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Eleven Madison Park Review: Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madision Park is the one NYT four-star restaurant that feels accessible to the little people. Everyone likes to talk about the lunch at Jean George being a deal. They say the food is the same in the Nougatine dining room, which is their less formal dining room, but let's face it - less formal somehow feels less good. Sitting in a different room inherently means you get a different experience. All the other four-star places are super fancy. Per Se is out of reach for me, with prix fixe being $275 or so. Then by definition Masa is like.. on another planet. Le Bernadin and Daniel don't offer a lunch that's within reach. Although now the rumor is that Eleven Madison Park is going to stop doing their super awesome $28 dollar two-course lunch menu. So of course I had to try to go...

Terakawa Ramen Review: Terakawa Ramen

One time we gathered in Pat's room because Jeremy or Pat had discovered this insane video involving baby eels. I'm not going to get into it, except to say that that my jaw was touching the ground. The point is, sometimes you watch an insane video, and you can't follow it up with "Why was that so insane? I didn't want it to be that insane!" Terakawa Ramen was penned as a miss, by Midtown Lunch. I think the author of that post (Brian), simply missed the boat. Sometimes you walk into a fancy shop and the shop owner goes, "Do you want the midget with the donkey and the stripper, or just the donkey and the stripper?" You almost always add the midget for the nominal fee. Same at Terakawa Ramen, which by the way, I paid for with my own money, unlike some...

Midtown posts on Food in Mouth

New York might be a ramen slurp worthy town according to Pete Wells, although in reality I think what New Yorkers really like are bold flavors. When people talk about Japanese food, it's always about how simple and elegant it is. With ramen, that probably would be the shio and shoyu style of ramen. And yet in the top ten for NYTimes, it's full of spicy, miso, tonkatsu, or even green curry ramen. About as subtle as Letterman's retirement announcement. But in the top ten, only two are either shio or shoyu ramen. And while he has Ivan's Slurp Shop number two, it seems like if you talk to a normal person who's not like, 'OMG I just love the subtlety of good sushi for $300 per person,' it seems like tonkatsu or even green curry broth is leading the way...

Ramen posts on Food in Mouth

When I was young, when women shook their asses, we just drooled and said that women were shaking their asses. Apparently all along the word for it was 'twerking'. Basically as I go along in life, there's always the unknown that surrounds me, and from that I try to distill what is need-to-know. But there's obviously things I don't even care to know. It's like I'm sure uber successful folks aren't caught up on Breaking Bad and reading Alan Sepinwall's recap in hitfix and Andy Greenwald's on Grantland. Successful (non-entertainment) people aren't so into being a TV consumer that they need that. To that end, there was an article on food republic with Ivan Orkin about ramen. Main takeaway from the interview is that he thinks the ramen scene in New York is still in its infancy and that it doesn't have a Japanese flavor...