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I'm itchin' for urchin - best uni dishes in NYC?

Let me echo the excellent (lunch) portion of uni at Le Bernardin, since I just had it this week. hcbk0702, oh, you're killing me with the thought of the risotto! Though the 'basic' version made me so happy that I can't complain.

Great question, pork buns. I'm writing all this down myself, too.

ETA: Oh, another ditto for the Picholine uni. Had it just about 6 months ago, and still memorable.

Jul 17, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Recent lunch at Le Bernardin

Thanks! Next time, for sure. Though I have no idea how I would have fit it into my gullet this time. :)

Jul 16, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Recent lunch at Le Bernardin

I, too, had the sea urchin, and just about expired with joy. It was such a generous portion and so unbelievably fresh.

I was thinking about the yuzu, but I ended up ordering the dessert with the bacon ice cream and let me tell you, that was terrific.

What egg? I didn't know! :(

Oh, and hcbk0702, you are so right, those almond and pistachio pastries were so yummy.

Jul 16, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Recent lunch at Le Bernardin

We ended up getting the half bottle because my friend is not much of a drinker, though it might have been interesting to get it paired by the glass. Next time!

I would love to hear your reaction. As I had mentioned in my first post on the topic, I'm not much of a fancy lunch person, but it was just such a treat and so relaxing. Of course, the company was terrific; I've known this friend since college.

I think what also helped, atmosphere-wise was being there in the middle of the week.

Lunch today was rather disappointing in comparison.

Jul 15, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Need reco for Penn Station take-out (seriously)

I know this isn't what you asked for, but if you have enough time between subway and Amtrak to step outside briefly, on 33rd Street, between 7th and 8th, on the north side of the street, there's a Lenny's, which has freshly prepared sandwiches and salads. Nothing fancy, but better than most things you'd find in the station, I think. (They have a website, too, I think)

Jul 15, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Recent lunch at Le Bernardin

First of all, thanks to all of you for the suggestions several weeks ago. I settled (wrong word choice, perhaps!) for taking my dear friend to Le Bernardin for lunch.

I don't have the talent of many of you with food description (and no photos!), but I did want to relay what a spectacular time we had. We've been there before - we had the multicourse tasting with wine pairing there for my 40th birthday several years ago - so I knew the food would be grand. But what I didn't expect was how much I would enjoy the lunch experience, as I am much more of a dinner person.

It was very filling - more than what I expected for three courses, and the desserts were insane! I am not a dessert person per se, but really, these were works of art. I do wish they had more options in the half bottles of wine, but we were happy with what we had. Of course, the seafood was remarkable, with light, yet rich preparations (if that makes sense to any of you). Requests for suggestions were met with very helpful answers. My friend is more of a traditionalist, and I like to try new things, and we were both completely satisfied.

I'd be remiss not to mention the service, which was very attentive yet not overwhelming. We ended up closing the dining room, and at no point did we feel rushed. As wonderful as the food is, the service framed it in such a way that made it even better.

There are so many great restaurants in NY that I would like to go to, and others that I'd like to revisit, but I really can't wait to go back to Le Bernardin again.

Thanks again for the help. I hope that all of your dining experiences are as satisfying.

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Jul 15, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

Any particular dessert that you or SWS liked particularly?

And thanks to everybody for all your comments, which have truly made me excited for this event (by the way, SWS, your comments about what makes a dessert particularly memorable were lovely and very vivid, though they made the orange-peel infused dark chocolate I was munching on seem rather insipid :)

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

Too bad I can't take her to Paris for lunch! I was only in Paris once, about 23 years ago, and didn't have the money to eat anything other than street food, or getting some cheese and bread and fruit from the grocery store. Still good, though, but it would have been nice to have gone to one of those remarkable restaurants.

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

See, SWS, that would be me, too - give me the three savories and a piece of good chocolate for dessert and I'm set.

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

RGR, thanks for those photos - I later went on the website and spent about 15 minutes trolling around (and made myself sad that I couldn't partake of the June 17 Burgundy wine and Tocqueville special menu event). Even more sad, given that I had a sorry ham sandwich for lunch :)

That lunch special is incredible - especially with the wine pairing. I'm glad to have that in my back pocket as a go-to place.

And yes, as sappy as I sound, our friendship is priceless - she will always have my back, and is happier for my successes than I am, and vice versa.

As much as we've had some remarkable meals together, given that we were also roommates in college, we also had some pretty low-end, unbelievably unhealthy experiences, too! Can't eat like that anymore, unfortunately, but the memories are grand - though I know what a gourmand you are, from your comments on this board, I have a feeling you'd appreciate those experiences as well. It's amazing what one will eat at 2:30 in the morning, when one has been imbibing all night, that's all I can say.

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

Come join us! We've been friends for an insane amount of time, really 'for better or worse, in sickness and in health,' so when we do get an occasion to celebrate, we try to go all out, as budgets allow.

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

I really loved EMP the night I was there - but I think that for my friend, between the two, it would be Le B over the former, at least for this birthday. I appreciate your thoughts, though, as well as what everyone else took the time out to comment on. Really, really helps in the decision-making.

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

Actually, Kathryn, we were thinking of a day off and mid-week lunch, which really allows us to be leisurely.

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

Thanks hcbk - I'll check Marea out as well.

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Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

Jun 05, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

Thanks, gutsofsteel - I'm glad to hear that...I don't know where my bias of dinner vs. lunch came from, but I just can't even tell you the last time I went out for lunch.

Jun 04, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thoughts about lunch vs. dinner at 'fancy' restaurants?

