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  1. Since your first choice was Daniel, why not go to Cafe Boulud? The cuisine is superb, and one of the four menus, "Le Potager," is dedicated to vegetarian dishes. There is an excellent cheese course, desserts are lovely, and the basket of warm madeleines offered along with dessert (in lieu of the ubiquitous mignardises) are to die for!! Service always manages to be both polished and pleasant. It's in the space previously occupied by Daniel so, of course, it's smaller than Daniel's current location and, therefore, more intime. The contemporary decor, though not lush, is quite attractive.
  2. So you think the one block from Esca to Bistro du Vent made such a difference? (It might have: 43rd St. is a lot different from 42nd St.) But then how do you explain the longstanding success of Chez Josephine, basically right across the street? ← Or the West Bank Cafe right next door to the Bistro du Vent location. ← Which, as I say above in my review of Bistro du Vent, isn't even very good. ← Sneakeater, Have you been to the West Bank Cafe recently? I had always passed it up because I had never heard anything about the food that would entice me to try it. That is, until I read (late last year, I think) that a new chef had been installed, and a new menu had been created with Bill Telepan acting as a consultant. Mmmm... So, when a convenient occasion arose a few months ago -- tickets to a Roundabout production at their American Airlines Theatre, which is on 42nd St., between B'way & 8th Ave. -- we had a post-performance dinner at West Bank. Despite what I had read, I reigned in my expectations. Happily, the food had just enough creativity to make it interesting, the plating was very attractive and, most important of all, everything we had was delicious.
  3. So you think the one block from Esca to Bistro du Vent made such a difference? (It might have: 43rd St. is a lot different from 42nd St.) But then how do you explain the longstanding success of Chez Josephine, basically right across the street? ← Or the West Bank Cafe right next door to the Bistro du Vent location.
  4. rozrapp


    Rick Moonen's current restaurant, RM Seafood, is in the Mandalay Bay Resort, in Las Vegas.
  5. I think there is some confusion here because when people hear "farmer's market," they tend to think of an outdoor market. I live in Marlboro, so I'm pretty sure the two markets you are referring to are indoors in strip malls. I have shopped in the Old Bridge place. It's called something like "Garden Farm" and is next door to Hollywood Video. Don't know the name of the one in Freehold and have never been to it, but it's in the mall where Burlington Coat Factory is located.
  6. You might want to look down as well. Yesterday, when I went to Foodtown, I was in the aisle getting some baking necessities and noticed that they had Softasilk on the bottom shelf.
  7. The scuttlebut I've heard is that there are new owners, and when they re-open, it will be a Brazilian churrascaria. I think the name will be Rio, or Rio something. Someone also mentioned that they will be serving sushi. That seemed rather odd, but it occurs to me that it could be one of the items on the traditionally huge salad bar rodizios always offer.
  8. Close... It's Swans Down, a brand that's been around for a long, long time. It's the one I have in my pantry right now.
  9. Please let me know where in Bergen County (See Topic) Restaurant Nicholas is... or website or ph#. Thanks! I have never heard of it but I figure if it's closeby I'll give it a try. ← Are you joking? Or have you really never heard of Nicholas? In case you're for real, it's in Middletown, in Monmouth County, several counties south of Bergen.
  10. What size portion to chef's normally plate for an individual serving? At $23 a pound at WF, the average customer would probably purchase about a pound for a 2 serving. I would think that restaurants get a better price from their fish mongers. I will admit I'm not a huge fan of Doris & Ed's, and the $37 price tag seems a bit high to me. I'd rather go for the three course tasting menu at Nicholas for $55 even though the Copper River Salmon isn't on the menu. Nicholas menu ← I'm also not a fan of Doris & Ed's. Their prices have always been outrageously exhorbitant. We stopped going there years ago because, for what I do consider way out of line prices, we never had anything but an o.k. meal. Wegmans, in Manalapan, had Copper River salmon for the first time last week at $17/lb.
  11. The Cafe at Country, in the Carlton Hotel, on the corner of Madison & 29th, is fairly close to where you are staying. You can have a look at the breakfast menu here.
  12. Lorena's, in Maplewood, currently has them as an appetizer. I don't eat soft shell crabs, but I have no hesitation in recommending them there because Chef/owner Humberto Campos' cuisine is sublime!
