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This year I had some great meals at places that don't seem to get much attention on Chowhound, like:

Balaboosta
Ushiwakamaru
Po
Jane
The Wright
Saluggi's pizza

I'd love to hear about your favorite spots that fly under the CH radar. Bonus points for moderate prices.

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Saluggi's
325 Church St, New York, NY 10013

Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Seeing that your pics are not new restaurants I would throw in...

    Inoteca
    Frank and Lil Frankies
    Zarela

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    Zarela
    953 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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    1. re: hotsauce123

      I would go with 'Ino over Inoteca, as I've found it to have better execution
      I would also throw Marc Forgione into the mix; while I wouldn't say it is my favorite restaurant in the city, I do think it deserves more mention than it gets.

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      Marc Forgione
      134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: orthorunner

        For Iron Chef Fans, Marc Forgione is serving his winning tasting menu for $89, through the end of the month.

        http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/01...

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        Marc Forgione
        134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

      2. re: hotsauce123

        Zaela is closing in two weeks.
        http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

        1. re: peter j

          Wow! I am surprised, as it has always been packed when I am in there. Sad to see a high quality Mexican spot leave after so many years.

      3. Little Giant

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        Little Giant
        85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

        1. Nuela has not been mentioned much. It's upper moderate in price, but there is a 30% off deal being offered on Village Vines. Even without a discount I think it is worth it for the excellent food.

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

          1. Four of us had a great meal last night at Hundred Acres, sweetened with a Blackboard Eats 30% coupon. I use this all the time, anyone who lives here is foolish not to take advantage. Also have been loving Mermaid Oyster Bar but I am not a fan of their other places.

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            Hundred Acres
            38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

            Mermaid Oyster Bar
            79 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: susan robin

              BBE FTW!

            2. Yes! My BF and I love Fish. We live right around the corner, but still, the oysters (and other dishes) are great.

              1. Nice video Chuonfood.

                Some favorite spots which are not mentioned too often on Chow Hound: The Harrison, Braeburn, Porter House (expensive though), JG Melon, Cercle Rouge, Fatty Crab, Soutine Bakery, Silver Moon Bakery

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                Soutine Bakery
                104 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

                Silver Moon Bakery
                2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                Cercle Rouge
                241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                Fatty Crab
                643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                Braeburn
                117 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

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                1. re: peter j

                  Silver Moon Bakery is excellent. I've been spending a lot of time on the Upper West Side and have made a few detours to Silver Moon. Everything has been very good.

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                  Silver Moon Bakery
                  2740 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

                  1. re: peter j

                    Hey Peter, thanks for the compliment! I like Fatty Crab, have you been to both locations? I still have to try out the one in the UWS!

                    Will Chu
                    "Real Food, Real Wine in The Real World"
                    http://www.Chuonfood.com/

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                    Fatty Crab
                    643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                    1. re: Chuonfood

                      Chuonfood - I've only been to the UWS Fatty Crab. I plan to try the downtown location soon. And also Ushiwakamaru, based on your recommendation.

                      Pan - yes Silver Moon is great. I usually get their macarons and chocolate chip cookies.

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                      Fatty Crab
                      643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                    2. re: peter j

                      Braeburn just closed. Rumor is that Chef Brian Briston is headed for Bouley.

                      http://ny.eater.com/tags/the-shutter

                    3. Po is interesting to hear mentioned. It's of course, where Batali made his name, but they've sort of lingered there ever since, going ignored. Even then it still felt like a neighborhood restaurant. The name is starting to pop up a little more often which indicates we're lucky they hung on long enough to regain some recognition.

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                      1. re: sugartoof

                        po had the best carbornara i've eve had

                        1. re: thew

                          Po is still a very good restaurant that serves delicious food. Despite any naysayers you can get a great meal there. I will agree with the carbonara, an excellent dish.

                          1. re: MVNYC

                            What naysayers? It's not the kind of place anyone would nay. It just not be everyone's idea of yay.

                        2. re: sugartoof

                          Funny that it doesn't get much buzz here because whenever I walk past it is PACKED!

                        3. The Harrison (eat at the bar, they have best bartenders/food service), Recette, Tamarind.

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

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                          1. re: candyapple13

                            The Harrison was great. Definitely a keeper. Recette was good too, though a bit fussy for the casual setting. I haven't been to Tamarind yet but it's on my list. Thanks for the recs candyapple13.

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

                          2. Riverpark is an excellent new restaurant that is flying under the CH radar (exept from me). The prices are definitely moderate. It's a Tom Colicchio restaurant (but he is not the chef). Just recently received 2 stars from the NY Times. I'm having dinner there at the end of the week.

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                            Riverpark
                            450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

                            1. Lincoln and Ai Fiori don't seem to have much of a following on Chowhound yet, but they've become two of my favorite lunch venues. Great food, easy reservations, and prices are not as high as dinner.

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                              Ai Fiori
                              400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                              1. re: H Manning

                                I just had an excellent lunch at Lincoln. Thanks for the tip.

                              2. LOVED Balaboosta!

                                Also:
                                Good Restaurant: fantastic brunch and dinner
                                Bridge Cafe: dinner
                                Bubby's: while most go for brunch, I prefer their dinner menu
                                ilili: brunch
                                Club A Steakhouse: dinner
                                Macao Trading Co.: dinner

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                                Club A Steakhouse
                                240 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

                                Macao Trading Co.
                                311 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

                                Balaboosta
                                214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

                                1. Have had a couple of good meals at Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel lately. Much less crowded and sceney than the Nolita outpost.

                                  Also, discovered a little neighborhood Italian gem last week—Marinella, at Bedford and Carmine. Their squid ink pasta was very, very good.

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                                  Cafe Gitane
                                  113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014