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3 Nights in NYC, "foodie" needs help with meal ideas! PLEASE!

It's a party of 4, middle of Feb, and budget varies. We are willing to $$ for good food. A mix of fine dining and casual would be nice. You're right about MG. It's not the top on our list with all the MG joints in LA.

Jan 14, 2012
cynthia105 in Manhattan

3 Nights in NYC, "foodie" needs help with meal ideas! PLEASE!

I'm sure this topic has been beat to death. But rather than skimming through the board for hours looking for answers, I'm hoping for quick and easy suggestions. I need to clarify that I use the term "foodie" loosely. The last time I used this word on chowhound, I received a backlash of snarky comments from the LA board. I've managed to get lunch seating at EMP =). But I'll need some more ideas. Ko? WD50? The Modern? Anywhere Japanese worth going to? (from LA, btw) MUCH APPRECIATED!!

Jan 14, 2012
cynthia105 in Manhattan

Anyone been to LudoBites at Gram & Papa's so far?

Agree with RicRios and Aching. I've fallen victim to clicking their website everyday in hopes of getting a table. Such a waste of time and effort.

Apr 17, 2010
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Fifth Floor Review (with photos!)

thanks! This method seems to be easier than entering the restaurant name in the search box. After perusing thru the posts, I didnt see that many specific reviews on Fifth Floor recently. It was mostly inquiries

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Fifth Floor Restaurant
12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Fifth Floor Review (with photos!)

Yes! There wasnt a single review on chowhound, I went in with low expectations, but came out very satisfied. 72$ tasting menu. a rare find in the bay, and even LA

Fifth Floor Review (with photos!)

(Full version with photos here: http://cookiechomper.blogspot.com/201...

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An interesting note about Fifth Floor is that the executive chef is Jennie Lorenzo (and correct me if Im wrong) , being female and Filipino and having never attended any culinary school, makes her a bit of a rarity amongst the almost predominately Caucasian-male, CIA trained chefs. Her dishes seem to border on pushing boundaries, yet retaining the original nature of the ingredient. Therefore you won't find foams and emulsions tampered with liquid nitrogen. But boring it isn't.

The crudo consists of sashimi with agave nectar, lime and olive oil. The tartness of the lime and subtle hints of agave nectar really wakes up the palate. By far, one of my favorites of the night.
“Hot Spring” Egg: poached jidori egg, truffled potato.
Egg? I'm sold.
Foi gras atop brioche and almond paste. Now this sucker you either love or hate. For me, it is the latter. Well, hate is such a strong word. Let me rephrase, it simply does not sit well with me. This is too avante-garde for my liking. The brioche and sweet almond paste reminded me of a foi- gras cupcake. On a side note, the considerate chef did include a dash of salt and pepper on the side for ones accustomed to the more savory version. But the burst of flavors from foi gras to sweet almond paste, then sweet brioche, then salt and pepper -- sadly -- did not do it for me.
The smoked duck breast: a tender mouthful of perfectly executed duck, with just the right amount of crisp to the skin.
Pork belly with white asparagus and lavender cream sauce. Pork belly always gets me hot and bothered, but this one falls short.
Wine infused strawberry sorbet with tapioca and banana chips. At first glance of this techni-colored creation, I am slightly appalled. I try hard brushing away the image of Chesire Cat lapping at my neon green dessert. Diving in, I remember not to dissect its parts, but to include everything in one mouthful (rest assured that Jennie Lorenzo knows something I don't). This is an experience of an unexpected taste explosion; an in- describable orgy of flavors.
I give props to Jennie Lorenzo for being innovative while still staying in the realms of simplicity. Her bold dishes such as the foi gras with brioche will always be remembered, if not loved. Also, the amazing goat milk butter that came with the bread was simply to die for, the culprit of me eating a sinful amount of bread. I highly recommend the tasting menu, as it is reasonably priced and reasonably portioned. Albeit, a few hiccups here and there, Fifth Floor pulls everything together nicely and ends with a beautiful note.

