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NYC Kaiseki: Soto (Aug. 2012): Omakase

August 14, 2012 1 comment

Author: Victor
Restaurant: Soto
Chef: Sotohiro Kosugi

Date: August 14, 2012

Notes:
-There are 17 non-sushi courses and 9 pieces of sushi (nigiri).
-I shall nickname this meal the “Uni Assault”. We had SO MUCH UNI. I guess it’s kind of my fault—in the beginning, the waitress asked me how much we liked uni, and I answered with, “We love it!” And… yeah. The pictures show how much uni we ended up getting.
-Chef Sotohiro has a HUGE temper hahahaha. We saw some J-raging going on today; there was one time where he raged LOUDLY and the entire restaurant just turned quiet. Apparently an employee messed up on something. He was pissssssed.

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NYC: Annisa (Aug. 2012)

August 7, 2012 1 comment

Author: Victor
Restaurant: Annisa
Chef: Anita Lo

Date: August 7, 2012

The star of this meal was the foie gras soup dumpling. If you only have time to see one dish in this post, jump to that one. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW AMAZING IT WAS.

The restaurant is relatively small for a fine-dining restaurant; we sat at the far wall, and here’s a view of pretty much the entire restaurant. The entrance to the kitchen is in the left corner.

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NYC: The NoMad Rooftop (Aug. 2012)

August 2, 2012 1 comment

Authors: Victor, Steven, and Tad
Restaurant: NoMad Rooftop
Chef: Daniel Humm

Date: August 2, 2012

Tad:
– The height (chuckle) of one of the more exclusive NYC fine-dining experiences is the summer tasting menu at The NoMad Restaurant, on the rooftop of the Nomad Hotel. You must buy your “reservation” ticket at 10 a.m. on the day of the reservation, similar to the online ticketing system of Next and Alinea. It is the next progression of the concept of food as performance art. Exquisite.
– I am a big fan of Daniel Humm’s other work, so thought I would broaden these guys’ horizons with something they can only get during a few hot months in summer.

Victor:
-The food had to make its way from the restaurant kitchen all the way up to the rooftop, and I think that made things a lot slower. They took FOREVER to bring food/drinks out and to pick up our finished dishes/drinks. We started dinner at around 8:40 p.m. or so, and I think we finished dinner at around midnight.
-My iPhone isn’t very good at taking pictures at night, so most of the pictures have flash and look a bit funny.

Steven:
-This was a great venue…the food was good and it was really nice out. The only issue was that it did take forever. But yeah, light, tasty, well constructed, if a bit stuffy.

Setting:

We sat on the rooftop of the NoMad hotel, and here’s how the “restaurant” area looked like.

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