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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.

about 17 hours ago
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.


Jun 29, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

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.


Jun 29, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

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.


Jun 26, 2015
deepfry7 in Outer Boroughs

Red Hook Lobster Pound

You can go to the one in LES 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

Lobster Pot Pie at Pearl Oyster Bar -- Yowzers!

I was walking around in Soho yesterday and walked by Ed's Lobster Bar. Checked out their menu outside and saw that they also have a lobster pot pie ($26).

Has anyone had it? Yelp reviews for it seem mixed at best. I had the Pearl Oyster Bar lobster pot pie a couple of winters ago and I remember it being delicious.

Jun 23, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Scott Bryan at The Milling Room (UWS)

I didn't know much about Scott Bryan until recently. I listened to a recent interview with Mark Ladner (of Del Posto) and he was saying that Chef Bryan was a big influence on him.

Then I was watching some old episodes of Bourdain's "A Cook's Tour" this weekend and one episode was Bourdain in NYC hitting up the old Veritas with Chef Bryan at the helm.

Apparently, he's jumped around over the past couple of years, but he's now taken The Milling Room in UWS in the failed Corvo Bianco since Oct 2014.

Has any CHers been here? Thoughts?

Jun 21, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare: Price increase (?)

No, it doesn't seem to be a price increase. The last price increase was $255 excluding service. So $306 is exactly a 20% service charge.

Ryan Sutton of Eater has quoted $255 as of Nov 2014:


Now if they would only open that Manhattan restaurant...

I now wonder if Blanca will increase its prices after Wells' 3-star review.

Jun 17, 2015
deepfry7 in Outer Boroughs

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

Just walked by King's Kitchen today on East Broadway. Attached is a photo of their menu. I already had lunch, but I was intrigued by all their various rice crepe/rolls. I opted to get the rice roll filled with shumai (combines two of my favorite plates of dim sum) for takeout and it was delicious. I will be going back for their claypot rice casseroles. The restaurant was very clean-looking.

Also, I walked by a Taiwanese & bubble tea spot called Taiwan Bear House (11 Pell St). Their first Yelp review is from 5/30 so I would imagine it's very new. Attached is a photo of their small menu as well.

EDIT: Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that you can zoom in on the King's Kitchen menu on CH. Bummer.

Jun 16, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Fogo de Chao Lunch

I'm sure if you call them up and ask, they'll answer your question about the differences, if any, between lunch and dinner food. Yelp reviews (keyword 'lunch') indicate it's pretty similar.

You might as well make a reservation. You'll get 100 points (= $1) on Opentable.

Jun 13, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Superhero restaurants?

Cool stuff. May not be perfect, but a couple of Japanese restaurants turn into ramen joints after hours (so maybe "Cinderella" restaurants?)


When: After 10 p.m.
What: Another late night changeover, this Omakase-only Japanese restaurant begins serving ramen around 10 p.m. when the dinner rush dies down. They only serve one thing — shoyu ramen — but they do it well and will fill your bowl until 2 a.m.

RIP Benkei Ramen (and Ushiwakamaru). Although I remember reading Ushiwakamaru is looking to come back in Chelsea some time later this year?

This wine bar in Soho serves coffee during the day.


Take Root in Brooklyn used to be a yoga studio during the day. Not sure if it still is though.

Jun 07, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

Qui Tasting Room

Thanks kathryn! I went in mid-April and had a menu that was ~90% similar. For example, didn't have spot prawns but had a bone marrow dish).

For $95, it was a "steal". Although I think both you and I are used to NYC prices. It would be $150 in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

My favorite dishes were the chawanmushi, caviar w/ foie gras (my #1), seared kanpachi and grilled oyster dishes.

Jun 05, 2015
deepfry7 in Austin

Cosme (late) Review: Group Dinner for 6

I went in March with a party of 6 and had similar overall feelings about Cosme. Food was tasty but not very memorable. But sometimes it's fun to just be at a trendy restaurant on a Friday night at a prime-time (which I lucked out).

The octopus "main course" (hate calling them entrees) dish was $28. A group of 6 would need two of these to have enough to even have an opinion of the dish. A random internet photo of the dish:


Kind of crazy that they've never encountered or figured out the potential issue with the hamachi in a party of six. They have several 6-tops every night. If you're in contention for "best new restaurant" by James Beard Awards, this shouldn't be an issue.

That being said, the corn husk dessert is KILLER.

Jun 02, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

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



I'm not from the area (but like to read what's going on in other cities), so nice tidbit, Chris, that the tickets are now easy to get or selling at a discount. I somehow missed your response a few months back.

I had tried to get into the elBulli one, but missed the cutoff. Kind of glad I didn't spend all that money to fly to Chicago and go. I rather take that money and go to Elizabeth, el Ideas, etc. next time I visit.

Jun 01, 2015
deepfry7 in Chicago Area

Lightner leaving Atera on March 28th

This is probably the first report on Atera under Chef Emborg that I've come across (and just checked Yelp). Thanks for feedback, mtr. And good to see that they lowered it down to $235 including service (~ $190 for standard pricing).

May 27, 2015
deepfry7 in Manhattan

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