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by Robert Dentice
August 17th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

Went to Tori Shin last night and although good it was not what it once was and nowhere near at the same very high level as a meal last week at Secchu Yokota. I am not surprised they lost their star.
by Robert Dentice
August 14th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 608
Views: 62782

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

In all due respect this is so sad. Do you realize how low profit margins are in the restaurant business and what the average kitchen staff earns? I dont understand. What does that have to do with giving misinformation to customers? I agree the restaurant business is struggling. But won't a fair cor...
by Robert Dentice
August 14th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 608
Views: 62782

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

I noticed a lot of restaurants are not consistent with their fees. I started recording my calls when getting quoted for fees so I don't get screwed over later. In all due respect this is so sad. Do you realize how low profit margins are in the restaurant business and what the average kitchen staff ...
by Robert Dentice
August 14th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 608
Views: 62782

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

The Fat Radish. Was quoted $25/750 and $35/sparkling on the phone... no discount for halves... later learned were charged $40 per 750 I noticed a lot of restaurants are not consistent with their fees. I started recording my calls when getting quoted for fees so I don't get screwed over later. In al...
by Robert Dentice
August 11th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44423

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Lovely Japanese breakfast at Konbi:



And not to sound like a broken record but another great overall meal at Majordomo.
by Robert Dentice
August 9th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44423

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Also, in the Las Vegas thread, I learned that you can have wine delivered to your hotel? Is that also possible in LA? And you can take that to a BYOB (I am all new to this...)? Any input will be highly appreciated! Yes. I use Wine House for this but mostly because of their German selection. I am su...
by Robert Dentice
August 7th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Looks like Maison Sota is opening September 10th and now taking reservations.

Chef Sota was formerly the Chef of Clown Bar.

Can't wait to go.
by Robert Dentice
August 6th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 15510

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I did take Robert's advice. Though State Bird was booked. I had to ask a few of my friends in the biz in Bay Area to request a reservation for me. So, we are there Friday night! Nopa on Saturday, which remains a favorite. Thanks for the tips Robert and for the seconding, Todd. Fantastic! Hope you e...
by Robert Dentice
August 4th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB - Older Schäfer-Fröhlich and other GGs
Replies: 1
Views: 237

WTB - Older Schäfer-Fröhlich and other GGs

Looking to buy 2013 and older Schäfer-Fröhlich GGs. Also interested in 2008 and older GGs from other producers.

I know its a long shot....
by Robert Dentice
August 3rd, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

My wife and I will be in New York for a semi-impromptu one night trip in two weeks. Too late to get reservations at the big name places but we're really not looking for a pricey multi-course extravaganza. We're really just looking for a good dinner and a nice night out. Any suggestions, preferably ...
by Robert Dentice
August 1st, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 1617

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Danny Meyers net worth is estimated to be $400mm. Chef Thomas Keller is estimated to be $30mm. I have no idea what happened but my guess is that Will wanted to follow the trend of what is working in the restaurant world today which is higher volume, lower cost and not fine dining. The reason why Da...
by Robert Dentice
July 31st, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 1617

Re: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split

Danny Meyers net worth is estimated to be $400mm. Chef Thomas Keller is estimated to be $30mm. I have no idea what happened but my guess is that Will wanted to follow the trend of what is working in the restaurant world today which is higher volume, lower cost and not fine dining. The reason why Dan...
by Robert Dentice
July 31st, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Owners of eleven Madison Park To Split
Replies: 33
Views: 1617

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 Robert Dentice
July 30th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 15510

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Is State Bird still an online res at midnight thirty days before dining? Not sure about the reservation system. I do know they continue to hold a decent amount of seats for walk-ins and if you get there 15 minutes or so before they open you will most likely get seated. And if for some reason you do...
by Robert Dentice
July 29th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 15510

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I did take Robert's advice. Though State Bird was booked. I had to ask a few of my friends in the biz in Bay Area to request a reservation for me. So, we are there Friday night! Nopa on Saturday, which remains a favorite. Thanks for the tips Robert and for the seconding, Todd. Fantastic! Hope you e...
by Robert Dentice
July 28th, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 78
Views: 3780

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Lars Carlberg wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 4:55 am
Thanks for posting the photo.
I feel for all of you!! Such difficult decision to make all of the time...
by Robert Dentice
July 28th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 78
Views: 3780

