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3 night visit: Scarpetta and Blue Hill booked; final dinner?

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My husband and I are in for a long weekend at the end of the month and are still deciding the final dinner location. We were there last September and visited EMP, Sorella, Lupa, Veritas and Aldea for dinner and several other fabulous places for lunch. We get in late on a Thursday and are staying in Chelsea, so are going to go to Scarpetta (RGR, I think this is a favorite of yours) and are going to Blue Hill on Friday night. We're still deciding on Saturday night, but figure it is always good to make an advance reservation. No restrictions as far as cost, food type, etc other than probably to stay in Manhattan. I'm not a big sushi fan and we're both wine lovers, so are looking for a place with a nice list. We've heard good things about Mas, Prune, and Corton, but aren't tied to any of them.

Where should we go?

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  1. Hearth (wonderful list)
    Craft
    Mas

    Definitely not Prune
    I didn't like Corton

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    Corton
    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      I love Hearth and Craft but it may be too similar to Blue Hill.

      What's wrong with Prune?

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      Blue Hill
      75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: kathryn

        The OP is looking for a serious and good wine list. Prune does not qualify. It is also crowded and too close and rushed.

        Hearth has one of the more eclectic and well chosen wine lists in the city, and the food is terrific and the atmosphere is very pleasant. Same with Craft. Neither of these places is nearly as precious as Blue Hill, and the food is better at both.

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        Blue Hill
        75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

    2. That's a pretty eclectic list (Mas, Prune, Corton), but Corton is easily the most ambitious and expensive (and I think the best by far).

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      Corton
      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: hcbk0702

        I strongly agree with this. I would recommend Corton over probably anywhere else in the city. The wine list is solid too.

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        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      2. Scarpetta books up rather quickly for prime times and opens its books a month in advance (and you may need to charm an 8pm reservation out of the reservationist) so I'd call ASAP.

        Since you're doing American and Italian already, I'd recommend mixing it up with some other cuisine type. Perhaps Degustation (since you liked Aldea)?

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

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

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        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks for the tip--we have already made reservations at Scarpetta since we knew we were getting in a little later and wanted to make sure that we weren't just wandering around figuring out where to eat on Thursday night. I'll take a look at Degustation.

          1. re: mlc66

            The wine list at Degustation is relatively thin and quite uninspiring.

        2. I'm not sure that "favorite" is quite the right description for Scarpetta as we've only been there twice. Both meals were excellent.

          We've not been to Mas or Prune, but we have been to Corton twice. With the exception of the desserts the first time, which I thought were horrible, both meals were superb.

          I would also suggest you consider The Modern Dining Room. Again, we've only been there twice, but I think Chef Gabriel Kreuther's Alsacian-accented French cuisine is rave-worthy. And more "accessible" than Liebrandt's.

          Photos of our most recent dinner in The Modern Dining Room: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          1. Take a look at Maialino too. Great wine list without a huge markup. Not huge, but interesting. Oh, and the food is great too.

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            Maialino
            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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            1. re: clembeauchamp

              As much as I love Maialino, since they are already booked at Scarpetta, and even though the styles of their Italian cuisines are different, it seems to me it's a better idea to opt for an altogether different cuisine. It would appear mlc66 thinks so too since the three restaurants under consideration in her original post are not Italian.