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Aug 26, 2010 06:58 PM

Tasting Menu

I am in town for only one night and looking for a recommendation for a blowout tasting menu. I've done Per Se, and 11 Madison Park is closed for renovations. Recommendations appreciated.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. i liked degustation but i went a couple of months ago i think the tasting menu is a little different now.
    ive also been impressed with 15 east so you might want to check out their tasting menu. ive also heard great things about babbo's pasta tasting. and if you like seafood le bernadin is also great.

    1. I think SHO Shaun Hergatt still has a 15 course tasting menu. That probably fits the blowout part of it.

      SHO Shaun Hergatt
      40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

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      1. re: fooder

        SHO struck me like a pretty girl with a good stylist and an IQ of 30. everything was lovely, but it all lacked depth. I've always enjoyed degustation's tasting menu. for a blowout, i'd go with WD-50

      2. I highly recommend the 9-course tasting menu at Veritas. Chef Grégory Pugin's contemporary French cuisine is sensational, and the wine list is one of the most extraordinary in the city.

        Photos of the 9-course tasting we did at Veritas early this year:

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        1. re: RGR

          Veritas is a perfect idea for this.

          43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Thanks! Veritas it is. And thanks for the slide show!

            43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

            1. re: mnadel

              RGR, I, too, enjoyed the photos! If I ever go for their tasting menu, I'll have to tell them I hate frog, so they can substitute something else for it, but man does the idea of a dessert featuring hibiscus and passion fruit float my boat! Everything looked beautiful.

              1. re: Pan


                Glad you enjoyed the photos! They are certainly amenable to substitutions -- within reason, of course. Some dishes cannot be pared down to tasting size. As for dessert, I'm sure you realize that the desserts change with the seasons. But every dessert we've had there by the current pastry chef Shawn Gawle, has been sublime!


                1. re: RGR

                  I definitely am aware that restaurants at that level change their desserts to reflect what is in season. It was still worth mentioning, though.

              2. re: mnadel

                Veritas just fired the entire kitchen staff and closed for renovations.

                43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

                1. re: Marine Engineer

                  Wow that is nuts. Wonder what spurned them to take such a rash course of action......

            2. re: RGR

              That oxtail with the bucatini looks amazing. This place looks like my next splurge, thanks for the recommendation.

              1. re: MVNYC

                You welcome, MVNYC! Yes, the oxtail bucatini is amazing -- both structurally and taste-wise.

                We've been longtime fans of Veritas since the day it opened. While former Chef Scott Bryan's New American cuisine was wonderful, Chef Pugin's contemporary French cuisine has lifted things, imo, to a far higher level. He came to Veritas from Robichon and was a nominee this year for the James Beard Rising Chef Award.


                1. re: RGR

                  You've talked me into it, RGR. It's getting added to the list for this year. However, since it's French, my guess is I will wait for the late fall/winter menu.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Yeah they're closed for renovations which is weird because it didn't make the news.

                      1. re: steakrules85

                        Yeah, it is was weird because they took my reservation. Today they called me and told me they would be closed. Disappointing.

                  1. re: RGR

                    That oxtail bucatini reminds me of a picture of a dish I've seen at Ledoyen in Paris. Amazing technicality in the presentation.

              2. First, try your luck at the Momofuku Ko lottery one week before your dining date.

                If that doesn't work... The WD-50 tasting menu is quite good right now, and a lot of fun.

                If you like Japanese, the Kaiseki menu at Kyo Ya (must be ordered two days in advance, though) is pretty amazing. Also - and I know he's got some haters on the board - the omakase at Morimoto can be excellent.

                50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

                88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                Kyo Ya
                94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                Momofuku Ko
                163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                1. re: sgordon

                  In February, the reservationist at Kyo Ya told me I had to order the Kaiseki one day in advance. It's now two days?

                2. I had an exquisite tasting menu at Bouley last week. If EMP isn't open for your visit, I highly recommend Bouley. Food is fantastic (duck is wonderful); room is the most beautiful in NYC, and service is very attentive.