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should me and my girlfriend go to aquavit or convivio for restaurant week?

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dayexday Jan 21, 2011 09:13 AM

we made reservations for both but decided to only go to one of them and cancel the other. which do you guys recommend?

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    City Kid RE: dayexday Jan 21, 2011 09:25 AM

    I've done both and consider Convivio superior in every way.

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      ml77 RE: City Kid Jan 21, 2011 02:00 PM

      I haven't been to Aquavit but given that Marcus Samuelsson left last year and the new chef hasn't gotten rave reviews, I'd go with Convivio. Went there during RW last year and enjoyed it.

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      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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      orthorunner RE: dayexday Jan 21, 2011 09:16 PM

      We went to Aquavit for RW when Samuelsson was still there, and it was completely inferior to non--RW experience. I can't imagine that this would have improved significantly now that Samuelsson is gone.
      However, not sure how the recent news of Michael White and co splitting is affecting Convivio and Marea; any recent news?

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      Convivio
      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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        City Kid RE: orthorunner Jan 22, 2011 06:21 AM

        We also went when Samuelsson was still there and noticed that we were treated quite differently from those nearby who were ordering off the regular menu. They got much less rushed, more solicitous service. The food was nothing at all special, nor was the experience. Before we got a chance to tell them to slow down, we had been served our entire meal, which as I recall we finished in under an hour! No such thing at Convivio: always gracious, regardless of your menu choice, and excellent food, though when I went at the end of November White was still there. Going again soon, so we'll see!

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        peter j RE: dayexday Jan 21, 2011 09:40 PM

        orthorunner: Michael White is still with Marea. He did leave Convivio and Alto along with their chefs de cuisine. Their replacements have not yet been announced.

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        Convivio
        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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          boredough RE: peter j Jan 22, 2011 10:01 AM

          For what it's worth, we went to Aquavit on a Monday night at the end of November, and loved it. The food (tasting menu in the Main Dining Room) and the service were both excellent.

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            dayexday RE: peter j Jan 22, 2011 10:01 AM

            thanks for the replies guys, I really appreciate it. I'll go with your suggestions and go with convivio. I didn't know that both restaurants switched chefs recently so who knows how much reputation of either will hold? (aquavit's apparently already went down)

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              orthorunner RE: peter j Jan 22, 2011 08:42 PM

              Ahh-thank you for the correction. Regardless, will be interesting to see how each of the restaurants changes, especially since the group of them made quite an impressive entry into the food scene within the past 1-2 years.

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                ctnyfoodie RE: orthorunner Jan 24, 2011 08:03 AM

                I went to Convivio last week and was very hesitant seeing that Michael White had recently left. I did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I had one of the best meals in a long time and honestly do not think Michael White's departure has had a negative impact on the restaurant as a whole. Everything my bf and I ordered was delicious and cooked to perfection. Make sure you try the fusili with pork shoulder; it was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever tasted!

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                Convivio
                45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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                  peter j RE: ctnyfoodie Jan 24, 2011 08:33 AM

                  Glad to hear. I should revisit Convivio soon.

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                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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              the_state RE: dayexday Jan 24, 2011 09:09 AM

              I've only been to Convivio and have had excellent experiences every time. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

              Where can I find this year's menu?

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              Convivio
              45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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