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Lunch & dinner suggestions for one vegan & one sea food lover?

A few years back Eleven Madison Park put together an exceptional vegan tasting for a friend of mine (

I'd also suggest Del Posto, which offers a vegan tasting menu.

Jun 29, 2015
degustingdiary in Manhattan

New York - Best Michelin 3 Star

1. EMP
2. Jean-Georges
3. Daniel
4. Per Se
5. Le Bernardin

I've yet to try Brooklyn Fare and have little interest in Masa.

Jun 28, 2015
degustingdiary in Manhattan

The Clocktower

I suppose it's British insofar as the chef, Jason Atherton, is a Brit, and thus you'll find his interpretation of a few British dishes such as fish and chips with mushy peas or Eton Mess.

Jun 28, 2015
degustingdiary in Manhattan

The Clocktower

We had lunch at The Clocktower yesterday. Service was polished and everything we ordered, from the skirt steak to the Pink Lady apple tart tatin, was delicious.

Here are all of the photos:

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Hi everyone,

Thanks for so many great suggestions! Maude, alas, doesn't have any availability for the days I'll be in town, and I've put in an invitation request at Yamakase but have yet to hear back.

So I've made a dinner reservation at Spago for the day I arrive and a reservation at n/naka for the penultimate evening I'm in town.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Forgot about Spago--thanks, nosh. While we had a few so-so meals there pre-remodel, when we ate there this past summer, my brother really enjoyed it.

At this point, I'm thinking a restaurant crawl may be a better approach given the panoply of suggestions. I just wish Red Medicine were still open for late-night.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Thanks for the suggestion, Haeldaur. Occasionally when I'm in LA, we go to Din Tai Fung for Sunday brunch. I've never heard of Elite, but it could make for a fun post-wedding brunch.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Their website says "invitation only" -- that's a first for me.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

What seems like ages ago, I ate at Grace and found it underwhelming. So while I wouldn't be opposed to going to Fraser's new restaurant, I think it's better left for a casual outing where I'd be a bit more forgiving of a higher variance meal.

n/naka, on the other hand, I've never heard of, but that could be fun. Thanks for the suggestions, New Trial.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Budget constraint, alas.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Thanks for the suggestion, Thor123. We ate their in December, and everything--the fried pork trotters, Jidori chicken, pork chop etc.--was fantastic.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Thanks for the suggestions, wienermobile! I'm going to call Maude tomorrow to see if they have any reservations for late March.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner

Re: SAAM being a special night, I totally agree; we actually ate there a few years ago (, but I'll look into it to see how much the menu has changed.

Seeking Recommendations for a Celebratory Dinner


My brother is getting married next month, and I want to take him out for a
memorable dinner.

One idea was the chef's counter at Scarpetta. But since I haven't lived in LA for several years, I don't have a great sense of what else might be suitable for the occasion. In terms of a budget I'm thinking ~$250/person.

I'd appreciate any suggestions (and thanks in advance for the help).

Best Dishes of 2015

Pistachio-stuffed chicken at The Modern Dining Room

Pork belly and foie gras in Tonkotsu broth at betony

Celery root en vessie at Eleven Madison Park

Substitute for Per Se birthday dinner

Del Posto or Jean-Georges

Dec 01, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Tasting Menu Help - Daniel or Jean-Georges (or Atera?)

Service at Daniel isn't cold, but the food just isn't on the same level as the other restaurants you've frequented (e.g. EMP and Del Posto). I made the mistake of celebrating a special occasion at Daniel this summer, and the tasting menu was terribly underwhelming. Here are photos from that meal:

The food at Jean-Georges, however, is always delightful.

Nov 04, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Dinner at The NoMad (Restaurant) -- Recommendations

In addition to the tagliolini, I'd add the following: grape and fennel salad, smoked trout and eggplant with Bourbon barrel-aged fish sauce.

Here are photos from my dinner at NoMad two weeks ago:

Sep 15, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Best dinner in the city for under $100 pp

+1 for NoMad.

The summer menu has some outstanding dishes, including the smoked trout and eggplant with Bourbon barrel-aged fish sauce.

Here's a link to photos from my meal last weekend:

Sep 10, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

4 days and nights in Manhattan

While Eleven Madison Park is offering honey-lavender roast duck as a main course option on their summer tasting menu, you could also just pop into the bar and order it a la carte.

Sep 08, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Trip Report: EMP (2x), NoMad and Carbone

To gild the lilly, I topped the bread with the side of mushrooms.

Sep 07, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Trip Report: EMP (2x), NoMad and Carbone

Here are some photos of the aforementioned highlights:

Sep 05, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Trip Report: EMP (2x), NoMad and Carbone

Below is a truncated overview from my trip last weekend:

While I noshed each day, I'll focus on my sit-down meals, starting with my hands-down favorite restaurant in the country: Eleven Madison Park.

