May 24, 2016
Teisui opened in March 18, 2016. Its parent is a ryokan with the same name on a mountain in Akita, an isolated region of northwest Japan. There are decorative touches meant to evoke the ryokan, but the décor is mostly industrial modern. When Linda and I went for dinner on April 6, 2016, we were seated at the long counter enclosing the grilling and assembly area.
May 17, 2016
On April 4, 2016, Linda and I returned to Tori Shin. Kent and Amanda joined us. As we were four, we did not sit at the counter, but in a little semi-private room upstairs.
This had the advantage of privacy and an ambiance where one could talk, but, of course, we missed out on one of the main features of Tori Shin, and of any good yakitori restaurant: the kitchen theater of watching the skewers being prepared and grilled on the hot coals. You can see that in my blogpost on our last visit to Tori Shin by clicking here.
May 10, 2016
Chevalier opened a year ago in the Baccarat Hotel across the street from The Museum of Modern Art. Linda and I joined Jim and Kim there for dinner on March 29, 2016.
May 3, 2016
On Linda’s birthday, March 24, 2016, she and I returned to Brushstroke. We were seated at the far end of the empty counter, opposite the fish slicing/sashimi station.
April 26, 2016
We go to Lincoln Ristorante frequently as it is in Lincoln Center where we often attend opera, theater, concerts etc. But I do not usually put up a blogpost as pre-curtain meals can be rushed. But on February 9, 2016, Linda and I dined at Lincoln at 7:45 after a 6.00 new opera production (Roberto Devereux) panel.
April 19, 2016
Indian Accent opened a few years ago in Delhi and was quickly recognized as special for its updating and globalization of traditional Indian cuisine. It is now rated the best restaurant in India in the San Pellegrino list and 77th on the global list. A New York version opened in late February, 2016. Linda and I went for dinner a few weeks later on March 14, 2016.
February 16, 2016
Enrique Olvera is the chef at Pujol, generally regarded as Mexico City’s best restaurant. It is now rated #16 in the world on the San Pellegrino list. Its ratings improve dramatically every year. When Linda and I went to Pujol in 2009, it was not even at the top in Mexico. It was behind Biko, which Linda and I also preferred at the time. Olvera owns five other restaurants in Mexico; in September 2014, he opened Cosme in New York. It was immediately a smash hit. It received a rave review from Pete Wells in The New York Times. Ryan Sutton in Eater wrote a piece titled: “Six Reasons Why Cosme Is One of NYC’s Most Relevant New Restaurants.” Although reservations are very hard to get, Linda and I snagged one for the evening of February 2, 2016.