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Bouley Favorites?

Ellenost, I thought Maitre D George left Bouley and is at Marea? Is your George a waiter or has the very same George returned?

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

May 09, 2011
chalz in Manhattan

piano due?

Yes, I've been and sent friends. All loved it. Very cool entrance where you can stop for a drink before taking the elevator to the second floor dining room (Piano Due means 2nd floor in italian). They are very welcoming and the very italian menu is satisfying. Beautiful room and really an under approved addition to midtown. Hope you like it!

Sep 28, 2009
chalz in Manhattan

IS Tao worth it?

I agree Tao is so touristy and very expensive. They really move the food to you so I always have felt rushed on the 2 occasions I dined there. I won't be going back. It's hard to recommend something real good in the neighborhood that has a similar menu. Perhaps Landmarc or Porterhouse in the Time Warner Center, very different experiences but fun, fairly priced and in a beaytuful setting. Go to Stone Rose for a cocktail first and then choose a restaurant. Look at the menu at Per Se and Masa, it's a hoot. If I think of something else I'll post, good lluck!

Jan 30, 2008
chalz in Manhattan

Bouley Lunch (Review - long)

Now that's a review. Clear, concise and most informative...Great Job!!

Jan 24, 2008
chalz in Manhattan

Daniel, Bouley or La Grenouille?

I've been to all 3 and they are very different experiences, so in order. If you are looking for that cozy, well taken care of great experience it's Bouley. The food and the service are superb It's my fav in nyc). Daniel is a more regimented, somewhat snappy service (in a good way) and more of a transaction than experience, the food is of course top notch and the room is magnificent .Grenouille is an old world terriffic adult dinner party. My last trip everything was underseasoned, perhpas the older crowd likes it that way. But if you have never been to Grenouille it a once in a lifetime must, the classic dishes along with olw world service makes for an extra special treat.

Jan 15, 2008
chalz in Manhattan

Loved Degustation -- what's next?

Degustation is the best kep secret in Manhattan, for parties of 2 or no more than 4 because of the seating arrangements. But to answer your question: If the budget will allow, L'atelier de Joel Robouchon at the four seasnons hotel. Food is unsurpassed and you can request counter seating and watch the chefs and waiters...It's great!

Jan 08, 2008
chalz in Manhattan

Dinner w/ Beard House Chef

I'll assume the kids are foodies because Dad's a Chef. Right around the corner from the Beard house on 13th @ 6th ave is Gradisca. Fabulous pasta, all handmade each morning, you can watch grandma making them in the restraunt window! (gradisca means grandma in Italian) Go early though because it gets very crowded and loud after 8:30pm. Pretty place,very New Yorky should be good!

Dec 10, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Tia Pol Review

what time did you arrive for the 30 minute wait?

Nov 09, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Bouley Bakery Upstairs: Manager/Maitre from Hell

George is simply one of the best, if not the best, Maitre D's in NYC. Dozens of wondeful evenings at Bouley subsatantiate my opinion. I'm am suprised he was working at Upstairs. He is usually at Bouley, in fact I have called him to "get me in" at Upstairs and as you may know they do not take reservations.
Everyone has a bad day. George is the kind of guy that would feel really badly if he even thinks he treated you unprofesionally. Sure you're not going back, it is really your loss, I can't wait to go and greet George soon!

Nov 05, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Ultimate Day of Dining contest- A recap of my free trip to Babbo!

Sorry to burst a bubble but Babbo is not 4 star by NY Times standards. It got 2 stars.

Aug 23, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

New Years eve rec's. Not kidding

Yes and please ask me for recommendations when you arrive if you need them!

Aug 13, 2007
chalz in Los Angeles Area

New Years eve rec's. Not kidding

Wow
Thanks everybody I start my reserch to firstly see if any of these are on OpenTable..Love it!... Then choose a great spot. I hear so much about "The Ivy" full of celebrities. Is the food any good? The white picket fence is intriguing. We have a cafe des artistes in NYC, hev not been lately but have heard bad things over the last couple of months. Certainly no comparison but wondered if it is a LA outpost of the NYC restaurant, if so it's our kind of place, at least 1 night.

Aug 10, 2007
chalz in Los Angeles Area

New Years eve rec's. Not kidding

NJ Foodie going to be in Los Angeles form 12/29 to 1/1/08. Fine dining and some place really cool to bring our 17 & 14 year old daughters that is not a tourist trap.

Also, what would be some really cool places to be at midnight new years eve?
Thanks

Aug 09, 2007
chalz in Los Angeles Area

NJ Foodie coming to san diego..Recs please

Going to be in SD from 12/26/07 to 12/29/07. Love the fine dining scene but bringing our 17 & 14 year old daughters. So please help with rec's on fine dining and someplace hip for all of us for dinner. A little worried about being after the holidays and go dplaces closed. Thanks!

Aug 09, 2007
chalz in California

2 West Review: 1/2 Star Food in a 5 Star Hotel.

Could not agree more. Last time and only time there (a couple of years ago) we had mushy seafood. The half lobster they served was terrrible and when I sent it back they brouhght the same lobster back to me saying "the chef says it's okay". As I was starting to get up and leave the chef came out and said he maid a mistake and would remake it or send something else I wanted out.
We were redeeming a gift certificate we bid on at a charity auction so they could not "comp" anything. I was so disgusted I could not wait to, get out of there. The service was amatuerish and uncaring. When the, 13 year old looking manager came over I was so mad I refused her invitation to send desserts up to our room.
Morale of the story is don't get so mad you give up dessert!

