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  1. Where to go, bar snacks close to Penn Station / Madison Square Garden? BTW Do New Yorke's refer to Madison Square Garden as MSG?
  2. We visited NYC last weekend for our annual trek and stopped by a new places, one being the Heatonist at Chelsea Market. As a fan of the Youtube series, Hot Ones, it was fun to try a couple of the lower hot sauces at the counter. Heatonist 75 Ninth Ave, Chelsea Market - Lower Level, New York, NY 10011 (718) 599-0838
  3. "L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon may be the world’s most expensive restaurant chain." Ouch. I don't know what stings more - that line or the two star rating. "A New Link in the World's Most Expensive Restaurant Chain" by Pete Wells on nytimes.com
  4. Jim Lahey, he of the great Sullivan Street Bakery and he who sorta brought no-knead bread to the masses, opened Co. back in January, 2009. Sometimes, places are open for a long time before I get there and such is the case with Co. But, I'm glad I did, and I probably will be back, for a pizza pretty much unlike any other in NYC, and pretty delicious, too. With our salads, we ordered the pizza bianca, which is way different from any pizza bianca we've ever had in, say, Rome... Then we got down to a Pizza Rosa, simply crushed tomato, garlic, fresh oregano and chili... And a Pizza Boscaiola, a bit more complex, with tomatoes, mozzarella, pork sausage, mushrooms, onions and chili... Now, don't necessarily go here thinking you'll get out cheaply. Of course, our party of 4 drank a little. Well, maybe a lot, with 2 bottles of wine and 2 draught beers (at the outrageous price of $8 a pint). We spent $100 a couple. YAMMV. Bottom line, though - a uniquely excellent pizza.
  5. With fresh articles about it in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company, and having just returned from my third visit, I figured this would be a good time to talk about “Sleep No More”— quite likely the most fun thing I’ve ever paid money to do. For the kid in all of us, what is the most frustrating aspect of going to the theater? You watch a compelling story unfold in front of you, but you’re physically separated from it — trapped in a seat for several hours looking at a distant stage with well-defined boundaries. “Sleep No More,” an award-winning immersive experience in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, does away with that limitation and pays many more dividends. Notice I said “experience” and not “play” or “show.” Words like that don’t do justice to “Sleep No More,” which is in a class of its own. The technical term for what they’re doing is “site-specific promenade performance”; some might call it “choose-your-own-adventure theater.” There’s no proscenium. Everyone who attends creates his or her own individual journey. You go where you want. You see what you want. You touch what you want. Inside, it’s otherworldly and dreamlike. The story is based on “Macbeth” with numerous references to Hitchcock films, most notably “Rebecca.” You’ll encounter murder, madness, witchcraft, and more. Will it be in a ballroom, bedchamber, hospital ward, high street, forest, chapel, speakeasy, or techno rave? You’ll feel as if you’ve gotten lost in another reality, thanks to the talented performers and atmosphere created by the music, lighting, and elaborate detail of seemingly endless sets. The drama of “Sleep No More” unfolds within the fictitious McKittrick Hotel, which encompasses several multi-story buildings on West 27th Street. For three hours, you become a “guest” in the hotel, where you are free to explore about 100 rooms of various sizes spread out across 100,000 square feet on five or six floors. You can follow characters who will lead you to new scenes, or you can venture out on your own to find where the action is. Audience members wear white masks to set themselves apart from the actors — which also grants the gift of anonymity. We have British theater company Punchdrunk to thank for creating “Sleep No More,” and the New York incarnation (its third) is now six years old with no signs of slowing down. In 2012 and 2013, respectively, the McKittrick added Gallow Green, a verdant rooftop bar they convert to an enclosed space called The Lodge during winter months, and The Heath, a classy looking restaurant that doubles as an intimate music performance venue. Start your evening in either spot to build some momentum before you go to the main event, where the Manderley Bar, a cocktail lounge with live entertainment, is also available to help you acclimate. Admission prices vary depending on the day and time you go but average in the low $100s. It’s quite a bargain when you compare the bang-for-your-buck here to the exorbitant prices of Broadway shows. And speaking of Broadway — when Leslie Odom Jr. concluded his tenure as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” how could he top that? He did a guest stint at “Sleep No More.” So have have many other celebrities, such as Neil Patrick Harris, who said that the first time he attended, he "was euphoric, literally buzzing on a molecular level." You never know who could be behind the masks of your fellow hotel guests. Due to increased popularity, the performances have tended to get more crowded over time — to the point of diminishing the experience. However, there are late shows on Friday nights that don’t usually sell out, which makes one’s visit much more personal and rewarding. As the articles linked in the first paragraph say, this type of entertainment is catching on. But for now, there’s nothing out there on the spectacular scale of “Sleep No More.” And nothing more addictive.
