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Haute Cuisine , Informal Setting ? Like in No Reservations , Episode: Paris ...

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  1. Depends on your definition of "Haute" and "Informal" really... but if I took "Haute" to mean "excellent" and "informal" to mean "no jacket required, on the smaller end, no fancy attitude or tables full of corporate expense account types" then off the top of my head I'd recommend:

    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    WD-50
    Prune
    Cookshop
    Degustation
    Babbo
    Falai
    Hearth
    Mas (Farmhouse)

    And in Brooklyn:
    The Grocery
    Henry's End
    Chestnut
    Roberta's
    Rose Water
    Applewood

    I'm sure I'll think of thirty more as soon as I post this...

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

    Chestnut
    271 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    Hearth
    403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

    Cookshop
    156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Degustation
    239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

    Applewood
    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Falai
    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    Mas (Farmhouse)
    39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

    The Grocery
    288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Prune
    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

    Roberta's
    261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Rose Water
    787 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

    Henry's End
    44 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: sgordon

      this is what I mean :
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

      1. re: kid cha

        It's kind of vague, are you looking for specifically French food? Certainly the Le Fooding guys are influenced by the Momofuku model - locally / seasonally driven, haute-but-unpretentious, neighborhoody. Ssam Bar, while not French, is probably the standard-bearer of that "scene" here. Chang hangs with the "Le Fooding" guys, as I recall.

        There's no real specific definition to the "Le Fooding" thing - it's simply a reaction against the glitz & glamour of the high end in Paris, which some find very old-fashioned and lifeless. It can take form many different ways. Every one of those restaurants is quite different. The only common factors are that they're casual, and they take their food very seriously. Any of the above listed places (as well as many others) fall into that category.

        Keep in mind that none of those places in Paris are "cheap" by most normal people's standards. They're simply cheap-er than the haute fancy "white tablecloth" joints. And while some I listed above are more expensive than others, they're all gong to set you back much less than the Daniels, Jean-Georges, Per Ses, etc.

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019