Le Coucou, NYC

August 23, 2016

Daniel Rose, originally from Chicago, worked and learned for six years in various restaurants in France. In 2006 he opened Spring, a small, successful restaurant in Paris. In June 2016 he opened Le Coucou in New York in association with Philadelphia restaurant entrepreneur Stephan Starr. Karyn and Blair joined Linda and me there a month later on July 27, 2016 to celebrate my birthday.

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Balthazar, NYC

August 16, 2016

Balthazar is a perpetually trendy restaurant, famous for celebrity sightings, power breakfasts and a Soho version of French bistro ambiance. Guests from out of town tell us proudly that they have scored a reservation. I was always afraid that they would ask us what we think, as we had never been there until July 19, 2016, when Linda and I went for an early dinner following a pop-up suggestion on Open Table.

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Gabriel Kreuther, NYC 2

August 9, 2016

On July 15, 2016, we celebrated Gabriel’s birthday, along with Marine, at Gabriel Kreuther. Linda and I had first enjoyed this Alsatian-inspired restaurant a year before, shortly after its June 2015 opening.

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Teisui, NYC

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.

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Tori Shin, NYC 3

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.
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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.

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Chevalier, NYC

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.

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Brushstroke, NYC 4

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. 

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