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Is anyone doing restaurant week this time?

hungryinmanhattan Jan 26, 2011 03:15 PM

I have become gun-shy of restaurant week but still made reservations at Convivio, The Modern Bar Room, Telepan, and Fishtail. Any feedback on my choices? My experiences of restaurant week are so mixed-one time good, next time bad. So anything I should cancel? Advice appreciated.

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    jasonsolinsky Feb 6, 2011 03:54 PM

    According to numerous press accounts, restaurant week has been extended by three weeks (They credit the snow storm, as if that actually mattered).

    But there is no mention of the extension on the official site or open table. Will all the restaurants participate in the extension? If not, how can we find out which restaurants are participating?


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    1. re: jasonsolinsky
      kathryn Feb 6, 2011 04:39 PM

      Restaurant Week is not officially over yet (don't forget that it is Monday through Friday with Sundays optional now). I assume they are waiting until Monday to make a list of restaurants participating in the extension. Not all restaurants will participate, from past experience with the "extension." This is the 3rd or 4th time there's been an extension.


      "Visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek on Monday, February 7, to view the complete list of NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 extension participants and make a reservation online. "

      1. re: jasonsolinsky
        chowsue Feb 7, 2011 08:02 PM

        I think it did matter. I went to 4 places this RW and 3 of 4 were completely empty. One night was the big "ice storm", another was lunch during a wicked cold day, and another was after a snow storm.
        I think the restaurants had a bad RW, and want to give it another try.

        I say hurrah!! Let's eat some more great food at great prices!

      2. buttertart Feb 6, 2011 02:31 PM

        We went to Blue Smoke yesterday for lunch (a place that doesn't get much love here but we've always been happy with what we're served there) and the portions served were enormous: 8 chicken drumettes as an appetizer, 6 or more ribs, and a mini-Bundt cake with poached pears and creme fraiche that the two of us couldn't finish between us. Great value.
        I am completely kicking myself for not running to get a Modern Bar Room reservation, thought of going tonight (and there were tons of tables available, gee I wonder why) but they don't have the RW menu on the weekends. Next time!

        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

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          Riverman500 Feb 6, 2011 02:08 PM

          I had dinner at Perilla last Friday. The RW selections were all from the main menu, and the portion sizes looked the same. It's a good way to sample the new dishes.

          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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            gac101 Feb 6, 2011 05:55 AM

            I've done 3 RW lunch so far this time. Convivio, DB Bistro Moderne, Lure Fishbar. In order of preference, for app, I like the Salmon Tartare at DB best. For main, the Monkfish at DB and the shrip & grits at Lure. Convivio wins in dessert hands down.

            For all occasions, I went in a group of 3, therefore had tasting of other dishes. All in all, I'm a bit disappointed at Convivio, especially after all the raving about the place. DB's execution of fish was really good, dessert is meh. I did Lure on Sunday, the $24 brunch menu offers good value and choices, but the dessert is the deal breaker. But I'm going back there again to try the other apps and mains, the dessert I can overlook entirely.

            DB Bistro Moderne
            55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

            45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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            1. re: gac101
              David W Feb 6, 2011 08:28 AM

              I think most of the good word about Convivio was before Michael White left both it and Alto...

              45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

              1. re: David W
                City Kid Feb 6, 2011 05:19 PM

                I had an excellent RW dinner at Convivio last week, my first meal there since his departure. The dinner was first-rate, as in the past -- RW and non.

