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May 09, 2014
masterofceremonies in Site Talk

Tasting Menu Restaurant Battle: Who's The Realest?

Sneak, "realest" was meant as a tongue-in-cheek hip-hop reference. Mostly I'm just curious about the merits of each.

Kathryn: $150-$200pp for just food, although if anyone knows of a tasting menu between $200 and $250 (I realize we're splitting hairs here but as much as I'd like to splurge for Per Se, I just can't bring myself to do so), I'm all ears. I enjoy cocktails and wine, but I'd just as soon ditch libations to be able to spend more on food. The meal is for my girlfriend and I, and we like everything. No reservations as of yet, but this is for a meal in (hopefully) June.

I realize that's not a ton of direction, but I'm curious -- are Blanca and Atera similar in their cooking? I'm definitely more of a fan of progressive cuisine (not that I've been bowled over by every single dish, but I love me some wd-50 and Corton). In fact, I would throw Corton into the mix because I loved my birthday meal there three years ago. Mostly I chose them because they're offering a lengthy tasting menu (an experience I would like) for the right price.

Thanks!

Apr 28, 2013
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Louro/The Dutch/Perry St. The always-fun (right?) Birthday Dinner Shuffle

Thanks for your input, I had similar concerns about every place you mentioned. I missed out on Cookshop in it's heyday, but I love Five Points so was banking on a similar vibe.

Apr 28, 2013
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Louro/The Dutch/Perry St. The always-fun (right?) Birthday Dinner Shuffle

Apologies for the vague description!

It's going to be four of us: me, my girlfriend and my folks (for Dad's 63rd birthday). It's in a couple of weeks, and we currently have a reservation at Louro. Perla was my first choice but they booked up immediately and alas, I was too late when I called a few hrs into their day.

Eschewing reservations altogether, they seemed very interested in Tertulia (they've made a few trips to Spain and absolutely loved it), but they only take reservations for their $55/pp family-style prix-fixe (similar to what Barbuto does in their PDR). What's the chance of there being a not-horrible wait on a Saturday night around 6:30pm?

I've also been very much happy but not wowed by The Dutch, though my parents voiced their interest. Seems that they're more into downtown/hip rather than choosing just based on food irregardless of location (my second choice of Lincoln was shot down, despite the birthday boy's love of the theater).

Apr 28, 2013
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Tasting Menu Restaurant Battle: Who's The Realest?

In the $150-$200 range (since that's all I can afford): Blanca/Atera/Torrisi 20-course

Discuss.

Apr 28, 2013
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Louro/The Dutch/Perry St. The always-fun (right?) Birthday Dinner Shuffle

Having a hell of a time finding a birthday restaurant. At the moment I'm thinking Louro, The Dutch or the newly reopened Perry St., with Angolo Soho, Blue Ribbon Bakery and Cookshop as backups. Also, has anyone been to Craftbar lately? The menu looks pretty sweet but can't find too much intel on the current chef/iteration. Thanks for any guidance!

Apr 28, 2013
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Simple chicken parmigiana, platter or sandwich (SoHo)

Across the street from Parm, Rubirosa has an excellent chicken parm as well.

Aug 03, 2012
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Where's the best place to buy bitters?

You guys were at the cocktail class, right? Thanks for the kind words -- your blog is awesome!

Apr 29, 2012
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Where's the best place to buy bitters?

I'm partial to The Meadow, and not just because my bitters are sold there. I'm not here to shill so I won't say which brand, but suffice it to say that they have what I believe is the largest selection of bitters in the country -- well above 100 different varieties. I always find something new whenever I visit, and the insane chocolate selection doesn't hurt either.

To really get down and dirty with the stuff, however, Amor y Amargo is the place.

That's my two cents. Happy bittering!

Apr 28, 2012
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Jean Georges still amazing

It may have been a fluke, but I didn't wait when I ate at JG with a 2pm reservation. I do agree that an hour and a half for lunch seems like more than enough time to enjoy the frugal spoils.

