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Stephen Starr Restaurant recs?

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gsElsbeth Feb 19, 2008 10:15 AM

We received gift certificates for Christmas for any of the Starr restaurants ($225). Have been to Buddakan and while it was good, I didn't think it was over the top. I'm leaning toward Tangerine, but could be persuaded otherwise. Loud and boisterous is not our thing. Food, service and being able to hold a conversation would be priorities. Thanks.

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    Philly Ray RE: gsElsbeth Feb 19, 2008 10:23 AM

    I'm not a fan of most Steven Starr restaurants, but if I were in your situation I would go to Morimoto and order the omakase.

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      DaisyM RE: Philly Ray Feb 19, 2008 10:52 AM

      Barclay Prime if you like beef. The service is very good and you can talk there.

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        Bob Loblaw RE: Philly Ray Feb 19, 2008 11:21 AM

        I've only been to a few Starr restaurants. But the omakase was one of the best meals I've ever had. $225 won't cover teh whole bill, but obviously will help. Went w/one other person, we both had the omakase and split the wine that goes with.

        it's still kinda loud, though.

        i liked tangerine, the food was definitely good, but it wasn't at nearly the level of morimoto.

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          mddletown RE: Philly Ray Feb 19, 2008 04:29 PM

          Didn't Starr sell his stake in Morimoto? I thought I just heard that some place recently.

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          Decker RE: gsElsbeth Feb 19, 2008 10:54 AM

          If you are a steak house fan, I would suggest Barclay Prime, although I am sure there will be a list of people who disagree. It seems to be one of those places you either love or you hate. As far as noise goes, I would not call any of Starr's restaurants "quiet."

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            Harley44 RE: gsElsbeth Feb 19, 2008 02:39 PM

            The food at Tangerine was very good, I had a pomegranate glazed duck breast and my boyfriend had a strip steak. The lemon dessert-I forget the name-was amazing! The decor was nice and the restaurant was quiet.

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              bluehensfan RE: Harley44 Feb 19, 2008 04:48 PM

              I liked Morimoto but found it to be very pricy for what you get. Have been to Alma De Cuba a number of times and have been very happy.

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                Bill E. RE: bluehensfan Feb 19, 2008 06:38 PM

                I agree on Alma de Cuba; I had a nice dinner upstairs there. I wouldn't call it hushed, but my wife and I had a nice conversation through dinner, and the tuna couldn't be beat.

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                  idia RE: Bill E. Feb 19, 2008 07:36 PM

                  Striped Bass

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                    Bigley9 RE: Bill E. Feb 20, 2008 09:39 AM

                    I also enjoyed Alma de Cuba recently. We ordered multiple appetizers/salads instead of an entree - not to save $$ but just because they were more appealing to us and the waiter was wonderful with the pacing, etc.

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                hungry100 RE: gsElsbeth Feb 20, 2008 10:04 AM

                Tangerine would be my pick. It's quiet (but I've never been there on a Sat. night), romantic and I've always been very, very happy with the food and service. There's a scallop/shrimp dish that's devine, and the arugula salad is one of my favorites dishes anywhere. And you should be able to eat and drink very well for $225, which may not be the case at Striped Bass or Morimoto.

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