Luksus

Luksus

”Luksus” Greenpoint Brooklyn

Chef-Owner Daniel Burns

Michelin: One Star

Cuisine: New Nordic/Scandinavian

Menu: 5 course tasting menu at $115. The menu changes every 3-4 months.

Drink: Beer only, beer pairing $45 ( you can BYOB wine, with a $25 corkage fee )

Chef-Owner: Daniel Burns

Neighborhood: Greenpoint Brooklyn

Occassion: I was here for dinner. Good to come here with foodie.

Seat: I recommend to sit at the chef’s counter.

First I walked through the bar to the restaurant. The restaurant tucked in the back of the beer bar Tørst in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The restaurant itself is a small, 26 seat room with minimalist decor. Luksus was opened 2013 and received a Michelin one-star in 2015. I sat at the chef’s counter right in front of the kitchen to see chef Burns in action, Chef used to work for Noma Copenhagen who create modern Nordic/Scandinavian dishes. The menu is a 5 courses chef’s tasting only with an optional beer pairing for an extra $45/pp. With a $25 corkage fee you can BYOB wine. Our meal began with five different snacks, or amuse bouches. The food was unique and tasty, and everything was beautifully presented. The menu changes every 3-4 months. I hope to go back again sometime to try new menu 🙂

Menu:

First Course – 5 mini snacks:

Beetroot, roasted garlic

Beef Tartare, Black Pepper

Main Shrimp on Knækbrød

Lobster, Hazelnut, Seaweed

Oyster, Cabbage, Sweet Potato

Second Course:

Maitake – Purple Potato, Dandelion

Third Course:

Smoked Bluefish – Sunchoke, Pear Onion

Fourth Course:

Lentils on the Side with Squab Legs and Pickled Carrots

Lamb – Tokyo Turnip, Sorrel

Fifth Course:

Cara Cara Ginger Sorbet

Carrot – Yogurt, Tarragon

Caramelized Honey with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Luksus  615 Manhattan Ave., Albany, NY 12222  (718) 389-6034

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Beetroot, roasted garlic

Beef Tartare, Black Pepper

Main Shrimp on Knækbrød

Lobster, Hazelnut, Seaweed

Oyster, Cabbage, Sweet Potato

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Cafe Boulud

Cafe Boulud

Lunch at ”Cafe Boulud” in UES

 

Cuisine: French

Michelin: One Star

Chef-Owner: Daniel Boulud

Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Occassion: I was here for lunch. Good for lunch with friends, business lunch

Prix Fixe Lunch: Two Courses for $37.00/Three Courses for $43.00

The menu is in four sections: La Tradition, La Saison, Le Potager, Le Voyage, as well as a separate printed list of daily Prix Fixe Lunch special.

Café Boulud, one of Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, located at Surrey Hotel in UES. Hotel also has glamorous cocktail lounge called Bar Pleiades on the same ground floor and wonderful outdoor lounge on rooftop. 

 

Cafe Boulud  20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021  (212) 772-2600

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Spring Vegetable Salad
golden raisin, nettle pesto
pine nuts, meyer lemon vinaigrette
$19

( First Course – Prix Fixe Lunch )

Stuffed Squid

piquillo, shishito peppers, basil brioche

Soupe de Petits Pois

ruby red shrimp, opal basil
preserved meyer lemon
$19

I had a lovely lunch with foodie sisters 😊

You can follow Ali & Daryl’s eating and adventures in NYC and beyond on Unbuttoning Pants

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Costata

Costata
Steakhouses ”Costata” Soho

 

Cuisine: Contemporary Steakhouses/New American

Neighborhood: Soho

Occasions: Good for business dinner

Recommend Dishes: 40 day dry aged 44 oz. tomahawk ribeye for two $126.

SEA SCALLOP CRUDO celery root, black truffle vinaigrette $21

Costata  206 Spring St., New York, NY 10012  (212) 334-3320

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Upstair Dining Room

RAZOR CLAMS

marinated razor clams, fennel, soppressata $18 ♥♥♥

FUSILLI

alla convivio, pork shoulder rag ù, pomodoro, robiolina $22 ♥♥♥

Upstair Dining  Room

COSTATA

40 day dry aged 44 oz. tomahawk ribeye for two $126 ♥♥♥

Downstair Dining Room

SEA SCALLOP CRUDO

celery root, black truffle vinaigrette $21 ♥♥♥

HEN OF THE WOODS parsley, butter $9 ♥♥♥1/2

Upstair Bar Counter

 

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A B C Kitchen

ABC Kitchen

2015 Lunch Menu Update ”ABC Kitchen”

 

Cuisine: Farm-to-table/Organic/New American

Neighborhood: Flatiron/Union Square

Chef-Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Recommend dish: Ricotta and farm egg raviolo, pork ragu, chilies, sageand parmesan was outstanding

Special: lunch prix fixe 32

Occasions: good for lunch and dinner. with friends, date.

