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Should we go to Rae?

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We're taking the train up to NY to see a matinee next month. Unfortunately, we won't be able to stay in town for dinner, but we thought it would be a good opportunity to try Rae since we'll be back at 30th St when we come home.

I looked at the menu online and it looks interesting (and a bit pricy). Is it worth a visit?

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  1. Rae is in disarray right now. They are currently looking for a new general manager so there isn't a single person on the floor each night supervising service and holding staff accountable. I also have heard that Daniel Stern is looking to re-vamp/re-conceptualize the restaurant because it is not performing as expected.

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    1. re: Mr_Pickles

      That's a shame if it's true. The food has been exceptional whenever I've been there -- the "American sushi sampler" especially.

    2. It depends on what you get. I had the $180 porterhouse for 2 a couple of weeks ago and it was terrible. I'd rather take 5 of any steak from the Capital Grille for $180 than what they served us at Rae. The short ribs at Rae are really good though. I was not a fan of the rabbit nachos but the black truffle pizza was a great appie. I would try it for yourself but order in a way that won't upset you too much if its not good....skip the steaks.

      1. I've been there twice and left unimpressed twice. I would skip it.

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        1. re: AllisonS

          That's what I'm thinking. This dinner will be for my wife's birthday, so I'd rather go somewhere that we know will be good.

          Now we're thinking of going to Distrito since we'll be somewhat close.

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          1. pod and white dog are nearby, though unfortunately white dog is so hit or miss these days...or you could hit up marigold.....

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            1. re: mazza3

              We actually decided to go in the total opposite direction and hit Xochitl. My wife has been wanting to go there, and since it's her birthday, she gets to make the choice.