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  1. 2d Avenue Deli is Kosher. They couldn't have a Reuben.
  2. As you can tell from the comments, I have. For what it is, it's very good.
  3. In my experience, Kuruma is some multiple of the expense of Yasuda. In fact, my experience is that Kuruma can easily be more expensive than Masa.
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    Cool, fortunately i've got a few dates to pick from so should hopefully get something Don't get TOO excited. Many people's experience is that this gives you TWO chances to be told there's nothing available.
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    Yes, only a limited number of tables on Opentables.
  6. If you look at the a la carte menu, you'll see that the pricing on the Aldea tasting menu makes no sense. I love that place, but it doesn't pay to stray from the carte there.
  7. They switched it from black cod to black bass a couple of weeks ago.
  8. If anyone is paying attention to their wine "program", that's a new development.
  9. If you think Yasuda can add up, don't go anywhere NEAR Kurumazushi.
  10. I just meant that Italy, because of the novelty of its restaurant culture and its long adherence to tradition rather than innovation in cuisine (neither of those is meant as a pejorative, BTW), lagged behind other countries in developing a "name" chef culture (that is CERTAINLY not meant as a pejorative). Sure, there are a few superstars -- but for Italy, Davide Scabin is pretty famous for a chef.
  11. I think what weinoo was getting at, in his initial post, was not "restaurants with chefs who should be better known," but rather "restaurant with chefs who are invisible." I doubt anybody goes to combal.zero without knowing who the chef is. Anyone interested in food who could identify that restaurant could also identify its chef. Maybe he's not as famous as Massimo Bottura -- but he's still the reason people go to his restaurant. Contrast that with a place like Le Grenouille in New York. Or -- a much less respected place -- 21 in New York. Who knows who the chefs are there? People don't g
  12. I think this is a major recent change in the way patrons relate to restaurants. Back in the day, everybody knew that the guy you had to know was the maitre d'. The maitre d' was the public face of the restaurant; he was the one who could get you in and get you seated. The chef was just someone who worked there. There was a time, not so long ago, when the various maitre d's at the top restaurants in Manhattan were celebrities in their own right. Much much more than the chefs were. Now that's changed. To the point where, when Daniel Boulud tells the following story (as he loves to do), it's
  13. I would check to make sure that Del Posto -- or any other restaurant -- is open on Christmas. Other than the traditional Chinese, not that many are, in my experience.
  14. From what I understand, Azimov has made clear he wants to keep the wine beat, and has turned down the permanent restaurant reviewer post at least once in the past and maybe twice.
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