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#1 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:59 AM

Now that my girl's joining me in NYC, we'll probably want to go out to eat sometimes.

Here's the current list of restaurants I've started (if it's in bold, we've already been there):


#2 tiedyesky

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:02 AM

http://www.heartland...com/Default.php

#3 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:30 AM

That looks nice!

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:43 AM

Hop Kee
Rouge et Blanc
Pok Pok
Sammy's
Veselka

#5 deadheadskier

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:45 AM

http://www.cerclerougeresto.com/

you must get the chicken wings if you go there. Yes, seems strange that the house specialty at a classic French Bistro is their chicken wings, but they are out of this freaking world.

http://thestantonsocial.com/

great casual spot.

http://www.tiellanyc.com/

Guiseppe is the freaking man. Great Italian chef

#6 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:19 AM

Shanks!!

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:53 AM

http://www.cerclerougeresto.com/

you must get the chicken wings if you go there. Yes, seems strange that the house specialty at a classic French Bistro is their chicken wings, but they are out of this freaking world.

http://thestantonsocial.com/

great casual spot.

http://www.tiellanyc.com/

Guiseppe is the freaking man. Great Italian chef


My buddy Dante is a bartender at the Stanton Social.

The last place I ate in the city I liked a lot was Public.
http://public-nyc.com/

I really want to try this place have heard good things
http://markettablenyc.com/

For a pre show quick dinner and beers I like
http://www.connollys...restaurant.com/

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:13 AM

Chef/Owner Chris at Stanton was my former co-workers best friend. Last Jess and I were in the city, we ate their and had an incredible meal/time.

#9 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:24 AM

Duly noted.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:38 AM

My dad's band plays at Connollys frequesntly!

I really like Cafe Espanol on Bleecker, everything there is top notch without breaking the bank

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

my new favorite -although i've only been here once
a little tough to find,

SUSHI AZABU
Tokyo-style "Edo-mae" Sushi
428 Greenwich St.

#12 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:17 PM

Feck, when I google that, I get http://www.greenwich...l.com/home.html 428 Greenwhich St.

#13 SunshineDrummer

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:28 PM


These two are on my restaurant bucket list. :)

Just so you know, make your plans for Babbo well in advance. Its a very small dining room and if its still the same procedure, they take reservations 2 months out only by phone and its a free for all. You've got to be on the phone hitting redial at 10AM sharp 2 months prior to the date of when you want to go. You'll feel like you're calling TicketBastard, but I'm told the food is well worth the aggravation. I've made reservations for my boss a few times and its insane trying to get through. Hoping that the next time I go through it, it'll be for me. :)

#14 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:35 PM

Really?

'cause I was trying to get there next week...

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:58 PM

Also, "Empire Diner" is always a fave for us ....we can't afford to drop more than $30 per person mostly so we tend to gravitate toward diners in general
Here is a pretty cool list I came upon while looking for Empire's weblisting

http://www.nyc10best...10-best-diners/

#16 SunshineDrummer

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:59 PM

Really?

'cause I was trying to get there next week...


Hey, give it a shot... you never know. I just remember feeling like I'd run a marathon once I finally got the reservation for him.

He hasn't gone there recently, so there's a chance the fervor may have died down, but considering its one of Batali's more popular spots it still might be a tough ticket. Let me know how you make out.

#17 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:01 PM

I guess I snuck in there because I called to reserve for a Sunday. They had a couple of time slots open that were a little earlier than I usually like to reserve for, but all in all, it wasn't bad, and according to their website they take reservations up to a month in advance.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:24 PM

the finest BBQ one can get. I shit you not.

