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Susur in NYC again

dubchild Sep 20, 2013 03:58 AM

Despite all my musings about Susur being old and at best sticking with using his name for projects like his son's restaurant, he is, according to T.O. life, opening a restaurant in NYC again. I'm sure after Shang he is hungry for success. I wish him the best.

  1. justxpete Sep 24, 2013 09:24 AM

    More info from the Star today.


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    1. re: justxpete
      justxpete Sep 24, 2013 10:43 AM

      I'd never read this review before today - but judging from the review, it looks like he opened a "Lee" in New York???


      Did anyone ever go? Was it a supplanted Lee?

      1. re: justxpete
        justsayn Sep 24, 2013 12:04 PM

        I read it differently and don't see any mention of a Lee in NYC.

        1. re: justsayn
          justxpete Sep 24, 2013 12:36 PM

          I'm going by:

          "soups and salads, $10 to $16; small and medium-size dishes for sharing, $6 to $25; desserts, $10 to $12."

          "Mr. Lee calls his food global Chinese, signaling that he’s working not only with Chinese traditions but also with those of countries in which Chinese immigrants have settled over time.

          That gives him an invitation to Jamaica — and a reason to put an elegant version of jerk chicken with Scotch bonnet peppers on Shang’s menu. It allows him to meander across Asia, taking some curry from here, some sashimi from there. It opens up vast continents of flavor, encouraging exploration but perhaps discouraging restraint."

          "The Singapore slaw, which servers don’t so much recommend as evangelize about, comprised about 20 identifiable ingredients"

          "Arresting lighting fixtures and orange banquettes are among the few visual flourishes in a second-floor dining room in the new Thompson LES hotel."

          Now, I haven't been two Lee in 2-3 + years, but this sounds like Lee, does it not?

          1. re: justxpete
            estufarian Sep 24, 2013 12:47 PM

            No it sounds like Shang!
            I went there and the service was completely disastrous (OK it is beginning to sound like Lee after all!).
            WITH a reservation, I struggled to find a host(ess) and after 5 minutes went back to the hotel and asked - they said they had nothing to do with the restaurant (on the hotels' 2nd floor).
            Thanks to a very accommodating server who went out-of-his-way, we did 'finally' get food. I think they tried to keep the place exclusive (mostly) to hotel guests.
            And another difference with Lee - you could hold a quiet conversation.

            1. re: estufarian
              justxpete Sep 24, 2013 01:07 PM

              What about Food-wise? Isn't the Singapore Slaw from Lee???

              Slaw, international fusion, sharing plates, mid price-point, etc...

              And if it's not like Lee, how is it different?

              (remembering that I've not been there in a long time - went 2-3 times and didn't want to return)

              1. re: justxpete
                justsayn Sep 24, 2013 02:25 PM

                The Slaw and the Black Cod are two of his specialties that I noticed at both places (borrowed from Lee). But let's face it, any Susur menu is going to be Susur fusion. The biggest difference was the that Shang had a lot of sashimi and maki. As well he had dim sum items. They both offer(ed) a wide range of apps that could be shared and entrees that could be meals. I think Shang had items like fried rice and Cantonese noodles but don't quote me on it.

                Shang felt more Asian to me than Lee.

            2. re: justxpete
              justsayn Sep 24, 2013 12:55 PM

              That's Shang.

      2. foodyDudey Sep 21, 2013 11:00 AM

        Does anyone really give a rat's a-hole? Why go to NY for another beating if he can't even run a high-end place on his home turf where people will be a bit more friendly. He already said NY was not ready for his food.

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        1. re: foodyDudey
          Sadistick Sep 21, 2013 01:11 PM

          Well said.

          Long ago when Susur didn't let it all go to his head, he could produce some great food; though lately, consistency and quality eludes him.

        2. Charles Yu Sep 20, 2013 04:26 PM

          Word has it that his new restaurant will be the first one to occupy the new World Trade Center!
          Location is not that great IMO. Wall street lunch crowd but dinner??!!

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          1. re: Charles Yu
            childofthestorm Sep 21, 2013 05:28 AM

            It's going to be the restaurant for some high-end Chinese club. Possibly not open to the public at large.

            1. re: childofthestorm
              Charles Yu Sep 21, 2013 08:26 AM

              Susur cooking Chinese for Chinese??!! Good luck!!
              Have you eaten some of his 'Chinese cooking' or homemade Chinese ingredients?? No comment!!
              Just want to say, his housemade tofu was the worst rendition I have ever had!! Rough, hard and grainy. A 'world class'?? chef who cannot even get a simple ingredient right?
              Think its best for him to stick with fusion.

              1. re: Charles Yu
                justxpete Sep 21, 2013 09:47 AM

                lol, whoa.. Everybody calm down!

                1. re: justxpete
                  childofthestorm Sep 21, 2013 01:22 PM

                  These days in Hong Kong and all over Asia, "fusion" is having a comeback, don't you think?

                  Anyway, here's an article on it: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/09/...

          2. chefhound Sep 20, 2013 12:21 PM

            Me too.

            But I wish he'd open a high-end place in Toronto again like Susur.

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