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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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Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

Bohemian, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$ 

Must try:The Bohemian Tasting

 

Ever done the secret dining circuit in New York? If not then Bohemian is a great place to start.

There is such a thrill in going to that clandestine, unmarked restaurant with no published phone number that is hidden away behind a Japanese butchers store. I was expecting a super snobby, exclusive chic kind of atmosphere but what lies behind Bohemian’s doors totally disarms all of that.

 

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Once you are buzzed in, the entire mystique melts away and what you are left with is a really inviting space, which feels more like being in someone’s living room. Here you are served rather remarkable fare by the nicest of people. Trust the Japanese to create the ultimate speakeasy!

 

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At Bohemian, chef Kiyo Shinoki prepares Japanese inspired creative plates that are artful both in composition and presentation. Each dish is thoughtfully created blending Japanese cooking techniques to maximize flavors.

The Bohemian Tasting for $55 (6 courses) is a very reasonable offering which allows you to sample an array of different tastes. There also is a full bar with an assortment of Asian inspired cocktails.

Bohemian has a very a stringent reservation policy which is by phone only. They also ask for a referral when you call in.

Bohemian respectfully requests that their “secret phone number” not be published anywhere but if you ask nicely…I might just share with you!

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Farmer’s Fresh Vegetables Fondue

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Washu-Beef Short Rib Sashimi

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Uni Croquette

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Pan Roasted Branzini

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Washu-Beef Mini Burger

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House Caviar Rice Bowl

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Foie Gras Soba

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Honey Lemon Pannacotta

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
Bohemian
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
East Village / Japanese / Steak
* Street Address
57 Great Jones St. (bet. Bowery & Lafayette St.), New York, NY 10012
* Phone
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Bagatelle, Meatpacking District, NYC

Bagatelle, Meatpacking District, NYC

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(I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions in this review are my own.)

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V-Note, Yorkville, NYC

V-Note, Yorkville, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Black-eyed Pea Cake

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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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Felice 15 Gold Street, Financial District, NYC

Felice 15 Gold Street, Financial District, NYC

 

 

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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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The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

The DL, Lower East Side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: PB&J, Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish

 

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MORIMOTOS, CHELSEA, NYC

MORIMOTOS, CHELSEA, NYC

 

 

Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Fit for: People Watching, Bar Scene, Notable Chef

Dishes not to miss: Creamy Crab Croquette,  Tuna Sashimi Salad, Sushi, White Chocolate Panacotta

 

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Masahru Morimoto’s imposing iron chef personality sure does translate into his restaurant.

His sprawling, modern, cavernous restaurant is quite magnificent. One of the most striking elements is the wall made of bottles filled with clear liquid, which has an interesting play of lights on it. There is a very funky bar area downstairs alongside some really cool bathrooms. Read the rest of this entry

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Pranna : MAD Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

Pranna : MAD Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

 

 

Food:

Service: ☆ 1/2

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Fit for: Late night partygoers, boozy brunch scene.

Dishes not to miss: Prawn Cake Benedict

Special notes: $28 gets you 3 drinks and an entree at their MAD Brunch on weekends.


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Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

 

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Take a trip to Southeast Asia by eating at Jean-George Vongerichten’s Spice Market. The cuisine here  is inspired by regional street food combined with Vongerichten’s distinctive touch. The interiors are resplendent and definitely make you feel like you are in some exotic locale of Asia. There are decorative pagodas and arches that adorn the enormous space and a grand staircase that leads to the hopping bar area downstairs. All of this makes for a really great spot to hang out at where one is stylishly served by waiters and scantily clad waitresses, dressed in bright orange hues. Read the rest of this entry

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