Posts Tagged ‘Dining Out’

Dining Out: September – December 2019

December 30, 2019

Portale

September
New York City
Dinner:
Atoboy
Shun
Maialino
The Modern Dining Room Kitchen Table
Esca
Benno
Tocqueville (Rosh Hashanah)
Mishiguene at Intersect (Rosh Hashanah)

Brunch:
Covina

Lunch:
Covina
Eros Greek Restaurant
Indian Accent

New Jersey
Latin Bites
Pete & Elda’s
Albariño

October
New York City
Dinner:
Simon & the Whale
Le Jardiniere
Eleven Madison Park (My Birthday)
Café Boulud

Lunch:
Benoit
NoMad (My Birthday)
Crown Shy

New Jersey
Lunch:
Jersey Short BBQ East Brunswick
Bayroot Lebanese
The Greek Spot

November
New York City
Maialino
Eleven Madison Park (Thanksgiving)
Portale
Benno

Lunch:
Benoit
Eros Greek Restaurant
Sarge’s Deli
Anton’s

New Jersey
Lunch:
Chez Catherine

December
New York City
Dinner:
Oceans – 2
Pasta Eater
P.J. Clarke’s
Maialino

Lunch:
Blue Smoke
Covina
Craft
Del Posto

Brunch:
Union Square Café (Last meal out in 2019)

New Jersey
Dinner:
Il Nido

Photo sets for all these meals can be viewed on my Flickr.

Dining Out: May – August 2019

September 1, 2019

Gabriel Kreuther

May
New York City
Dinner:
Benno
Eros
Crown Shy
Queensyard
Majorelle

After Theatre Supper:
Lattanzi

Lunch:
Eleven Madison Park
Burgers & Lobster
Sunflower Café
Le Coq Rico
Silver Star Diner
Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

New Jersey
Dinner:
Il Nido

Lunch:
Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick

June
New York City
Dinner:
The Modern Dining Room
Crown Shy
Simon & the Whale
The Grill (51st Anniversary Celebration with Family)
Maialino
Rezdôra
Shun
Gabriel Kreuther
The TAK Room

Lunch:
Eleven Madison Park (51st Anniversary)
Fred’s at Barney’s
Kitchen at Queensyard

New Jersey
Dinner:
Il Nido – 2

Lunch:
Pete & Elda’s
Faros Greek Cuisine

July
New York City
Dinner:
Maialino
Benno
Rezdôra
The Clocktower
Union Square Café

Late Supper:
Marta
P.J. Clarke’s – Lincoln Center

Lunch:
Eleven Madison Park
Chirping Chicken
Pastis
Scampi
Hutong

New Jersey
Dinner:
Albariño

Lunch:
Pete & Elda’s

August
New York City
Dinner:
Simon & the Whale
Gramercy Tavern Dining Room
701 West
Benno
The Fulton
Maialino

Late Supper:
Lamalo

Lunch:
P.J. Clarke’s – Third Avenue
Eleven Madison Park
Paul & Jimmy’s
Baodega
Simon & the Whale

New Jersey
Dinner: Casablanca

Lunch: Zinburger

Dining Out: January – April 2019

May 3, 2019

(As I noted in my last Dining Out post, health issues I’ve been dealing with forced us to cut back on dining out. Happily, in February, we were able to resume going out to eat. For this Dining Out report, I’ve changed from three months to four.)

Il Nido Ristorante

January
New York City
Lunch:
Union Square Café

February
New York City
Lunch:
The Modern Dining Room

New Jersey
Lunch:
Pete & Elda’s
Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick
Casablanca

March
New York City
Dinner:
Simon & the Whale
Empellon Al Pastor
Paul Liebrandt at the Chefs Club
The NoMad Bar Sunday Roast

Lunch:
Covina (Brunch Menu)

New Jersey
Dinner:
Anemos
Il Nido
Nettie’s House of Spaghetti
Heirloom Kitchen
Rumson House

Lunch:
Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick
Namli Mediterranean & Turkish Cuisine
Salsa Latina

April
New York City
Dinner:
Simon & the Whale
Le Coucou
Maialino
Crown Shy
Gabriel Kreuther
Kellari Taverna
Union Square Café
Oceana (Passover)
Café Boulud (Passover)
Lattanzi

Lunch:
Blue Smoke
Café Boulud
Augustine
Kish-Kash
Seamore’s
Del Posto
Great Northern Food Hall: The Bar

New Jersey
Dinner:
Le Rendez-Vous Bistro

Lunch:
Shore Fresh Seafood

All the photo sets can be seen on my Flickr here.

