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Nov 30, 2011 11:17 AM

Avant-garde-ish and not stuffy

I'm from Queens & Brooklyn, but live in DC right now. I'll be in NYC for my birthday in December. I need help finding a great place to go for dinner. The places I'd go if I hadn't been to each already are Degustation, Ssam Bar, and WD-50.

My priorities are

- Interesting/avant-garde-ish food,
- Possibly a tasting menu,
- Interesting/weird wine list, and
- An environment that leans more to edgy than stuffy

Are there any restaurants I should be considering? Ko is on my list, and a return to Degustation is as well.


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  1. Corton fits that description on your first 3 priorities for sure. The environment isn't necessarily edgy but it's by no means stuffy.

    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: Barcelonian

      This would be my suggestion, but the "edgiest" thing I have ever seen there is some guy who played a mob boss on TV.

    2. Can anyone speak to brushstroke for this?

      1. You may be interested in Gastroarte (formerly known as Graffit).

        141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: kathryn

          +1 for Gastroarte; that's definitely the one closest to wd-50. while nyc has amazing food, we are admittedly light in the molecular gastronomy department. living in dc, id say you might even have us beat, although i've heard rumors that jose andres is looking for a space up here.

          1. re: cubicles

            I also highly recommend Gastroarte. Here is a link to my report:


        2. Ma Peche.

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. I'll add Empellon.

            Empellon Taqueria
            230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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            1. re: coasts

              Other than Alex Stupak's resume, what about the classic Mexican food at Empellon is avant-gardeish?

              1. re: Sneakeater

                the design, the music, the artwork, to start...

                from the menu: pistachio, yuzu, matsutake, pumpkin, quail eggs, black kale, lobster, chanterelles...

                is this classic mexican?