Best and favorite NYC restaurant

Old Mar 27th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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Best and favorite NYC restaurant

Myself and husband in middle of June to go to NYC wed through Sat.... Love La Grenouille Gothan City was okay loud fun and okay Lae grenouille was the standard...Sushi being out what can you reccommen for fine dinning no holds bar!!!! Let me have them the best you have got Thanks for helping,
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Il Mulino....pricey but
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Old Mar 27th, 2009, 01:29 PM
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I just have to say that Il Mulino was the most disappointing meal I've ever had in NYC. We were told later that the two main chefs were both off on that Sunday night, but one dish was returned uneaten -- watery pasta that had an unsuccessful attempt to thicken it with uncooked flour that sat in raw lumps in the "soup". Even the waiter remarked, "oh, that looks very strange indeed". The "baby rack of lamb" had ribs the size of a small horse and tasted more like mutton. Although not part of the description, when I asked why my veal chop stuffed with fontina and mushrooms tasted like liver, the waiter checked and said the "cook" (this is when we learned the chefs weren't there) had added fois gras. Who in the world would combine fois gras and fontina cheese in one recipe? It was bizarre. The final insult was a plate of tiramisu the size of Rhode Island that tasted like cool whip and chocolate pudding. No ladyfingers and not a hint of espresso.

If we were really into gigantic portions though, we'd have been as pleased as the group of drunk businessmen at the next table who kept shouting "wow, that's the biggest____I ever saw". And our wine, including the selection help of the waiter was fantastic.

My favorite, including its ability to be non snooty when they have every right to be is Le Bernardin. Picholine is right up there too.
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I should mention that I don't mean to suggest our night at Il Mulino was standard -- obviously not. But when you've tried many times unsuccessfully to get a reservation at a place, hear nothing but raves, and then finally score one to only endure a complete disaster -- well it's really disappointing beyond belief, especially at those prices and having three times more food thrown at you than any human being should ever eat.
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Have a look at this thread here on this forum for starters:
http://tinyurl.com/dkrjbk
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Per Se. We've been twice and it was extraordinary both times. But it is no holds barred - the tasting menu is $275 per person so with wine tax and tip you talking $800. You can check out the a la carte - but the price range will be the same.
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#1 Chanterelle


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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 09:12 AM
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nytraveler~wowser....tasting menu....

I love "Gino on Lexington". Not a fancy restaurant,
the wine isn't so great, but the food, is very
comforting.....
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The OP used La Grenouille as an example and mentioned "no holds bars" so that's what I gave them. Naturally there are a lot of places with excellent food at lower prices. But they seemed to be looking for the extraordinary.
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Sorry - And dinner with wine, tax and tip at Grenouille is about $350 for a couple.
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We love Oceana and Le Bernardin. A friend of mine went to Daniel last weekend and raved about it.
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Thanks for the help there used to be a restaurant call I believe l'Lespainse anybody know what happened to that chef??? Thanks and I appreciate the no holds bar scenerio.. We came out at La grenouille with a 600 check, no complaints, full bellies and a lifetime souvinour... our son... Thanks and can't wait to relieve the best NYC has to offer me!!
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Nine months after La Grenouille you got a son? Better than escargot!

There's no 'best' for me, but you can't go wrong with Chanterelle, Bouley, or Daniel.

Are you ready for a daughter?
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For me, the best restaurant (not to mention the most reasonably priced great restaurant in the world) is Le Bernardin. But only if you love seafood, of course.

My favorite is 11 Madison Park, but it took a while to grow on me. The first time I was not so terribly impressed, but after that I've just grown to love it, especially the lavender duck for 2.
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Doug - could you describe the lavender duck please?
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Well for starters, we can assume it's a light shade of purple?
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And I thought is was an entree.
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oops - IT was an entree.
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Lespinasse, in the St. Regis Hotel, closed long ago. I think Gray Kunz was the chef there and he later opened up Cafe Gray at Columbus Circle. I never ate at Cafe Gray, but my sister was a big fan.

Someone here mentioned that Cafe Gray has closed.

I ate a Lespinasse once, but I was so stoned (I had a horrid drug problem then) that I couldn't taste my food. What a waste.

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The chef at Lespinasse in the St. Regis Hotel was Christin Delouvrier. Before that, he was the chef at Les Celebrities in the Essex House, succeeded by Grey Kunz. Both restaurants have closed. Kunz went on to open Cafe Grey in the Time Warner Center, now closed, too. A more recent effort, Grayz, is also closed. Delouvrier is now chef at restaurants in Florida and Chicago.

IMO, #1: Le Bernardin; #2: Daniel; #3: Jean Georges; #4: Per Se.

Other places, mentioned or not, are certainly not bad choices, either: Chanterelle, Picholine, Adour Alain Ducasse.

A sleeper: Annisa (on Barrow Street in Greenwich Village).
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