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Your current top 5 favorite restaurants right now

Curious to hear what all your favs are right now.

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  1. I have 6 favorites (can't cut it down to 5). In no particular order: Momomfuku Ko, EMP, Per Se, Atera, Bouley and Ma Peche.

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    1. re: ellenost

      I'll add the following as my list of "Honorable Mentions":

      The NoMad
      Betony
      Picholine
      Jungsik

    2. In this order:

      Jungsik
      The Nomad
      The Modern
      Jean Georges
      Maialino

      1. Per Se
        Le Bernardin
        Jean-Georges
        Marea
        Lincoln

        1. Cheap eat favorites right now:

          Caracas
          Motorino
          Five Tacos on Saint Marks
          Ippudo
          Doughnut Plant

          1. The word "favorites" doesn't necessarily mean the best food but here's my 5.
            Jean-Georges
            jung sik
            15 East
            Marea
            Per Se ( i forgot that one)
            Kyo Ya
            alternates: Recette on 2nd mondays of the month( special tasting menu)
            Tito Rad's ( queens)
            Hirohisa
            Brushstroke

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            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Hi foodwhisperer, I'm curious, what would be on your list if the only criteria is "best food"? Thanks!

            2. Limited to NYC:

              EMP
              Betony
              The NoMad
              Ippudo (original location)
              Kajitsu

              Honorable mention:
              ABC Cucina
              Picholine
              Bouley

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              1. re: Spiritchaser

                How is Kajitsu now? I heard a new chef will replace the current one, and he is already there training with the current one and getting familiar with NY.

              2. Le Bernardin
                Lincoln
                Perla
                Ma Peche
                Acme

                1. My *favorite* restaurants currently, in reverse alphabetical order:

                  Skál
                  Rouge Tomate
                  Modern*
                  JungSik
                  15 East

                  (*May (probably?) change after Gabriel Kreuther leaves at end of the year)

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I'm actually hoping for an uptick at The Modern when Chef Bissell takes over; use to love the place and then it went flat for us.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I read that the former chef de cuisine at The NoMad is becoming the new chef at The Modern. Since I love the food at The NoMad, I'll probably love the food at The Modern. Now if they could only improve the noise level and service.

                      1. re: ellenost

                        Yup, that's Chef Bissell. And the service is exactly the uptick I am hoping for in addition to some new life in the menu.

                        1. re: ellenost

                          I too love The NoMad... should have 2 mich stars imo.

                      2. In this order:

                        1. Charlie Bird
                        2. Charlie Bird
                        3. Charlie Bird
                        4. Charlie Bird
                        5. Charlie Bird

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                        1. re: AubWah

                          What do you recommend there?

                          Please don't say "everything".

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I go for the scene not the food. Barely notice what I eat there

                              1. re: coasts

                                I just went here 3 night ago. Would not return. Food was OK but not a destination spot.

                        2. Daniel
                          EMP
                          Jean Georges
                          Picholine
                          The NoMad
                          (Per Se is out in my book due to its lackluster desserts)

                          1. Le Bernardin
                            Bouley
                            Blue Hill at Stone Barns (I know its not in Manhattan but I love this place)
                            Sushi Yasuda
                            Ai Fiori (my fav local after work go to spot)

                            1. In order:
                              15 East
                              Pam Real
                              The NoMad
                              The Modern
                              Aquavit

                              1. I like this thread, actually more than I thought I would. The main reason is, that there is at least one place on everyone's favorites that I haven't tried. I will be making a list of places I have to try. The list will start with places on everyone's list here.
                                Charlie Bird
                                Betony
                                Nomad
                                Lincoln
                                Acme
                                Skal
                                Rouge Tomate
                                Pam Real

                                1. 4 dinners and a quicky

                                  Maialino
                                  The NoMad
                                  Costata
                                  Betony
                                  Pure Thai

                                  Bonus: Gotham West Market (having all sorts of goodies here lately)

                                  1. Hirohisa, Charlie Bird, Il Buco Alimentaire - and - Casa Mono (still)

                                    1. New(-ish):
                                      Aamanns
                                      Skal
                                      Fung Tu
                                      Aux Epices
                                      ABC Cocina
                                      Khe-Yo

                                      Old(er) Faves (mid to high):
                                      Aquavit
                                      Babbo
                                      Momofuku Ssam
                                      Minetta / Balthazar
                                      Convivium Osteria
                                      Marc Forgione
                                      Henry's End (during the winter / game season especially)
                                      Lincoln

                                      Old(er) Faves (lower to mid):
                                      Ping's
                                      Fuleen
                                      Pok Pok
                                      Tacos El Bronco
                                      Mission Chinese (RIP?)

