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#2651 Post by Robert Dentice »

Bdklein wrote: July 19th, 2021, 5:49 pm Any thoughts/experience/etc. on Le Bilboquet???
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#2652 Post by Bdklein »

Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
Kosher delis and Asian restaurants.
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#2653 Post by Victor Hong »

Bdklein wrote: July 20th, 2021, 10:04 am
Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
Kosher delis and Asian restaurants.
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#2654 Post by Michael Sopher »

Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
X-Mas day a lot will be open. X-mas eve it really is mostly Asian places and they are busy.

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#2655 Post by Robert Dentice »

Michael Sopher wrote: July 20th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
X-Mas day a lot will be open. X-mas eve it really is mostly Asian places and they are busy.
Balthazar is open and given the limited choices is a good option if you don't want to do a Chinese restaurant. I would probably do Wu's Wonton King if they are open.

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#2656 Post by J a y H a c k »

Michael Sopher wrote: July 20th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
X-Mas day a lot will be open. X-mas eve it really is mostly Asian places and they are busy.
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And then party at Matzoh Balls.
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#2658 Post by Ramon C »

Michael Sopher wrote: July 20th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
X-Mas day a lot will be open. X-mas eve it really is mostly Asian places and they are busy.
+1. We've never had issues with choices on what's open for Christmas Day. Use the great suggestions here with contributions by those who know: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=95495

It's Christmas Eve where Chinese and Japanese (which we almost always end up doing) restaurants are the ones that are open.
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#2659 Post by Barry L i p t o n »

Got a reservation at Via Carota, corkage is now $75. Since they have some interesting reds under $100, I might do that (or bring a wine that makes the fee worth it).

I haven’t had an ArPePe Valentina Rosso, they have the 2018 for $82. Any comments on that or other sub $100 bottles from this list? https://www.viacarota.com/menu

Normally would just bring a top tier wine but would be wasted with this dining companion.

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#2660 Post by Victor Hong »

Ramon C wrote: July 21st, 2021, 6:15 am
Michael Sopher wrote: July 20th, 2021, 12:35 pm
Jay $$ Winton wrote: July 20th, 2021, 7:21 am Need restaurants for 12/24 and 12/25. What's open?
X-Mas day a lot will be open. X-mas eve it really is mostly Asian places and they are busy.
+1. We've never had issues with choices on what's open for Christmas Day. Use the great suggestions here with contributions by those who know: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=95495

It's Christmas Eve where Chinese and Japanese (which we almost always end up doing) restaurants are the ones that are open.
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#2661 Post by Ramon C »

Victor Hong wrote: July 21st, 2021, 12:06 pm
Ramon C wrote: July 21st, 2021, 6:15 am
Michael Sopher wrote: July 20th, 2021, 12:35 pm

X-Mas day a lot will be open. X-mas eve it really is mostly Asian places and they are busy.
+1. We've never had issues with choices on what's open for Christmas Day. Use the great suggestions here with contributions by those who know: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=95495

It's Christmas Eve where Chinese and Japanese (which we almost always end up doing) restaurants are the ones that are open.
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#2662 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ »

Barry L i p t o n wrote: July 21st, 2021, 12:03 pm Got a reservation at Via Carota, corkage is now $75. Since they have some interesting reds under $100, I might do that (or bring a wine that makes the fee worth it).

I haven’t had an ArPePe Valentina Rosso, they have the 2018 for $82. Any comments on that or other sub $100 bottles from this list? https://www.viacarota.com/menu

Normally would just bring a top tier wine but would be wasted with this dining companion.
Good choice, but also the Occhipinti so and the Vajra Barbera Superiore look tasty and not overly gougey.
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Sat at the bar at Batard last night - new chef - he was most recently at Cafe Boulud.
I always enjoy their bar - very small, but very well stocked.
I had 2 glasses of Olivier Leflaive pernand-vergelesses 2017. I started with the cured salmon appetizer and had bacon wrapped monkfish as a main. I did not have dessert, but ended the meal with a glass of Reisetbauer Ginger.
It was a great meal - it rarely disappoints.

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#2664 Post by Ramon C »

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote: July 21st, 2021, 7:12 pm
Barry L i p t o n wrote: July 21st, 2021, 12:03 pm Got a reservation at Via Carota, corkage is now $75. Since they have some interesting reds under $100, I might do that (or bring a wine that makes the fee worth it).