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

I loaded up on Willi Schaefer. Did some damage on Selbach O. Lars, thanks for reminding me to look for some AJ Adam. Adam was by far the best wines at the Theise tasting. They picked much earlier than others and they nailed it. One thing many probably don't realize is that small estates like Andrea...
by Robert Dentice
July 28th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 78
Views: 3780

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

neener neener A quick follow-up to my previous post, we got some much-needed rain. It now stopped. I hope it rains some more but not too much at once. On Instagram, a grower with vines in Valwig posted a photo that shows significant damage to the young grape bunches from the recent heatwave. The dam...
by Robert Dentice
July 27th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

Was there Thursday for the Smyth collaboration. Both chef's dishes were excellent. I thought the room was nothing special. Service was very good. Did you BYO the sake? I didn't see it on the list. George They were serving the Sake as part of the wine pairing with the Tofu dish. I asked about it and...
by Robert Dentice
July 27th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

Another great meal at Contra

by Robert Dentice
July 26th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

Went to Cagen to try the new format. They are essentially in a soft open mode and experimenting with many new dishes and the overall format. Chef looked so happy and was really enjoying the reaction and discussion of his new dishes. A few of the highlights were a fish prepared in a way that made it ...
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 78
Views: 3780

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

And just my opinion (after tasting German vintages on release for 20+ years), but I think it needs until October (so a year post harvest) for a vintage to sort itself out. I normally taste a large number of wines in June (including Dönnhoff), and find them to almost invariably be more approachable ...
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

Also concerned to hear about Cagen. They turned me on to flying fish, and I appreciated that they served fish that were not commonly found in the states. I think there are too many high end Sushi restaurants. For what it is worth I thought Cagen was the best especially comparing it to ones that are...
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 15510

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Jeff Leve wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Robert... Your pictures are amazing! Both places look great. It's just for 2 of us. I checked out the menu at Angler, and no prices were listed. What is the cost of an average meal?
Angler is very expensive. I personally love the The Progress and State Bird much more.
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 15510

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Todd... A lot of the posts are older and things change. So I was looking for up-to-date tips as I know zero about the city. State Bird and The Progress are both still outstanding and have very reasonable corkage. Reservations are required. The Progress is better for small to large groups because th...
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

I don't blame the organizers of these trips for not detailing what they mean by 'visit with Guillaume d Angertown' but then if one is going to fork over $5500 one would like to know. Taste a vertical of a vineyard...sign me up...taste current vintages...not so excited. The trip I went on was billed...
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Mosel for a Riesling Newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Mosel for a Riesling Newbie

Madhu R wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Thanks for all the replies. Ok, the trip is ON then. I've armed myself with the guide referenced above, and some older trip reports.
Please enjoy and report back!
by Robert Dentice
July 25th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2121
Views: 123284

Re: New York City Restaurants

Thank for the write up on Oxalis. Suzy and I in NYC this weekend. Any new places we should hit lower east side / east village on our walking tour? I wrote down all the Brooklyn spots you guys mentioned. Probably try to hit the bar at Momofuku Ko for late lunch at the least. Cagen has changed format...
by Robert Dentice
July 24th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Mosel for a Riesling Newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Mosel for a Riesling Newbie

I would highly recommend it. You can get a good sense for the region in just one day.

This should be all you need:

http://www.moselfinewines.com/mosel-vis ... e-2019.php
by Robert Dentice
July 21st, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best review site
Replies: 33
Views: 2150

Re: Best review site

Vinous is by far the best for what you want.
by Robert Dentice
July 19th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

I think for a relative novice to Burgandy this might be a great option if you can afford the tariff of $5,500. I certainly can and do arrange better for a lot less, but it may be a hassle free trip worth it for many. If they still do them I would rather do the Becky Wasserman seminar. Slightly more...
by Robert Dentice
July 19th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Oh yeah, lots of options! We may try Rigmarole or Shu, both look interesting. I also want to try Cezembre which is in our neighborhood, and may try to get in at Septime when reservation time comes around. Definitely Freddy's on our first night when an earlier to bed crash is probably inevitable. We...
by Robert Dentice
July 19th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8045

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Two of my favorite wines! I opened a Lake for Klaus-Peter Keller when he came to NYC for Rieslingfeier.
by Robert Dentice
July 18th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Oh yeah, lots of options! We may try Rigmarole or Shu, both look interesting. I also want to try Cezembre which is in our neighborhood, and may try to get in at Septime when reservation time comes around. Definitely Freddy's on our first night when an earlier to bed crash is probably inevitable. We...
by Robert Dentice
July 18th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

