December 30, 2014
On December 11, 2014, I returned to Brushstroke with Blair and Karyn. As there were three of us, we asked to sit around the corner of the counter, which has less of a view of the main kitchen than the center, where we had been before, but provided a close-up view of the sashimi chef at work.
December 23, 2014
Tuome was opened in August, 2014, by chef Thomas Chen after three years in the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park. It has received a surprising amount of favorable commentary. Pete Wells, giving Tuome two stars in The New York Times, wrote: “He has terrific control over salt, spices, texture and contrast, weaving them together until you ask, why hasn’t anyone done this before?” Robert Sietsema wrote on Eater: “The food is shockingly excellent, and I didn’t find single dud among the dishes.” The Village Voice awarded Tuome “The Best New Restaurant New York 2014.” with Zachary Feldman writing: “At Tuome, Thomas Chen Articulates Eloquent Culinary Sentences in Alphabet City.”
December 16, 2014
Momofuku Ko opened in 2008. In its first two years, I went three times, but had not been back for four years. The cuisine was always very good and interesting, but I was put off by surly service, loud rock music, uncomfortable stools, inadequate wine pairings, a no photo policy, no written menu and a sense of “been there; done that.” But in late October, 2014, celebrity proprieter/chef David Chang closed Ko at its old location. It reopened a month later in a much larger space, a ten minute walk east of the Bleecker Street subway station. The initial reports were good and I was lucky to get a reservation on December 12, 2014, about two weeks after Ko reopened.
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 »
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.
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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