I haven’t had an ArPePe Valentina Rosso, they have the 2018 for $82. Any comments on that or other sub $100 bottles from this list? https://www.viacarota.com/menu

Normally would just bring a top tier wine but would be wasted with this dining companion.
Good choice, but also the Occhipinti so and the Vajra Barbera Superiore look tasty and not overly gougey.
Unfortunately cancelled a made reservation before. This post and the menu link just put it back on my radar.
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Scott Rutkay wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 1:16 pm Sat at the bar at Batard last night - new chef - he was most recently at Cafe Boulud.
I always enjoy their bar - very small, but very well stocked.
I had 2 glasses of Olivier Leflaive pernand-vergelesses 2017. I started with the cured salmon appetizer and had bacon wrapped monkfish as a main. I did not have dessert, but ended the meal with a glass of Reisetbauer Ginger.
It was a great meal - it rarely disappoints.
Pre-pandemic they used to have one night of the week (forget which day) that had free corkage. Are they still doing that?
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#2666 Post by Scott Rutkay »

Rodrigo B wrote: July 23rd, 2021, 4:10 pm
Scott Rutkay wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 1:16 pm Sat at the bar at Batard last night - new chef - he was most recently at Cafe Boulud.
I always enjoy their bar - very small, but very well stocked.
I had 2 glasses of Olivier Leflaive pernand-vergelesses 2017. I started with the cured salmon appetizer and had bacon wrapped monkfish as a main. I did not have dessert, but ended the meal with a glass of Reisetbauer Ginger.
It was a great meal - it rarely disappoints.
Pre-pandemic they used to have one night of the week (forget which day) that had free corkage. Are they still doing that?
They used to do it on Mondays. I’ll inquire the next time I’m in.

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Scott Rutkay wrote: July 23rd, 2021, 6:20 pm
Rodrigo B wrote: July 23rd, 2021, 4:10 pm
Scott Rutkay wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 1:16 pm Sat at the bar at Batard last night - new chef - he was most recently at Cafe Boulud.
I always enjoy their bar - very small, but very well stocked.
I had 2 glasses of Olivier Leflaive pernand-vergelesses 2017. I started with the cured salmon appetizer and had bacon wrapped monkfish as a main. I did not have dessert, but ended the meal with a glass of Reisetbauer Ginger.
It was a great meal - it rarely disappoints.
Pre-pandemic they used to have one night of the week (forget which day) that had free corkage. Are they still doing that?
They used to do it on Mondays. I’ll inquire the next time I’m in.
I think this interim period is tricky as restaurants are trying to recoup a lot of lost revenue, so I'm understanding changes to corkage policies, now more than ever.

As a wine enthusiast I hope those will relax overtime, but Batard has alwaya had a solid list so it's not really a concern.
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Scott Rutkay wrote: July 22nd, 2021, 1:16 pm Sat at the bar at Batard last night - new chef - he was most recently at Cafe Boulud.
I always enjoy their bar - very small, but very well stocked.
I had 2 glasses of Olivier Leflaive pernand-vergelesses 2017. I started with the cured salmon appetizer and had bacon wrapped monkfish as a main. I did not have dessert, but ended the meal with a glass of Reisetbauer Ginger.
It was a great meal - it rarely disappoints.
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#2669 Post by Scott Rutkay »

Bar seat at Nougatine last night. Split a bottle of Billecart Salmon Rose champagne paired with their egg toast. Split a heirloom tomato salad and salmon over crispy rice with a glass of Camille Giroud, Auxey-Duresses 2017. Had a roasted chicken main with Domaine Dublere, Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chenevottes, 2013. Finished with a glass of VEP Yellow Chartruese and ice cream.
The bar rarely disappoints. The bartenders have been there for years, while the rest of the staff seems to be replaced quite often. It’s a shame that the floor service is so spotty because the food and bar is exceptional.

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GREAT meal at Wildair last night. Will post photos later.

The menu has stayed the same since they reopened and they just continue to perfect each dish. I never get bored with it.


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I finally had a chance to go to a bucket list place that I've been reading about since pre-Covid. Il Posto Accanto on East 2nd Street in the east village.

