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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
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Chef Christian Delouvrier at La Mangeoire

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


Nov 27, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Best NYC Vietnamese at.. Cull & Pistol?!?

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

Oct 12, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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New York Michelin

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

Sep 30, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Food blog recommendations

>> I don't care if there is only a single dish that they make really good as I can just pick it up.

Perhaps you should try some of the restaurants/dishes in the thread, Best Dishes 2014. We have some very good eaters on this board.


mandarian oriental reservations?

It wasn't loading properly when I tried when it opened up at midnight New York time. I got as far as where it shows what room types are available (I picked a weekday).

It's pretty/very lame that the dinner reservations come with a mandatory stay at the hotel. Also, very hard to score a 4-top since it would require 2 people to SUCCESSFULLY book on the same day. Very low odds.

Jun 23, 2014
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Which Hotel Has the Best Restaurant Portfolio?

I didn't think Caesar's was a strong contender but I still included it. When you have a 2 to 3-star Michelin quality restaurant in your complex which is considered by many to easily in the top 5 (some #1 or #2) fine dining restaurants in Vegas, you should be on the list.

If Kevin Durant is on your team, you're a contender for the NBA Finals.

Jun 17, 2014
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Which Hotel Has the Best Restaurant Portfolio?

I thought this would be a fun discussion. I'm not sure if this has been asked before (I tried searching).

You could go with the "island" test - you're on an island and you get the entire fine dining portfolio (no casual restaurant/buffet) of one hotel, which one do you pick? Or just what hotel you think has the highest overall total of your "star" (newspaper-like 1-4 star) ) ratings.

The contender hotels, in alphabetical order, and their notable restaurants. Note that I purposely excluded Wynn/Encore as it's not in the same league as these 6. They stopped trying after Alex closed.

1. Aria
American Fish, bar Masa, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Sage

2. Bellagio
Le Cirque, Michael Mina, Picasso, Prime Steakhouse

3. Caesars
Guy Savoy, Rao's, Nobu, Mesa Grill

4. Cosmopolitan
Blue Ribbon, China Poblano, Comme Ca, Estiatorio Milos, Jaleo, e by Jose Andres, Scarpetta

5. MGM
Joel Robuchon, L'Atelier, Hakkasan, Craftsteak, Emeril's

6. Venetian/Palazzo
AquaKnox, Carnevino, Table 10, B&B, CUT, Bouchon, db Brasserie, Delmonico

While Venetian/Palazzo may not have the best 2-3 restaurants on this list, I like their list overall.

Jun 14, 2014
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NYC Fine Dining Reading List

I don't know of any exhaustive literature. I believe the NY Public Library now has a section on historical menus.

To get the ball rolling for discussion. CHers - correct me if I'm wrong.

The earliest fine dining restaurants in NYC were actually steakhouses, like Delmonico's. I remember this Eater recap on some of them.


Note that I'm only in my mid-30's so this is not first-hand knowledge. This is from what I've read about food and listened in interviews with great chefs/restaurateurs. My general summary (apologies if it's slightly off):

Steakhouses & French restaurants dominated NY fine dining until the 70's. You'll hear the top French names like Lutèce, Caravelle, La Côte Basque, and Le Cirque.

Then in the 80's, you had more "American" restaurants come into the scene like the Quilted Giraffe and Gotham. Bouley was late 80's I believe. Also, Mondrian, Cafe Luxembourg, and the Odeon were really popular apparently too. Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's first restaurant, opened in 1985.

90's came Eric Ripert taking over Le Bernardin and Daniel Boulud leaving Le Cirque to open up Restaurant Daniel. Jean Georges opened up his flagship in 1997 where he brought in Asian ingredients/influences into French cuisine. Also, there was the rise of the Danny Meyer empire (Gramercy Tavern).

Mario Batali opened up Po in 1993 and I believe the forefront for elevating Italian cuisine to the fine dining map. Then he partnered with Joseph Bastianich to open up Babbo in 1998 and expanded their empire throughout the 2000's and this decade (i.e. Eataly). Michael White and his empire should be mentioned but this is more recent. Note that I don't count Rao's as a restaurant - it's a private club.

Per Se and Masa opened in 2004 in Time Warner Center becoming the two of the most expensive restaurants in NYC/US. EMP only grew towards the top of fine dining at the end of the 2000's.

With the late 2000's and recession, there was a movement towards more casual fine dining being the hottest tickets in town. Spotted Pig and Momofuku empire come to mind.

Other topics to research:

Japanese/sushi. I believe Hatsuhana was the top dog in the 80's. Nobu opened up his NY outpost in 1993.

Power lunches. I'm looking at you, Four Seasons.

Modernist. wd~50 opened up in 2003 and is closing at the end of the year. Corton opened up in 2008 and closed in 2013. Atera opened up in 2012. I consider EMP leaning towards modernist too.

Rise of Brooklyn. Saul was considered the top fine dining restaurant in Kings County for many years. Cesar Ramirez of Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare put Brooklyn on the national/global radar in 2010. Now there are many upper tier restaurants, although they don't have the upscale decor like Manhattan ones.

Counter seating. I guess this could be related to the rise of "casual" fine dining and Japanese influence. Momofuku Ko, Chef's Table, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (now closed), Atera, and Blanca come to mind.

Women exec chefs. April Bloomfield, Anita Lo, Missy Robbins, Alex Raij, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Amanda Cohen. Unfortunately, their rise is generally all only within the last 10 years or so.

Jun 14, 2014
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Princeton's elements - planning relocation


Any Chowhounders going before Elements 1.0 closes?

Jun 09, 2014
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Decoy (Redfarm)

>> the Peking duck respectable enough to be one of the top 2 in NYC...

Just curious - who's the other contender for best Peking duck, in your opinion.

May 21, 2014
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Ivan Ramen

I concur with silencespeak. Had the pork garlic mazeman and thought it was excellent.

The kewpie prawns dish wasn't that notable. Definitely want to try the chicken liver/heart and braised ox tongue apps next time.

May 11, 2014
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The Gotham 30 Menu Series feat. Thomas Keller

Thanks for the report! Yea, I was also looking at the series, but never pulled the trigger to reserve. Some of the heavy hitters in the industry there.


I wonder if the guest chefs are actually there for the entire week. I assume they have other restaurants to run. Ha.

Apr 19, 2014
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