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Marea’s Press May be the Best, But in the Kitchen it Misses the Mark

Rating: ★★½☆☆

First of all, let me say that my last trip to New York City happened at the end of May 2010, so this post is sadly a bit outdated. But, it has been sitting as a draft in my files for the last 8 months, which means this article was written when the meal was still fresh in my mind. Although some tweaks may have been made to the menu, 3 of the 4 items that I ordered last May are actually still on the menu, and since I haven’t revisited the restaurant, my initial opinion has stuck with me. So, rather than let a completed article (and a couple of nice photos) go to waste, I’m sharing it now.

For many people, an ideal vacation may only need to consist of a hot sun, a relaxing beach, and a limitless number of naps. Others like to spend those precious few days exploring distant, unfamiliar countries. But if you’re like me, nothing says “vacation” quite like cramped subways, hectic daily schedules, little sleep, and constantly eating incredible food. Hello New York!

Prior to arriving in New York City, my fourth visit in 4 years, I had done a significant amount of research on what new restaurants were catching headlines and had already made reservations at all of my top picks. Although Marea wasn’t one of them, after only one day in Manhattan I realized that I’d had made a big mistake – everyone, and I mean everyone, was talking about Marea. With only two days notice and one incredibly lucky phone call, I found myself with a lunch reservation at New York’s hottest restaurant…Continue Reading

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Degustation: One of NYC’s Best Kept Secrets. Doesn’t Advertise, Doesn’t Need To.

Rating: ★★★★★

First, the breakdown. The restaurant’s concept: creative. The dining experience: unique. The cuisine: exceptional. The execution: flawless. The service: impeccable. The cost: cheap, considering the quality of what’s being served. When you take each of those pieces and put them all together again, you get Degustation, a restaurant that ranks amongst New York City’s finest

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Colicchio and Sons: Tasting the Technique of NYC Fine-Dining

Rating: ★★★★☆

Saturday night. New York City. The air is hot. The streets are crowded. The restaurants are filling up with people just starting their nights. And there I am. Walking into Colicchio and Sons, ready to take on the chef’s tasting menu with the accompanying wine pairing. Alone…Continue Reading

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Eleven Madison Magic, or, The Best Meal of my Life Part 2

Rating: ★★★★★

In my review of the French Laundry I wrote that, in terms of my culinary experiences, I hoped that I hadn’t peaked at 22. Two years later, I’m happy to write that after indulging in the 11 course tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park, that fear is completely gone…

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Eleven Madison Magic, or, The Best Meal of my Life Part 1


Rating: ★★★★★

This is part 1 (lunch) of 2 reviews, otherwise it would be too long…

Let me start from the beginning…My love affair with Eleven Madison Park actually began at lunch last Thursday, where I limited myself (and my credit card) to 2 courses, dessert, and a couple glasses of wine. Instead of going into depth about every single course I had, let me say now that the dishes weren’t just delicious, or even great, but that every dish blew me away. Every. Single. Dish.

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