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Newly opened luxury restaurant?

agaaga Sep 3, 2009 09:55 PM

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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    liztish RE: agaaga Sep 4, 2009 06:35 AM

    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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      ellenost RE: liztish Sep 4, 2009 06:39 AM

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

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        sam1 RE: ellenost Sep 4, 2009 06:55 AM

        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.

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          LeahBaila RE: sam1 Sep 4, 2009 07:02 AM

          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.


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            liztish RE: LeahBaila Sep 4, 2009 07:04 AM

            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.

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            windycity RE: sam1 Sep 4, 2009 07:29 AM

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

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        mjl242 RE: agaaga Sep 5, 2009 07:53 AM

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

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          small h RE: agaaga Sep 5, 2009 09:25 AM

          There's this:


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

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            RGR RE: small h Sep 7, 2009 11:19 AM

            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).


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              small h RE: RGR Sep 7, 2009 11:40 AM

              $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!

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                RGR RE: small h Sep 7, 2009 09:30 PM

                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.

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            agaaga RE: agaaga Sep 7, 2009 05:47 AM

            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. hcbk0702 RE: agaaga Sep 7, 2009 10:35 AM

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

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                agaaga RE: hcbk0702 Sep 7, 2009 09:58 PM

                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. :)

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                  agaaga RE: agaaga Sep 8, 2009 08:08 PM

                  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 flickr.com?) 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. :)

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                    RGR RE: agaaga Sep 8, 2009 09:41 PM


                    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.

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                      agaaga RE: RGR Sep 9, 2009 05:24 PM

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

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                        agaaga RE: agaaga Sep 27, 2009 07:16 PM

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

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                          buttertart RE: agaaga Sep 28, 2009 09:56 AM

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

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                            nativeNYer RE: agaaga Sep 28, 2009 10:01 AM

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

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