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Weekend report

Glad to hear that you liked the Simone. We feel the same way about the whole "package".

Dec 19, 2014
boredough in Manhattan
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Maille Mustard Boutique

Thanks for your analysis. To answer your question, the French Maille website (maille.com) says:
"Périgord region's finest black winter truffles and Burgundy’s famous Chablis white wine" in the mustard's description. And to be fair, the $45 includes $20 for the small refillable ceramic pot; refills are $25. In any case, the boutique is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Dec 18, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Maille Mustard Boutique

When I spoke to the London director on hand for opening day, I was told that the black truffle mustard is made from actual truffles. I am therefore intrigued by your comment and would like to know how you came to your assertion about a chemical additive. Thanks to elaborate.

Dec 17, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Columbus Circle Holiday Market (2014)

Had the chocolate mousse Kronie and thought it was good but not great. (Never had a Dominique Ansel Cronut so have no way to compare.) Love the sausages from Charlito's Cocina. (The truffled sausage is particularly delicious.)

Dec 12, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

Well I'm (somewhat selfishly) doing my darnedest to spread the word so that the boutique sticks around (my neighborhood). It's great to see the UWS getting some new (good food) blood. It's only temporary, but Charlito's Cocina has a stand at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market - their dry-cured sausages are wonderful (especially the truffle one) and make a great "vehicle" for Maille.

Dec 10, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Dirty French Report

We were there about month ago and the duck was a substantial - & delicious - magret (breast).

Dec 10, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

It's not a restaurant, but it's "food" - the new MAILLE boutique on Columbus Avenue
(see: http://www.westsiderag.com/2014/12/09...
)The mustards on tap are fresh & delicious.

Dec 10, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Simple French dinner

Also check out la Mirabelle http://www.lamirabellenyc.com
for traditional style French cuisine - topped off by a serenade of "La Vie en Rose" if you request it.

Dec 09, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Maille mustards

Well, until recently it seemed that we were a magnet for drugstores, banks & discount stores - our favorite Barnes & Noble turned into a Century 21 - but the UWS does seem to be turning a corner (food-wise). As for the UES "desert", have you heard of the Simone? It doesn't get much recognition on CH, but it's not your typical NYC restaurant in terms of food quality and (owner/staff) warmth. See this review: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/din...

Dec 07, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Maille mustards

Yes, the fresh mustard is a bit expensive the first time, but not so bad for the refills. All the more reason to keep going back in order to amortize the cost of the jars :-)
Hopefully Florence Fabricant's NYT article, due out this week, will bring in a lot of customers....and encourage more great specialty food shops in "my" neighborhood.

Dec 07, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

It opened on schedule yesterday and looks just like the Paris shop. They have the black truffle mustard on tap along with 3 others.

Dec 07, 2014
boredough in France

Maille mustards

The 4 on tap are: white wine, Chablis, Sauterne, & black truffle w/Chablis. You can taste them all, including about 8 of the packaged mustards. My memory isn't too good, but I think the small 125g white wine on tap goes for $25, with the refill at $10. The Chablis is $29, the Sauterne is $39, the black truffle either $45 or $49, with refills for much less. They also have medium (230g) & large (500g?) ceramic jars, all refillable.

Dec 06, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Maille mustards

I didn't think to ask, so, no, I have no idea. I bought only the fresh mustards so there's no indication on the jars.

Dec 06, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Maille mustards

A new MAILLE boutique opened today on Columbus Avenue (between 68th & 69th). Besides a large assortment of jarred mustards, they have 4 fresh mustards "on tap" - for which there are very pretty red "holiday" ceramic jars. Be sure to check out the fresh black truffle mustard , available through approximately April.

Dec 06, 2014
boredough in Manhattan
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Thanks - I'm looking forward to the opening

Dec 04, 2014
boredough in France

Where to buy pre-decorated gingerbread men?

I'm not sure how much decoration they have, but there's always a vendor selling gingerbread boys & girls at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.

Dec 04, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

It's north of Columbus Circle on Columbus Avenue between 68th & 69th and has 4 taps. (I peeked through the almost-covered-window just this afternoon.) The shelves are filled with packaged mustards, so it looks like it may in fact open this weekend.

Dec 04, 2014
boredough in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

I realize there are suggestions for other mustards on this thread, but since you mention Maille you might be interested in the fact that a Maille boutique is scheduled to open shortly (Dec 6?) in NYC (Columbus Avenue at 68th Street). It will have mustard "on tap".

Dec 04, 2014
boredough in France

Where to buy bumble bee tuna pouches?

I used to see them at Fairway but don't know if they're still being sold there (since I haven't looked in a while).

Nov 30, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Good pre-matinee restaurant near Lincoln Center

Also Bar Boulud (across the street) opens for brunch at 11am on weekends
http://www.barboulud.com/nyc/reservat...

Nov 27, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

You are right about Artie's (unfortunately), and also about Barney's - I had focused on the "smoked" part and was thinking of smoked fish. (sorry!) I haven't had my Sunday smoked fish yet so my mind isn't quite clear.

Nov 23, 2014
boredough in Manhattan
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2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

Check out Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam (between 86/87th). Have no idea about the line there, but it shouldn't be as long as the one at Katz. Good luck.

Nov 23, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Chocolate babka made with butter not palm oil

The BREADS babka is supposedly made with butter (& Nutella)....and it's excellent.
http://www.breadsbakery.com

No more breakfast at Willows Inn

We stayed/dined there in mid-October. (Dinner was fabulous.) By the time breakfast time came around, we were still stuffed from the preceding evening and asked if we could just have coffee & biscuits instead of the whole shebang. They readily agreed and charged us accordingly. (Sorry but I don't remember how much, just that it was fair...and delicious.)

Nov 20, 2014
boredough in Pacific Northwest

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

Yes, we had a great dinner at Awadh http://www.awadhnyc.com and would definitely return.

Nov 18, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Thanksgiving 2014 - light lunch

Except that, according to their site, Barney Greengrass is closed on Thanksgiving. The staging area/parade will be east of Café Lux; the UWS will not be closed to foot traffic on Broadway in that area. (The OP did not specify exactly where he will be on the UWS, but I'm assuming he'll be able to get to 70th & Broadway.) Besides that, Café Lux takes reservations and shows openings on Open Table.

Nov 18, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Thanksgiving 2014 - light lunch

Café Luxembourg on W 70th will be open & serving their breakfast menu from 8am-11:30am. Check out their menu : http://cafeluxembourg.com/lux-menu/

Nov 17, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

Long weekend Dec 12-16. Reserved.

We recently had a great celebratory meal at the Simone, thanks to Pete Wells' NY Times review in June. The relatively quiet atmosphere & (owner Tina's) welcome are a nice change of pace from the usual Manhattan restaurants - plus everything we had was delicious. Interested to hear about your experience, so please report back.

Nov 15, 2014
boredough in Manhattan

How to flag a post

on my screen it's right below your "Thanks"

Nov 15, 2014
boredough in Site Talk

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

That was the Fête de la Transhumance that you came across in St Rémy. Looks like it will take place on May 25th (Pentecost Monday) in 2015. http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/to...
http://www.saintremy-de-provence.com/...

Nov 12, 2014
boredough in France