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Josephina or La Boite en Bois?

TrishUntrapped Mar 27, 2011 04:40 PM

Both menus sound good, both have prix fixe specials, and both have reservation times available after a Saturday matinee at Lincoln Center.

Is one considered better than the other? If not where else in the Lincoln Center area? I also considered Salumeria Rosi but they don't have any times available. Not interested in Mexican food.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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La Boite en Bois
75 W 68th St, New York, NY 10023

Josephina
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Salumeria Rosi
283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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  1. boredough Mar 27, 2011 05:56 PM

    Haven't been to Josephina, but found Boite en Bois to be just ok.
    Have you looked at Telepan (on w69th just east of Columbus)? $55 for 4 courses, a little more expensive but better food.

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    Telepan
    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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      TrishUntrapped Mar 28, 2011 04:26 AM

      Husband's not wild about Telepan's online menu.

      But we are now considering Gabriel's as well.

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      Gabriel's
      11 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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      armagnac Mar 28, 2011 04:52 AM

      Last time I was at La Boite en Bois, the small space was so crowded with tables that we were quite uncomfortable. Josephina is more spacious. A favorite there is a duck dish called Duck Duck.

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        City Kid Mar 28, 2011 09:22 AM

        I agree with the other underwhelmed opinions of La Boite en Bois, meh to the food, service, and comfort level. There is a new Atlantic Grill on W. 64th St., just across from Lincoln Center that is lovely and spacious with very good food. Reasonably priced prix fixe and a la carte options.

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        Atlantic Grill
        49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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          TrishUntrapped Mar 28, 2011 11:06 AM

          I should have mentioned, seafood is out for me - allergies. Atlantic Grill does have some non-seafood offerings, but probably still not the spot for us.

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          Atlantic Grill
          49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

          1. re: City Kid
            rose water Nov 29, 2011 11:51 AM

            Le Boite en Bois had a stand up last night at the winter's eve event, where they were serving a single ravioli for $3. Overwhelmingly rich/creamy, overwhelmingly salty, overcooked pasta. Is this representative of what they have to offer?

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              coasts Nov 29, 2011 06:24 PM

              i don't find them terribly exciting. that said, the offerings from Telepan and Picholine last night were both delicious, well balanced and perfectly crafted for the season.

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              Telepan
              72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

              Picholine
              35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

              1. re: coasts
                rose water Nov 29, 2011 08:04 PM

                My little one was not interested in letting me check out the food options. I knew I was probably missing out on good stuff. Hmph. What was interesting was the very long line for Dizzy's Club Coca Cola. Is it because deep fried Mac and cheese had broad appeal, or do they actually have food worth eating?

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                Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
                33 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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                  coasts Nov 29, 2011 08:19 PM

                  ah, i didn't make it down that far. i stayed close to the Apple Store for the Christian McBride show. good times. dinner at Grand Sichuan afterwards.

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            mninj Mar 28, 2011 07:55 PM

            Have you considered Compass? It's a slightly longer walk, but they're REALLY good about reservations, and the food there has always been quite good.

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            Compass
            208 West 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

            1. TrishUntrapped Mar 29, 2011 06:32 PM

              Good news, was able to get a table at Salumeria Rosi! So we're set.

              Note to self: Don't believe everything you read on opentable.com.

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              Salumeria Rosi
              283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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              1. re: TrishUntrapped
                coasts Mar 29, 2011 06:35 PM

                please report back. i live around the corner from Salumeria Rosi and went just once. here's hoping you have a better experience!

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                trav Mar 30, 2011 06:39 AM

                Why not try Bar Boulud ---right across the street from Lincoln Center and a lovely restaurant.

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                Bar Boulud
                1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                1. TrishUntrapped Nov 30, 2011 07:54 AM

                  Seeing this thread resurrected, I thought I should give it some closure. We ended up at Salumeria Rosi and I wrote a review about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776207

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                    arepo Oct 21, 2012 07:11 PM

                    Compass has been closed for years. Josephina's closed 2 years ago.

                    If the consensus is that La Boite en Bois, whose prices were under $30 for the Prix Fixe, is not up to snuff, fine.

                    Telepan, which is definitely more upscale, comes with a more upscale price as well, just like the rest of the other ones on your list.
                    I was trying to recommend something that was in your price range and you stated $30 would be okay. La Boite en Bois is $28.
                    Whatever you end up choosing, I wish you a happy and fulfilled life together.

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                      Pan Oct 22, 2012 12:57 AM

                      They ended up at Salumeria Rosi, as you can see in the post you replied to.

                      1. re: arepo
                        rose water Oct 22, 2012 01:00 AM

                        arepo, did you mean for your comments to be here? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874317

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                          arepo Oct 22, 2012 03:11 AM

                          Thank you rose water. You are so right. Where did this thread come from anyway?
                          I will now post in the proper place. And thanks again for the heads up.

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                          TrishUntrapped Oct 22, 2012 05:22 AM

                          Even though this is the wrong thread, I appreciate the sentiments about a happy and fulfilled life. ;-)

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