Millesime's Executive Chef Alan Ashkinaze has agreed to a very special event. Millesime will be hosting a family style dinner for our group that is usually only available to press (New York Times, Esquire, Gotham Magazine, NY Post).
A little background on Millesime:
Millesime is owned by Chef Laurent Manrique. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he has numerous Michelin stars under his chef's apron. His San Francisco restaurant, Aqua, was awarded two Michelin stars consecutively in 2006, 2007 & 2008. He has also garnered stars at other restaurants.
Chef Ashkinaze leads the team at Millesime. He is incredibly talented, young, and really fun. He graduated from CIA in 1992, and graced some amazing kitchens including: The Plaza, Waldorf Astoria, Trevisio, and Aqua, among others.
Millesime was named Best New Restaurant of 2011 by Esquire Magazine. But who cares about the Times? I tried Millesime when they first opened and loved it. I've gone back three times in the past month. The verdict? The food is superb!
What's on the menu?
Laurent Manrique's famous tartare
Millesime's Caesar Grillee
Their fabulous roast chicken
Quenelles! (these are just as good as the ones I had in Lyon).
What's in Your Glass?
Stuhlmuller Vineyards 2010 Alexander Valley Estate Chardonnay: A gorgeous small production Chardonnay with citrus and custard aromas. On the mouth there is pineapple, pear and orange blossom.
Maison Champy Bourgogne Rouge 2010: A boutique winery in Burgundy that specializes in Pinot Noir. The 2010 vintage has gorgeous violet notes in the glass. It is very expressive of ripe berries with a touch of oak. It is soft and silky on the palate and will be perfect with Chef Ashkinaze's roasted chicken.
What do you need to know?
Millesime is located at the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue between 28th & 29th.
There are various entrances:
- Enter at the Carlton, the restaurant's entrance will be on the right. Walk in, make a right and go up the stairs
- Enter at the Carlton, take the elevator on your right.
- Enter on the corner of 29th and Madison. You will go down a set of stairs then, a set of revolving doors. This will put you into the lounge. Go towards the left, up the stairs and this will lead you to Millesime.
If you have any allergies, please let me know before hand. I'll see what the restaurant can do to acommodate, something tells me a shellfish allergy may be challenging.
**PRICE INCLUDES TAX AND TIP!
How will you find me?
Reservations will be under my name. I'll be sitting at the raw bar sneaking in some oysters and cremant before dinner.