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Cuban dinner tonight - only night in the area

Hi everyone! We are visiting from nyc before going on a cruise tomorrow. We will be staying near the port of Miami. We would like to get some Cuban food around 830/9. Doesn't have to be any sort of ambiance or high end -- whatever is delicious and decently easy to get to (walking or zipcar up to 30ish minutes with at least reasonable street parking). We aren't too familiar with Cuban food but are very adventurous. Ropa vieja is super good.

Wedding/Private Dining for 8-10

the same presentation and 'story' (for lack of a better word? theme?) accompanies the dishes upstairs?

Jan 03, 2014
sundropforever in Manhattan

Wedding/Private Dining for 8-10

why the strong support to EMP? have you been to a private dining event there?

Jan 01, 2014
sundropforever in Manhattan

Wedding/Private Dining for 8-10

wow, i love the modern idea.

unfortunately, how weird is this:

Unfortunately, as a tenant of MoMA, we must abide by their regulations and are therefore prohibited from hosting weddings as they are not permitted in the Museum. I have to submit all event invitations to the Museum for approval and if there is any mention of “wedding” or “marriage”, the event would not be allowed. Additionally, we do not permit any traditional elements such as wedding gowns or wedding cakes.

Dec 30, 2013
sundropforever in Manhattan

Wedding/Private Dining for 8-10

I am looking to plan my wedding as a small and intimate ceremony followed by dinner. I am trying to come up with a list of restaurants with small enough rooms that the minimum would not be prohibitive. I have reached out to Per Se and EMP. Any others you guys know of that merit inquiry?

Dec 29, 2013
sundropforever in Manhattan

Girlfriend's birthday dinner - Italian mid-range(?) recommendations/narrowing down my list?

I am thinking in the area of $100/pp for food or so. We already did an "early birthday" at Alinea@EMP, but I've decided I'd like to do something for her actual birthday as well. It's coming up soon - we'd go either this weekend or next weekend. I know reservations aren't the easiest, but we're not particularly averse to the 10:30PM (or later) seatings that are still available for most if not all of my restaurants I list on OpenTable.

She's a big fan of Italian food, particularly well-done pasta dishes (much more than I am), so I figure we can do that.

Places we've been that we are considering: Marea(probably our favorite of the list), Babbo(but this is close), Maialino.

Places we haven't been: Torrisi's, Del Posto, Ai Fiori, A Voce(either), Scarpetta, Rouge Tomate, Locanda Verde, Peasant.

Feel free to battle any against each other, make recommendations, or surprise us with a new place. We're horribly indecisive. The one bit of guidance is that we're a bit pensive about Torrisi (in the same way that we are pensive about Blue Hill at Stone Barns) in that we might find it....a bit boring? It looks good, but so many reviews talk about how the mozzarella and olive oil was the best part of the meal, and that seems sort of, y'know, boring.

Oct 16, 2012
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Michelin Stars 2013

Have wanted to Atera for quite some time. Now I'm never getting in, am I?! :(

Oct 02, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Ways to meet young foodies

hi.

Sep 17, 2012
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21st Century Ltd.

2-top, wed, 9:30!

Sep 14, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

21st Century Ltd.

very little infuriates me like being at work and having a site refuse to let me use it with IE.

Sep 14, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

After finding out about this Saturday night, I picked up a fastpass on Craigslist and went Sunday. We arrived at 11:45 or so to see that there were gigantic lines for Salt Lick and Big Bob Gibson. We started at The Pit/Ed Mitchell and had some hog, which we both found a tad bit dry. It held us over as we waited in the 30 minute long Gibson line. His pulled pork was A+ and totally worth it. The CH-recommended white sauce was great. We also got Baker's St. Louis Ribs, 17th St. Ribs, Hill Country's Brisket, and Blue Smoke's ribs. The Hill Country Brisket was pretty fantastic. The best ribs IMO were Baker's, best side was 17th St. beans, and best overall was Bob Gibson.

Jun 12, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Spring Jean-Georges Must Haves (Lunch)?

If I go, I will be sure to report back.

