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Montrealer visiting during restaurant week

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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    FrankieLymon RE: chefjeannine 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 RE: FrankieLymon 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 RE: chefjeannine 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 RE: uwsister 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 RE: chefjeannine 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 RE: FrankieLymon 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 RE: gutsofsteel 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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        sara333 RE: chefjeannine 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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