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foodoof Jun 22, 2007 11:55 AM

We all have our top 20 restaurants in the city that we often visit again and again, I have a list of 20 restaurants that I patronize a few times every week/month. They might not be Daniel, JG, Per Se, Masa, Bouley, Del Posto, etc, which I've eaten at but wouldn't be able to put on the my list here. The list is obviously very broad, from hole in the wall, neigborhood restaurants to perhaps considered one of the best culinary institutions in this town. I would love to see everyone's list, I am sure we can learn more from each other and appreciate each person's specific taste bud from this individual list :)

I'm listing my 20 most visited restaurants first (not a ranking) :

1. Babbo
2. Peter Luger
3. Bo Ky (best $4 noodlesoup I've been going for 10 years)
4. Pastis (always end up here somehow)
5. Teriyaki Boy (most visited cheap Japanese for my lunch option)
6. Bouchon Bakery (probably a few times a week)
7. Ceci Cela (can't have enough of their chocolate almond croissants)
8. Grand Sichuan International
9. Patsy's Pizzeria
10. Lupa
11. Kang Shuh (24 hour Ktown option)
12. Fai Da Dimsum (Flushing - most of my Chinese/Taiwanese friends love this place)
13. Sakagura
14. Yakitori Totto / Izakaya Hagi (equal time between these two, always there once a week)
15. Chipotle (another bad bad unhealthy lunch option, but always end up eating it)
16. Gramercy Tavern (Bar Dining)
17. Pam's Real Thai
18. Pearl Oyster Bar
19. Casa Mono
20. L'Express/Florent (my 24 hour most visited restaurant)

** Sorry I cheated, not exactly 20

Share us yours !!!! :)

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  1. m
    manhattan foodie Jun 22, 2007 02:21 PM

    I don't really have 20 but my list is
    1) Sushi Yasuda
    2) Aburiya Kinnosuke
    3) Donburiya
    4) Yakitori Totto/Torys
    5) Natural Tofu
    6) Sobaya
    7) Oms B
    8) Congee Bowery
    9) Via Quadronno (for mocachinos and paninis)
    10) Kyotofu (Dessert fix)
    11) Petrossian (pastry fix)

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    1. re: manhattan foodie
      dkstar1 Jun 24, 2007 08:44 PM

      I like to change it up as often as possible, but these are my repeat venues of choice...

      1. Penelope (25 times +)
      2. Bouchon Bakery (20 times +)
      3. Lunchbox (12 times +)
      4. Roomali (12 times)
      5. L'Express (12 times)
      6. Pump Energy Food (12 times)
      7. Blue Smoke (10 times)
      8. Curry Leaf (9 times)
      9. Eleven Madison Park (8 times)
      10. Park Bistro (8 times)
      11. Landmarc TWC (8 times)
      12. Adrienne's Pizza Bar (8 times)
      13. Momofuku Ssam Bar (7 times)
      14. Blue Hill @ Stone Barns (7 times)
      15. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar (7 times)
      16. Jean Georges (6 times)
      17. Waterfront Ale House (6 times)
      18. Azucar/Guantanamera (6 times)
      19. Shake Shack (6 times)
      20. Babbo (5 times)

      1. re: dkstar1
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        xigua Jun 25, 2007 06:31 AM

        What is good at Azucar? I've walked past it hundreds of times on 8th Ave but have never eaten there.
        Also, your Nougatine write ups have been fantastic!

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          kobetobiko Jun 25, 2007 07:57 AM

          Hi dkstar1,

          Welcome back! Glad to see your posting again! I read your recent Landmarc reviews, and as always, very informative. Based on your review on L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon (which is my favorite restaurant and is one of my 20 most visited), is it safe to assume that it will be on your top 20 list very soon? ;D

          Anyway, glad to hear from you again!

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            dkstar1 Jun 25, 2007 02:56 PM

            how could I forget... Daisy May BBQ cart (Wall St.) - at least 10 times. Deelish. Best chili I've ever had.

