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Best Pigeon in the City? (All Jokes Aside!)

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So, my Dad's coming to town and he absolutely LOVES pigeon. Get out all the Central Park, sky-rat jokes, and help me out! :)

Which place would you say makes the best one? We both started loving it after having a transcendent pigeon dish at Picasso in Las Vegas, and have been craving it ever since.

Preparation would ideally be French/Continental, as opposed to anything too out there (like a pigeon curry at a Cambodian joint or something to the effect!)

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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  1. It's usually called squab. Is that the bird you have in mind?

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    1. re: knucklesandwich

      What KS said - I think in the states, especially in NYC, it'll mostly be called squab on account of the association we have. But it's the same thing.

      A lot of places make it, though "the best" ones might be from the kinds of places where menus change frequently - i.e., say, while Gramercy Tavern might have a great squab/pigeon this week, it might not be there next week, or ever again in the same particular preparation.

      That said, there's a solid pigeon on the menu at Blue Ribbon Brasserie - very New-Englandy, with sweet potatoes & apples. Also Babbo's barbecued squab is most always on the menu, as is the beef cheek ravioli with crushed squab liver if you want to get down with the innards.

      IIRC, there's a squab + foie gras dish on the bar menu at The Modern, as well.

      1. re: sgordon

        The squab and foie gras dish at The Modern is offered for 2 people at The Modern Dining Room. It's one of my favorite dishes there. :)

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Squab and foie gras??? Great googly moogly- we might have a winner! Keep 'em coming though!

      2. Squab is one thing, but your best bet in the "yes, we admit it's a pigeon" department may be an Egyptian restaurant. Besides China, that's the only other place I remember seeing it on a menu...how was the one at Picasso prepared? The one in Cairo was stuffed with rice and unceremoniously placed beside french fries: http://buildingmybento.wordpress.com/... .

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        1. re: BuildingMyBento

          when i went to San Sebastian a couple years ago, there was "pichón" everywhere. i went recently and didn't see it as much - maybe they only do it seasonally there.