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Best non-omakase sushi restaurant?

Thanks guys - all look like great options. I think I'll send them to Gari and see what they think, thanks again for the input!

Dec 07, 2014
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Best non-omakase sushi restaurant?

This might sound like an odd request, but I'm looking to buy my mother a gift card to a top tier sushi restaurant. She doesn't eat a lot though and I'm afraid she might be overwhelmed by the amount of food presented in an omakase. Anyone have a recommendation for me for excellent a la carte sushi? It'd be much appreciated.

Dec 04, 2014
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Rehearsal Dinner Suggestions?

Hey All -

I was hoping someone would share an opinion/experience to help me choose a restaurant for a rehearsal dinner.

Details:
Location: Brooklyn - preferably North Brooklyn
Size of Party: ~30
Format: Either traditional sit-down or buffet
Cuisine: Open
Price: $50-80pp inclusive of drinks

We've looked at Frankies (a bit outside of our price range), Meatball Shop (again, a bit pricey) and Brucie (doesn't fit either budget or party size).

We'd prefer a private room/space as well. I posted on this earlier, but unfortunately I was away soon after and wasn't able to follow up... any info/sharing of experiences is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Jean George's Lunch

Hi - had lunch there a few weeks back. I actually didn't see the foie gras brulee on the menu at the time either, but I did opt for the foie gras torchon w/ granola which I thought was great. A seemingly odd combination, but it had great texture and I thought it was a good dish overall.

Other dishes I tried: crispy peekytoe crab red snapper - both really good. The standout dish for me though was the confit suckling pig - this was real deal good.

The desserts are also really good, not an afterthought - whimsical presentations of individual 'ingredients' - we had the chocolate and citrus tastings. They present a few different preparations centered on whichever ingredient you choose. We really enjoyed both and you should choose whichever ingredient you fancy at the time.

Enjoy!

Jun 25, 2013
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Other options by mission Chinese?

Hey - sorry for not checking in sooner, we ended up going somewhere else entirely - the reason being that MCF does NOT sit more than 6 per table... at all, so they offered to sit us as 4 and 3 (we only ended up w/ 7), but that didn't work.

May 07, 2013
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Other options by mission Chinese?

Going out with a party of about 8 tonight - were going to try to go to mission Chinese but, if the wait is too long, I'd like to have a backup plan in place - anyone have any suggestions?

May 04, 2013
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Rehearsal Dinner Suggestion?

Good point - I left out a lot of details.

In terms of neighborhood - I'd prefer north of Prospect Park - from Red Hook through Greenpoint.

The $50-80 would preferably be inclusive of beverage as well, not necessarily tax/tip. The crowd will not be full of big drinkers, I'm sure everyone will have a drink/few drinks, but not a particularly raucous group.

This thread actually reminds me a lot of wedding planning in general - there are a million details I'm constantly overlooking... thanks for posting though!

Rehearsal Dinner Suggestion?

Oh - I'm such a dope, I'm looking in Brooklyn

Rehearsal Dinner Suggestion?

Hey All -

I was hoping someone would share an opinion/experience to help me choose a restaurant for a rehearsal dinner.

Details:
Size of Party: ~25
Format: Either traditional sit-down or buffet
Cuisine: Open
Price: $50-80pp inclusive of drinks

We're looking for something nice and somewhat private - we don't want to just make a large reservation at a restaurant, we'd prefer some kind of private event space. Any help is much appreciated.

Jean George's Lunch

Going tomorrow to try their lunch for the first time and was hoping some would share their opinions and experiences. Had 2 questions in particular:

1) should I opt for an additional dish? - not sure how big the portion sizes are, etc . Would hate to miss out on a cant miss dish too bc I felt limited to only 2 dishes

And in a similar vein

2) can't miss dishes? Off the spring menu, looked up and read some earlier posts but was wondering if anyone had a new opinion/experience since

Thanks in advance!

Apr 27, 2013
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Daniel

Thanks for the replies - I'll make sure to check out JG on the weekend then!

