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Best Tuna Tartare

garriga Jan 20, 2008 10:09 PM

I went to a food festival at Mohegan Sun last night where one of the chefs presented a tuna tartare with tiny cubes of foie gras mixed in. It was mind blowing, just incredible. I can't stop thinking about how good this combination was. Is there any comparable dish back home in good old NYC?

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    UES Mayor Jan 21, 2008 03:53 AM

    The Modern Bar does a great tuna tartare sans foie gras. Also Asia De Cuba's one is great as well-piled on won ton chips. Just also enjoyed a great preparation at Japonais but none that I mentioned had foie gras-neverytheless very good!

    1. LeahBaila Jan 21, 2008 05:57 AM

      The best I've had is at Thor...their dish changed my whole perspective on tuna tartare. It was truly amazing.

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        RCC Jan 21, 2008 06:07 AM

        I recall having had a very good tuna tartare at The Orchard in the LES. It came with some creme fraische and a sort-of crispy bread that worked really well for me.

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          FattyDumplin Jan 21, 2008 11:46 AM

          second the tartare at orchard. Love the smashed fried plantains that they are served with. I'm sure there is a more technical name, but lacking that knowledge, will continue to refer to them as smashed fried plaintains.

        2. guttergourmet Jan 21, 2008 07:50 AM

          I've been told BLT steak but thankfully they put back their steak tartare on the lunch special so I didn't get to the tuna!

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            guttergourmet Jul 23, 2008 10:26 AM

            They now took the steak tartare off the menu at BLT and I can confirm that the tuna version is superb (though I still prefer the "real" thing).

          2. ow77 Jan 21, 2008 08:07 AM

            Try the toro tartare at Nobu. No foie gras (they save it for their black cod in miso) but if you're looking for great tuna tartare, you should really try it. Out of a whole omakase dinner I had at Next Door Nobu, the toro tartare was the best. It doesn't necessarily say much, because I didn't find the food to be mind blowing. Except the toro tartare. It was awesome.

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              garriga Jan 22, 2008 09:13 AM

              Thanks for all the great recommendations. I guess I'll have to try and recreate the foie gras version at home. But in the meantime, I'm planning to try as many of these suggestions as possible.

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                kpsquared Jan 22, 2008 09:33 AM

                Blue Ribbon Sushi - they mix in a quail egg and it's simply delicious.

                1. doona Jan 22, 2008 10:47 AM

                  Lever House, tuna tartare mixed with salmon roe. Very plain and simple, but mixed with the roe it makes it salty, almost creamy tasting... and AMAZING.

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                    zEli173 Jul 23, 2008 06:38 AM

                    This reply is late in coming, but Le Bernardin does a tuna and foie dish.

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                      City Kid Jul 23, 2008 09:23 AM

                      Buzina Pop, very good Brazilian on Lex@73rd St., also has a tuna tartare with little cubes of foie gras mixed in...heavenly!

                      1. misnatalie Jul 23, 2008 03:20 PM

                        I second Nobu's tartare

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                          PrestonRSF Jul 23, 2008 03:32 PM

                          I will third Nobu's tartare.
                          It is sublime.

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                            digsnola Jul 23, 2008 06:08 PM

                            Haven't tried the toro at Nobu, the Toro tartare w/ caviar at Masa is the best I've had.

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