  6. "David Chang Opens His Momofuku Tonight with Italian Food and No Tipping" by Sierra Tishgart on grubstreet.com (I would read the above article instead of just relying on the title, which is not entirely correct.) "David Chang Opens Korean-Italian Momofuku Nishi Tonight in Chelsea" by Nell Casey on gothamist.com "What To Expect from Momofuku Nishi, David Chang's Korean-Italian Fusion Spot" on metro.us
  7. We ventured through the Chelsea Market on Saturday as it drizzled outside. I bought some food writing pens at Elenise as a present for someone. http://chelseamarket.com/elenisnewyork/ This reminds me of a place that would do well in Old Town. Very expensive cookies, but cute and the buy a blank one with just white icing and decorate it with a pen is a pretty good idea. I am sure they do lots of birthday parties there. Stopped in the Bowery Kitchen Supply and picked up a few things, this was probably one of my favorites in the market. Got some doughnuts from doughnuttery that were good and a sausage and sage roll from the Tuck Shop that was really good. Waited too long to find a restaurant and then things got filled up when a couple of the tours ended, but I saw lots of good looking food. This isn't necessarily a traditional market, it's more like Union Market. Restaurants, prepared foods, some grocery, some kitchen supply, etc. The tours running through it were especially annoying.
  8. A week ago, a few friends and I had dinner at the brand new Chelsea restaurant, Montmartre. It's taken me a week to write about it, because basically it took me that long to digest all the food we ordered. That's a bit of a joke; but seriously, we probably ate our way through 70% of the menu, ordering "the whole top half," per one of the attendees, as well as 3 (or was it 4?) of the main courses, all the sides, all the desserts - or, in our lingo, the bottom half of the menu... Now trust me, I don't normally order (or eat) like this, but when I'm with a bunch of people who are a good deal younger than me (like 90% of the population), going with the flow is easy, even if my digestive juices and taste buds don't think so. It's also why my standing rule is that dinner out with more than 4 people sucks, unless it's for pizza or at a bustling Chinese/Thai place, where tasting everything is part of the fun (I'm looking at you, Congee Village and Sripraphai and you'll have trouble spending more than $25 a person. All that said, the chef and one of the partners at Montmartre is Tien Ho; Well known to food-crazed locals, Tien "made his bones" at Momofuku Ssam Bar, during what some consider its finest hours - in my opinion, Ssam is still damn good, though perhaps not as exciting as it was 4 or 5 or 6 years ago when Tien was at the stove and you were lucky to get in. Oh by the way, we used to eat the same damn way at Ssam Bar, ordering literally the whole menu and fighting for the last scraps of kimchi laced Fuji apples with fluke, or whatever happened to be on the menu at the time. Here at Montmartre, Tien has moved toward a more French bistro vein, which is OK in my book as its one of my favorite cuisines (and his too, from reading about him). So there's an excellent brandade and a fine beef tartare with mustardy gaufrettes to liven things up; radishes (a classic bistro snack) get an update, served both raw and cooked along with trout roe and olive smears... (Oh, the pictures. It's a new camera and this was my first time using it under weird lighting conditions, so they suck). We loved the frisee au lardon, a salad loaded with duck confit and topped with a runny duck egg. And the cassava chips. And the potatoes Gascognaise, because if you don't love fried potatoes over caramelized onions and foies gras, you're nuts. The blanquette de veau was a personal favorite of mine, and the lamb served two ways with lots of Mediterranean flavors - yes. Were there misses? Well, sure...there