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Jun 14, 2007 09:40 AM

Hearth, Little owl, Perilla, Veritas, Blue Hill?!?!

Birthday dinner for boyfriend? I know they're all so different, what's your favorite?

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  1. i can speak to veritas as a top ny restaurant period. like blue hill (many love it for its coherent fresh food concept) and love hearth and little owl. perilla has gotten some good reviews i read. hope that helps. but it is a very solid list you compiled....

    1. i've been to veritas and little owl.
      veritas was amazing...i went with my boss. little owl is more fun, intimate, cute. between those two alone for my husband's dinner i'd go with little owl.

      1. I haven't been to Veritas or Blue Hill. I'd put Perilla last of the other 2, and I might rank Little Owl first. While the food at Hearth is more revelatory, I've had poor service at Hearth, and my last meal there wasn't as good as the first. Little Owl isn't high on culinary hijinks, but the food is very good, and I really like the atmosphere.

        1. blue hill by a mile. then veritas if your boyfriend is a wine geek -- i mean that in the nice sense of the term!

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          1. re: psp

            have you done the tasting menu at blue hill?

            i am trying to decide if i will go for it or not...

            1. re: ceeceee

              rent a car and go to stone barns instead. i dont dig the one in the city.

              otherwise, yr going to veritas.

              1. re: sam1

                im not the original poster.
                i've been to veritas and enjoyed it a lot!
                i've also been to little owl...
                but now the original poster has gotten blue hill into my mine. i would have to go to the one in the city...
                anyone done the tasting menu?

                1. re: ceeceee

                  While we haven't done the actual tasting menu, we have created our own tasting menus several times. We usually pick 4 apps and one entree and they do a great job of double plating things (soup comes in two smaller bowls instead of one big one, etc) and the sommelier there, Claire, customizes fantastic wine pairings for each dish. Love this place...the experience, food, everything.

              2. re: ceeceee

                yes, almost everytime i go, which was most recently last night. always amazing. had the best lamb ever last night, although in another dish i over indulged on a maybe too large portion of pork belly -- couldn't help myself. this is a rare thing, b/c usually the dishes are usually perfectly porportioned.

                stone barnes is even better, but then you have the drive, and if you want to take advantage of the great wine list and pairings, the need for a driver.

            2. My husband and I had an unbelieveable meal at Veritas recently. I highly recommend going there. Have the cheese for dessert, if you're into that, and for appetizer, the hamachi tartare and the ricotta ravioli were both spectacular. Also the short ribs. Little Owl is very nice, but I don't think the food measures up. Ditto Blue Hill.

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              1. re: sed231

                excellent choices....that said, Veritas gets my mentioned earlier, one of the great wine lists in NY, and cuisine to match.