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New Yorkers coming in August

We depend on Chowhounders for recommendations in our travels. I have read all the posts, but there are so many choices and too little time. We will be staying in a condo in Capitol Hill and have four dinners in Seattle, then off to do hiking. We live in NYC and go to New Orleans every year, so we are looking for places unique to Seattle, using local products, especially from the sea. My wife won't wait (and I don't like to) so reservations a must. Prefer moderate priced places (entrees in 20s). Want at least one place with a view.
Places that have caught our eye are Joule/Revel, Poppy (around corner from condo), Madison Park Conservatory, an Ethan Stowell, a Tom Douglas, Tilth, Boat Street, Le Pichet, Boat Street, Crush.
All recommendations greatly appreciated.
The rest of our trip will focus on the outdoors, but any recommendations in Port Angeles, Ashford, and Winthrop would be great.

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  1. I'd skip Crush. Loud, crowded, overpriced and overrated IMHO.

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    1. I think you have some good picks there. Did you consider Matt's in the Market, too? I love Matt's and it's a very Seattle space and menu, though dinner might be more than you want to spend, so consider lunch (or, they have a great happy hour).

      I love Poppy and it is definitely something unique. I also like Ethan Stowell's restaurants quite a lot, but since they are mostly Italian, I wonder if it's really something different enough for you. I also love Le Pichet--it reminds me of Paris more than any other stateside restaurant I've been to--but again, if you're looking for something uniquley PNW, I'm not sure it fits the bill. If you are in the area and just want a glass of wine and maybe some oysters, their sidewalk tables are very pleasant.

      Boat Street doesn't get as much love here as Renee's other restaurants, but it's actually my favorite of the bunch. They also have an amazing happy hour, with a ton of different seafood dishes, Tu/Wed/Thurs.

      1. You might try the Pacific NW board for your outside of Seattle questions. Ashford might be different since there's such a big influx of tourists, but in Washington, it's difficult to get Chow worthy food once you leave the Greater Seattle area. Not impossible--there are some noteworthy exceptions, but difficult.

        1. As former resident of NYC and current Seattle resident, I suggest you skip the Stowell/Douglas restaurants, in my opinion mediocre at best if you are coming from NYC. Joule/Revel are our current favorites. Poppy is very interesting.

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          1. re: NYPORK

            Pretty much decided on Poppy for out last meal because we are coming in from a long drive and leave for airport next morning. If we were to choose between Joule or Revel, which should we pick?

            1. re: blweiner8

              Revel doesn't take reservations and Joule does, both good at what they do.

              1. re: NYPORK

                I saw that and reserved a table at Joule. Thanks for the suggestions and replies.

          2. Very difficult to get good seafood with the entree in the $20's. You might try Ponti's where some seafood entrees are in that price range. http://www.pontiseafoodgrill.com/cuis.... At Blueacre the seafood entrees are in the $30's. Ditto Ray's Boathouse. For oysters on the half shell, Elliott's on the waterfront is a good choice, but I wouldn't eat anything more than oysters there.

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            1. re: PAO

              Ponti's menu looks good and prices are ok for us. And it is by the water with a view, we are on vacation after all.
              I appreciate all the comments. Still have to make decisions.

              1. re: blweiner8

                Ponti would be a VERY Seattle evening, if you can get a seat on the patio, looking at the canal. After dinner, take a stroll through DT Fremont, and perhaps have dessert somewhere else.

                The Theo factory tour in the area is very cool and local as well, so you might do that before dinner at Ponti?

                1. re: gingershelley

                  Thanks. A very Seattle evening is just what we are looking for and we love walking around neighborhoods after dinner.

            2. I'm visiting from NYC as well in August and am lucky enough to eat out a lot.

              I have no price constraints. Just looking for the "best" in Seattle. Unfortunately, WIllows Inn isn't in the cards for this trip, although I know it's not in Seattle.

              I'm seeing names like Walrus, Revel, Altura, Spinasse, and Seastar, and Bar Sajor. Tentatively, I'd lean towards Walrus, Seastar, and Bar Sajor.

              Opinions? Thanks in advance.

              1. We are back in NY after a great trip, most of which was in the National Parks hiking, amazing vistas. We did have four dinners, four lunches, and some other eats in Seattle and enjoyed all. Here is what we ate in order we ate. First dinner was at Boat Street, food very good and service very professional. I had salmon, wife had chicken and we shared bread pudding, all good. Next night was at Joule, which was even better. Escolar appetizer (amazing), mackerel and short ribs. Great meal. Came back from hiking for a meal at Madison Park. Inconsistent and service off because of private party upstairs. Appetizer and dessert only ok, but mains were great. Salmon and trout, both excellent, especially the trout and sides delicious too. Went off to Cascades and came back for one last dinner at Poppy, which was best of trip. We loved the thali concept. Not everything on plate was great, but all good and some reached the heights. Waiter brought us free app when meal took too long (they were full on a Monday) and also an extra dessert. Would happily eat there again and again.
                Lunches were fish sandwiches at Market Grill, oysters at Taylor Shellfish, and blt at Hitchcock Deli on Bainbridge Island, and a Caribbean Roast sandwich at Paseo (which we ate looking at Green Lake). All memorable. Special mention of the frozen custard at Old School. We went to both locations. Based on Ted Drewes in St. Louis (where I went to college and law school), just like Shake Shack in NY is (Shake Shack owner is from St.Louis). Wife thought custard was better than Shake Shack. Lots of great coffee and baked goods.
                Final shout out to bus driver who honked horn and yelled at other drivers. Made us New Yorkers feel at home.

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                1. re: blweiner8

                  Thanks for getting back and reporting on your trip! Glad you had good hikes and good food!