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    Michelin 2010

    That was supposed to be tweets. Scout's honor.
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    Michelin 2010

    Oh, I see. While I was aware they've started a Twitter campaign, I have no idea what twits they're dropping in cyberspace.
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    Michelin 2010

    I wouldn't be surprised in the least if achieving a 3rd Michelin star didn't factor very heavily into both the execution of, and timing of, Chef Boulud's considerations in going ahead with a renovation at Daniel. How could it not? Bruni was enamored by it, could work the same magic with the Michelin inspectors. Right, because new upholstery is exactly what the folks at Michelin should be focusing on. I take it you are the #1 fan of their NY Twitter feed too? Huh?
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    Michelin 2010

    I wouldn't be surprised in the least if achieving a 3rd Michelin star didn't factor very heavily into both the execution of, and timing of, Chef Boulud's considerations in going ahead with a renovation at Daniel. How could it not? Bruni was enamored by it, could work the same magic with the Michelin inspectors. Right, because new upholstery is exactly what the folks at Michelin should be focusing on.
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    Michelin 2010

    I will make a prediction: they will - at least one - in this next round of reviews.
  6. I believe it. Here's what I wrote about the petits fours in my blog post:
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    Sam Mason's Tailor has Arrived

    I was just in Hong Kong, where I heard from a few chefs that he visits there quite frequently. Consulting gig, I assume. But I have no clue as to what he's up to in New York.
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    Michelin 2010

    Good grief, they're giving out MORE stars? Shouldn't they be taking some away? All I have to say is, at least one of the 18 new stars better be going to Eleven Madison Park. And, at least one other star had better be going to Corton.
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    Aldea

    Thanks, Kenneth, for that explanation.
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    Aldea

    Kenneth, can I assume that you and your wife received the same five dishes for the tasting menu? And also, were all of those dishes taken from the a la carte menu?
  11. lgott, that is interesting, indeed. The Miyazaki-gyu beef I had at Bar Charlie a couple of months ago was A5-10. It was alright. I didn't care for the triple sear technique they employed. The A5-11 wagyu I had at Alex a few nights before, by comparison, was extraordinary. That might have been the best piece of beef I've had in years. re: A5-12. If I'm not mistaken, that's a piece of beef at least seven years in the making, as the last cow to have received that rating was in 2002.
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    Susanna Foo

    And I'll never forget her Hundred Corner Crabcakes.
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    Susanna Foo

    I heard that it was closing some time ago. Has it happened?
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    Restaurant Dress Codes and Attire

    In case you missed my point (because I often do), I just wanted to illustrate that for every shockingly declasse wardrobe that walks into a restaurant, an equally absurd costume party waltzes in under the guise of formality. It seems that some people would be happier with me showing up as the Joker rather than Happy Gilmore if not only for the sake of having lapels and a pair of trousers.
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    Restaurant Dress Codes and Attire

    Sneakeater, you know this is a red herring. Restaurants like le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park DO have a dress code. You know perfectly well that a room full of sweatpants and hoodies would not be met at any of the four-starred in New York. But places like Eleven Madison Park also afford their guest the courtesy of comfort: should a man not want to wear a coat, he doesn't have to. I'm reminded of the funny, but helpful instruction by the reservationist at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at RHR: "Gentleman are reminded that trainers and track suits are not allowed." I'm also reminded of my first visit to le Bernardin. There was a large party in the middle of the dining room. One of the ladies at that table decided it might be amusing to dress up as Miss America. Besequined from head to toe (and there was a lot of her, so there were a lot of sequines), she turned the entire dining room into Studio 54 for the evening. Instead of a tiara, she had a male peacock roost on her head that evening. As splendid as her headdress was, those feathers whacked servers and diners left and right with every turn of her head. And I'm not exaggerating. Now THAT bothered me, and many other people as well.
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