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Aug 15, 2006 07:19 PM

fave new restaurants-2 years old or less


I haven't been to NY in almost 2 years and need new recs. Any food, any location.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. The Orchard on Orchard between Stanton and Rivington. Try the wild muschroom flatbread and the agnolotti with squash. Both are excellent. To this point, they have been BYO; however, they recently received their liquor licence, so the BYO policy will be phased out soon.

    1. Eleven Madison is not new; however, Chef Daniel Humm came on board earlier this year and has radically changed things all for the better. His French-inspired cuisine is sensational and, in my estimation, now makes EMP equal to the top-ranked restaurants in the city.

      A Voce opened in the spring, and Chef Andrew Carmellini (previously of Cafe Boulud) is serving delicious modern Italian cuisine.

      Parea is another newbie with excellent modern Greek cuisine. Their website ( is still under construction, but you can get a sense of what is being served -- the menu has already changed -- on menupages.

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        1. Cafe at Country was quite good both times I've been there.

          1. Parea, was just OK. I had the lobster domlades. Bland and while creative, not much flavor. It lacked any depth and thee was virtually no salt added. Also had the crispy pork or something and it was crispy, but in the old, sitting underneath a heatlamp for 4 hours kinda dry, crispy. Why not use some pork belly and broil it afterward. Again, mediocre. Also had the red snapper for two, which was stuffed with currants (actually I think they were raisans, but I will give them the benefit) and sauteed onions, and was good, a little overcooked, and not great.
            Plus, the, I believe exclusively, greek wine list was expensive for greek wines which you can get in Astoria for $8 or $10 bucks.
            For the price, I would stay away.