Jun 12, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Alternative to PDT bar

no food, but painkiller (PKNY) is an amazing 'speakeasy' style cocktail bar that is themed as a neo-tiki establishment. no pretense and some of the best bartenders i have ever dealt with, particularly a guy named keegan.

Jun 10, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Spring Jean-Georges Must Haves (Lunch)?

it's hard to beat a tasting at torrisi... thanks for your feedback.

Jun 10, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Spring Jean-Georges Must Haves (Lunch)?

Will the menu change any time soon? I've looked through old threads, but it seems that the dishes have changed (no chateau chalon sauce fish, for example.)

People seem to love the parmesan chicken leg and the tuna ribbons... anything else that's must-have? (or must not have?)

Thanks again CH!

Jun 09, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Jean-Georges (dinner) or Momofuku Ko (lunch) for birthday?

do you recommend lunch at ko over dinner at ko?

i've read your ko-boosting posts and they were quite informative.

Mar 05, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Jean-Georges (dinner) or Momofuku Ko (lunch) for birthday?

I'm turning 25 and that's as good of a reason as any to visit a fine NYC establishment. My girlfriend and I are new to the NYC restaurant scene - the only notable places we've hit so far are Eleven Madison Park and Marea. EMP was so good it took several people to convince me to at least try something else instead of repeating.

Here I am, thinking Ko would fortress me out, holding 2 reservations (I know, CH, I know. I'll give one up very soon, and will not hold them until the last minute [of the cancellation policy]). We're horribly indecisive. We like everything except olives. We love ethnic food of all sorts (that doesn't contain olives.) I'm a gastronomy dork. We love seafood. And foie gras.

Sigh. Any opinions or notes or great posts are welcome. Otherwise, thanks for letting me vent!

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Mar 05, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Birthday Dinner: a return to EMP? J-G? Modern? Too indecisive for my own good..

Hi again CH!

Last October, you were all very helpful and I ended up taking my girlfriend to Eleven Madison Park for her birthday, an experience which stands as the best meal of my life. Now, my birthday is coming up in March and that means reservation calendars are opening up soon. My short list is:

* Back to Eleven Madison Park (had the tasting in October, am really really really interested in having the duck on a 4-course)

* Jean-Georges (have never been)

* Momofuku Ko (have never been, but will have to try for reservations after making another due to calendars)

* The Modern Dining Room (have only been for lunch).

I'm also completely open to suggestions. I'm not a big fan of Italian food (although I just had a divine meal at Marea for Valentine's day), so I didn't consider Italian places. I'd like to keep it in this price range - I haven't done Per Se, but will save that for maybe our anniversary this summer.

EDIT to add: I've also considered a J-G lunch and an EMP dinner (spread over a weekend) if I want to get decadent...

Feb 13, 2012
sundropforever in Manhattan

Indo-Pak (specifically Nihari)?

super late pass, but thank you all!

Jan 06, 2012
sundropforever in Outer Boroughs

Any Bars/Restaurants with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout?

http://www.beermenus.com/beers/brookl...

DBA in the East Village has it, and is a great place.

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d.b.a.
41 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Oct 25, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Our inaugural EMP birthday trip - review/comments

what....is.....CHERRY LEMON....sun drop?! I MUST HAVE.

Oct 24, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Our inaugural EMP birthday trip - review/comments

As some of you may have seen, I took my girlfriend to EMP for her 25th birthday this past weekend. It was both of our first times in the dining room (we'd come to the bar to try Brooklyn Brewery's Local 11), and our first Michelin 3-star outing. While some of my coworkers may call me a foodie, I may only be a burgeoning one by CH standards. As such, I have no pictures, took no notes, and am only writing this based on what I remember. I hope that it is enjoyable anyway!

We arrived right at 9:45PM for our reservation, and the host greeted me by name, greeted my girlfriend by name (remarking on the spelling of her name) and wished her a happy birthday. Within a couple of minutes we were heading towards our table in the dining room. 5 minutes later, we were introduced to our waiter and the sommelier, both of whom were very friendly. We order the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Our waiter is sure to ask about anything we are allergic to and anything we don't care for and don't want to see as part of the tasting menu, and when I mention olives, he's sure to ask if it's just olives or also olive oil and related products. The sommelier comes by shortly after to ask about any wine preferences. We are both very into beer, so we say that any course he feels would be suited to a beer pairing instead of a wine pairing, we'd be open to that. Unfortunately, the duck was not offered as part of the tasting menu.

