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hawkwild Mar 23, 2008 03:48 PM

I'm a hotel concierge who has been stumped by a question from a guest. Anyone have any ideas about the following:

"By chance have you heard of Labaudin (sorry no idea of the spelling). The
Chef is Schaefer."

Thanks for any help.

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    small h Mar 23, 2008 04:39 PM

    Labaudin sounds sort of like Le Bernadin, but the chef there is Eric Ripert. John Schaefer is the chef at Irving Mill (which sounds NOTHING like Labaudin). But maybe that points you and your guest in some sort of direction?

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    1. re: small h
      hawkwild Mar 23, 2008 05:08 PM

      That's exactly what I was thinking. And actually, after my suggestion of precisely those two restaurants, the guest now thinks it's Le Bernardin (but not sure where she got the chef name from).

      It surprised me, because she was one of those guests who (1) knew the restaurants in NYC very well and (2) wanted New New NEW! for everything she went to during her visit. And Le Bernardin is well-known and hardly new.

      Thanks for your detective work, which confirms my conclusions.

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