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Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

BTW, just checked OT and every Saturday is available (other than the September 5th or 12th) for a party of 2 at 7:00.

about 2 hours ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

This is very interesting (and hopefully the staff at the restaurant read this thread): when the OP originally posted I checked OT and there was no availability between 6:30-8:30. Checked yesterday and the 8:00 slot was now available for many days. Now today the 7:00 slot is available for many days. Maybe tomorrow the 7:30 slot will become available. Or maybe the restaurant didn't have as many "preferred" diners as they had originally hoped for so they made the preferred time slots available to everybody.

about 3 hours ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

Well since I freely admit that I am a "regular" at Ko and EMP, and used to be a "regular" at Atera, I thought I'd report back on my reservation experiences.

Glad to hear that you received special treatment at Atera (the only thing I "received" was my sending Chef Matt an email to check whether he would be cooking on the night that I was interested in dining based on availability on OpenTable).

Ko has no special secret phone # or email for regulars to get reservations. As for EMP, I call the regular reservation phone #.

1 day ago
ellenost in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

Agree that the pork is awesome; I'm going with the duck for my next visit.

1 day ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

FYI, there is no special treatment for reservations for regulars at Ko (or Atera when I used to dine there): at Ko, I play the on-line reservation system just like everyone else. At Atera, there are only 2 seatings: 6:00 or 9:30. As a solo diner, I used to get lucky finding availability on OpenTable. Since EMP doesn't take solo reservations on OpenTable, I have to call 28 days in advance (spent 1/2 hour on hold this past Saturday morning).

1 day ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

Just checked on OpenTable and there are now many reservations available at 8:00 (still nothing after 6:30 until 8:00); not sure about the date the OP wanted.

1 day ago
ellenost in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

Great decision! The Summer Menu is excellent; I made another lunch reservation for the end of September to enjoy it again.

1 day ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Dinner for 7 - looking for a special-occasion, non-stuffy winner

Have you considered The NoMad?

2 days ago
ellenost in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

Just checked OpenTable and saw that there is no availability for a party of 2 after 6:30 until 8:30 for any day of the week. There are a number of restaurants that also do only 2 seatings: 1st seating: 5:30-6:30, 2nd seating: 8:30-10. Maybe people are seated from 7-8, but the reservationist could have more politely used this as the reason why there was no availability for your requested time. FYI, Momofuku Ko does not have reservation availability after 6:45 until 8:45.

Aug 31, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

What are "preferred" diners? Sounds especially obnoxious for a new restaurant. Thanks for the warning; another restaurant I can skip.

Aug 31, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

3 day weekend: Atera, Empellón Cocina (kitchen table), and ?

Slight correction: Ko re-opens on Wednesday September 9.

Aug 30, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

3 day weekend: Atera, Empellón Cocina (kitchen table), and ?

While I haven't been to the new Atera, I don't find Contra to be similar to Atera under Chef Lightner--other than they are both terrific and among my top 5 restaurants. Contra is about 1/3 of the price of Atera.

I find the staff at Betony to be very friendly and attentive-not formal. While the dining room may look formal, Betony is one of my favorite restaurants where I go to relax knowing I'm going to have fantastic food served by wonderful staff.

Aug 30, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

3 day weekend: Atera, Empellón Cocina (kitchen table), and ?

While I haven't been to either Estela or O Ya, I highly recommend either the 7-course tasting menu at Contra for $67, or the 4-course prix fixe at Betony for $95 (or for a real splurge, the 10 course tasting menu for $195 at Betony that is fantastic).

Seems like we have similar tastes since my 3 favorite non-sushi restaurants are also Momofuku Ko, Atera with Chef Lightner, and EMP.

Aug 29, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

If the OP is interested in a fabulous lunch, they should consider the $55 5-course tasting menu (with choices) at Bouley. Gorgeous room and attentive service.

Aug 29, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Alder "Re-Launch" menu - now prix fixe

I had a terrific dinner at Alder last night. I was lucky to get an early reservation. Loved the Tasting Menu. Everything was delicious and creative. Even the tomato tortelletti with olive was excellent, and I have never found a dish with olives that I have ever liked.

Service was very nice and attentive. I couldn't decide which glass of white wine I wanted so my server poured me tastes of 3 of them until I found the one that I liked; I ended up having 2 glasses of it.

I look forward to Chef Wylie's next restaurant.

