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What is the single best restaurant in Phoenix?

I realize thats an awfully broad question but I'll be in from NYC for one night only on Monday and would be grateful for any tips.

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  1. I realize it's rude to answer a question with a question, but I think your answer will go a long way towards helping you get a response you're happy with.

    What do you consider the "single best" restaurant in new York?

    1. There are a number of restaurants that come up in the Absolute Best discussion. I would say that right now, the top five for One Night In Phoenix are Kai, Binkley's, Pizzeria Bianco, Noca, and FnB. Many people would tack Posh on that list as well. Barrio Cafe has some of the best Mexican food in the state.

      And every single one is closed on Mondays.

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      Pizzeria Bianco
      623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

      Binkley's
      6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

      Noca
      3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

      FnB
      7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      3 Replies
      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        I was going to suggest Binkley's, Kai, and noca. I haven't been to Binkley's or Kai, but friends who have loved it. They along with FnB are on my list to visit.

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        Binkley's
        6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

        FnB
        7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          I would otherwise agree with JK, but my meal at Quiessence last night has me edging it in at the same level as noca and FnB. The fried mortadella with fig agro dolce is something we should all be lucky enough to experience, and the duck they served -- lean and beefy yet meltingly soft -- is something I will recall fondly for a long time.

          Also closed on Mondays. Too bad for you!

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          Binkley's
          6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

          Quiessence
          6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

          FnB
          7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          1. re: themis

            Oh I always forget about Quiessence! It is quite the place, and arguably one of the most beautiful settings in town.

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            Quiessence
            6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

        2. I'd put Cork in my Top 5 list. It's also closed Mondays.

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          Cork
          4991 S Alma School Rd Ste 1, Chandler, AZ 85248

          1. There are some really good restaurants in the PHX Metro Area, and some that have recently passed from the scene.

            Without more specifications, I would have to vote for NOCA @ 32nd & Camelback Rd, in Phoenix. It is an up-scale "neighborhood" restaurant, with great food, done well. The wine list is smallish, but well-chosen and pairing well with the fare. The service, while relaxed, is great. The ambiance is a tad loud, as there are reflective surfaces, but if one is not going for intimate conversation, or business discussion, it is not a bad thing - I just like quiet dining experiences, but am considered an "old fogey."

            There are more good upscale restaurants, but for the food, one cannot do better - pressed linen tablecloths or not.

            Kai, at which I have yet to dine, gets great reviews here, and is unique.

            Binkley's is excellent, but a bit "off-the-beaten-path." Worth the drive, or the limo (same for Kai), but if I had only one, it would be NOCA.

            I think I have 3-4, in-depth reviews on this board, and I grade hard.

            Enjoy,

            Hunt

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            Binkley's
            6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

            32nd Cafe
            2822 N 32nd St Ste 1, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Do not know why the 32nd Cafe keeps showing up. It seems that if I mention NOCA and list them on 32nd & Camelback, that restaurant gets attached. Must be some sort of "deal," as they have showed up, instead of NOCA, on a dozen of my posts, and I have never been there?

              Hunt

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              Noca
              3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            2. Wet,

              It seems to me that you are going to have to settle for a restaurant that doesn't suck. How about if you let us know where you are staying, and maybe you can get some recs for something close that is open Mondays.