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Nov 6, 2007 10:58 AM

Last places to eat at for awhile?

We are here for two more weeks before we move to NYC for a year. As we are basically homeless for the next two weeks, we'll be eating out and there are a few places I want to hit before we leave. What should we add to this list?

Le Pichet - one last time
Shiro's - see above

Never had a chance to hit, but feel like we should go to:
Sitka and Spruce
Matt's (for lunch)

Others we've never been but thought about:
Herbfarm - but too much money for now, i think

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  1. Pho Bac
    Tamarind Tree and/or Green Leaf
    La Carta de Oaxaca
    Harvest Vine

    (Good Viet and Mexican food is sorely lacking in NYC, and Harvest Vine stands up anywhere IMO)

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    1. re: terrier

      I totally agree with the Green Leaf/TT idea-my understanding is that most "Vietnamese" places in NYC are run by Chinese, and that they are sorely lacking.
      I also concur with the Mexican. My Columbian friend who lives in Jackson Heights insists that you can find decent Mexican in NYC if you know where to look (e.g. in Jackson Heights, I guess), but I'd hedge my bets and gorge on La Carta, Senor Moose, El Puerco Lloron, etc, while you still can...

    2. not to worry, there is a lifetime's worth of great eating in NYC, in fact if you have the willpower, i would save your splurges for when you get there and eat simply while you're here (this especially applies to Japanese restaurants imo, as well as French bistros and tasting menus)... but drink your fill of PNW ales while you're here and enjoy the local oysters and mussels

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      1. re: barleywino

        Understood. Except that I don't really like the NW ales, unless you count Olympia and Rainier:) Actually, I do really enjoy the Black Butte Porter.

        About oysters, we did the omakase at Shiro's the other night and he served up 6 of the most delicious oysters on the half shell that I've ever had. Even my wife, who usually doesn't eat more than one quickly ate her three. I think they were Kumimotos (sp? they were fairly small) and had just a slight bit of added flavoring which i think was a touch of soy and something else. Truly delicious. I know NYC has a ton of Japanese eateries but I just enjoy sitting in front of Shiro and the price isn't bad either.

        1. re: eternalX

          i like the Totten Virginica oysters at Union too
          stop at Beveridge Place pub sometime for some cask IPA's; also if you like Black Butte porter (which i also do) try some J.W.Lees Harvest Ale (especially the older vintages) at that pub, it'll knock your socks off

          1. re: barleywino

            Yes, sir. Will make a special trip out to Beveridge just for that.

            Which one?
            JW Lees Harvest Ale 05
            JW Lees Harvest Ale ’98
            JW Lees Harvest Ale 00
            JW Lees Harvest Ale 01
            JW Lees Harvest Ale 02
            JW Lees Harvest Ale 99
            JW Lees Harvest Calvados 04
            JW Lees Harvest Lagavulin 04
            JW Lees Harvest Port 04
            JW Lees Harvest Sherry 04

            1. re: eternalX

              i would get the '98 (or '99) which are no longer as readily available in NYC last i checked, the Calvados and Lagavulin are great too but you should be able to find them at Ginger Man pub in NYC. PS $1 off on Sundays on British and German ales at Beveridge as you probably know

      2. I second barleywino about saving the splurges for NYC, as well as the ales (especially the seasonals!).
        But I have to disagree with the Harvest Vine, if you only have a few meals left here for awhile there are much better choices. (Matt's, Betty, Cafe Presse (if you are a fan of Le Pichet), Saint Germain, Stumbling Goat, etc....)

        1. I JUST ate at Betty for the first time, and every single thing was absolutely perfectly delicious. I highly recommend eating there before you go. Try the gnocci: tiny and shaped like mini marshmallows, they are melt in your mouth tender & topped with chantrelles, chunks of squash and a light buttery herb sauce. Mmmmm! The risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella are also quite good.

          Another place to go before you move: Paseo in Fremont.
          Insanely messy and divine Cuban sammiches.

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          1. re: burritobelle

            Hey, eternalX:
            Sounds to me as if you're not short of money--not that it's any of my biz. However, if you weren't, I'd second barleywino and tell you to save your dough for NYC. After you're there a while, you may start to think of things you miss from here, and you can make a list of places to eat when you come back for a visit. But my guess is it's going to take a while, since culinary NYC will keep you plenty busy at both the pricey and the cheap ends. The only point in a last visit to a bistro here is that it may be a little cheaper than in NYC, but that's not going to be a type of food you have difficulty finding. Definitely drink some beer here before you go, though; you may want to have a few milkshakes, too, since NYers tend to make them too thin.

            See you in a few years, when you move back.

          2. From your list I'd hit Shiro's and Maneki because they are your fav's and probably not as prevalant in NYC. Sitka and Spruce and Matt's because they represent Seattle well and you've never been. I haven't been to Sully's but I'd skip all the others on your "thought about" list. Nothing there worth spending your last moments in Seattle on.

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            1. re: Lauren

              Went to Sitka and Spruce last night. Showed up at 7:45 and couldn't get a table until 9:30 so we went to the Zoo and had a few beers beforehand. Luckily we had a snack before going so we weren't completely starving, but by the time our table became available we were ready to eat!

              There were five of us so we basically ordered one of everything on the menu except for three dishes, including the whole fried branzino, which was sold out. Without exception, everything we ate was excellent and standouts were the foie gras (isn't it always?), tagliatelle with lamb ragu and the roast guinea hen. Highly recommended