Last minute trip to NYC next week - lunch at Le Bernardin and dinner at Daniel
Was able to get those reservations so grabbed them. We have a couple of things to celebrate plus have not been to either - also considered Eleven Madison but the reaction to the new menu seems inconsistent. Have been to Jean Georges (many times - oh the days of expense accounts!) and Per Se. Not interested so much in Masa or other Asian fusion/omekase types places (have good choices in Vancouver and Toronto - but maybe I'm wrong?).
Other places I thought of - WD-50, Corton, Brooklyn Fare (I know - you can laugh) Any other suggestions?
Staying in the East Village (free apartment for a week!) - any interesting suggestions in that area would also be appreciated.
Try Radiance on 50th str and 3rd Ave. It's authentic Cantonese cuisine, not fusion and their chef is Gold winner in the International Chinese Culinary Competition in Times Sq. I believe its world's largest competition of this sort.
The place is great, with wonderful atmosphere, I felt like traveling to Asia in a sense, without leaving NYC.
It's also one of the two best tea places in NYC. They do house blends in accordance with Chinese medicine traditions. So it taste good and is good for your body (I had summer treasures it has different berries to supply you with anti-oxidants and is oolang tea based).
I know Vancouver is one of the best places outside of China for Asian fusion, but see if Radiance will be in a way a different experience.
Quick update - trip report to follow next week. Had a lovely dinner at Daniel last night. We had every intention of having the 3 course menu but weakened and went for the tasting menu which we thoroughly enjoyed. And a fabulous Montrachet that was justified by the fact it was our anniversary.
Service was charming - the room is formal but the service was very warm.....they did a special dessert for us for our anniversary but even better we had mentioned to the waiter offhand that we like sweetbreads. Our meal arrived with a "side order" of delicious sweetbreads (6 or 7 pieces - it was more than a main order). Finished up with a visit to the kitchen which was still humming at 10pm.
Off to Le Bernardin today for lunch then Pippin tonight. Hot here but sunny and we're having a great time.
Thanks all - we leave tomorrow until next Saturday.
Maybe I'll take another look at Corton. Also will check out that EMP time.....thx
Re WD-50 - I'd likely take a pass -- went to Alinea last year and was at El Bulli in its last month (and 25 years before that - quite a change) unless opinions are different?
Tough one. Did el Bulli menu at Next Restaurant and have done Alinea a few times. WD-50 seems fairly different to me from both. El Bulli struck me as more intellectual and less focus on taste. Alinea is very playful but more conservative in terms of taste and flavor combinations. Wylie experiments with both, and has a unique, wackier (I guess?) style & WD-50 is also known for its creative cocktail program. You might also want to check out his newest "pub" Alder.
When is the trip? That is, what days?
There's a 10pm for two at EMP on Monday right now, otherwise they're fully booked for dinner.
There's also a 12pm for lunch on Friday. They only serve lunch Thursday through Saturday.
If WD-50 is on your list, then Atera should be as well.
Perhaps Blanca, Bouley, the Chef's tasting at Torrisi, the Modern.
East Village breakfast, lunch, and groceries:
Love Le Bernardin, Daniel not quite as much ( a little too formal for us). We had a wonderful experience at Corton -- great food and wonderful service, but the staff spilled water on the table a couple of times so they took 50% off the bill! (party of 7, including 3 teenagers).
Corkage fees at EMP are now $60/bottle up to 4. It's gone up from $35/bottle, but is still the cheapest of the 3 Michelin Star restaurants.
Since I advocate going for the prix fixe at both Daniel and Le Bernardin, I would add a place like EMP for a tasting menu based dinner. It is still my favorite: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892924
If you can get in at Brooklyn Fare http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884450
or Blanca, then by all means.
For the more avant garde, I would choose Corton over Atera over WD-50.
Another option on the high end is Jungsik http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897449
Modern Korean/American, not necessarily fusion, and I think unique enough that you might not find similar up North.
Many of the better, more famous places in EVill are Asian or Asian-inspired/fusion. If you're looking for more casual walk-in stuff, probably a square slice at Artichoke, sandwich/pasta at Porchetta/Porsena, or Dirt Candy. Depending on where you are in EVill, Acme might also be walking distance, and you'd find New Nordic locavore food there.