Hearth, NYC 3

September 29, 2015

Hearth is now twelve years old. Pete Wells in The New York Times explains: “It thrived not because it cruised along in the tail winds of a nomenclature fad, but because it diligently looked the other way as fads came and went.” On August 24, 2015, I returned to Hearth for dinner with Kent and Russell.

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Gabriel Kreuther, NYC

September 22, 2015

Gabriel Kreuther, originally from Alsace, received high ratings and stars as chef at The Modern, Danny Meyer’s restaurant in the Museum of Modern Art. We found his cuisine there to be too fussy and over-garnished. He left The Modern at the end of 2013 and in June 2015 opened his own restaurant, Gabriel Kreuther, in the Grace Building opposite Bryant Park on 42nd Street. Linda and I went for dinner on August 17, 2015.

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Le Bernardin, NYC 5

September 15, 2015

Le Bernardin is routinely considered to be one of New York’s very top restaurants. We should go more often. It had been three and a half years since our last visit when Linda and I returned for dinner on August 13, 2015.

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Tori Shin, NYC 2

September 8, 2015

We were surprised four years ago when Tori Shin, a small yakitori restaurant, received a Michelin star. We went and enjoyed it a lot. In July 2015, with its star intact, Tori Shin moved from 1st Avenue near 65th Street to 53rd Street near 9th Avenue. Linda and I went for dinner on August 10, 2015.

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Kyo Ya, NYC 2

September 1, 2015

After our meal at Kyo Ya four-and-a-half years ago, I wrote: “We will be back to Kyo Ya.” Well, Linda and I finally made it back on August 8, 2015, along with Blair and Karyn. In the meantime Kyo Ya had gained a Michelin star, three stars from The New York Times and is now tied for second place in Zagat’s NYC Japanese food ratings.

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Atera, NYC 4

August 25, 2015

Atera, under Executive Chef Matthew Lightner, had become our favorite restaurant in the US. But earlier this year he mysteriously left. (He is now about to open a restaurant in downtown Napa.) After an intensive search, owner Jodi Richard hired Danish chef Ronny Emborg to replace him. This surprised some, who had thought of Atera’s specifically American aspect as being important.  Linda and I returned to Atera for dinner on August 4, 2015 to try the new chef’s menu.

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Upland, NYC

August 18, 2015

Upland, opened last October, is named after the California home town of its chef, Justin Smillie. He is doing very well. Pete Wells in The New York Times, the city’s most important reviewer, wrote earlier this year: “ ‘Go to Upland’ is my current answer to anybody who asks for a good new place to eat in Manhattan. It will probably remain my answer for some time.” This was followed by a review praising almost all the dishes and a three-star rating.

Adam Platt in New York Magazine, the second most important reviewer, called Upland a “very fine restaurant” followed by: “Luckily for us, this talented young cook’s particular version of California cuisine passes directly through the hills of Tuscany and Rome by way of the downtown market restaurant Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, where he made his New York reputation.”

President Obama took Sasha and Malia to Upland for brunch on July 18.

So Linda and I were looking forward to a fine evening when we went to Upland for dinner on August 2, 2015.

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