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Two years ago the kind people from Chowhound sent me to Anissa,Esca and Hearth. I loved them all. We are coming back and already have reservations at Anissa but would love another small upscale place like it. I don't think I am in the Daniel category although I really don't know if it is all that pricey.Any suggestions? Not Asian,I think.

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  1. To get the entire Daniel experience I think you would do better with the tasting menu, which can get relatively pricy once you add in drinks, tip, etc.
    Aldea may fit the bill for you?

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

    1. Does anything here sound good? They are also coming to NYC from Chicago.

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        1. re: daffyduck

          I guess taps and small plates are the thing in New York. They are not my favorite, It says that a 3 course meal at Daniel is $105. That does not sound so bad although I did not really want to go that fancy. I might do Bar Baloud. I have eaten at DB Brasserie and liked it. I guess I wa looking for something like Anissa or Veritas.

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          Veritas
          43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

          1. re: BarbaraM48

            There is always Cafe Boulud. Not quite the level of the flagship Daniel and not as "rustic" as Bar Bolud. Chef Kaysen turns out some incredible food.

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

            1. re: BarbaraM48

              Maialino

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              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          2. Have to second orthorunner's suggestion of Aldea. Went there this past Saturday for dinner and thought everything was very good. Chef Mendes can been seen working in the open kitchen and you can try to request bar seating which specifically looks into the kitchen if thats your thing. You can order a la carte or go with the 5-course tasting menu ($85/person) which does not take into the account an amuse or two, a pre-dessert and petits fours. Wine pairings ($40 for what ended up becoming six pours) are available and we enjoyed most everything, especially the Sea Urchin Toast and the famed Arroz de Pato.

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