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Le Cirque Review for Winter Restaurant Week 2010
February 6, 2010, 2:37 pm
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I suppose anyone who lives in NYC has heard of the venerable bastion of fine dining that is Le Cirque. You know, snooty French waiters, jackets required, that sort of thing. Restaurant Week goers often complain that they feel as though they’ve been treated poorly, but I found my experience to be quite the contrary. The staff was welcoming and gracious, pulling out chairs, folding napkins when patrons left to use the restroom, and didn’t so much as flinch when we declined to drink anything but tap water.

I had the Maine shellfish to start, followed by the diver scallops and ending with the milles-feuilles. I like fancy foam as much as the next person, but I don’t like it when there is so much foam that my view of the actual food underneath it is obscured. The shellfish were perfectly cooked, and the red pepper-yuzu broth was light and complementary, not detracting from the delicate textures and brine of the shellfish. The fregola Sarda (a rich, earthy Sardinian pasta made by rubbing coarse semolina pasta and water together to create crumbs) grounded the dish and provided a welcome heartiness. Continue reading


NYRW Winter 2010 reviews are trickling in

We’re halfway through New York Restaurant Week Winter 2010 and we’re starting to see reviews being posted all over the web.

  • The winners and losers of NYRW 2010 from EaterNY (several restaurants reviewed)
  • Dovetail: Restaurant Week from Peek and Eat makes me so sad that Dovetail was not one of my choices
  • NYRW Restaurant Week Reviews from NYC Menu GirlFig & Olive, Etcetera Etcetera, and Butter.
  • Restaurant Week at Aureole from NYC Tastes
  • David Burke Townhouse for Winter Restaurant Week 2010 from the Indiscriminate Foodie
  • Shawn L. from Yelp reviews Indochine and Artisanal for NYRW Winter 2010
  • Several Serious Eaters review different NYRW Winter 2010 meals
  • My own review of City Crab and Seafood Co. for NYRW Winter 2010

After my trips to Le Cirque, Butter, and Rayuela this week, I will be posting more reviews!

Hello, Restaurant Week.

So glad you’re here.

I have started working out again, and it has nothing to do with some flimsy new year’s resolution. No, no. It’s something much more serious and meaningful than that, my friends. It’s so I don’t turn into a fat tub of lard during winter restaurant week (which is actually two weeks of hard core eating) as I stuff myself with 3 course meals day in and day out.

My lineup is dictated by three key factors: (1) the presence of seafood on the menu – I am a sucker for shellfish, (2) spicy/ethnic flavors, and (3) proximity to my office – so I can sneak out for lunch without being gone for 2 hours – and home – because I like to eat and be able to walk some of it off on the way home. Makes me feel less guilty. So here it is, my NYRW lineup:

  • Today, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010: Dinner at City Crab and Seafood Company, Gramercy. They had me at “Seafood Chowder.” By the time I read “lobster” on the menu, I had already drooled a little on myself. RW menu. 235 Park Ave S; New York, NY 10003. (212) 529-3800.
  • Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010: Brunch at Joe Doe, LES. Okay, so it’s not technically a RW meal since JoeDoe isn’t participating, but it is still going to be awesome. I am stoked to try the winter beertails (or “prepared beers”)  he’s got on his drink menu now! Please let there be bourbon. 45 E 1st St (btwn 1st & 2nd Aves); New York, NY 10003. (212) 780-0262.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010: Dinner at Le Cirque. Honestly, I don’t really know a lot about Le Cirque. Only that at some point, it was a really famous, very snooty French restaurant. I suppose the food is good, since people don’t generally enjoy snooty otherwise. RW menu. 151 E 58th St; New York, NY 10022. (212) 644-0315.
  • Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 3 or 4, 2010: Lunch at either Butter (NoHo), Lure (SoHo), or Del Posto (Meatpacking – yeah, I’ll risk getting in trouble for taking a 2 hour lunch for Mario). Hurry up and decide, Jason!
  • Friday, Feb. 5, 2010: Romantic dinner at Rayuela, LES. I had some friends who went for a birthday dinner last weekend and they said the food, and especially the paella, was amazing. Did someone say seafood and cilantro? Sold. RW menu. 165 Allen St (btwn Rivington & Stanton); New York, NY. (212) 253-8840.

Where are you eating? Tell me if you have any recommendations!

NYC Winter Restaurant Week rezzies start today
January 12, 2010, 7:00 am
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It’s NYC Winter Restaurant Week time again! $35 prix fixe dinners and $25 prix fixe lunches make this food lover’s heart sing. While I can’t justify blowing $50-$100 going out to eat at upscale restaurants every week, I do make it a point to blow at least that during NYC RW. To see a list of participating restaurants and their menu offerings, visit Make your rezzies via OpenTable, and make them fast! The best RW rezzies fill up quickly, especially for Thursday and Friday nights.

Go: January 25 to February 7, 2010.