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              foodwhisperer Feb 17, 2008 06:28 PM

              1 Takahachi
              2 15 east
              3 odeon
              4 ennio and michael
              5 kanoyama
              6 sobaya
              7 momofuku
              8 province
              9 jewel bako
              10 acqua grill
              11 cercle rouge
              12 wolfgang
              13 gigino
              14 toon's
              15 upstairs boulez
              16 tribeca grill
              17 viet cafe
              18 don peppe ( queens)
              19 kin kao
              20 congee village

            2. re: manhattan foodie
              f
              foodwhisperer Feb 17, 2008 06:39 PM

              Foodoof i like your list,,theres a few places i want to try. For instance the dim sum place in flushing, i coudlnt find a good one ,,also the yakitori place and a few others ,,thanks

            3. m
              mengathon Jun 22, 2007 10:27 PM

              Nice. Lucky you, I wish Sakagura were on my list...

              1. Lin's (formerly David's in Elmhurst)
              2. Balthazar (you can get cafe au lait in a bowl!!)
              3. Blue Ribbon (mostly post-2am)
              4. Yakitori Taisho (only post 2-2am)
              4. Blue Ribbon Sushi (for the otoro, the wild mackarel, and the uni in winter)
              5. ñ (cheap pitchers of sangria, wish the white asparagus remained on the menu)
              6. Penang (hainan chicken, lower half please)
              7. Dylan Prime (steak? sure. but the martini with the blue cheese olives is the real gem)
              8. The Harrison (sweet corn risotto with blistered cherry tomatoes perfect for summer)
              9. Tartine (weekday lunch only, too packed any other time)
              10. White Castle (4 am cravings)
              11. Village Yokocho (mostly when Taisho is packed out the door)
              12. Mermaid Inn (great garden)
              13. Aquagrill (oysters at the bar, happy hour special)
              14. Jamba Juice (counts as meal in itself)

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              1. re: mengathon
                f
                foodoof Jun 23, 2007 03:07 PM

                mengathon, Lin's (David's) used to be on my list when I had a friend who lived around Elmhurst area, but I haven't been to this Taiwanese gem for years, I hope the quality hasn't dropped since the management change. I'd love to visit this restaurant again.

                Jamba Juice is definitely a lunch option sometimes, though I'd prefer juicing myself at home whenever I get a chance.

                Village Yokocho was my regular place a few years ago, but the smokey smell often prevent me from visiting this place, the same could be said for many establishments in K-town, which often leaves you with the everlasting odor and thus to me, are more suitable a late super option.

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                  m
                  mengathon Jun 23, 2007 11:39 PM

                  Despite the English name change (the Chinese one remains the same), the menu and food at Lin's are still the same, and surprisingly, as are the management and staff. I'm really not sure why they changed it. But the food is as good as always. I cant find the chicken roll anywhere else. mmm... Revisit when you get a chance. You'll see all your old favorites.

                  1. re: mengathon
                    f
                    foodoof Jun 24, 2007 12:17 PM

                    Perhaps one of the partners, or family shareholders left which often happens in many restaurant business, and so the name changed to reflect the adjustment.

                    Another possibility is instead of using the first name (David), perhaps they decided to use the family name instead (Lin). But unlikely, as they've been known as David's for years, so why changed it now, unless the previous happened. I wonder if the restaurant's Chinese name also changed.

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                      m
                      mengathon Jun 25, 2007 11:51 AM

                      The Chinese name is still the same.

                      But now i'm curious. I'll ask next time I go and report back.

