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coming back to NYC after 4 years -- need restaurant recs

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My boyfriend and I are visiting NYC for Memorial Day Weekend. We used to live in the West Village, but moved to Cali in 2006. Restaurants we used to love: August, Bellavitae, Casa Mono, Inoteca, Morandi, Cookshop, Market Table.

We are looking for some new places to try that would be fun, moderately priced, and delicious. Any recs would be helpful, preferably below midtown. Thanks!

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Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

Market Table
54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

Morandi
211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

Bellavitae
24 Minetta Lane, New York, NY 10012

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  1. If you like Japanese Ramen, check out Ippudo and Momofuko. For a coffee/ hot chocolate/ pastry, I very much recommend La Bergamote.

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    La Bergamote
    169 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Ippudo
    65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

    4 Replies
    1. re: chocri

      la bergamote is amazing.

      1. re: chocri

        I think you mean Momofuku Noodle Bar (there are 5 Momofuku restaurants now).

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        Momofuku Noodle Bar
        171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: kathryn

          It always confuses me when people write "momofuko" -- I've seen it written that way a bunch of times. I always wonder if they simply misspelled Momofuku or if they're suggesting Momofuku Ko, etc.

          Second Aldea and Pulino's.

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          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          Pulino's
          282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

        2. re: chocri

          For ramen, try Menchanko-tei in the east 40s and west 55th street. I like Momofuku, but I think Menchankotei has better ramen combinations and more authentic flavors! Their summer hiyashi chuka is amazing...

        3. Recette is probably the best new restaurant in the west village. 10 Downing is another possiblility. Annisa has reopened after a kitchen fire and subsequent rebuilding. Bar Blanc has excellent food. Tabla has a more moderate priced menu than when you lived here and is now an excellent value. Allegretti is serving excellent Provencale cuisine at reasonable prices, and Cru has also lowered prices but is still excellent. Another nice casual French place is Bar Breton. SD26 offers every dish as a small or large plate, so you can put together a meal of fabuous food without spending a fortune.

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          Annisa
          13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

          Allegretti
          46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

          10 Downing
          10 Downing Street, New York, NY 10014

          La Quenelle
          254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

          SD26
          19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

          Recette
          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

          1. Aldea. The Breslin.

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            Aldea
            31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: chow_gal

              Second Aldea and Breslin.

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              Aldea
              31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

              The Breslin
              20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

              1. re: kathryn

                Aldea is superb. I would have included it in my list above but for the fact they are closed that sunday and monday, and the only times available on friday and saturday are 10 and 10:30. If these times work, go for it.

            2. You may wish to review the NYT best new restaurants lists from past years:

              http://events.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/...
              http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/din...
              http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/din...
              http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/26/din...

              Note that Allen & Delancey, Pamplona, and Mai House have all closed.

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              Mai House
              186 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013

              The Delancey
              168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

              1. my 3 favorite newish places that are moderately priced are pulinos, motorino, and pies n thighs. the last one is in williamsburg though.

                1. Maialino and Scarpetta.

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

                  Maialino
                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                  1. Wall & Water is fun and a great space.

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                    Wall & Water
                    75 Wall St, New York, NY 10005