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 »

Per Se, NYC 5

May 20, 2014

Linda and I returned to Per Se to celebrate her birthday on March 24, 2014. We had been on the waiting list and were called the afternoon before offering an 8:00 seating.

We started with glasses of Schramsberg California sparkling wine. Warm gougères arrived.
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They were followed by a tiny cone with smoked salmon and crème fraîche 

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Juni, NYC

May 13, 2014

Australian chef Shaun Hergatt opened Juni last August. We had enjoyed his cuisine four years ago at SHO Shaun Hergatt, his opulent restaurant near Wall Street, which earned two Michelin stars. But it was a difficult location and SHO closed after a few years. Linda and I went to Juni the evening of March 6, 2014.

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Atera, NYC 2

May 6, 2014

On March 1, 2014, Linda and I returned to Atera. Our previous visit had been almost two years earlier, just after Atera had opened under Chef Matthew Lightner. He had brought with him ideas from his previous restaurant, Castagna, in Portland, Oregon, from a short stint at noma and from eighteen months at the famous Mugaritz in Spain’s Basque Country. We were very impressed with our meal, as were most of the critics. Atera gained two Michelin stars. Now we were looking forward to seeing what Lightner had developed during his two years in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

Jean Georges, NYC 3

March 18, 2014


On January 27, 2014, Linda and I returned to Jean Georges, which continues to be generally considered one of the top five restaurants in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

Jungsik, NYC 2

December 17, 2013

On December 5, 2013, Linda and I went to Jungsik for dinner in celebration of our wedding anniversary. Since my first visit to Jungsik in April, 2012, it had received a second Michelin star and so we were expecting a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Aldea, NYC 2

December 10, 2013

When Linda and I went to Aldea in July, 2010, we were quite disappointed, but it continues to get good reviews and ratings so Blair and I decided to go on a last minute reservation on November 5, 2013.

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Kajitsu, NYC 5

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.

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Mihoko’s 21 Grams, NYC

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 »

Degustation, NYC 3

October 1, 2013

Linda and I had enjoyed Degustation last April so it was a logical choice for Blair and me to try during my birthday week. We went for dinner on August 1, 2013.

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Hearth, NYC 2

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.

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Rosanjin, NYC 5

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.

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Betony, NYC

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 »

Degustation, NYC 2

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.

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Empellón Cocina, NYC

March 26, 2013

Alex Stupak, 33, was regarded by many as the best American avant-garde dessert chef, at Clio, at Alinea, then for four years at WD-50. But he abandoned this specialty and, two years ago, opened a taqueria in the East Village called Empellón, meaning “push” in Spanish. Read the rest of this entry »

Marea, NYC 4

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 »

Corton, NYC 3

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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Aquavit, NYC 4

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 »

Union Square Café, NYC

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 »

The NoMad, NYC

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 »

Del Posto, NYC 3

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.

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Mas (farmhouse), NYC

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 »

Annisa, NYC 7

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 »

The Modern, NYC 2

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 »

Barraca, NYC

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.

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Soto, NYC 2

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 »

Café Boulud, NYC 4

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 »

Jean Georges, NYC 2

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.

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Mas (la grillade), NYC

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 »

Kajitsu, NYC 4

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 »

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