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srusjr Nov 30, 2010 08:39 PM

I know these 2 are completely different, after browsing all your wisdom and past posts have pretty much narrowed it to these 2 for a bday dinner w/ the girlfriend.

Anyone have any advice that can help tip me one way or another?

From past posts I hvae a pretty good list of the best dishes at Scarpetta, but any recs on whats best on the latest Cafe Boulud menu?

One other one in consideration but maybe lower is Kyo ya (a la carte, not kaiseki)

We usually eat pretty casually and though we enjoy good food, are not foodies. Have been to Convivio, Grammercy Tavern, Modern, EMP.

Thanks so much in advance!

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

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

Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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    rpweber RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 05:12 AM

    I personally would hit up Scarpetta, really great pasta. In fact, they got "best noodles/pasta" (for their tagliolini) as one of the 100 best things to eat/drink in the city according to Time Out NY in 2009. Also voted "Best Pasta" in 09 by New York Magazine. More details here: http://www.hotspotrobot.com/business/...

    Zagat thinks fairly highly of cafe boulud (http://www.hotspotrobot.com/business/...) but I haven't yet been there so I can't comment on any specific dishes, sorry.

    Good luck and happy birthday to your girlfriend!

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

    1. sgordon RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 05:29 AM

      It's not like you'll have a bad meal at either - they're both excellent restaurants. Personally, I think CB is the better culinary experience overall. I've said (enough times hat people are probably sick of hearing me say it) that it's the best resto in the Boulud empire, and in every way superior to his flagship.

      Kyo Ya is a special case - it's magnificent in its own way, but it's also not for everybody. The flavors lean subtle, so it's hard to say how much any given non-"foodie" would be into it. CB & Scarpetta will provide a bit more "bang" in the flavor dept.

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

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

      1. kelea RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 06:13 AM

        Never been to Cafe Boulud and was not a fan of Daniel Boulud's other resto DBGB. Scarpetta on the other hand, I will sing praises till the ends of the earth.

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

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

        DBGB
        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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          sgordon RE: kelea Dec 1, 2010 06:51 AM

          DBGB is a bit of a letdown, IMHO, as well. But CB is a whole different realm. The chef - Gavin Kaysen - is too good to be working under someone else's name, however glorified the name of Boulud might be. I think it's time he opened his own place.

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          DBGB
          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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          srusjr RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 09:16 AM

          Thanks so much for all your thoughts!
          I still haven't quite decided but sounds like leaning towards Scarpetta.
          Does anyone have recs, though, for specific dishes on the CB menu?

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

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            fm1963 RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 09:34 AM

            I like the short rib dumplings and the bacon wrapped chicken at CB. Save room for the complimentary madeleines, served fresh out of the oven.

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            ml77 RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 10:08 AM

            Both are great, so for me it would really come down to what kind of experience you'd like to have. You mention that you typically eat casually. Scarpetta is definitely more casual than Cafe Boulud. However, if this is a night where you want to enjoy a more intimate, romantic meal, then CB would be a better fit.

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

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

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              edwardspk RE: srusjr Dec 1, 2010 10:43 AM

              I like both of them a lot. Each time I go to CB, I think, "Now why don't I come here more often? This is great!". CB will feel a bit more like a special occasion - it's more elegant than Scarpetta. So I would pick it in this case strictly for that reason.

              Dish-wise, I don't have any recommendations (sorry). It's all been good. But CB makes a mean French 75 cocktail!

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

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