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good raw fish and vegetarian options?

rose water May 13, 2013 10:48 AM

it's my birthday soon. but there's a new baby at home so 1) we haven't planned in advance and want something with availability 5/21; 2) we'll fall asleep later so a 5:30 reservation is just fine; 3) we can't wait in line forever because we'll fall asleep; 4) no long tasting menus (see #s 2 and 3 re sleep deprivation) and 5) it better be good because who knows when we'll ever leave the house again.

i've been craving good crudo, and would go to momofuku ssam in a heartbeat, but my partner's vegetarian. similar price point ($50ish pp for food), great raw seafood, and local/seasonal veggies would be fantastic.

many thanks in advance!

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  1. sgordon RE: rose water May 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    It's kind of a tough call - a good selection of raw fish usually means a seafood specialty place, which often means there are only one or two token (and often boring) vegetarian options.

    For crudo you could do Esca, get the crudo sampler for yourself ($30) and a $20 pasta, but your SO would be SOL, stuck with a salad and only one pasta option.

    Maybe go tapas? Salinas or Casa Mono might be worth looking into, always a number of veggie-friendly dishes at them. But then... probably not much in the way of raw fish.

    Acme has a lot of veggie options, on the other hand - but zero raw fish usually. Maybe there's one raw prep on the current menu, not sure.

    The only other places I can think of that have solid veggie menus but ALSO multiple raw options (usually( are getting above your price point - higher end Italian places like Babbo or Scarpetta. Dovetail, if they happen to have a crudo on the current menu...

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      rose water RE: sgordon May 13, 2013 12:49 PM

      Thanks, sgordon. My sister also recommended Dovetail. The reviews on Chowhound are really mixed, and most are from 2008-2009. Can you (or others who've been recently) tell me more about your experiences there?
      Will explore menus for the others...

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        sgordon RE: rose water May 13, 2013 04:01 PM

        Blue Ribbon Izakaya's a good call - don't why I didn't think of them.

        Dovetail is great, and one of the best restaurants for "mixed couples" (i.e. veggie/carnivores) but it's significantly over your budget - it would probably be closer to $80-$100/pp after tax & tip, depending how much you ordered.

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      kathryn RE: rose water May 13, 2013 01:20 PM

      How about Japanese at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya? It's probably closer to $60pp but their amberjack with yuzu is great, as are their salmon, tuna, or yellowtail tartares.

      http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/...

      Does your partner like spicy food? The spicy cucumber with garlic, habanero, and sour cream is fantastic. I also like the shishito peppers and the chilled marinated bean sprouts, served with chili paste and scallions (it kind of reminds me of a Sichuan cold dish. Your partner could also order any number of the vegetable maki rolls or the phoenix roll.

      They also have daily specials that aren't listed online. Last time I went, I got to try firefly squid.

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        kathryn RE: kathryn May 13, 2013 04:41 PM

        Also look into Montmartre. There's an awesome raw hamachi dish with kaffir lime and apples right now. The wax bean salad is also awesome as is the "reverse" kale tart. I also rather liked the cumin cauliflower on our last visit.

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        foodwhisperer RE: rose water May 14, 2013 01:47 AM

        Brushstroke has both a vegetarian tasting menu and plenty of raw fish. The atmosphere is really nice and it should be easy to get an early reservation.

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          kathryn RE: foodwhisperer May 14, 2013 06:10 AM

          You can't dine at Brushstroke for $50pp, though, unless they've changed their menu recently.

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            foodwhisperer RE: kathryn May 14, 2013 07:06 AM

            You are correct. I didn't see the $50pp limit. Although I was able to share a tasting menu there on one occasion.
            Blue Ribbon Izakaya I will add to the other Blue Ribbon recs

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