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Food recs near Fontainebleau, one nice, one casual

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AmyNY Jan 30, 2014 11:55 AM

Just found out I get to stay at the Fontainebleau for a conference with my husband, a rare getaway from our two young daughters. I'd love recommendations for a nice dinner and for a more casual one. I'm more interested in the food than in the scene. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    lemarais Feb 25, 2014 09:49 AM

    Prima Pasta on 71st St 1 block off Collins. Wonderful place, well established Ital American.

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      Alfred G Feb 19, 2014 09:47 AM

      Please report back on your experience.

      1. The Chowfather Feb 18, 2014 08:01 PM

        Scarpetta

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          AmyNY Feb 15, 2014 07:08 PM

          Have a reservation at Scarpetta! Thanks.

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            ELA Feb 6, 2014 05:14 AM

            Is The Forge still open?

            If so, it is right on the causeway that leads to the FB.

            Very, very nice. Upscale, fine dining. I haven't been there in a while, and unless there's been a drastic decline, it is excellent.

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              ELA Feb 6, 2014 05:22 AM

              I see The Forge has been "re-invented".

              It has a new identity, but it still is "upscale".

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                Frodnesor Feb 11, 2014 07:52 AM

                Forge is still open and just brought in a new chef, Christopher Lee from NY. They did a major decor overhaul a few years ago (still over the top, just in a different way now) as well as a menu overhaul with Dewey Losasso. Dewey left just a short time ago (for Acqualina in Sunny Isles).

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                  ELA Feb 11, 2014 08:23 AM

                  Yes, thank you. I called a friend of mine to get the details.

                  Years ago, before the "re-invention" -- the Forge, in my opinion was upscale, fine-dining, coupled with excellent food and service; and overall just an excellent experience. I never had a visit there that fell short of my expectations, which had been set very high given my experiences there.

                  I hope to get back there soon to see what the new place is like. Thanks again for the update.

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                  rfk03 Feb 21, 2014 12:16 PM

                  I tried it for a business dinner about a month ago. I was not impressed at all, especially considering the price (I didn't pay).

                  I think there's another thread in this board that talks about The Forge. The comments there were that the past was considerably than the present. Only tried it after the re-invention so can't speak to that, but my experience was lackluster.

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                AmyNY Feb 4, 2014 06:26 PM

                Thanks so much!

                1. Frodnesor Jan 30, 2014 03:52 PM

                  For more casual options I'd suggest heading north to the North Beach area around 71st Street & Collins. Here's an earlier post with several suggestions:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9061...

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                    tpigeon Jan 30, 2014 03:10 PM

                    At the hotel
                    Scarpetta
                    Hakkasan
                    Mina 74

                    Are all good choices but expensive, especially hakkasan.

                    I would do indomania for more casual...

                    1. gblcsw Jan 30, 2014 12:10 PM

                      For fine dining, Scarpetta, right in the Fountainbleu, is pretty terrific. Timo, several miles up the beach would be a good choice for a bit more casual.

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