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icorem Aug 1, 2010 04:07 AM

Hey

I need 4 dinner places : a steakhouse, a sushi spot, mexican and a "free choice" (but not Italian - i'm fed up with overpriced pasta). budget should run around $80 to $100 a head.

my choices so far:

for steak - either primehouse (never been before) or BLT prime (been there several times)
for sushi - either morimoto (never been) or sushi yasuda (been 1 time)
mex - sinigual or el parador (never been to both)
free choice - aldea or gotham b&g (never been 2 both)

what do you think ? any other recommendations ?

thanks for all replies

  1. daffyduck Aug 3, 2010 10:14 PM

    for steak have you tried striphouse?
    aldea is kind of similiar to degustation though i think aldea emphasizes portgueese cuisine while degustation emphasizes cuisine from spain. but i think degustation is better than aldea. and is within your budget.

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    1. re: daffyduck
      MMRuth Aug 4, 2010 08:38 AM

      I went to Aldea for the first time about a week ago and was very impressed, though the food had less of a Portuguese emphasis than I had thought it might. I also thought it was less expensive than I'd anticipated ... we had two "small plates," two appetizers, two main courses, one cheese plate, one dessert, one scoop of ice cream, two cocktails, one beer, one bottle of wine, two glasses of port and the bill was $240 before tip.

      The cardamom ice cream was one of the best ice creams I've had in years. Other items - croquettas - melted in my mouth, so much better than those at Casa Mono, the sea urchin toast, "lightly cured" fluke, something that on the bill says "peas and bacon" but I don't see it on the menu, arroz con pato - sort of a paella with duck three ways, excellent scallops with an interesting farro "risotto.:

      We sat at the counter in front of the kitchen as they'd had a last minute cancellation for two seats there. Such a pleasure to observe a quiet and well run kitchen - nothing like Hell's Kitchen!

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      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

    2. sgordon Aug 2, 2010 10:32 AM

      The sushi at Morimoto is very good, but I wouldn't go there specifically FOR sushi. It more a place for composed Japanese dishes. I'll usually get a sashimi course while I'm there - between apps and entrees - but I wouldn't do a whole sushi meal. It'd be good, don't get me wrong - but you'd be missing out on some of the great menu items. Especially if you've neevr been before. I'd do Yasuda or Sushi of Gari if I were going for a pure sushi / sashimi meal. That said, it'd be easy to break $100/head at either. Be careful when ordering.

      For steak - Luger's or BLT would be my choices.

      Mexican - we've had a nice little boom of Mexican places of late. None are on the level of, say, a Rick Bayless joint, but we've got some good one. For fancier Mexican, there's Toloache in midtown. Rayuela is good pan-Latin, if not specifically Mexican. On the cheaper end of the scale I find Mole and Barrio Chino to both be decent for their price.

      Free Choice: sorry you've had such bad pasta experiences. We've got some good ones, but I'll refrain from mentioning them. That still leaves about 100 restaurants I could name off the top of my head. A few favorites that could fit the $100 budget:
      Tabla
      WD-50
      Prune
      Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern
      Momofuku Ssam

      ...of course, it's hard to say without knowing what that $100 budget entails - is that including drinks, tax, and/or tip? That changes things quite a bit.

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      WD-50
      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      Momofuku Ssam Bar
      207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Barrio Chino
      253 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

      Rayuela
      165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

      Gari
      370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      Morimoto
      88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      1. EV_Eats Aug 1, 2010 07:21 AM

        I've been to Gotham B&G 2 or 3 times & have always had a great meal. Yasuda gets a thumbs up too.
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