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Nuela or Rayuela

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Hi. I managed to secure reservations for these two restaurants tomorrow., but need to let go of one. Nuela seems a little pricier. Is it worth it? How does it compare to Rayuela? Ambience goes a long way, but our priority is eating well without overpaying for what we are getting. Thanks.

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Rayuela
165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

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

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  1. I have not been to Rayuela either, but Nuela is currently offering the restaurant week menu, which includes virtually all the dishes on the regular menu, with some carrying a $5 supplement, so for $35 to $40 you can have a meal that would normally cost you about $60. The food is wonderful!

    1. Like kelley and rrems, I have only been to Nuela. We've been there twice and found the food to be excellent both times. The fantastic arroz con pato is reason enough to go. As rrems points out, it and most of the regular menu items are on the RW.

      Nuela photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

      1. I was at Rayuela about a week ago - I can't say I recommend it. We had an early dinner there (it was convenient to something else we were doing later) and we chose to go with the RW menu.
        The parihuela was not bad, but was small and was dominated by the tomato taste. The lamb sholder was very lamb-y, if you know what I mean, and not that great.
        The Bronzini was fine, but it had a strange ginger/sweet potato puree with it that just didn't work-I scraped it off and ate it after the fish.
        The duck was also fine, but nothing special.
        Desserts were ok, but it was flan or chocolate cake-not exactly earth-shattering.
        In all, it was an ok meal, but did not encourage me to want to come back.
        And don't be too swayed by the website-yes, it has a tree in the middle of the room, but it's still a long, narrow room with tables crammed together.

        Nuela's on my list, but I haven't been there yet.

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        Rayuela
        165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

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

        1. I have been to both, and would recommend Rayuela over Nuela. I found the food at Rayuela to be much more interesting and thoughtfully conceived than at Nuela; the dishes I had were very well prepared, with meat cooked as ordered and really vibrant flavors. This is with a caveat - I went to Nuela during restuarant week, and quality may have suffered due to the number of guests. But I found the duck rice to be very dry; the empanadas tasted good, but nothing extraordinary. Also, the service was friendly, but we got the wrong dishes (they were gracious about it), and it was not as polished as one might expect. I will say that Nuela has a more expansive wine list, while I think Rayela focuses more on cocktails (the cocktails are a little overwrought at Nuela).

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          Rayuela
          165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

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