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No, we're just 2. Thanks so much!

Mar 16, 2012
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Animal

Does anyone know if the bar in the back where you can eat is usually available early - around 5-6?
I'm having trouble booking a reservation on a Friday or Saturday so I thought I might just be able to drop in?

Mar 16, 2012
Pink_pug in Los Angeles Area

New York Jewish deli ala EMP (spoiler alert - you may not want to read if you haven't had it yet)

Oh, wow! This new course sounds amazing! Was this dinner or lunch?

Mar 08, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Angelenos coming to NYC in April and have one night to dine...

Just thought I would chime in here... I live in L.A. and my husband and I just visited N.Y. a few weeks ago.
I would definitely chose Eleven Madison Park. There's really nothing in L.A. that's even close to it in terms of food or space. They do a lot of fun NY homages in the food (i.e. egg cream, cheesecake, black and white cookie) and you will be wowed.
Although it's an elegant space, I think you can get away with chucks and a jacket. They really are so welcoming I don't think it's an issue. When we were there we saw a dreadlocked rocker with a jacket and sneakers so I think you're good.
We have also been to WD-50 and it just didn't impress us that much. The food was very good but not great. I would definitely pick EMP over it.
I also agree with everyone else, go to Momofuko Ssam. We went for lunch and it wasn't too long of a wait and everything was so good. Our waiter turned out to be from Huntington Beach. ;-)
Have fun!

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Mar 06, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

Oops! You are right. I remember they mentioned it was named after a famous gambler. I think it has applejack in it. It was delicious!

Mar 06, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

Other highlights of our trip:
Marlow & Sons - had appetizers, the chicken liver mousse starter was amazing. Still thinking about it.
Diner - very good. My husband said it was one of the best burgers he's had. I enjoyed my blood orange upside down cake for dessert.
Locande Verde - delicious brunch. Ricotta w/brioche toast was our fave.
Prune - Had to revisit it again. Loved it again. The food is uncomplicated and the flavors are so true. Would be a regular here if we lived in NY.
Momofuku Ssam - best duck I've ever had! Had the bowl and it was just perfectly cooked mixture of crispy skin and juicy tender meat. Loved everything. Definitely will come back. Worth the hype.
ABC Kitchen - This was our second visit and have to say we were a little disappointed. 2 out of 4 dishes were over salted. One dish ( a special) was overly rich and one note. It just seemed like an off night (perhaps the chef wasn't there?).
The Dutch - very nice. Had a nice long decadent lunch before we had to leave. Had the raw platter with oysters, clams, uni etc. which was wonderful.
Thanks again for all your help! Can't wait to come back!

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Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Prune
54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

The Dutch
131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Mar 05, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

Sorry for the late update but I just had to share our experience. In one word, WOW! Eleven Madison Park was simply flawless. From start to finish we were transported and felt like treasured guests. The food was amazing – so perfectly cooked and presented. We both did the tasting menu. My husband got the wine pairings and I got a few glasses. There wasn't a course we didn't enjoy. Our favorites were: Foie Gras terrine with black truffle, potato and rye, Smoked sturgeon sabayon with chive oil, Sunchoke roasted with watercress and horseradish, Lobster poached with burnt leeks, bay leaf, and meyer lemon and Squab roasted with beets, onion and chocolate jus.
Everyone was so kind and made us feel so welcome. Then we got the tour of the kitchen. Umm… I think I saw fireworks. I was so delighted to have gotten the opportunity to see the great machine behind our amazing meal. Wow, it is quite a spectacle with so many people and stations. Like a swiss watch… all working together. We were served the Apple Jack cocktail while chatting about the restaurant and it’s history. We felt so lucky. And for a couple like my husband and I, there is no greater treat. Then we had some cheese and desserts, black and white cookies to go as well as a chocolate “happy birthday” bar. Then the bottle of cognac that’s left at the table… my husband loved that generous touch.
What can I say? They completely wowed us and I can’t imagine having a greater meal. The service, the food, the beautiful space… best birthday meal ever! Can’t wait to come back and try it during different seasons. Thank you so much for the recommendations to dine here.
By the way, we came back another night and had cocktails at the bar before our dinner elsewhere. Great drinks of course but I have to say the room is most beautiful during lunch with the light streaming in from the huge windows.

