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NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

I'm thinking now that I'm not as interested in a "white tablecloth/classical background music" dining experience as I might have been when I originally started this thread. What I am most interested in is food executed extremely well that is both delicious and creative with service both attentive and friendly. With this clarification, how do Splendido and Edulis compare? I do appreciate everyone's opinions. Thanks.

about 1 hour ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Sorry for the confusion, but I didn't want to start a new thread. Watched the Munchies episode showcasing Momofuku and the chefs' visit to Edulis. Even though the Momofuku visit was for the pressed duck which I wouldn't be able to order as a solo diner, I looked at their menu, and it looks quite good. When I saw that Edulis was very highly rated by the Toronto Board, I began to wonder about switching my dinner at Splendido to Edulis. Thanks for your recommendations.

about 18 hours ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

I appreciate your very detailed comparison. I may switch my reservation to Edulis. Thanks very much.

1 day ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

My visit to Toronto is in about 5 weeks, but I understand that the restaurant requires a party of 3-4 to order the duck which won't work for me since I'm traveling solo. I had read that Edulis and Splendido ranked very high on your Toronto survey.

1 day ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Sorry for the confusion. Hope to see Peter Jensen at Shoto when I dine next month. He was also very nice to me when he was at Ko (actually, everyone at Ko has been very nice to me for the past 6 years--guess that explains why I'm such a big fan of the Momofuku restaurants).

1 day ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Based on watching the Munchies episode on Momofuku and the chefs visit to Edulis, I'm wondering whether I should change my dinner reservation from Splendido to Edulis. Understand that I won't be able to get the pressed duck (does look wonderful), but thinking about the 7 course tasting menu. Would appreciate people's thoughts. Thanks.

1 day ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Chef Peter Serpico (formerly from Momofuku Ko) opened a restaurant in Phildelphia named "Serpico". I was in Philadelphia last week and had the 10 course tasting menu for US$85; it was excellent. Very creative and delicious. None of the dishes on the tasting menu are on the a la carte menu and are a bit more cutting edge. Service was excellent too.

1 day ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

momofuku toronto

Great episode! Thanks for the link. I'm visiting Toronto at the end of May (for the first time) to dine at all of the Momofuku restaurants (I'm a big fan of the NYC Momofuku restaurants). Everything looks fantastic! Glad to see Chefs Sam and Mitch in the episode--miss them both!

1 day ago
ellenost in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My Gentile palate is craving great Haroset this week! Where to find?

I used to make it by hand (had my grandmother's wooden bowl and chopping knife). Wonderful memories.

BTW, the charoset from Fairway was quite good this year.

2 days ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Yonaka - every bit as good a reason as Raku to venture off-strip

I just saw the link to your review on Eater LV.

Apr 17, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Weekend visit in 33 days' time

EMP sets the "gold standard" for accommodating their guestsj' food preferences. They know I hate olives, and I've never seen an olive in any dish on any of their menus. I would let them know prior to your visit of any dietary restrictions.

Apr 16, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

You've got some of my favorites in your itinerary: Jungsik, Juni, Betony, Tocqueville, The NoMad. Too bad that Atera doesn't work with your schedule; I had a stellar dinner at Atera two weeks ago. Hope it works into your plans for your return trip.

I'm having dinner at Louro in a few weeks.

I love Russ & Daughters (just started reading the book), but currently there is no seating at the store. There are plans to open their own restaurant nearby, and I believe it should be open for your return visit.

Apr 15, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Need Help!!! Tasting Menu $100ish???

Highly recommend Le Cirque at the Bellagio. $135 for the tasting menu.

Apr 13, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

Highly recommend the $55 5-course lunch tasting menu at Bouley.

Also highly recommend The NoMad and Betony for both lunch and dinner. The NoMad does a wonderful brunch too.

Apr 13, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

Weekday breakfast was lovely at Lacroix. Egg white omelette with a choice of half dozen cheeses and half dozen veggies was lovely. La Colombe coffee (which is their standard) is now my favorite. Orange and grapefruit segments were very refreshing. Mini pain au chocolat was a perfect dessert (didn't feel to guilty). Service was very friendly and attentive. The view overlooking Rittenhouse Square was gorgeous. Nothing exotic on the menu; simply standard breakfast fare executed extremely well.

Apr 12, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia
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Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

Regular Amtrak ride from NY Penn Station to Philadelphia 30th Street Station. Not too expensive either. Taxi ride from some of my favorite restaurants in downtown Manhattan to my apartment on the upper east side costs $25.

