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Jan 19, 2012 08:31 PM

If Taiwan President Elect, 馬英九 Ma Ying Jiu, were to Visit Manhattan, what would you suggest for Dining Out

If Taiwan President Elect, 馬英九 Ma Ying Jiu, were to Visit Manhattan what would you suggest?

Would you try to satisfy his native taste? and if so, where is that to be found?

Bring him in peaceful unison through taste with his adversaries on the Mainland? And where would that be found (ie: Shanghai cusine; Hunan Cusine etc etc?

Or just offer him something that is so NYC? And where would that be found?

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    402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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      1. I dunno.

        When travelling, I really don't want what I can get around the corner 指日可待, so no, I wouldn't try to satisfy his native taste.

        Go early and get a seat at Babbo bar and have a great meal, geting tanked up 醉 on Italian vino. After this, take a taxi to Cayote Ugly.

        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Coyote Ugly
        153 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: porker

          Coyote Ugly? Please, this is a high-ranking politician. Take him to Scores or The Penthouse Club.... or maybe NY Dolls, if he's trying to remain anonymous. Better the low-rent clubs where he's least likely to be recognized.

          But seriously, I wouldn't take him for Taiwanese (or any kind of Asian) food. He can get most of that at home. Take him to Del Posto or Eleven Madison Park or something.

          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

          Del Posto
          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        2. As excellent as NY's regional Chinese food scene is, I would skip Chinese altogether given the breadth and depth of what the prez has access to at home, unless he were to have a hankering for Chinese food. Skip Japanese as well, as the best in TW rivals Japan. So no 15 East, Yasuda, Masa, or wherever Bourdain went (there are Masa quality restaurants in Taipei for a fraction of the cost, even if the quality is not the same).

          Stick with perhaps the perfect steakhouse. American beef in Taipei is a bit of an exotic import since most restaurants prefer to import Australian beef.

          Something high end like Per Se, Daniel, Marea, Babbo's or whatever is the best regional old world style Italian, maybe Russian. And something that screams NY in quality. Wouldn't hurt to find a place that does a killer lobster too, or high end preparations of exquisite seafood, then some thousand dollar spoonfuls of caviar and champagne perhaps for dessert. But not the $1000+ sundae from Serendipity...that's silly.

          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: K K

            I'd bring him to 53rd &6th and see if he tries to cut the line.

            Halal Chicken and Gyro
            106 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

          2. Per Se would be the most obvious choice, but also a very good one. It may very well be the best restaurant in the country and I think thats what you should aim for.

            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: twyst

              Funny, there was an article in Gourmet a few years ago where they took three of China's top chefs to The French Laundry. They were less-than-impressed:


              1. re: sgordon

                Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.