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10 best dinners to round out our time in NYC

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Who: foodie foursome with 10 months left in Manhattan
The plan: one serious dinner/month for the remainder of our time here

We have all lived here for a number of years and have had some really great food here, but our time is coming to an end. Our goal is to go to the major restaurants we have yet to experience. Our list includes Per Se, Daniel, Ko (if we can ever get a reservation), and Blue Hill, but we're trying to nail down the rest of it. We started off with the Spotted Pig. I know, not a fancy place, but somehow none of us had gone and fancy is not exactly what we're going for. We're not necessarily looking for the most expensive meals in NYC-just the best. Would love your suggestions to round out our list!

What we've already done: Peter Luger, EMP, Jean-Georges, bo ssam at Momofuku Ssam, pretty much every pizza place mentioned on these boards, ramen at Ippudo, The Modern, Graffiti, spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta, halal cart on 53rd,...

What are your favorites? What have we missed?

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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    1. Cafe Boulud
      Blue Hill Stone Barns
      Sugiyama
      Kyo Ya

      I haven't been yet - but perhaps the "new" EMP.

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      Cafe Boulud
      20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

      Blue Hill
      75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

      Sugiyama
      251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      Kyo Ya
      94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        I despise Daniel. Me and my companion had a terrible meal there - my sole was rubbery with a disgusting bernaise sauce and his steak was chewy, no flavor, dry and overcooked. Terrible.

        The food at the Spotted Pig is soooo rich. Don't order too much as a little goes a long way.

        I am a huge fan of Babbo, Felidia and Wallse.

        A MUST is dessert at Adour at Alain Duccasse at the St. Regis. Too die for.

        Masa is fantastic but outrageously expensive. But a great experience if you can afford it.

        1. re: luxe_foodie

          Btw, why skip Brooklyn? Vinegar Hill House, Prime Meats and Fornino are great. Not as high brow as the other places but if you are looking for great food, Brooklyn is where its at.

      2. I would definitely keep Daniel, and also add:

        Corton
        Le Bernardin
        La Grenouille (though skip this if you've dined a lot in France)
        Babbo
        Casa Mono
        The Breslin (if you liked Spotted Pig)

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        La Grenouille
        3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

        1. I'd drop Daniel. And Per Se. Just my opinion.

          If I were to just pick 10, not including the ones you've already hit, they'd be:
          WD-50
          Babbo or Del Posto
          Cafe Boulud (yes, I rank them higher than the flagship, Daniel - frankly I think CB is the four-star resto and Daniel the three-star.)
          Marea
          Henry's End (Brooklyn) - during Wild Game Season, specifically.
          Ssam Bar, again (only order anything & everything BUT the Bo Ssam this time)
          Falai
          Oriental Garden or Fuleen for a Chinatown adventure.
          Kaiseki at Kyo Ya
          Soto or Morimoto

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

          Cafe Boulud
          20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

          Soto
          357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

          Babbo
          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          Del Posto
          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          Fuleen
          11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

          Oriental Garden
          14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

          Falai
          68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          Morimoto
          88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          Kyo Ya
          94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          Marea
          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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

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          1. re: sgordon

            Why drop Per Se?

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          2. Felidia, Spotted Pig & Babbo is exceptional. Delmonico's, IMHO is a great steak house.

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Spotted Pig
            314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

            Felidia
            243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022