The gougeres arrive soon after. These are simply delicious. I remarked that it was "the most elite Cheez-It I've ever tasted." I could eat these all night. Alas, that was not to be.

From here, I'll post the courses and wine/beer pairings as they read on our printed out menu and my remarks.

First Pairing: Claude Genet, Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, Chouilly, Cote des Blancs

MUSHROOM

Tea with Brioche and Truffle

This was a teacup full of 'mushroom tea' and a tiny brioche with black truffles on top of it. The 'tea' was great - an interesting mixture between tea and soup. The mushroom flavor was pronounced but not overwhelming. The brioche was perfectly crispy and the truffles popped with flavor, complimenting the tea perfectly. The champagne was a great compliment here too - light, crisp, a bit fruity.

TUNA AND SCALLOP

Basil and Meyer Lemon, Ceviche with Tangerine

I ate the scallop first as I typically prefer tuna to scallop, wanting to save the best for last. A colossal mistake. The scallop's flavor contrasted and complimented by the tangerine combined in a way that would make it a contender for best dish of the night. I only wish there were more. The tuna was served with basil and lemon atop a light crisp. It was also delicious, albeit not as wow-inducing as the scallop.

Second Pairing: Schloss Schoenborn, Winkel Hasensprung, Spaetlese Trocken, Rheingau, Germany 2009

YOGURT AND CHICK PEAS

Lollipops with Curry; Panisse with Yogurt

The panisse was great - very lightly crispy and the chick peas and yogurt all worked well together. The lollipops were made with curry and Greek yogurt. Unfortunately, the Greek yogurt overpowered the curry flavor. There was a very slight hint of curry, but if I didn't know it was there, I'm not sure I could pinpoint it. I enjoy Greek yogurt well enough, but it's a bit too strong for this dish. The wine was an exceptional dry Riesling.

APPLE

Gelee with Sea Urchin, Caviar, and Foie Gras

Another 'wow' inducer. This was just delicious. An array of flavors and textures that compliment each other nicely. There were small pieces of apple in the gelee as well. The foie was the delicious buttery goodness I expected. The caviar was not overpowering as it sometimes can be. The sea urchin was nicely balanced with the tart-yet-sweet gelee as well. Definitely an all-star dish. I feel like this would be an easy thing to get wrong - something is overpowering or the flavors are dissonant instead of harmonious. The wine complimented it all very well, to top it off.

I believe bread started here - served with cow's milk butter, goat's milk butter, and fleur de sel. The bread was quite good, and delivered hot. The butters were good but almost superfluous due to the richness of the bread. The goat's milk butter was quite intense, nearly tasting like cheese.

Third Pairing: Southampton Publick House, Saison

CLAM

Clambake with Chorizo, Apple, and Potato

This one I wish I had taken a picture of. Two different clams are served in seashells (two each) - one apple, one chorizo. In the center is a stone pot, which they kindle a miniature fire under with some sort of hot rock contraption to heat some New England clam chowder. The presentation is spot-on and impressive. The clam chowder is then poured into what look like coffee mugs and consumed like a hot drink. The clams were both phenomenal, and the chowder was even better. I really, really, really want more of it. Again, the seafood/fruit combination is a clear winner with the clam/apple playing off each other. The farmhouse funky flavors of the saison go quite well with the clams and the saltiness of the chowder.

Fourth Pairing: Patrick Piuze, Vaucoupin, Premier Cru, Chablis, Burgundy, France 2008

FENNEL

Salad with Meyer Lemon, Bottarga, and Couscous

Fennel isn't something that I'm normally excited about, so the amount I enjoyed this dish was surprising. The fennel was just present enough to make itself known without making everything taste exclusively of fennel. The presentation here was fun - a straight line of salad and couscous with some colorful accents.