            2. hungryinmanhattan Feb 5, 2011 06:15 AM

              We went to The Modern Bar Room last night. We arrived for a 6pm reservation because I wanted to go straight from work. The restaurant was about 1/2 full. By 6:30 the restaurant was full. Our server was warm and wonderful, as was the support staff. I may not get the exact names of the dishes as they were listed on the menu, but I will share our experience. My SO ordered the mushroom soup with chorizo ravioli and I ordered the upside-down tuna tartare. The chorizo ravioli was not in the soup, but deep-fried along side. They were delicious and super-crispy. I could have eaten a dozen of them! The mushroom soup was the best I have has with a very strong mushroom flavor. The tuna was good. It needed some acid, like lemon but over all a lovely dish-beautiful knife cuts. It has a lot of red onion in it, which of course was raw, which I like but others may not. It was topped with a paper-thin "crust". The portions were quite large and looked like full portions.
              The main dishes were the hanger steak with oxtail bread pudding and fried peppers and wild mushrooms. The steak was perfectly rare.I do not know what kind of peppers. They were fried whole small-ish peppers-somewhat spicy. The bread pudding was delicious, I was told, as it was "inhaled" before I got a taste. It was a very small plate so not for big eaters. I ordered the crispy cod with apple hash(?) and it came with a pickled vegetable, maybe beets? and a delicious sauce that may have been tartar sauce. The fish was deep fried and battered, which I did not know when I ordered it. It was so delicious. Despite being so battered and fried, it was moist and great. I was very satisfied in the portion size. It was a larger plate than the steak, as could be expected. The person next to us had the homemade sausage which also looked good.
              We had the Hazelnut Dacquoise which was different than I have had before, but very good and the Coffee Caramel Dome with vanilla ice. To address the portion size some have questioned, I have to say all the portions seemed full size with the exception of the steak. We definitely left full and we are "good eaters" and were not at all hungry when we left. We had lovely conversation with our server and we could not have been treated better. We were crumbed appropriately when necessary, napkin re-folded when leaving the table, and all other service points one expects from a nice restaurant were attended to. I am always wary of restaurant week and ONLY went here because of you CHs. You were spot-on recommending this place, as you always are, and we were extremely happy with our meal.

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              1. re: hungryinmanhattan
                kathryn Feb 5, 2011 11:43 AM

                Thanks for the report! They serve their regular portion size during RW. When I've dined there outside of the RW and ordered the same dishes, they are pretty much the same size.

                Here's the RW menu:

                Looks like you had:
                Wild Mushroom Soup with toasted chorizo ravioli
                Upside Down Tuna Tarte with fennel, Japanese cucumber, and aioli

                Pan Roasted Hangar Steak with oxtail bread pudding, wild mushrooms and mustard jus.
                Crispy Atlantic Cod with celery root and granny smith apple salad and sauce gribiche.

                Hazelnut Dacquoise with milk chocolate chantilly
                Coffee Caramel Dome with vanilla ice cream and amaretto gelée

              2. janethepain Feb 4, 2011 06:04 AM

                I had RW dinner at Riverpark last Friday night, and I just made another reservation for tonight, passing up on a primetime spot at the Modern. Nuff said.

                450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                1. re: janethepain
                  chocokitty Feb 4, 2011 05:45 PM

                  As you and several other CHs posted about Riverpark, I agree that the food is very good, if not excellent. Service was a touch harried in the beginning but it found its bearings and was enjoyable.

                  I posted my photos of my dinner there last week on my Flickr:


                  450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

                  1. re: chocokitty
                    ellenost Feb 6, 2011 06:05 AM

                    Loved your photos chocokitty (especially the duck breast!). Glad to hear that Riverpark is filling in (tried for a last minute resy and it was fully booked).

                    1. re: ellenost
                      chocokitty Feb 6, 2011 02:04 PM

                      Thanks for the compliment, ellenost. :) I snagged the reservation early in the game, once the list was released.

                      The restaurant was packed when I was there around 8 PM and I would consider going back there again.

                  2. re: janethepain
                    hungryinmanhattan Feb 7, 2011 02:53 PM

                    I would love to know what you recommend, as we just made reservations for a Friday night (because of the positive comments here) and because it extended restaurant week.

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                    Nyum Jan 30, 2011 04:48 PM

                    Just had lunch at Ai Fiori today. Delicious! Very pleasant space, too.
                    I had the cod. subtle, perfect, and to start, squid ink pasta? w/ a crustacean ragout. Sublime. Husband had
                    short ribs. All perfect. Desserts very good. Good choice of food, for Restaurant Week, even on Sunday, when regular menu was a brunch menu. Highly recommend.

