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SF hound looking for 2 must eat dinner places in Manhattan

Going to NY for 2 nights and want to find 2 nice restaurants to try out.

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  1. Do you care what you eat, how much you pay, and where they are?

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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      Non asian food, nicer dinner venue w/ no $ restrictions really, anywhere in manhattan. Thank you!

    2. These are my NYC favorites- nothing too fancy (except maybe gramercy tavern) but all worth a visit.
      Lupa
      www.luparestaurant.com
      Tomoe
      http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...
      Hearth
      http://www.restauranthearth.com/
      Saigon Grill
      www.saigongrill.com
      Gramercy Tavern
      www.gramercytavern.com

      1. Sushi Yasuda for nigiri. Sit in front of Yasuda. Be prepared to be blown away. It's not asian food. It's nectar.

        Babbo for Italian or even Lupa for italian.

        Jean-Georges for fine dining. Especially if you've been to the Ritz in SF so you can compare. Get the tasting menu with wine pairing.

        1. I was there in January and we ate at Prune in the East Village. It was by far the best meal we had in NYC. Check out my photos: http://triplecreme.blogspot.com/2006/...

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          1. re: triplecreme

            Prune really is a lovely restaurant. The food is excellent and inventive. The space itself is fairly cramped and a bit loud. Otherwise it's really excellent.

          2. babbo and le bernardin would be my recs. substitute esca for lb if you want to lower the tab a bit. all are worthy, none have a direct counterpart in SF.

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            1. re: steve h

              "babbo and le bernardin"

              If you have to pick only two, these would also be my recommendations.