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Aaron T

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  1. Shoot. That is disappointing to hear that they have declined. I'm here in LA for the weekend so I guess I won't be going to Patina. I think I'll splurge for a good sushi meal instead.
  2. I'll be sure to try some of these places. I'm always on the lookout for a good burger so I'll let you know how they were. Thanks for the advice! I believe I have been corralled into a daytrip to Niagra Falls. Is there anywhere to eat there for lunch either on the US or Canadian side?
  3. But not at the flagship Patina.... Is Patina as good as it used to be? I haven't been in about 2 years and I enjoyed it when I was there last...
  4. Also, when else could you consider matzoh with hummus a special delicacy? Hope your Passover went well Macrosan!
  5. I'll be going up to Rochester soon for a few days for a friend's wedding. Do any eGulletteers have any suggestions for places to eat up there? Any suggestions appreciated!
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    This cuisine sounds mysterious and intriguing.
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    Pan Sorry to hear of your Bouley disaster. It sure contrasts with the dinner I had there a few weeks ago with some other eGulleteers. I know from reading your prior posts that this was a splurge meal and a treat to yourself and it sucks when treats don't go as planned. I hope your next 4 star experience is worthy of the 4 star designation. I ate at JG on Monday night and I thought it was a 4 star experience, but it was the only time I have been to JG. Good luck!
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    Suzanne What you saw was indeed the restaurant and not the bar. There actually isn't even a bar in the restaurant, although there are some loungey type chairs when you walk in on the right where you can geta drink while waiting for your table and I assume they have waiter service in that section. The tables are not deluxe, but I was reasonably comfortable in the chairs provided and certainly didn't feel like in I was sitting in any type of cafeteria (either the Jr. High kind or the Conde Nast shnazzy kind). The tables were somewhat translucent, and didn't feel cheap to me. The vibe kind of
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    I had dinner at 66 last night and I left very impressed. I called and was able to obtain same day reservations, albeit at 6:30 PM. We started with the squab a l'orange - which came in a broth with crystalized tamarind. This was one of the highlights of the meal - it was excellent. I liked the candied tamarind too. We also had the scallion pancakes with a dipping sauce of some sort. They were hot and crispy and good. For mains we had Steamed Cod in a ginger and scallion broth, Crispy Garlic Chicken, and a side of Stir Fried Asian Greens (Bok Choy). The steamed cod was the best thing we at
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    I had a restaurant week dinner ($30.03) at Atelier with two non-Egulleteers on Wednesday night and everything we had was quite good. They also treated us well, despite the fact that we weren't paying full fare. There were two choices for each course Apps: Quail "Praline", Black Truffle Gelee, Herb Salad or Roasted Butternut Squash, Chestnuts and Porcini Mushroom Salad Entrees: Salmon topped with Horseradish Crust or Free-Range Chicken "en Cocotte" Dessert: Pineapple Lemongrass Consomme, Coconut "Ile Flottante" or Warm Chocolate Passionfruit Cake I had the quail, salmon and cake and tried th
  11. Cabby Kitchen 22 is a good value, but I wouldn't want you to think that it is the Aureole experience. I have been to kitchen 22 a couple of times and enjoyed it - a good mid priced option in the flatiron/gramercy neighborhood. I don't think they take reservations, so the wait at peak times can be long, although I didn't seem to have that problem. There are 5 choices for each of three courses - all for $25 - with sugestions for wines by the glass to go with the mains. Unlike NY Mag, I thought that they served a lot of food, especially for $25. The desserts were small & I was glad beca
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    I took some friends who love Indian food to lunch there on the day after Thanksgiving and we all enjoyed it. We ended up just getting the lunch buffet because there were so many good dishes on it and that way we could try more stuff. I hadn't realized they had a lunch buffet and it was a bargain whatever they charged for it - it was less than $15 per person before tax & tip for the buffet. They brought naan to the table to begin. I can't recall most of what we ate, but it included tandoori chicken, a spicy chicken, rice, several veggie dishes and the rice pudding to finish. I was supri
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    I'll add my thanks to the organizers of the dinner and especially to Suvir for cooking and describing what was in all the dishes, or I never would have had any idea what it was we were eating. Not only were the principal foods tasty, but so were the sides, such as the green rice dish that came with the chops which was so good. For all the tension some felt, I thought there was a lot of laughter, from people who were both intentionally and unintentionally funny. After tasting all those dishes I don't know how I'm going to go back to an ordinary Indian restaurant again .... but then again I
  14. Looking forward to the feast! Thanks for squeezing me in.
  15. I have been meaning to post about my dinner at the Fifth Floor for a few weeks, but am finally getting around to it. I was curious to taste what chef Gras was currently serving as I had previously enjoyed his cooking at Peacock Alley in New York City. I had several dishes. The food was organized by category, rather than appetizers & entrees: Ocean, Field & Forest, Farm. Usually I find this kind of thing too pretentious, but it seemed to work there. I had several dishes paired with suggested wines. I began with "Oh Toro" - described on the menu as "finely sliced raw blue fin tuna b
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