The original plan was to have Sunday brunch with my daughter. When this fell through, I wanted to eat at Veselka on 2nd Ave. Instead, I went to a non descript restaurant on my bucket list. If you were looking for a place to eat, you'd continue walking past IL Posto Accanto on east 2nd street.

I've been following them on Instagram ever since I read a story about them pre Covid. Since Janice is away in L.A., I decided to continue my food orgy. They more than lived up to expectations. The Carbonara was perfectly prepared. No overcooked pasta at this place. The incredibly smoky bacon added to the taste. The olive oil sour cherry cake with ice cream was right up my alley. Casual indoor seating, but I ate outside. Socially distant. They're constantly wiping things down. As you can see, Padma joined me for lunch. It's a known hang out for her, but I had no clue.

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Had a great meal at Torien last night. Loved the space, food, service, and beverage selection.
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#2673 Post by Robert Dentice »

Rodrigo B wrote: July 30th, 2021, 8:32 am Had a great meal at Torien last night. Loved the space, food, service, and beverage selection.
Love Torien I need to get back. Some photos of our meal in June when the master was in town.

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#2674 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

Robert Dentice wrote: July 30th, 2021, 9:12 am
Rodrigo B wrote: July 30th, 2021, 8:32 am Had a great meal at Torien last night. Loved the space, food, service, and beverage selection.
Love Torien I need to get back. Some photos of our meal in June when the master was in town.

Thanks for the support, as always. New container just arrived, so a plethora of exiting new Kikuhime arriving on restaurant lists soon.
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Sarah, let us know which restaurants carry Kikuhime, been meaning to check them out for a while now.
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Rodrigo B wrote: July 30th, 2021, 12:59 pm Sarah, let us know which restaurants carry Kikuhime, been meaning to check them out for a while now.
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#2677 Post by Rodrigo B »

Dined again at Rule of Thirds last night. Lovely, open, and inviting space with great service, food and and a well thought out selective beverage program. Can't say enough good things about the space George and the crew have built.
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Had dinner last night at Bellini, the Cipriani restaurant attached to their hotel Mr. C, at the South Street Seaport.
Dinner was very good - more casual than other locations. Started with the Bruschetta that had Burrata with Freshly Shaved Truffle and their tasting of crudo. Highly recommended- the truffle bruschetta is huge - worth sharing - but you wont want to.
The crudo was very good - especially the salmon.
Had the branzino as a main- very good - a lot of olives on top with tomatoes.
we started with cocktails, they didnt know how to make a negroni bianco which was odd, my guess is that the waiter, who was young, didnt communicate it correctly to the bartender, but the regular negroni was very good as was the aperol spritz.
The wines by the glass menu wasn't very deep, but we did have a fairly good chardonnay from Sequoia. I've been before and brought a bottle, they charged a $55 corkage which to be honest, I would likely do again.
All in all, a very good meal - in a beautiful outdoor space- the flowers alone are worth the trip - it did not feel like the seaport at all.

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Rodrigo B wrote: August 1st, 2021, 7:46 am Dined again at Rule of Thirds last night. Lovely, open, and inviting space with great service, food and and a well thought out selective beverage program. Can't say enough good things about the space George and the crew have built.
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A few views

1. Feels like mission ceviche in UES has gotten better
2. A nice meal at Wildair. Love their uni
3. Waiting to go to 63 Clinton st. Going next week
4. Loved the space at rule of third
5. Also waiting to try BBF (ex Kyo Ya) & Tsukimi
6. Lola Tavern is a good one for people watching (& pretty decent Greek food)
7. Ginza Onodera - as much as I want to avoid midtown restaurants, and even more so 5th Ave restaurants, this maybe one of my fav sushi spots in NY
8. Omakase by Orami - hour long, well priced omakase. It was good. But the reviews on Yelp May make you think it’s the best sushi restaurant in town, which it is not.

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#2681 Post by Ethan Abraham »

The Modern Bar Room is cooking some fantastic food right now, and the seats in the sculpture garden are lovely. Low corkage and also a very deep and reasonably priced wine list.

