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

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Rafie May 7, 2012 09:44 AM

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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    peter j RE: Rafie May 7, 2012 09:54 AM

    Bar Boulud
    Benoit

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      Spiritchaser RE: peter j May 7, 2012 10:40 AM

      +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.

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      Sneakeater RE: Rafie May 7, 2012 10:05 AM

      Craft

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        nmprisons RE: Rafie May 7, 2012 10:25 AM

        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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          Sneakeater RE: nmprisons May 7, 2012 10:57 AM

          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.

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            nmprisons RE: Sneakeater May 10, 2012 11:19 AM

            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.

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              Sneakeater RE: nmprisons May 10, 2012 11:36 AM

              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.

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                nmprisons RE: Sneakeater May 10, 2012 01:15 PM

                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).

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          bronwen RE: Rafie May 7, 2012 10:38 AM

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

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            r32nissan RE: Rafie May 7, 2012 10:40 AM

            Salumeria Rossi?

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              RCC RE: Rafie May 10, 2012 08:44 AM

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

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                Sneakeater RE: RCC May 10, 2012 08:51 AM

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

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                  RCC RE: Sneakeater May 10, 2012 03:03 PM

                  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?

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                    Sneakeater RE: RCC May 10, 2012 03:14 PM

                    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.

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