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Restaurants that serve unusual food

dadad Feb 3, 2008 11:56 AM

manhattan or queens

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  1. doona RE: dadad Feb 4, 2008 10:19 AM

    Specific unusual foods or unusual food combinations?

    WD50 is wellknown for their flavor combinations, as is Gilt, and many other ones in Lower Manhattan... Good thread, but need more info.

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      RGR RE: doona Feb 4, 2008 01:31 PM

      I don't think anyone would put Gilt in the unusual food category after Paul Liebrandt, known for creating weird combinations, resigned when Bruni awarded the restaurant only two stars.

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        doona RE: RGR Feb 4, 2008 01:48 PM

        Oh that's so sad! I have to go onto the website and look at the menu.

        Do you know where he is now?

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          RGR RE: doona Feb 4, 2008 03:01 PM


          Did you actually eat at Gilt while Liebrandt was still there?

          I recall reading something about him teaming up with Drew Nierporent to open a new restaurant. Liebrandt has a website where you can check on its progress and find out about any public appearances he may be making.


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            doona RE: RGR Feb 5, 2008 05:32 AM

            I did. I don't remember any of the dishes specifically (pathetically) but thought that the flavor combinations were outstanding. The execution - not so much outstanding, a little over salted, but I was pleased. Thanks for the link!

    2. thievery RE: dadad Feb 4, 2008 01:36 PM

      'tailor' is a new addition that camp

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        cimui RE: thievery Feb 4, 2008 05:07 PM

        sorry for the duplicate suggestion. for some reason, your reply hadn't showed up, yet, when i posted.

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        cimui RE: dadad Feb 4, 2008 01:49 PM

        Along the same lines as doona's WD-50 suggestion: Tailor.

        Beyond places like WD-50 and Tailor that serve food unusual to everybody, you'll have to be more specific. Are sweetbreads unusual to you? Conch? Sea caterpillar? Custard apple?

        1. doona RE: dadad Feb 4, 2008 01:54 PM

          And if you are thinking more creative desserts, head straight to Rayuela where they have an olive pudding thing that is the most flavorful, amazing dessert ever. (and then of course, again, WD50.)

          Went to Public on Saturday for one of the most amazing NY meals... they had Guiness Ice Cream, and Miso Ice Cream.

          1. cmballa RE: dadad Feb 4, 2008 05:17 PM

            There was a recent Times article about Hakata Tonton (61 Grove Street), a little Japanese place that specializes in tonsoku (pied de cochon — pig trotters). My interest is stirred. Sounds tasty.

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              currymouth RE: cmballa Feb 4, 2008 05:37 PM

              I have that very same article taped to the fridge door and wondering the same thing. Ever heard of souce?

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                kobetobiko RE: currymouth Feb 5, 2008 09:58 AM

                A few of us talked about Hakata Tonton when it first opened:

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                rrems RE: cmballa Feb 5, 2008 09:50 AM

                I went there last week. The idea is interesting but it doesn't really work, and I am a fan of pigs' feet. Aside from the tiny portions (the 2 of us shared 5 dishes + 2 bowls of rice and left starving), the food is surprisingly ordinary. The atmosphere is zilch, and though the servers were nice and attentive, the food comes out of the kitchen at such a slow pace that we could not even consider ordering some more dishes to supplement the meager portions we had finished. Almost all of the other diners were Japanese, and seemed to be there more to drink a lot of sake (and make a lot of noise) than to eat. If you do go, plan to eat very little, or expect to spend a few hours and a LOT of money in order to not leave hungry.

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                  currymouth RE: rrems Feb 5, 2008 09:52 AM

                  Guess I'll have to take down that article on the fridge door...... Thanks rrems.

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                racer x RE: dadad Feb 5, 2008 10:45 AM

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                  racer x RE: dadad Feb 5, 2008 11:01 AM

                  Devi still serves a veal brains and liver toasts dish - it's on their chef's tasting menu.

                  I haven't had that, but I have had their jackfruit biryani; the jackfruit had almost no flavor of its own (a friend who was dining with me recently kept asking what it was - "What is this, is it chicken?").

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