I think for a relative novice to Burgandy this might be a great option if you can afford the tariff of $5,500. I certainly can and do arrange better for a lot less, but it may be a hassle free trip worth it for many. If they still do them I would rather do the Becky Wasserman seminar. Slightly more...
by Robert Dentice
July 18th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

I did one of these Amex events and it was horrible. Amex outsources everything and it was a terrible experience and nothing like what was described.
by Robert Dentice
July 18th, 2019, 3:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016
Replies: 196
Views: 15510

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

Another great meal at State Bird:

by Robert Dentice
July 18th, 2019, 3:13 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

I would like to bump this thread, as I was strongly considering Saturne for our trip to Paris/Burgundy in late September-early October. Their website states that they will be closing August 10th but will be reopening September 3rd. However, their online booking calendar only goes to August 9 and sh...
by Robert Dentice
July 17th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44423

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Quick weekend in LA Majordomo - Best meal out of approximately 10. A new Salmon Donburi dish is excellent. I rolled up at 8:30 on Saturday night with 7 people, several wines and no reservation. And they made it work. Food and service was excellent. They really appreciate regulars and people who are ...
by Robert Dentice
July 16th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13586

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

FYI, a reliable source has told me that Michelin, which bought a minority interest in WA a couple of years ago, recently bought the controlling interest from the original Chinese investors who bought out Parker, and has a new plan for the future of WA. Here's what I found out - copy/pasted from the...
by Robert Dentice
July 9th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller
Replies: 55
Views: 2352

Re: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller

Russell Faulkner wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 10:35 am
I don’t think a GG will go to auction at the Grosser Ring during at least the current presidency.
Don't tell me Trump is also against GGs!
by Robert Dentice
July 9th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller
Replies: 55
Views: 2352

Re: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller

Lets hope the wine does not ferment all the way to dryness :) A dry GG will go for crazy prices at the auction. Not sure what a Egon Muller Feinherb would sell for but surely a lot less than a GG.
by Robert Dentice
July 9th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller
Replies: 55
Views: 2352

Re: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller

Back at home in NYC with my books. Brook quoted Mueller as saying that botrytis grapes went into the Kabi and spat in 89, 97 and 99 because it rained at the end of harvest and “the grapes had lost concentration and acidity by the time they were picked”. I’ve had the latter two of those wines. Reinh...
by Robert Dentice
July 9th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 871
Views: 44423

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Hi heading down to LA for a few days- Have dinners lined up at Felix and majordomo These looks byo friendly But we love pastries and are a little spoiled by the SF bakery scene (arsicault [worship.gif] ) Best bakery in LA?!? Well probably not what you want to here coming from SF but Tartine is pret...
by Robert Dentice
July 8th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs
Replies: 38
Views: 1670

Re: Paris 3 Star Michelin Lunch recs

Honestly it seems you want the 3 star experience so just pick one that looks appealing. The 3 star experience is relatively the same in Paris. You have 9 to chose from. I personally like Pierre Gagnaire.
by Robert Dentice
July 7th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller
Replies: 55
Views: 2352

Re: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller

Some interesting comments regarding the Egon Müller Kabinett. I doubt very much they use declassified grapes with botrytis. I recall Mr. Müller talking on a panel discussion focused on classic Kabinetts saying the irony of this class is that it actually takes more work and expense to make a Kabinett...
by Robert Dentice
July 4th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13586

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

My newsletter from 4/29/2010 is apropos: https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/newsletter/4-29-2010.htm During my personal wine evolution over the past decade, I have been a very active participant on a number of wine bulletin boards. In fact this is what led me to create CellarTracker as I saw oth...
by Robert Dentice
July 4th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

Made a very last second decision to go to Paris this past Saturday. Arrived Sunday just as the weather cooled. Had no time to prepare and make reservations so went mostly to old haunts with a few new ones. Sunday Late Lunch - Clamato very good as always. Followed by Cave Septime and Yard Monday Lunc...
by Robert Dentice
June 27th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

It has historically been near impossible to reserve. I had a friend who would have another friend who knew the Chef go to the restaurant to make a reservation. Has this changed? We're going to try to book L'Abri for late September. Unfortunately currently I have no idea how to do so as I've never b...
by Robert Dentice
June 24th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 174
Views: 12166

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

I've yet to go there myself but all my drinking buddies rave about this place: L'Abri in the 10th district. Diner menu is 60€. Food is apparently great. From what I've seen, the wine list ain't shabby either. They recently got their first Michelin star so be warned to book well ahead of time. Alain...

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