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We fancied Gordon Ramsay at the London, but...

therubyslippers May 28, 2008 10:31 AM

we can't get a table on a Friday night.

Where should two Londoners eat, that's something like there?

We love Italian food, seafood, organic food and eating seasonally.

We're not bothered about getting uber-huge portions, and for this once, money's not really an object - hurray.

Help much appreciated.

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  1. jakew8 RE: therubyslippers May 28, 2008 11:58 AM

    For seafood, Oceana is nearby. I've been for lunch and it was excellent. The decor is a bit silly, the portions are not uber-huge, and at the end you'll be thankful for that favorable exchange rate.

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      therubyslippers RE: jakew8 May 29, 2008 03:37 AM

      Thanks jakew8 - we'll check it out, looking forward to our visit.

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        LAMP RE: jakew8 May 29, 2008 04:07 AM

        Not nearby but an italian which has been getting some great reviews is Fiamma. I ate in Fiamma in Las Vegas and it was excellent, and some friends recently ate in the NY restaurant and highly recomended the meal.

      2. oonth RE: therubyslippers May 29, 2008 07:37 AM

        Not like GR at the London but Upstairs at Bouley (on West Broadway in TriBeCa) covers your various bases in that it has a partial Italian menu, lots of seafood options (and a small sushi bar) and relies heavily on organic and seasonal produce. The open kitchen lends a sense of theatre and the close together tables, elevated noise levels and fellow customers make this a quintessential New York dining experience.

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          therubyslippers RE: oonth Jun 16, 2008 04:45 AM

          Thanks for these - it was a gastronomic few days! I am several £ lighter and several lbs heavier. We ate at...

          WD-50 - interesting food combinations - the 'Eggs Benedict' particularly, lovely staff, way too much wine (7 glasses) for the tasting menu (9, I think, courses), so I can't really remember the puddings.

          Daniel - fabulous ravioli starter with clam emulsion, charming sommeliers and cocktail-makers at the bar. And my purse had its own stool. A little OTT in some ways, but otherwise a perfect old-fashioned dining experience.

          Scarpetta - good service, nice food - not that great tho - just too twiddly for Italian food. My boyfriend's carne course was very dry. Always best to stick to the pasta / risotto, we've decided since.

          Il Buco - probably my favourite - buzzy, informal, fantastic food - cavolo nero starter and a good ragu sauce on my main.

          And then a whopping Dean & Deluca picnic in Central Park.

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          larryfr RE: therubyslippers Jun 16, 2008 08:35 AM

          seafood: sushi yasuda, bernardin, milos, jean georges
          italian: babbo, esca (seafood), lupa, insieme
          steakhouse : craftsteak

          bon appetit

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            adrman RE: therubyslippers Jun 16, 2008 10:30 AM

            Give Insieme (51st&7th Ave.) a go. It's not as formal a place as GR, but I believe the food to be superior. I've attached a link to their website so you can get an idea of menu/wine list.

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              adrman RE: therubyslippers Jun 16, 2008 10:31 AM

              Sorry, I thought I attached a link. Here it is. <http://restaurantinsieme.com/>

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                robinsilver RE: therubyslippers Jun 16, 2008 12:04 PM

                Why not have lunch there on Friday? I'll bet you can get in for lunch, and we had a great lunch there about 2 months ago. Enjoyed my dinner too. Maybe try Acquavit, we loved that. Hopefully someone can give you the website where people trade reservations that they have given credit cards for when they need to cancel at the last minute.

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                  rrems RE: robinsilver Jun 16, 2008 07:28 PM

                  If you read the OP's most recent update above, reviewing the restaurants they went to, you will realize they have been here and gone.

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