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Going back to NYC in a few weeks. Lunch/Dinner Recs?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Eustace, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. ryansmith

    ryansmith Well-Known Member

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    Recette for dinner
     
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    Grimaldi's is merely decent, would skip it. Would be silly to wait in line very long for it anyway, although I did happen to read that the pizza is better at its new location. For Neopolitan pizza, try Motorino, Keste, Forcella, Don Antonio or perhaps Co. off the top of my head. Co. and Motorino have solid appetizers in addition to pizza if that matters.
     
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  3. Eustace

    Eustace Well-Known Member

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    Figured NY pie was a must. Anybody been to Danny Brown Wine Bar or Kin Shop? A friend raved about both.
     
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    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    are the two blue hills really that different? i enjoyed my time at stone barns and wondered how the one in the city would be


    just because it's a tourist trap doesn't mean it's not good.
     
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    Yes, BHSB is far better food and on a completely different level in terms of decor and overall enjoyment. I have no interest in going back to BH in the Village but always want to go to BHSB at least once a year.
     
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    my gf joked that if we told them we didnt like beets they would have had to have given us a totally different menu
     
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    BHSB is much more than a "local food thing". I agree it the concept is not unique or necessarily the best (though they did win the James Beard award a couple years ago), but I believe it is probably the only such place that is a 40 minute drive from over 8 million people. Do you know that Rockefeller donated 80 or more acres for this project and that he created a fund to pay the $300k/year in lost taxes to the county? Such a place so close to NYC could only exist because of his support.


    Yes.


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    Once, my dining partner told them she didn't like beets when they brought a beet dish. I ate mine and they made a extra course for both of us.
     
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    Ate at Kin Shop last week and this may sound weird but I don't know if I like the place or not.
    Small, edited menu, but the food didn't impress me that much. The staff is very indifferent. Everything we tried that the waiter suggested was mediocre. Might go back for another try but I'm not in a hurry.

    Still haven't found NY style pizza in NY that is better than I can get elsewhere.

    How about going to Babbo?
     
  10. indesertum

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    otto or eataly is great too.

    eataly might be more fun
     
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    I loved Luzzo's when I was there. The one in East Village, I think.
     
  12. Eustace

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    It sounds like they still might be trying to get their wheels, and they are not quite there yet. I may hold off until next visit.

    You may be right RE: pizza but for me it's more about nostalgia. Every time I've been (for leisure) I get pizza and Katz's/2nd Avenue Deli. Pizza may be replicated but a NY Deli cannot.

    I ate at Babbo a couple of years ago, and while it was very good, I'd rather eat somewhere I haven't been. I honestly am not sure if I'll ever go back.
     
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    I second Sorella -- make sure to save room for the salted carmel cheesecake served over a chocolate covered pretzel with a side of milk sorbet.

    Though this could devolve into a long debate, my favorite pizza in the city can be found on the 'Shroomtown (marinara with cheese, white truffle oil, portobellow, shitake and button mushrooms) at Vezzo, Spunto, and Posto (all have the same menu).

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    That pizza looks great.

    Sorella or Barbuto or both?

    What about Cafe Boulud for Sunday brunch? I was thinking we could hit that and then do the Met/Park in the afternoon.
     
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    Both (if you don't mind doing Italian twice)

    Cafe Boulud: food is great, ambiance is geriatric IME. I would rather go to the other side of the park at Jean-Georges or Nougatine
     
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    +1, though on the east side I'd say Cafe Boulud is the best. Brunch for $39 is a good deal, but watch out for the $19 mimosas :plain:.

    On the west side, it's a toss up between JG, Nougatine, Bar Boulud, and Boulud Sud. I had a really great brunch at Boulud Sud a few months ago.
     
  17. ehkay

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    I think JG is closed on Sunday's though, so that could weigh into his decision.
     
  18. gdl203

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    Nougatine is a better setting for a Sunday brunch anyway
     
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    Italian is my favorite, so I don't mind, coupled with the fact that the cuisine appears different enough. I feel geriatric these days, so perhaps Cafe Boulud will work.


    If you could eat at any of them, which would it be?
     
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    I would need a four sided coin to toss, but at the moment I'm craving some Bar Boulud. Tomorrow might be Nougatine, who knows. Any of them will be great.

    If you're on the west side, stop by Epicerie Boulud to pick up some snacks and sweets.
     
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