Dining Out: July – September 2018

October 23, 2018

Gabriel Kreuther

July
New York City
Supper:
Dog & Bone

New Jersey
Lunch:
Chez Catherine
Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick

August
New York City
Dinner:
Maialino
Gramercy Tavern Dining Room
Cognac East Brasserie

Lunch:
Rotisserie Georgette
Studio at the Freehand Hotel
The Modern Dining Room
The Modern Bar Room

Late Supper:
Saju Bistro

New Jersey
Dinner:
Anemos Greek Restaurant
Le Rendez-Vous Bistro

Lunch:
McDonough’s Pub
SamVera – 2
Pete & Elda’s
Siam Thai
The Frog & the Peach
El Meson
Galata Turkish & Mediterranean Restaurant

September
New York City
Dinner:
La Mercerie
Le Coq Rico
Majorelle
Paul & Jimmy’s
Tocqueville (Rosh Hashanah)
Gramercy Tavern Dining Room
I Trulli
Gotham Bar & Grill
Union Square Café
Turkish Kitchen

Lunch:
Union Square Café
Eros Greek Restaurant
Simon & the Whale
Covina
Gabriel Kreuther
Eleven Madison Park
Luke’s Lobster
Rotisserie Georgette
The Modern Dining Room
The Clocktower
Burgers & Lobster

New Jersey
Lunch:
El Meson
Pete & Elda’s
SamVera
Jersey Shore BBQ East Brunswick

Dining Out: April – June 2018

July 9, 2018

The Modern Dining Room

April
New York City
Dinner:
Thimee Table
Cote Korean Steakhouse

Lunch:
Eleven Madison Park

Late Supper:
Bar Boulud

New Jersey
Dinner:
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro

Lunch:
Old Bukhara

May
New York City
Dinner:
Frenchette
Trattoria Italienne
Dog & Bone
Maialino

Lunch:
Made Nice
The Modern Dining Room
Covina

Brunch:
Trattoria Italienne

New Jersey
Lunch:
Pete & Elda’s

June
New York City
Dinner:
Augustine
Tivoli Diner
Leonelli Taberna
The Clocktower
Trattoria Italienne

Lunch:
Eleven Madison Park
Simon & the Whale
Marta
Covina
Benoit
Dog & Bone

Brunch:
Trattoria Italienne

Late Supper:
Boucherie Gramercy
Lincoln
Tivoli Diner

New Jersey
Dinner:
SamVera
El Meson

Lunch:
Chez Catherine (50th Anniversary)
Jersey Shore BBQ
El Meson

Dining Out: January – March 2018

April 3, 2018

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January
New York City
Dinner:
Union Square Café
Majorelle
Augustine
Eleven Madison Park (Michael’s Birthday)
The Clocktower

Lunch:
Dog & Bone
Studio at the Freehand Hotel
Le Coq Rico
Aquavit
Tsuru Ton Tan (Michael’s Birthday)

Brunch:
Made Nice

Late Supper:
Sarge’s Deli

New Jersey
Lunch:
Chez Catherine

February
New York City
Dinner:
Scampi
Simon & the Whale
Quality Eats

Lunch:
Studio at the Freehand Hotel – 2
Merakia

Late Supper:
Marseille

Delivery:
Sarge’s Deli

New Jersey
Lunch:
Jersey Shore BBQ

March
New York City
Dinner:
Le Coq Rico
The Lobster Club
The NoMad Bar Fondue
Boucherie Gramercy
The Grill
Café Boulud (Passover Menu)
Rotisserie Georgette (Passover Menu)

Lunch:
Maysville
Eleven Madison Park
La Vera Pizzeria
Farmer & the Fish

Brunch:
Tivoli Café
Covina

Late Supper:
Oceana

New Jersey
Dinner:
Old Bukhara

Lunch:
Bulbap Grill

Dining Out: July – September 2017

October 7, 2017

Chez Catherine

July
New York City
Dinner:
Upland
Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse
Café Boulud
Fusco
Majorelle
The Pool

Lunch:
Empellon
ilili
Union Square Café

The Hamptons
Dinner:
EMP Summer House – 2

Lunch:
Jean Georges at Topping Rose House – 2

Breakfast:
Jean Georges at Topping Rose House – 2

August
New York City
Dinner:
italienne
Majorelle
The Grill
Eros Greek Restaurant
Gotham Bar & Grill

