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Aug 6, 2005 04:38 PM

good food in yorkville?

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What would be a good high end restaurant in the yorkville area?

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    peppermint pate

    Boba, Pangaea, Prego, Truffles.

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      also Opus (not Yorkville proper, but close enough)

      1. re: qwerty

        What about Sassafraz?

        1. re: Said Fred

          There have been many positive comments about Sassafraz since Jason Rosso became Executive Chef earlier this year.

          1. re: George W.

            My personal favourite: Sushi Inn

            1. re: Sana

              I agree with Sushi Inn and also want to mention Toni Bulloni. They offer great pasta dishes and serve small loaves of hot bread they bake themeslves.

              1. re: Maclin

                In my experience (limited, I only gave it a couple of tries before writing them off) Toni Bulloni's pastas are overcooked and oversauced.

                Sushi Inn is not that special, just a neighborhood place, and I have not tried Sassafraz with a new chef, but with the old one the place definitely was not worth going to.

                1. re: qwerty

                  I have tried the new chef at sassafraz, and I wasn't very impressed. The cuisine is very outdated and much too heavy for my liking. The more sassafraz changes the more they stay the same.

                  1. re: Ellen

                    Sassafraz is an enigma - the food has definitely improved, but the service is all over the place. Last time our 'main server' was all attitude - when I asked for wine recommendations, then rejected his first choice as it wasn't a grape I liked, he went away and never returned with a somelier - just to take our order with a "have you decided yet?". Yet other servers passing by twice topped up our wine glasses and cheerfully assisted with various requests, and promptly cleared our table. Obviously a 'tip kitty' approach - but they still have obnoxious servers in the pool - you'd think there would be a server rebellion.

                    1. re: estufarian

                      Let's face it folks,

                      Most folks don't go to Sassafraz for the amazing food and excellent service...then again, I've also seen the patio waitstaff and matre d' also take "tips" from paparazzi in order to get tips on photo opportunities...

                      It's a place to see people and be seen...

                      I'd take some goulash and a chilled cappucino from the Coffee Mill over most of the restaurants in the Yorkville area...but the original question was regarding high-end restaurants...

                  2. re: qwerty
                    Vero Italiano

                    Toni Bulloni's is awesome! Been going there for about 6 years now. It's the only place I will eat Italian food outside of my own home, and I'm extremely picky especially with Italian dishes. The service is incredible and Siva, who runs the place, treats all of his clients like royalty. The atmosphere is very cozy as well. Definitely recommend this restaurant to all.

      2. My favorite are two smaller places:

        Carens on Cumberland beside the parking Garage, they have a marvelous back patio and an amazing Stilton Angus Burger (or is it Kobe?)...

        Just a Few doors down @ old York Lane is Dimi.. Nice Italian Place where the owner Raymond is always there to chat and make sure everyone is happy... very nice Carpaccio, Pizzas & Pastas..

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        1. re: DTowner

          DIMI'S pizzas are pretty good, but they are obviously not a high end or not even an upscale restaurant. I give them a cheap and cheery rating. My kids like it there so we go. Boba, Pangaea or Truffles are very good.

        2. Definitely truffles - for one notch down, Sassafraz was good the last too times.

          To be avoided: Michelle's Brasserie

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            Eli Freedman

            I don't know what happened to you at Michelle's Brasserie, but I am a frequent patron there. I have never experienced anything but Great Food, Great Service and very nice ambeiance. Its not cheap, but it is Yorkville and the food is top quality. I am very surprised at your comment...

            1. re: Eli Freedman

              Well, it is probably a matter of taste, but I also do not care for their food.

              1. re: qwerty

                Isn't everything said on this board fundamentally a matter of taste?

                1. re: Chantal

                  i wonder if it's possible to have profiles of posters put up. i know it would likely require us having to register ourselves onto the site, etc. etc... but with a profile it might be easier to get an idea of what a reviewer likes and hence why they said such things about such and such a place.

                  anyways, just a thought should the chowhound team choose to make any changes.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Interesting - certainly, if you can't stand behind what you write, you shouldn't write it and the Internet does create issues with anonymity. It's all opinion in the end but with no understanding of where a person comes from, the opinion might be hard to take.

                    It's like art. If you don't know the artist and their background, it can sometimes be difficult to interpret their meaning in their art....

                    1. re: chantal

                      Great....!!!! Tell that to Joanne Kates....!!!! Come on.

              2. re: Eli Freedman
                Chantal Saville

                Our first experience there was wonderful - maybe a year ago? But we've been back three times since and all three times, it was sad. I generally don't say I don't like a place after only one bad experience - after all, any place can have an off day. But I think three visits is sufficient in the last 6 months to put it to rest.

                The service was pathetic - They were blaring 70s music at extraordinarily loud volume, defeating the whole casual brasserie feel. The food was also sad. Inspid salad dressing that so drenched a light side salad as to make it a gloppy green mess. Extraordinarly dry fish. The eggs benny are okay...

                For a little extra, you can go somewhere much nicer where the service is impeccable and the food divine and the style of the restaurant is met with the details: music, design, service and food.....

                With Michelle's, when we were there, we got the impression that the manager wasnt' around that day... That's what it felt like....

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              Food Tourist

              The Courtyard Cafe at the Windsor Arms has reasonably priced French, continental, and Asian fusion food with a posh atmosphere. They have a prix fixe dinner for only $30, though I have yet to try it.

              1. I am very happy that nobody has mentioned Flow. I went there for the summerlicious and I was disgusted with the service and completely unimpressed with the food. I know that summerlicious food is almost never up to par with the regular menu, but this was really plain flavourless food. I had veal and another person had steak and they tasted exactly the same, eventhough there were 2 totally different sauces (I cant remember what they were)...even the sauces tasted the same.

                I was more unimpressed with the server. The moment we told him that we all wanted to order off of the summerlicious menu, his attitude changed and he was rude and ignored us.

                This place has average food and poor service yet an attitude as if they are the best restaurant in the city. There are hundreads of better places to go to if you want to spend that kind of money.

                On another note, Tony Bulloni has...get of the best burgers I have ever eaten. I agree that their pasta is average at best, but the burger was top notch.