                                      Brunch:
                                      Public
                                      ABC Kitchen / Cocina
                                      Duck Hash w/ Duck Eggs @ JoeDoe
                                      Huevos a la Esquina and Pozole @ La Esquina
                                      Croque Madame @ Schiller's

                                      * lists subject to change on a whim.

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                                      1. re: sgordon

                                        sgordon, so you're liking Fung Tu? Looking to check that out soon.

                                        1. re: deepfry7

                                          Yeah, my couple experiences - been meaning to write up a little review here, just haven't gotten around to it. Food is very good, but on the subtle side - it's almost the inverse of Mission Chinese. Some clever ideas on the menu, making what might be "difficult" ingredients to some more approachable (i.e. using a combination of century egg and doufu ru - two funky flavors most Westerners would be averse to - as a simulacra to blue cheese in a beet salad.)

                                          A couple dishes fell a little flat for me (the bean terrine, though the gf liked it quite a bit, so YMMV) but overall really good.

                                          Service was fantastic, really personable, and a well-curated beer & wine list too.

                                          1. re: sgordon

                                            Thanks for the feedback, sgordon. I know you know your way around Chinese food.

                                            Looking to go soon.

                                      2. Not in any particular order, that's too hard:

                                        15 East (with Masa)
                                        Sushi Dojo (with David)
                                        EMP
                                        The NoMad
                                        DiFaras

                                        1. I am rather traditional!

                                          Picholine
                                          Keen's
                                          Jean Georges
                                          Daniel
                                          Gramercy Tavern

                                          1. Limited to NYC (not favorites worldwide):

                                            Momofuku Ko
                                            Le Bernardin
                                            Maialino
                                            Il Buco Alimentari
                                            ABC Kitchen

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                                            1. re: mla19

                                              My list is slanted towards places we can visit in casual attire, and places that are generally (with one exception being Flushing) convenient to our midtown location by foot, or by easy public transport, and relatively easy to book a table.

                                              We seem, in recent years, to gravitate to the same favorites, although have had very good meals recently at ALDER, AQUAVIT, ATERA, AI FIORI, and probably others that I am forgetting....

                                              Do have worries about the Michael White juggernaut...that was one name that we depended on in the past; less so nowadays.

                                              MANHATTAN CURRENT FAVORITES:

                                              NOMAD
                                              CRAFT
                                              ABC COCINA
                                              ABC KITCHEN
                                              MAREA
                                              PERLA
                                              MA PECHE (although have not been in more than 4 months)
                                              JEAN GEORGES (generally reserve for special occasion; again, last visit was about 5 months ago)

                                              IN FLUSHING:

                                              GOLDEN PALACE
                                              FU RUN
                                              LITTLE PEPPER
                                              LAO DONG BEI

                                              Standbys for last minute dining: CASA MONO and TERTULIA, althouga it has been months since we've dined at either. (HAve been on the road a lot in past year or so..not a bad thing, food-wise!!)

                                              Still seeking that mythical eatery that even passably replicates my favorites in the many Spanish cities and towns of which I am familiar.

                                                1. re: erica

                                                  Alder, Aquavit, Atera, Ai Fiori... maybe you have a thing for "A" restaurants! Been to Aska or Acme or Aamanns yet?

                                              1. Eleven Madison Park
                                                The NoMad
                                                Maialino
                                                Balthazar
                                                dell'anima

                                                With qualifications: The Elm [it looks like becoming less sophisticated and more casual hotel restaurant, as Liebrandt disengages...]

                                                I say with some regret and foreboding that at half of these restaurants, my last meals were a little disappointing. Perhaps I require a new roster.

                                                1. Top choices for consistently great food in more casual settings, (so not including my all time faves, EMP, Bernadin & Blue HIll at Stone Barns).

                                                  Wong
                                                  Maialino
                                                  DBGB
                                                  Osteria Morini