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From CHOW: What should we feature next in the NY CHOW Report?

Hi, folks. I've been hosting a weekly video segment for CHOW.com that runs in our New York Digest and on NY1 (Tues/ Sat), and I've really relied on these boards for help finding stellar examples of dishes around the city.

We've featured sabich at Taïm, khachapuri at Georgian Bread, chole bhatura at Sapthagiri, and crudo at Esca, along with 35 other restaurants. A number of the (mercifully short) segments can be found here: http://www.chow.com/digest/new-york-c...

So I'm asking you: What should we feature next? What underhyped restaurant do you love like crazy? What's the must-order dish? Right now I'm hunting for a great piece of fish, along with a few other great summer-to-fall dishes.

Chowhounds know best, so thanks in advance for commenting with suggestions!

Alex Van Buren
Contributing Editor, CHOW.com

PS: There's a good chance we'll be able to feature the Chowhound whose suggestion we use in the piece airing on NY1, if schedules match up!

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

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  1. Falai: raspberry souffle with black truffle gelato - beyond being a dessert with truffles, it's fun in the way it balances cold and hot elements. He's also making some good fish dishes right now - a Meditteranean style bass with fregola, eggplant and tomato is excellent, as is the pancetta-wrapped monkfish with seawater and celery root - good for summer-to-fall, as it incorporates the ocean and root vegetables. The chef is also criminally underhyped next to his more famous and TV-friendly contemporaries like Batali, Conant, and Michael White.

    WD-50: Peekytoe crab roll - a classic Chesapeake Bay style crab roll (think lobster roll, only with crab) presented in the form of a sushi roll, in a classic Wylie Dufresne gustatory pun. There are also quite a few excellent pieces of fish on the menu - sockeye with root beer, bass with white chocolate and green olives (because of course chocolate and olives go together...)

    Rayuela: Tuna Rellena - a "chile relleno" only the chile is made from sashimi-grade tuna, stuffed with crab and shrimp. Brilliant summer dish.

    Korzo Burger at Korzo Haus - an excellent burger made more excellent by wrapping it in dough and deep-frying it. Mmm...

    Burmese fish broth soup at Lee Chung Cafe - a little joint taken over by the kids of the original owners (a la Nom Wah Tea Parlor) where they're making simple comfort for the denizens of the Two Bridges area. One odd thing on the menu is this soup, a fish broth scented with lemongrass.

    A number of dishes at Ping's Seafood - Chef Ping goes well beyond the normal boundaries of traditional Cantonese cuisine: cuttlefish with jicama slaw, a Thai-influenced seafood stew, "Portuguese style" seafood rice, etc.

    Also in Chinatown, the chef at Amazing 66 is doing some interesting things: shrimp and almond stuffed chicken & short ribs braised in hollowed out kabocha squash are two standouts.

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

    Amazing 66
    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Rayuela
    165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

    Ping's
    22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Falai
    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    Korzo Haus
    178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    Lee Chung Cafe
    82 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: sgordon

      These all sound amazing, Seth. Sockeye with rootbeer?! Rad. I do like Rayuela's ceviche, so I'll definitely try to check out the tuna rellena. And I like Falai-- I hope they won't close, which is a rumor floating around town: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/08...

      Thanks so much.

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      Rayuela
      165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

      Falai
      68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      1. re: alexvb

        Yeah, the stories about Falai have me a bit worried... the LES seems to be on a bit of a downturn - or at least a move towards more cheap and midrange stuff. Falai and WD are both closed two days a week, rumors are The Orchard is for sale... economy seems to be hitting this little corner of the city particularly hard. (Not in the rent department, though...)

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        Falai
        68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: sgordon

          It really does; I wonder why that is! Is everyone on the LES dining at Freemans or something?

