Hey all, I am curious which restaurants have the best specials. Also, probably worth mentioning places that you've encountered bad specials. Sorry if there's a post like that already out there, I didn't see it. Also, I am more curious about specials which are not set to occur each week (for example, not asking about the specials at Lupa, which are printed on the menu and change by day of the week.) When the waiter describes them, they often sound good, but I've been disappointed enough that I rarely order them, although on occasion we'll find a gem. For example, at Il Tinello, we had a favorite all time dish which was a special: it was a veal shank topped with prosciutto and mozz - delicious. Thanks and happy new year!
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Interesting post. I often worry about specials, I wonder if it is truly a special or something they are trying to get rid of. So , I like your post. I have had good specials at Gigino in tribeca. I have had good Filipino style fish special at Maharlika, Ive had good specials at Bar Pitti. At Aglio and Greenwich Grill the fish of the day is always good( i know it's not really a special). When Osteria Morini makes lasagna it is super special, i have only seen it there twice. I still feel most places have specials to get rid of stuff that is getting old, so unless i hear otherwise , on specific restaurants. I am wary of specials.
I have come to like responding to posts with 0 replies. So many posts go unnoticed that are interesting.
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Very interesting. Would love to hear from CHers in the industry about the "truly special" or "something they are trying to get rid of" question. I've always wondered myself.
Admittedly, when I saw the title of the thread I thought it was about the fat hot dogs known as "specials"!
Something perhaps a bit different from what you may be expecting: Szechuan Gourmet at 56th St. has had some very good specials. A braised oxtail dish, for example, was delicious.
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Just my two cents...I only order specials when they are an extension of the menu rather than additions to an already long menu. I am always suspect of specials in a place that has a lot of items on the menu to begin with. Why the need for a specials?
Of course now that I am asked to name places with good specials, I can't think of one. Performance anxiety I guess. :)
Motorino (rotating specials that are fairly consistent)
Tertulia (especially since it is often based on special imported seafood items)
Kanoyama (whatever they have in from Japan)
Kyo Ya (same)
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