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

That's a good idea. FYI, Estela packs 'em in - if you swung an elbow you would definitely hit your neighbor table.

Can't check now, but did you consider Momofuku Ko 2.0 (at the new location)?

I've heard Gabriel Kreuther is killing it. You can opt for the $185 tasting menu. Betony has a longer tasting menu too if that's what you're in the mood for on this trip.

Aug 29, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

This blogger enjoyed a similar meal as well. He didn't agree with me on the duck, although it was the least favorite of the 3 "large dishes" we had.

http://thefooddocu.blogspot.com/2015/...

Aug 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Virginia's, New upscale restaurant on Ave C

I've eaten at Virginia's recently (don't normally go to EV for more upscale food) and enjoyed my meal.

The sweet corn risotto with vegetables is killer. Also enjoyed the seared scallops w/ grapefruit and almond. Duck with fermented soy bean was solid.

I liked that they have a small menu too. Small restaurants should be concentrating on making hits (luckily I'm not that picky).

Aug 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Steakhouse w/Prix Fixe menu

Beef prices have shot up in this past decade. Some article from last year quoted that beef prices have almost doubled since 2009.

Unfortunately you just missed out on Restaurant Week (really Month) that some steakhouses participated in. You might have to go to a restaurant that has a moderately-priced cut of steak - maybe a butcher's cut or just a smaller portion. I remember this article from a couple of years back but you'll have to check if the prices and dishes (and restaurants) still hold 2+ years later.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/03/new...

Aug 23, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Michelin New York Predictions 2016

The Michelin director said it was its food in an interview last year. But Michelin infamously says that it's ONLY about food, which obviously is total BS.

http://ny.eater.com/2014/10/1/6875405...

Aug 23, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Michelin New York Predictions 2016

I'll avoid talk of the Asian restaurants since that always leads to crazy debates. But given the Michelin "standards" they've established, these are my predictions:

The 3's will stay the same. Ko is gunning for 3 with the new digs.

It seems like Atera under Ronny Emborg is very good and it may keep its 2 stars. Daniel will still be 2 stars since Michelin won't want to seem "finicky" with their star demotions and promotions. Sad if this is politically true.

Gabriel Kreuther may start off with 2 stars with all the good reviews it's been getting. Betony is looking for 2 stars with the change to full tasting.

For other new restaurants, Cosme, Clocktower, o ya, Upland, Dirt Candy 2.0, Mission Chinese 2.0, and Shuko may get a star (not saying they *should* get a star).

It'd be interesting if Michelin gave Dominique Ansel Kitchen a star.

Personally, I keep on hoping Bouley gets up to 2-stars.

Aug 23, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

I take it Mr. Beckett won't find this video as enjoyable as some of us. This gem from a couple of years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWSqj...

Chowhound shout-out around the 2:50 mark.

Aug 16, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Especially when she could have skipped the flight to NYC, took the train to Bray from London, and dined at The Fat Duck (before they temporarily moved to Australia). She then would have laughed it up as her server gave her an iPod to listen to the sounds of the ocean while she ate a course with seafood over fake edible sand.

Aug 13, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Yea, ellenost - I was curious too how Steve Plotnicki was able to take photos. But then again, he runs a site that ranks restaurants.

And Chef's Table at BK Fare is #16 on his US list this year. FWIW, I tend to agree with the ordering in his list every year more than any other US list out there. I still think BK Fare should be higher (easily in top 10).

http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com...

Aug 13, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

I've luckily eaten at some of the "best" fine dining restaurants in the world in Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona, San Sebastian, London/Bray, etc. I would say NYC holds its own. I do like the SF/LA dining scene (guessing you live in California), if that's what your alluding to, WilliamBeckett. French Laundry, Saison, and Providence are the stand-outs that I've been to and loved.

Aug 13, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

An Eater editor went on a Twitter tirade over this this afternoon. I just feel bad for someone who can't enjoy some of the best restaurants/ food in the world. Although I would like to know the writer's opinion on dining at The Fat Duck, Ledbury, and Gordon Ramsey in the UK.

http://harpers.org/archive/2015/09/a-...

https://twitter.com/hels/status/63156...

Aug 12, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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Empellon Cocina Kitchen Table

Haven't gone yet, but this food blogger liked it.

http://thefooddocu.blogspot.com/2015/...

Aug 09, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Dim Sum Rice Crepe/Roll with Real Sliced Beef

Yes, correct.

