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Wilson Tang and Jonathan Wu Now Serving 'Creative' Chinese at Fung Tu

Is it a coincidence that both Sutton and Wells review a restaurant (published within an hour of each other around noon EDT) that is about 1.5 years old, yet most new restaurants they review are within the 3-6 month range? I found it VERY strange.

I've noticed with the new restaurants (less than 6 months) that many food critics review within the same week, but that could be memory bias (like when Yankee fans think Derek Jeter is "clutch").

May 12, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Soft shell crab season!

When I went last week to Noodletown, my waiter told me they were in (he knows I like the soft-shell crabs). There's a paper sign within the restaurant in the back towards the kitchen when they're actually in-season.

Apr 21, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

The Daily Meal: 101 best restaurants in the US (NYC Edition)

FYI, the 2015 list just came out recently.


These are the NYC-area based restaurants. All 26 of them (including Blue Hill Stone Barns


82. Ippudo
78. Bâtard
76. Sushi Nakazawa
75. Juni
70. The Four Seasons
56. ABC Kitchen
49. Sushi Yasuda
46. Estela
43. Gotham Bar & Grill
40. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
38. Gramercy Tavern
35. Nobu
34. Cosme
31. Babbo
27. Momofuku Ssäm Bar
26. The NoMad
23. Masa 
20. Blue Hill
16. Momofuku Ko
13. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
9. Per Se
8. Eleven Madison Park
6. Del Posto
5. Jean-Georges
2. Le Bernardin
1. Daniel

I thought it was "interesting" that Daniel was #1. The voters must be regulars. Ha.

Any glaring omissions? I'd say Bouley for sure. Maybe Blanca? Nobu at #35 is a joke (although a couple of dishes there are standouts).

FYI, I haven't been to Batard, Juni, Four Seasons, Masa, or Blue Hill NYC.

For national discussion, I followed up on this older thread.


Apr 08, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

The Daily Meal: 101 best restaurants in the US

The 2015 list just came out.


Daniel, #1? I don't think many of the NYC Chowhound regulars would even have Daniel in their top 3 in the city.

And Cosme #34 already? I've been recently and that's just nuts - it's not that good.

Biggest glaring omission is Saison in SF. I think it's the best restaurant (just in terms of food) in the country. FYI, I've been to about 40 of the restaurants on the list.

Apr 08, 2015
deepfry7 in Food Media & News

Shad Roe? This weekend?

Looks like it's shad roe season in the mid-Atlantic. Anyone know of any NYC spots serving it? I've never had it.


Mar 31, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Downtown / SXSW Report, 3/12-3/18 (Qui, La Condesa, Lambert’s, El Naranjo, Moonshine, Bonneville, Parkside, Hightower, food trucks, coffee)

You're awesome, kathryn! SXSW official schedule website doesn't link anywhere to soundcloud.

Found a couple of panels I wanted to listen to here:


Was able to find a lot of these panels in the above link:


Downtown / SXSW Report, 3/12-3/18 (Qui, La Condesa, Lambert’s, El Naranjo, Moonshine, Bonneville, Parkside, Hightower, food trucks, coffee)

Hey kathryn - fantastic write-up about Austin. Going there later this spring most likely so this is a great resource (I saw your follow up on another CH thread about qui's tasting room).

Side question - I had heard/read about some cool sessions about food. Do you know if any of them were recorded and available as a podcast or recording to the public? Like on Twitter, I wanted to hear more about this:


>> Drama! @hels and @thejgold are duking it out over @qualityrye's review of Per Se at #SXSW.

Mar 29, 2015
deepfry7 in Austin

Qui Tasting Room

Thanks for the feedback.

Mar 25, 2015
deepfry7 in Austin

Qui Tasting Room

Looking to go in May or June for the ticketed version of Qui. Has anyone been since they opened up the "tasting room" last Sept?


Mar 24, 2015
deepfry7 in Austin

yet another review of Per Se

Thanks for the detailed review.

Interestingly enough, there are quite a few tables for 2 this upcoming week for Per Se on OpenTable, including both a 7 and 8pm spot this Tuesday. But looks like they're booked out in April.

4-tops available all the time.

Mar 22, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Noreetuh - East Village New "Hawaiian" Restaurant

Thanks for the early feedback, gwh and foodwhisperer. There's also Onomea out in Williamsburg, but this new(er) restaurant looks more "complex".

