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Going to NYC... Need help!

cookiejesus Aug 31, 2007 12:29 PM

Me and the wife will be in NYC soon. I'm trying to go and grab a nice meal somewhere, although we're not on the Per Se budget... I've sorta come up with some options. They may be different as hell but I'd like opinions or suggestions. Thanks...

Here's the list.

DB Bistro Moderne
The Modern
Nobu (Lunch)

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  1. LeahBaila RE: cookiejesus Aug 31, 2007 12:30 PM

    Do you want us to choose ONE of these places? Is this for one meal only?

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      cookiejesus RE: LeahBaila Aug 31, 2007 12:41 PM

      Yeah, I'd like help to make up my mind. Most likely it will be one meal only... so yes and yes...

    2. LeahBaila RE: cookiejesus Aug 31, 2007 12:49 PM

      You've got sushi, Italian, French and Swedish on your list. Is there one cuisine, in particular, you'd like over the others?
      Personally, of those, I'd knock out: Nobu (there's even a Nobu in Texas!), wd-50, DB, Aquavit and P.Ong.

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        kathryn RE: LeahBaila Aug 31, 2007 01:01 PM

        Additionally, what's your upper limit? Does that include wine? Why did you write "Nobu (Lunch)"? How special do you want this occasion to be?

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        MIKELOCK34 RE: cookiejesus Aug 31, 2007 01:03 PM

        To be a little negative, I would skip all of the places on your list if that is an option. Do some research on chowhound and newyorkmetro.com to pick a few other places to pick from.

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          idia RE: MIKELOCK34 Aug 31, 2007 01:19 PM

          From your above list I guess I would choose either Bouley or Aquavit.
          Definitely NOT WD-50!!!

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          kobetobiko RE: cookiejesus Aug 31, 2007 08:44 PM

          Bouley or Babbo. The other ones are not of the same caliber (Price-wise they are probably the most expensive as well). You may not be able to get a reservation at Babbo if you are coming really soon. If that's the case you can either walk in at 5:30pm or pick Bouley for French.

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            cookiejesus RE: kobetobiko Sep 6, 2007 09:19 AM

            I'm guessing I'll try babbo as a walk in, however, I've been around some other topics here and two other suggestions have come up: Blue Hill and Five Points.

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              LeahBaila RE: cookiejesus Sep 6, 2007 09:27 AM

              Five Points is good, don't get me wrong, but it is NOT in the same league as Blue Hill

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            sam1 RE: cookiejesus Sep 6, 2007 09:40 AM

            id only go to bouley on your list. its a beautiful room and a great night out. go to brandy library for drinks before or after...great scotch selection...very friendly too.

            for other high end dinners, please go to veritas...incredible meats, incredible wines. also, wallse in the fall is a nice place for upscale austrian.

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              cookiejesus RE: sam1 Sep 7, 2007 07:41 AM

              I hadn't heard of Veritas since reading Bourdain's book... thanks for the reminder.

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                RGR RE: cookiejesus Sep 7, 2007 02:07 PM

                Veritas has always been one of our favorites. However, Chef Scott Bryan, who has been in charge of the kitchen since the restaurant opened, is about to leave to become chef at a new restaurant downtown. Until we know who will be replacing him and how the cuisine fares, I've stopped recommending Veritas

            2. oolah RE: cookiejesus Sep 6, 2007 09:47 AM

              Your last three are your best bets for a memorable meal. Got to Bouley if you want great high end NY French food, Babbo if you want the star chef experience and some adventurous pasta dishes, and Cru if you really love wine.

              Five Points is a really nice place with good solid food, but it's more of an everyday restaurant, not a special occasion place.

              1. kcijones001 RE: cookiejesus Sep 7, 2007 08:02 AM

                Try otto..batali restaurant, more reasonable...Sit at the bar...Great experience.

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                  MatawanChick RE: kcijones001 Sep 7, 2007 09:50 AM

                  Aquavit is a good choice.. but also another fabulous one is Oceana. Amazing!

                2. cookiejesus RE: cookiejesus Sep 26, 2007 02:21 PM

                  In case anyone stops by... This is what I ended up doing:

                  Fiamma with newcomer Fabio Trabocchi at the helm... he's still doing his awesome food he used to do in Maestro. Tom Well's peach soup is an excellent dessert.

                  DB Bistro Moderne...

                  wd-50... I enjoyed it a LOT. Roasted foie was very good, as was the wagyu. Alex Stupak's desserts are top notch.

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                    RGR RE: cookiejesus Sep 26, 2007 03:01 PM

                    Thanks for reporting back, cookiejesus. Fiamma is definitely on my "go to" list, so I'm happy to hear that Chef Fabio's cuisine is as superb as reputed. Since you've not included any comments about dbBistro, does that mean you found it disappointing?

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                      fgf RE: RGR Sep 26, 2007 04:17 PM

                      I second RGR's thanks, a follow up report is always such a great addition to these posts. Even though I don't particularly care for WD-50, not that you can't get a good meal there, it's just that I feel like a guinea pig. Now, if they want to pay ME for eating there - like some sort of sleep experiment - that would be different.

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                        RGR RE: fgf Sep 27, 2007 07:19 AM

                        I've never been interested in going to WD-50 because I don't want my meal to be a science experiment.

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