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Mar 05, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Best Momofuko experience

I guess we'll try to have lunch there. I still haven't been to any of the Momofuku restaurants and the Ssam bar seems to fit our needs best. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Best Momofuko experience

Is the duck too much food for 2 adults? I'd like to try it but it sounds like that's all we would be able to try and I'd like to taste other items on the menu as well.

Feb 09, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

I am a fan of duck so if they have it I will order it. Their preparation sounds so good!
I love foie prepared as a torchon so that sounds amazing. I probably wouldn't pick squab so good to know.
What would you suggest regarding dessert? Any picks there? I read in a previous thread their vanilla souffle was great but I'm afraid that might just be too much after a full tasting menu. Although I do love a good souffle.

Feb 02, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

In reading past posts, I see the duck sounds like a "must have". Should we make a point of ordering that? Anything else you can think of?

Feb 02, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

Okay, good to know that specific items can be modified.
I might try the half pours idea. Would the cost be the same?
No I wouldn't expect to have uni special ordered I was just wondering if it's worthwhile to mention beforehand in case they might have it. And sounds like they do have an amuse with it currently.
No time constraints.... will just enjoy ourselves. Thanks for the responses.
Also, if anyone wants to chime in... is the siphon coffee amazing? A must have?
We are used to Intelligensia coffee and love a good cup.

Jan 30, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

Just my husband and I.

Jan 29, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park lunch - a few questions

Hello again! I had asked for some recs back in August when my husband and I came with our 7 year old ( her first time in NY!). Well, she loved it as much as we did and turns out her favorite restaurant was Prune. We are fortunate enough to be able to visit again mid February for my birthday. I was able to get a reservation for lunch at Eleven Madison Park for the 17th. After reading about all the lovely reviews here I felt like it's worth the splurge. I do have a few questions if anyone can help me I would appreciate it.
1. Both of us want to do the tasting menus but I don't eat red meat or pork. I know they tailor the tasting menu but if we wanted the clam pot for example would they create it without chorizo or do two versions or just do something else entirely?
2. My husband is a wine lover and would like to do the wine pairing. How many wines do they usually serve with a tasting? I'd like to join him but I'm a little worried it might be too much since it's lunch time and we will have arrived from L.A. that morning. I'd hate to pass out at the table. If I do a few glasses with the meal - how many would you suggest with the tasting menu?
3. One of my favorite foods is uni. Any way I can make a special request for it or is it not part of their winter menu?
4. How long will the meal last? We're not in a hurry just wondering if I need to even make dinner plans. We might just hit a few favorite bars and have some bar snacks if we're up for it later.

Thanks so much for all your help! I truly appreciate it.

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Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

Jan 29, 2012
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Well, we're back home from our lovely adventure and I thought I would report back.
Here's what we hit:
Les Halles (downtown) - good but I probably wouldn't go back with all the great choices in NY
The Plaza for tea - fun for my daughter and loved the atmosphere... food was okay, nothing to write home about. I've had much better teas in L.A.
Balthazar - delicious and fun as usual. Afterward, we decided to walk to LIttle Italy and there was a festival and my daughter had her first cannoli which she loved!
Pastis - went for brunch. Loved everything and walked it off on the High Line
ABC Kitchen - wow! we were very impressed with the food and loved the vibe/decor. The crab toast was so good but we loved all the courses including dessert.
Doughnut Plant - yum!
Prune - absolutely great! Tried alot of the dishes and we loved them all. My daughter tried the sardines, bone marrow and quail. She loved the quail and said that this was her favorite restaurant of the trip! I had the whole fish and loved how it was so simply prepared yet so delicious. We will definitely go back.
Eataly - good but I wish we could have gotten different foods from different stations at one table. Then you're kind of "stuck" with one cuisine and we didn't have time to go from one to another as the waitress suggested (who does, really?) We were in the vegetable station and it was very good but I would probably try the pasta or raw areas another time.
Sakagura - we had read about their sake list and it did not disappoint. Loved the food, sake and presentation. They had uni soba! And the waiter was very helpful with our sake selections letting us try various types etc.
Spotted Pig - went for lunch, again, loved it. Very kid friendly during lunch and my daughter loved drawing all over the paper on the table. Love their fries.
Schiller’s - we love this place! Great people, fun vibe and good food.
We also had gelato at il laboratorio del gelato and L'arte del gelato - both very good.
Overall, had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back to try more places! Thank you all for your suggestions and help.

