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WHICH RESTAURANTS ON MY LIST ARE KEEPERS?

Coming back for a week!! Here is my list and wondering if there are any you would drop or if there are any I should add.
Gramercy Tavern..tavern side
Fish Tag
L'Artusi
Empellon
Ma Peche
ABC Kitchen
Shortys.32
Eataly for lunch
Buvette
RiverPark...worried it is too much out of the way
Aldea
What Happens When.....is this too gimicky?
Locanda Verde

As far as any other suggestions go , any neighbourhood is fine as is any cuisine
thanks!

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L'Artusi
228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

Aldea
31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Empellon Taqueria
230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Fish Tag
222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Buvette
42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Re: Eataly. Which venue did you have in mind? Manzo is the only one that takes reservations for a table (but not at the bar). In any case, go during the week. Weekends, the place is a zoo!

    Riverpark is at the far east end of 29th St. Why does its location worry you?

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

    4 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      I seem to remember one of the reviews mentioning it was past Bellevue in the middle of nowhere. However I may very well be "misremembering" given how many restaurant reviews I have ploughed through lately!

      1. re: trishottawa

        It's near NYU Medical Center. Not quite in the "middle" of nowhere. More like at the *far end* of nowhere -- at the FDR Drive with a view of the East River. That is, if you are at a table with a view since most of them don't. Need I say that, imo, it's a very poorly designed space!

        You don't mention when you are coming, but now that the weather is warming up, they have tables on an outdoor terrace facing the river, which should be a really nice place to dine on a pleasant day.

        Riverpark photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        1. re: RGR

          I arrive on the 9th of May and leave the 15th....might not be warm enough for outside.If the room is not well designed view wise maybe we should choose something else.Right now it is between Ma Peche, What Happens When, Aldea and GT. Also looking at Recette and Maialino.

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          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          Recette
          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

          What Happens When
          25 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: trishottawa

            After being unhappy about our seats without a view, my husband and I agreed that we would not go to Riverpark again if we couldn't have a table with a view. A few weeks ago, when we called for a reservation, we were told that we could not be guaranteed a table with a view, so we went somewhere else.

            Maialino is a favorite of ours. Been there multiple times, and every dish we've had has been excellent. If you decide to go, get the maialino al forno. You should let them know you want it when you make your reservation.

            Maialino photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            We like Aldea a lot and just had another terrific dinner there.

            Aldea photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            We had a very good dinner at Recette last summer, but the seating is really tight , and I found the noise level bordering on too high for my comfort level.

            Recette photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            We've only been to Ma Peche once for lunch not long after it first opened. It was fine but nothing to rave about. I'm not a fan of the food in G.T.'s dining room though I like the Tavern Room. We've not been to What Happens When.

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

    2. Fish Tag, Empellon, Ma Peche, Aldea, and Locanda Verde are all keepers.

      Eataly is great, though I haven't eaten at all of the food outlets. I haven't been to most of the other places.

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      Aldea
      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      Eataly
      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      Empellon Taqueria
      230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      Fish Tag
      222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

      1. Note that Ma Peche doesn't serve Sunday lunch in the dining room, only at the bar which has a more limited menu.

        If you want to dine at ABC Kitchen for dinner, make a reservation quickly or be prepared to wait for a table in the bar area (the tables and chairs are pretty high and not super comfy, it's also pretty loud).

        The best time to visit Eataly is early on a weekday, get there around 11am and have an early lunch, as it's popular with the office workers in the area. And completely avoid Eataly on the weekends. The layout has a lot of bottlenecks built in, and there's way too many people wandering around at a snail's pace.

        I'd also reserve Aldea sooner rather than later.

        Reserve ASAP at Locanda Verde which books up weeks in advance (and is also pretty loud at peak times).

        It will probably be easier to get into these three for lunch than dinner (I'd take note which offer lunch and on what days). Brunch at Locanda Verde is also very good, BTW.

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        Aldea
        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        ABC Kitchen
        35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

        Eataly
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: kathryn

          thanks, kathryn,
          I have a lunch res. at ABC and a dinner res. at Ma peche.
          We were planning eataly on a Thursday at around 1 p.m.
          The menu at Recette appeals to me but can't find many reviews on this or What Happens When.
          I will be on my own for a few days and will do Locanda Verde for either breakfast or an early dinner. Will I have trouble on a Mon or Tues. walking in around 7:30?

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          Locanda Verde
          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

          Recette
          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

          What Happens When
          25 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: trishottawa

            Eataly at 2pm may be a bit better as most of the local office crowd may be back at work.

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            Eataly
            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: trishottawa

              It depends which Eataly restaurant you wish to dine at; the vegetarian one is always the least packed. The pizza and pasta one is always the most full. I agree that later is probably better and you should try closer to 2pm (or later!). Be prepared for a wait regardless, and a bit of an awkward one as you may end up standing next to the bread purchase line or in the pasta aisles.

              If you're a solo diner at Locanda Verde, you should know that they serve the full dinner at the bar. If you're fine waiting a little while for a bar seat to open up, you should be OK. The cocktails are also excellent.

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              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          2. Gramercy Tavern..tavern side - a classic...good choice
            Fish Tag - never been.
            L'Artusi - not as good as dell'anima...and dell'anima is not as enjoyable as spasso lately.
            Empellon - totally forgettable. try la esquina instead...nyc mexican is horrible.
            Ma Peche - never been.
            ABC Kitchen - never been.
            Shortys.32 - forgettable. im afraid it may be on its last legs. try blue ribbon for an alternative in the area.
            Eataly for lunch - the pasta counter is alright i guess. the pizza was not enjoyable.
            Buvette - not a destination but i did like my night here 3 weeks ago. food is solid but ultimately 2nd to the wine and scene.
            RiverPark...worried it is too much out of the way - never been.
            Aldea - i like aldea but a recent meal there made me less impressed. perhaps the menu is getting tired. first timer should love it.
            What Happens When.....is this too gimicky? - never been but doesnt interest me.
            Locanda Verde - not a fan. boring italian for simple palettes.

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            Shorty's .32
            199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

            L'Artusi
            228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

            Aldea
            31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            Ma Peche
            15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

            ABC Kitchen
            35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

            Eataly
            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            Empellon Taqueria
            230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

            Fish Tag
            222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

            Buvette
            42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

            1 Reply
            1. re: sam1

              thanks, sam1.....can you give me some further suggestions of restaurants you've enjoyed?

            2. I highly recommend that you keep Ma Peche and Riverpark.

              Ma Peche has very creative and delicious food. At dinner, the foie gras terrine is amazing. Love all of their vegetable side dishes (currently carrots and potatoes). Service is friendly.

              Riverpark has excellent food (especially the duck and artic char). Service is friendly too. I find the decor throughout the restaurant very nice (even if you don't get a table outside or near the window). Despite being by the FDR, the First Ave. SBS (limited stops) takes me to the UES in 15 minutes (so it's not in such a remote location).

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              Ma Peche
              15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

              Riverpark
              450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016