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Bourg-En-Bresse

Thank you all for your recommendations.

Jul 29, 2012
demo5 in France

Bourg-En-Bresse

I am headed to Georges Blanc and Bresse for some chicken. Does anyone have a recommendation regarding any local wineries of distinction? I won't have the opportunity to drive 1.5 hours north to Burgundy - it needs to be something more local. Also, there doesn't seem to me much of interest in Bresse itself (apart from the churches), so any recommendations of places to visit while there would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Jul 25, 2012
demo5 in France

hors d'oeuvres supply

I have a cocktail party I am supposed to cook for next weekend, and I am preparing to make a number of hors d'oeuvres. In Europe, they have Metro, which supplies food to chefs and where you can pick up a lot of base items, such as premade tartlette shells and such. Is there any place in NYC where one can find premade tartlette shells, mini blini and other such items in quantity?

Thanks

Feb 02, 2012
demo5 in Manhattan

LADIES LUNCH IN NYC NEAR 57TH AND 5TH?

Bergdorf Goodman
The Modern
Bottega del Vino

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Bottega Del Vino
7 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

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

BG Restaurant
754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Jan 01, 2012
demo5 in Manhattan

16 Days in Provence and the proposed Itinerary and Restaurants

For Gordes, go to Mas Tourteron (full discolsure: the chef is a friend). I think it is one of the best restaurants in the region and the courtyard is spectacular http://www.mastourteron.com/uk/index.php. I also recommend Mas du capoun as having one of the highest food to price ratios of any place I've been: http://www.masducapoun.com/restaurant....

Have fun

Jul 29, 2011
demo5 in France

Quiet two-top in UES pre-Xmas?

The obvious choice for that location is Daniel, but I assume you have tried it.

Depending on how far south you are willing to go:

Avra - 48th bet. Lex & 3rd (Greek)
Beacon - 55th bet. 5th and 6th (American)
The Modern (but it sounds like you probably tried that already)
Aquavit - 55th bet Park & Madison (Scandinavian)
Post House (not my favorite steak place, but in the area) East 60s
Maya (decent Mexican) 64 and 1st ave
Four Seasons (Park Ave & 53)
Amma - Great Indian (51 between 2nd and 3rd)

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Post House
28 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

Amma
246 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022

The Four Seasons
99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Dec 19, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Looking for Mora Moro

I am looking fora fish called Mora Moro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_mora (also called googly-eyed cod or goodly-eyed cod or ghost cod) in New York. I have had it twice in Spain, where the restaurant referred to it as "Negrito." There seems to be very little information about the fish on the internet and it seems to be mostly fished in Australia, though it apparently lives all over the world. Does anyone have any thoughts as to a fishmonger in NY that might have it or be able to procure it?

Thanks

Sep 06, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Best Value in Manhattan

I'm not opining as to quality for all of them, but these are all restaurants that have lunch deals that are considerably less costly than the dinner prices.

Jean Georges $28 2 Course
Nougatine (Jean Georges) $24 3 Course
Alto $36 2 Course
Gotham $31 3 Course
Feledia $30 3 Course
Aquavit $24 3 Course
David Burke Townhouse $24 3 Course (don't know if this is stil the case)
Bar Boloud $24 3 Course
Chanterelle $42 3 Course
Del Posto Enoteca $32 3 Course

Also, Devi, Cafe Boulud, Petrossian and L'ecole all have lunch deals,but I don't have the prices handy.

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Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Petrossian
182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Aug 12, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

best pasta in nyc?

Marea
Scarpetta
Sandro's
Convivio
Babbo

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Aug 06, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

sourcing magret fume

Fresh Direct sells Hudson Valley smoked magret. It's very good and I would consider it to be "French", if there is such a thing.

Jul 27, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

In Provence for the first time - looking for great "hole in the wall" food near Avignon

Try the following.

Mas Capoun, an extremely good value http://www.masducapoun.fr/ (near St. Remy

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The pizza at Chez Cherge in Carpentras (don't bother with the rest of the menu, it's only so-so)

Gouin is a great value (Near Gordes) - La Maison Gouin
44 Route d'Apt
Coustellet
Phone: 04 90 76 90 18

And, for, in my opinion, the best chocolatier in Fance, Joel Durand http://www.chocolat-durand.com/fr/ (In St. Remy)

Jun 07, 2010
demo5 in France

Best Italian For a Group/Birthday?

If money isn't a factor, they can turn the back of the dining room in Marea into a private room.

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Jun 01, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Copper River Salmon

I've seen it at Whole Foods, Union Square.

