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What are some new restaurants in NY with great food? Don't care about price or type of cuisine.

Hi. Ex-New Yorkers heading back for a visit and trying to branch out from the old standbys. Looking for some interesting new restaurants with great food. Would like some atmosphere, but food first and foremost. Some old-time favorites to give you an idea of what we've enjoyed in the past: Il buco, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Craft, Lupa, Otto's (pretty much all the Batali's are fun if not the "best" food ever).

I saw an interesting article on the Little Owl (which isn't new, but I haven't tried it) but heard it's good but overrated. Appreciate any advice and looking forward to finally heading back after a couple years.

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  1. There’s been both yea and nay on Dovetail (I’m in the yea corner), which recently got a 3-star review in the Times. Certainly worth looking into.

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    1. peasant lower east side, perelli, gramercy tavern,

      1. I don't think Little Owl is overrated. As far as I'm concerned, it's good, period.

        The bistro-like comfortable ambiance, the efficiently-good and non-intrusive service and the very good comfort foods had made multiple returns for us. The pork chop entree, the meatball sliders and the beignet dessert are just some of the dishes that makes this restaurant tough to get a reservation at.

        1. Little Owl is very good, just not good enough to justify the difficulty of reserving. Perilla, Bar Blanc, Dovetail, and Allen and Delancey are some others that are well worth trying, though they are getting difficult to reserve as well. If you liked Otto and Lupa, why not try Crispo. Not new but the food is wonderful and it's easy to get a res. L'Impero is not new but got a new chef 6 months ago and is doing very well.

          1. I regularly enjoy your old-time favorites.

            You might want to check out the new Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill near Columbus Circle-- I loved the Yasei Kinoko- a mushroom salad with tamari butter.

            My two favorite new restaurants are 1) Perilla, on Jones Street-- it has a warm, sophisticated feel, and I've found that the service and food are top notch. Also 2) Soto, a new Japanese on 6th Ave near Waverly-- def try the citrus salmon and the steamed minute tai. We were just there on Friday night and everything we tried left us awed.

            Have fun and welcome back...