Apr 10, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

Turns out that thanks to AMEX I have $30 breakfast credit. Will have breakfast at Lacroix. Did walk over to Parc, and the breakfast menu does look nice. Will try it next time. Thanks for all the replies.

Apr 10, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

Via Amtrak it's less than 90 minutes. (Hate driving!)

Apr 10, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

I'm on my way right now (NJ Transit) from NYC (with a stop over at The Borgata in AC) to dine tonight at Serpico. From everything I'm reading, Philadelphia is an exciting dining destination (and very convenient from NYC).

Apr 10, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Suggestions for lunching solo in popular restaurant ?

I've dined solo at almost all of the best restaurants in NYC (both at Chefs' counters and at tables). Just pick where you want to go and make a reservation. If you like steak, I highly recommend American Cut for solo dining where I was treated wonderfully! Also treated very well at Michael White's Costata.

Apr 08, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan
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Planning French themed birthday, need help with the desserts!!!

Also love Macaron Parlour. My favorite flavor is the candied bacon with maple cream cheese (real piece of bacon in each macaron).

Apr 07, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

6 Day NYC Report - Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Bouley, Jean Georges, Lincoln, Marea

Can't believe that I forgot to mention Betony! Another great restaurant, and lucky me it's only 2 blocks from my office. Food and service are excellent. Would compare Betony to The NoMad (not EMP). My favorite dishes at Betony are: foie gras bonbons; chicken liver mousse; lobster; and short ribs.

The NoMad is the little sister to EMP, and another favorite of mine. The NoMad's specialty is their chicken for 2. Also a delicious chicken sandwich served only at brunch. The NoMad has a wonderful chicken liver mousse.

If you're in midtown, I highly recommend another Momofuku restaurant, Ma Peche. Ma Peche has recently changed to a dim sum type of service. I've gone once since the change, and I found it to be a lot of fun. They also have some special dishes that are not part of the dim sum service: fried chicken (country-style and habanero) and a delicious fried Brussels sprouts.

Hope you have a delicious return visit!

Apr 07, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

6 Day NYC Report - Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Bouley, Jean Georges, Lincoln, Marea

Jungsik IS wonderful too! Planning a return visit in May.

Also highly recommend Juni. Food is also highly creative and delicious. Service is very friendly and attentive.

I've done the extended tasting lunch twice at Per Se. Loved them both, but found there was too much food on my second visit (was also 30 pounds lighter on my second visit--didn't have enough capacity which meant that a few courses were (beautifully) packed up and my sister was able to enjoy them).

Apr 07, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

Do you know whether I'll need a reservation at 9:00 a.m.?

Apr 07, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

6 Day NYC Report - Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Bouley, Jean Georges, Lincoln, Marea

Great report, and I'm glad that I was able to help. You visited some of my most favorite restaurants (Bouley, Atera, and EMP), and I'm pleased that they lived up to my praise.

Bouley's lunch is a fantastic value; so much so that I think I'll be dining at Bouley more often at lunch than at dinner.

Last week I dined again at Atera (my sixth visit), and I agree 100% with your report about both the cuisine and service.

Heading back to EMP in two weeks. Not sure whether they will have introduced their spring menu. To me EMP represents the "gold standard" of service. However, I'm finding the service at Atera to be equally strong.

BTW, Momofuku Ko definitely takes reservations for solo guests. I'm one of their more frequent solo guests. They only take reservations for two solo guests at each service (don't know whether that will change when they move to their new larger location). I've been fortunate to have met and chatted with some wonderful solo guests--most recent was one of the sous chefs from Louro.

One of these days I'd love to visit Seattle, and I know you'll be so helpful. Glad I was able to help you!

BTW, I loved Pippin!

Apr 07, 2014
ellenost in Manhattan

Yusho - my thoughts as to why you should be excited about visting the strip instead of Spring Mountain

Sounds like I'll be visiting Yusho for dinner since there are so many things I want to try.

Apr 06, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

Looks like Dandelion doesn't open until later in the morning. Parc looks fine. Thanks for the recommendation.

Apr 05, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

Thanks.

Apr 04, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

I'm coming to Philadelphia Thursday-Friday. Having dinner at Serpico, and am looking for a better alternative to my hotel restaurant for breakfast. My hotel is near Rittenhouse Square. Would love to find something within a 5 block walk. Thanks very much for your recommendations!

Apr 04, 2014
ellenost in Philadelphia

Yet another Vegas Vacation...

I'll look forward to your report.

Apr 04, 2014
ellenost in Las Vegas