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Thoughts and photos on food and coffee, by Adam Goldberg

Atoboy

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Atoboy

Friends & family dinner at Atoboy, New York, on July 24, 2016.

Atoboy is the new restaurant of former Jungsik chef de cuisine Jung Hyun Park. At Atoboy Chef Park brings Banchan, the side dishes served with larger Korean meals, into the spotlight.

(This was a comped meal as part of the restaurant’s friends & family dinner series. Atoboy opens the week of July 25.) 

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Grace

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Grace

Photos from dinner at Grace, Chicago, on June 17, 2016.

This was beautiful vegetable-driven menu prepared by Chef Curtis Duffy. Take note of the julienned heart of palm with ginger, mint, and coriander: a clever take on the Southeast Asian green papaya salad. The shortrib was also a highlight with tremendous depth of flavor, the meat's richness balanced by Chef Duffy's careful use of fresh herbs. 

(Note: Curtis is a friend and this meal was comped.)

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Olmsted

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Olmsted

Dinner at Olmsted, Brooklyn, on May 26, 2016.

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Dinner at Bonnie's (May, 2016)

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Dinner at Bonnie's (May, 2016)

Dinner at Bonnie's, the popup restaurant at Té Company by chef Frederico Ribeiro.

I first ate at a Dinner at Bonnie's popup last April. The menu has evolved since then and is slightly longer, with each course continuing to reference a Portuguese dish. This is quickly becoming a favorite place to eat. At times Chef Ribeiro employs a Japanese-like sense of restraint and minimalism, focusing on technique and simplicity, which is where his cooking really stands out.

The highlights were the sea urchin "açorda," a small bowl of peekytoe crab drizzled with brown butter and topped with raw sea urchin and kombu. Another standout dish was the sardine escabeche, a lightly seared sardine filet with olive oil and herbs. Also note the sourdough bread, which is baked in Chef Ribeiro's home oven each afternoon.

Reservations are made by pre-purchasing a ticket, here.

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Dinner at Bonnie's (April, 2016)

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Dinner at Bonnie's (April, 2016)

Photos from "Dinner at Bonnie's" at Té Company, New York on April 8, 2016. Dinner was cooked by Frederico Ribeiro, a former sous chef at Per Se. Tea was paired by Elena Liao. Together, they co-own the small West Village tea shop.

This husband-wife team arranged one of the most memorable (and delicious) dinners I’ve experienced in New York in recent memory. And they did it all without a fully functioning kitchen. Most of the work was done at Ribeiro's home and the only gear he used during the dinner was a toaster and a portable burner for the cod scramble. This is the kind of precise, inventive, and full-of-flavor cooking New York needs more of. 

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Kosaka

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Kosaka

Photos from an 18-course omakase dinner at Kosaka, New York on March 26, 2016. 

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Next: The Alps

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Next: The Alps

Photos from dinner at Next, Chicago on March 24, 2016: The Alps.

As one of Next's broadest themes to date, the winter menu toured five countries: France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. The classical dishes from the initial "French farmhouse" spread along with the pre-dessert bitter greens and fennel-ice salad were the most compelling courses of the meal.  

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La Guarida

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La Guarida

A short slideshow of two meals at La Guarida, Havana, Cuba on September 13th and 26th during our research for Drift, Volume 3: Havana.

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Café Altro Paradiso

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Café Altro Paradiso

Photos from dinner on March 7, 2016 at New York's newly opened Café Altro Paradiso by chef/co-owner Ignacio Mattos. Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of various regions of Italy.

Take note of the calf's liver with onions and polenta--the highlight dish of the meal: rich, creamy, lightly-seared calf's liver with sweet caramelized onions and a splash of aged vinegar.

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La Fontana

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La Fontana

Photos from Paladar "La Fontana" in Havana, Cuba, the first restaurant we visited while researching for Drift, Volume 3: Havana. All dishes were cooked on a wood-burning grill.

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Next: Tapas

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Next: Tapas

Photos from my meal in Chicago, Illinois at Next Restaurant for the Tapas menu.

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Thalassa

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Thalassa

Photos from my dinner in New York, New York at Thalassa on May 20, 2015.

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Estela

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Estela

Photos from my meal in New York, New York at Estela on May 25, 2015.

Note the exceptional beef tartare with crispy sunchokes. The beef was so lean and tender, you'd have difficulty discerning it from tuna. 

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