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jocekabobs Nov 3, 2010 10:41 AM

Hello fellow Chowhounders!

In a few months, after more than six years of living here (and eating here) I will be leaving the city I love (and sometimes hate -- but mostly love). It has put me in a reflective mood about those many "only in New York" things I want to do, places to see, and of course, restaurants I want to eat at before I go. This being New York, there are so many terrific options for things to eat, and I've done everything from fancy establishment and Michelin-starred to cash-only holes-in-the-wall. It can be a bit overwhelming to decide what I should spend my time (and money) on.

So I thought I'd ask all of you: if you had to put together a "bucket list" of restaurants to eat at before leaving New York, what would be on it? It can be anything from places you want to try for the first time or old guards that you've enjoyed during your time here.

  1. grandma Zaza Nov 30, 2010 12:39 PM

    My New York City (and Outer Borough) Must Go To List:
    In no particular order...
    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    Szechuan Gourmet- 9th Ave Location
    Panama Hatties - Huntington Station
    Babbo
    Toku - Manhasset
    Thomas' Ham & Eggery - for Breakfast -Carle Place
    King Umberto's in - Elmont / for Fried Capillini
    Scarpetta
    Convivio
    Hildebrandt's Ice Cream Parlor - Williston Park
    Degustation
    Lily Flanagan's Pub - Islip
    Casa Mono
    LL Dent Restaurant- for Soul Food - Carle Place
    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    Rothmann's Steakhouse - East Norwich
    Smokin' Al's for BBQ
    Minetta Tavern
    Limani - Roslyn
    Motorino
    Casa Luis - Latin-Smithtown
    Rangmahal -Indian-Hicksville
    Big Daddy's Restaurant - for Cajun- Massapequa
    La Parma - Williston Park- Calamari
    L.L Dent - Fried Chicken-Carle Place
    Xian Famous Foods
    Broadway Beanery - for Coffee-Lynbrook
    Lazar's - Great Neck- for Chocolate
    Shake Shack
    Waterzooi Belgian Bistro - for Mussels- Garden City
    Waterzooi Belgian Bistro - Garden City
    Peter Lugar’s
    Cheesecake Factory
    Panera Bread
    Eleven Madison Park
    Kyo Ya
    Le Bernardin
    A Taste Of Home - North Bellmore- for Bagels
    Black Forest Brew Haus - Farmingdale
    D'Angelo's Sausage & Pepper House - Huntington
    Houston's - in Garden City for Baby Back Ribs
    Jaiya - Thai- Hicksville

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    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    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

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Szechuan Gourmet
    21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Kyo Ya
    94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    Jaiya
    396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    Rothmann's
    3 E. 54th Street, New York, NY 10022

    Xi'an Famous Foods
    88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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

    Big Daddy's
    2454 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    1. LeahBaila Nov 17, 2010 12:22 PM

      Pastrami from Katz's
      "Everything" bagel from The Corner Cafe
      PB&J cupcake from Buttercup Bakeshop's location on the UWS
      Tropea sandwich from Salume
      Salted-caramel ice cream from Ca Va
      Meatballs from Corsino
      Spaghetti from Scarpetta

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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

      Corsino
      637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      Salume
      330 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      Ca Va
      310 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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        steakrules85 Nov 9, 2010 05:20 PM

        Here is mine:

        Of course the steakhouses:
        Peter Luger
        Strip House
        Old Homestead
        Keens
        BLT Prime
        Quality Meats
        Smith and Wollensky

        EMP
        Gotham Bar and Grill
        Craft
        Marea
        Scarpetta
        Maialino
        Alto
        Daniel
        Minetta Tavern
        La Grenouille
        Di Fara
        Babbo
        Oceana
        Katz
        Shopsin's

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        BLT Prime
        111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

        Gotham Bar and Grill
        12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Quality Meats
        57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

        Old Homestead
        56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        La Grenouille
        3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

        Oceana
        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        Strip House
        13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        1. Phil Ogelos Nov 6, 2010 06:52 PM

          I know this is a food thread, but I have to urge the OP to read Russell Shorto's "The Island at the Center of the World" before leaving: the tales you bring from it will amaze your new friends and confound your doubters.

          As far as a bucket place, the "River Cafe" seems like a good idea: both for the food and the ambiance.
          In terms of the latter, and were I in your position, I'd do a lot of classic NY spaces: Fanelli's or P.J.Clark's (East Side); Four Seasons; the Oak Room at the Plaza or the Algonquin; Daniel (mentioned above, I know); Veselka; Smoke; Convivio -those kinds of places.
          Definitely not SShack. [And I love the confusion over WD-40 v. WD-50; hilarious!]

