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After having a nice dinner at Co. (very interesting and delicious pizza), I walked past a restaurant called Trestle on Tenth. It had a very nice looking garden in the back and the menu seemed promising. Has anyone been there recently? How is the food?

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Trestle on Tenth
242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

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  1. I have been there many times over the last few years, I like it a lot. I am especially crazy about the duck necks and their salad with buttermilk dressing and bacon, but the menu generally speaking is delightful. Last year they had fondue every Sunday for a time and it was very good, certainly the best cheese fondue I have had in a NY restaurant, and I will go again this year for sure.

    1. I love this place too! Gutsofseetl is right-the duck necks are totally delish, as are the rabbit rillettes. It is very reasonably priced and has a really unique and well prepared menu. I have a full write up of it on my blog if you want to see it, but really-go just for those duck necks!

      http://fritosandfoiegras.blogspot.com...

      1. I like it three (but count me out on those duck necks--boy, do they not hit my spot). I really like their butter lettuce salad and thought their stuffed cabbage was a cut above. It inspired me to make my own stuffed cabbage recipe, a non-tradtional sort with barley and a medium white sauce instead of tomato, using Savoy cabbage instead of regular. It approaches something elegant. For stuffed cabbage.

        1. Thanks for the quick response. Sounds like a good place to try this weekend. I haven't had duck's necks before but if they are good I might as well try them for the first time here.

          Looks like I have a very nice two weeks of food ahead of me. I'll try this place this weekend, going to Frankies 17 this coming week, followed by Scarpetta and Jean George the following. Maybe a quick trip to Eataly somewhere in there. Thanks for the info guys.

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          1. re: XerxesAB

            Trestle is very good. Hearty full flavored food served in a pleasant atmosphere. The perfect restaurant for fall and winter.

            Based on enthusiastic recommendations I had the duck necks. Once. It was like gnawing vaguely duck flavored bark off a tree limb. Lots of work for very little pleasure.

            1. re: XerxesAB

              To me, Frankie's 17 doesn't belong in that list at all, but I am mindful of when you posted. Therefore, I am curious to hear your reactions to your meals, from what you can remember.

              For the record, I have not been to Trestle on Tenth but I'm definitely interested, based on the comments in this thread.

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              Frankies 17 Spuntino
              17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: Pan

                Frankies 17 is one of my favorite NYC restaurants. It belongs on everyone's list as far as I'm concerned.

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                Frankies 17 Spuntino
                17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: Blumie

                  We've discussed this before. I don't understand why you think it's so good. I think Supper is better, and Supper is just a good, reliable neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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                  Supper
                  156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

                2. re: Pan

                  I actually really enjoyed Trestle on Tenth. I went with my gf and had a really long enjoyable dinner. I remember I had the duck necks, which were really interesting and worth trying at least once (I thought they were delicious, my gf liked the taste but didn't enjoy the idea of eating right off the vertebrae). Service was very nice, I think we started off with a few oysters, a cheese plate, then I had the necks and something else which I cannot remember for the life of me. My gf enjoyed all the food as well.

                  I can second the sentiment that it is a great place to go in the winter as there is something very hearty and warm about the ambiance and the food. I'm sure the garden is also very pleasant in warmer times of the year.

                  All in all, I'd recommend Trestle wholeheartedly. When I had first posted, I hadn't been to any of the places I mentioned in the post and I didn't intend to make them all sound like they were comparable. Trestle isn't obviously anywhere on the level of JG or Scarpetta (which I think is my favorite meal I've had in NY), but my experience was comparable to Frankies based on the food. Frankies is more romantic, and depending on the plate can be quite good, but I had some items that were not so great as well at Frankies. Everything I had at Trestle was good, so it may just have been my experience but that's my 2 cents.

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                  Trestle on Tenth
                  242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

              2. It is also worth noting that they have a very nice and reasonably priced wine list. There are lots of smaller "natural wine" producers and some interesting older vintages. For example, a few years back they were one of two places in the country (along with Chambers Street Wines) to have Francois Pinon's sparkling rose.

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                Chambers Street Wines
                160 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

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                1. re: tazerowe

                  I agree - the wine list is very very well selected.

                2. Is there anything new to say about Trestle? No, except to remind people that this is a great place to go when the temperature dips below 40. We were there last Saturday night for the first time this winter.

                  The butter lettuce is irresistible. And there's bacon in it. On Saturday I ordered the smoked and roasted pork loin with potato gratin. I've had pork in all it's guises at Trestle and never been disappointed.

                  My GF had the seared salmon with white asparagus, herbs and pistachio vinaigrette. She liked this a lot but thought there should have been less plate and more salmon. It looks lonely out there. This was a little bit of a surprise - one of the hallmarks of Trestle is it's hearty portions. We'll forgive them because we like them.

                  Trestle has been around for awhile but they haven't lost a step. The place was full on a Saturday night.

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                  Trestle on Tenth
                  242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

                   
                   
                   
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                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    Lovely dinner tonight: patient and attentive waitstaff, terrific food and a moderate bill at the end--what more could we ask for? Went with my mother after a saunter on the HIgh Line. We shared five appetizers and a bottle of wine: A very generous sized jar of chicken liver pate with pickled carrots and onions (we didn't need a side of house cured pickles we ordered to go alongside). We liked the steak tartare with a little raw quail egg and toast. We enjoyed the duck necks, although mainly as an eating experience that crossed fried chicken with ribs--messy little fried nibbles that you had to eat from the middle and were mainly bone and breading. The special heirloom tomato salad with grilled head-on shrimp would have been just as good without the shrimp. The shrimp were a little mushy and kind of average, but the tomatoes were extraordinary. Our last course was a spaetzle and melted gruyere side dish. I had smelled it from the kitchen and it was sinfully rich and yummy. The total, including a lovely bottle of rose, was $90 plus tax. We lingered, ate slowly, and got clean set up and plates for each of our mini-courses. I will be back....

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                    Trestle on Tenth
                    242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001