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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Gastroarte, NYC

May 22, 2012

Linda and I returned to this ambitious restaurant on March 28, 2012. In February 2011 we had enjoyed the inventive, well-executed, Spanish cuisine of chef Jesús Núñez shortly after the restaurant opened. Read the rest of this entry »

Picholine, NYC 7

March 6, 2012

Picholine continues in its role as an elegant Grande Dame of New York restaurants despite losing its second Michelin star this year. Linda and I went there for dinner on January 23, 2012, after a fascinating Opera Guild lecture at Lincoln Center with another Grande Dame, Marilyn Horne.

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Dinosaur Barbecue, NYC

February 28, 2012

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que began in 1983 with a 55-gallon drum cut in half at the Harley Rendezvous, a massive motorcycle gathering near Albany, NY. After five years doing motorcycle shows, fairs, and festivals throughout the Northeast, it settled down in Syracuse, New York. In 2004 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened in Harlem and became very popular. It is rated third in the Zagat listing of New York barbecue and even gets a one fork entry in the Michelin Guide. Read the rest of this entry »

Boulud Sud, NYC

September 6, 2011

Daniel Boulud is one of New York’s best known and most successful chefs. Boulud Sud is the latest of his many restaurants. It is across Broadway from Lincoln Center, around the corner from his older Bar Boulud. The theme is cuisines from all around the Mediterranean. Kent joined Linda and me for dinner on July 16, 2011, before a raucous concert by the Cleveland Orchestra of Bruckner’s Symphony Number 8. Read the rest of this entry »

Lincoln, NYC 2

May 2, 2011

We had dined at Lincoln a few weeks after its opening last fall. We enjoyed the Italian cuisine of Jonathan Benno, former chef de cuisine at Per Se, and so were looking forward to our return for dinner before Wozzeck at the next door Metropolitan Opera House on April 6, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Marea, NYC 3

April 25, 2011

Marea was somewhat controversial when it opened in May, 2009. We found it quite disappointing when we went two months later, but we had a good meal at a small lunch in 2010. We were also encouraged by its two Michelin stars and its Zagat rating near the top in both the Italian and seafood categories. So we were quite curious what we would find when Linda and I went for dinner with John on March 29, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Graffit, NYC

March 10, 2011

Jesús Nuñez had gained a reputation as an inventive chef at two restaurants in Madrid, but he moved to New York two years ago. He started cooking at 22 and is now 35. He recently opened his new restaurant, Graffit, named after Nuñez’s teenage artistic efforts and the images he paints on the plates. Unusually for such ventures, it is a few blocks north of Lincoln Center so Linda went for dinner before the opera on February 19, 2011.

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Má Pêche, NYC

February 14, 2011

Má Pêche is an unusual creation by the celebrity chef, David Chang. His other restaurants have a definite aura of the East Village. This is the restaurant of a mid-town hotel. But some of the regular Chang characteristics are there: spare ambience, loud music, barbecue sauce and chopsticks on the table etc. Although it has been open for dinner since last May, Linda and I went for the first time on February 1, 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Marea, NYC 2

December 20, 2010

On Sunday, November 28, 2010, Linda and I had lunch at Marea before an afternoon performance of Brief Encounter at the nearby Studio 54. Read the rest of this entry »

Lincoln, NYC

November 29, 2010

Lincoln opened on September 24, 2010, with high expectations. It is on a spectacular site in Lincoln Center, the heart of New York’s performing arts world. $20 million had been invested in the building. The chef is Jonathan Benno, who has trained at many of the most renowned restaurants in France and the US; most recently he was the chef de cuisine at Per Se. So Kristin, Linda and I were looking forward to an interesting meal when we went to Lincoln for dinner on November 3, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Seäsonal, NYC

November 23, 2010

Seäsonal has had a star in the last two New York Michelin Guides. While we think that many of the ratings are absurd, we also know that Michelin makes some good surprising picks, such as Kajitsu and Rouge Tomate. So Linda and I went to try Seäsonal for the first time the evening of November 1, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Per Se, NYC 4

August 30, 2010

On Saturday morning August 14, 2010, Blair called and suggested that we find a place for lunch. So I went to Open Table and searched the whole Manhattan list to see what was open and available on a summer Saturday. The interesting selection was small, but I was astounded to see an availability at noon at Per Se. We hadn’t planned to be so extravagent, but why not? Read the rest of this entry »

Telepan, NYC 6

July 22, 2010

On July 10, 2010, Linda, Luc, Kent and I went back to Telepan before a play at Lincoln Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Picholine, NYC 6

March 29, 2010

We usually go to Picholine before an opera and so don’t take full advantage of its elegant ambience as well as its two-Michelin-star cuisine. But on March 16, 2010, we had gone to an Opera Guild lecture at 6:00 and so were able to meet John for a quiet dinner at Picholine at 7:30. Read the rest of this entry »

Telepan, NYC 5

December 21, 2009

On December 9, 2009, Allison, Linda and I went to Telepan before a terrific production of Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera. Zagat, which gives Telepan a very good 26 food rating, calls it “a deeply satisfying adult restaurant.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bar Boulud, NYC 3

December 14, 2009

On December 5, 2009, Kent, Roan, Linda and I had lunch at Bar Boulud before the opera. This Lincoln Center spot created by celebrity chef, Daniel Boulud, features the cuisine of his hometown, Lyon. Read the rest of this entry »

On November 24, 2009, Pat, Linda, Karl and I dined at New York Petrossian Restaurant. This offshoot of the famous eighty-five year old Petrossian caviar house in Paris has been open in New York for twenty-five years. Read the rest of this entry »

A Voce Columbus, NYC

November 30, 2009

On November 17, 2009, Linda and I dined at this newly opened branch of A Voce, an established, well-regarded Italian restaurant on Madison Square. This version on the third floor of the Time-Warner Center at Columbus Circle has the same very noisy, high-powered, glossy ambience of many of the new restaurants in New York opened by expanding corporations. Read the rest of this entry »

Salumeria Rosi, NYC

November 12, 2009

Linda and I had lunch at Salumeria Rosi on November 7, 2009, a year and a day after its opening. It is a branch of a salumeria in Parma, the home of prosciutto and other traditional Italian cured meats.   Read the rest of this entry »

Per Se, NYC 3

November 9, 2009

In our meal at Per Se last January the two best courses were vegetables; so when Linda and I returned for dinner on November 4, 2009, we ordered the “Tasting of Vegetables” Menu. Read the rest of this entry »

Telepan, NYC 4

August 17, 2009

On August 9, 2009, we went back to Telepan after an early Sunday evening Mostly Mozart concert in the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall at nearby Lincoln Center. We enjoy this restaurant for its quiet ambience and good modern American food. Read the rest of this entry »

Marea, NYC

August 3, 2009

Marea opened in May with some hoopla. It had taken over and renovated the expensive location at Columbus Circle formerly occupied by San Domenico. Its chef-proprietor, Michael White, already has two well-rated restaurants, Alto, Northern Italian, and Convivio, Southern Italian. So Linda and I were expecting a lot when we went for dinner on July 18, 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Jean Georges, NYC

March 3, 2009

Several years ago we went to Jean Georges, but were very disappointed and had not been back until we tried it again on February 23, 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Telepan, NYC 3

February 13, 2009

On February 9, 2009, Linda and I returned to Telepan for dinner.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bar Boulud, NYC 2

February 13, 2009

On February 6, 2009, Linda and I dined at the Bar Boulud before a performance of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Metropolitan Opera House. Read the rest of this entry »

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