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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.