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Dec 25, 2013 02:54 PM

Your best meal of 2013?

For me I think it would be Trois Mec with close seconds coming to Night + Market and maybe Bestia.

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        1. re: sarahbeths

          Ah, without looking at notes, receipts I would guess maybe $120. I ate well in excess of 22 pieces.

      1. 1. (insert Shunj dinner here)
        2. Trois Mec
        3. Animal
        4. Mori Sushi
        5. Yamakase
        6. Red Medicine
        7. Son of a Gun
        8. Gorge
        9. Kang Hodong Baekjeong
        10. (insert Night+Market dinner here)

        1. 1. Chi SPACCA
          2. Hinoki & The Bird
          3. Providence
          4. Bulgarini
          5. Sea Harbour

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            You made an entire meal out of Bulgarini gelato?

            Me too. Thrice.

              1. re: J.L.

                It costs more than most of my meals so I too go all out!

            1. Tie between n/naka and Wolvesmouth. An enormously, heartfelt honorable mention goes to Papilles for providing consistently delicious food at a price that I can afford during my almost monthly visits.

              Other notables listed below, due to my strong desire to return:

              • Angelini Osteria
              • Bestia
              • Chi Spacca
              • Din Tai Fung
              • Gjelina
              • Go’s Mart
              • Hatfield’s
              • Kang Hodong Baekjong
              • Providence
              • Republique

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                1. re: djquinnc

                  what is good at Kang Hodong Baekjong?

                    1. re: chrishei

                      got it
                      sounds good
                      never heard of it
                      better than parks or chosun?

                      1. re: jessejames

                        Cheaper than those 2 for sure. Park's (and maybe Chosun Galbee) has better quality meats, but you'll have the best overall experience and time at Kang Hodong Baekjeong IMO.

                        I like both the beef and the pork. Actually prefer the pork myself, particularly the pork neck. But agree w/ djquinnc, ribeye >>> short rib as the 3rd choice in beef combo.

                        Here's what I said earlier this year:

                        1. re: jessejames

                          Yet, beware the wait! Can be long enough that we put our names in, grab a bite somewhere else, then are having a drink in a bar and hungry again but the time they call. Bring friends, get the combos.

                      2. re: jessejames

                        I've had the beef combo three times and the pork combo twice and the beef wins every time in my opinion, especially when we've chosen the rib eye option over the short rib. I also prefer the soybean paste soup over the kimchi stew that they offer with the combo, but that's just a matter of preference as the latter is delish as well. No joke - I am salivating right now as I type this out.

                        1. re: djquinnc

                          almost lunch time! or maybe as the hobbits say, first, late morningsies.

                    2. Mine was at home on our new screen porch. Good friends, lots of small plates, fun cocktails and great wine. It was a perfect evening.

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                      1. re: foodieX2

                        Would have to agree with you in the concept of eating at home with quality company, quality food & wine, at a fraction of the price.
                        So many new, or newer places, are just in it for the hype, money, and 15 minutes of fame.
                        Places open for one year wanting to open units 2, 3, or 4 thereafter, when they really have not even perfected #1 - Huh?

                        1. re: carter

                          Which newer places are in for the "15 minutes of fame" ?

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              My best over all meal in 2013 was either Assunta Madre or Roscioli, both in Rome.
                              My Best American Meal was Paiche in NOLA
                              My best meals in LA were:

                              Chengdu Taste
                              Factory Kitchen
                              Alex's Lemonade Stand
                              Giorgio Baldi (Braised Rabbit, off menu)
                              Chi Spacca

                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                Let's hope Factory Kitchen is the "other" 1 of the 2.

                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                  Out of curiosity what did you get at Peche? I went as well and thought it fantastic (loved the space and location) but it definitely was not in contention for my meal of the year.

                                  1. re: set0312

                                    If it was in NOLA, maybe CB meant Peche.

                                    1. re: set0312

                                      Sorry about the confusion.
                                      I did mean Peche in New Orleans

                                      I went to Paiche twice here and enjoyed it, but it was not a contender for my MOY, either.

                                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                                        Glad you enjoyed Roscioli. Assunta Madre is now on the stack for October.

                                        1. re: steve h.

                                          I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                            Looking forward to it. It's in my neighborhood (Via Giulia) but I never pulled the trigger. I'll report back.