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Inspector Pick (Eclectic/Unusual): Pass through to the back of a typical grocery store in Hell's Kitchen and you'll find a secret, unmarked passageway to culinary bliss. Extraordinary.
Enjoy the extravagant tasting menus artistically prepared before your eyes by Chef Cesar Ramirez. In an open kitchen, his stellar team creates with a subtle blend of Asian ingredients and French technique. Precisely plated and served in an intimate, slightly austere postmodern setting, the near three-hour meal gradually builds. A setup of superb seafood, caviar and shellfish sourced from across the Pacific Rim culminates in a crescendo of the highest-grade Wagyu beef or squab in huckleberry. Originally located in downtown Brooklyn and attached to a gourmet grocery, this small world-class eatery moved to Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen and still employs the same novel concept. Guests walk through a grocery store like any other in Gotham to discover a slightly hard to find, very low-key and discreet backroom restaurant with a receptionist who keeps the reservations made many weeks in advance and prepaid by credit card. Service is unobtrusive and highly diligent; wines tend to be French and of very good vintage. Expect to sit shoulder to shoulder at the chef's table of 18, but a few small tables are available on the periphery of the room. With the prepaid tasting menu, wine pairings, gratuities and taxes, expect the tariff for two to be safely in the range of $1,000. But for those who relish a highly memorable experience, it is well worth it.