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Some good restaurants that do not seem to draw attention

agaaga Aug 11, 2011 09:34 PM

I tried Old Sichuan House in China Town, and I found it was more authentic and better than Szechuan Gourmet, which is far more frequently mentioned here. Szechuan Gourmet is still good, but if it is rated say, 85 out of 100, Old Sichuan House deserves 95!

I think Scalini Fedeli shows real firm and solid cooking techniques in almost every dish! The price is not cheap at $65 for a three course dinner, but it was worth it.

Rosanjin offers not Americanized, close-to-authentic Japanese kaiseki. You have to reserve at least 2~3 days in advance for this $200 course though.

Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

Scalini Fedeli
165 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

141 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

Old Sichuan
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. buttertart RE: agaaga Aug 18, 2011 01:31 PM

    We love Old Sichuan in Chinatown too. Glad to see that others are becoming aware of it.


    Will look into Scalini Fedeli as well, haven't had a really excellent Italian meal in quite a while.

    Old Sichuan
    65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: buttertart
      agaaga RE: buttertart Aug 20, 2011 11:18 PM

      I am glad that you like that place too! I found some dishes at Old Sichuan are really authentic.

      Old Sichuan
      65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: agaaga
        buttertart RE: agaaga Aug 21, 2011 03:20 PM

        They have a very good chef, apparently he's been cooking since an early age.

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      michelleats RE: agaaga Aug 20, 2011 12:36 PM

      I like this thread and I wish I had more to add to it! Most of my personal "secrets" like Takashi have been discovered by now, though.

      A few lower brow places that don't get all that much attn on Chowhound:

      - El Cocotero -- there's been some press in NYC food media, but not nearly enough, I don't think, given how good the Venezuelan food is, here.

      - Pluck U's jerk chicken -- Most of the menu is humdrum fast food, but the jerk chicken is legitimately good. It deserves more recognition than it gets.

      - Chiles and Chocolate -- I just discovered this place, a new Brooklyn import into Manhattan, but I've eaten there twice, now. The mole negro sauce is complex, rich, authentic and just very, very good, generally.

      Thanks for starting this thread!

      El Cocotero
      228 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

      Pluck U
      230 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      Chiles & Chocolate
      155 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: michelleats
        agaaga RE: michelleats Aug 20, 2011 11:19 PM

        Thanks for your info. I am trying them out sooner or later! :)

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