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post #22966 of 25228
i was thinking drew keith, but i dont think max and him are bros
post #22967 of 25228
Broke out the grill for the first time this year.
post #22968 of 25228
That's so Renaissance.
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Never understood why they gave a Michelin star to what I would sum up as dumplings. But they were good and got confirmed by a Chinese friend.











Edited by Cravate_Noire - 5/16/13 at 2:39pm
post #22970 of 25228
Conversation in the "happy" thread made me think of this. Not last night, but still relevant.

The wife and I went to Battersby in Carroll Gardens this week. Hugely hyped restaurant. They just started taking reservations for the tasting menu and we have a friend who is leaving the city who really wanted to go there, so we finally decided to pull the trigger.

The food was excellent, but we were on the whole not impressed. It's a very small, Brooklyn neighborhood type place with probably 25 seats max. The two chefs are in a tiny open kitchen cooking everything themselves, which I very much appreciate.

Our problem was that it was trying to be something that it was not. The tasting menu was very much trying to be on the level of the big Michelin-starred restaurants. Any of the individual dishes were certainly on that level, but the whole was less than the sum of its parts:
  1. We showed up on time for our reservations and were told that a bunch of people before us had come in late and so it would be 45 minutes before we could be seated. If reservations are coming in so late that it's offsetting other confirmed reservations by 45 minutes, you need to tell them tough luck. We were not happy about this.
  2. Service was, on the whole, spotty.
  3. The timing of the dishes was weird. We'd go 30 minutes with nothing, then get a bunch of dishes one after another with no time to appreciate them.
  4. Many of the dishes were very, very similar. I lost count of how many seared white fish over fava beans/asparagus/whatever springy puree type thing we had.

All this plus a bit of wine came to $300 for my wife and I which, while clearly less than the big Michelin-starred places, is not exactly cheap. It puts it into a weird price range--too much for random going out, but expensive enough where, at that price, I'm going to spend a bit more and get the whole nine yards.

Basically, it was a small neighborhood place trying to do the technical-masterpiece tasting menu, but not being able to execute the non-cooking parts of that. I think that had we been in there and just ordered an appetizer, entree, and dessert, it would have been excellent. Problem is, it is completely impossible to get in there to do that.
post #22971 of 25228
Yup, last time I tried to walk in, they quoted me 2.5 hours. This was on a Tuesday no less. Then after we decided to go elsewhere, we got a call from them offering us a table, wait would have been a grand total of 45 minutes. I dont think they have any control over their tables or their service. They can get away with it because the demand is stratospheric.
post #22972 of 25228
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

Yup, last time I tried to walk in, they quoted me 2.5 hours. This was on a Tuesday no less. Then after we decided to go elsewhere, we got a call from them offering us a table, wait would have been a grand total of 45 minutes. I dont think they have any control over their tables or their service. They can get away with it because the demand is stratospheric.

Yeah, this was Tuesday night for us as well, and they were turning people away at the door all night long. About every 10 minutes, someone would show up and ask what the wait was, and be told that they would not be seated that night.

We tried to go there a few months ago, also on a random weeknight (I believe also a Tuesday) and they told us "they were not seating parties of four". OK, whatever.

The demand there is truly absurd, and yeah, it lets them get away with not being on point. Which is unfortunate. Like I said, were we going in there as a normal neighborhood bistro and ordering a la carte, I'm sure it would have been fantastic and I'd be raving about it. But that type of meal there is impossible, leaving it in a wasteland of mediocrity.
post #22973 of 25228
Hmm, good to know. I'd wanted to check that place out. I'll either avoid it or show up on early on a weeknight.
post #22974 of 25228
Inspired by Yannick Alleno's dish, a dinner I've improvised in 10 minutes. The parsley doesn't work at all though. However, green asparagus, raw egg yolk and Comté or Parmiggiano (in this case) is a perfect combination.
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post #22976 of 25228
Looks good, gome. I really need to find a decent fishmonger nearby.
post #22977 of 25228
Oh, I've seen lots of cime di rapa in Berlin. Anyone care to hit me up with some nice recipes? I suppose it would work well with garlic and dried tomatoes or so, but I'm always open for recipes, and I know a few of you are fans of cime di rapa.
post #22978 of 25228
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

Looks good, gome. I really need to find a decent fishmonger nearby.

there's a small farmers market down the street from me every Saturday, and some fish people from Montauk come in with really nice stuff. I realize that Montauk is ???? for you.
post #22979 of 25228
Today I made a vegetable & cannellini bean soup (with lots of kale drool.gif), chickpea & avocado spread (very garlicky), and some corn tortillas.
post #22980 of 25228
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Originally Posted by Cravate_Noire View Post

Never understood why they gave a Michelin star to what I would sum up as dumplings. But they were good and got confirmed by a Chinese friend.











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