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Looking to Re-create our Recette experience before leaving NY

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Me and my partner (from Seattle) ate at Recette on Wednesday and loved everything about our experience and are looking to re-create it somewhere else. We enjoyed the seven course prix fixe and each one was perfect, the space was small but intimate, great service as well. Loved it!

We ate at The Modern Bar last night and had a poor experience...steak tartare was "off," over-processed and gummy- a lot like spam, unfortunately and the salmon tartare was bland with a poorly cooked fried quail egg. It didn't live up to its reputation.

Any suggestion on the Lower East Side, Greenwich, West End would be appreciated.

On a side note, has anyone eaten at Colonie in Brooklyn?

Thanks

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

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

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  1. Hey there,
    I should say that I'm not a huge fan of Recette but glad you had a great meal! You might try Gramercy Tavern at the bar. I think their ingredients are flawless. If you want to do a small plates type of thing but more casual, you might like Txikito on 9th Avenue. It's a Basque tapas bar with some amazing food. If you want to go for a step up, you can try to get into Eleven Madison Park, one of the best restaurants in the city but you'd have to hope for a last minute cancellation. I'm not sure how they handle walk-ins and I've never tried. Enjoy and please report back!
    JeremyEG
    HomeCookLocavore.com

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

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

    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Thanks, Jeremy.
      We dined at Txikito upon your recommendation and enjoyed it very much. It's more casual than Recette and not as refined but the flavors were spot-on. We had the suckling pig- very moist, sweet peppers with basque tuna, Foie gras terrine. I highly recommend it.

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      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

    2. Try the 10-course tasting at Degustation.

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

      1. Colonie is fantastic!!! I've been there for brunch and dinner & both were great, but dinner was outstanding. I highly recommend it.

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        1. re: ocdgirl

          Ocdgirl, you are correct. We ate Colonie last night and were glad we fit it in before we left. Great atmosphere and spectacular preparations.
          Extremely juicy and flavorful pork chop w/ creamy grits
          Foie gras crostini
          Spring pea ravioli
          Oyster mushrooms

          We look forward to going back..

          If I had to rank our dining experiences, they would be:
          Recette
          Colonie
          Txikito
          Bedouin Tent
          Bar Modern
          Dim sum o-go

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

          Dim Sum Go Go
          5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

          Txikito
          240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

          1. re: drock36

            I'm actually thinking about Recette for my boyfriend's b'day dinner. It's between that & Locande Verde.

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

            1. re: ocdgirl

              I had a less than stellar but very expensive meal at Recette recently.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777938

              JeremyEG
              HomeCookLocavore.com

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

          2. re: ocdgirl

            You probably already know this, but there's a new chef at Colonie.

            1. re: Steve R

              I had a fabulous meal at Recette last month. I also enjoyed L'Artusi which is also small plates and FishTag.
              I wpould also reccomend the tasting menu at Degustation

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

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

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

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