Aug 09, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Insieme - Review

Could you tell us what they were out of? Was it the lasagne, since it has been so hyped?

May 29, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Degustation

You picked a really great place for a date if you're both foodies, I think even if your not but some may disagree. It is all about the show the Chef's put on. If the date is going well you can canoodle a little bit if not you can enjoy the food and work on the canoodling.

No matter what you order the portions are small and priced accordingly, it is a good bargain. We ordered a la carte and were so satisfied with the food we ordered everything on the menu and some doubles and still could have ate more. That's not a negative really it goes to how good the food is and what a good time we were having.

Ask to be seated in the middle of the counter so you get the full view, and have a great time!

PS wines by the glass are really good and you could try just about everything for a real value.

May 15, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

l'atelier du robuchon - counter or table seating?

We sat at the counter and we mezmerized! You get a good peek at the Chef's although the Exec Chef is pretty far back and the Garde Mange is up front. The service at the counter is amazing if not a little awkward because they have to reach over a high counter, not bad at all though.
Tables look very comfortable but look more for an intense conversation or romantic encounter to enjoy the tables.
Food is mostly amazing, mostly because some of the combinations are edgy but overall a "foodie" heaven! Enjoy

Apr 11, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Tocqueville

You'll like Tocqueville better than Telepan. Ate at Telepan last week and was disappointed. Just can't see why most people like Telepan as much as they do. It was just okay. Service good, nice space but the fare just did not represent the posts IMHO. Tocqueville is much classier in feel, food is more luscious and really a more "foodie" exerience.

Apr 09, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Maria Pia - Anyone been lately?

Have not been lately but everytime we go they do a good job. Not Haute Cuisine but good for the price paid.

Apr 09, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Rughetta on UES?

Tiny place that is lauded by the reuglars. Very inexpensive. Best to go early to get a table. It's been awhile since I was there so sorry I can't remeber any dishes, that might say someting about the food. The allure is the owner Luca, he's a charmer.

Mar 05, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Babbo (Long Report)

Your not the only one. I think people go here because they WANT to have a good experience...don't we all when we dine out. But I think this place gets high marks when in reality they are not that high. When you factor other things in like a very inflexible tasting menu policy. Everyone or no one gets the tasting menu at the table. I think thats amateurish policy from pros in the food business but it's typicasl Batali/Bastianich...its that way at all their places.

Maybe it was me but just about everything I orderd was spicey hot. I don't like food that bites me back and when I asked the server why the menu did not mention the heat the answer was "everything has heat" I'm not sure that is totally true but for me Babbo is not the best Italian and not the best overall foodie experience plus who needs to jump through hoops to get a reservation or sit at a cramped bar with your tongue hanging out for an open table.

Feb 22, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Keen's vs. Sparks

Been to Sparks once. Terrible...Steaks mediocre at best. Waiters are so non chalant they won't impress your guests. Over priced and over rated.

Feb 22, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Gordon Ramsay at the London

Was there a few saturday nights ago. The room is weird kind of cruise ship like. Service impeccable sommelier stellar, he brought unopened bottles of the wine we chose along with the decanted wine we purchased and left the unopen bottles on the table so we could peruse at our leisure, a nice touch. The food was better than good but not 4 star or is it 3 michelin? I'd say NYT 2 star no more. But the apricot souffle is a must, the candied almonds make it something unique and not to be missed.

I don't think $8.00 for coffee (double espresso in my case), standard in any other restaurant, was too much and we had as many bon bons as we wanted and really had more than we needed.

The only glitch was the champagne cart never arrived when we were seated. A few minutes into the evening I felt like a glass. The cart was brought over and we ordered. The bill came and each glass was $47.00. I spoke to the maitre'd and complained that if I knew it was that much I would have not ordered it. He then corrected the bill to charge for a glass of house champagne. I thought that was fair.

Feb 21, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Little Owl

Food is good not great ALTHOUGH the pork chops are great! and the slideers are like homemade. I'm jaded, my grandma's meat balls tasted just the same. Very cramped and limited menu for food and wine. A quaint place and very very nice employees. Just don't think it is as stellar as everyones makes it. I would go back but must be in the mood for west village quirky.

Feb 21, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

Special request at Cru

meant "put on the spot" to let the chef cook for us. A little prseeure from the server

Feb 20, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

NYC hounder coming for food&wine festival thinking Joe's for lunch, your rec's please

Thanx so much! This is our first time and I was wondering about getting around. We are staying at the Colony on Ocean Dr so I think we'll be okay. Just hope for a place close with giant stone crab claws thats not touristy. Thanx again for you hwelp.

Feb 16, 2007
chalz in Florida

NYC hounder coming for food&wine festival thinking Joe's for lunch, your rec's please

Flying in a day early and never been to Joe's. Really want big stone crab claws, any rec's?

Feb 16, 2007
chalz in Florida

Thanks, Bouley--Thought y'all should know

no restaurant experience is perfect but Bouley almost always comes as close any other. The negatives are so much fewer than the positives. If you had a bad experience it is usually due to IMHO other factors. I think it truly is the best in NYC when you factor everything in.

Feb 15, 2007
chalz in Manhattan

ICE vs FCI--Amateur Throwdown!

Don't know if my suggestion is as good as the schools you have looked at but David Bouley holds many cooking classes in his new venture (davidbouley.com) It's more of a spectator course but if your looking to meet chefs and learn their language David Bouley is the king.

Feb 13, 2007
chalz in Manhattan