              2. c
                cimui Jun 22, 2007 11:54 PM

                This is more a function of geographic proximity than anything else:

                Charm
                Thai Kitchen
                Sobre ruedas taco truck
                Ouest
                Hatsuhana
                Sukhadia's
                La Vela
                China Fun
                the new Jamaican cart on 51st near 8th
                Gabriella's
                Onigashima
                Pair of 8s (before it closed)
                Global Kitchen (an overpriced, all-purpose lunch place near my workplace)
                Daisy May's lunch cart
                Pasha
                Saigon Grill, pre-strike
                Wondee Siam
                Shimizu
                Cafe con Leche
                Spiga

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                  foodoof Jun 23, 2007 03:13 PM

                  cimui, sounds like we work around the same area. :)

                  The Jamaican cart on 51st near 7th Ave (I am sure unless there's another one) is a great option around midtown West/Rockefeller area for lunch ... BUT ... the wait is just horrendeous, I waited in the line for 45 minutes just to get my order from the cart.

                  Went to Global Kitchen a few times but they screwed up my sandwiches, so no more, prefer Cafe Duke on 51st btwn 6th and 7th (expensive deli but plenty of options)

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                    c
                    cimui Jun 25, 2007 12:27 PM

                    Us and a few hundred thousand others, right? =)

                    GK has pretty passable sushi and soft shell tacos for a deli--but mostly I go there out of laziness / lack of time / fear of rain and/or sun and/or snow (since it's inside my building).

                    Jamaican cart isn't bad around 11 a.m. or before, for their daily breakfast porridge, or after 2 or so. It helps that I eat a late lunch.

                    I'd love to hear your suggestions for other carts/restos in the area!

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                      foodoof Jun 25, 2007 04:20 PM

                      I see... well... this is going to be a little bit off topic, but some of my favorite places for lunch options around there are ... (and these don't make it in the top 20 since I'm just too lazy to walk during the winter/cold weather) but I visit these places quite often...

                      - Men Kui Tei 56th St (used to go here many years ago, and way too crowded around 12-1pm)
                      - Original Yip's Chinese restaurant 45th close to 5th Ave (super cheap, unhealthy, greasy, often too much MSG, but taste good, they have buffet an these folks are the same guys as the people who used to run Yip's near WTC before 9/11)
                      - If you know Chiyoda Sushi, there's a Japanese guy who stands with some plastic containers next to the building beside Au Bon Pain on 50th around 11.30-12.30pm, he brings those bentos from their 41st location, most patrons are Japanese who works around there. Normally the bentos are gone by 12.30pm
                      - Instead of going to Margon, I go to Utopia Cafe on 56th St sometimes, they are a Deli but they also sell Dominican food version of Margon, huge portion.
                      - Another cart I frequent a few years ago was the KwikMeal cart on 46th and 6th Ave, but I haven't been there for ages
                      - Sapporo is another option, though I don't prefer to seat near the open kitchen
                      - Of course if you work late, there's the famous gyros on 52nd and 6th ave with the neverending line, which I thought was way overrated.
                      - Daisy May's BBQ cart on 50th btwn 6th and 7th
                      -The crepe/empadanas from the cart in front of MOMA
                      - I frequent Variety Cafe on 48th St just because the selection was plenty
                      - Bread and Olive on 45th St for some lamb meswhi

                      I have to think more ..

                      1. re: foodoof
                        c
                        cimui Jun 25, 2007 08:01 PM

                        I think the gyros on 52nd are overrated, too. The meat is of the same quality as many other street carts; it's just the sauce that's good.

                        Thanks for the Chiyoda sushi tip, especially!! I'm getting that for lunch, tomorrow.

                        1. re: cimui
                          E Eto Jun 26, 2007 08:13 AM

                          Chiyoda's been around for several years (long before they opened their 41st St shop) providing bentos to Japanese companies from their main plant in Long Island City. This plant also makes all the bentos sold at the 41st St shop. The bentos that are sold on the street are the ones that are leftover after the guy makes all the office deliveries. There are other bento companies (not as big as Chiyoda) that also sell their stuff around midtown. There's a smaller operation that sells a more "natural" or organic bento somewhere on 6th Ave near 49th as well. Not sure of the time.

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                            c
                            cimui Jun 26, 2007 07:05 PM

                            Interesting! The leftovers are from the night before or before 11:30 a.m.? (The former, esp, is a little scary...)