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            jocekabobs Nov 9, 2010 12:03 PM

            Thanks for all the responses, guys. I definitely like the idea of hitting up as many ethnic places and holes-in-the-wall as possible. I think I'll definitely want to do some of those more cliched things, like walking the Bk Bridge and hitting up Grimaldi's and the Bk Ice Cream Factory or getting late-night shawarma after an epic night out, in addition to the fancier fare. Sometimes it makes me sad that there's so much good food in NY that I have yet to eat!

            One thing I have yet to try in NY, and which everyone always ridicules me about, is never having had matzo ball soup. Can anyone suggest a good place to get matzo ball? Maybe that is something I should try before I leave the city....

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            Grimaldi's
            47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: jocekabobs
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              drumwine Nov 9, 2010 01:15 PM

              Cafe Edison (W.47th)...best matzo ball soup in town. Period.

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              Cafe Edison
              228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

              1. re: jocekabobs
                ellenost Nov 9, 2010 01:32 PM

                If you like a light fluffy matzoh ball, my favorite matzoh ball soup is at Sarge's Deli (Third Ave. between 36th & 37th Sts.). They have a soup called "Super Soup" that has noodles, matzoh ball and kreplach in chicken soup--very yummy!

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              michelleats Nov 5, 2010 11:09 PM

              Lucky you! Amsterdam and The Netherlands more generally have awesome Indonesian food and fabulous beer.

              But here's what I would do:

              Expensive:

              - Momofuku Ko for lunch
              - Soto for an all-uni meal
              - WD-50 tasting menu
              - Kanoyama omakase with both sushi and cooked dishes, $300 spending limit
              - Yakiniku Takashi for various beef sashimi cuts
              - Annisa for uni chawanmushi if Anita Lo ever brings that dish back... I hope she does now that uni is back in season!!!
              - Per Se (I've never actually been here)

              Inexpensive

              - Tamales and fresh tortillas at Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona
              - Paper dosas and vada at Tiffin Wallah
              - Kee's Chocolates
              - Ice cream from Guerrilla Ice Cream

              Ohh... There's probably a lot more, but I'll add to this later.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

              Kee's Chocolates
              80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

              Tiffin Wallah
              127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

              Annisa
              13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

              Kanoyama
              175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Momofuku Ko
              163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. steve h. Nov 5, 2010 06:48 PM

                Hmm, I'd take a slightly different tack if I were leaving for an extended period of time.

                I'd load up a picnic basket from your favorite neighborhood places, including beer/wine, and take the Circle Line Tour (the long one). I'd sit on the port side. I'd answer every question the tour guide shouts out to the captive audience because I can. Manhattan Island, when seen from the water, makes tremendous sense.

                Manhattan has great hotels. Some of the hotels have great bars. Maybe a Bloody Mary at the St. Regis, a martini at the Oak Bar or something else at the Algonquin. Whatever, Manhattan hotel bars are worth visiting before leaving.

                Pizza is pretty good here. I'm not trying to start an argument but I will say that walking the Brooklyn Bridge, from the Manhattan side, eating a pie at Grimaldi's, is not the worst way to say goodbye to the city. Bring a camera, maybe shoot the folk on line.

                On a related note, the views of Manhattan and the Battery are pretty special if you have a good seat at River Cafe. Take the water taxi.

                I'd maybe grab a lunch-time burger (late lunch) at Corner Bistro because I love the neighborhood. I'd bring a friend.

                And there you have it.

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                Corner Bistro
                331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                Grimaldi's
                47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

                1. MonaNomura Nov 5, 2010 05:43 PM

                  I'd eat as much ethnic/street food/hole in the walls -- it's what I missed the most when I left Manhattan.

                  NYC staples i.e. Masa, Per Se, DANIEL, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, et al. -- I was dating someone with a steep corporate card and was fortunate to dine at all these establishments numerous times -- are wonderful but if it's out of pocket, I say save your $$. You're going to Europe, you'd be able to eat a lot of these foods that are more cost effective...

                  Foods that are better in The City (and surrounding boroughs) than most:
                  - Dominican
                  - Cuban
                  - Dim Sum, XLB (xiao long bao)
                  - Ethiopian
                  - Turkish
                  - Greek
                  - Japanese (Aburiya Kinnosuke, Totto, Yasuda, Sugiyama, Rockmeisha, etc., etc.)
                  - Korean (though LA has better Korean food, it'll be tough finding bassam, soondoobu, or even decent Korean bbq in EU.)
                  - Italian. I've found the Italian food here to be the best in the U.S., not sure about the EU but 'inoteca, Frankies17 and Il-Postino are three of my favorites
                  and even Indian.

