Coronavirus is taking its toll on the dining scene. Danny Meyer’s hospitality group is closing his restaurants for at least a couple of weeks including Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café. Glad we enjoyed them recently. Also, Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin. Cannot gauge how much fresh fish and seafood especially would be needed in these times. Daniel Boulud has decided to suspend operations at all of his sites “until it is safe to re-open”. Gotham Bar & Grill announced it is closing permanently. Last service tonight. Probably tipped by coronavirus… Read more Corona Closings →
Across from Lincoln Center. Touristy crowded vibe. Pre-theater prix fixe on a Saturday Night. So. That’s the context. Octopus app chewy and uninspired. Sea Bass en papillote watery, bland and obviously in the warmer. Wines by the glass mediocre. Have been to Bar Boulud next door which is at least good at what it serves. Go there before a Lincoln Center performance. Neither worth a visit other than that.
Popped into my head today. Don’t know why. My Dad and his cousin Joey DiVito used to take me there. A steakhouse on 45th near Third Avenue. Ashtrays with logos.… Read more Danny’s Hideaway →
A country French UWS boîte, “the box in the woods”, literally. A tiny space downstairs. Not great if you’ve got clausty issues. Close. Cozy. Snug. Yet the staff and atmosphere are friendly and it has endured in the neighborhood for many years. Food is standard bistro fare, bland and average quality. Nice Sancerre. Also on the plus side. Stairs make it difficult so no strollers or leashes at brunch.
12-seat bar way West on 72nd. The freshest bites with meticulous presentation by an Omakase master. Sea salts, citrus garnishes. Sea Bream. Black Cod. Scallop. Tuna. Yellow tail. Oyster. Char. Everything tastes as if it was caught a minute ago in this 16-piece Christmas gift from mAdBen. A true treat.
Same sign. Different address. First went there in 1994 when Danny Meyer was an up-and-coming restaurateur. American fare with attention to service and fresh ingredients. The original was a little bit downstairs. This later iteration has the same vibe but with an above-the-ground and upstairs feel. Yet. Both intimate and inviting. Uniquely New York. Reminiscent of its dining heyday. In the neighborhood to see Peter Dinklage as Cyrano. Way cool.
A Jean-Georges restaurant in the tony Upper East Side hotel. The place to see and be seen. Glitterati abounds. Bustling bar into the back room. A festive atmosphere to meet friends during the holidays. Don’t go for great food. Go for the scene and Sancerre.
Columbus Avenue gets another much-needed booster shot. A vibrant young crowd in a cool space with good food and a DJ to enhance the lively mood. It’s not for everyone. But, it’s fun. Baby clams, carpaccio and tuna tartare excellent. Wine list extensive and reasonable. More of a cocktail-centric crowd. It’s from the owners of Tessa (backwards = Asset) on Amsterdam. But a much different experience.