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Four Nights in NYC: Looking for 2 Celebrated Lower Manhattan and 2 Top Theater District Restaurants

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jranen Jun 5, 2011 08:33 PM

Staying in SoHo for four nights. Coming from LA. I am seeking recommendations on two top -- celebrated -- restaurants in Lower Manhattan, be it SoHo, Tribeca, Greenwich Village, or the West Village. Considering Blue Hill, Balthazar, Gotham Bar & Grill, Il Mulino, Babbo, Perilla, and still searching for recommendations.

No idea where to even begin with the Theater District but am desparately avoiding a tourist trap.

Thank you foodies!

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Il Mulino
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

  1. j
    jranen Jun 8, 2011 09:29 AM

    Thank you everyone for the very informative, dare I say analytical, responses. I appreciate it.

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      nmprisons Jun 7, 2011 04:42 AM

      My favorite places to eat below 25th St. are, in order, (1) EMP, (2) Craft, (3) Blue Hill . . . you might also consider SHO, which I have not been to, but I have heard great things. All of those are notches above Balthazar, Il Mulino, and Perilla and a bit better, in my opinion, than Babbo.

      Theatre district . . . I would second The Modern and you might consider Esca, but I didn't love my meal there.?

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      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      Eleven Madison Park
      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Blue Hill
      75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

      Il Mulino
      86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

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

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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

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      1. re: nmprisons
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        JeremyEG Jun 8, 2011 07:45 AM

        I think Esca is one of the best in the theater district. Make sure to try the different crudo options that night. Can I ask what you didn't like about your meal there nm? I haven't been for some time but loved the food I just had at his place in Eataly.
        JeremyEG
        HomeCookLocavore.com

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        Esca
        402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

        Eataly
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: JeremyEG
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          RGR Jun 8, 2011 09:06 AM

          I'm not a fan of Esca either. Our one dinner there many years ago was totally disappointing on all fronts: food, service, and ambiance/comfort.

          Our favorite place for fish/seafood in the Theater District area is Oceana. Never a disappointment. Delicious food, superb service, and wonderful ambiance. In fact, we just had dinner there last Friday. Another excellent experience.

          Oceana photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626780418121/

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

          1. re: RGR
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            JeremyEG Jun 8, 2011 10:47 PM

            I have had incredible crudo dishes and the best white wine list in the city at Esca but not for some time. Last year, we were rushed through the meal and had less than superb service. As many chowhounders have suggested, I wrote a letter and was invited back and then treated very well. I will say that the octopus entree is one of my favorite entrees in NYC but I have not been back for some time. Thanks for sharing your experience!
            JeremyEG
            HomeCookLocavore.com

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            Esca
            402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

            1. re: RGR
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              nmprisons Jun 9, 2011 03:30 AM

              "one dinner there many years ago" .

        2. ellenost Jun 6, 2011 06:44 AM

          For a top dowtown restaurant, I highly recommend Bouley. Wonderful French food with excellent service in one of the most beautiful dining rooms.

          Where in the Theatre District would you like to find a restaurant? Marseille is excellent on W. 44 St. and 9th Ave. Ma Peche is close to the Theatre District (and one of my favorite restaurants) serving delicious French-Vietnamese food in a casual setting.

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          Marseille
          630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

          Bouley
          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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

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            chewch Jun 6, 2011 06:36 AM

            Where you you staying in Soho? For downtown restaurants, I think Gotham and Balthazar are the good examples of NYC restos you won't find in LA. Babbo will be very similar to Mozza. Blue Hill is good, but California has so many of the farm to table style of restos. Perilla is good, but not destination worthy for an out of towner. Il Mulino isn't worth it at all. Gotham is a great NYC type of restaurant. Be warned that Balthazar is very touristy, especially on the weekends, but the food is always solid. Their wine list is very well selected. For Theater District, I'd consider the Bar Room at The Modern (it's kind of tapas style), DB Bistro Moderne...if you're willing to go a little outside of the Theater District and take cabs, you'll be able to dine in better places.

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            Perilla
            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Blue Hill
            75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

            DB Bistro Moderne
            55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

            Il Mulino
            86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

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

            Balthazar
            80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            Gotham Bar and Grill
            12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: chewch
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              uwsister Jun 6, 2011 11:33 PM

              I would disagree that Babbo and Mozza are very similar. I agree re: Blue Hill, Perilla, and Il Mulino. I'm personally not a fan of Balthazar or Gotham, but I would second the Bar Room at the Modern rec. For that area, it's a very solid choice, IMO.

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                InfoMofo Jun 8, 2011 08:22 AM

                For Village, I would swap out Perilla for Anissa, around the corner.

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                Perilla
                9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                Annisa
                13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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