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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.

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  1. No order..
    1. Momofuku
    2. L'Atelier
    3. Laboratorio del Gelato (if they had the flavors I wanted)
    4. Itzocan Cafe
    5. Jean-Georges
    6. Bouley
    7. Upi Jaya
    8. Sripaphai
    9. Eleven Madison Park
    10. Sushi Yasuda

    1. bored at home on fri nite so what the hell... in no particular order:

      per se
      15 east
      strip house
      yakitori totto
      shake shack
      szechuan gourmet
      babbo
      txikito
      fatty crab (uws)

      1. In no particular order
        Spigolo
        Momofuko-all of them including dessert bar
        Sparks
        Saka Gura
        Carnines-both of them
        Menkentai
        Won Jo
        Babbo
        Sushi Yasuda
        Gyu Kaku

        1. 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:

          degustation
          craft
          momofuku ssam
          grammercy
          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)
          tailor
          yasuda
          matsuri
          cong ly

          1. OK, so even though it's in Brooklyn...Peter Luger!
            Babbo
            15 East
            Green Market
            Molyvos
            Carmines
            Ethos
            Les Halles
            Umbertos
            Blue Fin

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            1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

              Eleven Madison Park
              Picholine
              Compass
              Grammercy Tavern
              Chennai Garden
              Shabu Tatsu
              Mermaid Inn
              Aroma/Pepolino/Lavagna in a tie for the best small Italian.
              Aureole
              wherever Scott Conant is

              1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                My bad, it is not Green Market...it's Green Table at Chelsea Market!

              2. corton / kanoyama / del posto / balthazar / ippudo / bacaro / tulcingo del valle / grand sichuan / tia pol / malatesta

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                1. re: skrillcakes

                  per se, L'Atelier, Babbo, Daniel, Sushi of Gari, Momofuko Ko, Peter Luger, Katz's Deli, 11 Mad. Park, Degustation

                2. No order:

                  1.Po
                  2.Mercadito
                  3.Momofuku Ko
                  4.Per Se
                  5.Upstairs Bouley
                  6.Blue Hill
                  7.Soto
                  8.Dessert Club Chikalicious (for dessert)
                  9.Gotham Bar & Grill
                  10. Hell's Kitchen

                  1. No order:
                    sushi yasuda
                    suyiyama
                    mermaid inn
                    bouley
                    blue hill
                    veritas
                    tocqueville
                    momofuku ko
                    aquagrill
                    babbo

                    1. in no order:

                      momofuku ko
                      fatty crab
                      sigiri
                      shake shack
                      blue ribbon brasserie
                      abburiya kinnosuke
                      katzs
                      excellent pork chop house
                      cuba
                      il bagatto

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                      1. re: demigodh

                        Glad everyone is responding! Seems like a lot of us have the same restaurants on our lists. Keep em coming baby.

                      2. Per Se
                        EMP
                        Babbo
                        Sakagura
                        Yasuda
                        Ippudo
                        Shake Shack
                        Momofuku Restos
                        Bouchon
                        Maze by Gordon Ramsey for the burger.

                        1. In no order:
                          Tulcingo del Valle
                          Dhaba
                          Nougatine
                          Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine
                          Peter Luger
                          Marseille (for the burger)
                          Balthazar
                          Chinatown Brasserie
                          L'Artusi
                          Stanton Social

                          www.thelunchbelle.com

                          1. My favorites (in no particular order):

                            1) Aureole;
                            2) Momofuku Ko;
                            3) Per Se;
                            4) Eleven Madison Park;
                            5) Bouley;
                            6) Sarge's Deli;
                            7) Jean Georges;
                            8) Artisanal (not on a holiday);
                            9) Gordon Ramsay; and
                            10) Cafe d'Alsace.