My best friend's birthday is coming up - part of me wants to find a brand-new restaurant for us to go to for a special night out, as that's what we tend to do for each other's birthdays.

We're both big seafood fans, especially with a light touch. She absolutely loves Le Bernardin, and mentioned maybe doing lunch there. I almost never go out to lunch for a 'fancy' meal - dinner seems so much luxurious, time-wise and otherwise.

So, my ramblings lead to two questions:

One, any thoughts about seafood restaurants (or at least restaurants that do seafood well, and not as an afterthought), on the nicer side?

Two, what do you all think about lunch vs. dinner, when talking about a well-known restaurant?

(If this makes a difference, I think that perhaps one reason she suggested lunch at Le B is to save me some money...a good friend, indeed, though that is not the most important thought on my mind, given the length and depth of our friendship.)

Thanks for reading these rambling thoughts!

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Jun 04, 2010
drummergirl in Manhattan

SHO Shaun Hergatt Tonight

Do tell how how your experience was - we've been thinking of going there next month (and are thinking of the tasting menu as well). I've heard so many great things about the place from folks here, but of course, would love to hear your thoughts as well.

Dec 24, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Restaurant Reccomendations near The Blue Note (3rd St. Between 6th & MacDougal)

For top-notch, another vote for Blue Hill. A friend is treating me for my birthday in about a month, and though we'd both love some great, unusual seafood dishes (not sure where yet), I've got a yearning to go to Blue Hill again.

Also, I love Bellavitae, though I don't know how 'fancy' it is. The food and wine were terrific, though, the last time I was there - and it's certainly close enough to the Blue Note.

Dec 24, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thanksgiving bday cake: Silver Moon or Georgia's?

jwg - I remember going to cupcake cafe when I worked in the neighborhood (9th Ave) years ago, and enjoying the cakes; just out of the way for me this go-round.

Nov 20, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thanksgiving bday cake: Silver Moon or Georgia's?

amandaadrienne, I take it that you haven't had the Pure Decadence cake?

And boy, Soutine's looks yummy, too.

Nov 20, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thanksgiving bday cake: Silver Moon or Georgia's?

Thanks, Ann - may I be pushy enough to ask you what kind of cake? I don't know their products as well.

Nov 20, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Thanksgiving bday cake: Silver Moon or Georgia's?

Hey Chowhounders: I need to buy a birthday cake for Thanksgiving day. We're on the UWS and typically frequent Georgia's for cakes, but Silver Moon isn't that far away. Any strong feelings about either one? (We tend to go chocolate ganache, but that's not a hard and fast rule, so other options are ok. No carrot or T-giving day themed, though). Planning to order in advance and probably pick up on Wednesday or Thursday.

Thoughts?

And thanks!

Nov 20, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Ideas for birthday dinner with several seafood, healthy options? Midtown pref.

Thanks to you both; personally, I love Greek, so yum. Bratlefoodie, Alcala sounds great, but way too east for our purposes.

Looking through recent comments, I'm wondering if Aldea may be an option; the birthday girl (the pescatarian) is a big fan of Brazil/Portugal.

Thanks again!

Oct 16, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Ideas for birthday dinner with several seafood, healthy options? Midtown pref.

Our party of two expanded and we need to find a new restaurant. West Village would be fine, too (East Side is more problematic). At least one of the parties will want to make sure there are healthy options available. Mid-price range or a bit more; probably not the very expensive range (given another person's situation). Need it for next weekend, if that makes a difference.

New-ish restaurant would be great, if possible.

Thank you, Chowhounds.

Oct 16, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

middle eastern/pakistani recs pls...client dinner, help!

Yum, RGR, I have to put that on my list. I was going to suggest Persepolis, but decided against it, because it has been forever since I have been there, and really don't know how it is currently, or if the ambiance is what is necessary for the occasion.

Jul 21, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Recent visit to Blue Hill, NYC

We had a wonderful time on a recent trip to Blue Hill. The food was spectacular, and was matched by attentive and warm service. Can't wait to go back there again.

We opted for menu of the day (of the season?), which included a marvelous wild salmon, a salad of fresh vegetables that I have been missing every day since we were there and poached chicken breast (and a piece of thigh). Who knew that a simple chicken breast could be so flavorful. I don't think I used a knife much, given how melt in your mouth the food was.

I have to remark on the service as well - they were attentive as needed, but also didn't rush us through our conversation or anytime one of us was taking longer than the other to finish a course.

Really a spectacular night (it didn't hurt that the weather was so wonderful), and a restaurant I'd like to return to time and again. I am not necessarily one to consider organic/home grown cuisine the be-all and end-all, but Blue Hill is in a class by itself. I wonder how the upstate location is in comparison, but I can't imagine that it could be much better.

Jul 21, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Blue Hill - Main Dining Room or Garden Patio?

Thanks so much for the suggestion - that's what I was edging toward as well; I'll make sure to confirm.

Jun 23, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Blue Hill - Main Dining Room or Garden Patio?

My understanding was that you could 'request' it - of course, if there's a private event, they'd move you and your group to the main dining room. Hmm. Maybe I'm wrong? I'm just not sure if we'd prefer it compared to the main dining room.

Jun 22, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Blue Hill - Main Dining Room or Garden Patio?

I know it's a preference issue, but any experiences with either would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Jun 22, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan

Why I love Tocqueville (review)

Thanks a lot, RGR (the salmon looks lovely!). I think it's between Tocqueville and Blue Hill, barring any other suggestions she might bring up.

Appreciate the comment.

Jun 19, 2009
drummergirl in Manhattan