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                              E Eto Jun 26, 2007 07:20 PM

                              Leftovers from 11:30 am. I think they make their office deliveries by 11am.

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                                f
                                foodoof Jun 27, 2007 08:44 AM

                                No, the bentos aren't the leftovers from the night before. you can basically order these bentos to be delivered to your office, as most of the Japanese do, and they probably brought some extras or as E Eto said, whatever is left, but they're always sold out within 15-30 minutes.

                  2. s
                    S R Jun 23, 2007 11:45 AM

                    On any given week, I'll probably visit 3 or 4 of these:

                    Ali Baba (E 34th St)
                    Aquavit Cafe
                    Artisanal
                    Balthazar
                    Bar Masa
                    Bouley
                    Cacio e Pepe
                    Cafe Gray
                    Cafe Mingala
                    Cafe Sabarsky
                    Candle 79
                    Devi
                    E.A.T.
                    'inoteca
                    Payard
                    Prune
                    Sripraphai
                    Tabla
                    Telepan
                    Wallse

                    Runners-up: Barney Greengrass, Maroons, Tulcingo del Valle

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                      jsmitty Jun 23, 2007 01:57 PM

                      ouest
                      flor de mayo
                      joe's pizza
                      balthazar
                      pastis
                      degustation
                      barney greengrass
                      good enough to eat
                      nice matin
                      celeste
                      wong kee (closed in chinatown)
                      kefi
                      mamouns
                      a voce
                      jg melon
                      shun lee west
                      posto pizza
                      chinos
                      crispo
                      bin 71

                      1. re: S R
                        f
                        foodoof Jun 23, 2007 03:18 PM

                        Sripraphai would have been on my list, had the restaurant been closer to the Upper West Side... but I'll settle for Pam's Real Thai for now, and Topaz, Wondee is too sweet for me after 2-3 visits. Maybe I should try again sometimes.

                        Payard used to be my regular destination when I lived in the UES, but now we have Bouchon Bakery

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                          j
                          jackieparis Jun 24, 2007 01:47 PM

                          These are in no specific order!

                          1. David Copperfield's
                          2. Half King
                          3. Sa Woy
                          4. Aki Sushi
                          5. Slice Pizza
                          6. Dojo
                          7. Nomad
                          8. Pylos
                          9. Bagel & Co.
                          10. Karen's on Astor Place
                          11. Sushi of Gari
                          12. El Paso
                          13. Patsy's Pizza
                          14. Lamouzou
                          15. Atlantic Grill
                          16. Bouley's Upstairs
                          17. Buon Gusto
                          18. Caravan of Dreams
                          19. Alice's Teacup
                          20. Blondies

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                        piccola Jun 24, 2007 05:16 PM

                        I don't have 20, either, but these are the places I go to most often:

                        Westville
                        Congee Village
                        VP2
                        Roll & Dough
                        Absolute Bagel
                        Café Mogador
                        El Centro
                        Dumpling House
                        Koronet Pizza (convenience only)
                        Hale & Hearty (ditto - quick healthy lunch)

                        A few weeks ago, I would have included Bright Food Shop, but alas...

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                          tsiblis Jun 24, 2007 07:36 PM

                          The Knickerbocker
                          Bar Pitti
                          New Big Wang (Chinatown)
                          Tora Sushi
                          Jack Bistro
                          Pastis
                          L'Express
                          Agave

                          1. re: tsiblis
                            p
                            Pillsburychoboy Jun 24, 2007 08:40 PM

                            Just top off the top of my head:

