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What is the best restaurant in Manhattan...with one caveat...

You don't like seafood.

Most of the finer restaurants seem to have menus that are dominated by seafood. And, well, the body likes what it likes.

Thank you.

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  1. Any of the four-starrers besides Le Bernardin would be fine.

    I'd pick Eleven Madison Park, probably, but I'm sure a few will weigh in for the usual suspects (Daniel, Jean-George) as well. Also partial to Del Posto and Babbo (the former being easier to get a table at, though more expensive and formal) for Italian, and WD-50 for something more adventurous. And about 100 other restaurants could spring to mind as well. Really depends what you feel like eating.

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    WD-50
    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

    1. Since it comes down to per se and le bernardin, with a nod to EMP, I'd say that your caveat makes it per se, with a nod to EMP.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      1. "Most of the finer restaurants seem to have menus that are dominated by seafood"

        "Dominated" as in they cater overwhelmingly to seafood lovers? Which come to mind for you?

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        1. re: Chinon00

          I (another non-seafood eater) have to agree with the OP. Today's Pete Well's review of Junnsik has his best dishes: "Mushroom with dashi broth; sea urchin; barley in anchovy broth; miyeok; spicy kalguksu; crispy snapper; Arctic char."
          And prior Frank Bruni's reviews 75% of his favorite dishes in his reviews were seafood.

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          Jung Sik
          2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: Stuartmc910

            I'm not getting this. Jung sik has four meat dishes on it's menu. Who care what Frank Bruni likes, order what you want.

            1. re: Chinon00

              four meat dishes on it's menu.

              You missed the point. Four out how many, 12, 15? That's the OP's point. It's not what Bruni likes, it's what's available, and as a non-seafood eater I find my selections minimal. Especially on daily specials. But I am off the topic.

              1. re: Stuartmc910

                Hey I'll take your word for it. Maybe I'm missing something that's going on.

                1. re: Stuartmc910

                  Touchy about seafood? Looking at the menu at Jung Sik, there is no seafood in the app choices. There a 3 categories for mains - noodles, fish and meat. Ok so 2 of the noodle dishes have some fish component to it, but dashi is something that gets you're hackles up? There are 4 fish mains and only 3 meats. Hardly an overwhelming disparity. The tasting menu has one fish and one meat dish. Balance I see. Yeah, korean food has a lot of fish because of the long coastline, but I think it has more meat dishes than most other asian cuisines. I actually feel that other than for certain seafood focused places and high end asian, most menus are heavily laden with meat. There's beef (often short ribs), duck (magret) and pork (belly) pretty much every where. Ok if all you want is steak or prime rib the other meat dishes may seem too precious and you might not want those either. I get in the mood for a good piece of meat from time to time too. But I can't say seafood dominates other than at a place like Le Bernardin or a sushi spot.

          2. Why don't you check out Manzo in Eataly. The food is fabulous and they specialize in Piemontese Beef. You could do a whole tasing of meat and pasta dishes...or just meat!

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            Manzo
            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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            1. re: roze

              Jeez.. There are a ton of places better than Manzo that aren't seafood heavy: Per Se (get two vegetarian courses to substitute for the fish and lobster courses), EMP, Jean Georges, Craft, The Modern, Corton, Lincoln, Babbo, Blue Hill, WD-50, Ko, Ssam Bar, etc., etc.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              WD-50
              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

              Eleven Madison Park
              11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

              Babbo
              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

              Blue Hill
              75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

              Jean Georges
              1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

              The Modern
              9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

              Craft
              43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

              Momofuku Ko
              163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Corton
              239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

              Lincoln
              142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

              1. re: roze

                I agree with Manzo. Excellent place for someone not into seafood.

                1. re: roze

                  I'm a big fan of Manzo as well, though it might be too informal to be considered a "finer" restaurant.

                  1. re: roze

                    I like Manzo, and have had some very nice meals there. But I'd have a hard time putting it in the running for best restaurant in Manhattan.

                  2. I would say either Per Se or EMP, depending on your mood and restaurant preferences.