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Searchging for my next " WOW, that was amazing dinner". What would you suggest?

misnatalie Apr 5, 2011 09:20 PM

Any neighborhood or price is fine, but reservations are a must. Wow includes not only the food but the whole experience, atmosphere, service etc.

Here is a list of already been too: Per Se, Jean Georges, Bouley, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Mad., WD-50, Gordon Ramsey, Babbo, Marea, Alto, Scarpetta, both Blue Hills, Tocqueville, Veritas, Le Bernardin, Momofuku Ko, Picholine, Dovetail, Aureole...

On my radar is Anissa, Daniel, Mas, Del Posto..any suggestions, guidance, experiences that will help me decide. Thank you so much.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Veritas
43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Scarpetta
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

  1. ellenost Apr 5, 2011 10:03 PM

    Since you've already dined at some of my favorite restaurants (EMP, Bouley, Ko, Per Se, Gordon Ramsay), I think you might enjoy Michael White's newest restaurant: Ai Fiori in The Setai Hotel on Fifth Avenue and West 37th St. I tried it two weeks ago and had a delicious meal with excellent service.

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

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      RGR Apr 5, 2011 11:35 PM

      I strongly recommend Cafe Boulud, one of our favorites. Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the best food in the city these days, and we've recently had two sublime dinners.there. The wine list is excellent, service is cordial and polished, and the decor is lovely.

      Cafe Boulud photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626251539228/

      and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626281943793/

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        howo5 Apr 5, 2011 11:50 PM

        I would think Brooklyn Fare or Corton would be next on your list. Haven't been to

        Maybe Sushi Yasuda, Degustation or Compose (haven't been)?

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        Sushi Yasuda
        204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: howo5
          misnatalie Apr 6, 2011 11:06 AM

          I have to stay in the city but I did LOVE Brooklyn Fare, Japanese is out as my friend I'm going with is not a fan (unlike me, I also love Yasuda). Does Degustation take reservations?

          1. re: misnatalie
            waxyjax Apr 6, 2011 11:34 AM

            Degustation takes reservations...at least it did some years back

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              k
              kathryn Apr 7, 2011 08:30 AM

              Yes, only by phone. They're not on OpenTable or anything like that. Reservations highly recommended as it is a small space.

            2. re: howo5
              biondanonima Apr 6, 2011 02:13 PM

              Degustation was one of my favorite meals ever - I would go back in a heartbeat. Daniel was an experience but I was actually underwhelmed by the food.

              1. re: howo5
                fudjunkie Apr 7, 2011 05:15 PM

                I second Degustation. For the full experience, do the 10-course tasting menu. Modern Bar Room is also a great small plate experience.

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                UES Mayor Apr 6, 2011 04:17 AM

                I didn't think I would like Del Posto-but it was excellent!

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                Del Posto
                85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                1. re: UES Mayor
                  misnatalie Apr 6, 2011 11:07 AM

                  Thank you, I've hear a lot of mixed reviews.

                2. DeeMe Apr 6, 2011 04:50 AM

                  I'm surprised no one has suggested La Grenouille yet. I just returned from my first visit to NYC, and loved the experience! Very elegant, service was superb, food was delicious, especially the chocolate souffle. Reservations needed.

                  Of course, I only know this one fine restaurant, but I certainly would recommend it.

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                  La Grenouille
                  3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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                    gutsofsteel Apr 6, 2011 04:59 AM

                    Cafe Boulud
                    La Grenouille
                    Craft
                    Kyo Ya
                    15 East

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

                    15 East
                    15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                    Craft
                    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

                    La Grenouille
                    3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

                    Kyo Ya
                    94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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                      InfoMofo Apr 6, 2011 11:53 AM

                      For your radar list, I loved Anissa and Daniel. I had an underwhelming experience at Del Posto, although this was shortly after they opened and I understand they have worked out some of the kinks since then.

                      One experience I would recommend that really impressed me was the Degustation full tasting menu. It's relatively affordable compared to some other similar tasting menus, and the service and attentiveness is fantastic. My only gripe with the space is they are so small they sometimes have trouble honoring reservation times and you may be made to wait even if you have a reservation.

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                      Del Posto
                      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                      Degustation
                      239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

                      Annisa
                      13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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                        JC2 Apr 6, 2011 12:48 PM

                        I second (or third) Annissa. Fabulous. Too bad about the no Japanese. I would have put Donguri on your list.

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                        Donguri
                        309 E 83rd St, New York, NY 10028

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                          sarahe1 Apr 6, 2011 01:27 PM

                          And I will fourth Anissa! So delicious and unique. The foie gras soup dumplings are worth the visit, alone!
                          www.fritosandfoiegras.blogspot.com

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                            fooder Apr 6, 2011 02:04 PM

                            Speaking of wow,
                            Wow, your list is pretty complete.

                            I don't know that there are many top places left where you haven't been. Compose is the newest one, and Corton has been getting many good reviews of late.

                            I would definitely recommend 15 East, and my most recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775009
                            talks about how it can suit both the sushi lover and the non-fan.

                            For something that really is different as well, I also recommend Kajitsu: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758283
                            Japanese vegetable-only cuisine

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                            Compose
                            77 Worth St, New York, NY 10013

                            3 Replies
                            1. re: fooder
                              misnatalie Apr 6, 2011 03:32 PM

                              Compose, it looks interesting. I do not see a price for the tasting, do you know?

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                                k
                                kathryn Apr 7, 2011 08:34 AM

                                uhockey reported $120 in his review:
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7679...

                              2. re: fooder
                                misnatalie Apr 6, 2011 03:39 PM

                                Kajitsu, perfect for a dinner with my veg. best friend. I'll have to file that one away. She had the Vegetarian Kaiseki when I took her to Sugiyama and loved it. I have been to 15 East, I just didn't bother to list the Japanese places I'd been.

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                                15 East
                                15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                                Sugiyama
                                251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                                Kajitsu
                                414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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                                ChemWork Apr 7, 2011 04:49 AM

                                I had a WOW experience at the Modern Bar Room. I have not been to the Dining Room but I have seen a lot of positive reviews. I had an excellent dinner at Daniel in all respects (food, service, atmosphere). Degustation is a good choice, but I don't think it compares with the Modern or Daniel.

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                                The Modern
                                9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                                1. misnatalie Apr 7, 2011 08:03 PM

                                  Thanks so very much for all the suggestion. I think I've narrowed it down a bit. I'm putting Annisa and Corton at the top of my list. I am being taken out for a birthday dinner and unlike my usual circumstance cost is not a factor so I want to take the opportunity to go somewhere that might be more challenging on my normal budget. I still am looking though so I appreciate all the input

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                                  Annisa
                                  13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

                                  Corton
                                  239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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                                  1. re: misnatalie
                                    ellenost Apr 7, 2011 08:32 PM

                                    Corton is an excellent choice.

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                                    Corton
                                    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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