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Dad likes offal.

Looking for a restaurant - French or Italian - which has offal - calf's brains, tripe, kidney on the menu. I have tried Babbo - this is for either 3/7 or 3/8 - but they are fully committed. Ultimately it would be a small/quiet restaurant. Suggestions?

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  1. The tripe and sweetbreads at Casa Mono are both excellent.

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    1. re: JoanN

      You might look into Momofuku or Ssam Bar. I know, they're neither French nor Italian, nor really quiet, but they are almost as committed to offal as Mario Batali's restaurants; Ssam Bar has an offal section on its dinner menu.

      Or, speaking of Batali, have you tried Lupa?

    2. Chez Napoléon, recently suggested by other hounds for calf's brain, will be ideal for your dad!


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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Yes, they do not have tripe, but brains, kidneys, sweetbreads, liver, etc. I have had wonderful tripe at Lupa and Crispo (not on the regular menu at Crispo). Lupa's tripe is just like Babbo's but reservations are just as tough to get as at Babbo. They only reserve half the tables and the rest are for walk-ins, but be prepared for a very long wait.

      2. Did he ever try the tripe at babbo? It is the best I ever had...

        1. The sweetbread @ Belcourt on 2nd Ave. & 4th street are to die for... but that's pretty much the only offal offering there... Buenos Aires on 6th St. between A & B have an amazing offal plate as well, plus some of the best steak around. Just my 2 cents.

          Jason - http://www.thursdayclubnyc.com

          1. Quest has tripe on menu..For Asian inspired: Gyu Kaku has tongue and stomach or some intestine organ which they call "Hormone"-the origins which I can't figure out but you bar b que it and it's delish. Comes marinated in two different sauces.

            1. There will be an offal tasting menu at the Astor Center which might be worth looking into if you're in the area: http://www.astorcenternyc.com/class-c...

              Otherwise I am in agreement with others re: Lupa.

              1. You should try calling Tasting Room on Elizabeth and see if they are willing to get it, they change the menu everyday and absolutely love doing stuff like that.

                ALSO - I had all of that at Blue Hills at Stone Barns, which would be a great treat if you want to make a day/night of it... it definitely isn't the easiest to get to, obviously.

                1. The suggestions made thus far on this thread are, for the most, part unbelievably crowded and noisy restaurants. This is New York.

                  For a quiet, relaxed option, with several offal choices on the menu, The Monday Room. You shouldn't have any problem getting in either.


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                  1. re: Wilfrid

                    "for the most part", perhaps, but Chez Napoleon is not crowded or noisy.

                    1. re: Wilfrid

                      I have heard great things about The Monday Room and really want to try it. What do people think?

                    2. We like the tripe dishes at both Peasant and Lupa,