http://www.hillcountryny.com/

30 West 26th Street

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:24 PM

[http://www.greenwichgrill.com/

http://www.greenwich...eservation.html

Sushi Azabu is a small sushi den tucked away in the basement of the building, serving traditional edo-mae style sushi alongside small Japanese dishes. All of the sushi chefs are Japanese and trained in Japan, and 70-80% of the fish is imported directly from Japan, 4 times a week. (Since 2011 March, Sushi Azabu is only importing Japanese seafood from the West coast of Japan which is said to not be impacted.) We only use a unique blend of sushi rice imported directly from Japan, using the previous years KOMAI harvest to avoid the overly-high water content associated with fresh harvests of rice. The soy sauce is a house-made, sweetened and reduced NIKIRI soy sauce that we infuse overnight with mirin, kelp, and dried bonito shavings. Even the chopsticks have been meticulously chosen handmade and imported from Ichihara Heibei craftsmen in Kyoto, a chopstick producer established around 240 years ago. The interior of Sushi Azabu sits atop a bed of smooth river stones with a bamboo and wood-lined ceiling and red walls made of traditional paper imported from Japan. Its location, size, and atmosphere allow you to escape from the bustle of the city above ground.

the bar seats 9, but the largest group they allow is 4
there are 3 booths that seat 4 - 6 people
reservations can be a tough, no mor ethan one month in advance and minimum suggestion is at least 1 week for weekdays and
2 weeks for weekends
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#20 Speckta

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:36 PM

Nice!

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:43 PM

Not fine dining but i love

http://m.yelp.com/bi...m-pang-new-york
Seriously wonderful bahn mi.... Not always very traditional but delicious flavor combos

http://m.yelp.com/bi...onal-new-york-2
The hot pot is basically chinese 'fondue' you dip a bunch of shit in a put of spicy broth then eat the cooking liquid as soup

http://m.yelp.com/bi...d-hens-new-york
Just really really fucking good cupcakes.....and no bs line of tourists



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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:47 PM

we ordered one of the fixed price meals, work was paying - only question they asked was what we didn't eat.
just don't expect any extra soy or wasabi on the plates - and if you ask, you might be on the next days menu.

ps if you bring a date, don't order al la cart at the bar, tradition says they get to charge you more since you are trying to impress a lady. that's what my boss told me anyway.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:52 PM

Oh also http://www.peterluger.com/
I loved the steak and the whipped cream (they have some german name for it that i forget) didn't think the sides were anything special but the steak was lovely

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:41 PM

[http://www.greenwichgrill.com/

http://www.greenwich...eservation.html

Sushi Azabu is a small sushi den tucked away in the basement of the building, serving traditional edo-mae style sushi alongside small Japanese dishes. All of the sushi chefs are Japanese and trained in Japan, and 70-80% of the fish is imported directly from Japan, 4 times a week. (Since 2011 March, Sushi Azabu is only importing Japanese seafood from the West coast of Japan which is said to not be impacted.) We only use a unique blend of sushi rice imported directly from Japan, using the previous years KOMAI harvest to avoid the overly-high water content associated with fresh harvests of rice. The soy sauce is a house-made, sweetened and reduced NIKIRI soy sauce that we infuse overnight with mirin, kelp, and dried bonito shavings. Even the chopsticks have been meticulously chosen handmade and imported from Ichihara Heibei craftsmen in Kyoto, a chopstick producer established around 240 years ago. The interior of Sushi Azabu sits atop a bed of smooth river stones with a bamboo and wood-lined ceiling and red walls made of traditional paper imported from Japan. Its location, size, and atmosphere allow you to escape from the bustle of the city above ground.

the bar seats 9, but the largest group they allow is 4
there are 3 booths that seat 4 - 6 people
reservations can be a tough, no mor ethan one month in advance and minimum suggestion is at least 1 week for weekdays and
2 weeks for weekends
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Adding this to my bucket list. :drool:

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:49 PM

Oh also http://www.peterluger.com/
I loved the steak and the whipped cream (they have some german name for it that i forget) didn't think the sides were anything special but the steak was lovely


They serve the steak and the whipped cream... separate... Right?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:58 PM

bingo - if you try the brooklyn one, try for the old room

"Schlag" for the deserts , not the steak

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

the finest BBQ one can get. I shit you not.

http://www.hillcountryny.com/

30 West 26th Street


I was going to suggest this one. They have some good twangy musics in the lower level.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:58 PM

Dirty Water Dogs always catch a girls eye ;)

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

Max in the East Village. Their lamb ragu is sooooo yummy.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:56 AM

david burke kitchen, the lobster steak and monkey bread for desert are my two all time favs

ABV, (Alcohol by Volume) been open a few months, its chic and hip for the UES, but the food is by far some of the better executed plates i have had in years. The Marvin, fish tacos and Rose' on tap are reason to treak to 96th st.

