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I had dinner there last week and everything seemed fine in the sense that it was up and running. It was a Saturday and it was very busy but it was before the announcement that they had filed for Chapter 11. I am very sad for all the staff there because almost all the staff in the front came back because they still believed in the restaurant. Let's just hope that everything can be worked out. It was as good as it has always been.

Nov 05, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan


I am so happy.....I am going to NY in 2 weeks and will be able to have dinner there. I missed them when I was in NY in August!

Oct 11, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

25 Montreal Restaurants Over 25 Years Old

DiMenna on Jarry near Langelier has been open for over 40 years and it is still in the family. The son took over from his father and they still use the same recipe for their pizza sauce, which is the best I have ever eaten!

Fancy birthday dinner for a vegetarian..?

Dovetail is also vegeterian friendly. I don't know if they still do it but they had a Monday night vegeterian menu a while ago.

Jun 18, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

Recs for post theatre near Lincoln Center

There is Blue ribbon sushi bar and grill on West 58th and 8th that is excellent and they are open late.

Jun 18, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

Looking for a good quality not break the bank meal near the TIme Warner Center

I just thought about Barcibo enoteca (Broadway and 69th). They mostly serve small plates but what I had there was excellent. It is a nice, unpretentious place but with great staff...nicely decorated small place and a great wine list. I did not have their meatballs but they looked amazing. I had a cheese and charcuterie plate.

May 23, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

Looking for a good quality not break the bank meal near the TIme Warner Center

For my taste, it is Blue ribbon.....everything on the menu is great there.

For traditional Italian, there is Casa Bello on 9th and 56th.

May 22, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

upper west side-80's nyc

La Vela is excellent

May 22, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

name 5 overrated, or over hyped or famous restaurants whose food doesn't live up to reputation

Lupa.......bad service.....bad wine......need I say more!

Cipriani downtown.....never saw waiters so snobbish but Matt Damon was seated a couple of tables away from me:)

Boulud was so ordinary....I do not get what people see in this restaurant

Apr 09, 2012
cricri7 in Manhattan

Openings in 2012

There will be a new Portuguese rotissery on Masson, no idea when, called Piri Piri.

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Boulud sud....I can't imagine why they are getting great reviews. The food is okay but nothing to write home about. I had 2 small plates and I had notified the waiter that I would take one as an appetizer and the other as an entree. Well...he brought out the 2 at the same time. I felt rushed and I hate when a restaurant does that.

Nov 11, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

Il Cenone

I was a regular a while back and it is good Italian food. You won't find gastronomy but you will find good food and excellent service! Their veal parmigiana is incredible!!

Your favorite meals in Montreal $25 and under (including tax and tip)

There is a BYOW called La Selva at 862 Marie-Anne est. Their table d'hôte is under 20$ and you have soup or salad, an entree, dessert and coffee. It is a nice family restaurant where the husband sometimes does the cooking and his wife is on the floor to serve the guests. Other times, it is the opposite. We have seen their daughter grow up from a toddler to a teenager. It is nothing fancy, just fresh fish!

Casual Plateau Bistro

There is also le M sur Masson which is in Rosemont very close to the Plateau....The food is incredible there. You should have a look at their menu on their website.

4 Days in Montreal - Feedback please!

I would go to M sur Masson instead of L' has seen better days. The service and the food are not what they used to be and it has been this way for many years now. If you want a French bistro with a twist, I really recommend M instead.

NYC and MTL UNITE! Trois Petits Bouchons - Does it have an equivalent

I just thought of Extra Virgin in the West village. I thought the food was great and the prices not too crazy.

Extra Virgin
259 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Jun 27, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

NYC and MTL UNITE! Trois Petits Bouchons - Does it have an equivalent

I forgot about the Bar room at the Modern in the MOMA. It is one of the best meals I have had in NY. The bar room is less expensive than the dining room. The room is simply beautiful and the food excellent. This one I recommend also highly.

on't forget to come back and tell us about it!

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Jun 26, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

NYC and MTL UNITE! Trois Petits Bouchons - Does it have an equivalent

I am a Montreal native and go to NY often but I have never found restaurants like we have. I agree with you that Les 3 p'tits bouchons is very good but NY does French very traditionnally. They don't go out of the beaten path at all. If you liked les 3 p'tits bouchons, you should try M sur Masson. It is quite good.

What are you looking for in NY? French? Italian? I have been to Picholine many times but eat at the bar so I don't have to take the tasting menu. There are excellent choices but you won't go out with a bill of less than 100$ if you have wine. The food is simply incredible there though. It is worth the money.

There is also Bar Boulud that is good, but still very traditional.

If you like small plates, there is Casa Mono that is excellent.

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Jun 26, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

Drinks near/at Columbus Circle?

I went a couple of times at Robert in the Arts and design museum at 2 Columbus circle. It has a great view of Central park and the restaurant is beautiful. I never had dinner there but went a couple of times for drinks.

There is also the bar in the Blue ribbon sushi bar and grill. The bartenders are excellent there! Their yuzu margarita is the best.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jun 26, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

Best casual bistros in Montreal

I'd recommend M sur Masson which is in Rosemont. It is excellent! The service is nice...the food is great and all the waiters can help you in English with the menu. You won't be disappointed.

