Donguri, NYC 9

December 5, 2017

Since our last visit, Donguri Restaurant was sold in June 2014. The new proprietor, Yorinobu Yamasaki, formerly was the Executive Chef at the celebrated Kai Restaurant. So we were interested to see what changes there might have been when Linda and I returned to Donguri for an early dinner on November 7, 2017.

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Atera, NYC 6

October 17, 2017

Linda and I returned to Atera for dinner on August 25, 2017, after a two year absence. 

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The Grill, NYC

October 10, 2017

The Grill describes itself as “a historically based American chophouse set in midcentury New York.”  It occupies half of the venerable space in the Seagram Building that was The Four Seasons from 1959 to 2016. Blair and I went for lunch on August 18, 2017.

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Mifune, NYC

October 3, 2017

Named after classic movie actor Toshihiro Mifune, this restaurant opened July 19, 2017. It is a creation of Hiroki Yoshitake, who received a Michelin star for his Parisian restaurant Sola a year after it opened in 2011. (Temporarily closed after a fire in January, 2017.) Linda and I went to Mifune for dinner on August 14, 2017.

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Gabriel Kreuther, NYC 4

September 26, 2017

Emily and John joined Linda and me when we returned to Gabriel Kreuther for dinner on August 9, 2017.

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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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