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Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

Now you've got me worried about them.

about 15 hours ago
Polisax in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

We are in the same boat viz kreuter. I loved him at the ritz cp south, when he was cooking focused and intense alsatian cuisine, with rustic touches here and their. It seemed to be "his" restaurant and his cuisine. When he went to the modern the cuisine became more cosmopolitan, more ny, etc... I found it less interesting but always well executed. I was therefore enthusiastc when he opened the new place under his own name.

I booked an 8pm table midweek with no problem.

Have fun whatever you do.

1 day ago
Polisax in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

hmmm did I mention names?

You may be right at KO but at Atera you are wrong. at KO I was the beneficiary of such treatment several times when matt was there.... not due to any virtue of mine but via other connections. I tried to feel guilty but this happens in my favor so rarely I managed to deal with the guilt.

2 days ago
Polisax in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

I confess that I don't see why this an issue for you. Kreuther opened in a very expensive place and needs to make the economics work if the place is to succeed. He has been cooking NY for some time and he (or his staff) certainly have an idea of who his "regular" customers are -- who will come repeated and take the expensive menu more or less rain or shine. These people have eaten his food since before he was at the MOdern (he was great when was at the Ritz CP South in my opinion). why wouldn't he try to pay special attention to them and encourage their loyatly? There are certainly lots of people on this board who are regulars at places like KO, EMP, Atera, etc and who (I guess) get special attention for reservations and service at those places. God bless them. Their loyalty makes it possible for more occasional diners like myself to have the chance to enjoy the food at these places.

be honest with yourself. Are you REALLY going to be going to this restaurant, or any expensive restaurant, to make their economics work -- in NYC? I think it would not only be self defeating to refuse to enjoy the work of one of the city's excellent chefs, but to do so on the ground that the restaurant business ought to be run as a kind of egalitarian democracy seems strange. Maybe you could tell this to Kreuther's landlord.

2 days ago
Polisax in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

I expected "masa"

Aug 31, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

Gabriel Kreuther - reservations (not just on bookings!)

Bingo

Aug 31, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

The Progress good for last night in SF?

I agree. If you are two people Progress is fine (if you state bird)... For more people i find the format and noise irritating. I would also give a +1 for rich table.

Michelin SF Predictions 2016

The wagyu this week was really good. They improved a lot in the two months between my visits. After my june visit i would have agreed ( they did pork then).

Oddly their cryptic menu looks very similar on the two dates even though the food was very different. I wonder why they think it is a good idea. Emp in nyc used tomdo that until a couple of years ago... But that was before the meal and you could ask questions. But they hand this thing and within a couple of days it stops telling you anything.

Michelin SF Predictions 2016

I would hazard a guess that nico might get a star. It is, after all, french and, within the spirit of parisian bistronomia. .

Michelin SF Predictions 2016

I have twice, once in june and last week. Creative 10+ course meal plus lots of amueses. It was excellent in june but with some inconsistency. Last week was fantastic. The service is excellent and enthusiastic; it is not noisy. The food is thoughtful, very well executed, draws on mexican flavors and concepts ( and veggies), but with cosmopolitan touches too. It was a bit like quintonil in mexico city which is veggie centric with a tasting menu focus.

And it is still inexpensive considering what is on the plate and the degree of difficulty. Impressive. I don't have any insight into the tire company but i think it is easily worth at least one star. At least. I have eaten at all of the highly ratedplaces in the city multiple times... And recently (ie. In the last year) In terms of creativity and flavor and execution i would put it in avery high tier. A bit below saison perhaps but with crenn, quince, and maybe benu. These other places can use pricier ingredients at their price points... But am not sure that is a good thing for most chefs (i liked saison in the mission more than i do now; similarly for manresa: pricier ingredients has not really made david's for more interesting... To me)

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

unless you are wed to manhattan, consider Luksus in Greenpoint. It is a wonderful modern nordic cuisine, with one michelin star as I recall. the prix fixe is less than $100 and they may not have a wine license and so it may be BYOB (i always bring wine but I am a regular; you need to check). It is behind torst beer place and they do serve the boutique danish style beers with the food.

it is one of the most creative cuisines in NY -- I like it better than Aska (which is reopening soon I think) and Aquavit.... but your experience may be different.

In any case you will have a unique experience with a rising and very talented (and generous young chef) and be out of there for about $350 (or less) depending on how you decide to drink.

Aug 27, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

You can take train to and from tarrytown and get a cab... No need to drive.

Aug 26, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

Who carries day boat ( or dry) scallops in the penninsula or sf?

No. In both places their scallops are usually swimming in white liquid.... A sign they are treated with phosphates and are water bombs.

