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Sep 14, 2010 09:37 AM

Where to eat in NY for 3 nights?

My partner and I recently visited Chicago for 5 days and loved the restaurants and bars.

We want to find equally good restaurants in New York - any suggestions?

As a comparison, in Chicago we went to the Purple Pig, Bonsoiree, The Publican and The Girl and the Goat.

Any suggestions are appreciated and bars too!

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  1. I think you would get better/more response if you gave this board more food details, e.g. price, style, because unless everyone has been to the Chicago places you spoke of we have no way of knowing what you would like in NYC. Maybe I'm wrong and you'll get suggestions like crazy without....

    1. I've only been to Publican in Chicago and I don't think you're going to be able to find a beer-focused restaurant with such a high level of execution on small plates as in NYC. Maybe DBGB? They have great in house charcuterie there and at Bar Boulud but Bar Boulud is definitely less hip.

      Decor and energy wise I think the closest analogy to the Publican in NYC is probably Momofuku Ssam Bar which also has a buzzing energy, communal seating, lots of people, lots of wood surfaces.

      Agree with Spiritchaser that some more guidelines would help as not everybody on this board has been to Chicago! It sounds like you like hip small plates and gastro pub type places with creative and more adventurous dishes, and a healthy buzz or energy there?

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

      Bar Boulud
      1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: kathryn

        thanks Kathryn and spirit chaser. My first time on chowhound so appreciate the advice! Yeh, just looking for somewhere different, creative, fresh - not the old blah blah food you get. My boyfriend really likes places that serve sweetbreads and cuts of meat like that. And of course somewhere with a really good atmosphere and great drinks. Price point - not too pricey but we're only in NY for a few days so we can splurge to some extent.

        1. re: gemmaellenfish

          You may want to hit up The Breslin for things like sweetbreads and terrines in a hip atmosphere.

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

          1. re: gemmaellenfish

            I think you might find value in reading these threads. Let us know if anything catches your eye:

            totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items

            Inventive Cocktails in (lower) Manahattan -- think more like the Violet Hour in Chicago

            1. re: gemmaellenfish

              Can you be a bit more specific about prices? For example, the best sweetbread dish I've had in New York was part of a 10-course tasting dinner at Degustation, which now costs $80, not including wine. The second-best was at The Modern (might have been The Bar at The Modern; I don't remember) and was part of a Restaurant Week dinner last year that cost about $60 including wine, tax, and tip.