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If Price Isn't a consideration would you choose? Only have 2 night... Is it Crazy to go to 2 of the 3? Kyo Ya, Jungsik or Kin Shop

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We're young, hip (at least think we are :) ) early 40's from Toronto. Frequent NYC often.
Want a good vibe yet we like places with a bit of a romance factor. Love all styles of asian food.
We're there on a Monday & a Tuesday (Nov 7th & 8th-soon!!).....
Once I decide on one of the above I'll need help with my second night....oy!...have Boulud Sud booked but reconsidering it...not sure about the reviews & location. also considering Tocqueville, La Promenade Des Anglais (thanks rgr for adding to my dilemma), Ai Fiori, ABC Kitchen (although looks they have no availablitity until 10ish). Amazing food is of course the priority but as this is a little getaway/holiday I'm looking for a place with a good vibe too....again, price isn't really a consideration.
Is that enough info to help me? Please, pretty please.

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

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Boulud Sud
20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. I would definitely do Kin Shop - one of my favorite restaurants. The vibe is fun and if you like Thai food, they have really interesting and delicious takes on it. If you can't get a reservation at the time you want, I really enjoy sitting at the counter where you can watch the chefs cook. I've even seen Harold Dieterle washing dishes while sitting there!

    Haven't been to Kyo Ya or Jungsik - although have heard mixed things about the latter. Since you like Asian food, I'd also add Anita Lo's restaurant Annisa. I went there for Valentine's Day and loved everything, particularly the foie gras soup dumplings.

    Hope you have a great trip to New York.

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    Annisa
    13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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

    1. I like Kin Shop but IMO there's nothing "romantic" about it, and it gets noisy in there (but not overwhelmingly so).

      The comparison between Kyo Ya, Jungsik or Kin Shop doesn't seem right to me because the first two are going for a much more upscale/luxury experience than Kin Shop.

      I've not been to Jungsik yet but Kyo Ya is fantastic.

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

      1. Kyo Ya and Kin Shop are, aside from serving Asian cuisines, nearly opposites. Kyo Ya is quite expensive - especially if you're to do the Kaiseki menu (which is well worth it) and the food is subtle, nuanced, and often exquisite. The ambience serene. Kin Shop on the other hand is much cheaper (if not "cheap eats"), boisterous, and the flavors are smack-you-over-the-head instense. Subtlety and nuance are noticeably absent. Not that that's a bad thing - it's just a different thing.

        As to your other night... I'd do Café Boulud over Boulud Sud any day (actually, I'd do CB over Daniel any day, but that's another matter...) - and there are lots of great places with openings those two nights, according to Opentable - in addition to CB I'm seeing Adour, Aquavit, Blue Hill, Bouley, Corton, Craft, Del Posto... (I'll stop at the Ds, no sense making things more confusing...)

        But of the above listed, I probably like the food at Ai Fiori best (caveat: only been once) but the ambience the least... kind of a "corporate" place IMHO, but that's the nature of most Midtown restaurants. ABC Kitchen will probably have the most casual feel of those listed, but it feels (to me) a bit - well, "suburban" is a strange adjective to use for a place in NYC, but that's the kind of vibe I get from it. Probably on account of it being inside a giant expensive furniture / home goods store. It's the kind of place my yuppie cousins from Connecticut who still listen to The Grateful Dead but have good professional jobs and can talk at length about sustainable agriculture would go crazy over. But the food is great, don't get me wrong.

        For the most young/hip vibe with top-notch food, there's Momofuku Ssam Bar. No rezzies, but on a weeknight the wait for a table shouldn't be too bad, if there's a wait at all - especially if it's just a two-top. The food is spectacular and bold, a bit more adventurous than any of the above, and the scene fun.

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        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Blue Hill
        75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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

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

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        ABC Kitchen
        35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

        Kin Shop
        469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Ai Fiori
        400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        Boulud Sud
        20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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        1. i haven't been to Kyo Ya or Jungsik yet, but i love Kin Shop

          Yet for the kind of meal you describe, i'd recommend going to 15 East -- was there again a few nights ago and it was superb.

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          15 East
          15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Kin Shop
          469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. I just recently dined at Jungsik. I was extremely, overpoweringly impressed by every single item I ate. I can seriously say that the meal was one of the absolute best I've had this year. The food could compete (and win) at the highest level in this city. I certainly enjoyed Jungsik even more than places like Jean Georges and Le Bernardin.

            Go to Jungsik. It is incredible.

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            Jung Sik
            2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013