J

Who carries day boat ( or dry) scallops in the penninsula or sf?

I have never found them on the penninsula (retail). Help?

Dinner for Two, $500

I agree completely. Commis is a place to pay attention to the food. If you want to just have a conversation with friends it's probably not for you.

Dinner for Two, $500

+1 on rich table

Dinner for Two, $500

most of these places have corkage fees. i have brought wine to nearly every one of them. what is "reasonable" depends on the alternative. I don't mind paying $50 or $75 at a very good restaurant in order to have a well aged wine (in my case burgundy or barolo or northern rhone) to match the food. the alternative is usually something that is too young to drink or else from a less interesting for me to drink. I have even popped for the per se and french laundry corkage ($150 last time I went) without (too many) regrets.

Dinner for Two, $500

I think we all agree that benu is impossible. they don't have ala carte... and the menus start at $250 before wine, tax and tips.

I agree that OP can do the salon menu at Quince and figure out a way to stay within budget (despite the options on offer).

so I guess the issue is: would you rather go to a place where you can have a very good meal and wine without sweating the budget... or go to a very expensive place where you need to calculate carefully (and tell your partner what they cannot have) in order to stay on budget. For me the choice is simple: if I go to quince I expect to pay $700 and not sweat the calculations. otherwise i go to Commis or nico and eat almost as well (but with less fussy service and lower priced ingredients).

Calling all salmon lovers - king or sockeye?

King is more forgiving to cook. If you overcook sockeye, which can happen fast, it ends up with a mealy texture. It takes longer to overcook king and it is not as much of a disaster. (Of course you should not overcook either).

I prefer to make gravlax with sockeye... For me king is too rich for that.

Aug 07, 2015
Polisax in General Topics

Dinner for Two, $500

I agree. But you might feel deprived by staying on that menu when you see what else the kitchen is capable of. OP could have more will power than I do.

Dinner for Two, $500

if it were me, I would aim lower on the price scale rather than squeezing every dollar out of my budget. Maybe the places that Lauriston recommended or Commi or perhaps AQ or Bar Agricole... or A16. or Al's place. Or the crenn's new second or monsieur benjamin (benu's second) or cortogna (quince's second)..... these are ll good but (if this a special and grownup occasion) mostly fairly loud places. I think, if that is the situation, Nico is really your best bet. you don't need to sweat the budget and the chef is very talented and more or less undiscovered by the foodiscenti.

Dinner for Two, $500

same with Benu. the prix fixe is $248 pp

Dinner for Two, $500

at that price point I would also recommend Commis in Oakland. very creative prix fixe at a reasonable price point.

and if you want to stay in the City you might think of Californios in the mission.... 10 course prix fixe at about $100 so you can get out under $500 without depriving yourself on drinks, etc. Nice people and a good effort to do upscale mexican cuisine.

you might also try Lazy Bear if you can get tickets... their prices vary but they are generally under $200 pp, including service and (I think taxes) so you would have $100 to spend on drinks, etc. but it is hard to get tickets so plan in advance.

Dinner for Two, $500

I have never gotten out of quince for that price -- at least not at the current location.
I suppose if you took a few dishes from the ala carte (salon menu) and ordered off the bottom of their wine list you might squeak by. I would feel deprived if i did that. It is an outstanding restaurant but you need to think closer to $700 or for two.

Dinner for Two, $500

Nico is really good. 5 course prix fixe at $55 and is quite creative. It has also a relatively civilized noise level and space between tables. Nat that price you can splurge a bit on wine and enjoy talking to each other.

What dish from which restaurant do you crave most often? What's the runner-up?

Can you really +1 a slider? My slider friends would say +10. (Burp)

Aug 06, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

Have you ( or anyone) been to le jardin bistrot on avenue c? I liked it when it was on cleveland place but have not been to the new location.

Jul 22, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

best lower-end restaurants in the Villages/Soho

$50 for two. I assume you will drink tap water.

I like pearls and little mermaid oyster bars pretty well. Go at happy hour at little mermaid and be disciplined and you can eat cheap.

+1 for tomoe
Hakata ton ton is excellent... Maybe a bit too dear.
Yuba on 9th
Ippudo
Hundred acres and 12 chairs on macdougal can be ok.
Lupa for lunch (dinner would be more expensive)
Or just get the hamburger at minetta... And water. $52 before tip and tax.

Jul 11, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

I like porchetta... But then, i am an addict.

Jul 09, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan

Branching out in the East Village

Check the yuba dishes at Yuba... Very delicate and refined.

Jul 07, 2015
Polisax in Manhattan