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Little background...I am born and raised Phoenix native who moved out of the valley of the sun to the windy city, Chicago. I'm coming back to Phoenix for the first time in quite a few months and trying to find a dinner under $200 for two (tax, tip, bottle of wine or a few cocktails included) and am wondering if there's any new restaurants I should try.

I love Posh, FnB, Marcellino's, the Mission, and Binkley's but am not sure if I want to return to an old favorite or try something new (and a couple of those aren't doable with the budget)

So any new restaurant "must tries" ? No preference on cuisine just keep within price budget and anywhere from central Phoenix to Scottsdale and nowhere too casual.

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Binkley's
6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

FnB
7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Marcellino
7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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  1. Citizen Public House (Bernie Kantak's new home) in downtown Scottsdale is a solid choice from this year's crop of newcomers.

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    Citizen Public House
    7111 E. 5th Avenue, Suite E, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: hohokam

      +1 for CPH. Don't be afraid to chill at the bar for dinner. CPH is as close to Sable as you will find here.

    2. Beckett's Table would fit the bill.

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      Beckett's Table
      3717 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ

      1. cuoco pazzo is new and very good

        cph will certainly fit the bill as well

        If you are after killer cocktails go with CPH, if you want beer i would go with cuoco pazzo

        For wine you can take either one

        Sit at the bar if you can at CPH as that is kind of the "center" of the restaurant

        You will be happy with the food at either place

        I would not rate Beckets Tables food on the same level as cph or cuoco pazzo - have tried it a couple times and while not bad it isnt that great, dont think i will give it another try

        1. not new, it's 12 years old, but consistently under-reported here and therefore NEW to many is Atlas Bistro BYOB. It's a modest storefront in South Scottsdale lacking the pirouetting waiters and elegant ambience of resort restaurants who charge three or four times as much, and has a huge wine store (great half-bottle selection) next door open the same hours. Excellent and inventive menu, the biggest bargain in AZ for confident foodies(couples, foursomes) who don't
          need a bar scene. We usually create a "tasting" menu of mostly appetizers, then trot next door to pick the wines. For dessert last time we split gnocchi with pork belly and bleu four ways. Hey, cheese course, right? Rich and creamy...and something no one should eat an entire dish of. But I have. (blush)