                            Cafe DeVille (French bistro)
                            Duke's (southern-style food)
                            Elvie's Turo-Turo (Filipino)
                            Cafe Habana (Cuba/Mexican)
                            Katsu-hama (for Japanese tonkatsu)
                            S'mac (mac/cheese)
                            Ed's Lobster Bar (seafood)
                            Curry Leaf (Indian)
                            Les Halles (French bistro)
                            Gyu-kaku (Japanese BBQ)
                            Casa Mono (Tapas)
                            Gascogne (French)
                            Haru's (Japanese sushi)
                            Holy Basil (Thai)
                            Mexico Lindo (Mexican)
                            Pomme Frites (Belgian)
                            Sparks (steakhouse)
                            Momofuku ssam (Korean fusion)
                            Baluchi's (for Indian delivery)
                            Ess-a-Bagel (bagels)

                        2. vvvindaloo Jun 24, 2007 09:50 PM

                          This is turning out to be harder than I thought it would be! Anyway, here is a list of 20 establishments (though there are probably more) at which I have eaten at least 5 times, if not 25. Some of these I haven't been to in quite some time, but they sure had a good run at one point or another!

                          1)Carmine 50 (closed, sadly)
                          2)Daddy-O (sexy ambience, expert bartenders, and bleu cheese burgers with tater tots)
                          3)El Conde (best churrasco and maduros)
                          4)Trattoria Malatesta (spaghetti alla chitarra all the way, every time)
                          5)John's Pizzeria of Bleecker St.
                          6)Joe's Pizza (Carmine Street)
                          7)Peasant (can they do anything wrong?)
                          8)Olives (ate the best short ribs of my life there, more than once, not to mention the vanilla souffle)
                          9)Big Daddy's Diner
                          10)SushiSamba (original Park Ave. So. location--who knew a dish called "el topo" could taste so good?).
                          11)Tse Yang (the most underrated, unhyped upscale Chinese in all of NYC)
                          12)Tao
                          13)Tamarind
                          14)Mercadito Grove (best margaritas, guacamole and tacos, hands down)
                          15)Picholine
                          16)Balthazar
                          17)Veselka (pierogi!)
                          18)Grey Dog (from croissant egg sandwiches to oatmeal to cobb salad to blt to fish tacos to cream of mushroom soup to pumpkin pie...)
                          19)Palma
                          20)Cafe Henri (croque monsieur and a sweet buttered crepe at midnight...)

                          I could actually list many others that I keep going back to, I guess that makes me a loyal customer!

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                          1. re: vvvindaloo
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                            nativeNYer Jun 24, 2007 11:13 PM

                            great post idea. thanks! some of these are a matter of convenience, as with many of you, i'm sure. (* indicates i would travel 30+ miles to this place if i did not live in the nabe)

                            1. earthen oven*
                            2. noche mexicana*
                            3. patsy's pizzeria
                            4. daisy may*
                            5. burger joint (parker meridian)*
                            6. five points*
                            7. otto (sure wish they'd get a hint about the service)*
                            8. ivy's cafe (only for scallion pancakes)*
                            9. china fun (only for dumplings and stone forest chow fun)*
                            10. thai market*
                            11. blue smoke (not for ribs)
                            12. blondie's for wings
                            13. plum pomidoro (they have the best pasta on some days and other days it's bleh)
                            14. dallas bbq (just for the onion strings)
                            15. sullivan st. bakery/gand daisy bakery*
                            16. mill korean
                            17. el presidente (cubano)
                            18. bagel store on amsterdam near W77 (just for bagels)
                            19. Mike's bagel store on Brdwy and W168 (bagels, fresh mozzarella sandwich, turkey on pita)
                            20. Joe's Ginger Restaurant (Pell St.)

                            I am sure I am forgetting countless places. before kuhinya closed, i ate there approximately 4X per week. before monsoon closed, i ate there nearly once per week. my heart still aches.

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                              cimui Jun 25, 2007 12:46 PM

                              Hah, I love your asterisk system. Y'know, I haven't been to 5 Points since I moved from the area, and mostly I just went for their happy hour and the nice bartenders. I think you've inspired me to go back sometime this summer for a real dinner.

                              1. re: cimui
                                n
                                nativeNYer Jun 25, 2007 06:21 PM

                                haven't been there in a while either. let me know what you think when you visit.
                                judging from your posts, i think we have the same taste buds!

