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Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

I'll try , 9 am is 2 pm here though so there is a good chance I'd be occupied at work. If I'm going I'd want the works not alc. I think if I can't get ko or 11mp I'll have to consider other American options rather than go somewhere essentially french

25 minutes ago
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

It's possibly academic for me as I've done a couple of practice open table bookings and there are no evenings available when I try , I don't think they do lunches on Tuesday and weds and I can't really call as due to the time difference I'll be in the middle of my working day

about 16 hours ago
ajpickup in Manhattan

up and coming

at the risk of sounding like patrick bateman where are the cool new ( but good) up and coming places in manhattan?

1 day ago
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

When I say fancy I mean stars or napkins . Last time was ko bouley gramercy wd 50 and a few others. This time om after good pizza ramen and burgers . I want to know I'm in nyc

Sep 19, 2014
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

I think this time we are just going to have one fancy meal , last time was all fancy meals and we hardly saw NYC !

Sep 19, 2014
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

There seems to be some fairly interesting bottles to be had on the list between 70 and 100 dollars

Sep 19, 2014
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

Jg and le bernadin just don't appeal to me. Last week I went to azurmendi. People have been raving about it. It was good but I wasn't blown away. So I guess it's horses for courses. Emp does look like something I want to try

Sep 18, 2014
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

That's decent , I found tje wine in ko fair and per se somewhat arsey.
I think my max for a bottle is 70 dollars so if they can wine us for 150 dolllars for tje pair of us that would be cool

28 days including today, ok that's 2pm here so I'd best give it a go

Sep 18, 2014
ajpickup in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park is still the NYC Champ

Hi how much is the wine pairing here? Are they happy for you just to select a nice bottle or two?

On open table booking is it 28 days I including today or from tomorrow?

Last time we were in NYC we went to ko, I was about to book ko again cos I liked it , then I thought hang on you idiot nyc is the other side of the Atlantic and you dint want to try some where else?

Sep 18, 2014
ajpickup in Manhattan

barcelona/basque this week

ibai was very good, very fresh fish. no frills
asador extebarri superb, the food, the views, excellent
nerua, very good, subtle, great setting
azurmendi, good but not quite 3 stars

Sep 17, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

one non-stuffy delicious higher end meal [Barcelona]

Yes perhaps I could of sold it better . It was very good but without being overbearing or full on with service however there is nothing more to it than simply being a decent meal

Sep 10, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

one non-stuffy delicious higher end meal [Barcelona]

Sauc was pleasant and casual. The food came fast though and was rather rich

Tapeo was pretty decent

Sep 10, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

barcelona/basque this week

Hi
Ok
Various places on barca market decent some microwave stuff , tourism everywhere .
Tickets v good if you don't take it seriously
Tapeo anem de tapas good
Sauc good but so much so quick too indulgent
Then ss
Atari gastriteka decent
Fuego Negro decent , needlessly experimental
Paco bueno , lovely traditional
Cuchara de San telmo lovely
Sport v traditional
Arzak utterly faultless , people who dint like it were probably after flawless English service

Sep 09, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

barcelona/basque this week

Market. Excelent tapas

V busy

Most busy i have seen Barcelona

Tickets . Great fun

Sep 07, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

barcelona/basque this week

ok so we set off soon

tickets
markets
sauc
various pinxtos
ibai
asador extebarri
arzak
nerua
azurmendi

are there any particular things people may wish to have fed back?

Sep 03, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/La Rioja/San Sebastian Trip Report – August 2014

Those places are on our list, la fabrica is a possible. I guess I just don't want to be sitting down much in san sebastian

Aug 27, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/La Rioja/San Sebastian Trip Report – August 2014

monday

arrive, pinxtos then evening try maybe la fabrica or atlari gastroteka

tues pinxtos then arzak in the evening

weds ibai lunch then pinxtos in the evening

arzak like murgaritz seems to divide opinion but i think you can tell if you should take notice a review or not by seeing if expectations are alligned with your own.

eg, murgaritz was expensive and therefore rubbish.

Im not going to take notice of that

Aug 27, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/La Rioja/San Sebastian Trip Report – August 2014

im getting sort of tempted by murgaritz too

we are in ss for 3 nights

we have arzak and ibai bookings

we too just booked ibai as tastings ( somewhat ungreatfully ) can seem tiresome

and in san sebastian it seems mad to be sat down in one place for three hours when you can be cruising and eating

Aug 27, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/La Rioja/San Sebastian Trip Report – August 2014

hi

has barcelona calmed doen by september as a rule?

ive been a couple of times years ago ... im struggling to repmber exactly when but was prob out of season

Aug 27, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

Etxebarri - location

we are staying at the gran hotel durango which is 10 or 15 mins away ,about 15 euro in a taxi i belive, or there is a bus.
it was tricky getting anything closer, we looked at mendi goikoa, looks idea but at this time they had conditions about how many rooms had to be booked.
Its the same with other near by agrotourismo places, one in olazabal for example, they prefer you rent an enire house or you need tostay a few days
there is a hotel in elorrio too but it seems a touch spartan.
overall im happy with durango, the hotel offered a romantic package, 110 euros for a suite, cava chocolates breakfast and late check out
the town may be ok too. there seems to be things going on at somethnig that may be some sort of basque cutural centre called platruena

Aug 22, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

la boquiera

what is the approx spend here btw for a couple to have a few tapas, i dunno pan con tomate, razor clams croquettes, decent ham etc and a few wines?

Aug 21, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

la boquiera

i dont mind the standing, i want the buzz of the market. i think it was pinoxtO AND EL QUIM which were the ones i was thinking of near the front.

for some reason i had it in my head that the former was more pinxtos, while essentially the same as tapas we are going to san seb a couple of days later

i have however been informed it means something else all together

Aug 21, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

la boquiera

hi, yes, its a good 4 or so years since i went, we land at tenish saturday morning, bags to amister art hotel then it seems a good spot to get some lunch then escriba for cakes
we have a tickets reservation that night
sunday lunch is proving a bit tricky
I may plump for taller de tapas, i know there is better but it has memories for me and my wife andd one of our first trips away together

Aug 21, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

la boquiera

What are people's favourite tapas places on the market ?
I have a vague memory og bar boquera at the back and thinking it was more authentic than the slightly touristy front ones ?
Will be arriving Sat lunch . Do 2 of us stand a chance ?

Aug 21, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

À la carte at Asador Etxebarri?

Is asador extebarri cash only?

Jul 29, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

Tickets and 41 Degrees closing? Barcelona must visit restaurants?

sorry to hijack this,

is sauc that good? ive booked it but cant find much about it, let alone wine details

Jul 28, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

barcelona/sundays/near sagrada famillia

Oh is alkimia open Sunday lunch ?
Cheers

Jul 16, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

azurmendi

Thanks tahrs great. Yes I was reckoning on about 25 euros

Jul 08, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

azurmendi

hi any idea how much time and mney i should allow for taxis to and from bilbao old town?

thanks

Jul 08, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal

barcelona/sundays/near sagrada famillia

any suggestions where to get lunch round here?

doesnt have to be fancy

Jul 02, 2014
ajpickup in Spain/Portugal