May 27, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

UES Italian for anniversary dinner

I though Erminia was sub-par when I went there. Granted, I only went once, so that may not be representative of the restaurant.

May 25, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

UES Italian for anniversary dinner

It is true that Spigolo's portions could be a bit better. However, their food is first-rate. Personally, I like Sandro's the best of all of the UES Italian restaurants (his pasta is some of the best traditional pasta in the city), but it is a fairly noisy place and not as conducive to an intimate conversation or anniversary dinner as Spigolo.

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Spigolo
1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

May 19, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

UES Italian for anniversary dinner

Spigolo - 81st & 2nd

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Spigolo
1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

May 18, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Lunch around Astor Place?

Ippudo - but go early or go late, because the wait can be very, very long at peak times.

Mar 16, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Sushi midtown/UES

Sushi Seki
Sasabune
Sushi of Gari (UES location)

Mar 01, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

High Tea?

I assume you are referring to afternoon tea, and not high tea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_%28m...). If that is the case, most of the better hotels serve tea. Among my favorites are the St. Regis and the Ritz Carleton, Central Park South. Other hotels to try are the Plaza and the Pierre. Also, on the Upper East Side you can try King's Carriage House, which is very nice.

Feb 15, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Provence on a budget

I will try and think of some places. In late September you are just missing the season, so there may be some deals. FYI, the Auberge recently closed. Christian will only be cooking meals on concert nights from now on, though he will continue to provide cooking classes, should that interest you. Another great restaurant which I forgot to mention previously is Mas Torteron (http://www.mastourteron.com/). Elisabeth Bourgeois is the chef and is one of the first women chefs in France to have really made a name for herself. I have gotten to know her recently, after eating there fore the first time in years, and I think it will probably be my new favorite place. I highly recommend it (it also has one of the prettiest gardens in the area, which is a serious accomplishment). Are you looking for a culinary experience or more of a sight seeing experience?

Feb 10, 2010
demo5 in France

Best Croissants on the UES?

It would have been Payard until they closed. However, I have seen that Butterfield's market on Lex between 78th and 79th is now carrying some Payard things. I don't know if it is only cakes & chocolates, but it is probably worth a phone call to find out.

Jan 20, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

foie gras

Daniel's Pot-au-Feu Royale
Nobu's Miso-Soaked Foie Gras (sometimes paired with monkfish liver)

Jan 05, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Casual quiet dinner in E 80's area

Spigolo on 81st and 2nd shouldn't be too loud.
Sfoglia at 92nd catty-corner from the Y
Erminia on 83rd near 2nd
Kings' Carriage House on 82nd near 2nd

Jan 05, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

The House

It's a beautiful space, but the food is overpriced and not worth it. Also, I found the staff to be extremely snobbish.

Jan 01, 2010
demo5 in Manhattan

Best Italian restaurant in NYC

I thought the food was generally very good, with some spots of brilliance. Honestly, while the atmosphere is somewhat charming, it wouldn't be my first pick in restaurants for that reason (particularly when you factor in the seedy street that it is on). What I like about it, and what goes to the first poster's question, is that it is both good and authentic. There are other great Italian restaurants in the city, but many are not classic Italian. I was VERY impressed with Locanda Verde, for instance, but I wouldn't put it on a list of traditional Italian restaurants.

Dec 30, 2009
demo5 in Manhattan

Best Italian restaurant in NYC

Peasant
Sandro's
Sapori d'Ischia - Queens
Convivio (you can probably make it out for just about $200, if you are careful)
Spigolo

Dec 30, 2009
demo5 in Manhattan

Cooking classes in Provence

It's a market in Avignon. I think he gets up early and drives there at 6 am or so to get what's good. He might also take you to Metro, which is like a Costco for chef's in France and which isn't open to the public.

Dec 16, 2009
demo5 in France

Cooking classes in Provence

Please see my post here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653587

Christian at the Auberge de la Fontaine does cooking classes and he is fluent in English, French & German. I believe he will also take you to the chefs' market, if you want, to buy the ingredients.

Dec 15, 2009
demo5 in France

Coffee Beans in Manhattan

La Colombe (locations in Tribeca and Soho). The most important thing is that the beans be fresh. Mediocre fresh beans, I have found, often best top quality beans that are old.

Dec 03, 2009
demo5 in Manhattan

Best espresso for home brewing?

The problem with Sant'Eustachio coffee from Di Palo is that it is old. You have no idea how long it's been on the shelf. I have found that while Sant'Eustachio, fresh, beats everyone else, La Colombe, fresh, is far superior to the Sant'Eustachio you can buy in the states.

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La Colombe
270 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Nov 07, 2009
demo5 in Manhattan