Empellón Midtown, NYC

July 18, 2017

Alex Stupak opened Empellón Midtown in March 2017 while closing his Empellón Cocina in the East Village.  It soon got rave reviews. Pete Wells in the New York Times gave him three stars writing that it

“provides the fullest expression of his dreamscape vision of Mexican food. He doesn’t reproduce or translate the cuisine; he builds a fantasy version of it, coupling deep technical skills with imagination to create a slightly unreal version of reality, the way the best animated movies do.”   

Blair and I went for dinner on July 13, 2017.

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Le Coq Rico, NYC

May 2, 2017

Le Coq Rico is a creation of Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann. He started his own restaurant in Strasbourg in 1970, gained his first Michelin star in 1975 and his third in 1994. In 2007 he abandoned all that and embarked on various ventures, which now include four Parisian restaurants. His first bistro Le Coq Rico opened in Montmartre in 2012.  Le Coq Rico opened in New York in March 2016.  Linda and I went for dinner on April 11, 2017.

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15 East, NYC 5

April 25, 2017

It had been almost five years since our last visit when Linda and I returned to 15 East with Amanda and Kent on April 8, 2017.

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April 4, 2017

O Ya is the New York offshoot of a successful Boston restaurant. It is sort of a faux-Japanese concept. Elaborate non-Japanese ingredients and flavors are added to traditional Japanese forms. Linda and I went for dinner on March 21, 2017. 

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I have been to Tori Shin in four different areas. The first, in 2012, was the old location at 1st Avenue and 65th Street. Next we sat at the main counter at the new and current location at 53rd Street and 9th Avenue. Then four of us had a private room on the mezzanine. On March 8, 2017, Blair and I had dinner at the “Select Counter,” a special room with its own grill and eight-seat counter curtained off near the entrance.

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Kajitsu, NYC 6

March 21, 2017

It had been over three years since I had been to Kajitsu to enjoy its traditional Shojin vegetable cuisine originating in Zen Buddhism. Linda and I went on March 3, 2017, with Tom and Kathy to celebrate his birthday.

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Asiate, NYC 3

March 14, 2017

We had not been to Asiate for nine years when Linda and I returned for dinner on March 2, 2017. It is on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Columbus Circle. We were seated in the raised center of the dining room where we enjoyed the view of mid-town Manhattan over the lower tables.

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