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Place with good charcuterie (bonus points for great terrine!)

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  • Rafie May 7, 2012 09:44 AM
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Looking for a dinner joint tonight with good meat boards.

Bonus points if said meat boards include great terrines and/or pate....and offers good cocktails, to boot.

I've had good charcuterie at the Breslin, Almond, among other joints. Any other recs?

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  1. Bar Boulud
    Benoit

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    1. re: peter j

      +1 for Bar Boulud, outstanding in all categories you mentioned, i.e. charcuterie, terrines, pate

      I have another suggestion that's a bit of a dark horse but I have had some great meat, cheese, pate at Beecher's cellar, selection is limited but everything has been excellent and they have some great cocktails as well.

    2. Craft

      1. so, Bar Boulud has the better charcuterie and average drinks, craft has high-quality, but minimal numbers of, charcuterie, and far, far better cocktails. i enjoy both. You probably will too.

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        1. re: nmprisons

          It's hard for me to believe that anyone would really think that Bar Boulud's charcuterie is better than Craft's -- although you're absolutely right that Bar Baloud's selection is much much wider.

          1. re: Sneakeater

            I guess it depends on what you mean by "better." If I want a plate with tons of different stuff on it so as to appreciate subtle differences in the cut or cures, then Craft can't provide that. As I said, Craft provides "high-quality" stuff, but there is usually only 4 or 5 options. I generally prefer Craft for a number of reasons, but the opportunity to try a variety of stuff at Bar Boulud sometimes wins out.

            1. re: nmprisons

              I eat at Bar Boulud all the time -- and I usually have some charcuterie.

              But one of the Dirty Little Secrets of the NYC dining scene, IMO, is that the highly-touted charcuterie at Bar Boulud isn't really above-average. Worse than at many NYC restaurants that don't make a big deal about their charcuterie, but just make it well.

              Not bad, by any means. But --and I'll bet you won't disagree -- not nearly up to its initial hype.

              1. re: Sneakeater

                I agree with your general premise, that it is not all its cracked up to be, but if there was no hype, I would think it well above average (but still not great).

        2. Cafe d'Alsace. They don't have charcuterie at Artisanal but I love their pate and rillettes!

          1. Salumeria Rossi?

            1. The oxtail and foie gras terrine at Minetta Tavern is very good. Served during lunch only.

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              1. re: RCC

                Are you sure? I've had it at dinner many many times. Is that a new policy? (Like since they started serving lunch?)

                1. re: Sneakeater

                  I just had lunch today and definitely sure that the Terrine is available for lunch. It was ordered by somebody in my group. I don't see it on the dinner menu online.
                  When was the last time you went there for dinner?

                  1. re: RCC

                    A week or so ago. But I didn't have the terrine. I guess they removed it from the dinner menu at some point and I didn't notice. Thanks for the head's up.