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chefjeannine Aug 23, 2010 01:21 PM

Hey all!
So as you can tell from the title, i'm a montrealer that will be visiting during restaurant week. Any places that are an absolute cant miss? Frankly, i'm a little overhwelmed by the amount of restaurants featured & need help narrowing down!

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    sara333 Aug 25, 2010 08:37 AM

    I had a wonderful time and some great food in Montreal, but -- with all due respect -- thought the bagels were just sad. So if I were you I'd try to get to Esse, H&H, Russ & Daughters, etc. to sample what NY has to offer on that front. Have fun!

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    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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      FrankieLymon Aug 23, 2010 03:42 PM

      me and my gf just went to montreal and had a fantastic time. we loved it. the main thing nyc has the montreal does not is excellent chinese food. i reccomend chinatown, specifically great ny noodletown and the restaurant at 22 elizabeth. get the lobsters with xo sauce, half fried chicken with garlic sauce...

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        chefjeannine Aug 23, 2010 04:49 PM

        glad to hear you had a good time!
        Hmm...that sounds great, ill definitely look into it!
        What are anyone's thoughts on Le Cirque or Fig & Olive as options during restaurant week?

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        Fig & Olive
        420 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

        Le Cirque
        151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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          uwsister Aug 23, 2010 04:54 PM

          I had a pleasant RW experience at Le Cirque, but if I were coming from Montreal it would not be my choice.

          Are you restricting your choice of restaurants to those participating in RW? If so, why?

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            chefjeannine Aug 23, 2010 05:04 PM

            Not completely restricting....although the prices do seem very good. On a side note, my sister lives in the city, so this is my fifth visit in less than a year...meaning this doesnt necessarily have to be the "be all, end all" NYC restaurant experience.
            What is your top suggestion for an out of towner?

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              uwsister Aug 25, 2010 02:04 PM

              I'd say these are worth trying out of RW participants:
              Aldea
              Bar Stuzzichini
              Convivio
              Matsugen
              Oceana
              Rosa Mexicano
              Tabla
              Tamarind
              Yerba Buena

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          gutsofsteel Aug 25, 2010 08:45 AM

          I just have to say that with very few exceptions, NYC does not have "excellent" Chinese food. And certainly not compared to Toronto and Vancouver.

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            food professor Aug 25, 2010 09:03 AM

            totally agree with gutsofsteel. manhattan's chinese food may be slightly better than montreal (where there is a chinatown too), but it's not worth coming all the way for.

            manhattan's japanese food though, certainly beats montreal hands down.

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