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ER2 Aug 6, 2008 07:29 PM

This coming Saturday, two of us are off for our first dinner at Nota Bene. Any suggestions about what we should try? TIA.

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    togone Aug 6, 2008 11:01 PM

    earlier thread:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541752

    1. Splendid Wine Snob Aug 7, 2008 07:43 AM

      The pickerel and the crispy duck salad are the best dishes in the city right now. No contest.

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        Minnow Aug 7, 2008 08:13 AM

        Actually, I think that the suckling pig/boudin noir tart might win out in that contest!

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          Splendid Wine Snob Aug 7, 2008 10:18 AM

          Yes, love, love, love the tart but IMO would rather eat it when the weather gets a little colder.

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            Minnow Aug 7, 2008 11:56 AM

            Good point - and an excuse to go back.

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        robb Aug 7, 2008 08:28 AM

        Had dinner there Tuesday evening and the place is beautiful. Service was outstanding and food was great. BYOW was welcomed and corkage was $40/bottle. Maybe a little steep but the stemware and wine service is very high quality. Have to agree about the Duck salad. It was awesome on a bed of shredded daicon and parsley with cashews. Trout Sashimi is wicked as was the fillet. Frites are crispy with a little shaved parmasean sprinkeed on top. Definatley will be a huge success-as Splendido-like service, delicious, well-priced food in a beautiful space will keep me and everyone else coming back.

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          eatsies Aug 7, 2008 11:35 AM

          oh! yums!
          when i was there, the charcuterie plate was definitely a winning combo of delicious meats, olives, beets and mustard (Kozlicks, no less), and the Jennifer's Blue Cheese Burger was also an delicious indulgence.
          but- enjoy! i don't think you can go too far off base with a menu this tight. i even liked it better than splendido!

          1. estufarian Aug 13, 2008 06:52 AM

            Add me to the fan list. Went last night and had the suckling pig/boudin - outstanding. Also tried the charcuterie plate - again excellent, and Amusegirl wanted something lighter so asked if she could have the Barramundi (an appetizer) as a main. They served her a larger version of the appetizer as a main and seemed very pleased to have accommodated her. This fish is fairly mild (that's its nature) but was perfectly cooked and served.
            This is a much noisier, bustling place than Splendido - I don't think they're sunstitutes - completely different concepts. But the outstanding food and service is common to both.Certainly a step up (including price) from a bistro - I felt it had more of a Pangaea feel. But I guarantee this will be the most difficult reservation in town whenever the Opera/Ballet is on just 5 minutes away. Reserve early (or go late).

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