                          2. k
                            kayonyc Jun 25, 2007 09:17 AM

                            The first 5 of the list is due to my work location but here goes:

                            1 Cafe Duke
                            2 Cafe Margon
                            3 Pearl's
                            4 Minar
                            5 Hatsuhana
                            6 Sakagura
                            7 Yama - (good for a cheap sushi fix)
                            8 Minca
                            9 Mama's
                            10 Taverna Kyclades
                            11 Nyonya
                            12 NY Noodletown
                            13 Congee Village
                            14 Clinton Street Bakery (Brunch)
                            15 Supper (mostly for brunch)
                            16 Perbacco
                            17 Menchankotei
                            18 Han Bat
                            19 Grand Sichuan
                            20 Pastis

                            1. princeofpork Jun 25, 2007 10:48 AM

                              Kuma Inn
                              Patsys
                              Waterfront Ale House
                              Mollys
                              SEA
                              Kin Khao
                              Dinosaur BBQ
                              Lamazou
                              Tratorria Alba
                              Smith and Wollensky Grill
                              Sophies (lunch only)
                              Royal Pizza 39th & 3rd
                              Royale - Burgers on Ave C

                              1. princeofpork Jun 25, 2007 12:40 PM

                                Notice how Asian resaurants dominate the rankings. I wonder if its due to the quality or convenience?

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                                1. re: princeofpork
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                                  kayonyc Jun 25, 2007 12:54 PM

                                  Well - I'd imagine price is hugely important for most people and asian/southeast asian places are generally pretty inexpensive. Personally, as an asian (Japanese), I crave asian flavors much more than Western flavors.

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                                    c
                                    cimui Jun 25, 2007 01:00 PM

                                    Ditto what kayonyc said: taste! And the quality: price ratio tends to be pretty high in Asian restaurants (if you know where to look). Notice that Mexican/Latin food tends to be pretty prevalent, too--for much the same reason.

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                                      nativeNYer Jun 25, 2007 06:30 PM

                                      princeofpork, i noticed that as well. hmmmm.... i'll bet there are more asian restaurants in any given mile than any other restaurant. but, they thrive b/c, as a nation, we've really bought into that cuisine. i wonder what it is - quick? variety? relatively inexpensive? it's an interesting question. asian food is, by far, my favorite cuisine - korean, indian, chinese, vietnamese, malaysian, thai. i love it all except japanese. noodles, rice, meat, sauce, dumplings, scallion pancakes. it's all good. anyway, this is an interesting topic. i wonder which cuisine falls into a close second. i'd suggest italian but the good places are few and far between.

                                      1. re: princeofpork
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                                        foodoof Jun 25, 2007 07:09 PM

                                        princeofpork,

                                        as a true international foodie for a running 24 years, i can safely say that in NYC, you generally can get a better quality "Asian" food for the price you pay as supposed to "Western/European/American" food.

                                        there are of course, Pizza joints like John's all over Manhattan, and Gray's Papaya or mediocre sandwiches at most Delis, which you'll end up paying a lot more than for any other average Asian restaurants at a similar price point.

                                      2. Gorilla Bob Jun 25, 2007 03:25 PM

                                        1, New Green Bo
                                        2. Paquito's
                                        3. Shanghai Cuisine
                                        4. Stromboli's Pizza
                                        5. John's
                                        6. Banh Mi place on Broome St.
                                        7. Pam Real Thai
                                        9. Yum Yum Thai
                                        10. Johnny's Reef Restaurant
                                        11. Central Buffet
                                        12. Gordon Ramsay's Maze
                                        13. Veselka
                                        14. Ukrainian National Home
                                        15. Artie's Deli
                                        16. Cafe Azuri
                                        17. Rainbow Cafe
                                        18, Totonno's
                                        19. Plump Dumpling
                                        20. Opa Opa

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                                          Buttercream Jun 26, 2007 01:31 AM

                                          Mine are:

                                          1.Gotham Bar & Grill
                                          2.Frankie's
                                          3.Sushi of Gari
                                          4.Jaiya Thai
                                          5.Dos Caminos
                                          6.Una Pizza Napoletana
                                          7.Le Pain Quotidien (I am addicted!!)
                                          8.Supper
                                          9.Hane Sushi
                                          10.Sala

                                          Not 20, but I go to these the most.

