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NEW REVIEW: Frej (@frejnyc)… Scandinavia by way of New York. Great new place, get there if you can.
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Had a nice little meal at the recently rennovated Le Bernardin last night in the lounge. Atmosphere is quite nice, if you can drown out the banker-speak that occasionally wafts through the airy and surprisingly large bar area, and there is a compact little 'Lounge' food and wine menu. You can also order dishes from the normal dinner menu (at least they offered that to us), but ask for the prices as the dinner menu is price-fixed and the price of individual dishes is not broken out for you.

The lobster and black truffled 'en brioche' was fantastic, as was the croque monsieur with smoked salmon and golden osetra. Ceviche was good but not fantastic. The escolar (from the main menu) was cooked perfectly and while the lime/lemon-grass sauce was nicely tangy, I have the feeling the fish is better suited to a more umami-rich kind of sauce or accompaniment. The black truffle carbonara (also from the main menu) was ridiculously good (not as rich as I thought it would be) as was 'The Egg', the signature dessert with milk chocolate pot de crème, caramel foam maple syrup and a dash of salt. Petit fours were also strong, my favorite being the chocolate with salted caramel center - these are often good or at least satisfying, but this one was exemplary. The cream puff with a chocolate disc on top was also very good. The Canelé was so-so (could have been more 'done') but the macaron was better - think it was sesame.

We had an excellent German Riesling (Peter Lauer, Saar, $18/glass) and I also tried a glass of the 2010 Lapierre Morgon (I think it was also $18), which was nice too. Sure, the glasses are nearly the price of a retail bottle (though mark-ups are less on the higher-priced glasses), but Aldo Sohm picks some great wines for the by-the-glass list.

On a Monday night, it was very easy to get a nice spot in the lounge before 8pm as a walk-in.

Recommended for a spur-of-the-moment treat. Of course it is not cheap, it's 3* Michelin dining daahling.
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Wrote a little piece on Parla Food (@katieparla's personal site) about a lot of what we ate on a quick trip to Rome earlier this summer. Some real winners, making me hungry now.... Hope you enjoy it. Also, her mobile guides to Rome and Instanbul are ace - see details on her site.
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I've posted a rambling round-up of some of the most memorable things I ate & drank in 2011 - hope you enjoy it!
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Wherein I review Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn's own 3* Michelin chef's table.
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Had a nice little meal at the recently rennovated Le Bernardin last night in the lounge. Atmosphere is quite nice, if you can drown out the banker-speak that occasionally wafts through the airy and surprisingly large bar area, and there is a compact little 'Lounge' food and wine menu. You can also order dishes from the normal dinner menu (at least they offered that to us), but ask for the prices as the dinner menu is price-fixed and the price of individual dishes is not broken out for you.

The lobster and black truffled 'en brioche' was fantastic, as was the croque monsieur with smoked salmon and golden osetra. Ceviche was good but not fantastic. The escolar (from the main menu) was cooked perfectly and while the lime/lemon-grass sauce was nicely tangy, I have the feeling the fish is better suited to a more umami-rich kind of sauce or accompaniment. The black truffle carbonara (also from the main menu) was ridiculously good (not as rich as I thought it would be) as was 'The Egg', the signature dessert with milk chocolate pot de crème, caramel foam maple syrup and a dash of salt. Petit fours were also strong, my favorite being the chocolate with salted caramel center - these are often good or at least satisfying, but this one was exemplary. The cream puff with a chocolate disc on top was also very good. The Canelé was so-so (could have been more 'done') but the macaron was better - think it was sesame.

We had an excellent German Riesling (Peter Lauer, Saar, $18/glass) and I also tried a glass of the 2010 Lapierre Morgon (I think it was also $18), which was nice too. Sure, the glasses are nearly the price of a retail bottle (though mark-ups are less on the higher-priced glasses), but Aldo Sohm picks some great wines for the by-the-glass list.

On a Monday night, it was very easy to get a nice spot in the lounge before 8pm as a walk-in.

Recommended for a spur-of-the-moment treat. Of course it is not cheap, it's 3* Michelin dining daahling.
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I've written a review of Kajitsu, a 2* Michelin restaurant serving Japanese shojin ryori cuisine in New York's Lower East Side, for the Arbuturian.
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I've written a review of Commerce Restaurant for The BespokeBlog - fun place, full-flavored food.
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