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Seth Gordon

Member Since 30 Jun 2010
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In Topic: The Platt Thread

22 March 2020 - 07:47 PM

I think Le Bernardin was the sole five star in that first list, but I’ve now thrown it away.

Le B & Masa both got the five. But then for whatever reason he demoted them both later.

In Topic: Essex Crossing, Essex St. Market, and More

18 March 2020 - 01:34 PM

The downstairs was cordoned off with yellow tape, at least at the stairs where I enter the market (at Broome and Norfolk).


One of the security guards said they were getting rid of all the seating downstairs, and some places might re-open for takeout only. Didn't seem 100% sure, though - everything's in flux. 

Ends Meat is still open for now - you can order online and they'll meet you upstairs with the goods.

In Topic: Frenchette

11 March 2020 - 09:54 PM

And in a weird coincidence, Tom Lubbe (of Matassa) is hanging out & pouring at Peoples tonight, and somehow I missed the announcement until just now.

In Topic: Frenchette

11 March 2020 - 06:33 PM

It feels like the wine list prices keep creeping up somewhat aggressively. I was just there in January and felt like I saw more modestly priced selections. Is this the tariff war?

Does anyone have a red recommendation for the duck? Would love to keep it at $70 but can go to $100 before my dining companion starts raising eyebrows. Might go for the steak too, if said companion is amenable 


Everything is creeping up. The duck is $10 more than when they opened, I believe. 

For wine, depends what the dining companion orders / if you want funky or not. The duck (or steak) is a pretty straightforward dish that could be a neutral backdrop for a number of off the beaten path wines.

Matassa's stuff can be pretty interesting... I haven't had the Brutal Rouge ($75) but I imagine it's something fun and a bit (or maybe a lot) outside the box. 

In Topic: Taqueria Al Pastor

11 March 2020 - 05:06 PM

Tried this morning. One of each meat option - al pastor, pollo, carne asada. The al pastor shined, it's certainly one of the better renditions in town. The other two... fine. Found the carne asada a bit bland, actually. Pollo was better, good smoky char hiding in there. Wasn't crazy about the house salsa verde - too garlic-heavy for my taste, but others may love that. 

Good tortillas. The texture was reading more masa harina than masa fresca to me, but that's still better than typical and they had a nice pronounced corn flavor. 

Yeah, the al pastor is probably the best in town I've had. If I lived in Ridgewick I'd be pretty happy to have them in the neighborhood.