Gramercy Tavern and 尚好的青春

We have been wanting to visit Gramercy Tavern for a long time. This place has also been rewarded with one star on the Michelin Guide as far as I can remember. Finally, we decided to visit here for celebrating my birthday. During lunch, the dining room wasn’t crowded at all. We had a several dishes and they were all very remarkable: braised Hinona turnips, beet mezzaluna, celery root chowder, duck breast & bacon, and pear pudding. Everything was fresh, seasonal and different than anything that we ever had.

Gramercy Taven
Gramercy Taven

The meal could really work with Stephanie Sun’s 尚好的青春. The song is about we should feel no regrets for our youth.

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Momofuku Ko and Cool Kids

To celebrate Alex’s new position, we decided to go to Momofuku Ko – a two Michelin star restaurant in NYC. It was very hard to make the reservation. You had to log onto their website at a certain time and to be lucky. This place was very tiny with 12 seats at the bar. They served 6 customers at the same time. It costed $175 per person before tax for a 16-course meal. Everything was prepared in front of you. Chefs were extremely knowledgable and friendly. The menu items changed pretty much for every meal. Today, it seemed having a cucumber theme.

We had the following dishes:

  • Deviled quail egg with lox and everything bagel seasoning
  • Chilled cucumber soup with wiped sake
  • Washington state oysters with cucumber vinegary
  • Fried potato skin with sour cream and frumentos cheese
  • Scallop with cucumber and almond (took a long time to prepare)
  • Fluke with turnip and hozon
  • Black bass with finger lime and onion
  • Trout with romaine and hozon (one of the best dishes)
  • Borscht with maitake (舞茸) and cabbage
  • Grilled octopus with potato and caramelized onion
  • Beef tartar with watercress and corn chips (took a long time to prepare – it was just OK)
  • Daikon chawanmushi(茶碗蒸し) with salmon roe
  • Lobster tail with sauce, croissant and myoga
  • Cappelletti with eggplant and basil
  • Arctic char with purslane and lime pickle
  • Pork chop with fennel and bell pepper
  • Calamansi with shiso and goat cheesecake
  • Shaved foie gras with pine nut, lychee and riesling jelly (extreme weird)
  • Tres leches with plum and black sesame filling
  • Peach soda with green tomato and buckwheat
  • Macarons




Momofuku Ko Lunch
Momofuku Ko Lunch

The whole experience was very cool and new. Cool Kids by Echosmith paired well with this meal.

Here is my Yelp review.

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