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Danny Meyer / USHG Restaurants

bluesky22 Feb 20, 2013 05:05 PM

I have a friend coming to visit next month and would like to dine at a Danny Meyer restaurant. We are trying to decide between Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Union Square Cafe and Blue Smoke.

Does anyone have any suggestions between the four? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    thegforceny RE: bluesky22 Feb 20, 2013 05:09 PM

    I prefer The Modern of all his places, but of your group of 4, GT is the best. And is the best representation of his service ethic and commitment to locally-sourced ingredients.

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      bluesky22 RE: thegforceny Feb 20, 2013 05:21 PM

      Thanks! The Modern looks amazing but is a bit out of our price range for this dinner. We both like the farm-to-table concept so GT sounds like a good choice.

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        foodwhisperer RE: thegforceny Feb 22, 2013 02:25 PM

        I like the Modern and will vote for that. I do not like any of the 4 that OP mentioned.

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          Sneakeater RE: foodwhisperer Feb 22, 2013 03:32 PM

          Although that raises the interesting point that The Modern is sort of "the Danny Meyer restaurant for people who don't like Danny Meyer restaurants."

          As a non-fan, I'd say the OP should go to the Union Square Cafe -- a restaurant that I don't particularly care for, but that I think really distills the Danny Meyer Experience.

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            ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer Feb 22, 2013 05:14 PM

            There is no vote for the Modern; the OP himself said it is out of the budget. Why can't people answer the question as asked?

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              foodwhisperer RE: ttoommyy Feb 22, 2013 09:51 PM

              When we don't like the choices we add our own. Makes life more interesting.

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                ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer Feb 23, 2013 04:42 AM

                To each his own. But don't use "we" as I never do that. Unless of course you were using the "royal" we. :)

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                  ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer Feb 23, 2013 05:39 AM

                  Why repeatedly offer up a suggestion that the OP himself said is out of the running due to budget constraints?

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                    foodwhisperer RE: ttoommyy Feb 23, 2013 03:03 PM


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            MrGrumpy RE: bluesky22 Feb 20, 2013 05:13 PM

            Where is your friend coming from?

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              bluesky22 RE: MrGrumpy Feb 20, 2013 05:22 PM

              My friend is coming from San Francisco.

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                MrGrumpy RE: bluesky22 Feb 20, 2013 05:26 PM

                Okay, in that case I would go with The Modern as suggested above, or maybe Blue Smoke, because locavore (GT and USC), and Italian food (Maialino) are very well represented in San Francisco.

                The Modern Bar Room is a favorite of Bay Area friends. The Modern Dining Room is pricier and perhaps a bit too similar to Gary Danko, Michael Mina and other high end SF places.

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              plf515 RE: bluesky22 Feb 20, 2013 05:21 PM

              They are four very different places! Well, GT and USC are sort of in the same ballpark, but Maialino and Blue Smoke are competely different.

              What do your friends want to eat?

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                bluesky22 RE: plf515 Feb 20, 2013 05:27 PM

                We are very open to all types of food. Both my friend and I have heard great things about Danny Meyer restaurants and would like to visit one--not really looking for a specific type cuisine. My friend loves good food and will eat anything. Neither of us have dietary restrictions.

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                  lexismore RE: bluesky22 Feb 20, 2013 06:53 PM

                  If the only criteria is Danny Meyer, I'd agree with the above posters - go to the Modern.

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                    loratliff RE: lexismore Feb 20, 2013 07:01 PM

                    And grab a burger from Shake Shack for lunch one day.

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                      Spiritchaser RE: lexismore Feb 21, 2013 04:20 AM

                      But as the OP previously stated the cost of The Modern Dining Room is more than they wish to spend and if they want to get the full Danny Meyer experience I don't think The Modern Bar Room is it (don't get me wrong, the Bar Room is wonderful but the noise level and hustle bustle doesn't lend itself to what DM is most known for). I would throw my vote for GT as a quintessential DM restaurant but also suggest you look into The North End Grill, the newest jewel is his crown.

                2. ttoommyy RE: bluesky22 Feb 21, 2013 07:17 AM

                  I am a Danny Meyer fanatic and love all 4 places you listed. I would suggest either Union Square Cafe or Gramercy Tavern as you will get the best feel at either of these places for what Danny Meyer is known for: great locally sourced food, spot on service and a refined but casual atmosphere.

                  If you have time another day, have lunch (or at least a drink and an appetizer or two) at the bar at either Maialino or Blue Smoke; they are both wonderful.

                  I will not suggest The Modern as some others did since you stated, "[it] is a bit out of our price range for this dinner." :)

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                    s.piller RE: bluesky22 Feb 22, 2013 12:30 PM

                    Haven't been to all four but I would choose Union Square.
                    It is a real "NY" experience. Great food and service.

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                      Bkeats RE: bluesky22 Feb 22, 2013 09:26 PM

                      The 4 are very different. I like GT the best. The Tavern room upfront is great for a light meal. However, one of the best meals I ever had was at Maialino for lunch one fall afternoon when the light came into the dining room that certain way and the trees in the park were in all their glory. Won't obviously be the same next month, but the food will still be awesome. The weakest food of the 4 is Blue Smoke in my opinion. But thats because I come from the south and I have very strong opinions about bbq.

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                        bluesky22 RE: bluesky22 Feb 23, 2013 06:07 AM

                        Thank you for the suggestions, everyone! I think we've narrowed it down between Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe. Leaning a bit towards GT, but it's a hard decision as both places look great!

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                          ttoommyy RE: bluesky22 Feb 23, 2013 12:23 PM

                          If you like great food and excellent service, you can't go wrong with either. Enjoy!

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