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10 best dinners to round out our time in NYC

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  • umai Sep 13, 2010 08:27 AM
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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. Degustation

    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

            1. to add to your 4 picks 15 east, babbo, degustation, le bernadin, wd 50. ill 2nd blue hill stone barns even though it's in westchester ny i think it is worth going out there.

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              1. re: daffyduck

                I also love, love Eleven Madison Park!!

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                Eleven Madison Park
                11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

              2. Thanks so much for all your suggestions! We got a reservation for Momofuku Ko and will be going this weekend. A few of the places you guys mentioned are meals we've had...degustation, casa mono, wd 50, babbo. Apparently Daniel is controversial. Any other thoughts?

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                Momofuku Ko
                163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                1. re: umai

                  Congrats on your resy for 4 at Ko! I'm also not a fan of Daniel. If you can, I would try Per Se (while very expensive, it will be a memorable meal). I'm a big fan of EMP and Bouley too. BTW, I hope you report on your Ko meal (dinner/lunch?). I have another reservation for dinner next week so I'm curious about what's on the menu. Thanks.

                2. Some favorite places of mine (that you didn't list as going to yet);

                  Gotham Bar and Grill
                  Craft
                  Daniel
                  La Grenouille
                  Maialino
                  EMP
                  Alto
                  Marea
                  Convivio
                  Il Mulino
                  Strip House
                  Keens
                  MInetta Tavern

                  Added in a few more than 10.

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                  Il Mulino
                  86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

                  Gotham Bar and Grill
                  12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

                  Convivio
                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                  Marea
                  240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                  Strip House
                  13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Maialino
                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010