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                            1. re: ellenost

                              In a very particular order, I am just not saying what it is;
                              apizz
                              kuma inn
                              wollensky grill
                              convivio
                              Mollys
                              Gotham B&G
                              Dinosaur BBQ
                              Luger
                              White Castle
                              Sofrito

                            2. No order

                              Crispo
                              Le Bernadin
                              Nougatine
                              Porterhouse
                              Tamarind
                              Kefi
                              Telepan
                              Keen's
                              Gramercy Tavern
                              Pearl Oyster Bar

                              1. No order

                                Per Se
                                Eleven Madison
                                Perilla
                                Jean Georges
                                Lupa
                                Pisticci
                                Veritas
                                Compass
                                Bar Boulud
                                Cru

                                1. no particular order:

                                  kefi
                                  daniel
                                  rhong tiam
                                  gari
                                  chinatown brasserie
                                  boca chica
                                  second avenue deli
                                  perilla
                                  sasabune
                                  tamarind

                                  1. Salt
                                    Matsugen
                                    The Modern
                                    Asiate
                                    Ippudo
                                    Sakagura
                                    Dell'Anima
                                    Jewel Bako
                                    Five Points
                                    Kasadela
                                    Aurora

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                                    1. re: meigga

                                      You like asian/japanese food I take it lol?

                                    2. no order:

                                      -- Keens
                                      -- Grand Sichuan Chelsea
                                      -- Malatesta
                                      -- Scarpetta
                                      -- Tia Pol
                                      -- Cantoon Garden
                                      -- Ushi Wakamaru
                                      -- Amazing 66
                                      -- Red Egg (happy hour only)
                                      -- Grand Central Oyster Bar (oysters only, counter only)

                                      1. Eleven Madison Park
                                        Scarpetta
                                        Shake Shack
                                        Gramercy Tavern
                                        Itzocan Bistro
                                        Five Points
                                        Perry Street
                                        Blue Hill
                                        Babbo
                                        Spigolo

                                        1. dell'anima
                                          grand sichaun
                                          sripraprai
                                          minetta tavern
                                          per se
                                          prune
                                          la esquina
                                          blue hill
                                          lupa

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                                          1. re: brooklynlady

                                            I may be going to Minetta Tavern this weekend. I am dying to try their ribeye and of course the black label burger. Any other recommendations? Possibly the souffle?

                                            1. re: steakrules85

                                              souffle is great, i highly recommend it. *i had the grand marnier one

                                              1. re: demigodh

                                                Awesome thats what I wanted to try! Was it tough getting in? Do you think I would have a hard time dining solo at around 5pm on Friday night?

                                                1. re: steakrules85

                                                  dont think 5pm would be a problem at all...i was there at 6:30 on a friday and it was just starting to fill...i would take the 5 o 5:30 if you can get it or just go as a walk in at that hour - black angus is AWESOME and get a glass of the french cider!

                                              2. re: steakrules85

                                                I ordered the marrow bones, very disappointing. Everything else, however was excellent, especially the service.
                                                We had a 6:30 Monday night res. which I made the Thursday before with no problem.

                                              3. re: brooklynlady

                                                Glad to see proper respect paid to Lupa!

                                              4. No order

                                                EMP
                                                Yasuda
                                                'inoteca
                                                Momofuku Ko
                                                Sripraphai
                                                WD-50
                                                Babbo
                                                Saka Gura
                                                Hearth
                                                PerSe

                                                1. My favorites, not necessarily the best, in no particular order:

                                                  Convivio
                                                  Babbo
                                                  Degustation
                                                  Casa Mono
                                                  Eleven Madison Park
                                                  Craft
                                                  Jean-Georges
                                                  Blue Hill
                                                  Tocqueville
                                                  Annissa

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                                                  1. re: Hurner

                                                    I just read in the Times this morning that Annisa is currently closed due to a kitchen fire - just an FYI for others.

                                                    1. re: Hurner

                                                      Just curious by what you mean when you say your favorites not necessarily the best?

                                                      1. re: steakrules85

                                                        I meant that these restaurants are my personal favorites, although it could also be argued that several of them are among Manhattan's best.

                                                    2. 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
                                                      3. Caracas
                                                      4. Momofuku Ko
                                                      5. Momofuku Ssam
                                                      6. Ippudo
                                                      7. Gradisca
                                                      8. 'inoteca
                                                      9. Bouley

                                                      1. No order:

                                                        Jean Georges
                                                        Le Bernardin
                                                        La Grenouille
                                                        Palm
                                                        Ouest
                                                        Odeon
                                                        Compass
                                                        Buddha Bodai
                                                        Nice Matin
                                                        Cafe d'Alsace

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                                                        1. re: fm1963

                                                          No Order;Pearl Oyster Bar /Lupa/Locanda Verde/Minetta Tavern/Inoteca/Grand Sichuan 9th Ave/Gottino/Casa Mono/Txcito/Marea$$[ouch]/and Katz';s

                                                          1. re: fm1963

                                                            Jean Georges
                                                            Bouley
                                                            Wolfgang
                                                            Keen's
                                                            Ennio and Michael
                                                            Kyo Ya
                                                            15 East
                                                            Kanoyama
                                                            Jack's luxury oyster
                                                            Wallse

                                                          2. 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.

