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Is there anything like AVEC in NYC

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We are making our annual 4 day spring trip to NY in mid may, staying in Tribeca, although that does not limit us. We have eaten at most of the "foodie" places like Per Se - but are looking for something similar to AVEC in Chicago, for those who know,stunning, simple rustic great food, no pretention or 3 month wait lists, is there anything similar in Manhattan.
Was also wondering about Terrior, Bar Jamon,... two years back we had a great meal at Hearth, is it still the same??? Also been reading about EMP and Gramercy.....
Many thanks in advance.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Bar Jamon
125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Avec in NYC:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/681550

    IMO Hearth is still quite good. Eleven Madison Park is fantastic and worth the detour if you've never been or haven't gone under Chef Humm's reign.

    Where else have you dined in NYC? Degustation? Scarpetta? Any of the Momofukus? Spotted Pig? Casa Mono? Sorella? Prune? Babbo? If so, what did you think? Other than great and rustic and unpretentious (though that might depend on who you're talking to), what else are you looking for? (Also when I think great, rustic, unpretentious, but still cool, a lot of Brooklyn restaurants would also probably fit the bill...

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    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Sorella
    95 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

    1. In terms of "feel", i would say the Momofuku's are the closest thing to Avec. You really can't go wrong at ssam bar or noodle bar. Good food, fun staff, good music, etc The east village is just a fun place to go out to dinner as well.

      1. My latest favorite; can't say enough about it! Have had a weekly meal there for the past 4 weeks and have savored every bite. It has been BYOB, but last week I heard that the liquor license has arrived. Still to try is the brunch - menu looks intriguing.

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        Bistro de la Gare
        626 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        1. I don't know Avec but Il Buco is regularly described as being rustic and is an unpretentious place.

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          Il Buco
          47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012