  13. That would be Nicholas. Bear in mind that bar dining is now an excellent option. The small plates menu is taken directly from the dining room menu. Needless to say, the food is superb! Spacious bar with very comfortable chairs. Casual dress. No reservations required.
  14. Finding a burger on a dinner menu at a nice restaurant can be really difficult. They'll often serve one at lunch (e.g., Cafe Luxenbourg), but not at dinner. However, according to their on-line menu, SQC, on Columbus Ave. and 72nd St., serves a sirloin burger with frites at dinner. I've never eaten there, but I recall posts on this board indicating that the food's quite good. So, you can please your daughter and still have what I would hope will be an enjoyable meal yourself.
  15. Yes, I should have mentioned that as well, glad you brought it up. By the way - the Pines Manor isn't actually a diner - it's a catering hall. ← I'm pretty diner-phobic because the several nearest my house are awful. The food at the Skylark sounds delicious -- and not very diner-ish. It's a bit far for me as diners go, but I'm on Route 18 (East Brunswick) fairly often and have passed the Colonial a gazillion times without ever thinking about eating there. I'm wondering if the menu there is much like the Skylark's, or just the same old, same old diner fare prepared very well.
  16. hopefully the service at Passione will be better than Epernay. I always found the service at Epernay so bad that it ruined the whole experience even though the food was very good. ← Passione's menu does sound enticing. However, except for the fact that they're both French, the menus don't seem particularly similar to me. As for the service at Epernay, I've heard complaints about it, but we've never had any problems whatsoever. I don't know if that was because we became known to Courtney, Mark and the service staff, or that we always dined mid-week and early before things got very busy.
  17. Kim, the Wegman's in Bridgewater stopped carrying Pierre Hermes sometime last year. I went in looking for chocolates to give as Christmas gifts and was told they no longer carried the line. I know you shop at the Manalapan store, are you sure they still carry his products? ← I shop at the Manalapan store regularly. Whether or not the pastries on display there are Pierre Herme, they sure look gorgeous. However, I've never bought any, so I have no idea how good they taste. As for the chocolate question, I remember posting about his once before on another thread. Several months ago, I spoke with the department manager and asked if they were still carrying the Herme chocolates. She said that they were, but they were now selling them only at holiday times. They would not be on display but could be ordered.
  18. Yes. If you prefer, you can eat at the bar.
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    Barbounia, on the corner of Park Ave. S. & 20th St., has been open for a few months. We've had a couple of very good meals there. Excellent grilled branzino. Parea, on 20th, betw. Park Ave. S. & B'way, is opening this week. New York Magazine has a brief description of what to expect: http://www.nymag.com/restaurants/openings/16841/index.html
  20. We have done many of the $19.95 lunches and have never had a loser. They are not posted on the restaurant's website, but if you are on their e-mail list, you will receive the menu each week. (Well, most weeks since they sometimes neglect to send them.) Here's this week's: Baby Spinach Salad with Red Currant Vinaigrette and Toasted Almonds Pan Roasted Lamb Sirloin with Artichokes, Roasted Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Israeli Cous Cous and Vincotto Lamb Jus Frozen Lemon Soufflé with Honey Tuile and Blackberry Sauce
  21. I thought Mark and Courtney had shelved the idea of selling Epernay and moving to Ithaca. Obviously, not so. We will miss them. Any idea if the new owners are planning to make changes re: the menu and/or hours of operation?
  22. Pan, Whenever eater posts closure photos, they're of the moment. The ones of Kiev look quite permanent to me. However, if you want to see for yourself, go ahead and check it.
  23. I thought I remembered reading that Kiev had closed. Well, it did, and here's the pictorial proof.
  24. Pete & Elda's is one of only two places we frequent that permitted smoking, and we did so because they had a totally separate non-smoking room. However, in order to get to it, one had to pass by the large bar area where people smoked, and the smell was definitely noticeable. When we went there last week after the smoking ban went into effect, nobody was smoking in the bar, and the air definitely had a fresh smell about it, which made me wonder if they had aired the place out.
  25. CulinAriane 33 Walnut St., Montclair Tel.: 973-744-0533
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