                    Ai Fiori
                    400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                    1. re: Nyum
                      RGR Feb 6, 2011 08:16 AM

                      Glad to hear that Ai Fiori performed so well during RW. We don't do RW, but we had dinner there last Saturday, and in all aspects -- food, wine, service, ambiance -- our experience was excellent. Since their brunch menu includes a good number of appealing lunch dishes (which we much prefer over breakfast foods), I'm sure we'll go there for brunch at some point.

                      Ai Fiori photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


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                        hungryinmanhattan Feb 7, 2011 03:06 PM

                        We just made lunch reservations for a sunday since restaurant week was extended. Thanks for the recommendation.

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                        lacontessa Jan 29, 2011 04:12 AM

                        We went last night for restaurant week to the bar at the modern. We just missed making online reservations, and the waiting list never budged, so they suggested we come in early to grab a cocktail table which we were able to do successfully. Lot of choices on the menu. We really enjoyed our meal. In regards to portion size--it really depends upon what you order. At the table next to us, she had ordered an Alsatian tarte which looked like a medium pizza for her appetizer. It looked so big we asked how she was going to manage the rest of her meal! Neither my husband and I felt hungry after our three course meal and throughly enjoyed it. I had the warm lamb and goat cheese terrine followed by the unusually prepared salmon (some kind of white foamy thing with cabbage--have to check the menu) and three ice creams (the prune and spice flavors surpassed the chocolate by far). My husband had the upside down tuna tart followed by duck confit l'orange, roasted fingerling potatoes and mini brussel sprouts, and sorbet. We tried the cream, and grapefruit/chamomile sodas (no corn syrup, just cane sugar). Hubbie really liked the grapefruit0chamomile soda. Our waiter was very helpful in navigating the menu (gluten free for me, dairy free for hubbie). By the way, the cheesecake didn't have a crust so that could also be ordered GF. After 6 pm, the place was hopping with folks standing around the bar. After dinner about 630, it required navigational skills to get to the bathroom. I would like to thank Kathryn for her suggestion of trying the Bar. We are now looking forwarding to today's lunch at Jean Georges.

                        Jean Georges
                        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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                        1. re: lacontessa
                          kathryn Feb 5, 2011 11:29 AM

                          You're welcome! Hope you had a great lunch.

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                          InfoMofo Jan 28, 2011 08:37 AM

                          I made reservations for dinner on saturday at the A Voce in Columbus Circle, because I still haven't been to that location, but I haven't decided if I'm going to be ordering off the normal menu or the RW menu. Anyone have any info on that one?

                          A Voce
                          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                          1. re: InfoMofo
                            serasyl Jan 28, 2011 08:49 AM

                            I'm pretty sure they're only participating for lunch...

                            1. re: InfoMofo
                              kathryn Jan 28, 2011 09:56 AM

                              Restaurant Week specifically excludes Saturdays.

                              1. re: kathryn
                                InfoMofo Jan 28, 2011 10:17 AM

                                guess that settles that debate...

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                              nataliaL Jan 28, 2011 06:25 AM

                              Went to Convivio for lunch - was pretty dissappointed (the appetizer and desert were OK but the main course was not). felt rushed even though the food came out slow.

                              Went to SHO Shaun Hergatt for dinner - really enjoyed it. the food tasted great and the service was exceptional.

                              45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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

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                                yebo Jan 28, 2011 03:44 AM

                                Atlantic Grill yesterday lunch. 1st time there; didn't look like ever great. But somewhat unfortunate meal:
                                -Lovely foret mushroom soup with parmesan flan that melted satsfyingly in soup and that I wouldn't otherwise have had but on fixed menu; /friend's golden maki w/ jicama just filler. Chicken cobb salad had huge amoun of chopped chicken breast -- no sense of thought or composition; shrimp w/ linguine nice like you could make at home. Chocolaet caramel cake beautiful and delicous; lemon meringue tart sweet only. Friend confirmed regular food better.

