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Aug 20, 2009 08:06 AM

Top 5 Most Underrated Restaurants in NYC

SO we have a most overrated list. Why not start a most underrated one also?

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    1. re: bbqdawg

      1. Del Frisco
      2. Paola's (amazing Italian on UES)
      3. Pera
      4. Azul (steak on LES)
      5. Public

      1. re: liztish

        Del Frisco would not even exist if there was no such thing as the business expense lunch. There is nothing special about this chain.

        1. re: KTinNYC

          While I agree there are better steakhouses, I'd disagree with you regarding Del Frisco's. I consider it a very high quality steakhouse. Is it pricy? Without a doubt, but it will still turn out a great meal and great service. Still, I don't know if I would say it belongs on an "underrated" list. Nonetheless, I look forward to more suggestions from everyone.... this will be a great way for us to hopefully discover some more of NYC's "hidden" treasures out there.

          1. re: KTinNYC

            The after work crowd is all expense accounts also(i would never spend my $ in there). The steak at Del Frisco is good, as are the sides, but the wine list is off the charts expensive. I get reimbursed for the money i spend, but i still hate feeling like i got ripped off.

            How about Red Cat on 10th? The food is always great, and the place is never hyped like Fat Mario s restaurants.

          2. re: liztish

            I'm with you on Del Frisco. It would be far better loved on this board if it were not part of an empire -- but the steak is undeniably good, I think.

            However... it's probably not one I'd pick for *most* underrated given that it is at least pretty well known and well frequented.

            1. re: liztish

              I don't know if I think Del Friscos is as underrated as other steakhouses? Went to Capital Grille twice and thought it was fine, but I think a lot of folks wouldn't be caught dead in that place. Or how about Michael Jordans another midtown steakhouse? Del Friscos may be better overall, but is it as underrated as these places? Del Friscos seem to do a fine business with a fair legion of fans

            2. re: bbqdawg

              BBQdawg, re: porchetta, that's a joke, right? there's no way that place can be underrated with all the press their average pork sandwich has gotten!

              i'm gonna drop Cafe Cortadito in for the underrated spot, i never see it talked about/written about and it's a pretty damn authentic cuban spot that serves nice sized portions that don't destroy your wallet.


              1. re: iFat

                No joke at all. I think its underrated because so may people on here slam it, and I think its delicious. To me underrated means people think its not as good as it really is.

                1. re: bbqdawg

                  The only thing underrated about Porchetta is just how bland and average it is. I think that opinion needs a lot more hype.

                  1. re: Slob

                    the potatoes at Porchetta are awesome.. Ennio and Michael;s is an underrated great italian restaurant. Viet Cafe is an underrated vietnamese restaurant. Katzs cheese steaks are underrated, and Jewel Bako sushi has been underrated in the last last year, the sushi is divine

                    Jewel Bako
                    239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

                    Ennio & Michael
                    539 Laguardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

                    Viet Cafe
                    345 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                    110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                        ive only tried it once but i thought the cheesesteak at katz was pretty average

                  2. re: iFat

                    I agree with iFat. Porchetta is a nice concept but for better or worse its reputation has far outpaced its offering. It's still a great spot to grab a quick bite but underrated it's not.

                    1. re: etherpopsicle

                      For what it's worth, I think Porchetta's pork sandwiches are magnificent, hyped or not.

                      I wasn't so into their potatoes though. Anyone else?

                      110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                      1. re: pork_buns

                        Porchetta is "underrated" because quite simply it is complete shit. E Village dentists, however, love it. The increased levels of patient tooth fractures encountered during the chewing process of the dry, borderline inedible "porchetta" have seen many retire early to lie on the beach...

                        Bravo Porchetta! The Dental Association of America salutes you and all that pay 10 bucks + for the privilege!! Doh!

                        110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                        1. re: Scotty100

                          OMG. Hilarious. Thanks for the post.

                          1. re: Scotty100


                            I've never been to Porchetta, so thank you for the warning, Scotty! I love my dentist (No joke!), but I'd just as soon keep my visits to regular cleanings.

                  3. im sure if i think about it i'll have a different list but the 1st ones off the top of my head:

                    york grill
                    naruto ramen
                    tatany 72
                    public and tailor (they tie because the fill a similar niche)
                    new chow ciao

                    and special mention to the myriad coffee shops and diners that churn out great simple breakfasts and hamburgers that put places like shake shack to shame

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                    1. re: thew

                      I agree with Tailor. In fact, it's SO underrated that it had to close : - (

                      1. re: etherpopsicle

                        i thought it was a retooling, not a complete closure

                        1. re: thew

                          That might be the case. However, there have been cases recently where restarants that were supposed to be closed "temporarily" did not reopen. So, we shall see.... (I've never been to Tailor.)

                          1. re: RGR

                            i really enjoyed both the restaurant and the bar there. i hope it does come back, i really liked the place

                    2. Margie's Red Rose Diner , on 144th in Harlem, immediately comes to mind. It's my favorite soul food spot in the city (now that Carmichael's, in Queens, is long gone). They serve up cheap and wonderful breakfasts (pancakes/eggs/sausage/biscuit), thin-skin Georgia-style fried bird and gracious, personable service at a very low price. Margie's is a run-down crawlspace with a few tables, a juke that's chock full of blues and soul, and a lot of heart. It's never mentioned along with Amy Ruth's or Mamie's Spoonbread, but it should be. One of my favorite Manhattan eateries.

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                      1. re: Polecat

                        Sorry, Polecat, but I think Margie's has closed.

                      2. Here's the place link for Margies.

                        Margie's Red Rose Diner
                        275 W 144th St, New York, NY 10030

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