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by WvanGorp
December 2nd, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

I’ve concluded there are distinct periods when a restaurant is really special but those periods don’t last forever. I won’t repeat my post above where I relate a huge falling off in the quality and vibe at Marea but apparently Michelin agrees. Tellingly I live upstairs and used to go there all the ...
by WvanGorp
December 1st, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: La Liste - 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: La Liste - 2019

Much better list than the (ridiculous) Pellegrino top 50 list. Had a stupendous meal at La Vague d’Or in St Tropez this summer. I see it’s #11. Love so many on the list including Dal Pescatore. De Librije is also strong and I had a wonderful meal there last week. I like this list.
by WvanGorp
November 30th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 155
Views: 11687

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Maybe it’s me but I’ve never had a great meal at l’Atelier Vegas. The greatest insult was when the captain referred to canalè as candelabra. Sorta says it all. And he wasn’t trying to make a joke either. He was ignorant.
by WvanGorp
November 30th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

I’ve concluded there are distinct periods when a restaurant is really special but those periods don’t last forever. I won’t repeat my post above where I relate a huge falling off in the quality and vibe at Marea but apparently Michelin agrees. Tellingly I live upstairs and used to go there all the t...
by WvanGorp
October 28th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

I agree with Robert. Atomix hands down.
by WvanGorp
October 21st, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

Another surprise Marea lost a star. Yeah - I didn't want to bring that up. They can have negative ten stars, and I'll still go there once a week. Wonder why Marea lost a star. The biggest surprise is The Four Horseman getting a star. I love it and go often. Nevertheless it is still surprising. Bigg...
by WvanGorp
October 20th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3886

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Michel Abood and I once had a La Tâche with a pizza. Remember that, Michel?
by WvanGorp
October 4th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

I LOVE The Grill. And Brittany, the maitre ‘d, is among the best in the business.
by WvanGorp
September 14th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?
Replies: 21
Views: 2582

Re: If you were going to buy a grill today what would you buy?

regarding the link to the Kalamazoo grill posted above...

I have the Kalamazoo hybrid grill and love it.
by WvanGorp
August 28th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

Count me as a huge fan of Wayan. Maybe it was an off night. I’d recommend trying it again. Normally it’s great.
by WvanGorp
August 24th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC restaurants that wont break the bank...
Replies: 32
Views: 2020

Re: NYC restaurants that wont break the bank...

Cheche Midi closed. Dead as a door nail.
by WvanGorp
August 16th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Saul I think your observations reflect a high level of intelligence and business acumen.
by WvanGorp
August 15th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

Shun is extraordinary.
by WvanGorp
August 15th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Absolutely Nick. We agree.
by WvanGorp
August 14th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Nick, Daniel has a FOH “companion.” But that doesn’t mean he has to make them an owner. You don’t think for a minute that Daniel, as ambitious and exacting as he is, would let that slip do you?
by WvanGorp
August 2nd, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -Humm.html

Worst kept secret in the restaurant world but it’s now out.
by WvanGorp
July 31st, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

You guys are assuming Daniel doesn’t have knowledge and sensitivity to FOH issues or hospitality. I believe that’s in error. I adore Will and regard him as a good friend. But who had the idea of the card trick? Will. Who had the idea of the one word menu cards? Will. There are other examples. For al...
by WvanGorp
July 31st, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

When Daniel first came to NY he barely spoke English. (The reason they named their company make it nice is that’s about all he knew to say in English when he arrived). Also he didn’t know American culture well. He was ambitious. To achieve his goals he needed someone who could help him speak and he...
by WvanGorp
July 31st, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

When Daniel first came to NY he barely spoke English. (The reason they named their company make it nice is that’s about all he knew to say in English when he arrived). Also he didn’t know American culture well. He was ambitious. To achieve his goals he needed someone who could help him speak and hel...
by WvanGorp
July 30th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 3725

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

It was destined to happen.
by WvanGorp
July 29th, 2019, 3:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

My fav restaurant in nyc: Atomix.
by WvanGorp
July 12th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21318

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Parker was brilliant to close his board to non-subscribers and to have Squires run the board like a tyrant. I mean, it sucked for those of us who were non-subscribers or didn't line up with his wine preferences, but the dude sold his company for $15M by positioning himself as the supreme arbiter of...
by WvanGorp
July 9th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 51
Views: 4801

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Personally I prefer Epicure at the Bristol or Le Cinq.
by WvanGorp
July 3rd, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21318

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

It was technically Mark’s board but RMP called all the shots.
by WvanGorp
June 18th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36329

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I like Chengdu Impression for Chinese in Chicago. MingHin also.
by WvanGorp
May 27th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8102

Re: Robert Parker retires

It seems modern winos think that prior to 1978, wine was made by nomadic Cro-Magnons who roamed the countryside each fall placing whole clusters of grapes into their goat bladder containers, mashing the contents, and then leaving them in the cave until the next spring. Have you people tried any PP ...
by WvanGorp
May 21st, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

Jay Miller wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 7:12 am
This is the first I'm hearing about Manhatta. No previous notes on this thread. The views look fantastic (checking the website), how is the food?
Good enough. It’s more of a view place but the food is fine.
by WvanGorp
May 19th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

