Sushi Lin in Soho, NY

So yet another new sushi restaurant opens in downtown New York City! Who knew the market for omakase was so big? It’s beginning to feel a little crowded in Soho, where there are multiple sushi restaurants near Sullivan, Thompson and Houston streets. The newest newcomer is a restaurant called Sushi Lin, which was started by two sushi chefs with the same last name, Lin, hence the name. The two Chef Lins collectively trained in restaurants like 15 East, Gaijin and Blue Ribbon. Sushi Lin uses seafood sourced directly from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, and the omakase focuses on “freshness, flavor and texture”. Indeed, the restaurant has a distinctive style that utilizes a lot of cooked garnishes for their sushi pieces.

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Sixty Three Clinton – Michelin Tasting Menu in Lower East Side

I really enjoyed the tasting menu at Sixty Three Clinton, a new restaurant in the Lower East Side that specializes in elevated, modern American fare. There are so many places doing this kind of cuisine that it’s hard to see how Sixty Three Clinton can stand out, but truly it’s been one of my favorite new restaurants in New York City this year. There can be ups and downs in a tasting, but the meal at Sixty Three Clinton never reallly lost a step. It’s not surprising that they earned a Michelin star earlier this fall.

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Kadeau – Upscale, Refined New Nordic in Copenhagen

By the time we were sitting down for dinner at Kadeau, I was starting to get tasting menu fatigue. The prior two nights were tasting menu dinners that lasted more than 3 hours, and I didn’t know if I had it in me for another one. But I’m glad that I made the time for Kadeau, a two Michelin Star fine dining restaurant in Copenhagen. I felt like I had seen a lot of new things over the past two days. I had eaten some leathery beets, chocolate chip cookies that were completely vegan and a pigeon covered in a pastry shell. And yet Kadeau still held my interest and introduced me to new things, which really speaks to the skill level at this amazing restaurant.

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Kong Hans Kælder – Upscale French in Copenhagen

hors d’oeuvres at kong hans kaelder

For a truly upscale and elegant dinner affair in Copenhagen, nothing beats a dinner at Kong Hans Kaelder, a two Michelin star restaurant focused on French cooking. The restaurants in Copenhagen tend to lean casual, but the vibe is very fancy at Kong Hans Kaelder. People are dressed very well and the dining room is reminiscent of an underground wine cavern. You feel like you are at an intimidate dinner party, where the guests are ready for champagne and lots and lots of caviar. It’s an evening of polished excess, and Kong Hans Kaelder delivers this experience very well.

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Amass – New Nordic Sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark

When people think of New Nordic cuisine, they instantly think of Noma. Noma is without a doubt the most famous name behind this movement, and many chefs who have passed through its kitchen have moved on to run restaurants of their own. Amass is one of those restaurants run by a Noma alum, a chef named Matt Orlando who spent time as sous chef and head chef at Noma. More so than other New Nordic restaurants, however, Amass differentiates itself by focusing on sustainability and food waste. Day old bread and wheat from a brewery all have a place alongside tomatoes and fish on the Amass tasting menu. You can read more about its impressive commitment to sustainability on its website here.

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