Category Archives: $$$$

Narcissa, East Village, NYC

Narcissa, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Potato Gnocchi, Maine Scallops, Apple- Quince Crisp 

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Hakkasan, Midtown West, NYC

Hakkasan, Midtown West, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Dim Sum, pumpkin-duck puffs, Chicken Sanpei

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Sushi Nakazawa, West Village, NYC

Sushi Nakazawa, West Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Omakase only

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Le Bernardin, Midtown West, NYC

Le Bernardin, Midtown West, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Tasting Menu

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North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

North End Grill, Tribeca, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Grilled Clam Pizza, Upma Polenta, Thrice-Fried Spiced Fries, Rice Flaked Halibut, Butterscotch Pot de Crème

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The Modern Dining Room at MoMA, Midtown West, NYC

The Modern Dining Room at MoMA, Midtown West, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: prix fixe

 

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Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Black Label Burger

 

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Philippe, Upper East Side, NYC

Philippe, Upper East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ½

Service: ½

Ambiance: ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Don’t eat here

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Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

Lady M’s Cake Boutique, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Lady M Mille Crêpes, Gateau au Chocolat, Strawberry Mille Feuille, Gateau aux Marrons

 

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Babbo, Greenwich Village, NYC

Babbo, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Gamberoni all’ “Acqua Pazza” , Crispy Branzino with Roasted Baby Carrots

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Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

Gramercy Tavern, Gramercy/Flatiron, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Prix – Fixe, Mushroom Lasagna

 

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Tableau, The Wynn, Las Vegas

Tableau, The Wynn, Las Vegas

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Ahi Tuna Tartare, Open Faced Dungness Crab Club Sandwich

Tableau might be one of the best-kept secrets at the Wynn.

This elegantly whimsical restaurant is tucked away in a serene corner of the Wynn Hotel. Overlooking a pool and garden, Tableau offers a luxurious breakfast and lunch menu. The food here is top-notch as is the service and the prices.

Known for its Saturday and Sunday brunch – Tableau really offers a wonderful respite from the brisk pulse of the Vegas beat.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Ahi Tuna Tartare

 

Open Faced Dungness Crab Club Sandwich

 

Grilled Vegetable Salad

 

Chocolate Dessert

 

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* Restaurant Name
Tableau
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New
* Street Address
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd , Las Vegas, NV 89109
* Phone
(702) 770-3330
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Bouchon, Las Vegas, NV

Bouchon, Las Vegas, NV

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Beignets de Brandade de Morue, Quiche

Bouchon is housed at the Venetian and is known for its clever interpretations of classic French bistro cuisine.

Thomas Keller is a food icon and eating at Bouchon, which is based on his Napa Valley bistro, was one of the most anticipated events of my trip to Vegas.

Unfortunately my experience turned out to be a rather lackluster one. I think it was more to do with the service versus just the food.

Our server was rather edgy which really took away from the kind of comfort and ease I expected the evening to present.

The food was definitely good but nothing blew me away. I thought the appetizers proved to be better than the entrees. The quiche was amazing as were the cod fritters.

However, overall I was disappointed as I had much higher expectations from a Thomas Keller restaurant. I would go back to give it a fair chance – perhaps for lunch next time.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Quiche du Jour

 

Beignets de Brandade de Morue

 

Gigot d’Agneau

 

Confit d’Esturgeon

 

Truite Amandine

 

Île Flottante

 

Tarte au Citron

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* Restaurant Name
Bouchon Bistro
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
French
* Street Address
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard S , Las Vegas, NV 89109
* Phone
(702) 414-6200
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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Hotel, Las vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn Hotel, Las vegas

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try:  Lasagnette, Special Mediterranean Fish

The Wynn offers some fabulous dinning options but perhaps the jewel in its crown is award winning Chef Paul Bartolotta’s eponymous restaurant Bartolotta, Ristorante di Mare.

When it comes to quality there are no expenses spared at Bartolotta. This Italian seafood gem has its crustaceans and fish flown in straight from the Mediterranean a few times a week, which offers diners signature items such as orata, purple snapper and pale pink langoustines. The food is outstanding – one of my favorites was the pink shrimp and the lasagnette.

Bartolotta is not just about the food though. Their service is just as flawless as the meal. The servers tend to patron’s needs with tremendous care, weaving in and out of the dining experience with deft expertise.

At Bartolotta you pay top dollar for an extraordinary experience. I think it is well worth the splurge for those really special occasions.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Buffalo Mozzarella

 

Special Grilled Shrimp

 

Spaghetti All’ Astice

 

Lasagnette Con Ragu di Crostacei

 

Summer Rissotto

 

Branzino

 

Vegetables

 

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* Restaurant Name
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Italian
* Street Address
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd , Las Vegas, NV 89109
* Phone
(702) 770-3463
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Marea, Midtown West, NYC

Marea, Midtown West, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Crudo, Granchio peekytoe crab, Astice nova scotia lobster

 

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Gotham Bar and Grill, West Village/ Union Square, NYC

Gotham Bar and Grill, West Village/ Union Square, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Butternut Squash Ravioli, Fresh Tagliatelle, Gotham Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Parfait with Black Sesame Cake.
 
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Blue Ribbon Sushi, West Village, NYC

Blue Ribbon Sushi, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Miso Black Cod, any of the sushi or sashimi platters, special tuna appetizer, 

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SHO Shaun Hergatt, Financial District, New York City (Now Closed)

SHO Shaun Hergatt, Financial District, New York City (Now Closed)

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Hand Made Cocoa Pappardelle
, Warm Sticky Toffee Sponge


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Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Chelsea, NYC

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Chelsea, NYC

 

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Mihoko Kiyokawa has made her debut into the New York City fine dining scene with her high-end Franco-Japanese restaurant named Mihoko’s 21 Grams.

I was invited to a cocktail party to preview the place where I spent an evening noshing on little bites made for the elite of the New York scene.

At 21 Grams (which refers to the alleged weight of a person’s soul) Mihoko’s tries to blend the essence of French cuisine with the subtlety of Japanese cuisine.

 

 

The digs are elegant, designed by Bruno Borrione and leans more towards the French aesthetics. This richly decorated space boasts of etched-glass murals from the Cartier mansion and rare tableware and other artifacts collected by Mihoko during her world travels. There is a really cool French Lounge in the basement, which showcases unique and artfully created cocktails.

The menu is still a work in progress. I thought the food lacked clarity and definition but was told that they are still in the process of fine-tuning many of their dishes. The restaurant has had a soft opening and will officially launch in the fall.

 

Here is some of what we ate & drank:

 

Mixed Cocktails

 

Wildflower and Herb Salad Sushi


 

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

 

Chickpea Panisse

 

Alaskan King Crab with Avocado

 

Chawan Mushi

 

Maine Lobster Tempura

 

Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

 

Asparagus and with Black Truffle 

 

Spanish Mackerel

 

Beef Ragu

 

Duck with Potato

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Junoon, Gramercy, NYC

Junoon, Gramercy, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Eggplant Chaat
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Jean–Georges, Central Park West, NYC

Jean–Georges, Central Park West, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Peekytoe Crab Dumplings , Goat Cheese Royale

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CAFÉ BOULUD, UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC

CAFÉ BOULUD, UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

I recommend: Everything!

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Butter Restaurant, East Village, NYC

Butter Restaurant, East Village, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Roasted Hudson valley Duck Confit

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One if by Land Two if by Sea, West Village, NYC

One if by Land Two if by Sea, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$
 
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Ai Fiori, Midtown West, NYC

Ai Fiori, Midtown West, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Tagliatelle, Razza
 
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