Exterior, part of the interior of Le Philosophe, and part of our table setting Le Philosophe is the kind of casual French restaurant that provides you a good, very solid dinner either by yourself, as you can saddle up on a bar stool in the back of the restaurant, a date, up to a group of friends, like I have. It was bustling despite the fact it was a rainy Thursday night with very loud conversations blasting when we arrived. Thankfully, we were taken downstairs where conversations were at much tolerable levels where we don’t have to shout throughout the..
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*Please note: The entire post’s photos were taken with my iPhone 5.* Lafayette’s brunch menu, Inside Lafayette, Peering at their beautiful bakery section and the tart du jour (tart of the day) The past weekend, my friend and I decided to have brunch at Lafayette, owned by Andrew Carmellini, the same chef who started the rustic Italian restaurant Locanda Verde and the all-American fare The Dutch. I’ve read many reviews over the past few months and I’ve read many who tout how Executive Chef Damon Wise and Pastry Chef Jennifer Yee (who takes care of the pastry and café/bakery programs)..
This past Friday afternoon, I had lunch with a good friend of mine, Michael at Bouley located in TriBeCa; Chef David Bouley’s flagship restaurant. For a chef that is pretty well known in NYC for having a miniature empire in TriBeCa – from the casual take-out cafe at Bouley Studio (that was the former location of Bouley restaurant) to the newest and intriguing (for me at least) collaboration with Chefs David Bouley, Isao Yamada and Hiroki Murashima at Brushstroke, a Kaiseki-focused Japanese restaurant – I had some high hopes to have a pretty good lunch here. Should I blame myself..
In NYC, I have my fair share of lavish dining: Eleven Madison Park, the lunch tasting menu at The Modern Dining Room, Jean Georges, and Marea. All were very good to excellent experiences but frankly, I’m getting bored with NYC fine dining. The restaurants that I’ve went to over the span of a few years pretty much kept the menu almost the same except configuring the flavors according to season. In other words, I’m a jaded New Yorker and the fine dining scene here is getting monotonous. I’ve asked the good people of France Chowhound what three-star Michelin restaurant in..