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steakrules85 Jun 12, 2009 09:36 PM

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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    steakrules85 Apr 21, 2010 07:25 PM

    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.

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    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

    1. Spends Rent on Food Sep 14, 2009 02:46 PM

      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. steve h. Sep 14, 2009 01:39 PM

        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. Gastronomos Sep 14, 2009 12:05 PM

          Can we rename this "Your 10 favorite Manhattan STEAKHOUSES?

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            Stuartmc910 Jul 27, 2009 09:59 AM

            Just eyeballed the list. No Mexican Restaurants?

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              Jorel Jul 27, 2009 10:15 AM

              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.

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                windycity Jul 27, 2009 07:44 PM

                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

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              bododavid Jul 26, 2009 10:19 PM

              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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                Jorel Jul 27, 2009 08:33 AM

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

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                planetjess Jul 22, 2009 08:44 AM

                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)

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                  Jorel Jul 21, 2009 12:14 PM

                  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.

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                    foodoof Jul 21, 2009 10:59 AM

                    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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                      princeofpork Jul 21, 2009 11:51 AM

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

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                        steakrules85 Jul 22, 2009 05:23 AM

                        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?

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                        michaeldcohen Jul 21, 2009 09:51 AM

                        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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                          Jorel Jul 26, 2009 10:03 PM

                          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.

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                          fm1963 Jul 13, 2009 03:52 PM

                          No order:

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

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                            geendatz Jul 13, 2009 04:44 PM

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

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                              foodwhisperer Jul 21, 2009 11:07 PM

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

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                              kim e Jul 9, 2009 02:19 PM

                              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

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                                Hurner Jul 8, 2009 11:51 AM

                                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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                                  MMRuth Jul 8, 2009 11:52 AM

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

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                                    steakrules85 Jul 8, 2009 12:45 PM

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

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                                      Hurner Jul 8, 2009 02:17 PM

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

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                                    potluck Jul 7, 2009 07:47 PM

                                    No order

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

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                                      brooklynlady Jul 7, 2009 04:32 PM

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

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                                        steakrules85 Jul 8, 2009 11:31 AM

                                        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?

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                                          demigodh Jul 8, 2009 11:54 AM

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

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                                            steakrules85 Jul 8, 2009 12:46 PM

                                            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?

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                                              koko85 Jul 8, 2009 02:31 PM

                                              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!

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                                            Stuartmc910 Jul 27, 2009 09:58 AM

                                            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.

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                                            NYJewboy Jul 8, 2009 06:58 PM

                                            Glad to see proper respect paid to Lupa!

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                                            nancyl126 Jun 18, 2009 06:49 PM

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

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                                              Simon Jun 17, 2009 01:36 PM

                                              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)

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                                                meigga Jun 16, 2009 08:07 PM

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

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                                                  steakrules85 Jun 17, 2009 11:23 AM

                                                  You like asian/japanese food I take it lol?

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                                                  skgchow Jun 16, 2009 01:35 PM

                                                  no particular order:

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

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                                                    di82 Jun 16, 2009 09:05 AM

                                                    No order

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

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                                                      uwser Jun 16, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                      No order

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

                                                      1. ellenost Jun 15, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                        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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                                                          princeofpork Jun 15, 2009 03:35 PM

                                                          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. LeahBaila Jun 15, 2009 12:53 PM

                                                          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. Notorious P.I.G. Jun 15, 2009 12:01 PM

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

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                                                              demigodh Jun 15, 2009 10:15 AM

                                                              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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                                                                steakrules85 Jun 15, 2009 10:29 AM

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

                                                              2. misnatalie Jun 14, 2009 07:49 PM

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

                                                                1. YummyInTheCity Jun 14, 2009 05:54 PM

                                                                  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

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                                                                    skrillcakes Jun 13, 2009 07:23 AM

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

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                                                                      drumwine Jun 13, 2009 09:06 PM

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

                                                                    2. bermudagourmetgoddess Jun 13, 2009 06:50 AM

                                                                      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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                                                                        redbecca Jun 13, 2009 07:51 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          bermudagourmetgoddess Jun 15, 2009 10:01 AM

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

                                                                        2. thew Jun 13, 2009 06:34 AM

                                                                          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

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                                                                            UES Mayor Jun 13, 2009 06:01 AM

                                                                            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

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                                                                              halo Jun 12, 2009 10:17 PM

                                                                              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)

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                                                                                firni Jun 12, 2009 10:11 PM

                                                                                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

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