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Dec 18, 2012 09:16 AM

Another Wonderful Dinner at EMP

Just had another fantastic dinner at EMP (first time sans grid) and they continue to fire on all cylinders.

I will admit I miss the grid a little but probably only due to being use to it, I'm sure I'll live without it : ). As others have mentioned they do give you the two main protein choices but everything else is unknown (but likes and dislikes are still asked). The entire staff must be very settled in to the "newish" tasting menu format because service and food were flawless, and I mean flawless, not a blip, not a hiccup, nothing. I know EMP always gets high marks on service but in the early days (RE:first day) of the tasting menu format there were some minor hitches but they've had a couple months to fine tune what needed to be fine tuned.

The food continues to shine and there have been enough adjustments to dishes, while retaining some of the new favorites, to make this visit different from the last. One thing I think is new is our Captain, Cody, actually tells you to expect 15 or 16 dishes. And I want to go on record that I cannot believe anyone that says they didn't get enough food, we were extremely full (and we have healthy appetites).

As I said to my GF the one thing that makes dining at EMP tough is as soon as the evening is over I want to do it again right away.

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    1. Sounds great! What was on the menu?

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      1. re: ellenost

        Don't know what happened to our first exchange but.. The menu was some of the big hits, smoked fish, carrot tartar, of course the sabayon egg, and then some things I haven't gotten to try like the parsnips, and the current lobster prep (the lobster was, based upon my likes, PERFECT, I haven't had a better cooked piece of lobster in a longgggg time), and the 140 day beef is ridiculous (although I know you'll opt for the duck).

        1. re: Spiritchaser

          Maybe I'll get the duck, and my sister will get the beef, and we'll share. Hope the lobster will be on the menu. What was for dessert?

      2. Looks like I'll be dining solo at EMP. Is the duck preparation the same as the table side carved duck that EMP used to have? I understand that EMP no longer carves table side. If it is, I'll probably go for the beef (especially since you said it was "ridiculous"). BTW, how does the EMP beef dish compare with the calotte de boeuf at Per Se (if you've had it)?

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        1. re: ellenost

          Oh, so sorry to hear your sister can't join you.

          I have had the boeuf at Per Se and it would be a tough, close call but if I were you I would try the EMP beef, it really is ridiculous.

          Oh, and we had a fantastic pear dessert.

            1. re: ellenost

              When are you going? We are jealous...

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                My reservation is less than 2 weeks away. I'm excited to return; it's been too long (more than a year). I've been to The NoMad twice in the past year.

            2. re: Spiritchaser

              I tried both EMP's duck and 140-day dry aged beef, and I was absolutely blown away by the EMP beef!!! Better than Per Se's boeuf, better than Blanca's 85-day dry aged beef, which were also really phenomenal. I am willing to go back to EMP soon only for that beef alone!

              1. re: kosmose7

                Thanks for your vote for the beef; I'm really looking forward to it and the rest of the dinner. I love your photos, but which beef belongs to which restaurant?

                1. re: ellenost

                  Oh, sorry!
                  From left to right:
                  EMP's duck, EMP's 140 day dry-aged beef, Per Se's boeuf, Blanca's 85 day dry-aged beef.

                  1. re: kosmose7

                    Thanks! The EMP beef dish looks exquisite!

                    1. re: ellenost

                      And that beautiful disk of marrow. I actually had the beef at the bar when it was just added to the menu and it was so good I had it again for the full menu.

                      And I'm not sure if you drink alcohol but if you do make sure you opt for the Manhattan cart, some really nice variations on classics.