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olia Jun 19, 2009 08:03 AM

Hello,

I have never had a REAL caesar salad and would love to try it at least to know what its supposed to taste like (my only reference point so far is the generic caesar served in most places).
Please recommend a place to get it?

Thank you!

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    UWStoSONO Jun 19, 2009 08:08 AM

    I have no idea what you're talking about, but the Caesar salad at Nonna on the UWS is incredible.

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      kesues Jun 19, 2009 11:42 AM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/201602
      earlier post which may be helpful

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        chow_gal Jun 19, 2009 11:44 AM

        From 2003?

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          kesues Jun 19, 2009 12:09 PM

          sorry, i didn't realize it was so early

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        Daniel76 Jun 19, 2009 12:04 PM

        Centolire is my favorite Caesar Salad in town.

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          mccaugheyd Mar 21, 2011 09:00 PM

          Centolire makes the best caesar!

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          Centolire
          1167 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

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          Simon Jun 19, 2009 01:34 PM

          in NYC, that's going to be very very difficult...when i moved here from LA, the two things i missed (and continue to miss) most are authentic Thai food and the Caesar salad at Dan Tana's restaurant, which many consider the best in the US...

          In general, LA restaurants do the Caesar better than NY (the Caesar was invented not so far away from LA, in Tijuana, Mexico)...

          I've yet to have a good one in NYC...even when you ask about it and if it's a real, traditional Caesar (and you get an "Oh yes! Ours is very authentic!" from the server), what you are served is usually a cruel Ranch-dressing joke...West Branch claimed exactly that and what came out was an upscale take on Ranch dressing (no worcesteshire, no garlic, no anchovy in any form)

          others here have suggested Pietro's on 43rd St, but i haven't been there yet...

          It's a shame that even a great place like Keens (a restaurant which i otherwise love) can't manage a Caesar (theirs tastes like something served at Wendy's)...

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            cricri7 Jun 20, 2009 05:55 AM

            When I last went to NY in March, I had dinner at Il Tinello and I had the ceasar salad. They prepare it table side to your liking. I have to say it was a bit on the expensive side but I enjoyed my dinner there. It is not a trendy place but a very nice place to have a quiet dinner.

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              ESNY Jun 20, 2009 07:11 AM

              Primehouse makes a real version, although I think the "dressing" to lettuce ratio is too high.

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                sugartoof Jun 20, 2009 03:26 PM

                To me it was more like they went through the motions and the results tasted pretty far from what one should taste like, but at least they do the tableside ritual.

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                  JulesTei Jun 22, 2009 12:21 PM

                  I really like Primehouse's, especially with the crab croutons! And, surprisingly, Houston's (Hillstone's now, I guess?) makes a really delicious one.

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                    notsochubbychubette Jun 22, 2009 12:48 PM

                    ohh, you're right..I always LOVED the caesar's at Houston's!!!!!!!!

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                  Daniel76 Jun 21, 2009 06:16 AM

                  Here you can see a video of him making his salad..

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB_SkE...

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                    adrman Jun 21, 2009 02:41 PM

                    Pietro's on 43rd. It's prepared table side by your waiter. Follow it with a strip steak and a half order of shells a la nat.

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                    Pietro's
                    232 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

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                      Simon Jun 21, 2009 06:46 PM

                      hi...does Pietro's have a bar that you can eat at?

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                        adrman Jun 22, 2009 11:11 AM

                        There are tables in the bar area you can eat at. However, I don't think I've ever seen anyone dine at the bar itself.

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                        princeofpork Mar 22, 2011 07:46 AM

                        Shells A La Nat is one of my favorite dishes in the city. However, I dont like the vibe of the place. The average diner age is 70+

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                        notsochubbychubette Jun 22, 2009 11:30 AM

                        Pear Oyster Bar has a nice caesar.

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