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The Flon

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#1444238 Micromanage My Life

Posted by The Flon on Yesterday, 06:14 PM

So they picked the one restaurant a block from Crown Shy.

#1443289 Crown Shy

Posted by The Flon on 25 July 2019 - 04:05 AM

Crown Shy is very nice. The white beans with nduja (granted there is some version of this on every menu everywhere in the country), carrots with razor clams, tagliatelle with sungolds was excellent, something else was more forgettable but fine. Cocktails were good if slightly sweet. Will happily go back.

"will happily go back" is perfect. They do nice work. Actually really good work for this current time.

#1442551 China June 2019

Posted by The Flon on 02 July 2019 - 06:37 PM


#1442203 New Orleans

Posted by The Flon on 20 June 2019 - 03:26 PM

A quick few days in late October. We have Sunday and Monday in New Orleans after a Saturday in Lafayette and Avery Island. Wanted to try the dining room in Saint Germain but that is only Thursday-Saturday. Still will go by for wine and small plates.

It's Ms. Flon's birthday so she gets to choose Sunday's dinner and that will be at Compere Lapin. Not my first choice but it looks decent (wine list isn't bad either) and I remember Nina from when she was on Top Chef and she seemed to know what she was doing.


For Monday I am lobbying for La Petite Grocery. Also going to do a lunch at Tan Dinh

Does anyone have experience at any of these places? We are staying at Maison de la Luz which is a boutique spinoff of The Ace Hotel.  Looking forward to revisiting. Been too long. Feels strange to not have Cochon as a priority but our last visit there was not impressive and now that Mekelburg's has superior roasted oysters, we don't need to return. Cochon Butcher was great last time but it's not a priority. Would still like to squeeze it in.


Any new cocktail places worth trying?


Bar Marilou is connected to our hotel and I'd like to try Jewel of the South.

#1442008 Mekelburg's

Posted by The Flon on 15 June 2019 - 03:42 PM

Stopping by grand location today for the 4 year anniversary.

#1440590 Micromanage My Life

Posted by The Flon on 30 April 2019 - 07:14 PM

We've talked a lot more about how we haven't talked about Crown Shy than we've talked about Crown Shy.


Well....I'll be going on the 14th.

#1438052 Sota Atsumi's 'Maison' @ Chefs Club

Posted by The Flon on 26 February 2019 - 08:30 PM



Paul Liebrandt will be here from March 12 - May 12.

ooh! Imagine his food with good service!


But certainly not the wine list...


True tsuris never ends...

#1437136 Mekelburg's

Posted by The Flon on 28 January 2019 - 04:42 PM


I had...ALL of this last Monday with some friends in Williamsburg. 


DAMN that caviar pie is heavenly.


what do you think of the Croque.. The first weekend we made this, three guys from France came in and one ordered it.. It was a nervous moment... 



The mustard streak on the plate is invaluable to cut the richness. In fact, I'd say that more would be welcome. The cornichons are nice too. It's a delicious sandwich and requires a nap afterwards.


Interestingly, we also had the porcetta that day (I brought first timers so we had to do the classics too) and one of my friends said that it was almost the platonic ideal of a sandwich. The proportion of pork, the greens, the bread.


THAT will always be the one to beat.

#1437132 Mekelburg's

Posted by The Flon on 28 January 2019 - 03:45 PM

I had...ALL of this last Monday with some friends in Williamsburg. 


DAMN that caviar pie is heavenly.

#1435071 eating in Japan

Posted by The Flon on 03 December 2018 - 08:40 PM

any thoughts on cocktail bars at the moment? 


Bar Gen Yamamoto was getting a lot of attention during my last visit almost three years ago.  It was a fine experience, and he is terrific but I did find the progression of drinks to be on the sweet side. 

#1433622 Katana Kitten - Izakaya and Cocktails on Hudson Street

Posted by The Flon on 23 October 2018 - 01:08 PM

Friendly service and I think we had some pork belly skewers and maybe deviled eggs that were very good. We found the bar stools a little uncomfortable for a longer session but that seems to happen more frequently these days. 

We went early on a weekend evening in summer so almost had the whole place to ourselves for about two hours.

#1433178 Existing Conditions

Posted by The Flon on 08 October 2018 - 02:36 PM

The turkey club is fantastic!

#1430190 Existing Conditions

Posted by The Flon on 18 July 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Canary is a very good drink.

speaking to one of then bartenders and he said the celery drink was a runaway hit. Loved it but that helicopter is terrific too. And the bottled martini. And the turkey club. And the latkes. And Garrett the bartender.

I think really like it here so far. I can say I wish the bar had seating with backs but then I'd be gushing at Eater/PR levels about this place.

#1429471 Aska

Posted by The Flon on 29 June 2018 - 06:11 PM

I think enough people that I respect like this place enough that I have to go.. 

Here and Rao's on the same week would be quite a story

#1427361 Uncle Boon's Sister

Posted by The Flon on 07 May 2018 - 01:38 PM

Went for an early lunch yesterday around 11:45am and we had the place to ourselves.  Everything was we tried except for the roti with Pumpkin Curry was excellent.  Standouts were the mataba lamb pastry (Exceptional dipping sauces for that) and the Thai sausage.


Would love to have this in the ongoing rotation and might even consider it for takeout whenever we're in the area to bring back all the way to Harlem bit it is a small space with short stools when it's not completely empty. We had the luxury of spreading out and taking over other tables. There is outdoor seating available in normal sized chairs but eating on an NYC sidewalk is never something that has appealed to me in 21 years of living here.