October 15, 2013
I had been to Kajitsu four times before in its basement setting in the East Village, enjoying its traditional Shojin vegetable cuisine originating in Zen Buddhism. In March, 2013, Kajitsu moved up to Murray Hill in a somewhat less austere setting. Kent and Russell invited me to dinner there on August 20, 2013, in observance of my 73rd birthday three weeks before.
October 8, 2013
Mihoko’s 21 Grams, opened last year, is named after the purported weight of a human soul. Linda and I went for dinner on July 11, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
October 1, 2013
September 24, 2013
On July 31, 2013, a few days after my birthday, I returned to Hearth with Blair. I had not been back since our meal there six years before, even though we had enjoyed that meal. I wondered in my blogpost then how Hearth could survive serving such upscale cuisine in such a casual ambience on First Avenue and 12th Street. Of course, the dining scene has evolved and it is now more a question of how a white-tablecloth restaurant on the Upper East Side can survive. Autre temps, autre mœurs. Anyway, Hearth is now entering its tenth year and seems to be doing very well. Although we were offered a seat at the counter open to the kitchen, we had to decline it as the blast of heat in front was too strong for this summer evening. We sat by a window looking out onto 12th Street and ordered glasses of 2011 Jagd Schloss Riesling Sekt Brut, Rheingau. Hearth is known for the strength of the Riesling on its extensive wine list. This Riesling sparkler had more assertive flavors than our normal Champagne or Prosecco.
September 17, 2013
Three years ago, one of my 70th birthday celebrations was at Rosanjin. We reserved the entire restaurant for a Kaiseki meal for 16 diners. Linda and I returned to Rosanjin this year on July 27, 2013, my 73rd birthday, with Ron, June and Russell.
July 9, 2013
Betony, named after a meadowland herb, opened on May 14, 2013, under the direction of chef Bryce Shuman and General Manager Eamon Rockey. Both are alumni of Eleven Madison Park, where we first met Eamon. We also knew him as General Manager at Compose and Atera. Linda and I went to Betony for dinner on July 8, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
April 30, 2013
Degustation has been a favorite of some New York foodies since its opening in 2007. It gets a 28 (the 2nd highest) food rating in Zagat, but faint praise in other media. I dined there in 2009; my reaction was mixed, but I concluded: “I would be happy to go back … as I could sense the talent of the chef.” Well, the chef has changed several times since then, but Linda and I went for dinner on April 21, 2013.
March 26, 2013
March 19, 2013
Marea has become one of our favorite restaurants in New York. Although our last blogpost dates back almost two years, we have enjoyed it since then without blogging. Linda and I returned for dinner on March 5, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
March 12, 2013
After our last meal at Corton, in August 2011, I wrote:
“We certainly enjoyed our meal and were never bored. That some of the combinations didn’t work for us is unimportant. We came to see what the chef was up to. I think we will be back. You should go too, if you are looking for a fine, unique culinary adventure.”
So Linda and I returned for dinner on February 28, 2013.
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March 5, 2013
We were surprised when Aquavit received a star in the 2013 NY Michelin Guide. We had enjoyed two excellent meals there in 2008, but when we returned in 2010 under its new chef, the meal was a real disappointment. The former chef, Marcus Samuelsson, had become a media star and left Aquavit suddenly in early 2010. He has become even more of a celebrity, cooking the first State dinner at the White House for the Obamas. Marcus Jernmark, who had stepped in then from the position of Executive Sous Chef, took a while to get things back in order. Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2013
The Union Square Café was opened by Danny Meyer in 1985, his first restaurant. It has often been voted the “most popular” restaurant in New York in Zagat, currently ranked eighth in that category. It shares Zagat’s third highest food rating with many others. Linda and I went for dinner on February 21, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
February 19, 2013
Chef Daniel Humm and his General Manager Will Guidara have elevated Eleven Madison Park to the best restaurant in New York in the opinion of many, including us. So it was with great interest among foodies that they opened this restaurant in the nearby NoMad Hotel last year. Blair and I went for lunch on February 18, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
February 12, 2013
When Linda and I last went to Del Posto almost two years ago, we had a somewhat mixed reaction, so it was with considerable curiosity that we returned on January 20, 2013, with Blair and Karyn.
