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Molecular gastronoy restaurant in NY

regineczka May 21, 2012 09:30 AM

Hi everyone,

I am looking for fun, lively and molecular gastronomy / modern restaurant in NY for Friday night Memorial day weekend. The first place that popped to my head was wd-50 but it is all booked. Besides "Corton" do you have any suggestions? I want to have a fun evening with great / interesting food. I want to be a lively place, as Friday in NY should be ;)

Thanks for all help,

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    peter j RE: regineczka May 21, 2012 03:06 PM

    I haven't been to Atera yet but here is a recent thread.


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      Sneakeater RE: peter j May 22, 2012 08:49 AM

      Atera's not molecular. Atera's more a North American extension of New Nordic.

      It's shocking how little Molecular Gastronomy is available in New York. Except for WD-50 (even Corton doesn't really count), I can't think of anywhere.

      1. re: Sneakeater
        Cheeryvisage RE: Sneakeater May 22, 2012 08:59 AM

        I thought Gastroarte (formerly known as Graffit) is a molecular gastronomy restaurant too? I haven't been, but I've seen it being compared to wd-50.

        1. re: Cheeryvisage
          Sneakeater RE: Cheeryvisage May 22, 2012 09:17 AM

          I'd say it's more standard Modern Spanish. They don't do much that I'd say is really "molecular" in terms of manipulating ingredients, etc.

    2. sgordon RE: regineczka May 22, 2012 11:47 AM

      WD is the only place I think of as full-on "molecular" - though chefs hate that term - but there are a few places that have a similar playful outlook, and do manipulative stuff with their ingredients even if they don't advertise it.

      Momofuku Ssam Bar (or Ko, if you could get in) does fun things with their food. And they've got the "molecular" bar next door now, Booker & Dax, for before/after your meal.

      EMP, of course - of the four-starrers they're certainly the most playful. Though the odds of getting a table on a Friday night are pretty slim.

      Dirt Candy could be an interesting option, if you're willing to go veggie - Chef Cohen takes from the Wylie playbook, if not as extreme.

      Public definitely has a lot of fun with their food, especially in terms of flavor pairings and adventurous ingredients.

      If you're willing to go to Brooklyn, Gwynnett St is from a WD alum, and putting out very interesting modern stuff.

      1. kosmose7 RE: regineczka May 22, 2012 02:21 PM

        Adara (http://www.restaurantadara.com/) in NJ?
        I haven't been though, because I thought it wasn't for me judging from the photos... I may be wrong.

        MyMoon in Brooklyn apparently has all-new molecular menu after an el Bulli alumni chef Ivan Vilches joined. http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/...

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          RGR RE: kosmose7 May 22, 2012 03:55 PM

          A friend and fellow Hound went to Adara and told me it was pretty awful. If you want to do a search, he posted a review on the NJ board.


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            kosmose7 RE: RGR May 22, 2012 05:17 PM

            Oh I see. I thought it didn't look nice either judging from other persons' photos and that's why I haven't been yet. Thanks for the info. :)

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