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Jan 26, 2014 12:50 AM

Mid-casual places in New York

I'm going to New York in March, would you say they are must visits? I'm not going to go to too many fine dining places just probably Per Se, Le Bernandin, and maybe Atera so I'd rather spend most of the trip on mid casual places.

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  1. Per Se, Marea, Eleven Madison Park, 15 East

    1. Per Se, Bernardin, Daniel if I were choosing the three top

      1. I would skip Per Se, and why Atera?

        Depending on how many nights (or days) you have for uber fine dining, this would be my short list, in no particular order.

        Eleven Madison Park
        Masa (or 15 East depending on your mood)
        Le Bernardin
        Jean Georges

        But you should post your query over at the Manhattan board, you'll get lots of advice and opinions to help you make your decision.

        8 Replies
        1. re: ipsedixit

          Really? You like Le Bernardin? Always felt so sterile to me. Decor and foodwise.

          1. re: Porthos

            We've always loved Le Bernardin. Have never been served anything there that wasn't pretty close to perfect (have been 4-5x). The decor has been perhaps a bit sterile (I'm pretty sure it's been totally redone in the past year or so and don't know what it looks like now), and the service always seems a bit overly formal and stiff. Nevertheless, I don't know anywhere else where the product and preparation of fish are so close to flawless. Eric Ripert is masterful with fish. We'll be in NYC in March, and I think (and hope) that I'll be taken there for a treat. Will report back.

            1. re: Porthos

              Yes, I do like LeB. Quite a bit, in fact. And it's grown on me every time I go back.

              Per Se, on the other, feels sterile and corporate to me. To say nothing of the food.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I agree regarding the food a Per Se. But man, it's tough to beat that view.

                1. re: Porthos

                  View is spectacular, actually most of the restaurants at TWC have pretty good views, except maybe Masa but then you shouldn't be looking out a window if you're at Masa, right?

              2. re: Porthos

                Absolutely love it!! Never had a bad meal there. In fact, I'm trying to think if I've ever had a bad dish. I've obviously had some that I've liked better than others, but the food is uniformly great. Very, very nice wine list, too, although the markups are high.

              3. re: ipsedixit

                Only reason we may go to Atera is my friend use to work for the chef in Portland and if we get the chef hookup then we are going otherwise we will have to carefully consider if we wanna pay the costs of the regular meal.

                1. re: Johnny L

                  Atera is superb (regardless of whether you get the "chef hookup"); definitely worth the cost of the regular meal.

              4. To those who have responded, I think you may be misreading the OP's question. He does not seem to be asking about the high-end places he has already chosen, but wants suggestions of mid-priced casual restaurants for his remaining meals.

                To the OP: Can you specify a dollar amount for how much you want to spend on these casual meals, and your preferred cuisines? It is hard to answer such a general question.

                1. For interesting, creative, chef-driven but casual cuisine, look at Pearl & Ash, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Acme, the Empellon restaurants, Louro, Public, Tertulia, and Danji/Hanjan. Mission Chinese if it's open again by then.

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                  1. re: kathryn

                    The noise level at Pearl & Ash is very, very high. So much so that I refuse to go back.