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Corton vs. SHO ?

Haven't been to either before...looking to try them out.

Does anyone feel strongly one way or the other as to which provides the best overall experience (wine + food + service)? At either place, we will probably do the 3 course prix fixe with wine pairings to match, so if anyone can speak to that rather than the tasting menus, it would be appreciated.

We are big fans of the modern and EMP, and love the tasting menu at Cafe Boulud. We like, but don't love, Bouley and Daniel...

Much obliged!

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

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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  1. While I haven't had dinner at SHO, I recently had an excellent dinner at Corton. FYI, I did have the tasting menu at Corton and added the foie gras course from the 3-course prix fixe. BTW, I'm a bg fan of both EMP and Bouley; not a fan of Daniel either.

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    Corton
    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    1. I think Corton would be a better fit for you. The service is better than at SHO and it's more cutting edge or modern in terms of flavor profiles.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        I've never once read a review or seen an item from SHO that looked to be more "modern" or "cutting edge" than what Leibrandt is doing at Corton. I can't comment on the service as I haven't been to SHO, but I'm curious as to what you mean by this as I'd say Corton's food is the most cutting edge in the city (save for maybe wd-50)

        http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: uhockey

          uhockey,

          I think you are a bit confused though I can see how her sentence structure might lead to confusion. Miss Needle actually *agrees* with you, i.e, the "it's" refers back to Corton and not SHO.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

          1. re: RGR

            You are indeed correct. :-)

            Regardless, Corton is the second best meal I've had in Manhattan - and #1 was 26 courses at Per Se, so that says something, I guess.

            http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            Corton
            239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: uhockey

              Although I got it on the first read, when I re-read that sentence, I figured as much. :)

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.

      2. i have no eaten at corton (but hope to soon)
        but i was not crazy about SHO

        you can find me review at the bottom of this thread:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701335

        1. I do not agree with Miss Needle that Corton provides better service than SHO. I've been to both twice (most recently at SHO in November), and SHO's service has been just as pleasant and professional as Corton's.

          We've only done tasting menus at Corton. At SHO, we did the 3-course prix-fixe both times. SHO's Asian-influenced French cuisine, while not as cutting edge as Corton's, is quite creative and delicious. Given the amuses and the expanded mignardises program, at $75, I think SHO is a steal for food of such high caliber.

          When it comes to ambiance, these two restaurants couldn't be more different. Corton's decor is stark -- white-on-white walls -- while SHO's predominantly red decor is elegant

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

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

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          1. re: RGR

            You've been to SHO more recently than I have. So it is possible that they have changed. But my experience was that their service was a bit forced. And it was kind of unnerving to have a line of waitstaff (maybe at least 7 guys) staring at our table. I thought the service at Corton went a lot smoother and seemed more "natural."

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            Corton
            239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: Miss Needle

              There was no line of servers either time we were there, but I think the service the first time we were there in Sept. '09 was more formal. In November, while service remained correct, other than the runners, we were taken care of throughout the evening by just one young man whose charming personality was a definite plus.

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

              1. re: RGR

                That's nice to know that they've relaxed it a bit. I know some people really dig formal service, but I prefer something a bit softer.

            2. re: RGR

              Our recent lunch there (at SHO) was extremely good and a cracking value with the bottomless glass of wine (a not bad red Burgundy, and you don't have to trip the waiter to get refills, they are freely offered). Service was very pleasant and portions good-sized.
              It was a return visit after having an excellent dinner there last year.
              We went to Corton once, when it had been open for a few months, and while the food was interesting have never felt the urge to go back. Service a bit on the frosty side as well.

            3. The three course prix fixe at Corton is also a good value at $85 and comes with several side dishes, amuses, and mignardises. While I like SHO, the food at Corton is better and much more creative.

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              Corton
              239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013