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High end sushi for lunch?

So I read I shouldn't bother going to 15 East for lunch...and wanted to know where lunch is still excellent for sushi?

Mar 05, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

I really want that fusilli now

Mar 02, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

I love uni!! Definitely an uni nut. Thanks for all the information. Do you recommend making reservations for those or can I get away with it last minute?

Mar 02, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

I got EMP already :) Also, does Marea do ala carte for lunch? I just want their pasta but only see courses menu on their website

Mar 02, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

I might want to do sushi by myself on this trip! So you recommend Ichimura?

I can't do Brooklyn Fare - I called and they only do 2 or 4.
We have 3 people :(

I wasn't a fan of Daniel either

Mar 02, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

Thanks for the suggestions! I probably worded my post weird (typing all this on phone). What I meant to say was recommendation for my mothers birthday dinner (3 star Michelin) and the rest can be whatever NY has to offer (hole in the wall, casual, etc)

Mar 01, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

Good point! I'm only looking at Michelin 3 stars for my moms birthday dinner. Other than that, I definitely know NY has more to offer than just the "Michelin" guide haha

Mar 01, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

I really enjoyed Gramercy Tavern when I visited last time - might do it again! Thank you :)

Mar 01, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

I'm going to be here March 26-29!

And thank you for the advice, I'm looking for the best pasta and was thinking of Marea or Babbo? Price doesn't matter.

I've been to Ai Fiori and thought it was ok

Mar 01, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

Just got through to Peter Lugers! Have a res for Friday March 27 :)

Also which 3 Michelin restaurant would you recommend? I'm still on the fence on which one to go...

Mar 01, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

From SF - Michelin and casual, delicious places

Hi chowhounders!
I'm going to NY in late march and need to make some reservations.

Thinking of going to:
Peter Lugers for steak
Marea for Italian
Tori Shin for yakitori?
Barbuto for chicken
15 East for sushi?
EMP or Brooklyn Fare or ___(insert recommendations for my Mother's birthday)
Desserts?
Any other recommendations? Could be anything - feel free to change my places as well!

Feb 28, 2015
sparkerly in Manhattan

SF Michelin stars 2015

Interesting, I've been to Acquerello twice - once for the white truffle tasting menu and another time for the regular tasting menu. I don't think I feel it's in the two star category but to each their own.

Saison finally has their well deserved 3 stars, but Benu should've stayed with two.

Help finalizing restaurants, deserts, cocktail/speakeasy, as well as opinions on SF staples

For Ice Cream,

I really enjoy the flavors at Humphrey (Saw you went there)

Bi-Rite isn't as creative as Humphrey, but loveeee their Salted Caramel and Honey Lavender.

Smitten - The texture is great, flavors are a little less enticing but have many friends who love it.

If you like pastry, the kouign amann at B patisserie is excellent.

SPQR or Perbacco? [San Francisco]

I've been to Perbacco a few times and never enjoyed a meal there.

As for SPQR, always walked out feeling satisfied.

Need restaurants in Tokyo ASAP

Oh, for me (one person) yes. I would really appreciate it!

May 27, 2014
sparkerly in Japan
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Need restaurants in Tokyo ASAP

I'm so late on this, but I'll be leaving to Japan in two days.

I thought my mom already had places covered but she just asked me to find places now.
We'll be staying in Shinjuku.

Yakitori, izakaya, kaiseki, unagi, wagyu steakhouse - doesn't have to be extremely high -end. Preferably on the reasonable side for 5 people.

I would really appreciate recommendations and info!

As for me, I'll likely want to go out alone for high-end food sometimes. Although, it's probably really late to make reservations, but if anyone could recommend me some as well? (sushi, kaiseki, french, tempura, wagyu, desserts)

Thanks!

May 27, 2014
sparkerly in Japan

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

Oh! Woops sorry, I meant 2k for two people. We had the supplement and two cocktails added.

Anyway, I can't seem to find the discovery menu (i'll keep looking) but here's a picture of the recent standard one.

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

So i've gone to Saison 3 times for the past month pretty much. I tried the discovery menu once ($398), and the $248 twice.

Honestly, Saison is really my favorite restaurant right now and if you loved your last meal there then I recommend trying the discovery menu once in your life if expenses won't be THAT big of a deal. If you do the wine pairing and add the truffle supplement - expect to spend about 2k though.

I will say that the $248 was wonderful as well so it's up to you and what you really want.

I can take a picture of the menus if you'd like for an idea

Best Korean BBQ place in ktown?

So my favorite has been Park's, but I haven't been there in a while and tried to find a recent review here but couldn't....

So if anyone could tell me what's fantastic lately --- that would be very appreciated :)

Dec 28, 2013
sparkerly in Los Angeles Area

White truffle fix?

Tried Perbacco for the white truffles and was sadly disappointed....

I had it with the Tajarin and Risotto and didn't even finish either one.

Hmm, now my mission is to get a satisfying meal before the season really ends.

Vegetarian friendly birthday dinner - Atelier, Coi, Benu? [San Francisco]

Coi or Crenn

White truffle fix?

What do you think of Oliveto? I'm thinking of just biting the bullet and taking the bart there if it's really worth the trip

White truffle fix?

Ahhh, I usually drive but if I have a friend with me, bart can be an option :)

White truffle fix?

I enjoy Delfina so will definitely be on the look out!

White truffle fix?

Love love love Saison.

Yeah, white truffles are extravagant indeed but that's why they're a treat once in awhile! :)

Thanks for recommending Acquerello, it's a place I've been wanting to try but haven't had a reason to go visit yet. This might be it.

White truffle fix?

Thanks for the recommendations! Although, the ones in Oakland look fantastic but far for me :(

White truffle fix?

So I know white truffle season started weeks ago, and I have yet to visit a place that offers it before the season ends.

Any recommendations on where to go? Thank you!

I'm sorry...I think I jumped the dining shark

wow, I wasn't really sure how I felt after having tasting menus every week, but I think you nailed it. lol!

New: Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Berkeley - any reports?

OMG i'm so excited!!!! But why Berkeley? :(( sigh so far.

Where can I get pasta with uni / sea urchin this weekend?

I'd like to know as well! I was going to make the exact thread sometime haha