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          Freemans
          Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

          1. re: alexvb

            I don't know... LES restos really rely on the bridge & tunnel crowd for the bulk of their business, I think. There are certainly a few "local haunts" like Alias and such - but WD-50 and Falai are both destination restaurants, even if they have a "neighborhoody" vibe. And people just aren't making them destinations as much as they used to, I guess. I think in a bad economy, if folks are going to splurge, they're less risky - they stick to the tried and true (Haute French... yawn...) while the more modernist, boundary-pushing places temporarily fall by the wayside. Fewer are willing to risk $30 on root beer salmon - it could be amazing... or you could feel like you just wasted $30. Myself, I've learned to trust Dufresne's instincts over the years (though there have been a couple duds that maybe shouldn't have left the laboratory...)

            As for us locals picking up the slack: all our rents on the LES have gone so dang high we can only afford canned goods. Was a time I was a "regular" (i.e. once/month or so) at both places. A little less frequent on the splurges these days. Neighbors I talk to are all feeling the same.

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

            Falai
            68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: sgordon

              I wonder, too, if in the summertime the LES takes a hit because folks are headed to more, eh, nature-y NYC spots, you know? The High Line, Rockaway Beach, Governor's Island, Coney Island... my money says a lot of people are eating dinner at or near those places.

              Thanks again for the recommendations! I'll let you know if I try any and if one pans out for the NY CHOW Report!

              1. re: alexvb

                And the result--- thanks again!

                http://www.chow.com/digest/90543/halu...

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                Korzo Haus
                178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    2. Foie. Gras. Doughnut. At Do Or Dine in Brooklyn.

      Continuing the foie gras kick, the foie gras grilled cheese and tomato soup at M. Wells.

      On the casual front, the braised shortrib sandwich at Cheeky's Sandwiches in Dekalb Market are killer. Horseradish sauce, cherry tomatoes, arugula, grilled challah, and juicy fall-apart shortribs.

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      1. re: ncsuemme

        I love a good foie gras doughnut, and am particularly smitten with the one at Traif. I'll have to check out Do or Dine this fall. And the DeKalb market suggestion is excellent; I've been wanting to check that one out. I've been craving shortribs, too.

        Thanks!

      2. Miso mozzarella grilled cheese at Earl's Beer & Cheese. Whole crisp fried flounder at Yogee Noodle. Dasilog (fried fish breakfast) at Sa Aming Nayon. Pueblan cemitas at Cafe Ollin. Spinach su böregi at Güllüoglu, the perfect casserole-like dish for the summer-to-fall transition in my book.

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        Yogee
        85 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

        Cafe Ollin
        339 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029

        Gulluoglu
        982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

        Earl's Beer & Cheese
        1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

        Sa Aming Nayon
        201 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: JungMann

          Those all sound amazing. Thank you, JungMann (and awesome username)!

        2. The Mushroom Carpacio and Fried Oysters at Pulic are to die for! Extremely interested flavors and truly delicious. The ambiance and space is excellent as well! I love this spot right in the heart of Nolita.

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          Public
          210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: Maniakku

            Great, thanks! Farmerie is really good with mushrooms, if I remember correctly, but I'd not heard of that dish. Very helpful!

            1. re: Maniakku

              2nd Public. Also the blood pudding waffles (brunch only) are kind of amazing, and I'm someone who never goes for the sweet options (pancakes, waffles, etc) at brunch.

            2. "What underhyped restaurant do you love like crazy?"

              Hotel Griffou - duo of Colorado lamb
              Telepan - pea pancakes with wild mushrooms and spring vegetables
              Benoit - comte cheese souffle
              Purple Yam - bibingka
              The National - grilled portobello mushroom sandwich
              Fairway Cafe - croque madame
              The Wright - Wright salad
              Peasant - gnocchi with mushrooms
              Jean Claude - honey-lime glazed duck breast with shiitake mushrooms
              Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill - seared scallops with miso butter sauce

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              Telepan
              72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

              Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
              308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

              Jean Claude
              137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

              Peasant
              194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

              Benoit
              60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

              Hotel Griffou
              21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

              The Wright
              1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128

              The National
              557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

              Fairway Cafe
              2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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              1. re: H Manning

                These sound great. I am crazy about Comté, and I've been dying to check out Peasant. Those scallops sound pretty incredible, too. Thanks, H Manning!