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Feb 14, 2008 05:17 PM


Since I write a restaurant blog, I thought it might be a good idea to skip the Zagat numbers and Yelp, et al. stars and just ask: What are the top five restaurants in your neighborhood within ten average walking blocks from your front door? If you cab it, it's too far.

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    1. Earthen Oven - 1/2 block
      Telepan - 3 blocks
      Manhattan Diner - 6.5 blocks
      Bettola - 7.5 blocks
      Patsy's - 2 blocks

      1. re: nativeNYer

        I'll see yours and go...

        Fairway Cafe-0 (love those pancakes!)
        Hummus Place - 1
        Gari - 3
        Dovetail - 2

      2. Haven't been - have also heard good words about The House - maybe the question should be 10 restaurants in 5 blocks? :-)

        1. re: Caillerets

          Most of the posts I remember reading about The House had very positive things to say about the atmospherics but were not all that enthusiastic about the food. It's the reason I've held back about trying it.

          As for Borough F&D, it's in a cursed space. I never thought much of the concept and haven't read any good reviews of the food. I thought I read that they were changing the menu.

          1. re: RGR

            Perfectfully put on both accouts RGR! The House is lovely for a drink bt that's about it and Borough started out okay but then took a nosedive.

            But since I seem to live in the same neighborhood Caillerets I concur with Cru & Shake Shack but might then add Gramercy Tavern, Craft and Eleven Madison (wow I love Danny Meyer)

              1. re: roze

                Adding to the Gramercy/Union Square area:

                A Voce
                Hill Country

            1. re: Caillerets

              Wollensky's Grill
              Sip Sak
              La Grenouillie

              all within five blocks.

            2. Borough Food and Drink is terrible. The atmosphere is a little too contrived, like being in a restaurant in Epcot Center and a menu that doesn't work together. It says something when the best thing on the menu are the dumplings from chinatown. Of course, they are marked up abouth 500% from a chinatown price...

            3. Perbacco - 1 Block
              Tasting Room - 7 1/2 blocks
              Falai - 6 blocks
              Pylos - 3 1/2 blocks
              Allen and Delancey - 7 blocks

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              1. re: slewlew

                I don't live in NY anymore, but my aunt does and it sounds like she lives in your neighborhood. Last time I was in town I had dinner at Pylos. Pleasant but not seriously memorable, and they gave us a table near the front, which means you freeze when the door opens and feel clautrophobic when the crowd starts. Is I Coppi still good?

                1. re: Judith

                  Yes, the food at I Coppi is still good. Actually, I'd say very good.

              2. If y'all could toss in a neighborhood too so I know where to put these places on my list, that'd be awesome.

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                1. re: eateryrow

                  I'm on the UWS ... Earthen Oven. Land Thai, Telepan, Bettola and Cesca

                    1. re: nycmlr

                      obviously same as nycmir - UWS. nice overlap, nycmir!

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                    1. Carnegie Hill:

                      Square Meal - .25 block
                      Sfoglia - 2.5 blocks
                      Kurio - 6 blocks
                      Cafe Sabarsky - 6.5 blocks
                      Zebu Grill - 6 blocks

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                      1. re: MMRuth

                        Square meal's on the list. I love BYO places.