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EaterWire: Ducasse, Goblin Market

Goblin Market, courtesy of Restaurant Girl

· Page Six has more on the Ducasse move: "Ducasse will relocate his 6-year-old, three-star Michelin-rated eatery from the Essex House to the St. Regis Hotel in early 2007. "It's a larger room and a more upscale location," said an insider." This is intriguing and curious, especially considering the St. Regis is a union house. Speculation or fact? You decide. [Page Six]

· From Restaurant Girl, an insta-review of Goblin Market: "I was at friends and family at Goblin Market this week. Alex Freij was present, seemingly ignorant to the recent Diner 24 scandal. I tried to get some dish out of him, but no such luck, as if he had amnesia, he was excited about designing the new space. It happens to be great: refreshingly intimate (seats only 28) in the wake of the mega-restaurant invasion, bare bulb-lit with comfy damask banquettes, exposed brick walls and Oak floors. The menu's broad, creative American with Asian and European influences. I tried to order the miso marinated beef salad, but they were sadly out of it. Instead, I sampled; terrifically plump and garlicky mussels afloat in an herbed broth; a zesty rock shrimp risotto; a meaty but mayonaisse-heavy crab cake. The real winner on Goblin Market's menu is the pan-roasted yard bird; this should be their signature (and quickly renamed seeing as it's a chicken breast and the term yard bird sounds creepy). It's moist, perfectly cooked and paired with luscious buttermilk mashed potatoes. Early signs are positive, I already want to go back for brunch ;)" [EaterWire Inbox]

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