New York is Calling
I’ve been in a dining lull lately. I’ve eaten out a few times (French Laundry, Bin 8945, Quince, & Iberia) but a few different variables prevented me from creating posts – truck drivers aiming for Porsches, dead camera batteries, large groups, and/or a little too much Burgundy. French Laundry was good but not great; Bin 8945 was very good but not excellent (somewhat my fault); and Quince was very good and then excellent during a second meal. Bin 8945 (LA) is an especially interesting restaurant that I will do a more extensive post in the upcoming month.
But no worries – New York is coming up. The tentative itinerary includes:
- Jean Georges – It was my favorite meal long before chuckeats.com; it’s finally time to venture back into those waters. Can it re-claim its top spot as America’s best? Can “New York” Michelin 3-star quality compare favorably to its French and Spanish brethren?
- Le Bernardin – Coming off of the excellent Providence meal, it will be interesting to see how my memory of Le Bernardin’s fish compares to the reality. (For the record, my last meal was easily “French” Michelin 3-star quality.)
- Atelier de Robuchon – some people love it; some do not.
Informal yet Excellent Restaurants
- Momofuku Ssam Bar – my first time but it sounds like a late-night version of my favorite Momofuku. One of David Chang’s earliest supporters has finally agreed – it has arrived.
- Momofuku – no trip to New York is not complete without a stop here.
- Resto – a new Belgian restaurant that looks interesting enough.
Desserts & Treats
- Kee’s Chocolates – the best American chocolate maker? She’s got my vote when they’re fresh. CandyBlog likes them well enough as does The Girl Who Ate Everything.
- Doughnut Plant – the best doughnuts in America? Possibly – some bloggers agree.
- Lady M – cheesecake and iced tea.
- Chikalicious – stop in after some lunch for a second time.
- Room 4 Dessert – I can’t get into this place but I’ll give it one last (third) shot. I wish Tailor would open up this week! Maybe (probably) do P*ONG instead.
- Pegu Club – I can’t get enough of their ginger beer cocktails. I won’t (or can’t?) tell you how many I had last time – thanks to Olivia for the great tip.
That’s the basic idea. WD-50 disappointed me last time; I don’t feel like spending for Kuruma; it’s bad timing for Sushi Yasuda; I would try Bouley again if I had one more day; and I just can’t get that excited about 11 Madison Park. In many ways, NYC leaves me wanting – SF’s got the ingredients, NY’s got the technique; can the two meet in the middle somewhere?
If you have any suggestions, let’s hear them.