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Sakagura
211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

Les Halles
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Doughnut Plant
220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Aug 30, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Thanks for saying that. Yes, she is used to going out with us and behaves. I just wasn't sure about some places. I did call Spotted Pig to see if kids were allowed at lunch or brunch and they said of course. Can't wait to experience all the great food! Just hope it cools down a little.

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Jul 26, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Balthazar is one of my favorite restaurants - we already have reservations there. Can't wait!

Jul 22, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Oh wow Kyotofu sounds fun and my daughter has a huge sweet tooth (unlike me.) We're going to Balthazar, ABC Kitchen and Keste but have a few open nights. Might do Blue Ribbon, Prune, Pulino's or Momofuku other nights. Not sure yet. It'll be my daughter's first trip to NY so we're so excited. Hope she loves it as much as I do.

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Kyotofu
705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Pulino's
282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Jul 22, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

My friend's ex is a huge fan of Artisanal - I forgot all about it. Will check it out. Thank you!

Jul 20, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Got it - I guess I'm not a fan of places that have outposts other places. I want to eat somewhere that is only in NY. Plus, it seems kind of stuffy - not sure if I have the right impression.

Jul 20, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

I was thinking fun in the way of sweets! We were not going to the East Village branch but the one on 56th St. as mentioned above.
We will probably get breakfast there or grab a snack - I like the Central Park idea since we will be headed there a few times (zoo, Met, Plaza tea).

Jul 20, 2011
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Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

I'm showing what a tourist I am! You're right, it's definitely 20 blocks away from our hotel. I'll check out Marseille. We went to dbgb last time we were in NY and while it was very good I feel like trying something different.

Jul 19, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Wow! The thought of that French toast is making my mouth water!

Jul 19, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Okay, maybe we'll try Spotted Pig for lunch. Love their food and vibe.
We were going to do Les Halles our first night since it was close to our hotel and figured we'd want an early dinner. Any other suggestion for Midtown? Probably something similar brasserie or seasonal. FYI, I love Chez Panisse so anything in that vein. Thanks for your help!

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Les Halles
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

Jul 19, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Thanks again! Maybe we'll do Prune for lunch. Our daughter loves sardines, shrimp and bacon so I think she'll be okay.
Would you pick Clinton St. or Shopsin's or something else for breakfast? We are going to Pastis one day for breakfast - love their French toast.

Jul 18, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

We were thinking of Ssam Bar. We might do that early one night especially since they don't take reservations. What about Prune? Okay for a kid?
So you would suggest Gramercy Tavern over Blue Ribbon?
Thanks for the breakfast recs - didn't know Jacques Torres had a new branch just knew about the one in Dumbo.
We were going to go to the Doughnut Plant in the Chelsea hotel nice to know they sell some at Joe. My husband and I love their doughnuts and I'm sure my daughter will too. We were also thinking of doing breakfast on Wednesday at Clinton St. Baking Co. Is there still a long wait on a Wednesday?
Thanks for your help!

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Doughnut Plant
220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Jul 18, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan

Foodies dining with 7 year old plus need some recs

Hi!
We'll be in NY mid August with our seven year old who likes a lot of the same food we do. She's used to dining out and should be fine however, I don't want to bring her somewhere where children are unwelcome.
We'd love to do brunch at Spotted Pig - I know it's a pub but can we bring our child for brunch?
I'd love to have dinner one night at Prune - again, ok for a kid? How about an early Momofuko dinner?
Anyone been to Blue Ribbon lately? Since they don't take reservations would a Sunday or Monday night be less of a wait? We were trying to decide between BR/Gramercy Tavern/Pulino's/ Les Halles. Also thinking of dinner at Keste one night.
Lastly, we will be staying near Rockefeller Plaza - any good ideas for a quick breakfast before we run off to explore the city? I see there is a Dean & Deluca closeby and I'm sure we'll drop by Grand Central for breakfast as well. Any fun dessert type places nearby? We're going to Milk Bar but anything else fun?
Thanks for your help and I've learned so much studying this board already! Can't wait to try ABC Kitchen for the first time.

Jul 17, 2011
Pink_pug in Manhattan