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Suggestions for pre-theater at the Central Park end of the theater district.

My favorites for pre-theatre dining:

Betony (W. 57 St.)
Ma Peche (W. 56 St.)

about 14 hours ago
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Anniversary Dinner on the LES or EV

Contra

about 19 hours ago
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Help narrow list for trip in September

Definitely EMP for your splurge meal (either lunch or dinner since it's the same menu--I've been going more often at lunch since it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon).

Highly recommend Betony for either lunch or dinner. Excellent food and service.

The NoMad restaurant is also excellent; request to be seated in the Parlour Room which is quieter.

You should also consider the 5 course lunch tasting menu at Bouley for $55. Wonderful food and service, and I consider the dining room to be the most beautiful in NYC.

Jul 30, 2015
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Nougatine vs Juni vs Bouley

The 5 course tasting menu at Bouley for $55 is the most luxurious and best value for lunch in NYC; but you will need about 2 hours.

I have been to dinner at Juni twice (need to make a return visit), and it was lovely (food and service). I am confident the lunch would be very nice too.

I would only go to Nougatine if you're in a rush and want to be near Lincoln Center. Very casual atmosphere; food was good.

Jul 30, 2015
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Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Thanks for reminding me that I need to make a return visit to Ssam Bar too (I don't know what I'd do without you!).

Jul 24, 2015
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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

Great to know; thanks for the report.

Jul 24, 2015
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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

The menu I posted was from the "soft opening" of Wildair which had a limited menu. From recent photos I've seen, the menu has expanded quite a bit including a wagyu beef dish for 2. Thanks for reminding me that I need to make a return visit.

Jul 24, 2015
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Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Definitely need to make a return visit to The NoMad very soon; I don't think I've had the cookie and crunch dessert yet--sounds great!

Jul 24, 2015
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Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Dining in the main dining room at Per Se is much better than dining in the Salon (I've done both several times).

Jul 24, 2015
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Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

+1 for The NoMad!

Jul 24, 2015
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Help! Friend moving away from Manhattan! Girls dinner for two?

Contra.

Jul 24, 2015
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Sushi Nakazawa (counter) vs. Ko 2.0 vs. EMP next week?

Ko has been my #1 restaurant for more than 7 years.

Jul 24, 2015
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Sushi Nakazawa (counter) vs. Ko 2.0 vs. EMP next week?

Wow!--Ko and EMP are my 2 favorite restaurants. Both are fantastic, and I have celebrated my birthday dining at both of them in the same week. Have not been to Sushi Nakazawa.

I returned from San Francisco about a month ago, and did 4 consecutive tasting menus (Commonwealth, Saison, Benu, and Atelier Crenn) with no palate fatigue.

Jul 23, 2015
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

Jul 23, 2015
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David Chang to Open New Chelsea Momofuku Restaurant and Milk Bar

Hopefully the UES is next!

Jul 23, 2015
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Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Be careful about the Salon at Per Se: they don't save many of the private tables and sofas for the guests that want to dine--they save more of the private tables for the guests who are dining in the main dining room who want pre-dinner cocktails. There is also a communal table for those who wish to dine in the Salon which I found extremely uncomfortable. No reservations are accepted for dining in the Salon so it is highly recommended to be there when they open the doors at 5:30.

Jul 23, 2015
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Pleasing a foodie and a non-foodie in Manhattan

Betony should be fine ordering from the 4 course menu since that will give your dining partner a number of choices including the wonderful short ribs, lobster, and even chicken for a main dish.

I love Contra, but since it is a set menu your dining partner might be a bit uncomfortable. I highly recommend Wildair, the sister restaurant of Contra, that offers an a la carte menu which includes a steak for 2 that I definitely want to try. There's also a fried calamari dish that is wonderful, as well as a pork cutlet (milanese) that shouldn't be too challenging. Wonderful chocolate hazelnut tart for dessert.

Jul 22, 2015
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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

You should stop your psycho-babble since it is irrelevant to my report. You should instead eat at Wildair and its sister restaurant Contra, and write your own report.

Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

No such thing as too much uni!

Jul 17, 2015
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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

Actually I am a "reliable judge of how it affects her" since a free meal has NO effect on me. Whether I have received a free glass of soda at my neighborhood Chinese restaurant or received the "swag" bag at Saison or a "comped" meal at Contra, the bottom line is that many (if not most) restaurants provide something to new or long-time guests; it's just good business to make the guest feel special. I'm immune to the "buying" of good reviews since it happens so often. BTW, I'm 55 years old, and have dined out A LOT here in the US and in Europe, and I haven't just "fallen off the turnip truck" and am not "star struck" by freebies, and unless you hold a PhD in psychology or an MD in psychiatry, I suggest you refrain from further armchair analysis of what influences my reports since you don't know me at all. BTW, the lack of "freebies" will not get a restaurant a bad report from me; bad food and/or bad service will regardless of freebies.

Braised Short Ribs Year-round?

I don't know if the short ribs at Betony are considered "braised", but they are the BEST short ribs that I've ever had, and they are available year-round.

Jul 17, 2015
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Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

First I want to thank Sneakeater and loratliff for sticking up for me.

I had a terrific meal at Wildair; it didn't matter or improve my opinion of the meal just because it was free (if I had paid for the meal, it would have been one of the less expensive meals I've had in a long time; those who are familiar with my posts know that my luxury in life is dining).

I was recently in San Francisco and dined at Saison. I enjoyed my meal very much, but definitely didn't find it worth $398 (total bill $673 and I was dining solo). Saison's management "gifted" me with a Saison cloth tote bag filled with a bottle of wine, a Saison t-shirt, and 2 jars of tea. I didn't like the meal better just because I received a goodie bag (I don't believe the other guests received the tote bag).

Jul 17, 2015
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Gelinaz shuffle

It was delicious and a lot of fun! We also had Wylie Dufresne as a second guest chef; he prepared shrimp and grits. Hope this becomes an annual event, and hope that I'm lucky enough to get a ticket. From everyone's posted photos and menus, it looks like all of the dinners were wonderful! Attached are a few photos and menu from my dinner.

Jul 16, 2015
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David Chang Fans - Fuku

I don't know why the "Koreano" (sandwich with julienned daikon slaw) isn't listed on the menu (maybe they want to keep an air of mystery around it) since it really is delicious. In fact I haven't had the sandwich without the daikon slaw. I also found eating the sandwich WITH the mixed salad cuts down on the richness of the sandwich. Curious as to whether fuku will be mobbed tonight (its first dinner service).

Jul 10, 2015
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Gelinaz shuffle

NYC lucked out with 3 great Guest Chefs.

Jul 09, 2015
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Bouley or Betony for prix fixe lunch?

Glad you enjoyed Betony.

Jul 09, 2015
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David Chang Fans - Fuku

fuku sandwiches will be available Friday & Saturday nights starting tomorrow!

http://ny.eater.com/2015/7/9/8922207/...

Jul 09, 2015
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Gelinaz shuffle

I'm going to Ko too! See you there! Enjoy!

Jul 08, 2015
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Favorite signature dishes?

From the on-line menu it looks like the fried chicken is available via the carts only at lunch.

Jul 08, 2015
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Ninebark - Matthew Lightner Comes to Napa

You Hounds in SF are so lucky to have Chef Lightner near you! I was very lucky to have dined at Atera more than a dozen times, and found his cuisine to be both creative and delicious! I rank him among my top 5 chefs worldwide. Looks like I'll be visiting SF and Napa on a regular basis. I'll be looking forward to reading your reports.