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Best Foodie spots in the Village (E&W) and Soho area

I am going to be in New York on business in a week or so and I am looking for some more adventurous eats while in town; tripe stew, pig's head, beef heart...anything of that ilk that is fabulously tastey and not stupid expensive.

I was thinking about Yakitori Toto, for example, or maybe Tia Pol; I really enjoy small plates because I can tast more without gorging myself.

I'd love to hear what you all would suggest!

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  1. Hmmm, most adventurous, eh? Are you willing to go out to Queens or Brooklyn? If so, definitely post on the Outer Boroughs board. If you're OK with more experimental stuff like molecular gastronomy, try Tailor or WD-50. p*ong also does desserts with savory elements. Off the top of my head, I think you'd like Casa Mono, Babbo, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Momofuku Noodle Bar or Momofuku Ssam Bar...

    Brains:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/488444

    Bone marrow:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/488595

    Offal in NYC:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/493964
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/456470

    Rare ethnic restaurants:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/382942

    Best charcuterie:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/478378

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn. Casa Mono and the other places look great...just the sort of thing I was looking for!

      1. re: alitaido

        A place that was not mentioned in these threads were Hakata Tonton, specialized in tonsoku (pig's feet).

        Momofuku, Yakitori Totto, Casa Mono and may be The Monday Room got to be my favorite places for offals as small plates. Babbo is great but not really small plates per se.

    2. Try the pigs ear at the Spotted Pig. Delicious. Lot's of other yummy food there as well, although I reccomend going at lunch to avoid the crowds.

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      1. re: prdct

        which of these places are cheap/inexpensive... sounds like they are all fancy places. i dont mind eating these kinda of meats at hole in the walls/ethnic joints. anybody?

      2. they make a good pig's head sandwich at resto but thats a bit more north in murray hill...

        degustation is a good spot for a solo diner or with another guest. you eat at a bar with the chef serving you. i wasnt ridiculously impressed with my meal there but the recent reviews make me think i may need to revisit the place. if they have the shortribs stuffed squid...do yrself a favor and try it.

        artichoke pizza is the new favorite spot on 14th. lines are long and buzz is high but their squares are insane.

        soto on 6th ave is a very interesting and delicious cooked japanese spot. steamed lobster with sea urchin...that sort of thing...very delicious.

        gottino on greenwich between 6th and 7th ave is a newish italian wine bar. excellent bull pate and assorted meats and cheeses...i like.

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        1. re: sam1

          I just wrote a glowing review of Degustation and can't say enough about it - AMAZING. It is "small plates" - my brother and I tasted 13 different dishes - I think it would fit the bill for you perfectly! I heard about the short rib stuffed squid but unfortunately it wasn't on the menu this time. The foie gras is the current must-have - OMG, it was SO good!

        2. To chime in with a few lower cost options --- try Grand Sichuan in the East Village for tripe and tongue in chili, Elvie's for duck fetus eggs (balut), Pistahan for blood stew, Restaurant Florent for boudin noir, Pardo's for beef heart, Despaña for a taste of morcilla and then Mercat for more morcilla. For tripe stew, you could certainly get a bowl of flaczki at Little Poland, but there's better soup in Greenpoint or any of the Latin luncheonettes scattered in neighborhoods across the city.

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          1. re: JungMann

            Great choices. That reminds me, I actually like Szechuan Gourmet's tripe and tongue appetizer (cold) a lot! There are some pretty adventurous things on the menu there: frogs, duck tongues, fish head, pig intestine, jellyfish, thousand year old egg.

          2. Degustation in the E.Village. You can get your sweetbreads, bone marrow (foam) and more. And it is small plates and perhaps the best dining experience in NYC.

            http://always-eating.blogspot.com/