Raw venison, pickled girolles and wet walnuts

Buttermilk scone, smoked mackerel and horseradish

Grilled ox tongue, beet root, anchovy and crispy onions

Brown sugar meringue, hazelnuts and raspberries

Breaking the meringue reveals a vanilla parfait

After a particularly long day sightseeing along the River Thames, I found myself at the foot of the Tower Bridge, tired and somewhat hungry.  The chef at Lyle's London had recommended a restaurant to try in that area, and after I discovered it was only 10 minutes away by foot, I put all personal discomfort aside and walked towards 40 Maltby Street.

My first night in London ended on a very good note, with dinner at the renowned restaurant Lyle's.  The food was quite outstanding: each dish was composed of five or so disparate ingredients, each simply prepared, which work harmoniously together to produce creative and delicious dishes.  It is a set menu costing 44 pounds Sterling, with a cheese course costing about 9 pounds Sterling, practically a steal.

Two months ago, Pegu Club veteran mixologist Kenta Goto decided to venture out on his own and open a bar that focused on his Japanese heritage.  Since then, his eponymous establishment has garnered much positive buzz from bargoers, who appreciate his Asian-influenced libations and the Japanese-style bar snacks created by chef Kiyo Shinoki.

Clockwise, from upper left: Cucumber-Apple Collins; Umami Mary; Sakura Martini; Improved Shochu Cocktail; Plum Sazerac; and Yuzu-Calpico Fizz


It's a tale straight out of a movie: two classically trained chefs turn their backs on fine dining to find success and contentment in a lowly pizza parlor.

A week ago, with little advance notice, Momofuku impresario David Chang unleashed Fuku+ on an unsuspecting populace.  The big brother of Fuku, Fuku+ offers most of the same food items available

at the East Village outpost, plus a few items unique to the Midtown location, as well as large format packages for groups of 2 to 8.  Located at what was once the lobby bar of Momofuku Ma Peche, the crowds soon came to sample the newest culinary creations from Mr. Chang and company.

As summer turns into fall, I decided to visit Momofuku Ko to see what changes have occurred to the menu as the evenings grow longer and cooler.  I had a 9 o'clock reservation that night, but having left work early, I opted to arrive early and grab a cocktail or two at the bar before dinner (I highly recommend the Fizz and Ko's version of the Old-Fashioned).

Seamore's is the first solo project of restaurateur Michael Chernow, who is better known as the yang to Daniel Holzman's yin at the popular Meatball Shops.  Mr. Chernow wanted to recreate his summers spent fishing in Montaux, and to that end, he built a restaurant that has the feel and look of a summer rental: wooden frame, transom windows that open up to allow the breeze and light in, ceiling fans providing ventilation and cooling, wooden chairs and tables for the guests.

New York is an unforgiving city when it comes to restaurants: nearly half of all dining establishments close within a year of opening, and having a big-name chef and/or a well-connected restaurateur behind a project is no guaranty of success.  So it is heartening to see a few Chicago ex-patriates do well in our fair city: this is the case of Virginia's, a wonderful little restaurant in the East Village ran by a group of Charlie Trotter's vets led by Christian Ramos and Reed Adelson.

After finding much success in both Europe and Asia, renowned Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton was finally enticed by restaurateur Stephen Starr to come Stateside and open his first restaurant in North America: The Clocktower.  Situated in the newly redesigned New York EDITION Hotel in the Metropolitan Life building, the Clocktower promises a luxurious setting in which the diner can enjoy Mr. Atherton's take on contemporary British cuisine.

When I was unable to take part in the closing ceremonies of wd-50 in December of last year, I felt bereft and a bit guilty, believing that I had missed my last chance to enjoy the culinary wizardry of one Mr. Wylie Dufresne.  Fortunately, Mr. Dufresne created a limited tasting menu at his newly revamped casual dining establishment Alder this spring, and it quickly earned raves.