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No pork bun at Momofuku???

I almost went to Ma Peche last night to try some of the new dishes. Instead I went to the gym (bad choice).

Jan 24, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

No pork bun at Momofuku???

The carts at Momofuku Ma Peche had them about 10 days ago. Delicious as always! BTW, the shiitake bun at Noodle Bar is terrific! Ssam Bar's menu posted on the Momofuku website also lists the pork buns.

Jan 21, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

NoMad - lunch or dinner?

Unfortunately since The NoMad isn't near my office, I haven't been there for M-F lunch. The chicken for 2 at dinner is my favorite chicken prep. If you do have lunch at The NoMad and have the chicken burger, I'd be very interested to reading your report (also interested in reading your report for dinner).

Jan 21, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

NoMad - lunch or dinner?

I've had both the chicken for 2 (at dinner) and the chicken sandwich (at Saturday brunch), and love both of them. I rank the chicken sandwich as my favorite sandwich (it definitely lives up to the hype).

Jan 21, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Terrific Dinner at Contra!--How do they do it for $55?

Yes, I thought I had pressed the "discussion" tab. Sorry everyone!

Terrific Dinner at Contra!--How do they do it for $55?

All the servings were very generous. Comfortably full at the end of the meal.

Jan 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Terrific Dinner at Contra!--How do they do it for $55?

This was dinner. I don't believe Contra is open for lunch.

Jan 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Terrific Dinner at Contra!--How do they do it for $55?

I've been interested in dining at Contra for quite some time, but have never managed to get it on my calendar. Well finally this past Friday I checked their website for the menu and reservation availability, and the stars were aligned with a great sounding menu and reservation availability. For $55 for five courses, it seemed like a great way to start the weekend. Service was friendly and attentive. Oh, BTW, I highly recommend ordering for a $3 supplement the delicious bread and butter.

The first course was a kohlrabi salad with walnuts and radish--very refreshing.

I received an extra course that wasn't listed on the menu I think because someone thought I had an allergy (I don't, but thanked my server): scallop with lamb broth and sake lees. This was delicious.

The next course was the listed monkfish with celeriac and horseradish. It was perfectly cooked, but I would have loved a more pronounced horseradish flavor.

The last savory course was the hanger steak with treviso and kumquats. The steak had great flavor and was so tender.

There were three desserts that were all winners: the palate refresher which wasn't listed on the menu: passion fruit sorbet, vermouth and sweet cream; frozen coffee parfait with Meyer lemon cream; and my favorite, popcorn mousse with mandarin orange granita.

I definitely plan to dine at Contra again!

Jan 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Pre-theater suggestions around Studio 54 (54th St & 8th Ave)

I highly recommend either Ma Peche on W. 56 St. between 5th & 6th Aves. or Betony on W. 57 St. near 6th Ave. Both start dinner service at 5:30, and are my favorites for pre-theatre dining.

Jan 15, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Sometimes last minute is good

Sorry to hear that Ma Peche disappointed. I had dinner at Ma Peche this past Friday evening, and was seated at the counter since they were mobbed. I had the smoked lamb ribs that were so delicious and tender, the pork buns and the vegetable rice cakes from the cart that are always great, and sides of potato and salsify puree with grain xo, fried shallots and chive, and an order of fried Brussels sprouts with garlic, onion and peppers. Both sides were terrific. I was "gifted" with the escarole salad with butternut squash, egg and goat cheese. Half of everything other than the pork buns and the lamb ribs was packed up for a delicious dinner for Saturday.

I find when I am seated at the counter, the carts pass near me first so I get to choose before the dishes get taken. I would agree that being seated at the middle table would make it difficult to get access to the carts.

Jan 14, 2015
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Sometimes last minute is good

You can order a 1/2 portion of the fried chicken at Ma Peche (it's still a "ton" of food for a solo). I like the habanero version.

Jan 12, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Board Consensus on Sable?

I'm a "regular" on the Manhattan Board, and I'd like to "chime" in on Sable. I had an excellent dinner at Sable with my sister during my last visit to Chicago in May 2012. I loved the corn creme brulee and everything else I ate. Service was excellent too. When I return to Chicago (hopefully this year), I wouldn't hesistate to return to Sable (and will continue to recommend it).

Jan 12, 2015
ellenost in Chicago Area

Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

Thanks for the recommendation; I live on 86th Street and 72nd Street is way too far for grocery shopping. Sometimes on Saturdays after I leave Equinox on 85th St., I go to the Food Emporium on Third Ave. & 82 St. They don't have too many cashiers either, but the lines are shorter.

