Estela: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

A restaurant that hides its food under piles of greens is good enough for Barack Obama, but how about for Jay?

47 East Houston Street, New York (001 212 219 7693). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £130

A good life is all about the small victories. After dinner at Estela in New York, for example, I can celebrate the fact that I achieved something that eluded the most powerful man in the western world. I was able to pay for my meal with my own credit card – Barack Obama’s was rejected. “I guess I don’t use it enough,” he said shortly after eating there in September, “so [the bank] thought there was fraud going on.” Thank God Michelle was packing plastic.

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