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peter lugers

Just celebrated a bday party at Keens, and would not recommend them to anyone.

Peter Lugers is an experience - I have had great steak there and not so great (tough , chewy w/ lots of grizzle) steak there. Seems like you are getting a dose of their famous obnoxious attitude up front. I would call a few more times before your visit and check for cancellations, or visit during the daytime.

Nov 08, 2013
gjrubino in Outer Boroughs

Special occasion at Le Bernardin

LB is one of my favorite restaurants. I celebrated my parents 75 Bday their last year w/ party of 12. You can pay extra for LB aprons personalized with your names.

I recommend the long tasting menu for a special occasion, and skip the wine pairing. I prefer to pick a nice bottle of wine (of my own choosing) rather than taste their selections at a premium.

Happy anniversary.

Nov 08, 2013
gjrubino in Manhattan

Park City, Utah

dined at both places, and found many dishes identical, as stated above

Feb 03, 2013
gjrubino in Mountain States

Fresh truffles via internet

Thank you. I emailed them about availability.

Dec 08, 2012
gjrubino in General Topics

Fresh truffles via internet

I live in a gastronomic wasteland and must rely on the internet to source most exotic ingredients. I have found several internet sites where I may buy fresh truffles. I am concerned, due their highly perishable nature and high price (Alba truffles $250-300/oz), that I may waste money on inferior product. Does anyone have suggestions where I may buy truffles reliably via mail order or the internet?

I have looked on chowhound and found threads about local sources, most recently Surfas in LA. If all else fails, I may call Surfas and ask about when they get their supply in and if they can mail overnight.

Thank you

Dec 08, 2012
gjrubino in General Topics

Where to buy fresh truffles?

Thanks for the info. I used to live in LA and shop at Surfas

Dec 05, 2012
gjrubino in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy fresh truffles?

Can anyone share tips for a reliable and reputable internet resource for purchasing black or white truffles? Thank you.

Dec 01, 2012
gjrubino in Los Angeles Area

great restaurants on Grand Cayman

Thank you for the suggestions

great restaurants on Grand Cayman

We are planing a trip to Grand Cayman. We have visited in the past and liked Blue and Grand Old House, and disliked Calypso Grill. What are the current great restaurants in Cayman? I have read a little about Osetra - sounds interesting. Thankyou.

2012 Kentucky Derby

Thank you for your recs. I have also heard about Jack Frys, Vietnam Kitchen, Vincenso's, and the Oak Room. What is your opinion about these places?

Jan 06, 2012
gjrubino in Kentucky & Tennessee

2012 Kentucky Derby

I wil be visiting Louisville for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. I would like recs for 3 great lunches and 3 great dinners. I prefer higher end places for dinner, but don't mind dibves w/ great food for lunch. Thank you.

Jan 04, 2012
gjrubino in Kentucky & Tennessee

Park City, Utah

We have visited Deer Valley and Park City yearly for about 6 years. I agree that the White restaurants are overpriced and very mediocre in quality. The Mariposa is a more expensive versiobn of the Seafod Buffet - same food, just served to your table rather than at a Buffet, for a premium price. We bring our own wine to the Seafood Buffet and pay corkage. Jean Louis was disgusting one year - I don't know who likes his food. Chez betty was a reasonably good meal last year. Unfortunately, we continue to try new places every year, only to be disappointed and realize that Park City and Deer Valley is not New York City or Paris.

Jan 02, 2012
gjrubino in Mountain States

Valrhona in Paris

I cook with chocolate too - chocolate mousee, ganache, etc- I don't usually eat the 6 libs myself. And, I have cultivated the bitter chocolate taste in my twin daughters, who help with consumption as well.

Apr 07, 2011
gjrubino in France

High Tea in Paris

Thank you, Parigi and grace3. I will not alter my other dining plans to make room for this AMEX freebie.

Apr 07, 2011
gjrubino in France

High Tea in Paris

Any info on tea at the Crillon? We will be visitng in a few weeks, and have as an amenity free "high-tea."

I am not sure how to fit this into our current eating plans, as we plan one large meal (either lunch or dinner) per day at a starred restaurant.

Apr 06, 2011
gjrubino in France

Tipping in Paris

There is a recent thread on this from a few weeks ago. My summary from this thread- service is included, and some leave no tips. Others recommend 10 euros for great service and up to 20 euros for phenomenal service, with a separate tip for sommelier (for a large bill).

