Caviar Russe, NYC

February 6, 2018

Caviar Russe is a small restaurant up a flight of stairs off Madison Avenue near 53rd Street. It has had a Michelin star for the last four years. Linda and I went for dinner on January 19, 2018.

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Brooklyn Fare is a jumbled, somewhat upscale grocery store and deli which opened first in Brooklyn and now also has two Manhattan locations. César Ramirez opened his Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare inside the original Brooklyn Fare in 2009 and was surprised in 2010 to learn that he had been awarded two Michelin stars. A third followed in 2016, Brooklyn’s first three star. He made a surprise move to the Hells Kitchen Manhattan store in December 2016. Linda and I went for dinner on January 11, 2018. 

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Eleven Madison Park, NYC 9

January 23, 2018

We have described Eleven Madison Park in previous blogposts over the last ten years as “our favorite New York restaurant” and “New York’s best dining experience.” This was true even after Danny Meyer made it more accessible with less “gastronomic” tasting menus. But after he ceded EMP to its chef and General Manager, we did not enjoy the direction it was taking. Our last meal there, about four years ago, was disappointing and I did not make a blogpost on it. We did not return until Linda and I went for dinner on January 9, 2018.

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Gloria, NYC

January 16, 2018

Gloria opened in March of 2017. It is named after the mother of Executive Chef Diego Garcia. He cooked for four years at Le Bernardin and then two at Contra Restaurant.  We met Jim and Kim for dinner at Gloria on January 6, 2018, a night of record-breaking cold in NYC. Gloria’s heating was not effective and we dined in our overcoats.

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The Pool, NYC

January 9, 2018

The Pool opened in the summer of 2017. It is half of the renovated space in the Seagram Building of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, which faded and closed after 55 years.  Russell joined Linda and me for dinner there on December 30, 2017.

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Le Coq Rico, NYC 2

January 2, 2018

On December 13, 2017, Linda and I returned to Le Coq Rico. Linda arranged for us to be seated at the right end of the counter near the pass, as we were the last time, giving us plenty of opportunities to chat with Executive Chef Guillaume Ginther.

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Okuda, NYC

December 26, 2017

Chef Toru Okuda has two highly rated restaurants in the Ginza in Tokyo. He has opened another in Paris and in November 2017 opened Okuda on West 17th street near the High Line in New York. It replicates his Tokyo restaurants in décor, accessories and menu. All of the staff comes from his Tokyo restaurants.

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