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lmg70 Aug 8, 2011 12:16 PM

I tried getting into Brooklyn Fare but they are booked for the date I need -- so where to now?! I am looking for a cool experience liked Brooklyn Fare Chef's Table would have provided. Similar price point is good (cheaper is better), but what really matters is the experience (something like Tickets in Barcelona, Next or Alinea in Chicago) and the quality of food. Any help would be much appreciated!

  1. famdoc Aug 10, 2011 06:58 AM

    Willing to travel? Tallula's Table, in Kennett Square, PA, seems to have originated the concept of the farmhouse table. Their farmhouse table is booked (literally) 365 days in advance, but a smaller, kitchen table is booked a few weeks in advance and provides an even more intimate meal. They are BYO and can recommend some nearby B&Bs for overnight lodging. They were featured on NPR a few years back and, despite some personnel changes in the kitchen, remain a wonderful experience, not too dissimilar from Brooklyn Fare. Kennett Square is located South of Philly, maybe a 2 hour ride from NYC. It is also the mushroom capital of the USA, with 80% of US mushrooms grown there. Tallula's uses local mushrooms in several of their dishes.

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      Nancy S. Aug 10, 2011 09:37 AM

      The chef also has a new restaurant called Tallula's Garden (again named after her daughter) in Center City, Philadelphia. Stephen Star is her financial partner.

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      picklesister Aug 9, 2011 11:46 PM

      Colonie in Brooklyn has counter seating at the open kitchen (like Brooklyn Fare) and a chef who worked at Per Se and Noma. They'll do a tasting menu for you (with wine pairings if you want) and it's WAY cheaper than any of the places you mentioned. Cool spot! Beautiful restaurant, great food.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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        Sneakeater Aug 10, 2011 08:59 AM

        I'm not positive, but I think that chef isn't there any more.

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        lexismore Aug 8, 2011 02:30 PM

        For the experience, Momofuku Ko or the 10 course tasting menu at Degustation. (Although I'm not really sure why you'd compare it to Next or Alinea, as neither is anything like Brooklyn Fare IMO).

        For the food alone, I'd actually say the sushi bar at Sushi of Gari is the closest I've had to Brooklyn Fare.

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

        Gari
        370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        Momofuku Ko
        163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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          lmg70 Aug 8, 2011 03:32 PM

          Thanks for the help!

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          H Manning Aug 8, 2011 12:59 PM

          Momofuku Ko is a good suggestion.

          Picholine, while a completely different experience, also offers a 12 course tasting menu for $165.

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          Picholine
          35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

          Momofuku Ko
          163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. ellenost Aug 8, 2011 12:27 PM

            Have you thought about trying for Momofuku Ko?

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            Momofuku Ko
            163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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