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                                            Peter Cherches Jun 26, 2007 09:46 AM

                                            My most visited aren't necessarily my 20 favorite, but places I like well enough, are affordable, and are in locations that are or have been convenient to home or work locations. The 3 Sunset Park places are frequent visits because I often take walks down that way from Park Slope on weekends. Places that would easily make my favorites list (in the appropriate category) are marked with asterisk.

                                            Wu Liang Ye (48th St.) *
                                            Szechuan Gourmet *
                                            Minar (46th St.) *
                                            Saravanaas *
                                            Menchanko-Tei (55th St.)
                                            Assenzio
                                            Olive Vine (2 Park Slope locations)
                                            Nyonya (Sunset Park)
                                            Gia Lam (Sunset Park)
                                            Ali Baba *
                                            El Gran Castillo de Jagua (Flatbush Avenue)
                                            Happy Tortilla Express (not sure I got the name right--one of those Chinese taco places, in Park Slope, but only for chicken fajita and al carbon)
                                            Esperanto
                                            Bereket (amazing $3.50 fried eggplant sandwich)
                                            Ba Xuen (Sunset Park banh mi) *
                                            Mr. Falafel (Park Slope)

                                            A couple of places I used to go frequently but have gone downhill:

                                            Ping's
                                            Pho Viet Huong

                                            http://petercherches.blogspot.com

                                            1. bigjeff Jun 26, 2007 03:50 PM

                                              1. mooncake foods
                                              2. kunjip / shilla
                                              3. pearl oyster bar
                                              4. nha trang baxter
                                              5. RUB
                                              6. corner bistro / burger joint
                                              7. king kebab diner
                                              8. flor de sol
                                              9. moon house
                                              10. el poblano / coatzingo
                                              11. mama's
                                              12. westville / westville west
                                              13. ihawan
                                              14. sripraphai
                                              15. stage restaurant
                                              16. 41-28 and 41-82 Main Street (I know, that's cheating)
                                              17. sosa borella / estancia
                                              18. cinderella falafel
                                              19. maffei's
                                              20. 69

                                              all a function of geography, timing and affordability.

                                              1. Nancy816 Feb 17, 2008 07:12 AM

                                                This is a fun question! The places I go to most frequently are by no means what I would say are my favorites... well maybe some are. Ok here we go. Keep in mind that I live in Brooklyn Heights and work in Soho. This will explain a lot.

                                                1. Siggy's in Brooklyn Heights
                                                2. Atlantic Chipshop in Brooklyn Heights
                                                3. La Esquina
                                                4. Gourmet Garage in Soho
                                                5. Balthazar
                                                6. Cafe Luluc in Carroll Gardens
                                                7. Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn Heights
                                                8. Superfine in Dumbo
                                                9. Lombardi's
                                                10. Mooncake Foods in Soho
                                                11. Fatoosh Cafe Brooklyn Heights
                                                12. Pacifico/ Trout Cobble Hill
                                                13. Cafe on Clinton Cobble Hill
                                                14. Joya Carroll Gardens
                                                15. Otto
                                                16. Teresa's Brooklyn Heights
                                                17. Bar Tabac Cobble Hill
                                                18. Congee Village
                                                19. Ruben's Empanadas
                                                20. Puck Fair

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                                                1. re: Nancy816
                                                  the queen Feb 17, 2008 12:32 PM

                                                  I'm going to try to name a few that aren't on everyones list..
                                                  Serafina
                                                  Tao
                                                  Gascogne
                                                  Olives
                                                  Dos Caminos
                                                  Poetessa
                                                  Blue Water grill
                                                  Khyber Pass
                                                  Nyonya
                                                  Aureole
                                                  Le Bernardin

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                                                  simetrias Feb 17, 2008 02:09 PM

                                                  Some of these are most visited because of WORK, not because of my dollar being spent, I should note before I begin!

