NY-PDX hounds looking for Seattle's best for NYE
Big-time foodie family looking for the best Seattle has to offer. very familiar with the dining scene in New York and Portland, not so much in Seattle.
Looking for a memorable New Year's Eve at a fun, new restaurant featuring northwest cuisine. price not an issue. good wine, whiskey, and raw bar a plus.
restaurants we like:
in New York:
The following is an answer to the generic question, "Where can I eat well in Seattle?" I’ve lived here for about six years, and really like good food. Here are my choices. Other than Canlis, which requests that men wear jackets and ties (but doesn't necessarily enforce the request), they are all "business casual":
- Canlis – New American/Pacific Northwest. Formal, gracious, great food, great ambiance.
- Campagne – French country. New chef has revived it.
- Szmania’s – Nouvelle German.
- Harvest Vine - Spanish, small plates. Business casual. Great Spanish wine list.
- Place Pigalle - New American bistro. Charming, intimate, modern
- Ray’s Boathouse - Seattle institution for seafood
- Hunt Club - Continental. Gracious, cozy, very good food.
- Chinook’s at Salmon Bay - Best seafood in town, great brunches.
- Tulio - Italian. Excellent food
- Maximillian's At The Market - American. Great lunch spot in Pike Place Market.
- Rover’s – French. Seattle’s large contingent of reverse snobs has forced this place to pull in its horns and dumb it all down. ‘Tis a pity that this town can’t support a world-class haute cuisine restaurant, because Rover’s is capable of it if people were willing to pay for it.
- Lampreia – New American. Much ado about nothing in particular.
- Mistral – New American. Great meal the first time around, but I was stunned to be served exactly the same thing a year later.
- Canlis. Elegant, romatic. A fair-weather favorite at sunset.
- Hunt Club. Cozy and romantic. A rainy night favorite.
- Ray’s Boathouse. A summer evening favorite.
- Maximillian's At The Market. Great views if you get a window table.
- Canlis. The reverse snobs channel their considerable class envy at this place, accusing it of all manner of imaginary sins. Don’t listen! This place is probably the city’s best restaurant.
- Place Pigalle
- Maximillian's At The Market
You're going to have to move fast to get reservations for New Year's. I second Cremant, Nishino and Harvest Vine. Canlis is the perfect restaurant if the Senior Prom was the highlight of your life. If not, there are better options. Check if Le Gourmand still has any seats available if you strike out above.
NYE at Herbfarm actually sounds pretty good though the price is definitely up there - $295/pp includes at least 9 courses and wine pairings but not tax/tip. If money weren't an object and my wife and I didn't already have a tradition of travelling for NYE, that's where I'd go.
Thanks for all the responses so far!
Looks like Cremant, Cafe Juanita, and Tulio are popular choices...(Nishino will certainly not go over well with my mother, though i'll have to give that a shot sometime myself.)
Any other word on Place Pigalle, Le Gourmand or Campagne?
I know my parents have been to Canlis way back in the day, but I've never heard it called the best restaurant in Seattle. Used to know the old chef at Maximillian's and have dined well there. Forgot to mention that we are all former residents of Seattle. Looking forward to the good eats...thanks again!
Didn't your original post ask for a fun, new restaurant featuring northwest cuisine? Cremant fits the fun and new criteria. Cafe Juanita, Tulio, Place Pigalle, Le Gourmand and Campagne fit the fun criteria but none fit all three. I would see if any of these still have availability: Union, Lark, Veil or Crush. None has a "raw bar" but you can get good oysters, carpaccio etc at each. Whisky, probably and wine for sure.
Place Pigalle may be a bit small for a large party. Campagne is not fun. Same with Tulio. Cafe Juanita is too out of the way for NYE. If it were in downtown Kirkland, then it'd be ideal.
If you're looking for a New, try:
1. Volterra in Ballard.
2. Wann Izakaya. A lot of people don't like this place because it's too upscale for a pub. It is missing key Izakaya menu items like beef tongue but I generally like their refined versions of Japanese pub food. And the servers are fun. And you'd be in the thick of the celebrations
3. I second Union.
I've got to retract that best restaurant comment. After the reply about Canlis being the re-creation of a high school prom date, I realized that I've been getting kinda lazy in my home town. I like the place a lot, but I'm going to lay off that superlative.
Glassman, your comment was just what I needed to hear. Last night a friend came to town and I was going to take him out to the Hunt Club, which is one of my old standbys. I thought about my list, which is tired, and said I've got to widen the circle. So he and I and another person went out to Cascadia and had a really good meal.
Krug champagne to start. Gnocchi and beef carpaccio for first courses. Two carmelized spice-rubbed king salmons and a loin of cascade elk for main courses. Some chocolate hoo-hah desserts and cookies. Two bottles of a high-end Riscal, a red rioja. (And no, that's not redundant; there are white riojas.) With tax and tip, $720.
I'd give it two stars on the Michelin scale.