Quartier General?

I went last night with a group of friends and lucked out because we called 48 hours in advance and got a table for 5. My friends had the table d'hôte, which is 12$ for an entree and dessert. It is excellent value since the appetizer is 10$ and the dessert 6$.

I was impressed from the start with the cauliflower soup. It was excellent! I had the tataki of blue marlin (not sure about the translation though) and it was good but not wow. It was served with a sauce that was made with yogourt and "fromage de chevre". The combination was not good because it overpowered the delicate fish. One of my friends had the beef tartare but it was just okay.

For the entree, I had the beef. It was too salty on certain parts of the filet. Vegetables were lacking. They only put one very small branch of a vegetable called "aspiration" in French. There also was a potato puree that was excellent. The beef came with "mamirole" on top of it. It was okay but the fact that the beef was too salty ruined it for me.

As for the desserts, 1 loved her dessert and 2 found them just crumble and "nougat glace".

I would go back...The service was professional, courteous and friendly. I would try other things on the menu since my entree was a miss but the soup and appetizer were fine. It may not be the best restaurant in town but it is a nice place to go to once in a while.

Restaurant Openings in 2011

I went yesterday with friends to the newly reopened Madre on Masson street. It is now BYOW. I had eaten there a couple of times in the past and always had the same complaints....service and wine list. The service was always chaotic and the wine list too expensive for what they offered. I never had any complaints about the food though. It was always spot on and excellent, especially the ceviche. Well....same thing yesterday....the food was excellent but the service was uneven.

Their new menu is between 25 and 33$ and you get an appetizer with this. The ceviche though is 5$ extra. One of my friends had the pumpkin soup and she said it was very good. Of course, I had the ceviche and it is as tasteful as before. A couple of us had fish with quinoa and an avocado mousselline. Another friend had a "flanc de porc croustillant" (sorry I am not sure how to translate this in English) and he liked it but it was a big meal.

I would go back because of the quality of the food which is incredible.

L'Express or M Sur Masson

I am an inconditional about M sur Masson. They serve a French onion soup that is excellent, like the rest of their menu. If you like duck, they have a "cuisse de canard confit" on a mushroom risotto that is excellent. I had their beef tartare tonight for dinner that was excellent also. Pretty much everything on their menu is good to excellent. I prefer it to L'Express hands down. I have dinner there at least every week so I am not a partial commentator:)

L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

3 nights in Montreal

Maybe you could try a restaurant more in the east end of Montreal like in Rosemont. There is an excellent restaurant called M sur Masson that I would consider far superior to L'Express. It is a French bistro but with an innovative twist. If you don't speak French, it doesn't matter...I have seen waiters patiently translate the menu items to non-French speaking customers. I would give it a try.

L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

Service included at Per Se?

Hi guys.....I am going back to New York in less than 2 months and started looking at the restaurants I would like to try and since my hotel is located just next door to Per Se, it has been itching at me to try it. I would not try the tasting menu but would try their salon menu. Has anyone here tried it? What is the setting of the salon? Is it like a lounge area with a bar? Are you in the entrance of the restaurant seated in the doorway?

I would like to know if there are special things on that menu not to miss. I went on their website and saw that the service is included. Do they still except that you give a tip on top of the bill?

Thanks in advance for your answers!

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

May 14, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

Restaurant Closings in 2011

Madre on Masson has closed but will reopen in a couple of weeks as a BYOW. It is great news because the food was excellent there but their wine list was never up to par. They are also renovating the restaurant which was always very "cold". The atmosphere was never there even though the food was excellent. I am anxious to see the new and improved Madre!


I haven't been there in 2 years but went there many times and always found it very good. The owner, Slavko, welcomes everyone warmly. You get a nice meal in a serene setting. You won,t find loud music or people yelling there. You go for the food and the service. I once did not know what to eat and the owner asked me what I was looking for and that the chef would make it for me!! This does not happen too often in restaurants nowadays.

May 10, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

Les Heritiers -- new location?

I went in November and was very disappointed. We were a big group so lots of things on the menu were tried and almost everyone was disappointed. The food was bad and the service was bad. However the new local is beautiful but in does not compensate for the bad food.

Best Bloody Mary in Manhattan (serious research)

I have since made it to the King Cole bar in the St Regis hotel and came away ver disappointed with their Bloody mary. It was 20$ and not worth it. The bartender was rude on top of it.

Since then, I have tasted quite a few.....Fanelli's is very good. At the Blue ribbon sushi bar and grill, they do one with a different twist and it is also very good. At Pete's tavern, it was the only good thing because their cheeseburger and fries were way ordinary. I also liked the one at L'Express even if the waitress wanted to sell me an "organic one" for 2$ more. I stayed with the traditional one and it was excellent.

249 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003

King Cole Bar
2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

Jan 08, 2011
cricri7 in Manhattan

New Year's Eve Dinner - Open Bar - Dancing - Montreal Dec 30-Jan 2

I saw a 14 course "cocktail dînatoire" at Confusion on St-Denis for 150$ with open bar from 9:30 to 00:30. It is a different kind of evening because it is not a traditional sit down dinner. It is more conducive to meeting people. There is a DJ. There is also an oyster bar.