I would suspect the firework views would be incredible from Manhatta.
by WvanGorp
April 30th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 2405

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 11:09 am
An Amish chicken, with lots of bells and whistles (foie gras, truffles etc) that we found bland. B for the chicken, A- for the build up.
Was that at EMP as well? I only remember it at NoMad.
Same here. Only remember that chicken you describe at NoMad not EMP.
by WvanGorp
April 23rd, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 2671

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

Thanks Don that would be great.
by WvanGorp
April 23rd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 2671

Re: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

Thank you!!
by WvanGorp
April 23rd, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune
Replies: 32
Views: 2671

Best wine stores in Paris and Beaune

Folks

I'm heading to France soon; what are the best wine stores in Paris and also Beaune. Focus is on Burgundy but somewhat prefer Paris as I'll have more time there.

Recommendations please?

Thanks!

Wilfred

PS I did a search (mostly in the travel form and didn't turn up a lot of results).
by WvanGorp
April 10th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Steak butcher in Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 824

Re: Best Steak butcher in Chicago

IMHO the only game in town is Eataly. The others are interesting and despite credentials I’ve never had a mind blowing steak from PQM—always disappointed. Paulina is great for sausages and they are real butchers but their meat is Choice. So for me it’s Eataly or ordering via fed ex.
by WvanGorp
April 7th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

The more I go to Manhattan ( a lot ) , the more I favor these trendy int’l restaurants . It’s a style ( Japanese , American , French , Korean , Italian , Indian you name it ) . So much fun . Much more interesting than the 2 and 3 starred ones who imho are too fancy , a bit boring and under deliveri...
by WvanGorp
March 19th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 30
Views: 2405

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

More enjoyable in those days!
by WvanGorp
March 13th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 75
Views: 5414

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

I went to the gala dinner at La Paulee a number of years ago. It just wasn’t for me and I haven’t returned. In a way I felt the orgy of great wines kind of disrespected the wine (not to mention Rudy with a jeroboam of what was presented as RC). After attending that event I said to myself give me a n...
by WvanGorp
March 9th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

Glenn I love Porter House and would urge you to give it another shot when it’s you and one or two or three other people. Michael Lomonaco IMHO is one of the most talented under the radar chefs in nyc. The wine list is an embarrassment though in that it’s so oriented to expense account diners and the...
by WvanGorp
March 9th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2575

Re: WSJ wine article

Julian Marshall wrote:
March 9th, 2019, 9:18 am
I'm not a WS subscriber, but I don't miss the one-size-fits-all era at all. It worked fine in the 80s, but we will be drinking the consequences of that particular hegemony for many years to come. The more the merrier, however cacophonous it can seem at times.
Yes! This!!!
by WvanGorp
March 5th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36329

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

I read the full accounting on Medium before the emails between Alinea and Cat Cora were removed due to Medium's policy about publishing emails without permission. Cat Cora was 100% wrong. She asked Alinea for a reservation on Friday shortly before arriving in Chicago. Alinea gave her one of the tab...
by WvanGorp
February 5th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 1361

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

The one time I went my dining companion commented “why is everyone drinking cocktails and not wine?” 😳🤪
by WvanGorp
January 31st, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?
Replies: 27
Views: 1361

Re: Frenchette NYC - anyone BYO?

Hope you enjoy natural wines.
by WvanGorp
January 6th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Prime beef in NYC?
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: Prime beef in NYC?

LaFreida. Of course Lobels. Master Purveyors in the Bronx (look also at the restaurants that buy from them). A “poor man’s Lobels” is Florence meat market in the Village.
by WvanGorp
December 27th, 2018, 5:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Non fancy italian reco nyc?
Replies: 28
Views: 1775

Re: Non fancy italian reco nyc?

Carmine’s. Total red sauce joint. UWS location less touristy. Not in the class of Marta but as stated above Marta is by no means what you asked for but it is excellent.
by WvanGorp
December 23rd, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 660
Views: 36329

Re: Chicago Restaurant Thread

Loved the food last time I was at Everest. It was that night when we asked for more La Tâche the server replied: “oh more of the pinot? Sure.”
by WvanGorp
December 23rd, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 3451

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Your relationship is with the retailer not the producer. You apparently have a hard time accepting that. It appears you’re nursing your wounds that the producer is not apologizing and responding but, again, you did not deal with them in purchasing it. If I may be candid—you seem to have your mind ma...
by WvanGorp
December 2nd, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 7505

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

Someone above mentioned Gabriel Kreuther. They have a private room and I’m sure you could work something out with them.

Hi Jason—we sat next to each other at a wine dinner in the Village a few years ago.

I’d be interested in attending.
by WvanGorp
December 1st, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 7505

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

Vaucluse is the winner on this list. None of the others even come close imho.

Sounds like a fun evening!
by WvanGorp
November 6th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142053

Re: New York City Restaurants

Herwig Janssen wrote:
November 6th, 2018, 12:57 am
Hi Wilfred , what would be your top 5 of Manhattan restaurants ? ( maybe we could go there together.. ) Hope you are well .
Done. Sent you a private list. Let’s go together soon to at least two of them.

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