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#2682 Post by Peter Kleban »

Ethan Abraham wrote: August 7th, 2021, 6:30 pm The Modern Bar Room is cooking some fantastic food right now, and the seats in the sculpture garden are lovely. Low corkage and also a very deep and reasonably priced wine list.
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#2683 Post by Ethan Abraham »

Peter Kleban wrote: August 7th, 2021, 7:23 pm
Ethan Abraham wrote: August 7th, 2021, 6:30 pm The Modern Bar Room is cooking some fantastic food right now, and the seats in the sculpture garden are lovely. Low corkage and also a very deep and reasonably priced wine list.
Thanks Ethan, nice to hear that. Been there many times, never disappoints. Glad it has come thru you-know-what in good shape. [cheers.gif]
For some reason the Modern has always been my "well we have a sitter and can't get a table elsewhere" place...but I will definitely go back on purpose now. And you really can't beat outdoor tables in the Moma sculpture garden.

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#2684 Post by Ramon C »

Lunch at Rezdôra on 8/01. Creative fun meets traditional Italian. Looking to quickly go back for dinner.
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#2685 Post by Barry L i p t o n »

Roundup from my diet busting week in NYC:

Amma - excellent upscale Indian restaurant, Sri Lankan tandoori shrimp was super, samosas and chaats well above average

Estatorios Milos - 3 fabulous lunches. Not many places where the stuff that is most appealing is super healthy and low cal. Oysters or greek salad or octopus to start, whole grilled fish or some of the best arctic char I ever had, fruit for desert.

Marta - Great time, great food, great price. Service was rough but no drop in food quality from pre - pandemic.

Via Carota - finally made it, worth the hype and the ignominity of a 5pm reservation. Luckily the timing was actually good, must return.

Cagen - I LOVE THIS PLACE! My last trip I had Sushi Ginza Onodero lunch and Cagen front room for dinner on the same trip. Same price roughly, but Cagen was better (true, lunch vs. dinner may not be fare). I loved Tomita, for the more rarefied experience in the back room, but was perfectly satisfied at Cagen. Not as crowded as it should have been on a Wednesday, if you haven't been and love sushi, you are missing out.

Gem - the only dud of the trip. 4 swinging strikeouts out of 5 dishes between me and my wife. Our dining companions fared better by avoiding most of the vegetable dishes. I thought of Dave Kingman's record, but can't really make that a good analogy, the fifth dish was nice but not a home run. While I appreicate the bold tries, the flavors didn't work for me or my wife at all (think Strawberries and curry powder).

SONA - another superb high end Indian restaurant, with one exception. More like the modern Indian food one gets in London. Goat cheese and spinach samosa was at another level of good. Buckwheat Bhel Puri ditto. Bengali Mustard Tofu and Green Pepper Halibut were super, as was Swiss Chard Aloo Gobi. The exception was cripsy garlic crab rice, which did not taste of either garlic or crab. I would have complained except my friend said he loved it (he has good taste, so either he had Covid and lost his sense of taste (joking) or was being polite). Go, just skip the garlic crab rice.

Jua - As many of you already know, Jua is the bomb!! Best meal of the week. Bold and innovative, but it works perfectly. Example: green tea shave ice over strawberries with a Korean sticky bun (Hotteok). I don't like sticky buns (too sweet and too sticky) butthe serving of the sticky bun with the shave ice (listed as separate courses on the menu but served together) was brilliant as it was like having an amazing and delicous palate cleanser after each bite. I found a surprisingly crisp Fiano de Avellino btg that went really well with it.

Parm - The perfect antitdote to airplane food (even if flying F) - A Chicken Parm sandwhich for me, eggplant parm for her, and a caeser salad. Heros werer fabulous, salad ok but good for my digestion. Ate it in the AA lounge before my late flight.

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Joe's still makes incredibly good slices at multiple locations

Restaurant week is normally order something you don't want and get a free desert you don't need. Both MARTA and Estatorios Milos are having truly strong value Restaurant Week offerings. Marta, it's pretty much the whole menu for choice on primi and secondo (with a couple of petite desert choices). At a table for four, plenty of food to share, and a great deal. And if you register your mastercard, you get $10 back.

Milos has many choices that I would order from even if it wasn't on the menu; at $39 - $10 for lunch, a block from my hotel, a real winner.