Bieria, the rooftop of Eataly, an italian beer garden of sorts, very casual yet classy with great new beers youhave never heard of and great bites to start your appetite, you can then finish off downstairs in eataly in any of the options... so many!

Colicchio & Sons. the highline champagne cocktail i will go cross town for any bad day! it soothes my soul! The Bone Marrow app is also a must. I have also been told that the burger is worth every overpriced dollar.

the hurricane club, very romantic and sexy room, the wok seared fliet will make you want to hump the table, but the huge and strong drinks bring you back down to cool status. you will enjoy every second that you wont be upset how expensive everything is.

happy eats!

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:01 AM

....jemz.....awesome:)

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:31 AM

Aww, first one on your list, La Bonne Soupe, was my first French eatery! We went on a French class field trip in 7th grade!!!



#33 Speckta

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:32 AM

Kramer, :lol: we're family friends with the owners of La Bonne Soupe.

Jemz, DAMN this thread just got real.

I gotta come back here in the am and update my list.

#34 Speckta

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

Updated list:

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 05:11 PM

my favorite restaurant meal ever was at Babbo....you're in for a treat! the night i was there, Batali was in the kitchen and Marisa Tomei was at the table next to ours. enjoy :)

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:24 AM

this is not so much a restaurant as a cafe, but... have you ever been to one of the Bareburger locations? i went to the one in the village last time i was in the city and OMG!!!! best veggie burger of my life.. :) they have meaty burgers too... and they do brunch, which i bet is BOMB!!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:25 AM

Kramer, :lol: we're family friends with the owners of La Bonne Soupe.


that is so cute! 11-year-old me recalls that the service was excellent. LOL

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:29 AM

u into the idea of a Churrascaria? we just bought a groupon for one up here in Albany but i've heard that some of the best ones are in NYC... anybody got suggestions? that's a fun group activity!!! :)

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:33 AM

I don't think I know what Currascaria is.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:39 PM

churasscaria is argentinian BBQ, basically you sit down and a man with a huge skewer with bbq'd meats come and slices hunks of meat on your plate.

you need some tums and a bed 20 minutes after you eat every time.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:56 PM

Ah, yeah! I've been to one of those places out in Cali. Fun, fun.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:28 PM

plataforma in NYC if you want fancy.
http://churrascariaplataforma.com/
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and why are those chains on your list ?
heartland + virigl's,unless it a pre show local stop, we have much better to offer ?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:41 PM

They're on the list because people have recommended them. I don't know that they're a chain. I trust the boardie recommendations?

If you'd like to offer a substitute... Go ahead...

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

brooklyn brewery
http://brooklynbrewery.com/verify

not sure if six points has a bar or not.

you already have hill country;
i always like Wylies Ribs toobut i have not been there in a while
Maybel's also gets great rviews.

nothing wrong with either but even with only 5 Hearltands and how ever many Virgil's they always feel like tourist places to me,
RCMH - Heartland is my ususal pregame

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:40 PM

tl:dr
but did anyone say McDonald's yet? :funny1:

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:23 PM

http://www.sylviasre....com/menus.html

http://www.tortillerianixtamal.com/

close to you

also

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao


if you are in the mood for fried everything:

http://www.chipshopnyc.com/

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:25 PM

Also if you dont mind a small drive and want fresh/organic food then:

http://bluehillfarm....ill-stone-barns

and for brunch: bacon brunch that is:

http://www.sagegeneralstore.com/

#48 Speckta

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:11 AM

I gotta get my girl to fall off the vegetarian wagon again...

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:11 AM

blueribbonrestaurants.com/restaurants/htm

Blue Ribbon 97 Sullivan St

Blue Ribbon's cozy yet bustling dining room and friendly bar have served neighborhood regulars, culinary professionals and celebrity chefs since 1992.
Whether youre in the mood for a hanger steak and a pint, rack of lamb and a fine cabaret, or chilled lobster and champagne Blue Ribbon welcomes its guests from 4:00 PM to 4:00, seven nights a week.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

saw this today, whole hog smokehouse
Ft. Reno

http://fort-reno.us/