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Trip Report - October 2009

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Trip Report - October 2009

daveena | Jan 13, 2010 11:12 AM

Yikes… time flies. These longer trips are way harder to write up, but I do find them useful for my own future reference (plus, I always get great recs for future trips from Manhattan CHers in response). Hopefully other people will find them helpful as well.

Exceeded expectations:
Shake Shack
Momofuku Noodle Bar’s ramen

Did not meet expectations:
Keste
Obika
Momofuku Ko
Momofuku Milk Bar’s pork bun with egg

Best bargains:
SHO’s $30, 3-course lunch
EMP’s $28, 2-course lunch

Worst use of deconstruction:
Perbacco’s “carbonara”

Biggest (pleasant) surprise:
Momofuku Noodle Bar’s ramen

Most memorable sweet:
Momofuku Milk Bar’s chocolate chip and passion curd cake
(runner-up) – Corton’s “fruit plate”

Most uneven meal: Graffiti

Not as good as I remember:
Absolute Bagels
City Bakery’s pretzel croissant

Just as good as I remember:
Yasuda

Head to head comparisons:
Pizza - Keste vs. Motorino: Motorino
Lasagna – Salumeria Rossi vs. Perbacco: tie. Both great.
Chocolate chip cookies: Levain vs. Jacques Torres: tie. Both disappointed.
High-end – SHO vs. EMP vs. Corton vs. Ko: Corton

Still haven’t made it to: Artichoke

High on my list for next visit: Sorella, Maiolino, Marea, Txikito

Itinerary Overview:

DAY 1
Salumeria Rossi
Grom

DAY 2
Locanda Verde
Keste
Sushi Yasuda

DAY 3
Momofuku Milk Bar
Obika
Aldea

DAY 4
Absolute Bagel
Azuri Café
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Chikalicious Dessert Club

DAY 5
Grandaisy
Levain Bakery
(lunch provided by conference)
Motorino

DAY 6
Bubby’s (Brooklyn)
Jacques Torres
Graffiti

DAY 7
Little Giant (Sorella closed)
Momofuku Ko

DAY 8
SHO
City Bakery
Corton

DAY 9
Wafel and Dinge
EMP
Perbacco

DAY 10
Matsugen
Shake Shack
Zabar’s
William Greenberg

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