Bauskem - I feel the same way about EMP. Loved the grid concept and honestly at $125pp I feel like it was a relative bargain. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Daniel - though I have a feeling that I may feel the same you did in comparison to EMP.

Apr 16, 2013
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Daniel

Also - if anyone knows, does Jean-George's lunch deal run on the weekends as well? Based on what I've seen it looks like one of the best lunch deals in the city.

Apr 16, 2013
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Daniel

anyone been recently? I've seen pretty mixed things here and was curious to know if anyone felt like sharing a recent experience.

How does it stack up to EMP? I went when they had the grid format - $125 for the four courses plus a bunch of great little things (black + white cookies to start and finish, amuse bouche, egg cream, tour of the kitchen etc) that really elevated the dinner. Does Daniel strive for this kind of experience as well? And if not, what's a comparable place? I'm looking to keep it under $150pp pre-tax/tip/drinks. Thanks all.

Apr 15, 2013
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Del Posto v. Jean-Georges...

Really interesting responses so far - the opinions on Del Posto seem to vary pretty widely. My girlfriend just went to JG the other day for lunch and had a great meal - to be honest since the lunch is such a good deal I wonder if it's just better to go there for lunch one day and grab what seem to be the same dishes for much less...

I've been to the Modern a few times, really like the experience overall but am looking to try something new. Also have been to EMP, but haven't been back since the menu change so that's definitely an option - thanks!

Apr 10, 2013
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Del Posto v. Jean-Georges...

Mm - I've had a friend express the exact same sentiment - maybe he was right.. thanks.

Apr 08, 2013
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Del Posto v. Jean-Georges...

I'm leaning towards JG's but I haven't been to either. These two are the front runners for a birthday dinner in a few weeks with my girlfriend. Anyone care to share their thoughts on each place, or if you've been to both - a comparison of the two? Appreciate it.

As an aside, I'm not wed to one of these two places - what I'm looking for is a restaurant that offers a prix-fixe/set menu (i.e. The Modern, EMP-grid style) so if you have a suggestion I'd appreciate that too!

Apr 08, 2013
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The Modern - Bar Room

I thought I should follow up and post my thoughts on my meal. I really like the Bar Room's atmosphere - it's sleek and nice while still feeling casual (in a good way). The cocktails were strong and great. As for the number of dishes, we opted for 6 savory dishes and 2 desserts between the two of us - this was probably a 'bit' too much, but we finished nearly everything and left happy and full.

Next time we may opt for 5 dishes, though I noticed that the placement of a dish on a numbered page did not necessarily correlate with the size of the dish (i.e. tarte flambee was the biggest dish, but is listed as a One)

Dishes included:
Tarte Flambee - big in size, great flavor, still light and flaky so it didn't fill us up too much. More or less ruined Trader Joe's froze tarte for me unfortunately.

Liverwurst - actually my favorite thing of the night, nothing extraordinary about it, but when spread on the toast and eaten with the accompanied pickled vegetable it was just delicious.

Steak Tartare - I don't love steak tartare in general, but this was well-seasoned and my girlfriend loved it.

Egg in a Jar - definitely the most 'interesting' dish of the night, each of the elements on their own were good, but it comes together especially well.

Gnocchi with Lobster - this is a dish that will rotate onto the menu with the spring season. Nothing particularly 'original' about their take on it but it was cooked perfectly so I was happy.

Poussin - this was also fairly simple in preparation, but like the lobster gnocchi it was done so well that I have no complaints.

Desserts: Pistachio Dark Chocolate Dome + Beignets - what a great way to finish the meal. I actually loved these two desserts. I'm a sucker for all things donut so it wasn't surprising that I liked the beignets (and dipping sauces). What really surprised me was the chocolate dome + pistachio ice cream. I generally don't favor nutty desserts, but this was a cold, great way to finish the meal

Overall I loved the rustic menu and atmosphere and intend on coming back to try the spring menu. Thanks again for all the input!

Mar 18, 2013
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The Modern - Bar Room

Interesting fact! I just hope it's better than my other experience with it (Trader Joes frozen pie).

I love the dining room too. The menu in the bar room looks great though so I'm interested in seeing how they compare.