February 5, 2013
Mas (farmhouse) has the second highest food rating in Zagat, equal to EMP, Bouley, Daniel and Jean Georges etc. We had enjoyed its sister restaurant, Mas (la grillade), last August and so Linda and I were looking forward to a lot when we went for dinner on January 17, 2013. Although Mas (farmhouse) has been open since 2004, we had not been before. Read the rest of this entry »
January 29, 2013
On December 5, 2012, Linda and I returned to Annisa with Javier, Pelusa, Ron and June. Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2013
When Linda and I went to The Modern over five years ago, we did not think that it lived up to its Michelin star and high Zagat rating. But the star and high ratings continue so we returned on November 28, 2012, to try it again. After all, it is a Danny Meyer restaurant; they usually do not disappoint. Read the rest of this entry »
January 15, 2013
This is my third blogpost in 18 months on restaurants under three different names with Jesús Núñez as the chef. His Graffit, a bit north of Lincoln Center, had to change its name as being too close to that of an established competitor. Then, he left Gastroarte in September in some kind of a dispute with the owner. We had enjoyed his Spanish cuisine under both names. Now he cooks at Barraca, owned by Hector Sanz, whose restaurant group is also behind downtown spots Macondo and Rayuela.
October 9, 2012
Having been very impressed by our meal at Soto last year, Linda and I were really looking forward to our return there with Tony on August 23, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
October 2, 2012
After we went to Café Boulud in 2006, I wrote a very negative blogpost. We were much happier when we returned there in 2007 on the invitation of John H and Françoise. Then I wrote, “The cuisine was well done without any lapses, easily meriting its high Michelin, Zagat and NYT ratings.” We went back in 2010 with mixed results. So we were curious how it would turn out when we dined there with John R on August 15, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
September 25, 2012
When Linda and I last went to Jean Georges, more than three years ago, I wrote: “For this meal Jean Georges was not even close to its ratings.” But the very high ratings continue. It is one of the seven three-starred restaurants in the 2012 NYC Michelin Guide. For The New York Times it is one of only six four-star restaurants. It has the second highest food rating in the 2012 NY Zagat. Steve’s OAD Guide calls it the sixth most important restaurant in the U.S.. Marc Shepard’s New York Journal gives it its highest rating. So when Blair, who had not been before, and I went for dinner on August 5, 2012, we were curious what we would find.
September 18, 2012
Chef Galen Zamarra opened Mas (farmhouse) in 2004 and it has been full ever since. Last year he opened Mas (la grillade) to offer another aspect of rustic Franch cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11, 2012
We have enjoyed Kajitsu on previous visits for the imaginative cuisine of chef Masato Nishihara, which used vegetarian shojin techniques on a variety of seasonal ingredients. But the owner has a policy of rotating chefs into New York and so in May 2012 Nishihara was replaced by chef Ryota Ueshima, a veteran of, among others, the venerable Hyotei in Kyoto. Tony and I went to try his August menu on August 26, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
September 4, 2012
Acme was a restaurant well below the radar. It has been around for some time, but hasn’t ever appeared in Zagat. It used to feature “Authentic Southern and Cajun Cookin’.” In January of 2012 it reinvented itself under new ownership which already had several restaurants emphasizing fashionable trendiness, including the longstanding Indochine. NY restaurant blogs immediately started reporting how hard it was to get a reservation and which celebrities had been spotted there. Normally we would not have considered going, but Acme‘s new chef, Mads Refslund, was an attraction. We had dined with Trine at his MR restaurant in Copenhagen in 2008 and found it creative and interesting. So Linda and I went to Acme for dinner on August 19, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
August 28, 2012
Brushstroke was announced in 2007 and finally opened in April 2011. Its menu was created by cooperation between David Bouley and the Tsuji Culinary Institute. Bouley has been a successful and well-known, although sometimes erratic, New York chef for 25 years. Tsuji educates many of Japan’s successful chefs. It has had links to France for fifty years, notably at first with Paul Bocuse and Mado Point. It influenced the development of La Nouvelle Cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »
August 21, 2012
Blair and I went for an early dinner on July 30, 2012 to 15 East, which I have enjoyed three times before. Read the rest of this entry »
August 14, 2012
We had been to WD-50 six times over the last six years. This time was to be different. Before, there had always been a mix of familiar dishes and a few new creations. But in celebration of the restaurant’s ninth anniversary, chef Wylie Dufresne had announced that there would be an entirely new menu as of May 10, 2012. We were looking forward to the experience.
Blair and Karyn joined Linda and me at WD-50 on July 26, 2012, in celebration of my 72nd birthday the next day. Read the rest of this entry »
August 7, 2012
We were surprised when Tori Shin, a small yakitori restaurant, received a star in the 2012 Michelin Guide. (Yakitori literally means “grilled bird” in Japanese.) Linda and I went for dinner on July 14, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
July 31, 2012
Neta was opened in March 2012 by two former chefs at Masa, the wildly expensive sushi restaurant in the Time Warner Center. With Linda out of town I went by myself for dinner on July 7, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »