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5 Best Restaurants

Hi All,

I have a boss in town who is rather well off. He asked me for a list of what I thought were some of the best restaurants in Manhattan but not the usual suspects., Jean George, Joel Robichon, etc. I know that is rather vague but if anyone can help me come up with an interesting quirky list of their five best it would be greatly appreciated....cheers!

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  1. Blue Hill
    Babbo
    Wolfgang's
    Thalassa
    ...and Wo Hop.

    1. I don't feel knowledgeable enough to suggest all 5 but I would throw Annisa into the mix. Special, excellent and not a usual suspect.

      1. Great lunch at Perry St.
        Milo's on 55th st.

        1. Daniel, Il Mulino, River Cafe, Del Posto and Felidia...............

          1. the new kids on the block are great in my view without the fancy digs

            back forty
            commerce
            shorty's 32
            dovetail
            market table
            allen and delancey

            1. Babbo, Dovetail, BLT Market, Perilla, Market Table

              www.thelunchbelle.com

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              1. re: LeahBaila

                allen and delancey
                suba
                insieme...much better than del posto..really doing some interesting things with italian food
                Anthos

              2. grammercy tavern
                craft
                degustation
                tailor
                public

                1. Aureole, Bouley, Eleven Madison Park, and if cost is not a problem--Per Se.

                  1. I'm a huge steakhouse guy, so that's the bulk of my list. Haven't tried as many "upscale" non-steakhouse restaurants. But nevertheless... here's my Manhattan list.

                    Keens, BLT Prime, Babbo, Uncle Jack's, and I guess Del Posto by default even though it was somehwat disappointing.

                    1. 3-star restaurants:

                      Momofuku Ko
                      Adour Alain Ducasse
                      wd-50
                      Dovetail
                      Le Cirque
                      Alto
                      A Voce
                      Babbo
                      Bar Room at the Modern
                      BLT Fish
                      Blue Hill
                      Bouley
                      Café Boulud
                      Country
                      Cru
                      Del Posto
                      Eleven Madison Park
                      Esca
                      Felidia
                      Fiamma
                      Gramercy Tavern
                      L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
                      Nobu 57
                      Perry St.
                      Picholine

                      4-star:

                      Per Se
                      Daniel
                      Jean-George
                      Masa
                      Le Bernadin

                      1. Not as commonly chosen as a top 5, but I had a great meal about a month or so ago at Aquavit. From your post, I would consider that "not one of the usual suspects". Also really enjoyed Gordon Ramsay's at the London.

                        1. sushi yasuda
                          kai
                          soto
                          db bistro modern
                          aquavit
                          veritas
                          craftsteak

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                          1. re: larryfr

                            Cafe Boulud
                            Chanterelle
                            Per Se
                            Nobu (Tribeca)
                            Veritas

                          2. 1.Babbo
                            2.ESCA
                            3.Del Posto
                            4.The Red Cat
                            5.Phillipe

                            1. 5 slightly quirky but great restaurants:

                              Graffiti
                              Alta
                              Eleven Madison Park
                              Perry St
                              Aquavit

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