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Food recs near Fontainebleau, one nice, one casual

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  • AmyNY Jan 30, 2014 11:55 AM
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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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  1. 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.

    1. At the hotel
      Scarpetta
      Hakkasan
      Mina 74

      Are all good choices but expensive, especially hakkasan.

      I would do indomania for more casual...

      1. 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...

        1. Thanks so much!

          1. 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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            1. re: ELA

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

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

              1. re: ELA

                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).

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  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.

                2. re: ELA

                  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.

              2. Have a reservation at Scarpetta! Thanks.

                1. Scarpetta

                  1. Please report back on your experience.

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