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If I love Fatty Crab, Momofuku and Otto, where else will I like?

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  • Lexie Dec 18, 2006 04:07 PM
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I'm just not excited about any other restaurants in New York right now, but I can't keep going to these three. I love interesting, courageous food and money is no object. Any suggestions?

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  1. Those don't seem particularly related in any way but here goes.

    There is much better Ramen than Momofuku in the city; I'd recommend Minka in the East Village or Sapporo in Midtown (don't go to Sapporo East in East Village though).

    Otto has great appetizers, but their Entrees are sometimes inconsistent. Batali's other low-end restaurant, Lupa, is still reasonable but much more interesting in terms of food content.

    I don't know how I can improve upon Fatty Crab... that Brioche they serve with the crab is too good... For cheap, innovative asian cuisine though, I've always liked Cafe Asean in the West Village.

    1. I haven't been in a while so I don't know if they've gone downhill or not, but I really liked Bao 111 as something along the lines of Fatty Crab/Momofuku: nouvelle Vietnamese with a personal chef flair. I also liked Chubo for its Asian-French style but again, haven't been in a while so I don't know if it's still as good.

      1. Since you seem to live small plates and vividly flavored food and don't mind cramped environs, I bet you would like Prune and Tia Pol too.

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        1. re: eeee

          Yes, it's true, I enjoy both of those, especially prune... thank you. Any other suggestions?

        2. Chino's might fit the bill...They have some really great pan asian tapas...the roast pork sandwich is not to be missed

          1. I had one of the better meals in recent memory over at Bouley. I would tell you to go there.. I would tell you to go to Le Bernadain, I would tell you to go to WD-50. Yakitorri Totto, Yakitori Torys to start

            1. Canteen Province for mantou sandwiches on Church and Walker.

              1. Along the lines of Momofuko and Fatty Crab, in terms of fine-dining influenced preparation of asian foods, check out Tigerland in the East Village. Thai and Vietnamese food, excellently prepared with the best ingredients (almost strictly organic, things like Berkshire pork, etc), good presentation, a nice space, and really friendly helpful service (which you may not like, depending on which of the above two mentioned places you prefer).

                1. Thank you all for your responses -- sorry for the confusion. In my head, the three have much in common: sourcing top-notch and at times unusual ingredients; cooking in a style that is bright and courageous; leaning toward the sour, acid, green side of the taste spectrum (though not always); and having genuine, internal (not trendy) style. I hope that clarifies. If so, I'd love to hear more suggestions.