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Best foie gras???

loftman Aug 22, 2008 08:40 PM

Hello Chowhounders,

I will be in NYC next week and I'm really in the mood for some good foie gras...where is the best place to visit?

recommendations for the best escargot are also welcome.


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    marknyc RE: loftman Aug 22, 2008 09:52 PM

    L'Atelier de Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel

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      BW212 RE: marknyc Aug 23, 2008 06:22 AM

      Oh yes, many man dishs on the menu there include foie. The little burgers with the foie on top, the hen served with it and the foie dumpling soup are all really great. (Those burgers I fatasize about!)

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        MMRuth RE: BW212 Aug 23, 2008 06:23 AM

        That reminds me that I also really like the foie gras with soup dumplings at Annisa.

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          silencespeak RE: MMRuth Sep 8, 2008 07:37 AM

          I second that Annisa dish, it's woonnnnderful

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        financialdistrictresident RE: marknyc Aug 24, 2008 08:01 PM

        Second Robuchon - carmelised eel and fois gras. Falai's foie gras three ways when they have it in winter. Foies gras mousse in a bittersweet chocolate shell (one of the three ways). . . surprising, exciting and delicious!

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        RGR RE: loftman Aug 22, 2008 10:48 PM

        La Petite Auberge serves traditional escargots Bourguignons.


        Gascogne serves escargots in phyllo purses.


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          loftman RE: RGR Aug 24, 2008 07:58 PM

          hmmmm i posted a reply earlier and i can't see it now...anyway, i was saying that the menu at gascogne looks fantastic...how is the atmosphere? I am not looking for something too romantic.

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            RGR RE: loftman Aug 24, 2008 08:55 PM

            Gascogne is a small French bistro with a charming interior decor and a truly lovely back garden. Depending on whom you are dining with, it could be considered romantic. However, you will find diners of the same sex as well as the occasional solo diner who come for the delicious food and the charming atmospherics.

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          eve RE: loftman Aug 22, 2008 11:45 PM

          I consistently have great Seared Foie Gras at Auerole. Every time it is perfect.

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            ellenost RE: eve Aug 24, 2008 08:27 AM

            I agree with eve's recommendation. I was at Aureole last week, and the foie gras was superb. Generous portion and perfectly cooked. I was recently at another highly-rated restaurant, and the foie gras was overcooked--tasted like liver with none of the silken texture.

          2. MMRuth RE: loftman Aug 23, 2008 06:14 AM

            I really like the terrine de foie gras at La Goulue. They used to serve escargots in egg shells with soft cooked egg, but I haven't seen it on the menu lately.

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              Gossomer RE: loftman Aug 24, 2008 03:01 PM

              Jean George's Foie Gras Brulee is fantastic.

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                loftman RE: Gossomer Aug 24, 2008 08:00 PM

                foie gras brulee...as in creme brulee? fantastic! I had that here in Toronto at Tomi Kro and it was great!

              2. Spends Rent on Food RE: loftman Aug 25, 2008 05:18 AM

                Casa Mono & Eleven Madison Park both have some very good fois gras dishes. As for escargot, there's a small french bistro on 33rd near 3rd ave called cosette which does excellent escargot.

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                  Brigita RE: Spends Rent on Food Aug 25, 2008 08:12 AM

                  I second Eleven Madison Park. I am not a big foie gras person but it was part of the courses I was doing for lunch. Super. It came with some kind of candied rhubarb, and it made me a fan.

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                    nmprisons RE: Spends Rent on Food Aug 26, 2008 12:48 PM

                    Loved the foie dishes I had at eleven madison on Saturday.

                  2. guttergourmet RE: loftman Aug 26, 2008 08:13 AM

                    I just got back from Montreal and Quebec city where I OD'ed on foie gras. I always like the foie gras ganache appetizer at Aquavit. Recently had excellent escargots at Jubilee.

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                      offthebeatenpath1 RE: loftman Aug 26, 2008 12:57 PM

                      I can't believe I am saying this, but the best foie dish I have ever had was at 5 Ninth. It was guinea hen with a foie gras sauce and the flavor was unbelievable. I thought the foie would way overpower the guinea hen, but it didn't. It was reallly great.

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                        loftman RE: loftman Aug 31, 2008 06:49 PM

                        Thanks to everyone for your suggestions...we decided on La Goulue.

                        It's a quaint little restaurant...


                        we opted to sit outside, here's our view


                        The foie gras was a VERY generous portion! It was good but definitely not the best that I have had (in fact the foie gras I had at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal two days ago was much better).


                        My friend ordered the seafood salad appetizer...apparently it was very good (I am allergic to shellfish so could not try it



                        we both opted for the steak tartare and it was FANTASTIC! I enjoyed it MUCH more than the foie gras


                        I had the strawberries with three dipping sauces (chocolate, caramle, whipped cream) for dessert


                        my friend had the upside down apple tart


                        service was ok...we were a little disappointed when we got the bill...$6 per 280ml coke! we had three of them! So the bill for two with tax and tip was $180...more than we thought it would be but such is life.

                        Would I repeat? yes for the steak tartare...no for the foie gras.


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                          guttergourmet RE: loftman Sep 1, 2008 11:28 AM

                          Can't beat APDC. I was there 3 weeks ago.

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                            MMRuth RE: loftman Sep 8, 2008 05:17 AM

                            Glad you liked the tartare - sorry the foie gras disappointed! One thing I've learned over the years at Goulue is to be wary of somethings that really increase the bill - like the cost of bottled water, wines by the glass etc. - we only drink wine with our meal, so I wasn't familiar with the coke prices, but it doesn't surprise me.

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                            kathryn RE: loftman Sep 8, 2008 09:08 AM

                            Recently had a very nice seared foie gras course at Allen and Delancey, which was served with Greenmarket plums. Yum!

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