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Madison Square Park newcomer Millesime (92 Madison Avenue in the Carlton Hotel between 28th and 29th Street) was just named a Critic’s Pick and awarded 2 stars by restaurant critic Sam Sifton of the New York Times.

Sifton particularly liked the appetizers, calling them ‘first course fireworks’. An excerpt from the full review:

He [Chef Manrique, formerly of Aqua in SF] offers a silken grilled Caesar salad, with melting hearts of romaine wrapped with soft, smoky black cod, with a dusting of Parmesan and a squeeze of lime. There are bracing platters of oysters and clams, and of remarkable tartares that manage to evoke classical traditions in some preparations (a sweetly briny mixture of salmon and mustard, dill and fennel) and new ones in others (tuna cut with dates and mint, against a fiery Berber spice mixture).

Note that a 2-star rating indicates it is “Very Good” by the New York Times, with many restaurants not receiving any stars (or never get reviewed) at all if they are just satisfactory or poor. Even 1-star means the restaurant is “Good”, so don’t be misled by a 2-star New York Times rating, it’s a big deal.

You can read the full review at www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/dining/reviews/05rest.html. Book your reservation on Opentable.

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