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Feb 10, 2012 07:37 AM

Exciting restaurant for dinner tonight?

So I have to work a late shift tonight, until 9, so I wanted to go out for a delicious meal after work. Originally, I booked a table at David Burke Townhouse to take advantage of the last night of RW, but realized that I'm more interested in something much more...interesting.

My next (and current) thought is Momofuku Ssam bar. I've eaten here a couple of times before and have loved my meal ever since. I always find the food and flavors to be exciting, different, and fresh to me. But, I'm wondering if people have a suggestion for another restaurant (similar price range, preferably on the east side of Manhattan from EV to UES) where you find the food to be similarly exciting.

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  1. How about WD-50?

    I haven't tried Acme or Empellon Cocina yet, but they just opened and might be what you're looking for. The online buzz and tweets seem positive for both restaurants

    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    1. You'd like Ma Peche.

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

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        1. re: ellenost

          I've been eyeing Ma Peche for awhile, so with this suggestion in mind, maybe I'll give it a try tonight! In any case, it looks like it might be a Momofuku night no matter what I choose. And that's not a bad thing.

          1. re: detroit1010

            My favorites on the dinner menu are: foie gras; striped bass with bone marrow, miso and mushrooms; chocolate dessert. Wow!--just made myself hungry simply thinking about them!

            1. re: detroit1010

              For something more adventurous, try the uni (currently served in the sea urchin shell) or the raw sweet shrimp (they fried the heads for us and gave them back as a snack).

              The current foie gras prep with malt, quince, brioche is pretty interesting as well. It's cold but unlike any torchon I've ever had. A long, skinny rectangle of foie gras. Cubes of brioche. Quince marshmallow cubes that have been browned with a blow torch. Our server told us that one party ordered it twice -- as an appetizer and again as dessert!

              I'm also a big fan of the brussels sprouts with chipotle, anchovy, radish, and the cavolo nero with chinese ham, maple, red onion.

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

              1. re: kathryn

                Agree about the delicious uni and sweet shrimp

                1. re: kathryn

                  Yes! I liked the foie gras especially. It was quite unique with torched marshmallow.

                  Lobster steam bun and banana dessert were also good!

                  1. re: kosmose7

                    Stopped by Milk Bar on my way home from work today, and bought their new Pretzel Milk. It's crazy good! If you liked the pretzel truffles, you'll like Pretzel Milk. One of the staff told me she had a Pretzel Milkshake; I have to try it soon!

                    Momofuku Milk Bar
                    251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

              2. re: ellenost

                How much is a typical meal at Ma Peche? excluding alcohol. Is it more than momofuku ko?

                1. re: Monica

                  Ma Peche is less expensive, usually about $40-$90 per person before drinks, tax, and tip, depending on what you order.

            2. Second WD-50. Wylie Dufresne is a big influence on the Momofuku crew, and while they're a bit different, you'd probably dig his playful approach. It certainly wears the adjective "interesting" like a badge of honor. There are no-rez bar seats (which are for my money the best seats in the house, especially if Jafrul or Tona are working the bar) and excellent cocktails, among the best in the city.

              Acme I enjoyed immensely, but it'll be an absolute mob scene on a Friday night after 9:00. Even for a solo diner, squeezing in to the bar would probably be next to impossible.

              Empellon Cocina I haven't tried yet... got rezzies for next Saturday, and looking forward to it. But new + buzzy + Friday night = probably a madhouse. WD is probably the OP's best bet - they'll be busy, yeah, but there'll probably be a bar seat without too much wait.

              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

              9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

              Empellon Cocina
              105 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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              1. re: sgordon

                I thank you for your suggestions and agree that WD50 would most likely be a great meal, but it's a little bit too expensive for me.