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Feb 28, 2008 01:03 AM

"Haute" Ethnic Cusine - does it exist? What is the closest we get?

I'm thinking "haute" Afghani, Moroccan, Egyptian, Senegalese, Lebanese... or even Caribbean restaurants in Manhattan. Do they exist? If not, what's the closest we get?


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  1. Tabla is a bit haute..Indian

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    1. re: erica

      Definitely Tabla. Pylos is semi-haute Greek (you didn't mention that, but its great). Then there's also Marketo 55 that just opened.

    2. Ilili purports itself to be haute Lebanese, though it elevates Lebanese food by using fusion techniques and ingredients a la Tabla.

      Maybe it's me, but I have a hard time defining a "haute" version of the cuisines you've listed. Is the haute-ness of a place defined by its ambience? Because there are plenty of beautiful Maghrebi restaurants. Is it price? Because Merkato 55 has certainly redefined the price point for African food. Plating? Technique?