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  1. The deeper you crawl into this story, the more repulsive it, and its characters, will become. "Frank Ribery: Bayern Midfielder Fined over Angry Salt Bae Tweets" on bbc.com
  2. I'm gonna jam some culture, shopping and food down the kids throat. We'll be staying at Chambers (they have rooms with two queen beds) near MoMa for 2 nights after Thanksgiving. Looking for restaurants south of Central Park and north of Chinatown. Thinking about Le Coucou, The Grill, Mimi and Beatrice Inn. What's the best Italian (Marea is already booked)?
  3. Late to writing this up, but was in New York a few weeks ago, and took the opportunity to hit THE GRILL with a few friends. Some background - the Major Food Group team (ZZ's, Carbone, Parm, etc) have basically taken over the Seagram building's restaurants - THE GRILL and THE POOL replaced the Four Seasons, and The Lobster Club replaced Brasserie. Much has been made of THE GRILL so far, particularly the cost of the renovation and the prices on the menu. If the crowd on our visit is any indication of their usual crowd I'd say things are going just fine. The redesign of the space is beautiful and the bar is an incredible showpiece, if not the most practical place to hang out for a drink at - seems as though it would function best as a stop prior to the table. I am a fan of MFG's retro style - the tableside preparations are very nice, and aside from the Jockey Club many moons ago I can't think of a place in DC (or in NY) who offers as many. Our group started with Pasta a la Presse, Scallop w/ snails and steak tartare. I only had a bite of the scallops with snails, but honestly it reminded me of Frank Ruta's gnocchi with snail fricassee that was on the menu at Mirabelle this winter, albeit with scallops instead of gnocchi. Very enjoyable. The tartare was very good, chopped to order and served with an incredible array of accompaniments. I had the pasta a la presse, which is a dish of house-made fettuccine in a sauce made of various game put through a duck press and incorporated into a sauce. The game is put through the press tableside and returned as a composed dish. I thought the dish was excellent, but will likely try the blue crab gumbo next time out to try and keep the meal a bit lighter. Our mains were the larded squab, pheasant claiborne and prime rib. I didn't get a chance to have the squab, but it looked excellent. I had the pheasant Claiborne, which was served in a cast iron skillet closed with a ribbon of puff pastry around the rim. The Madeira and truffles in the braising liquid made for an incredible aroma when the lid was removed! All in all a wonderful dish. Apart from the pheasant, the braised endive that came with it was sensational. Our third companion had the prime rib, which was carved at the table - he had a choice of the end he preferred and wisely elected to maximize the amount of rib cap included. Once carved, the captain came back with a deviled bone as well. We asked about the off-menu steaks on offer - the top end was some rib-eye for just over $300(!) - we didn't inquire about what it included or didn't. Aside from that ridiculous steak, all of the other prices were in line with similar establishments in DC or NY. The wine list, was broad, as you'd expect, and highly marked up, as you'd also expect. There are some excellent picks there for the astute wino, however. We were fully prepared to pay a multiple of what we ended up spending, which was around $65/ bottle for a '09 Raffault Chinon or two. All in all a great experience. We'll be back. Also, we didn't eat at the Lobster Club but headed down there for a drink after dinner. My goodness that place is an absolute scene!
  4. I have an unexpected trip to NYC next Monday and don't follow the dining scene there. I would love a recommendation for a solo meal (preferably at the bar- and even better if I can make a reservation) in midtown-ish, but I can cab to someplace that fits the bill. I'm looking for something not too loud. Had a great solo meal last month in Boston at Craigie on Main (thanks to Silentbob for the recommendation). Thanks.
  5. "All Aboard the Nordic Express, at Agern" by Pete Wells on nytimes.com Note: Agern (pronounced "AY-gurn' - and meaning "Acorn" in Danish) is operated by Meyers USA. Nominally, and I stress nominally, the "Executive Chef" is Gunnar Gíslason, the chef at Dill in Reykjavík. The Chef de Cuisine - the person running the kitchen - is Joseph Yardley, who comes from Acme in New York. The primary investor is the Dane, Claus Meyer, one of the founders of Noma in Copenhagen. Agern has plans to begin serving breakfast, then lunch; right now it's dinner-only, so assuming a future absence from Mr. Meyer and Chef Gíslason (probably a safe assumption), you should go *now* while they're trying their hardest to break into the New York market. Despite the hype, I see no reason to believe Agern will be anything more than an attempt to capitalize on the New York populace with the romance and mystique of Modern Scandanavian cooking - it would be one thing if Meyer and Gíslason moved to New York and set up permanent shop, but I don't see that implied at all - from my experience, what you can expect is greatness in the beginning - while they're trying to prove themselves - and then that greatness fading away over time. So go *now*.
