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silencespeak Dec 19, 2013 12:32 PM

Curious to hear what all your favs are right now.

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    gracefoster Jan 2, 2014 07:47 AM

    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

    1. Winterpool Dec 31, 2013 09:52 PM

      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.

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        mla19 Dec 23, 2013 01:32 PM

        Limited to NYC (not favorites worldwide):

        Momofuku Ko
        Le Bernardin
        Maialino
        Il Buco Alimentari
        ABC Kitchen

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          erica Dec 30, 2013 10:40 AM

          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.

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            MrGrumpy Dec 31, 2013 04:08 PM

            Try Andanada in the UWS for Spanish food.
            http://www.andanada141.com

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              sgordon Jan 3, 2014 10:20 AM

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

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            bronwen Dec 23, 2013 09:23 AM

            I am rather traditional!

            Picholine
            Keen's
            Jean Georges
            Daniel
            Gramercy Tavern

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              lexismore Dec 21, 2013 02:46 PM

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

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

              1. sgordon Dec 21, 2013 08:55 AM

                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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                  deepfry7 Dec 21, 2013 09:03 AM

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

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                    sgordon Dec 21, 2013 09:14 AM

                    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.

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                      deepfry7 Dec 29, 2013 11:49 AM

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

                      Looking to go soon.

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                  Foodfan2009 Dec 21, 2013 07:47 AM

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

                  1. Ziggy41 Dec 21, 2013 06:35 AM

                    4 dinners and a quicky

                    Maialino
                    The NoMad
                    Costata
                    Betony
                    Pure Thai

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

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                      foodwhisperer Dec 21, 2013 05:44 AM

                      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

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                        thegforceny Dec 20, 2013 10:36 PM

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

                        1. misnatalie Dec 20, 2013 09:25 PM

                          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. kosmose7 Dec 20, 2013 06:58 PM

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

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                              AubWah Dec 20, 2013 04:28 PM

                              In this order:

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

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                                ipsedixit Dec 20, 2013 06:47 PM

                                What do you recommend there?

                                Please don't say "everything".

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                                  AubWah Dec 21, 2013 06:45 AM

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

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                                    coasts Dec 21, 2013 06:59 AM

                                    has your account been hacked?

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                                      princeofpork3 Dec 21, 2013 11:25 AM

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

                              2. ipsedixit Dec 20, 2013 10:38 AM

                                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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                                  Spiritchaser Dec 20, 2013 10:57 AM

                                  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.

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                                    ellenost Dec 20, 2013 11:04 AM

                                    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.

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                                      Spiritchaser Dec 20, 2013 11:09 AM

                                      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.

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                                        silencespeak Dec 20, 2013 11:10 AM

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

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                                      peter j Dec 20, 2013 10:16 AM

                                      Le Bernardin
                                      Lincoln
                                      Perla
                                      Ma Peche
                                      Acme

                                      1. Spiritchaser Dec 20, 2013 09:59 AM

                                        Limited to NYC:

                                        EMP
                                        Betony
                                        The NoMad
                                        Ippudo (original location)
                                        Kajitsu

                                        Honorable mention:
                                        ABC Cucina
                                        Picholine
                                        Bouley

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                                          Shirang Dec 20, 2013 07:18 PM

                                          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.

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                                          foodwhisperer Dec 20, 2013 09:37 AM

                                          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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                                            indiefoodie Dec 24, 2013 10:55 AM

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

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                                            silencespeak Dec 20, 2013 09:12 AM

                                            Cheap eat favorites right now:

                                            Caracas
                                            Motorino
                                            Five Tacos on Saint Marks
                                            Ippudo
                                            Doughnut Plant

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                                              MrGrumpy Dec 19, 2013 01:32 PM

                                              Per Se
                                              Le Bernardin
                                              Jean-Georges
                                              Marea
                                              Lincoln

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                                                alepenazzi Dec 19, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                In this order:

                                                Jungsik
                                                The Nomad
                                                The Modern
                                                Jean Georges
                                                Maialino

                                                1. ellenost Dec 19, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                  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
                                                    ellenost Dec 20, 2013 10:12 AM

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

                                                    The NoMad
                                                    Betony
                                                    Picholine
                                                    Jungsik

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