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Jul 22, 2013 07:04 AM

Betony or La Silhouette?

I have an friend coming in from out of town who wants to eat not too far from the Hudson Hotel. She likes a quiet restaurant, a table, not a banquette, French or New American food and good service. The top level places (Per Se, Le Bernadin, etc...) are out of my financial comfort zone, so I've narrowed it down to Betony and La Silhouette. Have any of you been to either or both and which do you think would work best for my friend? Thanks!

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  1. We had been to La Silhouette a few times but our last time there will be our LAST TIME there, it just wasn't good. We have not gotten into Betony yet (but very much want to), I have heard great things from people who's opinion I trust plus it is helmed by Eleven Madion Park alumni (Manager and Head Chef).

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      I went to Betony last month, and was somewhat disappointed by both the food and service. I'd hold off going to Betony right now. I expected more from EMP alumni. If you're in the neighborhood, I'd give it a try.

    2. Did you consider Bar Boulud? Its is my go to in the area, whether it is quiet depends weekday evening vs fri at 8pm. They have a $45 pre theater dinner, fyi

      1. Thank you for your helpful responses! Bar Boulud is a bit too frenetic and noisy for my friend, though i had a nice brunch there. I'm actually now thinking of doing lunch at Le Bernardin or JeanGeorges instead. Same amount of money as dinner at the other places and probably better food...would you agree?

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        1. re: larush62

          I think that's right.

          I was at Betony about a month ago (mid June) and was left thoroughly unimpressed.

          Instead of trying to craft its own identity, the chefs and restaurant reeks of trying to be an EMP mini-me. Even the look and feel of the menu is a poor copycat of EMP's.

          As to the food, the more expensive an item, the better chances are that it won't be very good. The potato chips and tuna melt were both quite good, and both were 2 of the cheapest things we ordered. The lobster and short ribs, meanwhile, were not only expensive but tasteless (lobster) and tough (short ribs).

        2. In that same area, how about Marea, or would that be too pricey?

          1. too pricey. Would love to try it someday though!