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                                                            1. re: michaeldcohen

                                                              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.

                                                            2. 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
                                                              4. Masa
                                                              5. Daniel
                                                              6. Sushi Yasuda
                                                              7. L'Atelier
                                                              8. Babbo
                                                              9. Bouley
                                                              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
                                                              2. Setagaya
                                                              3. Grand Sichuan
                                                              4. Pam's Real Thai (Sripaphai in Queens)
                                                              5. Lupa
                                                              6. Wolfgang's
                                                              7. Yakitori Torrys/Totto (equal)
                                                              8. Les Halles
                                                              9. Bo Ky Noodle House
                                                              10. Casa Mono

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                                                              1. re: foodoof

                                                                Les Halles on the same list as Peter Luger and Wolfgangs? That seems strange.

                                                                1. re: foodoof

                                                                  Peter Luger is my favorite restaurant as I stated in my post, however they are not on my list because I specified MANHATTAN. Anyway, have you really had success "just walking in" at Peter Luger?

                                                                2. In Manhattan (no cheating by putting Sripraphai on Flushing joints on here)

                                                                  - Babbo
                                                                  - Gramercy Tavern
                                                                  - Le Bernadin
                                                                  - Eleven Madison Park
                                                                  - Momofuku Ssam Bar
                                                                  - Blue Hill
                                                                  - Sushi Yasuda
                                                                  - Shake Shack
                                                                  - Commerce
                                                                  - Veritas

                                                                  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.

                                                                  1. In order from the most special occasion to the most reliable standbys.

                                                                    Daniel
                                                                    Babbo
                                                                    Scarpetta
                                                                    Craft
                                                                    Perilla
                                                                    Cafe at Country
                                                                    Hill Country
                                                                    Adrienne's Pizza
                                                                    Max (dinner when I'm broke)
                                                                    Jane (brunch)

                                                                    1. 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
                                                                      4. WD-50
                                                                      5. Daniel

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                                                                      1. re: bododavid

                                                                        You eat way better than I did when I was 17. Kudos.

                                                                      2. Just eyeballed the list. No Mexican Restaurants?

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                                                                        1. re: Stuartmc910

                                                                          I certainly can't think of a Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant in Manhattan that I would rank anywhere near most of the places listed on this thread. I mean, there are a few decent places on the UWS and I like the tacos at Pinche, but it's still not even close for me.

                                                                          1. re: Jorel

                                                                            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:

                                                                            Jean George
                                                                            Menkuitei (St. Mark's)
                                                                            Pho Bang (Mott)
                                                                            New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe
                                                                            Payard desserts (come back soon, please!)
                                                                            The Modern
                                                                            Sripraphai
                                                                            Artichoke Basile
                                                                            2nd Ave Deli
                                                                            La Sirene

                                                                        2. Can we rename this "Your 10 favorite Manhattan STEAKHOUSES?

                                                                          1. my favorites include:
                                                                            sushi yasuda
                                                                            esca
                                                                            le bernardin
                                                                            keens
                                                                            per se
                                                                            babbo
                                                                            gramercy tavern
                                                                            shaffer city (oysters and gimlets at the bar)
                                                                            spotted pig
                                                                            tia pol

                                                                            special mention: scarpetta, casa mono, bar jamon

                                                                            in memoriam: una pizza napoletana

                                                                            1. Looks like I missed this thread the first time around:
                                                                              Casa Mono
                                                                              Prune
                                                                              EMP
                                                                              Per Se
                                                                              La Grenouille
                                                                              Blue Ribbon
                                                                              Artisanal
                                                                              The Modern
                                                                              Wolfgangs
                                                                              Sarges

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. 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

                                                                                Babbo
                                                                                110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                                                                                Il Mulino
                                                                                86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

                                                                                Gotham Bar and Grill
                                                                                12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

                                                                                Old Homestead
                                                                                56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                                                                Scarpetta
                                                                                355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                                                                Convivio
                                                                                45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                                                                                Strip House
                                                                                13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003