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George or Lee?

freshbread Sep 7, 2007 04:07 PM

Which is the better choice for a special dinner?

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  1. robgm RE: freshbread Sep 7, 2007 04:31 PM

    Lee is more consistent...but both are a good bet

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      freshbread RE: robgm Sep 12, 2007 08:12 AM

      Thanks to everyone for the helpful responses. I'm fascinated that Lee draws such strong pro and con opinions, especially given the unanimous fawning over Susur Lee in the press. (Which is the only way we in the boonies sometimes have to asses these things!)

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        David W RE: freshbread Sep 13, 2007 05:48 AM

        When we visited this summer, I found the food at Susur Lee quite disappointing.
        It just seemed that most dishes fell flat. The combination of a lost opportunity to eat somewhere else and the cost made this a low point in my visit. I can't speak to the less formal Lee.
        We loved George, from the outdoor space to the food-everything was perfect...not suprising or earth-shattering, but a good, solid meal in a great space.

    2. Charles Yu RE: freshbread Sep 7, 2007 04:56 PM

      Lee is 'hohum'!! Glorified asian fusion with a Chinese bias thats NOT always good. Inconsistent and rush service. George, on the other hand, is much more classier and serves wonderfully prepared food with a French twist. For a special dinner, chef Lozatto can always create a special tasting menu for you folks! Wine list is also more superior.

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        skylineR33 RE: Charles Yu Sep 7, 2007 06:23 PM

        I don't like the food I had at Lee, some dishes are ok but pork chop and Tofu are bad. Especially the Tofu, I wonder if they made it themselves because it is very rough, not smooth at all.

        George is a much better choice.

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        C.Jackson RE: freshbread Sep 8, 2007 10:02 AM

        have never been to george but always find lee to be very good

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          Epicure3333 RE: C.Jackson Sep 9, 2007 12:01 PM

          Lee used to be one of my favorite spots in the city, but i have found that it has really slipped over the last little while.
          A shame indeed

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            Charles Yu RE: Epicure3333 Sep 9, 2007 03:06 PM

            Interesting! A few friends also mentioned Lee's slippage ( more like going downhill ) to me recently. May be Susur is getting bored with Lee and wanted some new challenge?! The opening of ONE by Mark McEwan might also prompt Susur to look for something similar. May be planning a restaurant in the new Chinese own Shangri-La Hotel?!

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              T Long RE: Charles Yu Sep 9, 2007 07:03 PM

              Shangri-La scheduled to open in 2011...will the Lee last that long if Chef Susur is truly distracted...

        2. Googs RE: freshbread Sep 9, 2007 12:07 PM

          If by special dinner you mean you're taking out a lady friend, I'd take George over Lee any day. Very romantic atmosphere.

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              gastronom RE: freshbread Sep 10, 2007 12:08 PM

              Been to both and George by far. I think George might be the best resto in town. just maybe...

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                DDD RE: gastronom Sep 10, 2007 04:29 PM

                George is better, although the service is sometimes less than expected.

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                  ren horace RE: DDD Sep 12, 2007 03:22 PM

                  I have never had an enjoyable experience at Lee. The portions are tiny, the food comes out in no particular order and the staff are pretentious and rude. Go for George.

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