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brettlee714 Jun 7, 2011 09:29 PM

If you could pick 2 restaurants in the Manhattan area that serve meat, seafood, or Italian and your budget is 100-150/per person, what would your choices be?

  1. princeofpork Jun 9, 2011 07:43 AM

    Meat - Striphouse
    Seafood oceana
    Italian - Scarpetta or Locanda Verde

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    Oceana
    120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Strip House
    13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      RGR Jun 8, 2011 09:17 AM

      Seafood: Oceana

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

      Italian: Lincoln

      Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626908923652/

      Meat (Steakhouse): Keens

      Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623279345424/

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      Keens
      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

      Oceana
      120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

      Lincoln
      142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

      1. sgordon Jun 8, 2011 08:52 AM

        Meat: pretty much any restaurant that's not seafood specialty or vegetarian serves meat. If you could be more specific - are you looking for a steakhouse? Or just a really great meat dish?

        Seafood%3

        Marea - though i'd skip the secondi (I found them uninspired) and get an extra primi or couple extra antipasti instead.

        Le Bernardin - depending how fancy you wanna go.

        Morimoto - gets a lot of flak for being a "TV Chef" but, with selective ordering, some of his signature dishes are spot-on. Skip the sushi course and the tartares, go for more interesting composed dishes. My optimum meal there is cold app / hot app / entree. The Yellowtail Pastrami is excellent, the "Oysters Foie Gras" are little works of luxurious art, and the Red Miso Toban Yaki is amazing.

        Kyo Ya - a mix of seafood and meat if you get the Kaiseki dinner (must be ordered two days in advance) - but oh what a meal it is. Could break the budget a bit on the Kaiseki, though going a la carte can still be a great experience.

        Soto - a palace of uni. No chef knows how to work the subtleties of the little critters better than Chef Soto, in my book. Like Morimoto, skip the sushi, go for the kitchen plates. Amazing.

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        Del Posto - if you're looking for something with a bit more fancy atmosphere. Might stretch the budget slightly, with wine and everything.

        Babbo - hearty, big flavors, spectacular. If you can get a rezzie, that is.

        Falai - underrated gem, modernist Florentine. Brilliant pastas. Balances the more experimental flairs with a strong rustic base. As I've described him before, a bit like Batali meets Wylie Dufresne.

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        Soto
        357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

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

        Falai
        68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        Morimoto
        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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          gutsofsteel Jun 8, 2011 03:51 AM

          Does your budget include tax, tip and beverages?

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            brettlee714 Jun 8, 2011 07:13 AM

            well maybe a little over 150/person with all those included

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            peter j Jun 8, 2011 02:48 AM

            - Meat: Keens and Minetta Tavern

            - Seafood: Le Bernardin (jacket required) and Oceana

            - Italian: Marea and Babbo

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Keens
            72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

            Oceana
            120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

            Marea
            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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