                  I even found myself craving halal cart food, hot dogs (not water dogs but Grey's or Crif) and even burgers.

                  Hope this helps and enjoy Amsterdam; they have awesome cafés, cafe food and a gang load of potato dishes lol.

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                  Per Se
                  10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                  Jean Georges
                  1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                  Le Bernardin
                  155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                  Sugiyama
                  251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                  Rockmeisha
                  11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

                  'inoteca
                  323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                  Masa
                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                  1. re: MonaNomura
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                    Simon Nov 30, 2010 02:51 PM

                    i posted a similar post to the OP when i sold my NY place a few years ago...

                    my favs were a combo of chowish food and nostalgia and subjective comfiness: GCOB, Malatesta, Ushi Wakamaru...(Scarpetta wasn't open at the time but it would make the list now, as would Xian Foods)...

                    i'll respectfully disagree w/ MonaNomura re: dimsum and XLB...i like the dimsum at Red Egg, but think most Manhattan dim is weak, and XLB is on the atrocious side...also not a fan of any Indian food i've ever had in Manhattan, with the exception of taxi stand takeout which i've then doctored w/ extra garam masala and chilies...

                    for the OP, i'd say enjoy Manhattan's Italian, Japanese, and Sichuan options...

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                    Malatesta
                    649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

                    Red Egg
                    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

                  2. Little Cupcake Nov 5, 2010 04:46 AM

                    In Amsterdam, there is a great pancake place near Anne Frank's house.

                    For NY:

                    Per Se
                    Jean Georges
                    Go with some friends & get the Bo Ssam at Momofuku Ssam Bar.
                    Pizza at Di Fara's.
                    Blue Hill
                    WD 50
                    Shake Shack

                    I'd get the onion soup dumplings at Stanton Social or go to Chinatown for soup dumplings. There was a really good place I went to months ago, but I can't remember the name.

                    The Peking Duck at Peking Duck House Midtown.
                    Doughnut Plant
                    The Redhead
                    The Modern
                    Jimmy's No 43

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                    Per Se
                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

                    Blue Hill
                    75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

                    Jean Georges
                    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                    Stanton Social
                    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                    Doughnut Plant
                    379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                    Peking Duck House
                    28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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                    1. re: Little Cupcake
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                      gutsofsteel Nov 5, 2010 05:27 AM

                      I cannot understand why anybody would put Shake Shack on a "must eat" list for New York. There is nothing New York-y about it. And it's a burger place, just a burger place. if I had a limited number of places to eat in NYC, I would never include Shake Shack. I can get a burger anywhere in the whole country whenever I want. The Shake Shack burgers are fine in their category, I like them, but it's a burger, just a burger. Why waste a NY experience on it? It's not like Shake Shack is serving special food - it isn't. And there is nothing particularly New York-y about the food or the experience there.

                      Boy oh boy they are genius marketeers, that I'll give them.

                      1. re: gutsofsteel
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                        shoeman Nov 5, 2010 07:26 AM

                        The shake shack would not be on my bucket list but it is very New Yorky. Where else would people stand on line for an hour regardless of the weather just to eat a hamburger?

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                          gutsofsteel Nov 5, 2010 07:28 AM

                          There are lemmings and marketing victims all over this great country of ours.

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                            Riverman500 Nov 5, 2010 07:38 AM

                            Shake Shack at least has fairly decent burgers, and only has one other location outside of New York. Much better than the White Castle, which you recommended on another thread.

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7449...

                            1. re: Riverman500
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                              gutsofsteel Nov 5, 2010 02:54 PM

                              Apples vs oranges, come on now. I never said White Castle was a "good burger," but those WC sliders are sure good. I love me a Big Mac sometimes too. That doesn't make them "good."

                              Yes, Shake Shack has decent burgers. Worth waiting on line for? Hardly.

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                              White Castle
                              351 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

                              1. re: gutsofsteel
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                                Yaxpac Nov 9, 2010 02:55 PM

                                i think gutsofsteel is on the money here. I too would not put shake shack on a must eat list in NY. It is just a burger...and one that can pretty much be replicated at home.

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                      SamanthaNYC Nov 3, 2010 07:58 PM

                      Also assuming unlimited money to spend, my bucket list top five would include:

                      Per Se
                      Le Bernardin
                      Jean Georges
                      Masa
                      Alain Ducasse

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                        fm1963 Nov 3, 2010 12:38 PM

                        Where are you moving to? That might help narrow the bucket list (i.e. no French if you're moving to Continental Europe, or no farm to table if you're moving to California, etc.).

