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Unique foodie destinations - what are they?

I will be entertaining a group of chefs from London who work in a very high-end restaurant. We have all been to the classic gourmet shops around town: Russ & Daughters, Zabar's, Dean & DeLuca, Murray's, Kalustyan's, Chelsea Market, Eataly, Despana, etc. We've also done the classics like hot dog, halal cart, pastrami sandwich, pizza and whatnot. And all the great top 50 restaurants.

The only place I haven't been yet is Union Sq Greenmarket.

What I am looking for are unique, more off the beaten path type of stuff. I don't want to venture too far out of Manhattan, since they are only around for a couple of days and have their own schedule to worry about. But I do want some ideas and I want them to be worth their time. Some people have said that we've "hit all the best spots", but I refuse to believe that. I want some real food adventures, some great spots…the best of the best.

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  1. "And all the great top 50 restaurants."

    What would those be?

    If in fact you've covered Manhattan as you claim, it's time to head to Brooklyn. Start with Roberta's.

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    1. re: Blumie

      And Blanca, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, The Elm, Luksus, etc.

    2. Time to post a query on the Outer Boroughs board. You'll get some great referrals.

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        1. Can you give a list of the "top 50 restaurants"? Or "all the best spots"? According to who, Michelin? San Pellegrino? Does the list include newer venues like Juni, Betony, The NoMad, Atera, Jungsik? More casual but still ambitious spots like Louro, Alder, Empellon Cocina, Acme, Pearl & Ash? Maybe they'd want to do one of the Louro Monday night tasting menus?

          What about older but not necessarily on their radar like Aquavit? Kyo Ya? Takashi?

          Maybe go to Red Rooster?

          What about the smaller & ethnic joints -- especially in Queens? It only takes twenty minutes to get to Woodside or Flushing via the LIRR from Penn Station.

          Golden Mall in Flushing, now that's an adventure.

          1. How about uptown to Harlem or downtown to Chinatown. Get off the beaten track and poke your nose into restaurants and stores where the locals eat and shop. Since these are chefs from a "very high-end restaurant" maybe just letting them explore these areas without a set agenda will expose them to new and exciting things. Sounds like you've all had your fill of the popular, trendy and "foodie" type places. Just a suggestion.