Tempura Kondo

Tempura Kondo

Japan Michelin Star Tokyo

Tempura Kondo てんぷら 近藤

東京都中央区銀座5-5-13坂口ビル9F
5-5-13 Ginza, Sakaguchi Bldg 9F, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo, Japan
+81 3-5568-0923

Kaede Dinner Course

This place is a Michelin 2 starred restaurant. Chef Kondo has 2 pans filled with oil. He would batter the food, then place it in the first pot for a very short amount of time, then transfer it to the second pot. The tempura was lighter on batter than what you find at most places and literally from pot to plate a piece at a time. If you’re a die hard sweet potato fan, don’t forget to order their signature sweet potato tempura, which has to be ordered at the start of your meal as it requires about 30 mins to prepare.

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Appetizer

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Prawn Heads

The head of the prawn was so crispy, like potato chips!
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Prawn

Soft and juicy with a very thin layer of batter.
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Asparagus

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Kisu

The fish was in perfect texture, crispy on the skin but juicy and tender inside!
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Shiitake Mushroom
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Eggplant

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White Fish

This is my favorite among all 3 different kinds of white fish.
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Baby Corn

The taste of baby corn was so mild and sweet, love it!
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Sea eel

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Onion

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Kakiage

a mixture of bits of scallop. prawn fried in batter
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Fruits

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AQUAVIT

AQUAVIT

Michelin Star New York

Aquavit

65 E 55th Street, New York, NY 10022
(212) 307-7311
www.aquavit.org
Nordic cuisine

FOUR COURSE PRIX FIXE MENU

The food is remarkably innovative, harmonious, and balanced. I like the restaurant itself as well, modern wooden furniture with funky Scandinavian decor. The restaurant staff took care of us all through the meal and the food was absolutely delicious.

Amuse Bouche

Pickled tomatoes lollipop sticks.

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Bread & Butter

Crisp flatbread and warm Danish rye bread with creamy brown butter and sea salt flakes.
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Icelandic Langoustine “Crudo”

Maine sea urchin, celery, lovage, granny smith apple.
The flavor of the smoke that had escaped when they opened the jar had already permeated the goodies inside!
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White Asparagus & Beets

Smoked trout roe, danish rye, nobis, spruce.
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Onion Family

Pan roasted foie gras, pork belly, union brûlée.
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Carrot & Oat

Mascarpone mousse, walnut, oatmeal granola.

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Amuse Bouche

Hot cinnamon beignets
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Petit Fours

Finally, there were six excellent little pastries.
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AI FIORI

AI FIORI

Michelin Star New York

Ai Fiori

400 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
(212) 613-8660
www.aifiorinyc.com
French/Italian

FOUR COURSE PRIE FIXE MENU

Amuse Bouche

Wild mushroom soup in a shot glass.
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Zuppa di Zucca

Butternut squash soup, pickled acorn squash, brown butter, foie gras.
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Trofie Nero

Ligurian crustacean ragu, seppia, scallops, spiced mollica.
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agnolotti

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Astice

Butter poached nova scotia lobster, glazed root vegetables, nebrodini mushrooms, château chalon sauce.
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Caffè Latte

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Panna Cotta

Balsamic crema, pomegranate, yogurt, green apple sorbetto.
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Petits Fours

Salted buttercream bonbon and passion fruit pâtes de fruit.
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MANRESA

MANRESA

Michelin Star San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa

320 Village Ln, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 354-4330
www.manresarestaurant.com
American

Chef’s Menu – 2013

After enjoying a fabulous meal in 2009, we returned with a party of five for a winter menu. Menus change with the seasons. I must say the service continues to excel. Food comprised of nine dishes plus desserts. Each course was a work of art, visually and in its preparation and taste.

Amuse Bouche

red pepper and black olive madeleines
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Bread

house-baked bread
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First Course

local milk panna cotta with abalone
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Second Course

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Third Course

locally grown greens, flowers and herbs and “soil”
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Fourth Course

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Fifth Course

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Sixth Course

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Seventh Course

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Eigth Course

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Ninth Course

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Petit Fours

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January Menu

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ALINEA

ALINEA

Chicago Michelin Star

Alinea

1723 N Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
www.alinearestaurant.com
American

17 Course Tasting Menu

The presentation was absolutely ridiculous fun. My favorite part was for the grand finale, the chefs made an artful spread upon our table. Chef Grant Achatz decorated the table with swirls of stout, marigold petals, and squares of lingonberry and orange-butternut squash sauces. This meal certainly live up to my expectations of a Michelin rated restaurant. I left Alinea feeling very happy and satisfied. I will always remember this experience.

