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#1 Wilfrid

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:03 PM

I saw that the Baccarat's bar is opening tonight.  No date yet for the main restaurant, Chevalier.  This is the place Charles Masson will be running, with Shea Gallante in the kitchen.  Modern take on French classics.  



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Posted 06 April 2015 - 11:10 PM

Opening date should be sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.

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#3 Wilfrid

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 12:40 AM

Oh this place is not going to be short of concepts.

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 05:37 PM

The Times is on it.

 

So is this where the Donnell library used to be? I thought the deal had been that it would be rebuilt in the basement (or is that just wishful thinking)?


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Posted 07 April 2015 - 06:41 PM

La Grenouille is one of the last of the old Las and Les still standing: La Caravelle, La Côte Basque and Lutèce all shut down in 2004, and Lespinasse in 2003.

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:03 PM

Everyone's on it.



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Posted 04 May 2015 - 10:23 PM

I swear I talked to him there on Saturday.


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Posted 04 May 2015 - 10:47 PM

Whoa! That's a huge surprise. When we were there on April 23rd, he seated us, and we chatted with him briefly on our way out.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:00 AM

Me too, four days ago. Amazed. Oh well, rewriting my review.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 11:43 AM

I've been to the bar twice now, the second being just the other day. He was there, air-kissing and schmoozing everyone he knew—which was a lot of people. I don't think his presence makes any difference to Shea Gallante's food, but it's obvious that many of the guests were there for him.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:29 PM

Steve Cuozzo says: "Also in no-surprise category: Masson out of Chevalier after 1 month. Mystery is how it lasted so long."


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 03:22 PM

Here's the Pig at Chevalier. I haven't had enough of the menu yet to venture an firm opinion, but the Pig's enthusiasm is certainly consistent with what I've tried.

 

As I said upthread, Gallante doesn't need Masson to tell him what to cook. The question is whether there are enough customers to support the program, now that Masson isn't there to draw them in. Does it thrive, or does it become another Adour.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 03:35 PM

Thanks. Managed to finish the review early today but been too busy in meetings to post a link.

One puzzle I have: is there a bar on the ground floor near Chevalier, or is there only the crazy wonderland on the second floor?

One thing the restaurant needs to do is start selling the Gallante story harder. Masson's presence somewhat overshadowed him.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 03:36 PM

At this stage, many of the customers were obviously La Grenouille veterans, but the cooking isn't targeted at them. It's very contemporary.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 04:22 PM

One puzzle I have: is there a bar on the ground floor near Chevalier, or is there only the crazy wonderland on the second floor?

 

Ground floor.  Right outside the dining room.


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