Mar 13, 2013
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The Modern - Bar Room

Oh I was talking about the tarte flambee in the OP.

I'm glad to hear the egg in the jar and liverwurst are good since both of those caught my eye - I'm just a fan of liverwurst.

Mar 13, 2013
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The Modern - Bar Room

I naturally lean towards any kind of fried dough so this will almost certainly be a choice

Mar 12, 2013
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The Modern - Bar Room

Oh whoops - I should've used the forum search function to get answers for the 2nd Q.

Good to hear from both of you, thanks. I'll probably avoid doing 4 courses per person (I included a dessert as one of the courses), maybe 5 savory dishes and one or two desserts.

A bit disappointed to hear about the desserts the descriptions looked great. We'll probably still end up ordering 1-2 if only to satisfy our curiosity. Thanks again!

Mar 12, 2013
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The Modern - Bar Room

Hi all - going for dinner in the Bar Room on Friday. I've wanted to go forever and the menu looks really good. I had two questions:

(1) How many dishes should we get? There are going to be two of us, my girlfriend eats less than the average person, I eat more. So.... two people. I know the courses are on the smaller side, but is 4 courses per person really manageable?

also

(2) Besides the tarte, I don't know what else is a 'must have' at the restaurant. Everything looks fantastic and I imagine I won't be disappointed no matter what I get. Still - any shared experienced would be much appreciated!

Mar 12, 2013
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Visiting Beijing in May - help needed!

Thanks for the recommendations all, they all look good.

Thanks for the rec's Steve on those - I think you nailed what I'm looking for: I live in NYC so I have access to pretty good Chinese food as it is, but I'm hoping to have the kind of food that isn't even readily available to me here. Noodle Loft in particular sounds excellent, thanks.

Visiting Beijing in May - help needed!

Hi all - I generally hate posing 'broad' questions like this, but I'm without a clue at this point and any input is much appreciated. This is my first time visiting China, and we'll be in Beijing for 4 full days. I'm looking for any suggestions for can't miss restaurants while I'm there. So far I've got Da Dong on the list, but that's it!

Besides just general "great" dining experiences people have had, what are the high-end Chinese restaurants there that people have enjoyed? I want to eat somewhere really nice, but I don't want to eat Western food (I live in NYC, have enough of that here!)

Also - no dietary restrictions.

"Fun" High-End Dining?

It's funny that you say that because I just looked at Momofuku Ko. Assuming I can snag a reservation it might be the best fit for what I'm looking for.

Jan 28, 2013
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"Fun" High-End Dining?

I've always wanted to try DP - this may be a good reason to...

Jan 28, 2013
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"Fun" High-End Dining?

Off the top of my head I know she's enjoyed Mission Chinese, Perilla, Blue Smoke, Buddakhan, and Ippudo - I'm sure there have been others she enjoyed but I went to these places with her and know she likes them.

Jan 28, 2013
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"Fun" High-End Dining?

She likes Asian food in general - I don't believe she's ever eaten at a 'fine' dining restaurant. We've spoken about it a lot though and we've endured some killer waits to eat at places before so I know she's as 'into' food as I am.

Jan 28, 2013
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"Fun" High-End Dining?

Hi all -

Back again to tap into peoples' thoughts and experiences...

My sister's 21st birthday is coming up and I'd love to take her out to a nice dinner. It's not until early March so plenty of time to decide/make a reservation.

Does anyone have any suggestions on restaurants (wouldn't mind a tasting menu up to $150 pp) that would be good to celebrate the big birthday?? Looking for something nice, but still fun. Less dinner with parents and more dinner with a young sibling. In terms of dietary restrictions - none! Easy!

Jan 28, 2013
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How Early to get to Mission Chinese?...

Hi all - I wanted to go to MCF tonight for the first time in a group of four and was hoping someone who had been there could give some advice.

We were hoping to sit down to eat around 7-715 - roughly what kind of wait should I be expecting? What time should I show up to put a name down, etc. Any advice/shared experience is much appreciated!

Jan 21, 2013
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