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Best Underground Eating Experiences in New York

KateHC Sep 1, 2010 10:08 AM

Hey Hounds,

My husband and I are currently living in London and know the underground "supper club" scene here pretty well.

We're going to be in New York for a wedding in late September/early October and would love to incorporate an underground event into our (already gluttonous) itinerary.

I'm wondering what some of your favorites are?

Thanks in advance!

Kate

  1. princeofpork Sep 1, 2010 12:43 PM

    Apologies for my ignorance but what is an Underground Supper Club?

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      IntrepidNook Sep 1, 2010 03:22 PM

      It's just that underground. (Don't worry, I also have no clue what it is)

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        wreckers00 Sep 1, 2010 04:45 PM

        its a club set up by either diners or a chef where they meet in either someone's house or maybe at a restaurant after hours or on a day off and the chef cooks a meal (usually a surprise tasting menu with no substitutions).

        Some are secret (only by invite) and some are open. Here's an example of an "open" but technically underground dining club in Miami...http://cobayamiami.blogspot.com/

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          fm1963 Sep 1, 2010 04:56 PM

          I haven't been to any, but here are a few underground supper clubs in the New York metropolitan area:

          Home Slice West - http://homeslicewest.com/Home_Page.html
          Bite Club - http://nybiteclub.com/index.html
          One Big Table - http://onebigtablebrooklyn.com/

          Here's a New York Post article on supper clubs: http://www.nypost.com/p/lifestyle/foo...

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            Ann900 Sep 1, 2010 06:52 PM

            I'm not sure if Homeslice is still operating. I went to a few of their dinners (enjoyable but not truly memorable) and used to get e mail invites from them regularly but haven't gotten anything from them in some time.

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              nativeNYer Sep 1, 2010 09:41 PM

              Great post, KateHC. Have fun.
              Thanks for the suggestions, fm1963. I've learned something new tonight thanks to you both!!

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                KateHC Sep 2, 2010 02:01 AM

                Sorry all... being in London and 5 hours ahead of local time, I'm running a little behind on my posts. Here's a rather impressive list that I ran across last evening right after posting this... http://www.saltshaker.net/underground-dining-scene

                fm1963, thanks for the info... I'll definitely look into these! I've heard Bite New York tends to be one of the better of the lot, but is currently closed until November.

                I've discovered that New York's underground dining scene can be very hit and miss. So, I would suggest the experience to everyone, but strive to get on the more exclusive lists, because those tend to be the most memorable experiences! A lot of places keep FB pages to keep patrons up-to-date on their happenings.

                Here's my favorite so far in London: http://www.eatwithyoureyes.net/

                It's a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting and looking for an authentic London dining experience!

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