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Sep 3, 2009 09:55 PM

Newly opened luxury restaurant?

Hello! I am having a very short trip to NY and I think I have already had enough of Jean Georges, Bernardin, Per Se, and so forth. Any newest luxury (either classic or trendy) restaurant you may suggest? :) Being an outsider, I would like to know where is the hottest talk of the town now. Thanks!

* Also looking for a newly opened hotel, because I have already stayed at most major hotels in NY. What do you think about Ace Hotel or M'Ave perhaps? :)

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  1. New spots that I love: Marea, Aureole, Locanda Verde, Aldea, Bouley, The Standard Grill (and new Standard Hotel with really fun beer garden).

    Hotel: Smyth Tribeca, a Thompson hotel in Tribeca is great and very trendy. So is the new Thompson LES, with a fun restaurant/bar called Shang.

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    1. re: liztish

      Highly recommend Bouley from your list. Just had a marvelous birthday celebration at Bouley 2 weeks ago. Can't wait to return!

      1. re: ellenost

        are we considering bouley 'new' because they moved and have a new (old) chef de cuisine?

        with the economy, no high end restaurants are really opening. the most talked about on the high end would probably be marea which i have yet to try. i love convivio so its next on my list.

        i suppose standard grill and minetta tavern are the 'hottest' restaurants at the moment. im having dinner at the standard grill tomorrow for the first time so ill post a review on sunday.

        1. re: sam1

          Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Standard...What sparks your fancy on the menu? I'm dying to try the Halibut Hollandaise.
          Enjoy, and I hope that the service you receive is better than what I experienced.

          1. re: LeahBaila

            I love the Standard, going for my second time tonight. Pork was fantastic and the chicken for two is beyond amazing. My service wasn't bad, but I do hear some mixed reviews.

          2. re: sam1

            Sam, I have had mixed experiences at Convivio. But I've been fairly unimpressed with the desserts, FYI.

      2. I don't know when the last time you visited NYC, but there's also Corton and SHO Shaun Hergatt.

        1. There's this:

          Not a place I would go myself, but doesn't it look fancy!

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          1. re: small h

            We had dinner at Mari Vanna a few Sundays ago. The interior does have the feel of a wealthy Russian's country home all done up in shabby chic Country French.

            More importantly, at least to me, is that the food was excellent. We both had the superb Chicken Kiev with perfectly cooked vegetables and shared their signature dessert, the seriously delicious "Smetannik with Strawberries" (similar to a strawberry shortcake but made with sour cream instead of whipped cream).


            1. re: RGR

              $12 for potato salad and $10 for borscht! I'm glad you had a good meal, but holy cow. That is one excessively optimistic pricing structure. Dare to dream, fancy Russians!

              1. re: small h

                You're right. It is not an inexpensive place. But they were busy the Sunday night we were there,. Quite a few Russian patrons, some buying bottles of Champage, the cheapest being $95. When we had dinner at Veritas a few days later, since Mari Vanna is right next door, we peeked in, and it was jammed.

          2. Thanks so very much everyone for all your advice! I am extremely interested in The Standard Grill and Corton, as well as Thompson LES for the hotel. Thanks!!! :)

            1. Corton seems to be the closest fit, based on your list above.

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              1. re: hcbk0702

                Corton that is! I just hope I will be able to book a table there. I will have to call tomorrow since it is closed now for Labour Day. :)

                1. re: agaaga

                  Well, Corton was available for the date I wanted to book, but they said no photo-taking was allowed inside the restaurant. (Really? Then what are the food photos of Corton I see at Being a blogger myself, I enjoy taking photos of the food. Even Jean Georges, Per Se, Le Bernardin, or Daniel allow me to take photos as long as I do not use flash. There is nothing wrong with Corton's not allowing photo-taking and I absolutely respect their policy, but it isn't just my type of restaurant. There are tons of good restaurants in NY and I would rather go somewhere else. I booked at SHO Shaun Hergatt, another newly opened, good restaurant as mjl242 had recommended. The reservationist was so very kind and told me it was perfectly OK to take photos. :)

                  1. re: agaaga


                    I'm shocked that you were told no photo-taking is permitted at Corton. When we were there in May, one of our dining companions photographed our dinner, and not one word of objection was raised by anyone on the staff.

                    Did you mention to whomever you spoke with that you have seen photos on Flickr by people who have been to Corton?

                    In any case, when we go again, I plan to take photos, and I'm not going to ask about it in advance.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Yes, pretty shocking isn't it. I didn't tell the reservationist at Corton about the photos at on, because I just figured, 'What the heck! I will try some other restaurant!'. har...

                      1. re: agaaga

                        I eventually tried SHO Shaun Hergatt. Food was great, service was awesome, and their price was just right! Who cares about Corton anyway! :)

                        1. re: agaaga

                          Lnch or dinner? What did you have? We've been thinking about this place for next big deal meal.

                          1. re: agaaga

                            ... and did you take photos that you can share?