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Take Root

Awesome to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

about 12 hours ago
deepfry7 in Outer Boroughs

Are Next "Trio" tickets going to surpass $200pp?!

Chicago hounds... I'm from NYC but always enjoy reading about other major city's restaurant happenings.

Can someone explain to me why the Tribune critic, Phil Vettel, keeps on reviewing all of Next's menus? 4 stars for "Bistro" - no surprise there.


Trio menu: http://www.chicagotribune.com/enterta...

Modern Chinese: http://www.chicagotribune.com/enterta...

So if Next does 3 menus per year, that means Vettel is "wasting" 3 reviews per year that he could do on other restaurants. I'm torn - if there were a restaurant like Next in NYC, I don't know if I'd want to read 3 yearly NYT reviews on it versus an opinion on 3 new restaurants or re-reviews. We get the gist by now - it's a very good restaurant and whatever they put on their menu is going to be top-notch (4-star-ish level).

Perhaps it's just about readership/page views? By the time Vettel gets his review out, all the tickets for that particular menu have probably been sold. So it's not like people will read his review and then decide they can get into Next for that menu. Perhaps people just like reading about what the new menu is about and getting clicks?

So I know Chef Achatz and crew get upset at Michelin hasn't given it a star ever. I believe Michelin has said that Next is like a new restaurant every time it changes its menu, plus previously they had a difficult time getting in (you can't review if you haven't eaten there). So by their logic, you can't give it a star because the next year will have completely different menus/concept. But then Vittel is treating Next like a new restaurant every time too which is validating Michelin's concerns.

I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too, as the saying goes.

Jan 27, 2015
deepfry7 in Chicago Area

Cioppino (fish stew) to try for comparison

Unfortunately I haven't had it that much in NYC. I know you're a frequent poster on CH and may already know this, but there is a food item search on Menupages. Perhaps cross reference that with Yelp restaurant review search (where you're on a Yelp restaurant page and you search within the reviews for that restaurant) to get some feedback. As much as we all give crap about Yelp, there is SOME useful information if you dig in.


Jan 22, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

No pork bun at Momofuku???

I can't find the interview/source, but I read recently that he believes we should really cut down on pork belly. So he was trying to limit the # of orders at his restaurants. And I think he took it off his menu because of that, but it should be available upon request (unless you go late and it's sold out).

Jan 22, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Intimate NYC Wedding Dinner Locations?

This search on OpenTable might give you some venue ideas. For some reason, the page doesn't work well with the filters and takes awhile to load.


Found this link as well.


Sounds like you're looking for $200/person ($4800 plus tax and tip get to ~$6K).

Best of luck!

Jan 19, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Most expensive chicken in NYC?

I think the black truffle chicken variants are a little "unfair" - you're adding a luxury ingredient. The Momofuku fried chicken is 2 birds for $125.

Non-black truffled:
Rotisserie Georgette with seard foie gras - 72 ($36/person)
Marc Forgione - 62

Probably some dish at Nello too, but I don't want to even bother to look.

Jan 14, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Roof Top Bar with Great View? ANy suggestions?

Maybe The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel, or Salon De Ning (The Peninsula)? Both are midtown (center) and would have a nice view of Central Park to the north.

Also, there's Press Lounge (Ink48 hotel) on the west side with views of the Hudson.

I think they all have indoor space during the winter. But I'd call and double-check.

Jan 11, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Gran Morsi - Tribeca Italian

Hey foodwhisperer - thanks for the intel on a new spot in the neighborhood.

I'm probably your neighbor in Tribeca. We've conversed a few times on other Chowhound threads. And I just saw your new post about 2015 best dishes, my favorite thread to read.

If you need a dining partner on some nights, let me know. I dine solo some times and it's better when you can order and try more things. I can be reached at deepfry81 at gmail dotcom.

Jan 09, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Take Root

Couldn't really find any previous feedback in my CH search on this board.

Has anyone been recently? Looking to possibly go this spring or summer. Getting a good amount of positive feedback. Named last year by Ozersky as top 10 new restaurants in Esquire Magazine.

Then Eater had a round-up of top meals of the year and Helen Rosner wrote this:


>> I didn't think anything could top the casual brilliance of my first dinner at Take Root back in June. But I've been back twice since, and each meal was successively better. I don't know how to even put into words how much I love that restaurant: It's the anti-tasting-menu tasting menu. There's no rigmarole. There's no ostentatious, high-concept showmanship. There's no bullshit. There's just a gorgeous series of flawlessly prepared, totally exciting dishes, all beautifully plated and deeply delicious. I'd eat there every week if I could. Every day.

Eater also had an interview with Paul Liebrandt and he had this to say about what restaurants/chefs in NY he admires:


"What I see here are a lot more places that are smaller, where it's really only about the food, like Take Root."

"It's big. I loved it, great energy, great passion. And it's about the food. So that's really what is opening in New York. It's great to see people with personality really think on the plate."

Thanks CHers.

Jan 04, 2015
deepfry7 in Outer Boroughs

Matsutake Mushrooms Late in Season

Thanks for the reply, but I think you might have confused maitake ("Hen of the Woods") and matsutake. Most likely only a Japanese restaurant is going to serve the matsutake.

Nov 28, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Chef Christian Delouvrier at La Mangeoire

He's leaving at the end of the year to do consulting.


Nov 27, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Matsutake Mushrooms Late in Season

Anyone know of restaurants still serving dishes with matsutake mushrooms? A quick Menupages food search yields only Brushstroke and Kappo Masa, which makes sense. Just wanted to see if any other restaurant might be serving it as a seasonal special.

Nov 26, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Personal chef nyc

I came across this recently. Haven't done it though. Perhaps the service can accommodate your dinner party. Not sure how it all works.