Service was quite the mixed bag - great at some places (Jua, Milos) and clueless at others. Best example - when I asked for an Indian beer at SONA, I was recommended Lagunitas pale ale. This was after she explained how a gruyere and edamame dosa was a classic Indian dish.

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Barry L i p t o n wrote: August 8th, 2021, 2:45 pm when I asked for an Indian beer at SONA, I was recommended Lagunitas pale ale. This was after she explained how a gruyere and edamame dosa was a classic Indian dish.
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Barry -

Sorry that you did not like GEM but at least I understand why. I LOVE the strawberries and vadouvan dish. For me Marta is boring and too corporate. Whereas GEM is daring and I like that I am being served by the owner who is all of 21.

Very happy you liked Cagen and Jua.

And as far as service goes you have to give everyone some slack as everyone is operating with new teams and are understaffed.
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At Rezdora for lunch 2 weeks ago.
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Had a great lunch at Estela. The brunch menu is slightly less ambitious than dinner but all around a great place for a weekend lunch. The wine menu has lots of fairly priced bottles especially German. It does however lean natural. Amanda Smeltz has moved on and they have a new wine director.

And a very good dinner at Atoboy. The menu has been revamped with a number of new dishes.
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Went to Niche Niche Friday. Fun space, awesome vibe, and they seem to do a pretty good job at pairing their food to the host's wines.

Follow that by a fantastic meal at Noz's Ash Room tonight. Had an ever-so-slightly charcoal grilled then hay smoked bonito that was the highlight of the evening.
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Street-table dinner at Jolene in the East Village on Friday.

American bistro dishes is commendable and nicely-executed, and the wine list veers on the natural and bio-dynamic mode. I did not byo but asked and it's $35 per bottle, max of 2 per table and not in their list.

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did the a la carte at one white street, which i think will be one of the best new restaurants in nyc. a gem of a spot on a quiet corner in tribeca. fantastic list and service.
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Austin Johnson is one of the best chefs I know. Meet you there sometime and let’s put Austin through the paces. 😂😂😂
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I’m in! Menu looks great and must have had his food at Frenchie.

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WvanGorp wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 8:39 am Austin Johnson is one of the best chefs I know. Meet you there sometime and let’s put Austin through the paces. 😂😂😂
i'm in! that would be fun. not sure if you know audrey (the wd) but she's fantastic.
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#2696 Post by Scott Rutkay »

Rodrigo B wrote: August 21st, 2021, 9:40 pm Went to Niche Niche Friday. Fun space, awesome vibe, and they seem to do a pretty good job at pairing their food to the host's wines.

Follow that by a fantastic meal at Noz's Ash Room tonight. Had an ever-so-slightly charcoal grilled then hay smoked bonito that was the highlight of the evening.
I went to niche niche for one of their visiting chefs meals. Bryce Shuman, formally of Betony. He now has a bbq venture called ribs n’ Riesling. We sat downstairs in their lounge area. It was a very cool spot.

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ybarselah wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 8:32 am did the a la carte at one white street, which i think will be one of the best new restaurants in nyc. a gem of a spot on a quiet corner in tribeca. fantastic list and service.
I am doing the tasting menu in a couple weeks - do they allow BYO?

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Alex Valdes wrote: August 25th, 2021, 12:15 pm
ybarselah wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 8:32 am did the a la carte at one white street, which i think will be one of the best new restaurants in nyc. a gem of a spot on a quiet corner in tribeca. fantastic list and service.
I am doing the tasting menu in a couple weeks - do they allow BYO?
maybe, but the list is terrific and well-priced.
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ybarselah wrote: August 25th, 2021, 1:46 pm
Alex Valdes wrote: August 25th, 2021, 12:15 pm
ybarselah wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 8:32 am did the a la carte at one white street, which i think will be one of the best new restaurants in nyc. a gem of a spot on a quiet corner in tribeca. fantastic list and service.
I am doing the tasting menu in a couple weeks - do they allow BYO?
maybe, but the list is terrific and well-priced.
Definitely a great list - we are four and hope to do a mix of BYO and list.

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ybarselah wrote: August 22nd, 2021, 8:32 am did the a la carte at one white street, which i think will be one of the best new restaurants in nyc. a gem of a spot on a quiet corner in tribeca. fantastic list and service.
On my list of places to visit in September when I'm back for a few weeks, thanks for note.
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