  6. With Chef Nick Anderer at the helm, the newest restaurant from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group hits the ground running. Nick is also the head chef at Maialino, another favorite of ours; Marta is Nick's and Danny's latest take on Roman cuisine, that of the Roman pizzeria, as a matter of fact. That (a Roman pizzeria) means that in addition to pizza, there's plenty of other good stuff to eat. And eat we did - 4 of us scarfed down a good portion of the menu - there wasn't anything I wouldn't have again (well, maybe the octopus, but that's just 'cause I'm sick of octopus in general). 3 pies, beer brined chicken, a bunch of apps, cocktails, wine - we were happy campers. Here's the Margherita... And a full blog post, with a few more pictures... Marta, My Dear
  7. Anyone who puts (the original) 2nd ave Deli at the top knows what he is talking about. And validates my belief (since he agrees) that Brooklyn's tops Altmans.
  8. Lunchtime. Hunger. New York City. What are there, like a thousand places to eat? Actually, there's probably more, especially if you count all the street meat that's around; carts, trucks, kiosks, people selling tamales out of their granny carts, sidewalk food sold by squatting women in Chinatown - and on and on. Now compound that hunger problem with finding yourself in one of those places in New York City that sees a million people a day; people scurrying through its grand spaces, not there to eat but on their way from somewhere or to somewhere, generally in a hurry. And it happened to me last week (though I wasn't in a hurry), when I ended up here, to visit that store at the top of the stairs"¦ Normally, giant railroad terminals aren't thought of as great places to eat (well, maybe in Italy, where you can often find a decent panini and a perfect espresso); they're usually where you can grab a crappy sandwich or half-cooked hot dog, on your way, as I said, to or from somewhere. Grand Central actually has a food court in its lower level, which certainly does a booming business at lunch. But look a little further underground and you'll stumble across this"¦ Its official name is Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, and it has been sitting in the lower level of Grand Central Terminal for practically 100 years, falling into decline in the late 60s to early 70's then rescued, renovated and now once again feeding hundreds of seafood happy customers on a daily basis. Don't forget to check out the Gustavino tiled ceiling in this landmarked building"¦ I like to grab a seat at the counter, because that way you get fed fast and you get to watch the show"¦ Remember, this ain't Le Bernardin folks. So start off with a bowl of clam chowder (I like Manhattan-style)"¦ Chock full of briny clams (get there early), slightly spicy and with a handful of those oyster crackers crushed into it, it hit the spot. Then I moved onto the real reason I was here"¦ Perhaps the finest oyster po-boy you can find in the city, simply loaded with perfectly fried oysters, a little shredded lettuce and a swab of tartar sauce to top it all off. A squeeze of lemon brought it to perfection"¦under $10! Even though I like the counter at lunch, the full menu is serious. Plenty of daily/seasonal specials. And the oysters? On any given day, the blackboard menu is likely to offer up at least 2 dozen varieties"¦ I don't get here for lunch as often as I should, but for food this good, in a beautiful and historically landmarked building, it's worth a trip. And that goes for whether you're hopping on a train or not.
  9. The silver lining to the place I had intended to dine tonight being unexpectedly shuttered was that I stumbled upon this gem about 20 minutes later trying to find some place that looked good. Yakiniku Gen is an unassuming little place in the basement at 250 E 52nd St., just off of 2nd Ave, and purports to offer authentic Japanese barbecue. I don't know squat about authentic Japanese barbecue, but the kalbi (isn't that Korean? but all - literally all - the other customers I saw were speaking Japanese to each other and the staff) was wonderfully marbled and flavorful. Just some beautiful, beautiful beef. There are a bunch of other cuts (mostly of beef) on the menu, and you grill it yourself at the table. I made the mistake of ordering chicken thighs with my short ribs, before I realized I would be doing the cooking, and overcooked it all in fear that I'd undercook it. Oh well. The meal was worth it for that beef. They serve beer, sake, and some other alcoholic drinks, but the selection is very limited (and not that interesting). Most of the menu is 20% off through this coming weekend in celebration of their one year anniversary, in case anyone is in town. Here's a nice little review of the restaurant from chopsticksny.com.
