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  1. spaetzle

    Ssam Bar

    Oh - sounds like it's different then, but you'll definitely enjoy this chicken too.
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    Momofuku Ko

    correction to my earlier posts: the onions were soubise, not sous-vide. I had mis-heard.
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    Momofuku Ko

    I feel like I'm not done thinking about the egg dish. Each component was very special. The hackleback caviar was beautiful, briny, buttery and sweet, all at the same time. The perfectly coddled egg was smooth and luxurious. The sous vide onions were amazing. They were melted and yet all the moisture was still inside the onion slices. They were almost pudding-like, if that makes any sense. The potato chips were perfect for providing crunch and also a good vehicle for adding a little bit more salt to the dish. The chips were a very considerate size (roughly the size of a quarter), a perf
  4. A very good special last night: cured arctic char with tofu and a rye flat bread. I had the scallops with bacon/potato mash again and I think it was even better this time. I strongly recommend it. There is also a new steak dish on the menu. I haven't had it yet, but the guy sitting next to me really enjoyed it.
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    Ssam Bar

    I had a very enjoyable dinner here the other night. Some new items on the menu: Spicy braised beef tendon with red onions cooked until translucent and topped with some baby tatsoi leaves. The tendon was perfectly cooked, very rich flavor and not too spicy. Served along side of the tendon were some finely sliced green papaya with a drizzle of olive oil. Also, in addition to the relatively new lardo, there is now a duck pancetta with grapes and bibb lettuce that was lightly dressed with a vinaigrette. Delicious. Tien sent out a huge slice of country style pate: heirloom pig,
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    Momofuku Ko

    Changes in the space: The bar seating now wraps around the entire kitchen. For those who are familiar with the old noodle bar layout, the kitchen was a pass through. Now it is completely enclosed by bar seating. The "peninsula" seats are gone and so the front area has completely opened up and looks very spacious. I was sitting in one of the new seats parallel to first avenue, so I had a view of the entire kitchen line. There are two seats with this view, all other seats are facing uptown. There is now a coat closet and wine storage against the wall on the first avenue side. The
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    Momofuku Ko

    That would be ME!!! I definitely felt like I won the lottery last night. I literally floated home (4 miles) just babbling away to Sneakeater about shaved foie! I didn't even notice the blocks going by!! That foie was spectacular. The flakes just melt the minute they hit your tongue. It is a dreamy dish. It came with lychees, lychee gelee and a brittle - I thought it was a pinenut brittle but I'm seeing it listed elsewhere as a pineapple brittle - either way, it was delicious and offered nice textural contrast/crunch and a bit of sweetness (along with the gelee and lychees) whi
  8. Daisy, I described the fois up-thread: Thinking about the dish some more, I think that the greens were probably wilted arugula.
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    Ssam Bar

    I tried the lardo the other night and it's definitely decadent. The bibb lettuce and grapes work very well in providing a fresh, clean contrast to the lardo. I enjoyed it, but I think in terms of the "toast with a fatty slice of something on top" genre, my favorite is still the veal head terrine. I also sampled a new dish from the raw bar: the fish was mild, flaky and white so I'm thinking it was probably red snapper - unfortunately I can't remember what was said when the dish was delivered. It was served on top of a huckleberry sauce and topped with some shaved daikon and my ultima
  10. Yet another new dish on the menu: A smoked whitefish salad (I think the binding ingredient was tofu rather than mayo) wrapped in a rye pancake/crepe and topped with some matchstick cut radish. The smoked whitefish was excellent and I loved the rye pancake: fluffy, yet thin enough to not be too filling. The radish added a nice fresh, crispy crunch to the dish. Brussels sprouts are out, but bok choy is in. It's the same dish as what has been served in prior years and every bit as good.
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    Al di La

    I really liked the brussel sprouts though. Oh. Wait.
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    A Voce

    I wonder what is it that you do. I have not done anything like that ever. In school, there were some slepless nights but not like that. I decided after the first few all nighters early in college that it was worthless to keep awake for such a long time. My brain did not work, was not efficient, and the thinking was garbage. So, I always sleep. I can't handle not sleeping. If I sleep less than 8 hours for a few nights in a row, or if I sleep less than 5 hours for one night, it gets ugly. That's when I start crying inexplicably at very inopportune moments in very inappropriate s
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    A Voce

    Come on now Spaetzle.. All a pretty woman needs is a smile.. And some clothes (while in public).
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    A Voce

    I'd also recommend the donuts. If you're into that sort of thing...
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    A Voce

    I wanted to go the other night. I was in my usual wardrobe choice of a hoodie zipped up to my chin. I walked in and saw a woman sitting at the bar who was wearing a strapless top (in chilly weather? huh?). I turned around and left. I would have been uncomfortable. I'd recommend putting on a decent shirt.
  16. Had a very enjoyable meal earlier in the week with my sister. Of note were two new dishes. The "soft scrambled" eggs with duck confit and a fois vinaigrette was more like a savory zabaglione - the eggs were so light and the crispiness of the duck confit was a nice textural contrast. Very tasty. We also had a new scallop dish: the scallops were perfectly pan roasted and served with an excellent bacon and potato mash. It's not a new dish but the oxtail soup came out exceptionally well. This was an early dinner around 4 o'clock last Sunday - it was not crowded at all. Even though
  17. spaetzle

    Lost

    And let's not forget Jin. And Mr. Eko. And I think Hurley has a nice smile. I don't like Locke or Ben: I'm not into fundamentalist zealots. Very unattractive.
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    Lost

    I find most of the cast members hot. Except for Ben. Miles is, um, physically appealing. He's cranky and annoying, but I'm sure he'll be revealed as having a heart of gold at some point. My heart is with Desmond though. It's unrequited love. He's all about this Penny chick and I just don't get it.
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    Lost

    I wasn't so into the dialog between Sayid and the German woman (I can't remember her name). It was so bad it kind of distracted me from that aspect of the plot and I didn't buy into that portion of the episode. I like Miles. He's cute hot.
  20. I was working late last night and tried to order take out at 11pm from a place in my neighborhood that stays open until midnight. They closed the kitchen up before 11pm. It was a cold night and business was slow so they didn't stay open. I was a little bummed about not being able to have some oxtail ragu over linguini and a side of sauteed spinach, but I can't say I blame them for not staying open on a slow night of 10 degree weather. The host that I spoke to over the phone was very apologetic - he explained the situation rather than just giving a flat out "No", so I didn't mind too mu
  21. cute perhaps, but there is a blanket set of behaviors/attitudes referred to under the rubric of "social skills" that is often completely absent. or maybe it's changed since i was young and hot and mathematically en(cu)mbered. I was a math and computer science major and was totally in love with many of my math professors (even the one who was 74!!!). I found a lot of the math guys to be sweet, goofy in a geeky/charming sort of way, funny and sensitive. Ah, the good ol' days...
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    Ssam Bar

    Very nice dinner last night: The tripe salad and the brussel sprouts were as good as always. A salad of duck confit, frisee and plumped raisins with a fois gras vinaigrette was delicious. I also got the chawan mushi. It is similar to the one that I liked last year - beef jus, lots of garlic, snails (these were tender) and the texture of the custard was perfect. There was no edamame present - I missed it - but still found the dish to be very enjoyable. For dessert, I ordered the brown butter cake with the stout whipped cream and plumped raisins - very enjoyable. It may be that
  23. I love the way picking up 80 dollars worth of dry cleaning is almost like finding a new wardrobe in my closet! :)
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    Ssam Bar

    I think I'd prefer caviar to tapioca pearls. Hah!! :lol:
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