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Folie en Food NY

photo-66MadisonPark Onze it. Quatorze-course tasting adventure. Pricey. Priceless.

Eleven Madison Park Menu, March 2014:

~Savory black and white cookie
Chartogne-Taillet Brut Rosé, Merfy Champagne, France

~Oyster Vichyssoise and caviar
~Marinated Scallop with apple, lime, and water chestnut

~Beef tartare with caviar and smoked bone marrow
~Pastrami with pickles, rye, mustard, and cranberry
Bellwether Legacy Brut Cider, Trumansberg, NY

~Cured Foie Gras with sunchokes and fermented mustard greens
Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Reserve, Alsace, France

~Waldorf salad with celery, cranberries and walnuts
Domaine de Belliviere Loire Valley, France

~Poached lobster with razor clam, sea urchin and kale
Isabelle et Denis Pommier, Premier Cru Chablis, France

~Braised celery root with black truffle
ça del Baio Barbaresco Piedmont, Italy

~Duck broth with sausage and Gruyère
~Roasted duck with lavender, honey, rutabaga
Domaine Monier Perreol, Rhone Valley, France

~Various desserts. Chocolate pretzels. Cookies. Baked Alaska

Then, the next day:

Grilled lobster lunch with friends at ABC Kitchen. Specially good.
Roasted octopus, striped bass downtown at Colicchio and Sons. Delectable.

Memories of a Mad March Birthday Weekend. Indelible. Folie en food!

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Best Dining 2013

New York City

Gramercy TavernFlatiron, best of best $$$$
Da Silvano, West Village, classic Italian $$$$
Lure FishbarSoHo, consistently good $$$
Next Door NobuTribeca, best fish  $$$$
MaysvilleFlatiron, interesting creative  $$$
Union Square CafeUnion Square, high standards met $$$$
La Mar CebicheriaFlatiron, fresh Peruvian, $$
Brasserie Les HallesFlatiron, delicious comfort food $$

Western Massachusetts

Blue Heron, Sunderland, Best in Valley $$$
Cafe Adam, Great Barrington, gazpacho $$$
Bistro Zinc, Lenox, Parisian staples $$
The Farm Table, Bernardston, eat at bar, risotto $$$
30 Boltwood, Amherst, renovated Lord Jeffrey Inn $$$

Lobster ShackWilliamsburg Snack Bar  Fresh value $
BakeryBread Euphoria, Haydenville, Bakery goodnot lunch $$
Italian Market/DeliFrigo’s, Springfield, VealDinners to go $$
Chinese/Japanese Delivery: Taipei TokyoNorthampton  $$

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RestaurantReviews 2012

Best of 2012

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Gramercy Tavern. Everything is perfection. But, my true test of a great restaurant is the Quail. Medium rare and succulent to the bone. Best dinner of the year soup to nuts.

ABC Kitchen. No better way to celebrate a birthday than lunch on a warm March day with a dear friend and sweet Maine lobster. Just a few tables away, Meryl Streep was enjoying her husband’s fries. img00336-20120308-12434

nikon_568.344184704_stdGreat Barrington, Massachusetts~ Café Adam. Long Island oysters for lunch, soft-shell crab BLT in season. Wonderfully creative and fresh.

Bernardston, Massachusetts~ Farm Table. Atmosphere is a bit staid in the colonial interior rooms. But, on a balmy Indian Summer day in October, burgers and crabcakes outdoors taste best.


Lenox, Massachusetts~ Bistro Zinc. A touch of Paris in the Berkshires. Moules frites, omelettes, soupe à l’oignon. Authentic consistent fare. pommes-frites-and-smoked

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