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Top 10 Recent Dining Experiences

I am one of those pain in the neck posters who has no particular budget or preferences on what I want to eat when I next visit NYC, so I took this approach for my research. The places don't have to be new btw. Just any type of place (3 star to street food) that you just said to yourself, "damn this is good".

If you have less than 10 please list what you got. Much appreciated.

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  1. Most recent (not really in any order):

    1. Annisa
    2. Hakkasan
    3. Decoy
    4. Bun-ker
    5. Tournesol
    6. Takesushi
    7. Biang
    8. China Blue
    9. Glasserie
    10. Mighty Quinn's

    1. Momoya
      Blue Smoke (Texas ribs)
      Larb Ubol
      Pam Real (Kao Soi)
      NY Pizza Suprema (Upside down slice)
      Aquavit (party catered by them)
      Costata - bistecca fiorentina per due
      Fresh and Co - Quinoa bowl
      Sullivan Street Bakery - pizza pecorino

      1. 1. Momofuku Ko (both lunch & dinner) -- no surprise
        2. EMP
        3. Atera
        4. Ma Peche
        5. Jungsik
        6. Juni
        7. The NoMad
        8. Betony
        9. Bouley
        10. Picholine

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        1. re: ellenost

          Oh, I forgot about an excellent meal at Picholine and a fantastic brunch at Boulud Sud

        2. All time favorites:

          1. Eleven Madison Park
          2. Gramercy Tavern
          3. Traif
          4. Casa Mono
          5. Aquavit
          6. Daniel
          7. Tocqueville
          8. The NoMad
          9. Annisa
          10. The Modern

          A sidenote as they ended their pop up dinners, but once Mu Ramen gets their brick-and-mortar shop, I'd definitely go back for their Spicy Miso Ramen.

          1. In absolutely no order whatsoever:

            Maysville (brunch)
            The Gander
            Eleven Madison Park
            The Modern Dining Room
            The NoMad
            The Breslin
            Num Pang

            Bar "snacks" at The Jeffrey

            1. No order:

              Pearl & Ash
              The NoMad
              The Breslin (brunch)
              Maysville (dinner)
              Jean Georges (lunch)
              Dirt Candy
              i sodi
              Red Hook Lobster Pound (new EV location)

              1. Brushstroke ( the kaiseki restaurant)
                15 East
                Kyo Ya
                Nish Nush
                Uncle Boon's
                Bar Pitti
                Blue Ribbon Izakaya
                Golden Unicorn ( 1 for good luck)
                Hirohisa ( okokok, extra luck)

                1. on a weekend, try the "Smogasfest" or what ever it's called, over in Brooklyn (or the smaller subset at Fulton St.) the boat taxi stops right nearby and is the best deal in town for a scenic view of Manhattan

                  Dim sum at the Red Egg.and/or the duck sliders

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                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                    It's called Smorgasburg. It's in Williamsburg only on Saturdays and Brooklyn Bridge park only on Sundays.

                    Smorgasbar at South St Seaport closed last October and likely won't reopen due to lack of profitability.

                    Smorgasburg (Williamsburg)
                    Saturday 11am-6pm
                    All Food • 100 Vendors
                    No Dogs • Rain or Shine
                    East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.)

                    Smorgasburg (Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5) »
                    Sunday 11am-6pm
                    All Food • 100 Vendors
                    Rain or Shine
                    Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5

                    1. re: kathryn

                      thanks for the info.sorry to hear about the Seaport. We have done both with great fun

                  2. Full meal: Annisa, Alta
                    Sandwich: Nordic Preserves, Dimes
                    Cocktails & small plates: Black Crescent, Estela

                    1. Recent meals with the "oh wow" factor have included:
                      Red Rooster
                      Patisserie Claude
                      Ed's Lobster
                      Union Square Café- brunch
                      Peter Luger

                      1. Bassanova Ramen
                        Danji (2x)
                        Ivan Ramen (Gotham)
                        Bar Bolonat
                        Ma Peche
                        Enoteca Maria (Staten Island)

                        1. Annisa
                          The Gander
                          Malai Marke
                          Szechuan Gourmet

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                          1. best recent meals (not all time bests):

                            the clam
                            ma peche
                            il buco alimentari and vineria
                            mountain bird