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NYC restaurants that make you go back for that 1 great dish, everything else they serve is bad.

So one of my co-worker and I were talking about restaurants that are bad/horrible but they have 1 dish that is excellent.
Couldn’t think of any place like that.
I know of restaurants where I go for a particular dish but other things they offer are good too.
Know of any places in NYC that have that 1 great dish but everything else is horrible?

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  1. Queso dip and tortilla chips at Q'doba
    Fried Twinkies at The Stumble Inn

    1. The uni panini at El Quinto Pino in Chelsea: http://www.grubstreet.com/2007/10/the...

      I've been there four times, and despite knowing better, have ordered many other dishes, all of them being god-awful. Their wine is good, though.

      1. Not exactly one dish but, Redfarm because although I love most of their dim sum, their entrees have been universally bad.

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        1. re: Pookipichu

          Really? I actually like the entrees more than the dim sum, or at least the okra and eggplant curry is one of my favorite meals in the city.

          1. re: downtownchica

            Never tried their okra and eggplant curry, I've tried their three chili chicken (twice) and rib steak stir fry. Both were awful. I've detailed in other posts. Given the expense, I'm leery of trying any other entrees.

        2. Gray's papaya hot dogs... (I know it is all they have... the papaya drink is gross though so it kinda fits)

          1. The classic one dish restaurant is Peter Luger.

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            1. re: deprofundis

              One dish? Besides the steak, the burger is one of the city's best, cream spinach is great, the bacon.

              1. re: deprofundis

                The OP is asking for places where everything else is actively BAD. Luger doesn't count, IMO.

              2. Not a restaurants but dessert places like Magnolia bakery and Serendipity are good for one item. Magnoila for banana pudding of course.

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                1. re: Monica

                  Magnolia has other good items like the ice box cake, too.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    +1 for ice box cake.

                    Its new ice cream sandwiches are not too shabby either.

                2. Malatesta - spaghetti ala chitarra

                  1. The scallion pancakes at the Cottage Restaurant in UWS are really good but the rest of the menu is just so so.