The four-hour cavalcade of courses merits a dissertation. While animal protein is handled deftly—most notably in the Homage to the Jewish Deli and in the slightly messy but ever so enjoyable lobster boil—it was the vegetables that bowled me over. A two-part tomato course began with a vibrant tomato tea infused with lemon verbena, a dish that hasn’t been on the menu since the 2012 summer, followed by a bowl of Tri-star strawberries, variegated tomatoes, micro basil and stipples of olive oil.

But the biggest surprise came from the restaurant’s riff on artichokes en barigoule. In lieu of artichoke, the kitchen used sunflower. Topped with a brioche crust, the disc of sunflower packed an umami punch, tempered by a sharp watercress purée. And it should go without saying, but service is as cloudless as ever, making guests feel as if they are the only table in the grand palazzo of a dining room.

Day 2 featured Round 2 at EMP this time with a full embrace of vegetables. The final three savory courses would prove to be a contest of sensations, beginning with a palate-caressing peach purée atop a preternaturally sweet peach that married unbelievably well with trout roe and celtuce. Next, an almost custard-like roasted eggplant balanced with a crunchy ribbon of pickled eggplant all amid a scattering of fried quinoa. And for the main course, a puck of aioli-topped pumpernickel lay at the center of the plate festooned by slow-cooked summer beans.

And though my sweet tooth has dampened over the years, the brownie sundae finished tableside with rum caramel includes an ethereal set of textures: chewy cubes of brownie, creamy vanilla ice cream, crisp waffle cone pieces and the gossamer-thin dark chocolate edifice that houses the sundae.

For my penultimate dinner, I revisited NoMad and definitely overindulged. That said, all eight dishes I tried were delicious.The kitchen would start by sending out their take on fruits de mer, which included, inter alia, a scallop tartare spiked with jalapeno, creamy sea urchin panna cotta and a king crab custard of which I could effortlessly eat spoonfuls. Given the wide selection of the menu I sampled, it seems hard to go wrong; particularly notable were the salad of plump grapes and diaphanous slices of fennel atop a tangy yogurt, eggplant five ways with an inimitable Bourbon barrel-aged fish sauce and what can only be described as a pond of velvet: a perfectly poached egg, melting slivers of parmesan and brown butter espuma, all enhanced by nutty quinoa and bite-size pieces of tender asparagus.

And I wrapped up my trip with dinner at Carbone. To say portions are on the large side is tantamount to saying ISIS doesn’t conduce to world peace. This is hibernation food.

Because it was pushing 90 degrees outside on the day of my reservation, I started with the relatively light Caesar salad; the crisp romaine did indeed prove to be refreshing, and the croutons were unlike any I’ve ever had. And the veal parm is simply stunning, a veritable land mass interspersed with crisp edges and mountainous sections boasting a thick mozzarella carapace. It’s large enough to keep a team of geologists occupied for weeks.

This is definitely a restaurant to which I’d return, for in addition to the delicious food, charming staff and a lively dining room—the restaurant was nearly full by 6pm—made for a great first visit.

Sep 05, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Looking for a place for anniversary

Jean-Georges (prix fixe)

NoMad (in the Parlour)

Sep 04, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Best Dishes 2014

Jean-Georges: crispy confit of suckling pig, parmesan-crusted chicken and the fried sweetbreads

Del Posto: orecchiette

NoMad Bar: the burger

Eleven Madison Park: everything on the summer menu, but especially the (1) braised sunflower, (2) celtuce with peach and trout roe (3) slow-cooked summer beans and (4) brownie sundae

Aug 31, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

QUIET restaurant, GOOD FOOD (that's it!)


Aug 23, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations


Like you, I live in the Midwest but visit LA 2-3 times a year. Some of my favorites from recent trips include the following:

Connie and Ted's
Pizzeria Mozza (you can make a great meal of their antipasti)
Din Tai Fung
Red Medicine

Aug 20, 2014
degustingdiary in Los Angeles Area

Alternative to EMP

Can't go wrong with either restaurant.

Aug 07, 2014
degustingdiary in Manhattan

Seeking Recommendations for a Three-Day Trip in December

Thanks for the suggestion; I'm leaning in that direction.

Aug 02, 2014
degustingdiary in Las Vegas

Seeking Recommendations for a Three-Day Trip in December

Ah, I see they have more flexible menu options than I remember. And I'm hoping there will be an evening free from colleagues; if so, I'll drop you a line.

Aug 01, 2014
degustingdiary in Las Vegas