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Fifth Floor Restaurant
12 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Anyone been to LudoBites at Gram & Papa's so far?

Wow.. somehow i love this review. cuts through bullshit without sounding like a hater. AND really, truly.. has a point

Apr 14, 2010
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Best Bargain Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

Hatfields has a spring prefixe for around 50. the beef was amazing!

Mar 24, 2010
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Best izakaya in Little Tokyo...

izayoi or raku. honda-ya is definitely more about the drinking scene and less about the food.

Feb 24, 2010
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Need help with Indian food

With meat, price range = $$ to $$$, Will be in the Peninsula and San Francisco. Anything in between would be great. Thank you =)!

Need help with Indian food

coming up from LA. please give some recs on the best indian indian food~ thanks!

YAKITORI BINCHO owns all. BEST in LA!!! Yea, this may sound super-hype but I stand by what I like. Werd. (Maxi-Review w/ pics)

Would Kokekokko even make the top 2 list? highly doubt it...

May 25, 2008
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Farmers Market Question

Can anyone tell me the best Farmer's Market on a Friday and Saturday?

Apr 24, 2008
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner in Pasadena on Dec. 31?

Does anyone know if Parkway Grill's menu for NYE is pri fixe or regular? How much does it run?

Dec 04, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Any Non Prifixe menus for NYE?

I really want to find a nice place to dine on NYE, but want to avoid the pricey and not-so-good pri fixe menus, Does anyone know of such restrts open on NYE with the regular menu?

Dec 03, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Daikokuya fading?

Its fading fast. There was a 6 month gap between my last two visits. My last one was Sunday. I was very dissapointed. The broth was soupy and tasteless, extremely watered down. I think Im going to stick with Shinsengumi for awhile

Nov 06, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

christmas eve at honolulu

I'll be in Honolulu for Christmas eve. Would like to have a memorable night with good food. ANy recs, might still be open that night?

Izakaya Honda Ya

I went to Honda Ya prepared to be wowed, but wowed I wasn't. The skewers were all mediocre and weren't on par with Shinsengumi. One dish that I liked though, was the baked mochi cheese balls.

Oct 27, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Takami (NOT Takumi) and "Elevate" Lounge Anyone been?

Actually the food was pretty bad compared to Katana. The king crab leg was dry. The chicken wing yakitori was dry. The sushi was TINY. There was nothing worth reminiscing over except the view and the high prices ( in comparison to Katana)

Oct 17, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Steak House Kizuna?

But is it really KOBE beef as it states? How can kobe cost $20? I'm lost...

Oct 14, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Steak House Kizuna?

Has anyone been to this place in Lil Tokyo and tried their kobe beef steak? Any reviews?

Oct 14, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Truffle Season

I guess what I meant with "good prices", meant within truffle reason. Maybe a pasta with shaved truffles? I tried Cubes truffle oil pasta. Didn't really like it..

Oct 04, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Truffle Season

With truffle season around the corner, any recs where I can find dishes w/ truffle shavings at good prices?

Oct 02, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

all'angelo tasting menu?

per person?? thats steep!

Oct 01, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

all'angelo tasting menu?

Truffle Event?? Is it by entree or tasting menu? How much is it? 411! Excited already!

Oct 01, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

R23 Omakase anyone?

no wonder i haven't heard anything at all about their omakase..thanks

Aug 21, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

R23 Omakase anyone?

Im going to take a trip to R23 and was wondering if they have omakase. If so, does anyone know how it is, how much it runs?
thanks

Aug 20, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo Open?

What's Honda-Ya going to be?

Aug 15, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

"Best" Japanese food around Sawtelle?

I would say Orris and Manpuku!

Aug 15, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area

Maison Akira Pasadena keeps getting better

SECOND THAT!

Aug 12, 2007
cynthia105 in Los Angeles Area