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Apr 17, 2008 11:25 AM

What Recent Meal "Blew You Away"?

Another poster just mentioned that he/she was not "blown away" by the food at Aquavit (and I agreed), and it made me stop and think, when were you/where were you, in a Manhattan restaurant, recently blown away by the food? I can't think of a place (other than Di Fara, which is not in Manhattan, so please don't respond to that) in Manhattan lately where I've been blown away by the food, but, to be fair, I've not tried too many new places lately.

Look forward to the discussion.

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  1. degustation, public, and tailor within the last year

    kanoyama too

      1. re: il Trifulau

        I second Blue Hill - on WOW par with Grammercy Tavern.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          really? ive gone to market table 3x and always leave rather disappointed.

          and dovetail was decent but none of the food wowed me either.

          1. re: sam1

            I loved the scallops entree at Dovetail and the pork belly app; Market Table's scallop app, cheeseburger, gnocchi & fennel salad were delish. What did you eat at those restaurants?


            1. re: LeahBaila

              ive had the gnocchi with short rib at market table which just felt filled with butter and cheese and little else (in a bad way), the scallops which are usually a bit boring to me...and for entree, the lamb shank and crab cake which are both fine but nothing amazing in my opinion.

              at dovetail, i had the veal ragu gnocchi which tasted big and heavy but nothing too amazing. and i had the duck entree which was good but ive had better...particularly at perilla.

              i like both restaurants well enough...but i dont think id go back unless someone invites me (as was the case with market table).

              1. re: sam1

                I was quite underwhelmed by market place at well. It is decent and I found it hard to stand out among the same caliber of restaurants in NYC

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  Our 2 dinners at Market Table has not wowed us.

                  1. re: RCC

                    Exactly how we felt about Market Table. The food was certainly good, but not as good as Little Owl, and no comparison to Perilla, for the same price. And Perilla is more comfortable. If MT were cheaper, it would be good value, but at these prices it is just another overpriced, overhyped restaurant.

                2. re: sam1

                  Piling on, while I liked Market Table (and really loved the scallop and grits app), I wasn't wowed by it. In fact, I prefer Little Owl.

                  1. re: Lucia

                    Little Owl, imho, is so much better.

                    1. re: RCC

                      We found little owl to be very average, what is all the fuss about?

          2. Any specifics about particular dishes would be welcome as well.

            1. Dovetail
              And I loved the sweet breads at Craft