                        Otherwise my personal bucket list would include:

                        Le Bernardin
                        Jean Georges
                        Corton
                        The Modern Dining Room
                        Keens
                        Momofuku Ssam Bar
                        Babbo
                        Alto
                        Aldea
                        Perilla
                        Casa Mono
                        Kajitsu
                        Sushi Yasuda
                        Peking Duck House midtown (just for the duck)
                        Szechuan Gourmet
                        Saraavanas

                        Also my beloved 5 Napkin Burger in my neighborhood :)

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                        Perilla
                        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                        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

                        Jean Georges
                        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                        Sushi Yasuda
                        204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                        Le Bernardin
                        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                        Szechuan Gourmet
                        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                        Peking Duck House
                        236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

                        Corton
                        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                        Kajitsu
                        414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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

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                        1. re: fm1963
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                          jocekabobs Nov 3, 2010 01:21 PM

                          I'm moving to Amsterdam (not exactly a foodie mecca, to my knowledge, but I'm looking forward to trying to uncover some hidden gems)! I don't know that I would necessarily exclude continental fare from my list purely due to the location of my move, since it seems to me that there are just some places in NY that might do it better than anywhere else. That being said though, I don't think I will be going back to places like Le Bernardin, Gotham Bar & Grill or Dovetail, even though they are all lovely and delicious.

                          Everyone recommends EMP, but for some reason I never felt much of an inclination to eat there. I'm skeptical despite the rave reviews. Is it really that special?

                          Here is what I'm thinking so far:

                          One of the Momofukus. Has anyone had the fried chicken dinner or the Beef 7 Ways?
                          Nobu
                          Sushi Yasuda
                          Sake Bar Hagi (I'm obsessed with their spicy kimchi flavored noodles with Japanese mayo)
                          Alto
                          Del Posto
                          Fatty 'Cue
                          Blue Hill (I have dreams about their farm fresh eggs and duck)
                          WD-40

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                          Blue Hill
                          75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

                          Sushi Yasuda
                          204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                          Del Posto
                          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                          Le Bernardin
                          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                          Nobu
                          105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

                          1. re: jocekabobs
                            ellenost Nov 3, 2010 02:56 PM

                            I loved my visit to Amsterdam a few years ago, so I'm sure you'll find some very good/great food.

                            EMP is wonderful, and it is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

                            Also on my restaurant "bucket list":

                            Fried Chicken at Momofuku Noodle Bar (a ton of delicious fried chicken served in 2 styles);
                            Beef 7-Ways at Ma Peche (never had it, but it sounds wonderful);
                            Lunch at Momofuku Ko;
                            Bouley;
                            Sarge's Pastrami sandwich and noodle pudding;
                            Per Se (if you haven't had dinner there yet, it is definitely worth the cost);
                            Russ & Daughters smoked fish (their gaspe smoked salmon is still my favorite).

                            Enjoy yourself!

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                            Per Se
                            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                            Russ & Daughters
                            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                            Momofuku Noodle Bar
                            171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                            Momofuku Ko
                            163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

                            1. re: jocekabobs
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                              kathryn Nov 3, 2010 03:23 PM

                              I've had the fried chicken dinner (loved the Korean version, Southern was only OK, it's a lot of food) and beef 7 ways (way too much beef for me after the 4th course or so).

                              I think you meant WD-50 not WD-40?

                              My bucket list:
                              Momofuku Ssam Bar
                              Szechuan Gourmet
                              Babbo
                              Scarpetta
                              Degustation
                              Casa Mono
                              Blue Ribbon Brasserie for the bone marrow
                              Prune
                              Minetta Tavern
                              Motorino
                              Halal cart on 53rd and 6th
                              Russ and Daughters
                              Xian Famous Foods
                              Ippudo
                              Shake Shack
                              Keens
                              Kee's Chocolates
                              Death & Co.
                              Eleven Madison Park
                              Kyo Ya

                              My Outer Boroughs bucket list:
                              Di Fara
                              Kabab Cafe
                              Sripraphai
                              Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
                              Pies 'n' Thighs

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

                              Kee's Chocolates
                              80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                              Eleven Madison Park
                              11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                              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

                              Minetta Tavern
                              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                              Szechuan Gourmet
                              21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                              Blue Ribbon Brasserie
                              97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                              Kyo Ya
                              94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                              Ippudo
                              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

                              Xi'an Famous Foods
                              88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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

                              1. re: kathryn
                                daffyduck Nov 4, 2010 09:59 PM

                                how is the bone marrow at Blue Ribbon compared with the one at Minetta Tavern?

