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I'm coming to New York City by myself for vacation over Thanksgiving (this will be my fourth year doing so) and would love some new places to try. I have reservations at Le Bernardin and Jean Georges and am waitlisted at Per Se. I wanted to eat at Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, but they, apparently, don't allow reservations for one person.

I love splurging when I'm there; however, I also love finding gems within the neighborhoods. For instance, I'll have breakfast at Ess-a-Bagel and will eat Thanksgiving dinner in Chinatown. One of my favorite discoveries was the truffled egg toast at 'ino in the Village, and I was devastated to find out they closed (luckily, it sounds like one of their other restaurants has it on the menu). Another great discovery was the ricotta toast at The Smile. Last year, I also fit in dinner at both Totto and Babbo.

So, now that you have some insight into my dining habits while I'm in town, does anyone have some great recommendations for me? Thanks so much!

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  1. Per Se serves a la carte in the Salon, BTW.

    I've not tried the Smile's ricotta toast but I like the sheeps' milk ricotta with truffle honey and fresh herbs, served with burnt orange toast, at Locanda Verde for breakfast.

    For higher end meals, have you looked into The NoMad, Juni, Betony, Atera, Jungsik? Or Blanca, Aska, The Elm, Luksus, etc. in Brooklyn?

    More casual but still ambitious spots like Louro, Alder, Empellon Cocina, Acme, Public, Pearl & Ash?

    Some of my favorite regular joints are Momofuku Ssam Bar and Tertulia.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thank you, kathryn! That "ricotta with truffle honey and fresh herbs, served with burnt orange toast" at Locanda Verde was exactly the kind of recos I wanted to get by posting to Chowhound. I can't wait to try it! Let me know if you think of any other favorite dishes I should check out at any other restaurants. I'll report back once I try it. :)

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      1. You should also try for a dinner reservation at Momofuku Ko. I frequently dine at Ko solo. I have also dined solo at the main dining room and the Salon at Per Se, Atera, Juni, Betony, EMP, Picholine and The NoMad, and have had wonderful dinners at all of these restaurants.

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        1. One of my favorite things to do on a sat or sun afternoon around 3 - between lunch and dinner service - is sit at the bar at Otto. In the capable hands of Dennis the kind bartender. Tasting a few wines, at his suggestion...choosing a quartino of something esoteric to match salumi, formaggi and some vegetables. Maybe in the mood for octopus or cuttlefish. A chat with the locals and visitors alike. It's my happy place.

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          1. One of my new obsessions is the Khao Soi at Pig and Khao. Its a curry broth noodle dish which I find to be extremely flavorful with layers of curry goodness. They serve up some mean cocktails too.

            Do you like Sushi? I really enjoyed Sushi Azabu's chef's counter. Neta is also really great sushi.

            If you are eating Chinese food for Tgiving may I suggest Red Egg or Shanghai Asian Manor? Both are offering the best in Chinatown in my opinion.