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Best design and wine nyc?

lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 11:06 AM

I'm looking for recommendations for dinner in Manhattan for my boyfriend, who loves contemporary design, and his dad, who is a serious wine guy with a cellar, etc?

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    CocHoliday RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 11:22 AM

    Unequivocally VERITAS in Flatiron. Frank Assmaster Bruni only gave them one star, and after reading his review I wonder if we went to the same place.

    I went on a cold rainy night on a Monday and though the place was pretty empty, the food was insane (in a good way), the decor is very minimalist but beautiful, and the army of sommeliers (in a good way) were super knowledgeable. Knowing quite a bit about wine myself, we had a few very interesting discussions. They even switched around all the stuff on the tasting menu for me once we had begun discussing our mutual like of Gruner Veltliner.

    Then, the waiter had only overheard (!) me discussing that I haven't had monkfish liver in quite sometime, and lo and behold, they added a monkfish liver course to the tasting menu just for me.

    I know this sounds like I work there, but I try to tell everybody that they simply must check the restaurant out. Spread the word.

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      lizzieeats RE: CocHoliday Sep 6, 2007 11:39 AM

      Thank you!! So I tried to make a reservation and they didn't have one for me---if you have a second choice, I'd love to hear it!

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      Caillerets RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 11:44 AM

      Cru -
      Have Robert Bohr or Michel Couvreux look after you.

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        lizzieeats RE: Caillerets Sep 6, 2007 11:57 AM

        Thanks! Looks perfect, but I tried it and they also couldn't seat us--

      2. oolah RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 12:07 PM

        The Modern sounds like the perfect kind of place for you. The wine program won't be quite as rich as Veritas or Cru, but it's pretty damn good.

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          lizzieeats RE: oolah Sep 6, 2007 12:26 PM

          They are closed for a private event!

        2. Spiritchaser RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 12:32 PM

          Gordon Ramsey at the London. I know, I know, celeb chef hype, but the food is wonderful and the space is beautiful.

          1. Steve R RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 01:41 PM

            Not sure whether this is helpful or not but did you try OpenTable for the places that said no? Cru was showing availability for tonite, Veritas for tomorrow and Modern for Saturday when I just checked. Not sure which night you want.

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              lizzieeats RE: Steve R Sep 6, 2007 01:49 PM

              thanks!

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              sharonm RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 02:58 PM

              This might be too late, but I would definitely try Insieme. Paul Grieco's wine list is spectacular, and the room modern or even Hearth his other restaurant. I would also try Bette and Trestle on Tenth!

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                kathryn RE: lizzieeats Sep 6, 2007 03:45 PM

                Seconding Cru and The Modern. If you like design, also take a look at Chikalicious, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Kyotofu.

                Here's some other recommendations:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386110

                If you have the chance also peek into Craft or Little Owl. The wine bottles are stored in interesting ways for both.

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