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Wanted: *Upscale* or *excellent* place queens/brooklyn that is significantly cheaper than manhattan equivalent.

pslpsl Dec 13, 2012 09:23 AM

I went to Salt & Fat, Sunnyside, 6 months ago and enjoyed a dinner for 3 that had 2 bottles of wine and shared 8 courses that was $160 inc tax & tip.The food was excellent - slightly molecular-y/bistro-ish, the wine was good, and the vibe, while not upscale, was perfectly fine.

That experience would have cost me double that in manhattan.

What other *good to excellent* places (not holes-in-the-wall or mom & pop ish) in the outer boroughs - bistro-ish,molecular-y or formal-y that are a BARGAIN compared to their manhattan equivalents?

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    Pookipichu RE: pslpsl Dec 13, 2012 09:50 AM

    Tournesol - French bistro that is pretty consistent and 1/2 of what you would pay in Manhattan. Their braised lamb, coq au vin, crab gazpacho are very strong. Their menu rotates specials and changes quite regularly.

    Al Di La - Italian, very consistent and perhaps 1/3-1/2 of what you'd pay in Manhattan. Seppia and Oxtail, Malfatti and Saltimbocca are excellent.

    Hunan Kitchen Of Szechuan - Chinese, very consistent, 1/2 of what you'd pay in Manhattan. GO FOR LUNCH. Lunch specials are $4.25 with soup, don't order one, order 3 or 4, it allows you to sample dishes and stuff yourself inexpensively. Order fish with ginger and scallion, mao style pork, general tso's chicken (I ask for it slightly dry, less sauce), ma po tofu, cashews with shrimp.

    Tortilleria Nixtamal - Mexican, great value, better food than some upscale Mexican restaurants in Manhattan that charge twice as much. Get the guacamole, tacos al pastor, lamb barbacoa, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, try both their green and red salsa, just go, it's awesome.

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      bklyn RE: pslpsl Dec 13, 2012 10:04 AM

      buttermilk channel on Court Street

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        son of a butcher RE: bklyn Dec 13, 2012 11:11 AM

        Both of these places are over rated and pricey.

      2. famdoc RE: pslpsl Dec 13, 2012 10:56 AM

        Gwynett St.--a far less expensive and more casual version of Corton.

        Agree that Al di La is an excellent choice at, perhaps, a 40% discount to comparable Manhattan Italian restaurants.

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          Peter Cuce RE: famdoc Mar 18, 2013 05:31 PM

          Yeah Gwynnett St for sure.

        2. johnk RE: pslpsl Dec 13, 2012 11:51 AM

          danny brown
          Wine Bar & Kitchen
          104-02 Metropolitan Ave.
          Forest Hills, New York

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            Anne RE: pslpsl Dec 14, 2012 02:18 PM


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              parkslopemama RE: pslpsl Dec 17, 2012 08:57 AM

              I agree with Tournesol. And in Queens, I would also add Trattoria l'Incontro, although it may be too old school if you want "molecular," LOL.

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                diprey11 RE: pslpsl Mar 18, 2013 05:46 PM

                What food do you like?
                Katsuno in Forest Hills?
                MuLan in Flushing?
                Danny Brown Wine Bar (Michelin-starred, you know)?

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                  paul_bklyn RE: pslpsl Apr 8, 2013 09:29 PM

                  The Three Letters, new "restaurant routier" in Brooklyn. Great food, amazing value

                  1. guanubian RE: pslpsl Apr 13, 2013 07:25 PM

                    For "upscale," you can do Al Di La or Applewood in Park Slope.

                    For "excellent," you've got much of Brooklyn and even more of Queens at your disposal. Throw a dart.

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