Lunch:
Covina
NoMad
The Modern Dining Room

Late Supper:
Lincoln

The Hamptons
Dinner:
EMP Summer House – 2

Lunch:
Jean Georges at Topping Rose House – 2

Breakfast
Jean Georges at Topping Rose House – 2

New Jersey
Dinner:
Anton’s at the Swan
Fromagerie
Stamna Greek Taverna

Lunch:
Chez Catherine – 2
Mistral

September
New York City
Dinner:
italienne
Majorelle
Vaucluse
Eros Greek Restaurant
Blue Smoke
Paul & Jimmy’s
Gramercy Tavern Dining Room (Rosh Hashanah)
Tocqueville (Rosh Hashanah)
ilili
Cherche Midi
italienne at the James Beard House
Ortzi

Lunch:
Made Nice
Gabriel Kreuther
Red Hook Lobster Pound (at Madison Square Eats)
Maialino
Local Leaf

Brunch:
Sarge’s Deli

New Jersey
Dinner:
Heirloom Kitchen

5-Day Birthday Dining Extravaganza! (Part 2): betony (Closed)

November 3, 2016

betony

When we were putting together my birthday dining itinerary, we were shocked to realize that we hadn’t been to betony since last Thanksgiving! How could that be?! Well, there were mitigating circumstances which I won’t go into here. In any case, it was imperative to rectify that state of affairs ASAP! Ergo, we went to betony on Friday evening for the first of our celebratory dinners.

Upon our arrival, we were immediately shown to “our” table, and G.M. Eamon Rockey quickly came by to welcome us back. After we chatted with him for a while, he asked what kind of beverages we’d like to start with. I requested lemonade (it was house made, of course!) while Michael asked him for a cocktail suggestion. In reply to Eamon’s question about liquor preference, Michael said rye and was very pleased with this cocktail dubbed Flannel Tea.

Flannel Tea

We’d looked at the menu on betony’s website, decided to do the four-course prix-fixe, and knew which dishes appealed to us. Checking the printed menu, we noted it accurately comported with the one on-line. I did inquire about the differences between the hot and cold foie gras since there are never any hints on the menu.

We missed seeing Executive Chef Bryce Shuman who was off that evening having some well-deserved time with his family; however, Chef de Cuisine Jack Logue took extraordinarily good care of us! After coming out to greet us, he came out not once but twice during the meal to personally serve us two complimentary courses! Plus, at the end of the meal, there was an extra dessert! Can you come up with a better definition for “extraordinarily good care”? I didn’t think so.

This nosh is the first thing that always arrives.

Crisps

Crisps

There is always an amuse, followed by a parade of hors d’oeuvres and bread service.

Amuse

Amuse: Tea

Hors d'Oeuvre

Scallion, Roe

Hors d'Oeuvre

Beets, Nuts

Hors d'Oeuvre

Spicy Carrot Roll

Hors d'Oeuvre

Black Trumpet Mushroom Chip

Hors d'Oeuvre

Matcha Marshmallow

House Made Roll

House Made Roll

For the main meal, Michael decided to have just one glass of wine.

Beaune Les Longes

My First Course:

Heirloom Radishes

Heirloom Radishes, Buttermilk, Caraway

Michael’s First Course:

'Nduja

‘Nduja, Celery, Ciabatta

Complimentary Course No. 1:

Millet

Millet

My Second Course:

Foie Gras

Foie Gras Marinated in Calvados, Apples

Michael’s Second Course:

Squid Noodles

Squid Noodles, Fluke, Seaweed

Complimentary Course No. 2:

White Truffles

White Truffles, Miatake Mushrooms, Mushroom Broth

We both had the same main course:

Poached Sea Bass

Poached Sea Bass, Onion, Watercress

Pre-Dessert:

Pre-Dessert

Pomegranate and Coconut

My Dessert:

Celery

Celery, Figs, Burrata

Michael’s Dessert:

Ice Cream

Vanilla, Coconut, Burrata

Complimentary Dessert:

Grapes

Grapes, Cinnamon, Buckwheat

To describe every dish as perfectly prepared and delicious is to state the obvious. I do have to be honest and admit that because I don’t like tea, I didn’t care for the amuse. But a minor detail to be sure. I must mention that during our absence, Mina Pizarro was hired to fill the position of Executive Pastry Chef which became vacant when Rebecca Isbell left. However, Mina was hardly new to us as we’d enjoyed her desserts at Veritas, SHO Shaun Hergatt, and Juni (all of them now closed).

This experience is indicative of why we always love dining at betony. It truly deserves its reputation as one of the city’s best restaurants.

To view the entire photo set of this dinner on my Flickr, click here.

5-Day Birthday Dining Extravaganza (Part 1): Pippali and Covina

October 31, 2016

Many people complain about another birthday coming along. But that would definitely not be me! I’m totally grateful to have had another one and for Michael and me to still have good health that allows us to celebrate in the style to which we’ve become accustomed. This year, that was a 5-day dining extravaganza (with a show thrown in for good measure). It would be way too much to cover in a single report, so this is the first in what will be a series of posts. Hopefully, you will stick around to read them all.