Butternut

muscovado, finger lime, West Indies
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Sea Urchin

white chocolate, sudachi, wasabi
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King Crab

mignonette
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Razor Clam

shiso, soy, daikon
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Otoro

thai banana, sea salt, kaffir lime
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Corn

huitlacoche, sour cherry, silk
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Brook Trout

sage, bourbon, nasturtium
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Hot Potato

cold potato, black truffle, butter
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Matsutake

pork, huckleberry, pine
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Black Truffle

explosion, romaine, parmesan
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Chicken & 60 Garnishes

including gingerbread, tomato caviar, huckleberries, fig, fennel gelée, blueberries, slivered almond, peanut, cilanto, saffron, carrot, etc.
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Brie

lingonberry, shallot, oak leaves
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Ginger

five other flavors
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Carrot

coconut, white sesame, caramelized honey
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Ballon

helium, green apple
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Dark Chocolate

chestnut, rye, birch syrup
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BENU

BENU

Michelin Star San Francisco Bay Area

Benu

22 Hawthorne St.,San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 685-4860
www.benusf.com
Asian Fusion

18 Course Tasting Menu

1st Course

Thousand-year old quail egg, potage, ginger
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2nd Course

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi
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3rd Course

Potato salad with anchovy
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4th Course

Wild salmon roe, eggplant, buckwheat, perlla
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5th Course

Chicken liver steamed in rice wine, caviar, green apple, radish, brioche
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6th Course

eel, feuille de brick, crème fraîche, lime
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7th Course

Sesame tofu, black moss, baby corn.
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Tomato and preserved plum
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9th Course

Lobster coral xiao long bao
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10th Course

Salt and pepper squid
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11th Course

Sablefish, soft shell clam, black bean, squash
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12th Course

Abalone blanquette
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13th Course

Duck, cucumber, scallion, Shaoxing wine, black truffle bun
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14th Course

Roast quail, turnip, spicy cabbage, cherry
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15th Course

“Shark’s fin” soup, dungeness crab, Jinhua ham, black truffle custard
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16th Course

Melon, sake, pine
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17th Course

Spice cake, blueberry, yogurt, oatmeal ice cream
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18th Course

Chocolates
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JEAN GEORGES

JEAN GEORGES

Michelin Star New York

Jean Georges

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
(212) 299-3900
www.jean-georges.com
French

Lunch Menu

Lunch at Jean-Georges is quite a deal at two plates for $38 with each additional plate at $19. Despite the price, it has all the trappings of the three-star experience: the refined plating, the sleek decor with neutral colors and tons of natural light, the flawless service. For me, though, the food doesn’t measure up to that of the other restaurants with three Michelin stars. It’s like there’s one flavor missing from every dish.

Amuse Bouche

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Egg Caviar

Soft-scrambled eggs served in the shell, topped with whipped cream and a spoonful of caviar.
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Sea Scallops

Caramelized Cauliflower, Caper-Raisin Emulsion
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Maine Ruby Shrimp

Sea Urchin, Green Chili and Lime
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Foie Gras

Strawberry Granola, Aged Balsamic and Sorrel
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Black Sea Bass

Crusted with Nuts and Seeds, Sweet and Sour Jus
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Caramel

Caramelized Pineapple, Carrot Cake and Molasses Sticky Toffee Cake, Young Coconut Sorbet and Tamarind Caramel.
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Marshmallow

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Strawberry Rhubarb Macaroons

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Chocolates

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ELEVEN MADISON PARK

ELEVEN MADISON PARK

Michelin Star New York

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
elevenmadisonpark.com/
French

FOUR COURSES MENU

Amuse Bouche

Savory parmesan and black truffle black and white cookies.
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Amuse Bouche

Quail egg and bacon chive brioche.
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Tea

Smoked apple celery tea with a thyme bundle.
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Amuse Bouche

Curry lollipops with lentils.
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Amuse Bouche

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Bread, Butter, & Salt

Bread with goat’s milk and cow’s milk butter.
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Foie Gras

Celery Branch “Ribbons,” Spiced Cinnamon Persimmon, French Breakfast Radishes and Blis Solera Sherry Vinegar with Toasted Brioche.
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Lobster

Compressed Honey Crisp Apples, Glazed Sunchokes and Field Mizuna with Black Winter Truffle Emulsion.
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Chicken

Hand made pasta, a little butter, and a lot of white truffle.
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Chevre

Goat cheese with raspberry gelee and chamomile sorbet.
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Egg Cream

Vanilla malt egg cream.
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Cheese

