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I recently discovered that one of my good friends claims to hate the choke - one of my alltime favorites (I eat 'em steamed with an olive oil - lemon - honey sauce). Anyhow at dinner we had an app of some baby chokes which he really liked; but i thought they were so so. Any thoughts of where I can a tasty artichoke based dish????

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  1. Bianca on Bleecker serves fried baby artichokes, which are not as good as the ones I remember having in Rome, but are still pretty good - hopefully those aren't what you just described as "so so." If anyone knows of a place in Manhattan that does the artichoke smashed flat & fried really well, I'd like to hear about it.

    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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    1. re: small h

      I had really good fried artichoke once at the Serafina's on E 61st St. The leaves were fried crisp and could be eaten like potato chips.

      1. re: Boswell

        That's exactly what I want, thanks. I'll check out Serafina's.

        1. re: Boswell

          I went to La Lunetta in BK over the summer and had them prepared this way... sliced thin and then fried. VERY much like potato chips. The only reason I mention is because Lunetta just opened up in Flatiron and likely have a similar dish.

          It was very good.

      2. Morandi...had that appetizer yesterday, and it was phenominal. They had an appetizer special with sauteed baby chokes in this amazing sauce...yummy to soak up with bread. They also have a fried version, as well.

        1. Gusto, on Greenwich at Perry, serves excellent fried artichokes.

          Pasta Pesce on Bleecker (NOT the one on 9th ave, which is awful) serves a delicious steamed artichoke stuffed with seasoned breadcrumbs and butter, yum.

          1. Brio on 61st and Lex. "Carcioffi fritti" - it's amazing

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            1. re: kpsquared

              The fried artichokes at Fiorello's across from Lincoln Center are my favorities.

            2. Had crisp fried artichokes at Mercat last night, served with an aioli. Delicious.

              1. Palma on Jones St. in the W. Village. Lattanzi has them also - in theater district

                1. Not sure why everyone thinks fried artichokes are the tastiest. I'd have to for braised artichokes. Sometimes very good at Bar Pitti. But just plain old steamed artichokes are so tasty, with aoli or lemon/mayonaise or just butter.