We arrived in the city Thursday evening around 8:30 p.m., parked the car in the garage in our building (couldn’t find appropriate street parking), put our stuff away, and then went out to dinner. On these evening arrivals, we usually go to a place that’s casual and within walking distance. But before continuing, I must digress…

I’ve come to the point in my life when restaurants’ noise levels are of major importance to me. While delicious food remains a top priority, no matter how delicious it might be, if a restaurant’s noise level is hideously high, there’s no way I’m going there (end of digression).

Our pick on Thursday evening was Pippali, an Indian restaurant located in what is known as “Curry Hill,” the stretch on Lex in the mid- to upper 20’s. We’d been there a couple of times before, so no problems with the noise level. And the food is quite tasty.

The meal began with pappadum and dips. Michael drank Pellegrino; I had a mango lassi.

Here’s what we ate:

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka

Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Adraki Chaampen

Lamb Chops

Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

Onion Naan

Onion Naan

No dessert because Indian desserts rarely appeal. We took home leftover chicken, fritters, rice, and naan.

*****

Friday’s weather was rainy and raw. Since we were going upscale for dinner, we wanted someplace very casual for lunch — and close by. We chose Covina, which opened on 27th St., off Lex, at the beginning of this year. (It’s right next door to Pippali and across the street from I Trulli and Blue Smoke.) We’d had dinner there twice. While the food was very good, I found the noise level a bit too uncomfortable and seating rather cramped. But I wasn’t ready to totally give up on it and here’s why. They were going to eventually add lunch service. And what I’ve often found is that restaurants that are extremely noisy in the evening can be much quieter during lunch. So, I kept checking Covina’s website and discovered that morning that they had begun serving lunch. When we arrived around 1:30 p.m., there was just one other table occupied. Even with music playing — happily, at a modest level – it was quite peaceful.

To start, we chose from the “share” section of the menu.

Covina Hummus

Covina Hummus

Warm Sprouted Chickpeas, Lebanese Olive Oil, Cumin, Seasonal Crudité, Pita

The hummus was superb, the veggies were nice and crunch, and the pita was tasty albeit a bit too charred in spots.

Next, we shared this:

Wood Grilled Covina Burger

Wood Grilled Covina Burger

Wagyu and Ground Chuck Red Onion, American Cheese, Dashi Pickles, Special Sauce, and Fries

We always share sizable burgers. This one was excellent. Cooked exactly to our medium-rare specification, it was very flavorful and juicy. Great pickles and tasty sauce. The fries were crispy perfect.

I didn’t really want dessert, but Michael wanted sorbet, so I helped him out.

Vanilla Pear Sorbet

Vanilla Pear Sorbet

*****

Around 5 p.m., we took the car out of the garage as we always do on Fridays because there is free street parking near our apartment on weekends. But now, here’s the thing. The Jewish holidays of Schemini Azeret and Simchat Torah took place on Monday and Tuesday which meant alternate side parking rules were suspended for those two days. So, if we could find an alternate side space, we would have free parking until we returned to New Jersey Tuesday evening. Luckily, we found one! A very nice birthday present from the parking gods!

Time to get ready to go out to dinner. Where did we go? Stay tuned for the next installment to find out!

To see the full photo set of Pippali, click here.
To see the full photo set of Covina, click here.

Dining Out: July – September 2016

October 1, 2016

King

July
New York City
Dinner:
Anisette
Gabriel Kreuther
Le Coucou
Maialino
Dock’s Oyster Bar

Lunch:
Le Coq Rico
Luke’s Lobster
Eleven Madison Park

Brunch:
Blue Smoke

Late Supper:
PN Wood Fired Pizza

August
New York City
Dinner:
NoMad
Le Coucou
Pondicherri Café

Lunch:
Upland
Eleven Madison Park
Ruby’s

Late Supper:
Ulivo

Sweets:
Shake Shack
Lady M Cake Boutique

New Jersey
Dinner:
Restaurant Nicholas
The Frog and the Peach
Elements
Mistral
Lunch:
Chez Catherine

Sweets:
The Bent Spoon

September
New York City
Dinner:
Maialino
King
Paowalla
Vaucluse
BLT Prime

Lunch:
Red Hook Lobster Pound @ Madison Square Eats
Ruby’s
Eleven Madison Park

Sweets:
Ice & Vice @ Madison Square Eats

Delivery:
Sarge’s

New Jersey
Dinner:
Sawan Indian Cuisine