Nov 07, 2011
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

9 Signs Your Dinner Date Is Going South

@Heatherb it's true that you shouldn't judge just based on "foodie-ism" alone, but certain grievances are simply a case of poor manners.

To that effect, I once dated a girl who demanded I show her my credit card statements before we went out. Little did I know she was just trying to steal from me, and after our first date I found a huge bill from American Girl Place on my next statement. Never mind the fact that she was 19 and had an unhealthy obsession with dolls.

Sep 19, 2011
masterofceremonies in Features

9 Signs Your Dinner Date Is Going South

All of these make me feel so lucky that I've found someone who can tolerate me.

Sep 19, 2011
masterofceremonies in Features

Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Surprisingly Good Dim Sum at One of Chinatown’s Oldest Restaurants

love, love, love the turnips at Nom Wah, stuffed lotus leaf too.

Jun 13, 2011
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Gae Jang - spicy raw crab, K-town, in Manhattan

Looks like BCD Tofu on 32nd St has it, too.

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/1...

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BCD Tofu House
17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Apr 13, 2011
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Moving from NYC, some last sushi before i go

i have not been to yasuda, so i can't really contest that suggestion. i will say that Sasabune (73rd b/w 1st and York) is my favorite sushi in the city. Not as inventive as Gari or Seki, but also not as traditional as Kuruma or Yasuda (from what i've heard). It's omakase only, and will run you about $100/pp with sake, but Kenji's fish is some of the best I've tasted. He goes to Hunt's Point every morning at 5am to source the freshest local fish, and the other stuff (his yellowtail in particular) is from Japan and inordinately good. It's a bit lacking in decor, but the fish makes the experience. Highlights of the meal (you get almost the same meal every time) include Hawaiin Butterfish, broiled with an eel sauce reduction, and the ending blue crab roll which simple and perfect.

Jun 18, 2008
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Momofuku New Space

let's not forget the soft serve! right now the flavors are espresso and sweet cream (with brownie filling the inside of the cone) but they have plans to change it to pumpkin and cream cheese with carrot cake crumble for the holidays.

Nov 13, 2007
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Papatzul -- Mexican in Soho

Just went last night. Ceviche was edible, with a good amount of tartness from the lime juice. I found the sangria to be fine but nothing special. The only messed up thing is that I ordered a shot of tequila, which actually was very cool, what with the sangrita chaser and the dipping a finger in some salt, but when she handed me the check for a $11 shot of tequila and I gave her a $20, she just smiled and said thank you, and even though it was my mistake and I just walked away it still wasn't cool to not give me change and take a $9 tip for one shot.

Dec 28, 2006
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

oh goodness me! the lavender white hot chocolate is insanity in a cup.

Nov 22, 2006
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

sasabune

I felt obligated to write this post after my dinner last night. The omakase at Sasabune was one of the most harmonious meals I have ever had the opportunity to experience. The fish is supremely fresh. Their yellowtail was flown in from Japan, and the red snapper from New Zealand - fish so fresh it melts with all it's protein-y goodness in your mouth. I fell in love with sushi all over again. The atmosphere is all business, zero scene. One thing I found whimsical was that one of the waitresses couldn't pronounce some of the english words for certain types of fish - not that I minded - but the head waiter came by and sort of off handedly apologized saying, "Sorry, she's new". The food was so good, I wouldn't have cared if she'd been mentally handicapped. And with affirmative action, she just might've been!

Nov 22, 2006
masterofceremonies in Manhattan

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Vosges also carries a line of fantastically refreshing ice creams as well. The Naga, a coconut and curry ice cream is devilishly decadent and packs a flavorful punch of eastern spices. I'd also recommend the Red Fire. The chili that heightens this flavor is a combination of subtle and notable which really makes your mouth water.

Aug 16, 2006
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