Aug 28, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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Sammy's Roumanian

Here's my experience with Sammy's: went probably about 3 times 15 - 20 years ago with my sister and my folks. Ate early so I don't recall the entertainment (didn't see any drunk parties at that hour); no vodka for us (the most my Dad drank was Passover wine). My Dad enjoyed it very much since this was the food of his childhood. To me the food wasn't bad at all. Best made egg creams. Loved the schmaltz on the table to add to the chopped liver. All that mattered to me is that my Dad liked it; that made me happy. Didn't care about the price. Didn't care about the tacky decor either.

Michelin New York Predictions 2016

Agree that Contra deserves a Michelin star.

Aug 26, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

Either EMP or Momofuku Ko would be my choice for a farewell meal to NYC (I'd actually do both, but that's because I love them both).

Aug 25, 2015
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Former Captain Reveals the Down-N-Dirty Secrets of Working at Eleven Madison Park

Obviously a very disgruntled employee who waited 3 years to lash out at his former employer. Hope in his new career he doesn't have to deal with people. Maybe he should consider becoming a mortician; dead people shouldn't give him too much trouble.

Aug 24, 2015
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Serpico Tasting Menu or Regular?

I celebrated my birthday at Serpico (visiting from NYC) with the exquisite Chef's Tasting Menu. I have been a big fan of Chef Peter Serpico from his days as the first Executive Chef at Momofuku Ko in NYC, and this was my 4th dinner at Serpico so I knew I was in for a special treat.

I had requested to be seated at the Chef's Counter so I would be able to see everything.

Too many courses (and some were changed from the listed menu) to list, but some of my favorites were:

Sun gold tomatoes in sun gold tomato broth, fried shiitake stems, horseradish;
2 different cold foie gras preps: shaved foie gras with apple, peanut and Thai basil; foie gras terrine with peaches and bee pollen;
Egg custard with caviar, brown butter chicken stock, cauliflower mushrooms and crispy potatoes;
Diver scallops carpaccio, brown butter sauce and tomatillo vinaigrette;
Duo of lamb chop and rib;
Cheese (soft cow's milk);
Honeydew and cantaloupe granita with shortbread and mint;
Corn fritter with anise hyssop sugar;
Toasted apple cake, burnt applesauce, brown butter, vanilla ice cream and caramel (this was a special request not part of the Tasting Menu since I was very full and was afraid that the chocolate coffee ganache might have been too heavy--will try it next time).

Service (as always) was very friendly and attentive.

3 hours of a wonderful birthday dinner. Look forward to my next dinner at Serpico!

The NoMad's "new" menu items

Thanks for the report (and reminder that I'm way overdue for a return visit to The NoMad). Love Chef Kent's food; I've signed up for his cooking demonstration class at DeGustibus for the fall.

Aug 20, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

Last minute help, please!

I adore the sliced pork chop with blue cheese and spaetzle at Ssam Bar. The passion fruit pie with coffee and cilantro was perfect for dessert.

Aug 19, 2015
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The best of NYC

Excellent choice!

Aug 18, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

The best of NYC

Want to mention that the fuku chicken sandwich is not a chicken burger, but a humongous somewhat spicy fried chicken thigh on a potato bun with pickles. Definitely ask for the "Koreano" that has julienned daikon slaw on the sandwich. No seating: either standing at a counter or takeaway. The fuku sandwich is my favorite fried chicken sandwich.

Aug 17, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

It was also my 50th birthday; my birthday is the day before my Mom's. Per Se couldn't have made it more festive for us.

Aug 16, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

For my late mother's 85th birthday I took her and my sister to Per Se for dinner, and she adored everything: food, service, kitchen visit. She didn't ask the cost; she ate everything and loved being treated like a "queen". She grew up during the Depression, and appreciated value. The smile on her face during the dinner was priceless; we received great value for her. She passed away 8 weeks ago, and would have celebrated her 91st birthday on Wednesday; what I wouldn't give to have been able to celebrate her birthday again at Per Se this year.

A little gloat and a question

Good to know; I may do the same next time I'm at The NoMad.

Aug 15, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Here's a list of some of my favorite NYC restaurants where the food tastes amazing, looks "cool", and service is wonderful (any one of them is far superior to what I had in SF (and I very much enjoyed the restaurants that I visited in SF):

Momofuku Ko
Eleven Madison Park
Betony
Contra/Wildair
The NoMad
Bouley

Enjoy!

Aug 15, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Maybe Bill is related to/friends with Tanya Gold and he doesn't like the fact that we've recognized her writing as (as the Brits call it) "rubbish"!

BTW, I recently spent several days in San Francisco, and NYC restaurants, at all levels, are far superior!

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Chef Ramirez recently permitted a very well-know Instagrammer to take photos of her meal (don't know whether it was of the full meal or just a few photos). I'm waiting for her posted photos.

Aug 13, 2015
ellenost in Manhattan