Jul 22, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Dim Sum Rice Crepe/Roll with Real Sliced Beef

Anybody know a dim sum or Chinese BBQ meats restaurant that serves their beef rice crepe/roll with actual sliced beef instead of that minced beef "patty" (I think it's with parsley too)?

The only other place I remember doing it was Mei Li Wah years ago, but before the closing and renovation. I don't believe they serve it anymore.

Thanks.

Jul 21, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Happy Roberto Tuesday

Was by Port Authority today and remembered it was Roberto Tuesday! Had my first one and Ziggy was on point. It was one of the better sandwiches in recent memory. I rather have another one of these than a Fuku or Chicken Shack sandwich.

I agree that I'd like the spice level kicked up a couple of notches. Perhaps larger pickled jalapenos as opposed to the little dices (which don't contain the seeds or whatever has the heat).

I've only previously had the Bench Girl. Looking forward to trying the other sandwiches here.

Jul 14, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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Metamorfosi Reservations

FYI, I found out recently that Metamorfosi will be closing July 18 until early/mid September 2015 for renovations. I was planning on going there during my Rome visit this summer.

Jul 11, 2015
deepfry7 in Italy

Questions About Eating in Rome in August (2015)

>> we suggest switching Glass with Metamorfosi in the Parioli neighborhood.

I'll be visiting Rome this summer and I found out recently that Metamorfosi will be closing July 18 until early/mid September for renovations.

Jul 11, 2015
deepfry7 in Italy
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Milan Expo

Any reports from the last month (hopefully more positive)? I'll be visiting Italy later this month and plan to spend a day or two at the Expo.

I welcome some logistics tips too (what time of day to go), etc.

Thanks.

Jul 09, 2015
deepfry7 in Italy

Gelinaz shuffle

Well the one at Mission Chinese ain't too bad as well. He/she has a multi-Michelin star restaurant as well.

It's super fun seeing all the chefs revealed across the world (US is last in the time zones).

Jul 09, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Favorite signature dishes?

Ha, they actually shipped him to the land down under. He's at seiōbo in Sydney now.

http://momofuku.com/category/team/

Jul 07, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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Chicago Gets Richer - John and Karen Shields

Man, I'll need to visit Chicago at the end of the year.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/...

I remember Town House in Virginia was getting very good reviews from the media and top fine-dining food bloggers.

Jul 07, 2015
deepfry7 in Chicago Area

Tempura Matsui

More info from the NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/din...

Opens next week on 7/14.

Jul 07, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

O Ya? Anyone been yet?

I was able to right-click onto the photo, Save Image As. Then when I opened it up on my computer, I was able to zoom-in an pretty much read most of the menu. I have a 17" laptop.

Jul 06, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Restaurant Nicholas

If you've gone, how does the chef's table at Nicholas compare to some of the tasting menu restaurants in NYC?

Jul 02, 2015
deepfry7 in New Jersey

15 East without Masa discussion

I was told on the phone that he the "only" lunches he was working in June were Fridays.

Anyway, I'm bummed I didn't get a chance to go, but it seems someone with such a dedicated group of friends/fans, that he's a special chef. I wish him all the best in Bangkok.

Jul 02, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

15 East without Masa discussion

Can you elaborate a little more? I assume you were there last night?

Jul 02, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

Platt seems to agree (although not a formal review). At least you know he likes it more than Ko.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/06/6-f...

Jun 29, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

Thanks for the detailed write-ups. I'm happy for your good fortune and were able to enjoy NYC's best. Per Se's Snake River Farm's "Calotte De Bouef" was one of my favorite dishes ever as well. Sous vide cooking at its finest.

Were you able to hit other types of restaurants and if so, will you be writing up about them?

Also, may I ask what city or country you're from. I was just curious since I wonder if you come from a city known for its fine dining as well.

Thanks!

Jun 29, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan
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What does Brooklyn have to do with Philadelphia ? [moved from Philadelphia board]

Thanks for the write-up. Been looking to go since I went to a "similar" restaurant at Take Root over the winter.

Ryan Sutton of Eater enjoyed it as well and gave it 4 stars a couple of months ago.

http://ny.eater.com/2015/4/7/8360365/...

Jun 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Lobster Pound

You can go to the one in LES Manhattan.

http://www.redhooklobster.com/manhattan/

But if you're looking to dine at the original, it's a cool spot. I've only had their lobster rolls - they're above average. And the Red Hook scene is more lively over the last couple of years.

Note that I'm not the biggest fan of lobster rolls. I think there's better ways to have lobster (thought of one grilled with lemon, herbs, and a little butter/olive oil is making me hungry).

Jun 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Outer Boroughs