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Four Days in Tokyo

Thank you.

Nov 19, 2014
demo5 in Japan

Four Days in Tokyo

Ninisix,

I can't thank you enough for all of your insight. I have one more question for you, please. In addition to sushi, I plan to try and eat at some good ramen, yakitori and kobe/wagyu restaurants. For the last category (beef), are there any places you recommend that are fantastic?

Thank you!

Nov 18, 2014
demo5 in Japan

Four Days in Tokyo

I do not have a specific budget. This is a big trip for me, I have never been to Japan but love sushi. I would prefer not to spend 35,000 yen, particularly 4 times if I can avoid it. However, I will spend the money once or twice to try the best. I am looking to find the kind of sushi that is impossible to get anywhere else, even New York, where I live.

I am most interested in the best price-to-value sushi, and it certainly sounds as if you are as well. I don't need a big name as long as the quality is excellent.

Based on your feelings, I will definitely try Iwa at lunch and perhaps Kimura, too, as well as one of the big name ones. How do you feel about Jiro Roppongi vs. Miyako, Tokami, Yoshitake or Tachi?

Thank you for all of your insight. It has been very helpful reading your posts.

Nov 17, 2014
demo5 in Japan

Four Days in Tokyo

I am not at all sure I will be able to get a table, but I am six months away, flexible on the date and I am enlisting the hotel concierge (who specified I need to send the hotel written authorization to bill my card in the event of a no-show).

Thank you for the advice.

Nov 14, 2014
demo5 in Japan

Four Days in Tokyo

Ninisix,

If I am able to go to Saito for lunch, which other restaurants would you recommend (1 more lunch and 2 dinners) so I get a diverse experience?

Many thanks.

Nov 14, 2014
demo5 in Japan

Four Days in Tokyo

I will be spending four days in Tokyo in April. I have a list of about 10 different sushi restaurants culled from Chow (I have been reading Ninisix's reviews quite a bit) and I need to narrow them to three or four so I have room for ramen and for just walking around and discovering.

On the list, I have Jiro, Jiro Rappongi, Saito, Yoshitake, Mizutani, Miyako, Miyaha, Sushi Shin, Tachi and Iwa

I would like some help curating the list. I have heard mixed things about Jiro (too fast, not good for westerners), but I really have no way of knowing what is true. I would like to go to three or four really great sushi restaurants, but with some diversification. For instance, I have read that Jiro and Mizutani (I think) serve a very similar meal.

With that said, I'd welcome responses which put together three or four restaurants from the list or from other sources.

Thank you.

Nov 10, 2014
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Looking for an intimate, "townhouse type" venue for a friend's 60th -mid Dec.

Sandro's
Fishtail

Oct 24, 2014
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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