charging $175 for the 16 course lunch menu since 2009 which is now the same price and number of courses at the new dinner.

This is why I am thrilled with Contra: $55 for 5 courses; I am quite full with delicious food, and can dine there as often as I like getting a last minute reservation.

Mar 19, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

I think you're correct: Pete wanted to write a negative review, but with the wonderful food and service, and everyone (including him to his surprise) having a delightful time, realized that EMP continues to deserve its 4 stars. There really is something magical about EMP!

Mar 19, 2015
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Picasso - any recent experiences?

All of the dishes at Le Cirque were spectacular. Definitely order a soufflé for dessert.

Mar 19, 2015
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Wells' EMP review

Yes, this was the most unethusiastic 4 star review (other than he really loved the food). I have a dinner reservation next week since I loved the winter menu so much in February, I wanted to enjoy it again. I actually enjoy all of the interaction with the staff. Before I had dinner with the new format 2 years ago, I thought I would find it "hokey", but when I was there (and I was in a very sad mood since I had just learned that my mother has Alzheimer's) I was totally tranported for the 3 hours and (almost) forgot my troubles. To me, it's the best mini-vacation my money can buy.

Best Dishes of 2015

Momofuku Ssäm Bar: as many of you already know, I'm a regular at Momofuku Ko and Ma Peche, but I don't often go to Ssäm Bar. Well, that's about to change based on the amazing dinner I had last night. I went early (before 6) so I had no trouble getting a seat without any wait. I had already planned what I was going to order, but when my server told me that they had a special of foie gras terrine, I knew I had to order this too!

My menu (which ever dish was a winner, and I would order them all again):

Uni with sake lees, furikake and lychee;
Foie gras terrine with cherry gel, takoyaki with cherry mostarda;
Chawanmushi with Asian pear, yellow foot chanterelles and spinach; and
Heritage Farm pork chop that was sliced off the bone, Lima beans, apricot and blue cheese sauce.

Dessert was the delicious Rosemary salted caramel soft serve at Milk Bar.

A ton of food, and I took home half of the pork chop (which I just finished and gnawed on the bone). The pork was incredibly tender and juicy.

BTW, having dinner again at Ko tomorrow (and EMP next week--isn't it great that they just received another 4 star review from the NY Times)!

Mar 17, 2015
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Your favorite spots right now

Momofuku Ko
Eleven Madison Park
Contra
The NoMad
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Bouley

Mar 16, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Ko reservation policy change

You need to try exactly 15 days in advance at exactly 10:00 a.m. Since Ko isn't open on Mondays or Tuesdays, there would be no new reservations available today (or tomorrow). All you would see today or tomorrow are cancellations for existing reservations.

Mar 16, 2015
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David Chang Fans - Fuku

Me too! It will be interesting to see the old Ko space.

Mar 15, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Ko reservation policy change

I'm so happy to hear that you were able to dine at Ko and you had a great time. Thanks for the update.

Mar 15, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Picasso - any recent experiences?

I've dined only once at Picasso (about 13 years ago), and thought it was "okay" and haven't returned. I mostly stay at the Bellagio when I travel to LV, and Le Cirque is my one "must" restaurant in LV. Had the best dinner at Le Cirque in November (white truffle menu).

Mar 12, 2015
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casual yet high end if you will, and other suggestions

Contra is excellent, and has quickly moved into my most favorite restaurants list. Contra has a 5 course tasting menu for $55 (set menu). Very casual, but excellent food.

Mar 12, 2015
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restaurant for a foodie with 3 kids

I highly recommend Ma Peche which is very near Central Park South. Had another great dinner there last night, and at the table next to me was a family with children. Food is great, service is attentive, and the children may enjoy the food carts. There were so many food carts last night, two of them got into a "traffic jam".

Mar 12, 2015
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JUNI

Sorry to hear that the food at Juni was disappointing. I haven't been back to Juni in more than a year, but was thinking of making a return visit. Since we enjoy many of the same restaurants, I think I'll hold off for now. Thanks for your report.

Mar 11, 2015
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