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Visiting Manhattan-- how do these places sound?

Hey all,

I'm visiting Manhattan next week w/ a girlfriend

We've already made reservation at ...
Tao, Striphouse and City Lobster and Crab Company.

Does anyone have reviews/opinions on those places? Should we reconsider and go somewhere else? Let me know! Thanks a ton!

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  1. Tao is okay, but Megu and Buddha Bar are far better food and atmosphere wise....Craftsteak is better than Striphouse too.

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    1. re: bac528

      i have to disagree about craftsteak and strip house. i think they are on a par with one another. neither discernably better than the other, but both very good. craftsteak does have a huge space and a huge beef selection with alot of bells and whistles type desriptions of cows, feeding, quality of meat etc...

      1. re: bac528

        Yeah, skip Tao, go to Megu, Budha Bar, Budakhan or my fave, Bond Street. I would avoid City Lobster as well (kind of touristy). Usually love Strip House, but the past few times, they've been off the mark. Go to Lugers if you can get into Brooklyn or STK if you need to stay in the city.

      2. Craftsteak is better than Striphouse and actually, Palm is far better than both!!!

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        1. re: bac528

          blech. i've always thought the palm's steaks were the worst of all the upscale chain steakhouses... give me a ruth's chris butter bomb first.

          1. re: MBShapiro

            You mean better than Flemings??????

          2. I've always liked Tao. City Lobster and Crab Company, only was there once and thought it was nothing memorable.

            1. I'd strike City Crab off the list. Try Aquagrill instead.

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              1. re: KTinNYC

                Agreed. Do not waste a meal at City Crab.

                1. re: valerie

                  Definitely cross off City Lobster (so sad - I use to manage there eons ago). I don't love Tao but if I were to choose asian fusion, I'd pick Spice Market (slightly better food and a much hipper scene and decor) or Annissa - great service and lovely orchestrated meals. Instead of Strip house, I'd pick Spotted Pig - a gastropub heavy on the meats and offals - where the food is damn good and satisfying.

                  1. re: kayonyc

                    Someone on this board really ripped in to Strip House lately... I'm not sure how seriously to take that commentary but I'd definitely make sure the recs are from more current visits than "i used to go there years ago."

                    Spotted Pig is a good rec, but be prepared to wait at the bar. And be prepared to feel a bit claustrophobic... it's a very small space and there are always a lot of people waiting/drinking. It's good, but be prepared to be cramped at the bar.

                    City crab: yeah... I wouldn't recommend. If you're looking for seafood, specifiy your budget. There's no lack of really great options at all price ranges (Le Bernardin, anyone?)

                    1. re: egit

                      I was at Spotted Pig this past fri - as a party of 6 and our wait was not long at 7:30. roughly half hour to 40 mins. Enough for one drink.

                      1. re: kayonyc

                        Good info kayonyc. Will keep that in mind. Last time there was back in Dec, where the wait for a 2 top at 6PM was over an hour--midweek.

                        Maybe the buzz died down a bit. Or maybe there was some sort of xmas event or whatever. I've avoided spotted pig for that reason.

              2. Strip House is the best of that bunch. For seafood, I agree w/the rec for Aquagrill.