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Newer and Noteworthy?

I just made reservations for SO at Convivio for tonight.

Need some newer suggestions . . .

. . .or reminders of established, tried and true, still amazing. . .

We enjoy Falai, SHO, Aldea. SO didn't care for WD-50, I have not been. He liked Maialino, went when they first opened. We've been to Kyo Ya. We weren't crazy about Corton, to be fair we only went once and when they first opened. No patience for the Mofungo Ko/David Chang restaurants.

Casual and inexpensive is fine too. Like a LaVagna, Rayuela, Table Tales Cafe or Big Wong.

Thanks.

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  1. Hearth? Joseph Leonard (when it reopens) or Jeffrey's Grocery? Po? Scarpetta? Degustation? Casa Mono? El Quinto Pino? Peels? Osteria Morini? Pearl Oyster Bar? Motorino?

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    Pearl Oyster Bar
    18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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

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

    Joseph Leonard
    170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

    Motorino
    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    Osteria Morini
    218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    Jeffrey's Grocery
    172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, kathryn. SO went to Hearth recently. I have not been. Seeing Hearth reminded me I need to return to Terroir (another place where I'll leave smelling like food) and have not been to Gotham. SO had a very good experience at Gotham. Been to Po several times, no hurry to return. Been to Degustation. Really liked Casa Mono, went when it wasn't crowded, left smelling like food.

      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        At Casa Mono, did you sit at the counter by the open kitchen? I've not had that issue when I sat further away. It's way less crowded at lunch and I think it makes a nice, leisurely weekend lunch.

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        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    2. Nuela
      Annisa (absolutely fabulous since the reopening)
      Toloache
      Recette
      SD26
      Bistro de la Gare (owned by the former chef of Jarnac)

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      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Annisa
      13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

      SD26
      19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

      Recette
      328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Bistro de la Gare
      626 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      Nuela
      43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: rrems

        Interesting to know about the chef from Jarnac -- had been ages before it closed since I'd been, but remember enjoying the food.

        1. re: rrems

          Thanks, rrems. Nuela sounds interesting. Not sure if big and red will work for us. May need to return to Annissa. Recette sounds like our kind of place and the menu looks appealing.

        2. Have you tried Aldea? We've only be once, but really enjoyed the food.

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

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          1. re: MMRuth

            Thanks, MMRuth. We've been to Aldea several times. It's one of our current favorites.

          2. Just read a post about La Grenouille. Also need to get to Picholine.