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                                Minetta Tavern
                                113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                                1. re: daffyduck
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                                  bworm42 Nov 4, 2010 10:08 PM

                                  I think Minetta Tavern is better, but for my money the marrow at Crispo is leagues better than either!

                                  1. re: bworm42
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                                    kathryn Nov 4, 2010 10:16 PM

                                    I've not tried the Minetta Tavern or Crispo versions.

                                    What bread and/or sauce/etc. do they serve it with?

                                    For me the Blue Ribbon one is perfection because of the oxtail marmalade and their housemade challah bread. I've had really good bone marrow elsewhere but the toast points were only OK in comparison.

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                                    Minetta Tavern
                                    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                                    Crispo
                                    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                                    1. re: kathryn
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                                      bworm42 Nov 4, 2010 10:24 PM

                                      The Minetta Tavern one is served "shallot confit and baguette soldiers." The Crispo is served with what I'm pretty sure is sweet onion marmalade and toasted brioche. The reason why that one stands out to me is because the marrow bones themselves are unbelievably succulent, with a sprinkling of toasted garlic breadcrumbs on top. I also think that's where you get the most marrow for your buck.

                                      1. re: bworm42
                                        daffyduck Nov 4, 2010 10:34 PM

                                        wow, i have to go to Crispo, Minetta Tavern's bone marrow might just be my favorite appetizer ever.

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                                        Minetta Tavern
                                        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                                        Crispo
                                        240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                                      2. re: kathryn
                                        daffyduck Nov 16, 2010 12:42 AM

                                        I just tried the bone marrow at Blue Ribbon last night. It's hard to say which was a better experience for me. Like at Minetta Tavern I also ordered a fois gras terrine and combined the two to a killer sandwich.
                                        I like the bone marrow and fois gras terrine at Minetta Tavern better than Blue Ribbon. But the bread and butter at Blue Ribbon really beats the Minetta Tavern's. At Blue Ribbon in addition to trying everything seperately I assembled my delicious rich sandwich of awesomeness by combining the bread, butter, fois gras terrine, with the bone marrow and oxtail.
                                        But overall I like my sandwich of awesomenes better at Minetta Tavern because the baoguette soldiers are not that much worse than Blue Ribbon's bread and I like the shallot confit that the bone marrow comes in more than the oxtail marmalade. I also like the fois gras terrine better.
                                        Next time I'll try Crispo's bone marrow. Are their any other dishes worth trying there besides the bone marrow?

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                                        Minetta Tavern
                                        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                                        Crispo
                                        240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                                        1. re: daffyduck
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                                          steakrules85 Nov 16, 2010 04:15 AM

                                          Crispy pork shank at Crispo. Do not miss that dish.

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                                          Crispo
                                          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                                          1. re: daffyduck
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                                            bworm42 Nov 17, 2010 12:07 PM

                                            The smoked mozzarella with polenta and prosciutto is spectacular. The carbonara and amatriciana are both very good. I also enjoy the chocolate pot de creme/creme brulee combination when I remember to leave room.

                                            1. re: daffyduck
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                                              fm1963 Nov 17, 2010 12:14 PM

                                              The duck is great. The carbonara is good but I prefer the version at Lupa. If you like panna cotta, Crispo has one of the best in the city.

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                                              Lupa
                                              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                                              Crispo
                                              240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

                                2. sgordon Nov 3, 2010 12:24 PM

                                  If I had unlimited money to spend, in the weeks leading up to my exodus...

                                  There'd be a couple of the big fancy names on there: EMP, Babbo or Del Posto, Morimoto (if only for the Oysters Foie Gras)
                                  There'd be a few of my neighborhood favorites: WD-50, Falai, Sachiko's, Frankie's 17
                                  There'd be a couple of my OLD neighborhood favorites: Convivium Osteria and Rosewater in Park Slope
                                  There'd be a couple from Chinatown - one fancy, one cheap: Oriental Garden and Ah Ping Snack Bar
                                  There'd be tacos: Tehuitzingo for sure, and maybe a trip out to Sunset Park as well.
                                  There'd be a Banh Mi, probably from Sau Voi Corp, which I'd take and eat in Columbus Park while watching the old Chinese musicians play.
                                  There'd be a Mets game, if it was baseball season.
                                  For my very last dinner in the city... I'd go to Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights. Because they just make me very happy. Then I'd go take a long, slow walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

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

                                  Tehuitzingo
                                  695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                                  Babbo
                                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                                  Del Posto
                                  85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                  Sau Voi
                                  101 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

                                  Oriental Garden
                                  14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

                                  Falai
                                  68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                                  Morimoto
                                  88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                  Ah Ping Snack Bar
                                  2 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

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