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Toronto and Singapore hounds meeting in NYC again. Anything NEW worth trying?!

Charles Yu May 17, 2013 09:46 PM

Last September, Singapore Hound Fourseasons and myself had a mini chowmeet at your great city. We ate at Casa Mono, the Modern and Jean George. Just a few months before, during a few short visits, I ate at Marea, EMP, Daniel, Lincoln.... to name a few. Others we have tried before included Per Se, Sushi Yasuda, Babbo, Le Bernadin...etc

We will be meeting up in NYC again in a few months time.

Question: Stopping short of heading over to Brooklyn Fare, Any relatively NEW but confirmed GREAT restaurants worth our trying?? Only one that comes to mind is 'Atera'. Most probably we would need recommendations for one more lunch and one more dinner!
{ No Chinese or Asian Fusion please. Since those we can find great ones in Hong Kong, Singapore or even Toronto! }

Thanks in advance!!

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    kathryn RE: Charles Yu May 17, 2013 10:07 PM

    Do you only want long tasting menu type restaurants? Not many of those have opened in Manhattan since Sept 2012.

    It also seems like you haven't dined in Brooklyn at all?

    No interest in more casual but ambitious restaurants like Louro, Empellon Cocina, etc.?


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      Charles Yu RE: kathryn May 18, 2013 02:19 PM

      Many Thanks Kathryn! I know, we can always count on you!!!

      As avid foodies, we will go anywhere and eat anything as long as the food taste really good!

      From the info you provided, I noticed one of my favorite NYC chef - Carmellini has a restaurant called 'Lafayette'. Have you been?? Is it good?? Does he cook there?? If not? Where?? When he was cooking for Boulud on the upper east side, the sauteed scallops he cooked for me one time was one of the most delicious dish I ever had!!

      With Dufresne recently receiving the James Beard award, do you think we should re-visit wd-50? However, If we manage to get into Atera, then, another 'pseudo-modern/molecular cuisine' two days in a row seem a bit much??!! No?!

      Lastly, any new or rejuvanize Spanish/Spanish Tapas place stood above the crowd lately? Though Casa Mono is one of my favorite, but I think its time for me to try something new and different and most importantly equally good!

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        kathryn RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2013 05:02 PM

        I haven't been to Lafayette yet, but here is a dedicated thread (search is your friend):

        Here's also one for Alder:

        WD-50 revamped their entire menu last May, BTW. When was your visit?

        Have you been to Tertulia?

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          Charles Yu RE: kathryn May 18, 2013 05:14 PM

          Thanks again!
          Last visit was October last year.
          Haven't been to Tertulia. Will do some research on it! Thx!

          1. re: kathryn
            Charles Yu RE: kathryn May 18, 2013 07:16 PM

            Just checked out Tertulia's website and menu. Food selection very similar to Casa Mono. How does 'taste' compare??

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              kathryn RE: Charles Yu May 18, 2013 07:44 PM

              I like it more than Casa Mono. They have a gorgeous wood fired grill so they excel at grilled dishes. The menu online doesn't list the daily specials, of which there are usually 6-7.

              1. re: kathryn
                Charles Yu RE: kathryn May 18, 2013 07:58 PM

                Thanks for the info and tips!

      2. Charles Yu RE: Charles Yu May 19, 2013 12:13 PM

        Sorry! But I am back!!

        Since we both love Spanish tapas and grilled meats (especially prepared over open fire), we'll definitely go with Tertullia as the 2nd meal.

        For the 3rd one, due to inconsistent reviews, guess we'll pass on Dufresne's food and pick something else. I was thinking of Corton but the pseudo-psychedelic food is kind of similar to Atera's? So, I'll give it a pass.

        Question: What is NYC's current 'Best Equivalent' to 'The Modern'??!! If nothing new, shall I go to say Bouley? OR, shall I try out something totally different like Obama's favourite - 'Blue Hill'?!!

        Thanks again!!

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          ellenost RE: Charles Yu May 19, 2013 07:33 PM

          Bouley is a long time favorite restaurant of mine.

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            Chuck Lawrence RE: Charles Yu May 20, 2013 09:00 PM

            love Blue Hill
            and, of course, Craft

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            rrems RE: Charles Yu May 19, 2013 07:39 PM

            Have you been to Aquavit recently? It's very different from what it was a few years back. Check out this thread:


            Louro is also one you should not miss.

            1. ipsedixit RE: Charles Yu May 19, 2013 08:30 PM

              Maybe Charlie Bird will be open by the time of your visit.

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