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steffibell Sep 19, 2010 03:41 PM

A good group of friends and I (they're Australian, I'm American) are halfway through our 6 week stay in nyc. Coming to the horrible realization that the company we work for is going to ship us home again we decided that we needed to be proactive with what time we have left.

We are looking for places that are really all about the food. I have to admit my pet peeve is paying a lot to eat boring/OK meals b/c some place has flashy decor and is supposed to be trendy ( ie my expereince at Abe & Aurther and a few others). That being said we're all in our 20's and enjoy places that have more character than classic white table cloth fine dining. Our price rage is moderate-high (we typically spend $50-150pp when we go out. Obviously if it's lees than that we're happy too.

Some places we've enjoyed:
Balthazar
Degustation
Keste
Alda
El Quinto Pino
21 club (food was only moderate, but it had a great old nyc feel we enjoyed)
The Breslin

I've been thinking about:
Hearth
Craft
Amma
Locanda Verde

What are your favorites though? Would appreciate any advice. There are so many places to see and go I get a bit lost in all the reviews.

Also these don't have to be group friendly.. we happily spit in to twos some nights as well.

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El Quinto Pino
401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

Amma
246 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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

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    rrems Sep 19, 2010 07:21 PM

    Recette
    SD26
    Tabla
    Chow Bar
    SHO
    Oceana

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      fm1963 Sep 19, 2010 07:34 PM

      Casa Mono
      Modern Bar Room
      Ma Peche or Momofuku Ssam Bar
      Lupa
      Babbo
      Keens

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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        kathryn Sep 20, 2010 01:37 PM

        fm1963's list is good, I second all of the choices!

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      gutsofsteel Sep 19, 2010 07:37 PM

      I really like both Hearth and Craft.

      1. daffyduck Sep 19, 2010 07:50 PM

        i like everyone's suggestions. Other places I can think of off the top of my head are
        dbgb, stanton social, aldea.
        striphouse and quality meats
        i havent been there but scarpetta, minetta tavern, wd50, and blue ribbon might also fit the bill.

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        1. re: daffyduck
          dcole Sep 20, 2010 01:19 PM

          I would second Aldea...loved it.

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            kathryn Sep 20, 2010 01:39 PM

            I don't think Stanton Social is up to the same level of concept & execution as the others mentioned.

            I thought they said they've already done Aldea? The OP wrote 'Alda' on the list.

            Scarpetta, Minetta Tavern, WD-50, and Blue Ribbon (assume you mean the brasserie) are all good but Minetta Tavern is hard to get into and WD-50 is much more expensive (just a warning).

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

            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            Stanton Social
            99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

            Aldea
            31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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              steffibell Sep 20, 2010 06:45 PM

              Oh I just saw the typo, I actually meant Alta the tapas restaurant. Had a great dinner for two there one night.

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                sugartoof Sep 20, 2010 07:08 PM

                "I don't think Stanton Social is up to the same level"

                Stanton's all about the brunch, otherwise, don't bother. Most of the dishes are just playful finger foods you would get at a catered corporate party, and the disco atmosphere is more comedic than cool. I just dined there recently, and spent $80 without drinks, and left hungry. Nothing was memorable in a good way. Brunch has been an entirely different experience.

                1. re: sugartoof
                  daffyduck Sep 20, 2010 07:37 PM

                  I've only eaten at stanton social once and I thought stanton social was pretty good,
                  nothing earth shattering though. the chicken and waffles dish was memorable to me.

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                    sugartoof Sep 21, 2010 03:54 PM

                    I'm a huge fan of Chicken and Waffles normally, and thought the Stanton variation was a real low point. I actually think it's the second time I've ordered it, and just blocked it out the first time, I was so letdown. Everything about it just tastes off to me, and the chicken was rubbery.

                    The grilled cheese, and corn dogs are standouts. Some of the salads are normal portion and a good way to pad your stomach for the lighter snacks. Otherwise. I'll stick to brunch there.

            2. sgordon Sep 20, 2010 04:40 PM

              WD-50
              Chinatown night: Fuleen or Oriental Garden
              Marea
              EMP
              Del Posto
              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              Falai

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

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

              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

              Marea
              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              1. thew Sep 20, 2010 07:03 PM

                trying not to repeat any already suggested (but i agree with many of them):

                public

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                  rivergazer Sep 23, 2010 11:11 AM

                  If you go to Amma, MAKE SURE TO GET THE CHICKEN SAAG. It is amazing.

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                  Amma
                  246 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022

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