Fulgurances Laundromat in Brooklyn

I first heard about Fulgurances from a staff member at Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Company, one of my favorite seafood restaurants in Brooklyn. The conversation came about when he saw that I was sporting a Septime canvas bag. (The backstory around the Septime bag is that I was never successful in getting a reservation at the famed Septime restaurant in Paris, so as a consolation prize, we went to its sister restaurants Clamato and wine bar Septime la Cave instead and bought this bag in the process.) He mentioned that Aaron Rosenthal, formerly of Clamato, was doing a residency at Fulgurances Landromat, the American offshoot of a French chef residency program. The concept in a nutshell invites young chefs from all around the world for a three to six-month residency where they can flex their culinary muscles in a $80 5-course tasting menu format. I was all over that online booking website to see when his residency would start.

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Septime in Paris, France 2021

Getting a reservation to Septime is near impossible. The online reservation is an exercise in false hope. The dates on the calendar seem like they’re open, but really they click through to a waitlist. And the waitlist never seems to move. So I guess the silver lining about the pandemic is that only a portion of the world’s population can actually come to Septime, which means tables are easier to come by. I was planning a trip to Paris in September, so I started looking for bookings in the summer. I had no trouble getting a table. It felt really good being able to click on a date and get an actual reservation. What a difference two years makes. Last time I went to Septime, all I ended up with was a tote bag from their wine bar. This time I left with memories of the most amazing dinner.

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