  10. Forget the truffles, the kobe beef, etc. Its got to be in the tomato: "What's In A $250 Burger?" Starring Chef Nok of Beer & Buns on cnn.com
  11. 204 East 43rd Street New York City 10017 Phone: (212) 972-1001 Fax: (212) 972-1717 Web: http://www.sushiyasuda.com/ One of my favorite destinations in New York is Sushi Yasuda in Midtown East, one block from Grand Central. I've been numerous times, and my visit last week was typical of the remarkable experience I've come to expect. My meal last Thursday at the sushi bar was omakase and included, in order (all nigiri unless indicated): bluefin toro, branzino, yellowtail, mackerel and jack mackerel (I told the chef I loved mackerel), scallop, arctic char, Australian king salmon, giant clam, sea eel and frestwater eel, oyster, toro and scallion maki (two pieces), uni (on request), and more bluefin toro (also requested). Each was the best of its kind that I can recall and came with perfect (texture, seasoning, and temperature) rice and interesting sauces and garnishes (a lot of citrus in addition to the usual soy and fresh wasabi). The whole meal for two (we each had everything listed), plus 3 Kirin draft was $200, which, though not cheap, I consider reasonable for sushi this good (the truly good stuff can be very expensive, and it was a lot of food). And Yasuda has been remarkably consistent, though the one visit where I sat at a table and ordered a la carte the sushi was only merely "very good." But if you go to the sushi bar and let them choose their best, I doubt you'll find better sushi in the US, and possibly anywhere.
  12. Pete Wells reviews Armani Ristorante on nytimes.com Normally, I'd direct you to the website, but here, instead, I'll draw your attention to the "ferocious" tennis player with his awesome backhand on display (on the top strip of models) here. Look at that grip! A threat to win the 2014 U.S. Open? This guy, on the other hand ....
  13. Hip, elegant, ethnic, hallucinogenic, whatever... Eating alone, will spend money but not a zillion dollars, hotel is in midtown but a location convenient to fine menswear or a decent museum considered. Grazie.
  14. "Inspired by the grand social promenade that connected the original Waldorf and Astoria hotels, Peacock Alley today creates an environment in which 'to see and be seen,'" the Waldorf-Astoria website says. Well hell, that's enough for me. I was thinking of catching the Acela up there for a $17 Waldorf Salad, but there's just so much to explore on this menu that I was hoping someone could guide me through it. Shall it be breakfast, for a $12 bowl of Frosted Flakes, $16 Traditional Steel Cut Hot (!) Oatmeal with "silvered" almonds (and at that price, they'd better be), or the $28 Poached Eggs Benedict with "brekafast" potatoes? Washed down by a $9 glass of "V's" juice, or an $8 cup of "orang" pekoe, or maybe "gyptian chamomile," tea? Or perhaps brunch, with its "Benedict Station" featuring "vegetables pork loin," then maybe an "orrechiette" pasta salad, and a side of roasted breakfast potatoes with "Julianne" peppers & onions. Maybe instead I could sleep in and enjoy lunch, starting with a $22 Chilled "Pekeeytoe" Crab & "CaviarCake," moving on to a $29 Grilled Chicken Brie & "Portabella" Sandwich (can let this one slide), or the ever-fashionable $20 Panini Caprese with "buffala" mozzarella, all wrapped up with a $14 Chocolate Mousse Bar with "rasberry" coulis, or the lemon-scented "Crème Brule?" Better still, small plates featuring a $22 Peekytoe Crab Cake with "schiracha" mayo, or the $16 "Artisinal" Cheese Selection highlighted by a "Medium flavored goat’s milk cheese made from Northwestern Spain" (not in; from). You know what? Maybe I'll just stay home and mail them a business card.
  15. When Mom and I went to New York for my wedding dress fitting at Atelier Aimee, we rolled into town and did the fitting, which took no time whatsoever, I was starving. Hubby and I had been to Angelo's a couple times before so Mom and I hopped, skipped and jumped and were there. I really like the pizza here, it isn't Neapolitan style, but I also don't know that it is really NY Style either. Moderate crust, good topping, very crispy with some char. I also have had pasta here that I liked too, as Hubby normally orders a pizza and I can steal a slice or so of his. I like the pasta with sausage and veggies in a white wine and garlic sauce, I replicate it at home a lot. Mom and I went in and she cracked up at the amount of pizza I could put away, she probably knew somewhat the hours I put in at the gym and how healthy I normally ate, but I don't think she quite knew. I was so excited to have that pizza, especially then when Arlington didn't have great pizza options like we do now. Anyway this is a fairly casual place, but it is good, honest food made with care. http://www.angelospi...y.com/index.htm
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