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Summer Vegetable Gratin

Another Thomas Keller special from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook!  This is a healthy, low fat gratin recipe without the heavy cream and cheese.  Layers of summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions are baked with a sprinkle of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to get a light golden crust. This is a good dish … Continue reading

Members Dining Room at the Met, NYC

Members Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Executive Chef: Fred Sabo Cuisine: Contemporary American Neighborhood: Upper East Side Price: $62 per person prix fixe, $39 for wine pairing, à la carte menu also available Address: 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028 Phone: 212-535-7710 Hours: Lunch Fri: 12–2:30pm, Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Sunday 11am-3pm; Tues-Thurs 112pm-2:30pm … Continue reading

Plein Sud, NYC

Plein Sud Executive Chef: Sebastien Agez Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $40-60 total per person Address: 85 West Broadway, NYC 10007 (at the Smyth Hotel) Phone: (212) 204-5555 Hours: Breakfast: Mon-Sun 6:30am – 11am Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am – 4:30pm Dinner: Sun-Wed 4:30pm – 11pm // Thurs-Sat 4:30pm – 12am Brunch: Sat-Sun 11:30am – 4:30pm Plein … Continue reading

SHO Shaun Hergatt, NYC

SHO Shaun Hergatt Chef: Shaun Hergatt Cuisine: Asian Fusion, French Neighborhood: Financial District aka FiDi Price: Lunch Prix Fixe: two course $27, three course $33.  Dinner Prix Fixe: four course $85, five course $100.  A la carte also available. Phone: (212) 809-3993 Address: 40 Broad St. Lev8.35/8.60    9.25el 2, NYC 10004 Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat … Continue reading

Hazelnut Aioli

We recently bought the Ninja Kitchen System 1100 (dual blender and food processor) and I was so excited to try my hand at making all my own sauces with my snazzy new food processor.  After my recent Hollandaise adventures,  I decided to try another classic French sauce: aioli.  Aioli is a traditional Provençal sauce made … Continue reading

Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk, butter, and lemon and is notoriously difficult to prepare.  It should be, since it is one of the five sauces in the fancy French haute cuisine mother sauce repertoire, which also includes Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté (check out my Chilled Corn Velouté), and Tomate. Third time was the … Continue reading

Cafe Gitane, NYC

Cafe Gitane Cuisine: French, Moroccan Neighborhood: Nolita, West Village Price: ~$30 per person Address: 242 Mott Street, NYC 10012 Phone: (212) 334-9552 Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 9am – 12am, Fri-Sat 9am – 12:30 am CASH ONLY Address: 113 Jane Street, NYC 10014 Phone: (212) 255-4143 Hours: Mon-Fri 7am – 12am; Sat-Sun 7am-1am Credit Cards Accepted The … Continue reading

Bouley – Lunch, NYC

I love walking into Bouley and being greeted by the aroma emanating from the wall of shelves stacked with fresh apples. That is just a precursor to the greeting from the warm and affable maitre d’ and servers who welcome you inside the gorgeous restaurant. I’ve already written about Bouley after we celebrated Jen’s birthday there … Continue reading

La Silhouette, NYC

La Silhouette Chef: Matthew Tropeano Cuisine: French Neighborhood: Midtown West Price: $15 appetizers, $20-30 mains Phone: 212-581-2400 Address: 362 West 53rd Street, NY, NY 10019 Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Sun-Mon 5pm-10pm, Tue-Thur 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am; Brunch Sat-Sun 11:30am-3pm I don’t venture up to Midtown to eat very often — generally I prefer to avoid … Continue reading

Ai Fiori, NYC

Ai Fiori Chef: Michael White Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Midtown Price: Appetizers $20-25, Entrées $30-50 Phone: 212-613-8660 Address: 400 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10018 Hours: Breakfast Mon-Fri 7am-10:30am, Sat-Sun 8am-10:30am Lunch Mon-Sun 11:45am-2:30pm Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9:30pm It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Michael White restaurant. I had tried Marea … Continue reading