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Eleven Madison Park

Dinner at Eleven Madison Park on Saturday with friends. The restaurant opened in autumn 1998 to acclaim by critics and patrons alike. It, along with its sister restaurant Tabla (featuring […]

Dinners This Week (so far)

Baked trout with parsley, white wine and garlic. Roasted root vegetables with lemon, zaataar and herbs. Tonight (Tuesday), I roasted a pan full of Yukon gold potatoes. Half of this […]

Gordon Ramsay at The London

The ultimate in inevitability has happened, at least amongst foodies in the New York restaurant scene. Chef Gordon Ramsay, more famously known in London, England, where he operates his three-star […]


Lunch at Lupa this afternoon. After opening in October 1999, the restaurant soon garnered rave reviews from critics and diners alike. Executive chef Mark Ladner, formerly of the original Olives […]


I’m not a big fan of year-end holidays especially given the fact that my birthday falls on Christmas Day. I get why people celebrate around this time of year.  I’d have to […]

Dinner, 13 November 2006

Fresh Penne with Mint, Fennel and Spicy Breadcrumbs For the breadcrumbs: 1/3 baguette or Italian bread garlic anchovies Italian parsley red pepper flakes EVOO Ideally you want day-old bread but […]

Blue Hill Washington Square

Dinner at Blue Hill Washington Square tonight. Chef Dan Barber opened Blue Hill in April 2000 to notable acclaim. The restaurant was rated two stars (a travesty in my opinion) […]

Dinner, 5 November 2006

Table Salsa It was time to clean out part of the fridge. Not so good plum tomatoes, lemon, jalapeno peppers, shallots. This is a variation of the usual. The basic […]

A Taste of Chinatown

Click here to view the full size version. Here is the full size version of the pic above. Full-size ad of “The Fifth Annual Taste of Chinatown“. Click here to […]

Hearth Redux

Click here and here for previous dinners at Hearth. Junipero Serra cocktail –Ketel One citron vodka, fig puree, Peychand’s bitters Amuse: parsnip soup, cardamom Crudo tasting Left to right: hamachi, […]

Dinner, 13 October 2006

Mussels, Leek and Herbs in Cream Sauce Clockwise from top left: riesling, whipping cream, garlic, leeks, Italian parsley, mussels. One and a half pounds of mussels, cleaned and debearded. 2 […]

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Late night snack at Momofuku Ssäm Bar. Click here for a formal write-up and here for a podcast, both on Off The Broiler. Whereas Jason previewed Momofuku in all its […]

Gramercy Tavern

Dinner tonight at Gramercy Tavern. I had the autumn tasting menu. Torchon of foie gras, huckleberries, arugula, milk crema, balsamic vinegar, brioche toast points. 2004 Spreitzer Oestricher Lenchen Riesling, Kabinett, […]


Lunch at Dévi earlier this afternoon. Chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur, formerly of Amma and Diwan, present a thoroughly eclectic and modern version of traditional Indian cuisine. Click here […]


Dinner tonight at wd-50. Tonight was especially noteworthy given that Alex Stupak is the restaurant’s current pastry chef, having recently replaced Sam Mason. It was Mr. Stupak’s third evening. Chef […]