Jan 12, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

I share your pain. I was in Fairway Saturday afternoon about 4 p.m., and agree that it's never been this crowded! It's gotten bad since November. Wish Food Emporium would re-open at 86 St. & Second Ave. Hopefully when Whole Foods opens the crowds will go there instead (or at least some of them). Wish Gristedes wasn't so overpriced.

Jan 11, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

best meal in Las Vegas?

I had 4 terrific dinners in Las Vegas in November. My absolute favorite was Le Cirque with a customized white truffle menu. Followed very closely by the Grand Tasting Menu at Twist and the Innovation Menu at Guy Savoy. (My fourth excellent dinner was at Gordon Ramsay Steak).

Jan 11, 2015
ellenost in Las Vegas

Best Dishes of 2015

Here are the photos

Jan 09, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

Ma Peche: smoked lamb ribs with sunchoke, yogurt, and black cardamom; fried Brussels sprouts, onion, peppers, and garlic; potato and salsify pureƩ, grain xo, fried shallot and chive; escarole salad, butternut squash, egg and goat cheese.

Jan 09, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

I would order a 1/2 chicken for 2 people, and share some additional courses.

Jan 07, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Planning a Trip in January

Agree with you about Betony. As much as I adore the lobster, I've become even a bigger fan of the short rib. Betony has quickly become one of my most favorite restaurants. Lucky me that it's only 2 blocks away from my office. Food, service and wine list/cocktails are all tops!

Jan 06, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Dinner near Classic Stage Co.

You should definitely consider Momofuku Ssam Bar since it's only about a block away from CSC.

Jan 06, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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An old Wynn Restaurant - what is there now?

I still miss Alex too. Can't bring myself to even visit the Wynn anymore.

Jan 06, 2015
ellenost in Las Vegas

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

Unfortunately not. I'd never been a fan of shrimp and grits until I had the Noodle Bar version.

Jan 06, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Planning a Trip in January

The new Ko is wonderful! The dinner now has the same number of courses and luxury of the former lunch menu (also the same price $175 for 17 courses). Seats are padded with back support. Ko now has a very impressive wine list. I look forward to reading your report.

Jan 06, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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Twist or L'Atelier (or possibly E by Jose Andres)?

I had a terrific dinner at Twist in November. I did the Grand Tasting menu (5 courses for $155) and loved all the courses. I didn't find it too expensive (especially in comparison to Guy Savoy where I indulged in the Innovation menu or Joel Robuchon).

Jan 06, 2015
ellenost in Las Vegas

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

From Noodle Bar's most recent menu (1/3/15), it appears that the shrimp and grits are no longer available. It was a fantastic dish! Hope they bring it back.

Jan 05, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

LA Hound coming for birthday

Highly recommend The NoMad. You should check with them about your party size.

Jan 05, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Very happy you enjoyed both Ma Peche and Betony.

Jan 05, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Worth the Hype (Butter, Nobu, etc.)? And your recommendations!

I vacationed in Toronto this past May to experience the Toronto Momofuku restaurants since I'm a big fan of the NYC Momofuku restaurants. I would highly recommend trying the NYC Noodle Bar for the Hozon Ramen (I don't know whether you have this in Toronto, but it's terrific!). The shrimp and grits are delicious too!

If you do go to Ma Peche, I highly recommend both the Chef's specials of habanero fried chicken and the short rib. The dim sum carts have a number of items including the pork buns, spicy rice cakes, vegetable rice cakes, fried rice, and several other items.

Jan 04, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Glad you're going to both Betony and Ma Peche. Ma Peche has the same menu for both lunch and dinner. Betony has the $38 prix fixe for app/main + $10 for dessert at lunch; dinner is a la carte with a larger menu. The short rib (which is currently my favorite dish at Betony) is available only at dinner.

Since you're planning on getting the fried chicken at Ma Peche, I would have lunch at Betony and dinner at Ma Peche (you might be too full from the fried chicken if you went to Ma Peche at lunch to enjoy Betony at dinner unless you have dinner very late).

Jan 03, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Agree with Ziggy about the habanero fried chicken. If you're dining solo you may order 1/2 chicken (it's a very generous portion). I also love the short rib (one of the top 3 versions that I've had). Also love the vegetable rice cakes (not spicy). I've sat at the counter and have never had a problem ordering from the carts. Both the fried chicken and the short rib are Chef's specials, and are delivered from the kitchen. Hope you try Ma Peche.

P.S. Also hope you try Betony.

Jan 03, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan