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lovethosebites Dec 29, 2012 12:14 PM

What New York City restaurants do yo prefer and why? ( list 5 in order from best to worst )
Mine would be:
Sasabune
Bouley
EMP
Le Bernardin
Kyo tofu

  1. Spiritchaser Jan 2, 2013 09:08 AM

    1. Eleven Madison Park (tied) - creative and inventive food with incredible service in a beautiful atmosphere.

    1. Per Se (tied) - perfectly executed dishes, flawless service

    3. Blue Hill at Stone Barns - wonderfully creative use of the freshest ingredients available, beautiful dining room on a beautiful property, fantastic service

    4. Jean George - just all around great food

    5. Picholine - great food, treats vegeatarian as equals to carnivores

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      alepenazzi Jan 2, 2013 06:06 AM

      Jungsik - Everything, simply amazing.

      Per Se - The salon, having the possibility to dine in one of the most delicious restaurant in the world without making a reservation and a la carte it's just great. Food is always perfection on a plate.

      Jean-Georges - the best everyday-special-occasion lunch, top food and service.

      Perry Street - Great food, great location, reasonable prices, I think it's one of the most under rated restaurant in NY.

      Marea - Not a big fan of the place but I love their food and the quality of the ingredients is terrific.

      David Burke Kitchen - I keep going back because the food is always consistent, good, creative enough but still straightforward.

      My apartment - The best risotto and the best pasta of New York, especially when my girlfriend is around.. ;-)

      (I never went to Le Bernardin... But from what I hear I think it is going up there next year...)

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        Pan Jan 2, 2013 06:34 AM

        No fair on your apartment!

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        Pan Jan 2, 2013 05:43 AM

        I find this kind of question too difficult to answer really well, because there are different categories of restaurants. (For example, I like Crispo very much for a mid-priced meal but find it bizarre to put it on a "best of New York" list with much more elaborate restaurants like Ai Fiori that use superb ingredients.) And the main problem I have is that I haven't been to most of the higher-end restaurants, among which, I presume the best restaurants are to be found (not that mere expense makes a restaurant good, mind you). That said, instead of giving a list of "the best," I'll give a list of favorites:

        Higher end:

        Ai Fiori
        Kyo Ya
        Tocqueville (I feel comfortable rating them on two superb lunches)
        Scarpetta

        I think I have to end the list there because I'm not confident I can rate restaurants I've been to only once and not had tasting menus or even dinner at. I'm also including only restaurants I've been to within 2 years at most.

        Mid-priced:

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        Riverpark
        Lavagna
        Don's Bogam
        Madangsui
        Crispo
        Soba Koh
        Barney Greengrass

        Inexpensive (c. $25 or less plus tip):

        Anjappar
        Szechuan Gourmet (56th St. and 39th St. locations)
        Oriental Garden
        Great NY Noodletown
        Jerusalem Restaurant
        Katz's for pastrami
        Taim, especially for their sabich

        This list inevitably tips toward the restaurants near where I live, near where my girlfriend lives, near where I used to live in 2010 and 2011, and toward the price points and cuisines I eat most often. I would happily recommend any of these restaurants for good food, but in no way would I suggest this is a list of the best restaurants in New York. It also excludes some great restaurants in Queens that would be off-topic for this board.

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          foodwhisperer Dec 29, 2012 05:12 PM

          Jean-Georges
          Jungsik
          15East
          Aqua Grill
          Katz's

          It was difficult to pick "best" so mine is a mixture of best of each type of food, or "favorite". For example, Aqua Grill isn't as fancy and formal as Le Bernadin, but I have enjoyed many seafood meals there more than my last meal at Le Bernadin.
          15 East fits both categories for best and favorite sushi.
          Katz's certainly is not in the gourmet category or the formal ,fancy category. But I love their pastrami sandwiches and love going there.
          Jungsik is creative, comfortable, delicious and one of a kind.
          Jean-Georges fits into the gourmet formal fancy, but it never fails. Always consistently great.
          So that's my picks,,I left out Italian because since my favorite place Ennio and Michael's closed, I cannot find a perfect Italian or "best" restaurant. Al Fiori is good but not everything about it. Babbo has good dishes but some are weak. Bar Pitti has good food but it's crowded and not too friendly, Da Andrea is good but it's missing something. Marea maybe a "best". Anyway I left out Italian food for next time, maybe by then I will come up with a "best".

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            MRS Dec 29, 2012 05:14 PM

            You just took me back...I used to eat at Ennio and Michael's with my father. He'd meet me there after my last class at NYU. He always loved their osso bucco...They were so nice to us, always. He really loved it there.

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              foodwhisperer Dec 29, 2012 05:22 PM

              I used to get the Osso Bucco sauce on my pasta , was so good. Their meatballs were excellent too. I can go on and on. It wasn't fancy but it was home cooked food and delicious. Even Bill Cosby thought so, he ate there often enough.

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                MRS Dec 29, 2012 06:12 PM

                That's why my father loved it there. Not fancy but really good was right up his alley. I hadn't thought about that place in ages, so thank you!

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                  foodwhisperer Dec 29, 2012 06:19 PM

                  You are welcome. I miss it. They couldnt afford NYU's ( landlord) rent increase. I have to find out where the chef went to

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                    deepfry7 Dec 30, 2012 05:20 PM

                    Yea, if you find out where the chef went, please let the CH community know. Never had a chance to go, but I read somewhere that their linguine and clam was the closest thing to Don Peppe out in Queens.

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                      cambridgedoctpr Dec 30, 2012 06:27 PM

                      as a visitor to nyc:

                      Jean-Georges, Bernadin, Per Se
                      Banrey Greengrass and Russ and Daughters.

                      I like Babbo but not as much as above

                      i was a big fan of EMP but have not returned since the grid was put in place. My butt is not built to sit for 3 hours.

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                        bronwen Dec 31, 2012 08:09 AM

                        I visit often and my list changes but right now it's:

                        Le Bernadin
                        Picholine
                        Minetta Tavern
                        Jean Georges
                        Gramercy Tavern

          2. ellenost Dec 29, 2012 03:08 PM

            1. Per Se
            2. Bouley
            3. Momofuku Ko
            4. EMP
            5. Picholine

            My criteria is delicious and creative food on a consistent basis, and attentive and friendly service.

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              arepo Dec 29, 2012 12:33 PM

              Same reason for all: Consistency/creative Chef/Good service

              La Silhouette
              Marea
              Lincoln
              Vice Versa
              EMP
              Crispos

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