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Earl of Sandwich May 4, 2009 12:01 PM

I'm thinking about Crush or Zoe for a nice night out. Looking for great food and a youngish vibe. Never been to either place and would appreciate any thoughts about either restaurant. Thank you very much.

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    calmossimo May 4, 2009 01:20 PM

    I've never been to Zoe but I had a great experience at Crush during the 30 for 30 in March. My partner and I arrived on time for our reservation but our table wasn't available right away, so they offered us complimentary glasses of champagne while we waited (about 20 min). They served extra amuse bouches that we didn't even order along with a dessert sampler of teeny tiny bites that also were not part of the 30 for 30 menu.

    Along with the service, the food was amazing. I had braised pork belly to begin with (our favorite dish out of all) and he had a green salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts; then he chose flank steak with onions and bacon while I had trofie pasta with wild mushrooms; for dessert, valhrona chocolate chili cake for him, buttermilk beignets for me. The appetizers and entrees were incredible and the desserts were okay but nothing spectacular.

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      akq May 5, 2009 04:00 PM

      On the flip side, I've never been to Crush (tried to make rezzies once but got so much attitude on the phone that I didn't go through with it), but do really like Zoe. If you go, try the gnudi. YUM.

    2. barleywino May 5, 2009 04:09 AM

      no comparison, Crush for sure-- much more ambitious and creative food and they pull it off. Sit at the bar for the best service and to watch the kitchen action. Melt-in-your-mouth lobster and short rib preparations are better than any I've been able to find back here in Boston and should not be missed.

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        equinoise May 5, 2009 02:39 PM

        I agree with this opinion. I like Zoe, but Crush is more inventive and intimate.

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        GreenYoshi May 5, 2009 03:35 PM

        I love Crush, but one thing to note is that I feel like everything they do gets close to being over the top. The folks there seems to love BIG, powerful flavors in everything.

        I went with someone once that seemed to be overwhelmed by the dishes. I think they were used to more subtle, delicate food. (not that Zoe is that, but certainly more so than Crush...)

        Not a knock on the place. Still one of my favorites in Seattle, just something to mention.

        Also, I'd say Crush is a younger, hipper vibe than Zoe.

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          Lauren May 6, 2009 10:57 AM

          That's very interesting - I've been to Crush a number of times but not recently. The last time I was there I felt like each dish needed at least two elements taken off. There was just too much conflicting flavors and nothing seemed to work.

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          Earl of Sandwich May 5, 2009 04:41 PM

          Thanks to everyone for the comments. I've got a reservation at Crush, and I'm sure it will be great. Any recommendations for specific dishes?

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            barleywino May 5, 2009 06:17 PM

            aside from the short rib sous vide and either of the butter poached lobster dishes, if you see spot prawns, get those. be sure to try one of their foam cocktails if available, and the ice cream sandwiches. PS i hope your reservation is at the bar, those are truly the best seats in the house imo

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