Also, looks like it's been in the works for awhile. A google search brought it its Twitter account which has its first post from May 2013... almost TWO years ago! That's business in NYC for you.


Mar 18, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Blue Hill's wastED

Bump. I saw one Yelp review on Blue Hill's page.

>> The menu is huge and has a ton of different items, and we didn't get to try nearly everything. Standouts were the pasta "trimmings" with a fish head foam and crispy fish offal pieces and "dog food" meatloaf made from dairy cow meat. The bread was also superb.

Those were also dishes that interested me.

Mar 17, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Blue Hill's wastED

Has anyone been yet? If so, any recommended dishes? At first I think they were going to be a tasting, but I'm glad they switched it to a la carte for $15/dish.

Might try and stop by after 9pm one day when they do walk-ins.

Mar 15, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Noresore (baby eel) at Kyo Ya!

May I ask how much was the baby eel dish?

Mar 12, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Eneko Atxa at the Mandarin Oriental (Feb 2015)

Yes, I forgot about Elkano. Thanks for the reminder!

Feb 27, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Eneko Atxa at the Mandarin Oriental (Feb 2015)

Thanks for the report. Not sure when my next Spain trip is, but if I ever make it towards Bilbao/San Sebastian area, Azurmendi is at the top of my list, as well as a repeat visit to Asador Etxebarri. I went to some of the modernist restaurants in SS, but don't feel the need to revisit. I rather do more pintxos in Parte Vieja.

Feb 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Eneko Atxa at the Mandarin Oriental (Feb 2015)

Did anyone go? I was just curious what people thought of it.


I thought about trying to go, but decided I'll eventually try to go in (nearby) Bilbao since the restaurant looks so darn impressive.


Feb 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Any restaurants similar to New South Wind?

Thanks, norabelle.

I miss their steamed dumplings as well. Also enjoyed the tofu with beef meatball (with oyster sauce).

Feb 24, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Any restaurants similar to New South Wind?

It's Chinese New Year and I'm terribly missing the cheung fun w/ dried shrimp and scallions at South Wind.

Anybody know of any places that might make something close to 75% as good?

EDIT: Forgot that there was a similar post a couple of years ago. Still haven't had a good resolution.


Feb 23, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Serious Eats: Where to Eat Chinese in NYC

>> how he calls Noodletown "one of the only places to find Singapore chow fun" when there are literally over 500 restaurants coming up on menupages for that dish

FYI, your menupages search wasn't an exact string search and is giving you mostly false positives. I've eaten in Manhattan Chinatown often all my life and it's not a common dish that would actually be on the menu. And Noodletown is a place that would know what you exactly wanted if you ordered in English (as opposed to Cantonese). Almost all Cantonese restaurants can easily make it since they almost always serve Singapore chow mei fun and also have haw fun noodles as well. Even a place by my work in midtown makes it for me during the slow dinner time when I can properly explain it (it's crazy packed during lunch and haven't bothered to ask).

Feb 18, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

I believe Atera started out in spring 2012 with $150 for their tasting.

Chef Frederic Duca of Racine's (Tribeca as well) earned a Michelin star in Paris. If he came in with a $150 tasting menu, not sure if I'd be rushing to go.

Feb 18, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

Ha, yea it stinks for us but you want the business to do well. I know many of us feel bad when you have a semi-empty dining room at great spots like Jung Sik.

Was looking to go as well before he leaves. If you're interested in a dining companion, I wouldn't mind company. You can reach me at deepfry81 at gmail. I believe you're my "neighbor" in downtown Manhattan as well.

Feb 18, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

Yea that's pretty crazy that they're keeping the same price point. Not sure who'd be willing to spend $280 on food alone for a chef only a few NYC food enthusiasts know. It's not like if Sean Gray left Momofuku Ko and Chang named a replacement.

I too am intrigued by the new chef but definitely will wait for others to weigh in first.


For that price point, I'm heading over to Shuko first... if I can get in after yesterday's NYT review :)

Feb 17, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

Wow, no responses to apparently one of the best restaurants in NY (or even the country)? CHers were saying it was a candidate for 3 Michelin stars last fall.

I haven't been able to go (yet), but this was pretty brutal write up by Steve Plotnicki.


Feb 17, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Take Root

Awesome to hear. Thanks for the feedback.

Jan 31, 2015
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