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canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

thanks for the tip! i hadn't thought of that! I love white truffles, but they are too rich for my blood =(

Aug 21, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

oh my god! i was just on their website and they sell ALOT of products! thanks for the suggestion!

Aug 21, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

thanks! i dont feel so bad about taking it off my list now!

Aug 21, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

yea i was just on youtube last night and saw bourdain at the sturgeon king. definitely sounds like classic new york!

Aug 21, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

thanks for the input!

i agree that vancouver has really good chinese and japanese food, world class even. that's why I decided against Nobu, which was originally on my list. same reason for chinese cusine, unless its something uniquely new york, there is no reason for me (as a person of chinese descent) to eat there for the food. (no offence, just trying to maximize my time in new york)

Aug 20, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

WOW! omg that is so thorough of you!! thankyou sooo much!

as people working in the industry, we dont really have time to sit at a telephone and try to make that reservation right at 10am (7am vancouver time). that's the thing im most worried about. i was wondering if email works as well.

as for the big 3 we're going to, we would like to stick to dinner to get the full experience (more expensive i know but.. ) other than that tho. i think we'll base our whole trip around the reservations and try to be as flexible for them as we can.

i saw that you recommended the pickle guys over fuss, why?

being from vancouver and of asian descent, im not sure about going to chinese restaurants, unless there are some that are distinctively new york (history, etc)
and for the same reason, we often have bagel and lox, are there any places you would strongly suggest for people who are used to eating good bagels? and where to find amazing smoked salmon? (cold smoked or hot smoked?)

thanks for the PDT tip! will definitely follow that advice!

B&D Ssam combo sounds like the way to go!

ECC is definitely something I'm personally interested in as it's something we dont have here in vancouver

If dead rabbit is a must go, then i think we can make it work, maybe on 911 tribute day since it's close to the WTC memorial site.

ive talked to my friend, milk & honey, acme and marc forgione are 2 places he'd like to add. I see they correspond to your suggestion so we'll definitely be doing that

other non food places we'll also be visiting would be
WTC memorial
korin knives
chelsea market
time square

we're from Vancouver, Canada and definitely know about touristy cities, i just voiced that i wanted to avoid serious tourist trap restaurants that charge exuberant prices for "famous nyc foods."

thankyou soo much for all your help! look forward to hearing from you again soon

Aug 20, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

hey! thanks alot for the quick reply! We're from Vancouver, Canada, so we have alot of cultural diversity here. Basque tapas sounds fun!

Aug 20, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

canadian cooks visiting nyc for the first time

hey new york chow hounders!

We are 2 professional cooks working in the restaurant industry in the west coast, and are planning a trip that would not be forgotten! we will be staying at the Mela hotel, in the time square area.

We would like to experience all that new york has to offer in just 7 days (oct 23-30) we've got a very limit list now due to the fact that we dont live there (mostly fine dining), and would like some suggestions on local hangouts and definitely not touristy places. Cheers and thanks in advance for the help!

Fine Dining:
Per Se
La Bernadin
Eleven Madison Park

(these 3 will be the main focus of our trip (crossing fingers on the reservations, any insiders tips on actually getting the reservation?)

Jean-georges for lunch (heard about the killer lunch prix fixe)

Drinking Establishments (are these the places to be?)
PDT
Employees only
Booker & Dax
Dead rabbit
ECC
Clover Club
Flat Iron

Non- Fine Dining:
Katz deli
Guss' pickles
John Dory oyster bar

Aug 20, 2013
noskcid in Manhattan

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

yes! i am doing the architecture river tour and my bartender recommended the Chicago beer experience!

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

good to know, thanks! i was wondering how it could fit into my schedule, but now i don't have to! haha

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

thanks TTownFoodie! will look into that! sounds like i should really try topolo

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

thanks for the great read!

your mouthwatering trip report was the reason i looked into Yusho =D

i will try to goto both the Aviary and Voilet hour! i am so spoiling myself! antique tacos sounds good too! nice and close to Violet hour. thanks!

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

ROFL! he just said it's worth going for the duelling pianos

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

that's also one of the reasons why I'm going to Trotter's. There're sooo many big name chefs that have gone through that restaurant and became great chefs! i think that's largely due to Trotter's training even though some may not admit it (cough Grant Achatz)

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

that's a lot of suggestions danimarlarkey! Yusho is definitely on my ''togo" list since i love yakitori!

i was drinking with my bartender last night and he was in chicago not too long ago and suggested Balzna, Sable, Violet hour, Avery and Howl @ the moon.

Longman and Eagle, The whistler Hot Chocolate, Danny's Tavern are all now on my hit list!

im also looking into the Publican and one more multi course restaurant, i know Tru and L20 are good, but i wanna see what graham elliot is doing as well, which of the 3 would you choose if you only had time for one?

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

i was considering going to one of his restaurants, but i don't know enough about mexican food to enjoy his food properly, so it'll be "if i have anytime left i'll go there" kinda thing

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

thanks! Pequod sounds like a great alternative to burt's place!

Jul 24, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

thanks! i didn't realize it until now but i found out it's a 25min cab ride away from my hotel! :o is it worth the cab money? or is there somewhere else you'd recommend?

Jul 23, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area

fellow cook vacationing in Chicago july 25-30

Hi, fellow foodsters!

my name is Dickson and i will be in Chicago from the 25th to the 30th. my trip revolves around Charlie Trotter's restaurant as it is closing and would love to finally meet him/eat his food. i will be staying at the dana hotel located between the loop and lincoin park, i do not have access to a car, but am willing to take public transportations.

i already have a few places I'm going to, but i would love some suggestions in bars (where bartenders like to drink), nightlife, restaurant and possibly sight seeing ideas

places I'm going to already include
-trotters (26th)
-hot doug's (possibly lunch of 27th because of duck fat fries)
-bert's place (tony bourdain recommendation)
-alinea (on the wait list, but will try to hound them for a table)
-riverside boat tour (recommended by my chef at work)

if anyone in the industry would be so kind to show me around, i would really appreciate it!
you can reach me on my email address leungdickson@gmail.com

thanks in advance
Dickson

Jul 23, 2012
noskcid in Chicago Area