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Corton or The Modern?

Dan269605 Apr 22, 2013 12:20 PM

I might be able make it back to the city with my girlfriend for a night in the next month or so, I was looking at Corton or The Modern for dinner. Looking for something in that price range and level of food/experience.

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  1. ellenost RE: Dan269605 Apr 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    Corton is excellent; I've had dinner there twice in the past 7 months. Food is very creative.

    1. kosmose7 RE: Dan269605 Apr 22, 2013 03:29 PM

      Corton is even getting better these days. More variety of more labor intensive dishes per course and they are delicious. Service used to be an issue, but their current serving staff are great.

      1. StevenCinNYC RE: Dan269605 Apr 22, 2013 04:07 PM

        Sounds like the two prior replies have much more recent info than I do. I went a couple years ago and found the food very interesting but also a bit dizzying and the service definitely lacking. They definitely did a lot of interesting and complicated plates, but I felt as if they never explained them, and the service was rushed.

        The Modern is not as interesting with regard to the food, but the service is much more polished.

        In a way, it's an unfair comparison since they are so different.

        If I could add two more thoughts: not far from The Modern is Aquavit which is now every innovative and has very good service. It's not as expensive as Corton, and the decor is not as warm, but it is still very special. I'd also suggest Eleven Madison Park.

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          foodwhisperer RE: Dan269605 Apr 22, 2013 09:22 PM

          I prefer the Modern. The atmosphere, the food, and the service were all better than at Corton. The Modern even gave me an umbrella to keep, because it was raining.
          Corton , i find their menu sounds amazing. But the dishes don't deliver. The flavors and combinations of ingredients are there to sound "gourmet" or "intriguing" but they don't mesh together. The waitstaff are below par. The atmosphere is ummm boring.
          If you have a 3rd choice, My recommendation would be Jungsik.

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            kosmose7 RE: foodwhisperer Apr 23, 2013 04:24 PM

            I agree with you.Corton's service left much to be desired previously, but it is getting better now, and their courses have more variety and more number of dishes now. I was impressed with the recent three dinners I had for the past three months.

            Some of the dishes I particularly liked were:
            "Fried Sayori Bones with cotton cady and herbs". This was the second Sayori dish that followed "Sayori with chilled tofu creme, umami gelee,fresh ginger, lime confit and five-year aged soy". Not only eye-appealing but also delicious! Reminded me of Japanese deep-fried fish bones following sashimi.

            "Torte of sweetbread, foie gras, and squab wrapped with pastry dough". It was divine.

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              foodwhisperer RE: kosmose7 Apr 23, 2013 07:40 PM

              I'll give Corton another try. It is very convenient for me to eat there. The last time I went was total disappointment in all regards, but I am always open to giving a place another shot, Especially since you say things have gotten better. thanks

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                StevenCinNYC RE: foodwhisperer Apr 23, 2013 07:42 PM

                Let me know because I was unimpressed with my one visit. I'd appreciate the perspective of another skeptic!

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                  foodwhisperer RE: StevenCinNYC Apr 23, 2013 08:17 PM

                  I'll report back in next couple of weeks. After I go to 15 East and Jungsik again.

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            deprofundis RE: Dan269605 Apr 23, 2013 08:14 PM

            Corton, hands down. Although I have to admit it's tough to beat the service at The Modern. Some people find the room at Corton sterile, but I like it.

            1. Charles Yu RE: Dan269605 Apr 23, 2013 08:46 PM

              I would use the word 'funky' to describe Corton's food. Food very nicely plated and pleasing to the eyes. For 'dramatic effect' some dishes even have multiple layers of plates for a small piece of food. Taste wise, I found the taste profile of some dishes underwhelming. Service was a little snobbish when I visited.

              The Modern, on the other hand, provided me with one of the best dinner service I have experienced in NYC. Very professional, attentive and friendly. Food was 'modern' but less eclectic than Corton's. Food portion was in general slightly bigger than Corton thus allowing the patrons to do more 'in depth' savoring of the dishes. One of the most memorable part of the meal was actually the 'bread selection'!! Fresh, piping hot and utterly delicious!! One of the best in the city!

              Have trouble locating Corton's food photos, but manage to dig up some 'The Modern ' dishes. Including a yummy 'King Crab Cannelloni'

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