Apr 06, 2011
gjrubino in France

Valrhona in Paris

Thank you again for the suggestions. I will try to stop by some of the chocolatiers you mentionned.

I buy 3 - 1kg bags of Valrhona "nibs" - usually between 65-75% cocao solids every month for snacking. I get mine through chocosphere.com, who repackages the 3kg bags from Valrhona, so I can have a variety each month.

Apr 06, 2011
gjrubino in France

Valrhona in Paris

Thank you all for your input.

Would you recommend La Maison du Chocolat for my chocolate fixes when I visit in a few weeks?

Apr 05, 2011
gjrubino in France

Valrhona in Paris

Are there one or more shops in Paris selling only Valrhona chocolates, or is Valrhona used by other chocolatiers as a basis for their confections?

Apr 04, 2011
gjrubino in France

checking a few (old) recommendations

Baltimore and Queens are side trips, as lmcsherr asked for recs in NYC

Mar 31, 2011
gjrubino in Manhattan

Cote de nuits wineries open to public

I will be driving through the Cote de nuits (between Dijon and Beaune) on 4/25. Are there any wineries that are worth a stop and offer tastings to the public?

I have asked several famous producers for tastings and was denied.

I recognize that Easter Monday is a holiday, and that many wineries may be closed. I am asking for recs of good producers that offer pulblic tastings. I can hunt down whether they are open on this holiday.

Thank you.

Mar 29, 2011
gjrubino in France

checking a few (old) recommendations

I have lived in NY for 25 years and around the country for the last 20 years, returning about 2-4 times /year. My NYC favorite is Bouley. It has reliably fantastic classic French food, impeccable service, and (in its current digs) a very nice surrounding. If you are looking for chemical gastronomy, look elsewhere, as Bouley serves classic French. And, relative to other top restaurants, it is reasonable.

For tops in NYC seafood, you cannot go wrong with Le Bernadin. For me, heaven on earth is a dry martini and cold oysters at Le Bernadin.

The best cannolli: Venieros on 11th st

The best bagel: (up the street from Venieros) Ess-a Bagel on 1st at about 21st st

If you are loking for ethnic seafood, try chinatown's Fuleen's on 11 Division St..

I have not been to any great Indian restaurants lately in NYC, but 6th St is always fun. Gandhi used to be good on the cxorner of 1st Ave and 6th st

I hope this helps.

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Ess-a-Bagel
359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

Fuleen
11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

Veniero's
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

Gandhi
345 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

Bouley
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Mar 29, 2011
gjrubino in Manhattan

Etiquette for 3 star restaurants eg Ledoyen

AMEX platinum and centurian card holders no longer ( as of 3/1/11) pay a foreign transaction fee, I am told.

Mar 27, 2011
gjrubino in France

Best of Best restaurants in Paris

How are Lameloise in Chagny and Caveau des Arches in Beaune for dinner?

Mar 14, 2011
gjrubino in France

Best of the 3 Stars...Is it still Pierre Gagnaire?

Great thread. Any comments on Les Ambassaduers and Le Cinq. How about Le Dome Montparnasse ( not in this starred league, but I am looking for good boullabaisse). Thank you.

Mar 14, 2011
gjrubino in France

How does Easter holiday affect restaurants/ menus in Paris

Well, do any other chowhounder scare to weigh in on the the Le Dôme Montparnasse vs Divellec controversy stirred up below? Is Divellec a relic of the past?

Feb 22, 2011
gjrubino in France

Michelin-starred restaurants with children

Thank you for your advice. One daughter is adventurous and loves to try new things, especially sauces. The other prefers plain foods - steamed, broiled, etc.

Feb 22, 2011
gjrubino in France

Michelin-starred restaurants with children

Me and my family, including twin 10 yr old daughters, will be visting Paris in April. The children are accustomed to fairly long meals (3-4 hours) in better restaurants. Most good restaurants that we have visited (in the US and Italy) can accomodate their simpler palates. Will we find similar cooperation in Parisian Michelin-starred restaurants (Le Cinq, Guy Savoy, Ledoyen, etc)?

Feb 21, 2011
gjrubino in France

How does Easter holiday affect restaurants/ menus in Paris

How does Le Dome compare to Le Devillec?

Feb 21, 2011
gjrubino in France

Meals at the Moulin Rouge

Do you know if there are reasonably good seats for the "show only, " as it seems the food has not changed much since my visit 20 years ago? Thank you.

Feb 21, 2011
gjrubino in France