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SHO Hergatt that good really?

I just got the new Zagat and they gave SHO an astounding 29 rating for food. This is higher than such great establishment like EMP, Gotham Bar and Grill, Craft, same as Daniel, etc. Is the food really that good? If so that is quite impressive, especially since there are no other great restaurants of its ilk in the financial district. Since I work quite close, I was contemplating trying it very soon. Feedback is much appreciated thanks.

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  1. We ate there about two months ago and the food was spectacular (as was the setting -- the restaurant is beautiful). I would definitely recommend trying it, since there really is nothing else in the area that can compete. Plus the prix fixe is reasonably priced by NYC standards.

    1. steak, definitely try it. It's really, really good. I don't think it's on par with Daniel and other places, but it is certainly fantastic.

      On an aside, Zagat seems to get so many things wrong, just like Michelin, that I've quit using their guides. I mean, realistically, a 29 for food? That's almost perfection, and to me there are probably less than a hundred or so restaurants in the WORLD that truly deserve that type of ranking.

      But that being said, again, I would highly recommend SHO. And if you want to watch the kitchen in action and are a party of two, put in a special request for the two-top right by the wall of glass that separates the kitchen from the dining room.

      1. Yes it's really good. Picked up a Michelin star too.

        1. We also ate there a few months ago and were truly impressed (memorable dishes include, among others, the poached egg with gold leaf, the squash blossoms, halibut and duck). Make sure you request the table for two next to the kitchen -- almost like a chef's table. Not sure it deserves a 29, but it is very good and, like bgrand said below, a fantastic deal.

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          1. re: kiworan79

            Wow everyone seems really high on it. I definitely will give it a go then.

            1. re: steakrules85

              Hi, steak,

              Add Mr. R. and me to the two thumbs way up crowd. We had an absolutely phenomenal dinner there. Sensational cuisine, stellar service, and superb ambiance. It's high on our "go back soon" list.

              Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

              1. re: RGR

                I love your photos, RGR. I have been reading all the raves and plan to get there in the next couple of weeks.

                1. re: rrems

                  Thanks, rrems. Looking forward to reading your review.

          2. We ate there a couple of weeks ago and had the tasting menu. Everything was spectacular, from the amuses bouches to the gourmandises and everything in between. Highly recommened.

            1. At least go for lunch. At $30 for 3 courses (the dishes have fewer luxe items than their a la carte counterparts, but are still carefully cooked and presented), it has to be the biggest dining bargain I've come across in a long time.

              1. SHO Shaun Hergatt is great and an outstanding value. However, while Zagat's scores serve as a good ballpark figure, it is pretty horrible at actually ranking restaurants. It's mostly a popularity contest among its readers and small differences in between scores are statistically meaningless. Also, the scores for new restaurants such as SHO Shaun Hergatt are especially unreliable because of insufficient sample size. I'm sure that SHO's score will come down a bit in the next year's guide as more reviews are submitted. Michelin, for all its faults and European focus, is far, far better at ranking restaurants at the high-end. I prefer reviewers that have good credentials, as I do with any critic in a specialized field.

                Looking at newer Yelp reviews can be very helpful to see how a restaurant is performing recently, as long as you filter out the superficial/misinformed ones. There tend to be a lot of reviews, so you'll get a lot of viewpoints.

                1. Reply to your inquiry: YES.

                  Consider asking Emilie, the wine manager to do a wine pairing with your dinner: one glass of unique wine with each course. Give her some price guidelines, however.
                  If you go soon, you must try the hiramasa over scallop carpaccio.

                  Photos here:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6425...

                  1. I've been twice. For lunch and dinner. SO may go later this week for the first time. SHO was one of my three favorite dining experiences this year. Please note the French Asian cuisine is not served in American size portions. This thread might be of interest to you:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/642544

                    1. Steak, you must try this. And RGR, thanks again for encouraging me. We went last night and the food was phenomenal. They seated us at one of the 2 tables against the glass kitchen wall, which was a real treat. We were amazed at how calm and serene the kitchen staff appeared. The comfortable chairs, well-spaced tables and attentive service added to the pleasure, but the food put us in heaven. The sweetbreads with truffled risotto and the quail with coconut curry sauce were probably the best sweetbreads and quail we have ever had. The veal tenderloin with veal tongue was relatively simple but perfect, and the rabbit loin was so tender and moist and full of flavor I think it may be the best I've had too. The desserts were less spectacular but still right up there with EMP, Picholine, etc., and the canapes and mignardises were also. But it was the appetizers and mains that really stood out. Every dish shows originality, precision and great care in preparation and presentation. As is my usual practice, I chose one of the cheapest bottles of wine, a 2005 Ribera del Duero for $50 (in a restaurant like this I expect any wine on the list to be worth ordering, so there should be no need to spend a fortune) and it was so good I will definitely have it again next time. It was full-bodied without being at all harsh, with strong berry flavors, and it paired beautifully with the food. I'm really excited and looking forward to trying more of the menu.

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                      1. re: rrems

                        Pleased to hear that you had an excellent experience, rrems.

                        1. re: rrems

                          What was the name of the wine? I have reservations for next week so looking for QPR suggestions. Thx.

                          1. re: syoung

                            Sorry, I just noticed your question. The wine is called El Quintanal.