                                I really wonder about the$24.07 price. On the Upper East side, with all the costs, what can really be produced. sure, great chefs like at the really high end places might be able to think of and create something.

                                At the moment, as a foodlover and restaurant lover, I would now avoid RW unless I had very specific info. on the meal.

                                American Grill
                                117 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                                  sheio Jan 28, 2011 02:55 AM

                                  I thought The Modern Bar Room RW dinner portions were a bit small but I enjoyed the food and love the restaurant. Telepan RW dinner was nice but forgettable. Hope you're enjoying so far! I had a really great RW dinner at Riverpark on Monday: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737518

                                  72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                                  450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                                  1. re: sheio
                                    kathryn Jan 28, 2011 05:08 AM

                                    The portions at the Bar Room at the Modern for RW are the normal sized portions, though some are larger than others.

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                                    serasyl Jan 27, 2011 04:26 PM

                                    anybody do lunch at Ai Fiori yet? looks like a great deal - basically all regular menu items: http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/w...

                                    Ai Fiori
                                    400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                                      City Kid Jan 27, 2011 01:52 PM

                                      I was at Telepan on Tuesday night, good not great, but I didn't feel ripped off at $35. The quail app was excellent!; some pasta I didn't much like with a few meatballs; good striped bass...I am also going to Convivio and enjoyed it very much during last year's RW, almost as much as the regular menu...The Modern is always fab and have also liked Fishtail...I am looking forward to trying Adour tomorrow.

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                                      1. re: City Kid
                                        hungryinmanhattan Jan 27, 2011 03:38 PM

                                        Thank you for the replys. I can't find the menu for Telepan Restaurant week menu anywhere. Was it basically the regular menu? Also, with all the snow, should I be concerned about the fish freshness?

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                                        kathryn Jan 26, 2011 04:19 PM

                                        I've done RW at Bar Room at the Modern a few times now -- it's always good.

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                                        1. re: kathryn
                                          jasmine Jan 27, 2011 12:44 PM

                                          I'm trying Alto tomorrow for lunch - anyone else eat here for RW2011? Thanks.

                                        2. coasts Jan 26, 2011 03:29 PM

                                          we're doing dinner at The Modern. Never been, but it's been on my list for a while.

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                                          1. re: coasts
                                            foodwhisperer Jan 27, 2011 08:40 PM

                                            the Modern is great, and if it rains they give you an umbrella to take home with you.
                                            I did RW at the Harrison, was very good , the sardine first course was terrific

                                          2. loratliff Jan 26, 2011 03:24 PM

                                            I don't know about Telepan, but the others sound good.

                                            I had a great RW lunch at Maialino today and have a res next week for David Burke Townhouse for a slightly less adventurous friend (where I don't want to drop a ton of cash).

                                            72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

                                            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                                            1. re: loratliff
                                              serasyl Jan 27, 2011 12:22 PM

                                              What was on the RW menu at Maialino? I don't see it posted anywhere, and I was just there for Summer RW so I don't know if it's worth it.

                                              1. re: serasyl
                                                loratliff Jan 27, 2011 12:54 PM

                                                It was a great menu. If you look at their regular lunch menu, the only dishes that WEREN'T on it were the tripe, the ricotta ravioli, the pasta with clams, the carbonara, the fried artichoke, the swordfish, the braised chicken (replaced with pollo alla diavolo), the terrine and the pig's foot.

                                                I was very impressed!

                                                1. re: loratliff
                                                  serasyl Jan 27, 2011 02:40 PM

                                                  the swordfish secondo, or the smoked app?

                                                  1. re: serasyl
                                                    loratliff Jan 27, 2011 04:36 PM

                                                    The smoked app (which was superb). Sorry for not clarifying. The seabass secondi was on the RW menu; looked great, but I didn't try it.

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