2011 when ABC Kitchen first opened I had a my birthday dinner. Four year later I returned here for lunch with girlfriend. The place was lovely as I remembered. We both had BlackboardEats three courses prix fixe $32.

*My photos are 2015 lunch and 2011 dinner.

ABC Kitchen   35 E 18th St, New York  (212) 475-5829

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
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( starters )
roast carrot and avocadosalad, crunchy seeds, sour cream and citrus
( starters )
the Line Caught Tuna Sashimi marinated with ginger and mint
( entree )
crispy skatesalad, romaine, potatochips and tartar sauce
( entree )
ricotta and farm egg raviolo, pork ragu, chilies, sageand parmesan
(dessert)
almond cake with toasted almond sorbet, rhubarb and fresh cream
(dessert)
salted caramel icecream sundae candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream, chocolatesauce

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Chalk Point Kitchen

Chalk Point Kitchen
Market To Table ”Chalk Point Kitchen”

Cuisine: Market To Table/ New American

Area: Soho

What I had: 2 main dishes, 14 small dishes

Chalk Point Kitchen    527 Broome St , New York, NY 10013   (212) 390-0327

 

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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GRILLED BERKSHIRE PORK ”ALLA PLANCHA”

market mustard greens, rutabega, la quercia speck and fine herbs $34 ♥♥♥

GRANNY SMITH APPLE & HEIRLOOM WILD RICE SALAD

queso fresco, smoked fresno peppers, roasted flax seed spicy tomaillo-avocado $14 

Grilled Jumbo Asparagus

white miso and crispy shallots $12 ♥♥♥

Sunday Dinner with girls 🙂

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UPLAND

Upland

Lunch & Dinner at Upland

 

Chef Justin Smilie, who left Il Buco Alimentari, has now created a contemporary Californian/Italian cooking at this brand new restaurant called Upland in the Flatiron District. Upland is run by Stephen Starr known for Buddakan, Morimoto, Caffe Storico and many other restaurants in the NYC and Philadelphia areas. I don’t have many food options to go to in the area near my office besides Marta on 29th St. Upland is definitely great new addition. The decor and vibe of this place is classy and lovely, yet very casual and relaxing. It’s a great place for just two or a group of people. However, right now they have a maximum of a party of six.

It was the second week after opening when I went with four of my teammates for an after work dinner. My absolute favorite dish was the Estrella chicken liver. The Bucatini Carbonara was good too, but not as good as the Estrella. For an appetizer I loved the Live Scallop Crudo with sea beans. I also enjoyed the Beef Tartar, Roasted Lamb Confit, and Branzino, but they were not as memorable as the other two dishes (estrella and scallops). One of the most wonderful things about this place is their wine list. 500varieties from all over the world with many different price points. I’m going back this week just for a drink with a friend. They are still only open for dinner right now. Hopefully they’ll soon open for lunch.

PS – UPLAND is now open for lunch. I came to patrol lunch special burger recently 🙂

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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upland cheeseburger

grass fed beef, american cheese, peppadew peppers + avocado $20 (Lunch Time Only ) ♥♥♥1/2

Estrella chicken liver, sherry, rosemary + sage $16 ♥♥♥1/2

The chicken liver pasta is on Bucket Dish in NYC.

Live scallop fermented radish, sea beans, fresh chili + olive oil $14 ♥♥♥1/2

Bar Counter

Beef tartare black trumpet mushroom, puffed farro, anchovy + egg yolk $16 ♥♥♥

Branzino a la plancha, sungold cherry tomatoes + basil $32 ♥♥♥

Bucatini alla carbonara pancetta, farm eggs, parmigiano + black pepper 16 ♥♥♥

Roasted lamb confit carrots, dates, lettuce + natural jus $36 ♥♥♥

blistered shisito peppers + bottarga 12 ♥♥♥1/2

Kitchen

duck wings lemon, olive oil + yuzu kosho $18 ♥♥♥1/2

seared brussels sprouts meyer lemon, oregano + chili 11 ♥♥1/2

Chocolate-orange semifreddo citrus + sea salt $10 ♥♥♥

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Via Carota

Via Carota

Tapas at ”Via Carota” West Village

Cuisine: Italian Tapas

Neighborhood: West Village

Recommend Dishes: Orata Al Forno sea bream & potatoes

Via Carota is a SuPa SuPa cute tapas restaurant in West Village. My another favorite tapas place is Buvette which also located in West Village. Worst part of both places are they don’t accept reservation! Good Luck 🙂

Via Carota    51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014  (Btwn 7th Ave S & Bleecker St) (212) 255-1962

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
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Coniglio Fritto fried rabbit, rosemary & garlic ♥♥♥1/2

Polipo grilled octopus & green olives ♥♥

Braised Sweetbreads with Polenta ♥♥♥1/2

 Orata Al Forno sea bream & potatoes ♥♥♥1/2

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