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43 hrs: short report on Asiate, Mark's, Payard

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43 hrs: short report on Asiate, Mark's, Payard

Claudette | May 22, 2006 05:24 PM

We flew in & out for my husband's graduation from Columbia, and here's what we ate:

Lunch @ Asiate: wonderful chef's choice bento, especially the rich mushroom soup, but the "seafood etoufee" was more like scallop gumbo; frozen desserts were terrific, but the cakes were abysmal, esp. for $12-15; wine markup was 3x retail, but the bubbly sake was refreshing and unique; $190 for 2, w/ tax & tip.

Light dinner at The Mark Restaurant (The Mark Hotel): smoky, lucious salmon appetizer which we split and fought over; light and non-greasy soft-shell crab tempura (best version I've had yet); nicely sauteed skate wing; 2 glasses of plum ice tea; ~$100 for 2.

Payard: cannele was tough and tasteless; napoleon's puff pastry was a bit overbaked (almost burnt), with small pastry cream:pastry ratio. Disappointing.

Ran into Guy at Chelsea Market (he's taping his Next FoodNetwork Star show) and he was approachable and jovial - just like on TV.

The cabbies were fast and dangerous, as usual. I love New York!

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