Fifth Pairing: Georg Mosbacher, Forster Ungehauer, Auslese, Pfalz, Germany 2007

FOIE GRAS

Terrine with Plum, Bitter Almond, and Umeboshi

Fabulous. The foie gras was a long rectangle surrounded by thin almond cookies and topped with a bitter almond crumble. Surrounding it were plum and umeboshi. As before, the foie texture was heavenly. The almond made for an intense foie dish, but not in a bad way. The plum/umeboshi calmed it down a bit, with a very sweet Riesling to help along the way. I was really, really sad to see the end of this one.

Sixth Pairing: Brasserie des Franches Montagne, Cuvee du 7eme, Biere de Garde, Jura, Switzerland 2009

Right around here, our waiter brought a small blueberry mignardise tart over with a candle in it, telling my girlfriend that it was officially after 12AM and wishing her a happy birthday. A very nice touch!

ENDIVE

Roasted with Truffle, Egg Yolk, and Pear

I was pretty concerned upon hearing "endive, roasted." Visions of my grandmother's slimy cooked vegetables danced in my head. Thankfully, it wasn't the case here. The truffle, egg yolk, and pear proved to be three excellent and varying compliments to the already-good roasted endive. The egg yolk was in the form of a sabayon. The sour and vinegar-y biere de garde was a perfect compliment here, as well.

Seventh Pairing: Chateau Margaux, Pavilion Blanc, Bordeaux, En Magnum France 1999

LOBSTER

Poached with Autumn Mushrooms and Spinach

A good-sized amount of lobster with three different types of mushrooms and cooked spinach lay before me. The lobster was delicious, perfectly cooked, and slightly buttered. The mushrooms were amazing- leading my girlfriend to realize her once-ambivalent attitude towards mushrooms may in fact now lean in the solidly pro-mushroom direction. The cooked spinach, however, really did remind me of grandmother's slimy cooked vegetables. That aside, the dish was quite good. Lobster's one of my favorite foods and it was certainly an excellent example of why.

Eighth Pairing: Patrick Jasmin, Cote-Rotie, Rhone Valley, France 2004

LAMB

Roasted with Eggplant, Sheep's Milk Yogurt, and Sweetbreads

One of the highlights of the night. The lamb was so tender and cooked perfectly. The yogurt on the side was a delicious compliment. The sweetbreads were perfect - crunchy and extremely savory for the tiny package they came in. The eggplant was very mild - it actually shocked me that it was eggplant (I only learned after viewing the printed menu) - as it's usually not something I care for. My only regret is the lamb was gone too soon.

Ninth Pairing: Huet, Clos du Bourg, Moelleux Premier Trie, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France 2002

BLUE CHEESE

With Pear, Chestnut Honey, and Bitter Greens

Two different cheeses in two corners of the plate, one corner surrounded by pears, one corner surrounded by bitter greens, and a line of chestnut honey as a dividing line. Blue cheese is something I can only eat a small amount of, and this was about the limit. It was great cheese, and the pear, honey, and greens helped to offset the strong flavor (especially the pears, which were particularly delicious.)

EGG CREAM

Orange, Cocoa Nib, and Seltzer

The much-vaunted EMP egg cream, but this time, orange syrup and orange oil rather than olive oil. I could have drank a thermos of this. Nearly dreamsicle-esque in taste, a perfect egg cream texture… absolutely divine.

Tenth Pairing: Vinhos Barbeito (Rare Wine Co.), Malmsey, New York Special Reserve, Madeira

CHOCOLATE

Gianduja with Hazelnut, Espresso, and Caramel

Wow. This came in the form of a gianduja chocolate bar in the center, hazelnut ice cream on the right, and espresso sponge on the left, with caramel to accent. The Madeira was potent, bordering on port-like intensity. When I heard 'hazelnut ice cream' and 'espresso sponge', I was expecting a sweet overload, especially paired with a bar of gianduja. I'm not normally a big chocolate fan (though I do love gianduja.) I was wrong. The hazelnut ice cream was intensely bitter, as was the espresso sponge. They both balanced the sweetness of the caramel and gianduja well, with the Madeira in the middle as the mediator. A phenomenal dessert. (My girlfriend's came with a candle in the sponge as a further birthday wish.)

We also had cappuccino at this point, which was pretty good (and presented with white and brown sugar cubes.)

