The Simone, NYC

September 9, 2014

Tina Vaughn and her chef husband, Chip Smith, had a French restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC.  They closed it and eventually opened The Simone in November 2013 at Lexington Avenue and 82nd Street.  It is named after a Provençal wine, a favorite of their business partner, who has a house in the South of France. In early June, Pete Wells in The New York Times gave The Simone a rave review with three NYT stars. Read the rest of this entry »

élan, NYC

September 2, 2014

David and Karen Waltuck ran the legendary New York restaurant Chanterelle for thirty years, closing five years ago.  David opened  élan on July 1, 2014 in the former space of Veritas. We had enjoyed both restaurants and so were looking forward to a good meal when  Blair joined Linda and me for dinner at élan on August 11, 2014.

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Atera, NYC 3

August 19, 2014

On August 1, 2014, Linda and I returned to Atera with Chuck and Becky. The four of us were seated around a corner of the counter with a great view of the action in the kitchen.
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Brushstroke, NYC 2

August 12, 2014

On July 26, 2014, I returned to Brushstroke with Linda in celebration of my 74th birthday the following day.

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Ristorante Morini, NYC

August 5, 2014

Ristorante Morini was opened last December by Michael White, proprietor of Marea and other Italian restaurants in New York. Its location at the edge of Carnegie Hill on the Upper East Side is unusual for an ambitious restaurant. I joined John and Carol there for dinner on July 24, 2014.

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Bâtard, NYC

July 29, 2014

Upscale restaurant entrepreneur Drew Nieporent has operated Montrachet, Corton and now Bâtard in the same space on lower West Broadway for many years. Opened two months ago, Bâtard has been receiving very good early reviews so we were anticipating a fine meal when Blair and Karyn joined Linda and me there for dinner on July 22, 2014.

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Aquavit, NYC 5

July 15, 2014

On July 7, 2014, Linda and I returned to Aquavit for dinner. Marcus Jernmark had left as chef two months before with no announcement or explanation. He was replaced by his pastry chef  of the last four years, Emma Bengtsson, and we were interested in seeing how that was working out. Read the rest of this entry »


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