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fave new restaurants-2 years old or less

rhubarb Aug 15, 2006 07:19 PM


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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    Desidero RE: rhubarb Aug 15, 2006 07:34 PM

    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.

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      RGR RE: rhubarb Aug 16, 2006 04:38 PM

      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 (www.parea-ny.com) 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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        pemabuk RE: rhubarb Aug 16, 2006 06:34 PM

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

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          chris011001 RE: rhubarb Aug 16, 2006 06:52 PM

          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.

          1. streamwise RE: rhubarb Aug 16, 2006 11:24 PM

            I second Eleven Madison Park and would also add Gilt to the list...

            1. Striver RE: rhubarb Aug 17, 2006 03:09 PM

              Two very good and surprisingly reasonable Italian restaurants: Roberto Passon on 9th & 50th (nice pre-theatre option) and Sfoglia on 92nd & Lex. They've quickly become popular, so reservations are a good idea at either one.

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                smarty RE: Striver Aug 18, 2006 09:29 PM

                I agree. Just ate at Roberto Passon this week and thought the food was great. However (isn't there always a however) and this is partly my fault, the specials were almost double the price of the menu items and we forgot to ask (because they sounded so terrific) and they didn't tell us. Alas. The ones we did order happened to be great; burrata with mushrooms, peppers, lettuce and there was a real mound. A veal osso bucco main course which two split. A fabulous fried soft shell crab appetizer (very delicate). Can't wait to go back. And very reasonable.

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                melodyt1313 RE: rhubarb Aug 18, 2006 11:09 AM

                Cookshop on 10th Avenue gets my vote.. Excellent greenmarket menu, changes often. Good service, great space.. Highly recommend it.

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                  wdt212 RE: rhubarb Aug 18, 2006 01:57 PM

                  I like Falai on Clinton. Consistantly good Italian.

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                    calypsogirl RE: rhubarb Aug 18, 2006 11:03 PM

                    i love falai, the orchard, august and gusto.

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