Monday-Tuesday, in A Nous Paris, Philippe Toinard reviewed and gave 3/5 to the Café de Theatre, 82ter avenue Jean-Baptiste Clement in Boulogne, 01.46.03.05.28, open 7/7 with a carte costing 40-60 E for items such as a vol-au-vent of gambas and vegetables & a gratin dauphinois which did not have enough pepper and were too dry but the chicken breast was good.
Tuesday in Le Fooding, Yves Nespoulous reviewed the Mexican Luz Verde in the 9th.
Wednesday in Figaroscope, Emmanuel Rubin’s Hache Menu reviewed the arrival of Christian Le Squer (ex-Ledoyen) at Le V. He then reviewed 5 usual new places, awarding 3 hearts to the aforementioned Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant Uma in the 1st. Garnering 2-hearts each were two French places: Le Tourrette, 70, rue de Grenelle in the 7th, 01.45.44.16.05, closed Sundays and Mondays, which for 30-40 serves ceviche of perdrix, squid and rice pudding and the previously mentioned Les Chouettes in the 3rd. Getting one heart only were the sandwicherie Le Jambon-beurre in the 1st and the fast food snack place Brian is in the Kitchen in the 2nd.
The Dossier by Alice Bosio, Colette Monsat and Hugo de Saint-Phalle concerned rotisseries and barbecues: Bronco Floyd’s Flesh Solyles A Noste Atelier Vivanda II Sue la braise The Beast
Wednesday, also, Heidi Ellison in Paris Update reviewed the aforementioned Will, liking it.
The Oyster Bar at Grand Central remains one of the classic seafood places in the world with over a dozen kinds of oysters, fresh lobster, artic char, not-bad fries and oyster pan roasts which have been on the menu non-stop for 100 years. Three of us had all of the above with a bottle of crisp Anterra Pinot Grigio and coffee which came out to $145.35 before tip ($96.90 a couple).
Two blockbuster shows in town at once - the Matisse cut-outs at the Moma and the Leonard Lauder Collection of Cubism at the Met - were surprisingly uncrowded and fabulously hung - real must-sees.
Dinner was at Hive at the Renaissance in Westchester where Chef Jean Claude is cooking really good stuff in really awful surroundings - his grandmother's Chinon chicken was not something one expects in a cross between a sports-bar and a lizzard-lounge. With wine, per couple the bill was $80 before tip.
Monday-Tuesday, in A Nous Paris, Philippe Toinard reviewed and gave 4/5 to the Uma, 7, rue du 29 Juillet in the 1st, 01.40.15.08.15, closed Sundays and Mondays, when a chef who’s been at L’Arpege & Ze Kitchen Galerie marries French and Japanese and Peruvian cuisines (lunch formula 34, lunch menu 39 and a la carte 35-50 E..
Tuesday in Le Fooding, Yves Nespoulous reviewed the American BBQ place – The Beast in the 3rd.
Wednesday in Figaroscope, Emmanuel Rubin’s Hache Menu reviewed another meat-focused place – Sur La Braise in the 6th. He then reviewed 5 new places, awarding 3 hearts to the Italian, almost Sicilian Pan, 12, rue Martel in the 10th (part of the Jeune Rue project following Ibaji (Korean) and Anahi (Argentinian) and the French-Spanish Les Poulettes Batignolles, 10 rue de Cheroy in the 17th. Le Nomm’echappe, 28, rue Notre Dame des Victoires in the 2nd, 09.82.20.20.41, closed weekends, with adorably priced menus at 17 and 21 (a la carte 25 and 35E) for items such as cod, moussaka and apple crumble; the recently moved Delices de Shandong (called the Delice de Confucius on the website); and the Japanese Soma in the 3rd.
The "Best Of" this week in Figaroscope by Alice Bosio & Colette Monsat was on madeleines, the top being Ble Sucre and the Patisserie des Reves.
Wednesday, also, Heidi Ellison in Paris Update reviewed very positively L’Office which has a new English chef - Konrad Ceglowski – whom she thinks is the best so far. He served among other things, a tartare of sea bream, shark and cheese on the 33 E menu.