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Where should I eat at next???

I've been visiting NY about once a month now for some time, and started off hitting all my top picks (Per Se, Le Bernadin, WD~50, etc…).

But recently I've been going to more neighborhood type place, like Perilla, Red Cat, Mas Farmhouse, and am looking for my next couple picks along these lines (great food, comfortable place, not insanely expensive).

Would love to hear of any of your recommendations...

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  1. How did you like Perilla and Mas Farmhouse?

    Have you tried Buddakan? If you haven't go there next. I also love Ocena.

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    1. re: bottomlespit

      I loved both, but Perilla was definitely better IMO. I've been to Buddakan in Philadelphia a bunch of times, so I want to try somewhere new.

    2. I loved loved Scarpetta. Gramercy Tavern is always excellent as is Eleven Madison Park.

      1. The Little Owl is exactly what you are looking for.

        1. Have you been to Scarpetta? I've only been there once and three of the four of us had different pastas, but each one was so memorably delicious that I think it meets your "great food" requirement (if you like pasta). Can't comment on the meat and fish entrees because I didn't have any. It is comfortable, expensive -- but not insanely -- and lively but not deafening.

          1. hmmmmm neighborhood type places are what New York is REALLY famous for! The ones that DON'T get written up in lots of columns and posts on web sites, but where real people eat dinner every night.

            For me, "great food, comfortable place, not insanely expensive" means:

            El Charro Espanol at 4 Charles St in the Village; Gascogne at 8th Ave & 18th Street; Assenzio on East 4th Street between Aves A & B; Le Gigot on Cornelia between Bleecker and West 3rd; Capsouto Freres on Washington & Watts in Tribeca.

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            1. re: ChefJune

              Thanks for all the recs, I'm going to check them all out now.

              The Little Owl was recommended by a friend as well, but I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this site, so I was on the fence about it.

              But thanks, I'll let you know what I decide...

              1. re: Corporate_40

                I think I've seen mostly positive reviews of LO. In any event, I've always enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

                1. re: Corporate_40

                  I'm a seller of little owl. Eaten there 3 times and while I have never had poor experience, it was never that impressive. I would recommend Degustation for a tasting menu just a step below your top picks (but much more cost effective).