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Jul 6, 2013 06:48 PM

Odeon or Spotted Pig?

Which should I pick for my one dinner in NYC? Give me your opinion, please. Thanks!

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  1. does it have to be one or the other? i don't know what's so special about Odeon. I'd choose Spotted Pig, but have had inconsistent meals there.

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    1. re: coasts

      No it doesn't have to be one or the other. You got a better idea?

      1. re: mrsflynn

        When is your dinner?

        What is your budget, per person, before tax and tip?

        Will you be drinking? Beer, wine, spirits, cocktails?

        Where are you traveling from?

        How large is your party?

        What kind of food do you like?

        How long are you potentially willing to wait for dinner? On a weekend night at the Spotted Pig, it could be 2 hours.

        1. re: kathryn

          Budget is about 50 - 75$ per person. I will be drinking cocktails/wine. It will be a party of two: my adult daughter and me. We are from San Francisco and are serious foodies. I am looking for a real New York atmosphere. We have many, many great restaurants here in SF, so I am looking for a restaurant that is unique to New York, something with a great atmo and great food! Thanks!

          1. re: mrsflynn

            I'm assuming that's $75pp before drinks/wine, tax or tip?

            Some ideas:
            Babbo - they take walk ins at the bar & the front tables, it will be crowded and loud
            Momofuku Ssam Bar - creative Asian-Southern-fusion-etc. pretty quintessentially NY nowadays, just had a great meal there tonight actually with oysters, arctic char tataki with peaches, corvina with kumquat, country ham, roast duck kale and goji berries
            Acme - hip new Nordic
            Pearl & Ash - contemporary, creative
            Public - sleek Australian
            Louro - Portuguese inspired, excellent cocktails
            Empellon Cocina - creative haute Mexican from ex-Alinea chef
            Minetta Tavern - if you order very carefully, atmosphere is classic NY and very Rat Pack, the food is excellent

            My favorite unique places in NY serve Xian (Chinese) food, Issan (Thai) food, organic/local/sustainable Japanese BBQ, authentic Basque (Spanish) tapas, creative diner food, pretzels, hot dogs, halal food, steak, upscale rustic Italian, Italian subs, creative Italian-American, high end non-sushi Japanese (like kaiseki), creative desserts, molecular gastronomy, mixology/creative cocktails, and creative brunches (sometimes every day of the week).

            My favorite spots:
   -- scroll down to my post

            1. re: kathryn

              My goodness! Thanks, Kathryn! I am studying your helpful suggestions. I did try Babbo when I was in NY last and I LOVED it.

              1. re: kathryn

                Kathryn, if I go to Minetta Tavern what should I order?

                1. re: mrsflynn

                  Pay close attention to the daily specials, often the best things on hand.

                  1. re: mrsflynn

                    Their steaks are excellent but may take you out of your budget. You might want to split the burger. The daily specials are really good as Sneakeater says. And save room for a soufflé for dessert.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Thanks eveyone! Made a reservation at Minetta Tavern. Excited!

                      1. re: mrsflynn

                        Just so you know, they recently lost their chefs.

                        But I haven't noticed any diminution in the quality of the food there AT ALL.

        2. Odeon is not anything special. It is more like a place to go if you can't get in anywhere. Their country salad is good, oysters are ok. Brunch is decent. But it shouldn't be a choice. Around the corner from Odeon is Blau Gans with much better food than Odeon, Tribeca Grill is better than Odeon, Tiny's is better, The harrison is better and so many more . Those are just some within a few blocks of Odeon.
          Someone said Louro, I'll second Louro for a good meal and fairly reasonably priced.

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          1. re: foodwhisperer

            It's funny you should say that. Odeon was great in 1980 -- but now I only go there when I'm closed out of Blau Gans.

            But what I really want to do is pile on and say that Louro may well be the best value for food of that quality in New York (which actually in a way undersells Louro, because it's a really excellent restaurant -- not just an excellent value).