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pcktbks Jul 1, 2007 09:51 PM

Hi Everyone I hope you can help:

We are coming into the city for the Fancy Food Show and need recommendations for dinner on a Saturday, Sunday and Monday night .... We have a gourmet food store and a wine shop so we're looking for somewhere that may combine these two elements. Last year we ate at Bellavitae (we sell their food) and Casa Mono ...
This year we are considering Fig and Olive but I need more help to find something that may pertain to work - and that will satisfy our urban desires (memorable decor and food) :)
(maybe a funky wine-bar or restaurant that is really cool w/ good food and interesting food and wine pairings?)

If all else fails we would love something fun and hip with good food and a fun atmosphere.
Thanks in advance for your help!

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    sam1 Jul 2, 2007 06:26 AM

    'ino on bedford off downing in the west village has by far the most delicious paninis, meats, cheeses, and italian wines for the money in a small restaurant. the wait isnt too terrible but be aware that it does get crowded and its a bit cozy when seated.

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      pcktbks Jul 4, 2007 08:01 AM

      thank you!

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      foodiechan Jul 4, 2007 08:43 AM

      If you are serious about wine then Veritas would be a great place. The food is awesome as well but with a 35000+ cellar it is simply one of the best places for wine.

      If you liked Casa Mono then there's another place on 19th Street called Boqueria. Have a cocktail at the speakeasy-like Flat Iron Lounge before you head to the restaurant.

      For a truly out-of-this-world experience try L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons Hotel. My wife and I sat at the bar and did their small plates. We did 6 courses (12 different things) and was in food heaven! The Chef is world famous and his execution was very original and unique.

      Another interesting place is Landmarc at Time Warner Center. It is a "factory" but you can't beat the energy of the joint.

      I hope this helps!

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        pcktbks Jul 4, 2007 08:51 AM

        thank you! it does help!!!

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