Oct 29, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Benu reports? [San Francisco]

Wow, got the 3rd Michelin star. I've been wanting to go, but in my infrequent trips to SF, decided to go to TFL, Saison, and Manresa, which were all excellent.

Congrats to Chef Corey Lee and team.

Chef Christian Delouvrier at La Mangeoire

I can't believe I haven't gone yet. This is fantastic to read that the "old guy" is still killing it. I probably skew on the younger demographic there (early 30's) and haven't eaten that much of the French bistro classics in my lifetime, so I'm excited for this.


I'll probably wait until November for the cassoulet.

Oct 15, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

I guess people really enjoy the "Hong Kong - Western" cuisine like Cha Chang Tang. Never really had that much interest in diving into that style.

What do you CHers suggest?

Oct 15, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

In Search Of: "Other" Solid Cantonese in Manhattan Chinatown

So I frequent Manhattan Chinatown often. It's the usual suspects of Amazing 66 (and other Danny Ng off-shoots), Ping's, Cafe Hong Kong, Fuleen's, Royal Seafood and Hop Lee for Cantonese food dinners.

In my research of older threads, I've read about the newish First House Garden. Will try soon now.


Any other restaurants I'm missing from my rotation?

Definitely wouldn't mind input for some of the CH Chinese food "regulars" (Attn: scoopG, Lau, Chandavkl).

Thanks all!

Oct 13, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Best NYC Vietnamese at.. Cull & Pistol?!?

"Mealy" here I meant it had a stringy texture.

Oct 12, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Best NYC Vietnamese at.. Cull & Pistol?!?

I just had this other day (based on your post) and I felt the broth was a little too tangy/acidic. And I don't know if it was hake or crab meat, but that was mealy too. I wanted to love it though.

Still, thanks for letting us know. A seafood version is a very cool take and I wanted to try it immediately.

Oct 10, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2014

Anybody doing any of the interesting dinners next week?


Christopher Kostow (Restaurant at Meadowood) and Yotam Ottolenghi (Israeli-born chef now in London) seem the most interesting to me, although both are sold out. Also, the top fine dining food bloggers are also saying great things about Kobe Desramaults out in Belgium.

I'm surprised the Bestia (Italian restaurant in LA) one isn't sold out. Reservations at top spots in LA aren't even close to as hard as NYC (generally 2 weeks out is fine) but my friends in LA say Bestia fills up a month in advance. Similar surprise with Nancy Silverton (Mozza family restaurants in LA) and April Bloomfield's dinner.

The Le Cirque 40th anniversary dinner has a very impressive lineup (obviously).

Oct 06, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

New York Michelin

Also if you travel to other US cities frequently, I posted up a (hopefully fun) thread in the "Food Media & News" section about hypothetical high Michelin restaurants outside of NYC, SF Bay Area, and Chicago.


Sep 30, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

New York Michelin

Whoops. They were shut out for so many years that I just forgot.

Sep 30, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Hypothetic 3 and 2-star Michelin

If Michelin rated the US nationally (instead of just NYC, Chicago, and SF Bay Area), I wonder what restaurants would be 2 or 3 stars.

To get the list started.

LA: Providence, Urasawa, Spago, Saam by Bazaar
Vegas: Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, é by José Andrés
DC: Komi, minibar
Boston: O Ya, Menton
NY State: Blue Hill Stone Barns
Washington State: Willows Inn, Herbfarm

McCrady's (Charleston), Frasca (Boulder, CO), Volt (Frederick, MA).

Maybe a New Orleans spot, August?

Sep 30, 2014
deepfry7 in Food Media & News

New York Michelin

Bump. Any new predictions?

Still seems crazy that Babbo, Craft, Momofuku Ssam and Yasuda don't have a star.

Bouley should definitely have two stars.

Sep 30, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan


Just did a menu search on menupages. A lot of restaurants serve it. Just going through the list and seeing some of the more "notable" restaurants that serve it (doesn't mean it'd be the best, but higher probability of being good):

Claudette: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
Boulud Sud: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
Balthazar (omelette version only): http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Sep 25, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Del Posto Weekday Lunch Now $39

FYI, it's now $49 for 3 courses. "Guests may enjoy an additional taste of pasta for the table at $10 per person."


Sep 22, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

Anyone know the price range for dining at the bar at EMP? Per Se publishes their Salon menu daily.

For example, how much would the lavender duck cost?

Sep 19, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Rib Eye Cap, A La Carte

I just saw this on a menu at Prime 112, the "top" steakhouse in Miami. They actually serve a 10 oz. rib eye cap, or spinalis dorsi. FYI, it's $48.

I didn't think any restaurant would sell it a la carte and in such a big format. I know a couple of tasting menu restaurants like Per Se and Momofuku Ko will serve it - but that's just like a 2 oz. or less portion.

Just curious - anybody know of any NYC restaurant that actually sells the rib eye cap?

Aug 23, 2014
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Alex Stratta Coming Back to LV

OK, looks like he's partnering up with a chain restaurant company.


Let's just hope he gets the first ship right before opening the others.

Aug 10, 2014
deepfry7 in Las Vegas

Alex Stratta Coming Back to LV


>> Pioneering Strip fine dining chef Alex Stratta is creating a new Italian steakhouse concept set to open at the Gramercy, the retail, dining and residential development opening this fall at the 215 and Russell Road. Expect fresh pasta, flatbreads from a wood-burning oven and a raw bar at approachable prices.

Never got to go to Restaurant Alex at the Wynn before it closed. I'm from NYC and he came briefly at Bigoli (never went), but he had left the restaurant in March 2012 (there for just over a year). I hope he does well here.

Aug 10, 2014
deepfry7 in Las Vegas