We're then poured a snifter of cognac each as a digestif, with the bottle left on the table and the invitation to drink as much as we'd like. I was particularly impressed with this because we were one of the last two tables (it was around 1:15AM or 1:30AM at this point), and absolutely no pressure whatsoever to leave so they could close.

As we're preparing to leave, my girlfriend is given an Eleven Madison Park chocolate bar in a box, and a bag with four EMP-branded 'guides' for lack of a better word, showcasing chicken, beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as a large guidebook to elite restaurants around the world.

THE TAKEAWAY: It was undoubtedly the best meal of our lives. (My second is the beer-filled wonderland of De Heeren van Liederkerke in Liederkerke, Belgium.) The service was what it's been lauded to be - absolutely perfect without a hint of snooty or stuffy. The servers and sommelier were professional and on top of everything - from water refills to course timing to folding napkins when my girlfriend left for the restroom to any questions about the dishes or wine we had. The only 'disappointment' was the lack of a kitchen tour (which I realize is not something that is part of every meal, and I only know about from CH.) I did notice that no one seemed to be going back to the kitchen - I kept my eye open and didn't see an entire table get up through the nearly 4 hours we were there. When I am deciding where to go for a high-end dinner in the future, it'll be hard to decline a return visit to EMP, even though I definitely want to hit other destinations in New York like Per Se, Daniel, and Jean-Georges. All praise (and all stars) is warranted.

Edit: I'll certainly be back in the next week or so to try some Nine Pin (the other EMP-exclusive Pappy van Winkle-aged beer.)

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Oct 24, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

It's tonight! My first EMP visit is tonight!

Beyond excited. No one else seems to quite understand, so I thought I'd post here for my last few hours working before dinner.

Oct 21, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Review of 2 day Trip - Modern Bar Room, Locanda Verde and Babbo

the black pasta at babbo is divine.

Oct 19, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Indo-Pak (specifically Nihari)?

The best Pakistani food in the U.S. I've had is from Sabri Nihari on Devon Avenue in Chicago, which is home to many Indian and Pakistani places that are all excellent. The only place that has come close is Tayyabs in Whitechapel, London. There are plenty of acceptable Indian places if chicken tikka masala is your game (which, oftentimes, it is.) I have yet to even see nehari on a menu or any menus that seem to show both Indian and Pakistani influences. I know it's got to be around...but where?! I posted this in the Manhattan board and was directed here... I'm in the LES and would prefer closer to farther, but I'm also not averse to a Zipcar trip, especially if places are open late on weekdays like the Devon shops are.

Oct 13, 2011
sundropforever in Outer Boroughs

Eleven Madison Park - tasting menu / grid?

That sounds phenomenal. We are both fans of beer, so that works out. It's the same cost for the pairing?

Oct 13, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - tasting menu / grid?

I was thinking of requesting a beer and wine pairing, whenever the sommelier(?) thinks it would be appropriate. I've had their Brooklyn Local 11 that is only available at EMP and it is great, and their beer list is phenomenal.

Oct 13, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - tasting menu / grid?

Thanks! Quite excited, especially with knowing that reservations are going to be even harder to get after the Michelin bump.

Oct 13, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park - tasting menu / grid?

I'm taking my girlfriend to Eleven Madison Park in... well, less than 10 days now! It's both of our first times. I've seen the sample menu on their website and heard about the famous grid. Is the grid just used in the 4-course meal, or also in the 8(?)-course tasting menu? I'm thinking that the tasting menu is the way to go for such a celebration, just wondering how it works...

Are the wine pairings generally a good idea? How many glasses does $145 include?

Thanks CH!

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

Oct 12, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan

Good Indo-Pak food (specifically Nehari)?

The best Pakistani food in the U.S. I've had is from Sabri Nihari on Devon Avenue in Chicago, which is home to many Indian and Pakistani places that are all excellent. The only place that has come close is Tayyabs in Whitechapel, London. There are plenty of acceptable Indian places if chicken tikka masala is your game (which, oftentimes, it is.) I have yet to even see nehari on a menu or any menus that seem to show both Indian and Pakistani influences. I know it's got to be around...but where?!

Oct 06, 2011
sundropforever in Manhattan