Your 10 favorite Manhattan restaurants?
Kinda bored and was just thinking about this one.... Everyone post their 5 favorite restaurants in Manhattan only. My favorite restaurant of all time is and only will be Peter Luger but I am not listing them because they are in Brooklyn. Even though if you told me I was dying tomorrow that is where my last meal would be if I had to pick. There are no rules they can be all high end, cheaps eats, or a combination! Just list your faves.... Here are mine so far.... in no partifular order..
1. Keens, 2. Strip House, 3. Craft, 4. Old Homestead, 5. Eleven Madison Park, 6. BLT Prime, 7. Gotham Bar and Grill, 8. Del Frisco's, 9. Smith and Wollensky, 10. Babbo.
3. Laboratorio del Gelato (if they had the flavors I wanted)
4. Itzocan Cafe
7. Upi Jaya
9. Eleven Madison Park
10. Sushi Yasuda
bored at home on fri nite so what the hell... in no particular order:
fatty crab (uws)
In no particular order
Momofuko-all of them including dessert bar
Carnines-both of them
very tricky question - and if i answered at some other time it might be a different list. (how do you weigh the places you love that you go to often against those you've been to once or twice?)
in as i think of it order:
rhong tiam/land northeast thai (i'm cheating my count,here - depends on the 'hood i'm in)
ippudo/naruto ramen (the former is great, the latter i go to all the time)
8.Dessert Club Chikalicious (for dessert)
9.Gotham Bar & Grill
10. Hell's Kitchen
Maze by Gordon Ramsey for the burger.
Pearl Oyster Bar
no particular order:
second avenue deli
-- Grand Sichuan Chelsea
-- Tia Pol
-- Cantoon Garden
-- Ushi Wakamaru
-- Amazing 66
-- Red Egg (happy hour only)
-- Grand Central Oyster Bar (oysters only, counter only)
Eleven Madison Park
I'm only listing 9 because #10 is Peter Luger :). My fave restaurant ever is Blue Hill at Stone Barns but I guess that doesn't count, either...
1. Gramercy Tavern
2. Shake Shack
4. Momofuku Ko
5. Momofuku Ssam
Just for fun I totaled up the recommendations in the post and 38 responses. I might have missed one or mistaken an alternate spelling for a distinct place. That said, the places with more than two mentions were: Babbo (10) , Per Se (8), Eleven Madison Park (8), Momofuku Ko (7) [+ 3 for "both"], Sushi Yasuda (6), Gramercy Tavern (5), Jean-Georges (5), Ippudo (5), Shake Shack (5), Blue Hill (5), Bouley (5), Peter Luger (4), Saka Gura (4), Grand Sichuan (4), and at (3) -- Sripraphai, Scarpetta, Lupa, Keen's, Katz's, 'inoteca , & Craft. Momofuku Ssam had 2 [+ 3 for "both"]. There were many others at (2) and (1).
Others will have more observations, but here are three: (A) no place made more than one third of the lists; (B) The list is not too surprising at the very top; But (C) among those in the range of 3-6 mentions there might be some discussion.
I'm surprised at the absence of some popular NY fine dining establishments, especially those serving fine French cuisine: Les Bernardin, Daniel, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, La Grenouille, Picholine, Adour, Aureole, etc.
I've only been to Les Bernardin (and loved it) and haven't gone to the others simply because of price. Maybe, especially in these economic times, other 'hounds are as thrifty as I, but with Per Se on the list, I would have thought a few of these would have made the top 10, too.
Favorite based on what ? I have two sets of favorite places, the first one is the top 10 favorite for special occasion and the last one is top 10 favorite that I frequent the most because I don't have to make rsvp 1 month in advance or don't have to watch my wallet
Top 10 favorite for special occasion or more festive meals (not in order)
1. Per Se
2. Jean Georges
3. Del Posto
6. Sushi Yasuda
10. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Top 10 favorite because I like the food and I just can walk in, so I frequent these
1. Peter Luger
3. Grand Sichuan
4. Pam's Real Thai (Sripaphai in Queens)
7. Yakitori Torrys/Totto (equal)
8. Les Halles
9. Bo Ky Noodle House
10. Casa Mono
In Manhattan (no cheating by putting Sripraphai on Flushing joints on here)
- Gramercy Tavern
- Le Bernadin
- Eleven Madison Park
- Momofuku Ssam Bar
- Blue Hill
- Sushi Yasuda
- Shake Shack
Una Pizza Napoletana would have been on this list last week. Bouley just misses the cut for me as does Alta, followed by Saravanaas and Bianca. Popular places that weren't close for me: Craft, Perilla, Grand Sichuan (really?) and Scarpetta.
I've never been to Daniel, Per Se, Jean Georges, Momofuku Ko, Convivio or Corton.
In order from the most special occasion to the most reliable standbys.
Cafe at Country
Max (dinner when I'm broke)
I decided to do a top five, because I'm only 17, and so I don't have as much experience with the Manhattan food scene. That said, I have included the top five restaurants I want to try as well.
Top five (Per Se is really at the top, but the rest shouldn't really be in order, as they are all good in there own ways):
1. Per Se
2. The Modern (Dining Room)
3. Spotted Pig
4. Perry Street
5. Shake Shack
Top five I want to eat at:
1. 11 Madison Park
2. Momofuko Ssam
3. Minetta Tavern
Yeah, I agree with that. I like PInche a lot and it will do as a substitute, but it's definitely not my top 10. Been to Craft and EMP and yet they wouldn't make my favorite list.
I think my top 10 is going to be a mix of standbys and special occasion. Plus we generally like hole in the walls as well as single niche places and would be happy eating there all the time:
Menkuitei (St. Mark's)
Pho Bang (Mott)
New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe
Payard desserts (come back soon, please!)
2nd Ave Deli
my favorites include:
shaffer city (oysters and gimlets at the bar)
special mention: scarpetta, casa mono, bar jamon
in memoriam: una pizza napoletana
Looks like I missed this thread the first time around:
Although I did have a rediculous meal (in a good way) at Fatty Crab UWS last week. It was one of my meals of the year. Just phenomenal, but I've only eaten there once... and feel I need to do more "research" before it can crack my top 10.
Having been able to dine at more restaurants over the past year and a half my list has changed:
No particular order- Keens, Strip House, Eleven Madison Park, Gotham Bar and Grill, Craft, Scarpetta, Babbo, Convivio, Il Mulino, Old Homestead
Figured I would make it a bit more well rounded and take out some of the steakhouses =). The other steakhouses can be on a separate list.
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017
13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003