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Foie Gras?

Zion Sep 24, 2006 07:25 PM

Ok, i looooooove foie gras. sauteed, torchon, terrine, any way possible. What spots are good around the city? no super fine dining spots though please...also, anyone hear about the status of this commodity in NYC? i know chicago is already 86'ed...

  1. kawaiicat7 Sep 7, 2009 01:48 PM

    It's true that Jean Georges has amazing foie gras - and from their creamy amuse, to their lightly flavored foie and eel pairing - you really get an amazing range to sample from. Impressive and exquisite :)

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      elyseNY Feb 16, 2008 12:06 PM

      Bouchon!!!! You can buy it straight from the take out or at the seating area they have at the TWC. It's relatively cheap and a huge portion in a tub. So it's what Lynny Lynny suggested, but the casual cheap version.

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        heightsgtltd Feb 16, 2008 12:15 PM

        For non-seared, I can't agree more. The foie at Bouchon is to die for.

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          Nancy816 Feb 17, 2008 07:52 AM

          For take out, Dean and Deluca all the way. Hudson Vallley, aka local Foie Gras. How perfect is that?! I'm an addict.

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          heightsgtltd Feb 16, 2008 09:34 AM

          One of my favorite roasted/seared Foie dishes of late is at craft steak.

          It's cooked with maple syrup, mustard seeds and raisins. I am getting hungry just thinking about it..

          There are few things worse than overcooked foie. My wife and I ate dinner at Daniel a couple years ago and had to send the foie back. It had the consistency of cardboard.

          1. guttergourmet Feb 16, 2008 04:20 AM

            Of course there's always Aquavit's foie gras ganache. and then there's the Jewish foie gras-2nd Avenue Deli's chopped liver!

            1. kawaiicat7 Feb 15, 2008 03:38 PM

              I know this thread is dead but since it may still be read ;) I think the best foie gras is at Nougatine! But now I have to try Gascogne !

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              1. re: kawaiicat7
                BW212 Feb 15, 2008 04:15 PM

                The Modern's foie gras didn't wow me. For high end places there are astoundingly delicious preparations at Jean George, Eleven Madison, and Aquavit. (the first two have brulees. The last an amazing ganache.

                For a much more reasonably priced, yet still truly delicious foie gras, Perilla's is outstanding.

              2. Zion Sep 25, 2006 05:16 PM

                thanx...was just looking at craftsteak and they have fg for $21..im sure its good there too, but perhaps EMP might be a better choice.....

                1. guttergourmet Sep 25, 2006 03:57 PM

                  I second, third or fourth Gascogne. Had a tasting of foie gras in the courtyard last year that was so good that I went there on New Years Eve.

                  1. Zion Sep 25, 2006 03:18 PM

                    wow, thanx for the info. i think gascogne is making sense, and maybe the bar at EMP. preparation and taste are of upmost importance but im sure u will agree size matters :) i hate getting a beautiful presentation but that only involves 1 or 2 bites and its over..

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                      RGR Sep 25, 2006 05:00 PM

                      Looking at the menu on Gascogne's website, I see that there are two foie gras offerings, $24 each: a poele preparation and a degustation plate.

                      I have not seen the bar menu at EMP, so I don't know which foie gras prep(s) may be on it. On the a la carte lunch and brunch menus, there's a foie gras terrine ($24), which I've had. To die for!! It isn't huge (though definitely more than one or two bites) and is accompanied by a petite "slaw" salad + a small dish of seriously delicious foie gras creme brulee. There's also a generous slice of toasted brioche. Excellent! This foie gras prep is also on the 3-course dinner prix-fixe. There is a foie gras poele at dinner, but it's on the much more expensive tasting menu.

                      I've always found the foie gras portion at Veritas to be quite generous, and Chef Scott Bryan's preps are always delicious. It is available a la carte at the bar.

                      Too bad D'Artagnan (the restaurant) is no longer with us. I once had an enormous slice of seared foie gras paired with apples there. Perfection!

                    2. MMRuth Sep 25, 2006 01:55 PM

                      You could also try buying terrine de foie gras in a specialty store - might be more reasonable that way - as other posters have pointed out, the places serving foie gras tend to be higher end.

                      1. ellenost Sep 25, 2006 01:25 PM

                        I agree about Bouley, but you should also try the foie gras at Aureole (wonderful!). Not to be snobbish, but in NYC you tend to find great foie gras preparations usually at the super fine expensive restaurants. So far NYC has not gone the way of Chicago (which means I won't be visiting Chicago any time soon).

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                          tarte tatin Sep 24, 2006 09:02 PM

                          Hate to say it, but the foie gras at The Modern is perfect($$$$)

                          1. csw Sep 24, 2006 08:59 PM

                            I enjoyed mine at Bouleys. They serve it pan seared which is how I like it best. Many places often disapoints me when they serve it any other way, but I still order it nontheless to try it out. What other spots serves it seared?

                            1. livetotravel Sep 24, 2006 08:40 PM

                              The best foie gras I have had recently was at Craft. They also had fg terrine. And, you can enjoy dining at the bar.

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                                Nehna Sep 24, 2006 08:36 PM

                                Hearth has great fois gras, so does Gascogne (prepared various ways).

                                And Jeane-Claude bistro in Soho has a very reasonably priced and tasty fois gras appetizer (or did when I used to frequent).

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                                1. re: Nehna
                                  RGR Sep 25, 2006 01:57 PM

                                  You're right about Gascogne. I completely forgot about the great foie gras preparations there. No surprise, really, since this charming bistro specializes in the cuisine of that eponymous area in French where foie gras is major!

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                                  RGR Sep 24, 2006 08:12 PM

                                  I agree that the most sensational foie gras preparations are to be at the more upscale restaurants though all are not nearly as expensive as Per Se. Also, in many instances, bar dining would enable you to have your foie gras without having to pay for an entire meal. Two places come to mind where the foie gras preparations are sensational: Veritas and Eleven Madison Park. Both have bar dining.


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                                  1. re: RGR
                                    Captain Jack Sep 24, 2006 08:19 PM

                                    That is a great idea RGR. Is bar seating hard to come by at Eleven Madison Park or Veritas?

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                                      RGR Sep 24, 2006 08:35 PM

                                      Exactly when you go can determine how busy things are, early generally being less busy than "prime time."

                                      From my experience, most people who dine at Veritas do not dine at the bar, so getting a seat there should not be a problem. EMP's bar area can get quite busy, but I don't think all those people are actually dining there; some may just be having a pre-dinner drink while they wait for their table. It's quite a spacious bar, so you should be able to get a seat if you want to eat there.

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                                    lynny_lynny Sep 24, 2006 08:02 PM

                                    it is still around, that is for sure...but unfortunately then best fois gras I have ever eaten was from Per Se and that falls under fine dining....i don't really order it from casual places because I would be afraid quality would suffer....and that is something you do not want bad quality

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