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Chocolate

Chocolate tart with salted caramel and chocolate sorbet.
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DEL POSTO

DEL POSTO

Michelin Star New York

Del Posto

85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
(212) 497-8090
www.delposto.com
Italian

Menu Tradizionale

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Amuse Bouche

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Bread & Butter

Left: Mini-Baguettes, Thyme Foccacia, Olive Ciabatta, Multi-Grain Rolls

Right: Sweet Cream Butter & Whipped Lardo (Pork Fat).
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CRUDO of Sweet Maine Shrimp

with Puntarelle Salad & Citrus Cells.
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GOOSE LIVER Terrina

with Strawberry Ragu, Almond Panna Cotta & Bitter Chocolate.
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Fonduta ANELLINI

with Black Truffles
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100-Layer LASAGNA alla Piastra

50 Layers of Pasta and 50 Layers of Filling.
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GARGANELLI VERDI

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Three Month Aged PECORINO

Warm Honey & Saffron.
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La Dolce MELA

Basil Gelato & Grilled Lemon Cake.
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Mignardises

Chocolate Coating Lollipops, Warm Bombolonis (Fried Dough Pastry), Mini Cream Tarts, Chocolate Truffles, Dehydrated Grapefruit, & Caramels.
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GORDON RAMSAY AT THE LONDON

GORDON RAMSAY AT THE LONDON

Michelin Star New York

Gordon Ramsay At the London

151 W 54th St New York, NY 10019
(212) 468-8898
http://www.gordonramsay.com
French

Six Courses Christmas Eve Menu

AMUSE BOUCHE

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HOT AND COLD HUDSON VALLEY FOIE GRAS

Truffle vinaigrette, thyme infused brioche.
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MAINE DIVER SCALLOPS

Curried cauliflower, celery, pressed mango, spiced chickpeas.
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SLOW ROASTED TURKEY

Fricassee of root vegetables, confit leg a la creme and roasting juices.
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VANILLA BREAD PUDDING

Caramelized plums, “Eierlikoer” ice cream.
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Petit Fours

Honeycomb, chocolate truffles, and salted caramel.
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MAREA

MAREA

Michelin Star New York

MAREA

240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-5100
http://www.marea-nyc.com
Italian

Four Course Prix Fixe Menu

BREAD

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ASTICE

Nova Scotia lobster, sun dried tomatoes, and plum.
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TARTUFI

White alba truffles risotto.
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BRANZINO

Wild striped bass alla piastra, beluga lentils, puntarella, hazelnuts, red pepper.
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PANNA COTTA

Compressed Honey Crisp Apples, Glazed Sunchokes and Field Mizuna with Black Winter Truffle Emulsion.
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BISCOTTI

Almond and chocolate raisin biscotti.
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Petits Fours

Pistachio olive oil cake, meyer lemon gelée and chocolate ganache truffle.
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PER SE

PER SE

Michelin Star New York

Per Se

10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9335
http://www.perseny.com/
French

Chef’s Tasting Menu

The food was spectacular. Worth every penny as this was a 3+ hours experience and not just a meal. Favorites were the Scotia lobster course and the never ending dessert course. Every detail of the experience was impeccable. Great evening and excellent dining experience.

Salmon Tartare

Salmon Tartare with Sweet Red Onion Creme Fraiche.
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Bread

I enjoy their in house baked bread very much.
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Oysters & Pearls

“Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar.
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Foie Gras au Torchon

Celery Branch “Ribbons,” Spiced Cinnamon Persimmon, French Breakfast Radishes and Blis Solera Sherry Vinegar with Toasted Brioche.
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Butter Poached Nova Scotia Lobster

Compressed Honey Crisp Apples, Glazed Sunchokes and Field Mizuna with Black Winter Truffle Emulsion.
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White Truffle Pasta

Hand made pasta, a little butter, and a lot of white truffle.
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Four Story Hill Fram’s “Rouelle de Poularde”

Tahitian Squash, Confit Chestnuts and Watercress with “Gremolata”.
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Pear Sorbet

“Silver Dollar” Pancakes, K & J Orchard’s Asian Pear, Bosc Pear Compote and Anise “Panna Cotta” with Almond Crisp.
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Mast Brothers’ Chocolate “Marquise,” Pumpkin “Bavarois” and Hazelnut Marshmallow with Spiced Ice Cream.
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Petit Fours

Salted Caramel, Walnut-cherry Nougat, and a variety of Tiny Hard Candies.
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Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts
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House Made Coconut, Milk Chocolate, and dark Chocolate Truffles
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