                                                  Most Visited:

                                                  Bouley
                                                  2 West (Ritz Carleton downtown)
                                                  Duane Park Cafe
                                                  Da Andrea
                                                  Ostia
                                                  Las Ramblas
                                                  Annisa
                                                  Tocqueville
                                                  Wallse
                                                  The Modern
                                                  Alfama
                                                  Kirara
                                                  Aquagrill (less these days)
                                                  Perry St.
                                                  Pink Tea Cup

                                                  I'll stop there; the others are for delivery, mostly.

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                                                  1. re: simetrias
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                                                    xtgirl Feb 17, 2008 04:58 PM

                                                    1) Pampano
                                                    2) Tabla
                                                    3) Artisanal
                                                    4) Penelope
                                                    5) 'inoteca
                                                    6) Sripraphai
                                                    7) Totonnos
                                                    8) Lupa
                                                    9) Shanghai Pavillion
                                                    10) Chola
                                                    11) Diwan (work)
                                                    12) Veselka
                                                    13) Clinton Street Baking Company
                                                    14) Buddakan
                                                    15) Bouley
                                                    16) Tao
                                                    17) Taco Taco
                                                    18) Cafe d'Alsace
                                                    19) cafecito
                                                    20) Beyaglu

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                                                    corgette Feb 17, 2008 05:10 PM

                                                    I'll share the "student budget" list, for those of us who still need a restaurant fix despite daunting grad school loans.

                                                    1. Basso 56
                                                    2. Chennai Garden
                                                    3. Pam Real Thai
                                                    4. Fatoosh in Brooklyn Heights
                                                    5. Alice's Tea Cup
                                                    6. Does the dosa man in Washington Square park count? Him.
                                                    7. The Ukranian Kitchen. It's in a church basement, so I don't know if it counts either.
                                                    8. Pommes Frittes (curry dip, yay!)
                                                    9. Uncle Nick's Ouzaria
                                                    10. Cafe Katja (liptauer!)
                                                    11. Mee Noodle Shop (they deliver!)

                                                    In my dreams I would go to Kyotofu weekly, and I would also spend thousands on the best sushi I could get my hands on.

                                                    1. b
                                                      bfgross Feb 18, 2008 05:09 PM

                                                      1. Babbo
                                                      2. Grand Central Oyster Bar
                                                      3. Chirping Chicken
                                                      4. Joes Shanghai
                                                      5. Marys Fish Camp
                                                      6. Chopt
                                                      7. Momofuku
                                                      8. Barney Greengrass
                                                      9. Sarabeths
                                                      10. Whole Foods prepared food
                                                      11. Balthazar
                                                      12. Dinasaur BBQ
                                                      13. Modern
                                                      14. Cafe Luxembourg
                                                      15. Noodle 88
                                                      16. Lennys
                                                      17. '21' Club
                                                      18. Palm
                                                      19. Gari
                                                      20. Lure Fishbar

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                                                        DavyTheFatBoy Feb 18, 2008 05:30 PM

                                                        Col Legno
                                                        Ottimo
                                                        Snack Taverna
                                                        Pylos
                                                        Los Dos Molinos
                                                        Ostia
                                                        Shopsins
                                                        Bellavitae
                                                        Po
                                                        Babbo
                                                        Periyali
                                                        La Palapa Rockola
                                                        Gus' Place
                                                        'ino
                                                        Claude's Patisserrie
                                                        Grandaisy
                                                        Una Pizza Napoletana
                                                        Five Points
                                                        Someone else pays - Il Mulino
                                                        Late lamented - Babu, Inside

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