are bound to be when a restaurant is only a few days old; the desserts didn't move me (there's no dedicated pastry chef - yet). I'm not a big fan of snails, and the cavolo nero tarte was fishy with anchovies even by my anchovy loving standards. And I don't like my $12 glass of white, while waiting at the bar, to be served in a tiny Picardie glass - this isn't Schiller's, I don't think. Be that as it may, when there's this much food on the table during round two, there was plenty to like... And when I get to go back with Significant Eater in tow and order just what we want, I'm pretty sure we'll be happy Tien's in the kitchen again. Montmartre 158 Eighth Avenue, New York City (646) 596-8838
  9. Walked over to this renovated West side diner near the High Line last night with the wife. The outdoor seating was packed but there were plenty of empty tables inside. Service was friendly and professional and enthusiastic if not always prompt. We weren't that hungry so we shared a matzoh ball soup with bone marrow, The Wife had a grilled cheese and I had the burger, medium rare. All was good, not sure if anything was great. I would recommend if you're nearby, not sure if it's worth a trip. According to the diner's website they plan on being open 24 hours a day in the future. The soup was full of root veggies (carrot, celery, parsnip) and a bone with marrow and a little marrow spoon. (Actually, it was just a small spoon for the marrow, not one of these.) The matzoh ball was a dense consistency, the waiter told me the chef uses a little horseradish in it. The grilled cheese is a mix of fontina and cheddar with tomato, The Wife dipped some of the pieces into my side of burger special sauce. She reports it was pretty good, not great. The burger was quite good, the side of fries were ok. I had ordered the sauce on the side as I wasn't sure based on the waiter's description. Now that I've had it, I would order it again on the side as it's great for a dipping sauce for the fries as well as the grilled cheese. Price wise, the grilled cheese at $13 and the burger at $18 are probably a little high given the quality, but not outrageously so. Our check without any drinks including tax and 25% tip was approximately $51. I could easily see coming here for lunch and just getting the soup, maybe with a side veggie or salad.
  10. I came across Coppelia because I was looking for a spot that's open for breakfast at 7am on a Sunday. Coppelia is open 24 hours. (I wasn't in the mood for a 24 hour Korean place.) It calls itself a "latin diner." I started out as the only customer, and the server was friendly. I had the huevos rancheros, a side of tostones, strawberry juice, and a cortaditos (espresso/foamed milk - came unsweetened). The huevos rancheros were 2 eggs (arrived with broken yolks), creme fraiche type cream, and tomatillo salsa on a crispy tortilla with beans and rice underneath. (Picture below.) I enjoyed the eggs, especially paired in a bite with the crispy tortilla. There was some salsa on the eggs, but more salsa would have been great. I enjoyed the beans and rice - good flavor, not salty. I also liked the tostones - crispy, hot, not too greasy. The strawberry juice was a bit too sweet and thick for me. I'm not sure if Coppelia will be on my regular NY rotation, but it's definitely someplace I'll go back to when I'm looking for an early morning breakfast. And it has wifi, no password needed.
  11. Five years after it opened, Hill Country Barbecue is revisited by Pete Wells just in time for July 4th. For our New York brethren, Hill Country launched a second, 13,000-square-foot restaurant in Washington, DC last year on March 12th. Here's the thread in the Washington, DC forum. And for perspective, here's Adam Platt's 2007 New York Magazine review. Also, Peter Meehan's 2007 "$25 and Under" New York Times review. Cheers, Rocks
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