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Old 12 October 2017, 04:11 AM   #31
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Another great sushi place is Nakazawa in the village. Best sushi I ever had.


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Old 12 October 2017, 04:37 AM   #32
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For sushi...... New York Sushi Ko ($$$$ but work it)
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Old 12 October 2017, 04:40 AM   #33
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Have you guys had the Omakase at Sushi of Gari? While I agree Nakazawa and Ko are excellent, Gari is the best I've had.

Off beaten less traveled path, Ki Sushi in Cobble Hill is excellent too! Different level though at half the cost.
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Old 12 October 2017, 04:58 AM   #34
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Have you guys had the Omakase at Sushi of Gari? While I agree Nakazawa and Ko are excellent, Gari is the best I've had.

Off beaten less traveled path, Ki Sushi in Cobble Hill is excellent too! Different level though at half the cost.
Ive had Sushi of Gari in Los Angeles. It was good but I'm sure the original NYC one is better. Im going to try Ki Sushi in Cobble Hill next time I'm in NYC.
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Old 12 October 2017, 12:22 PM   #35
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I agree with this now, after having lived in NYC for 20 years. But when visiting the city, or when you first move here, it is kind of fun to go out and hit all of the highly regarded (and highly-priced) restaurants.

Of all mentioned here, I've enjoyed them all but have settled on Gramercy Tavern as my all-time favorite for a down-to-earth, comfortable dinner with amazing food. Every season the menu continues to impress me.

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Awesome thanks for sharing! Menu sounds amazing!
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Old 12 October 2017, 12:26 PM   #36
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Sushi of Gari for raw fish

Second the Le Bernadin & Sea Fire recommendations

Lupulo is good and flies under the radar - technically I wouldn't classify it as a Seafood restaurant, but they do an excellent job with it.

Not fine dining, but a delicious meal can also be had at Seamore's.

Avoid Per Se, IMO... I agree with some other assessments - overpriced, paying for a name, way too expensive and I'm not a price conscious diner.

Instead of Per Se, make a reservation at Asiate in the Time Warner Building... throw the hostess a $20 and request a window seat on the 40th floor. Best dining view in the city with a quality meal to boot, IMO of course.
sounds like a cool spot! Thanks!
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Old 12 October 2017, 12:39 PM   #37
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A nice thing about Gramercy Tavern is the flexibility

You can grab drinks and casual food in the bar area, or grab a 1 or 2 course dinner in the dining room, or you can do a full tasting menu with wine
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Old 12 October 2017, 12:40 PM   #38
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Ooh, we’re talking about sushi now? I highly recommmed Ushiwakamaru, now on 23rd Street. Originally recommended to me by my friend from Tokyo, it’s definitely one of the best places for sushi/sashimi in NY.
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Old 12 October 2017, 03:50 PM   #39
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I've had the tasting menu at Sushi of Gari but would not recommend it for OP's purposes (although I did enjoy the food)

--My wife (not from Japan, but from nearby in Korea) complained that the food was not close to being authentic. She also noticed some cheap ingredients like non-fresh packaged wasabi being used.

-- crowd appeared to be a lot of finance guys in their 30s... the kind of dudes who thrive on buying pricey sushi on the upper east side... Naturally they were drinking a lot and loudly one-upping each other's "vast knowledge" of sushi. LOL

-- it might not feel like a nice night out. Like most sushi spots, service and environment are relaxed
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Old 12 October 2017, 03:58 PM   #40
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Bouley is my all-time favorite. Also really like Asiate
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Old 12 October 2017, 04:06 PM   #41
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Supreme Pizza or Sal and Carmines. A great slice is better than all that fancy stuff!
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Old 13 October 2017, 12:32 AM   #42
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Carbone is my idea of fine dining in NYC!
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Old 13 October 2017, 01:43 AM   #43
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In my humble opinion, I would put very little thought into a NY Times restaurant review. They are notorious for their bias that favors NY restauranteurs and writing unfavorably against successful restauranteurs making a move to NYC.

Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Masayoshi Takayama (Masa) are all prime examples of NY Time bias yet they have all received top honors and countless accolades from culinary experts and writers around the globe.

Sushi Nakazawa is another example of this bias. I’ve been there and its a killer sushi restaurant and one of the better ones in the city but nowhere near the best. There is no logical reason this place has NY Times 4 stars while Masa has 3. Daisuke Nakazawa was an apprentice at Sukiyabashi Jiro when a NYC Investor, who saw the documentary, brought him over here to open Sushi Nakazawa. For those who watched the documentary, Daisuke Nakazawa was the one who couldn’t even make a proper egg sushi to Jiro’s standards.

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Old 13 October 2017, 01:44 AM   #44
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Carbone is my idea of fine dining in NYC!
Great space but awful food unless you like the Italian American red sauce places. If thats the case, Rao's is the better bet
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Old 13 October 2017, 01:46 AM   #45
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Bouley is my all-time favorite. Also really like Asiate
Bouley is a great choice
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Old 13 October 2017, 02:45 AM   #46
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Supreme Pizza or Sal and Carmines. A great slice is better than all that fancy stuff!
There was just some Patsy's floating around in the office kitchen, so good.
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Old 13 October 2017, 02:48 AM   #47
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I've lived in NYC my whole life, and just ate at Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe for the first time last month. One of the best meals I've ever had, hands down. Its a special meal but won't set you back 4 figures.
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Old 13 October 2017, 02:52 AM   #48
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Great space but awful food unless you like the Italian American red sauce places. If thats the case, Rao's is the better bet
I sorta agree with this, but not entirely... Had a meal at Carbone about 2 years back with the wife, as a pasta she ordered the tortellini, it came with like 3 pieces...

Food was good, but for the bill, I left highly uninspired.

I'd agree with Rao's, but I highly doubt someone from out of town is going to have any chance of eating a meal there.
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Old 13 October 2017, 02:56 AM   #49
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Another good one (not seafood, feel like we've branched off in this thread lol) that won't set you back an arm and leg is Saxon & Parole on Bowery by Houston. Quality meal and they make a mean cocktail.
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Old 13 October 2017, 05:12 AM   #50
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If thats the case, Rao's is the better bet
Good practical suggestion there.

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Old 13 October 2017, 05:19 AM   #51
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Good practical suggestion there.

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Old 13 October 2017, 05:32 AM   #52
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Good practical suggestion there.

Why is that? Rao's is no more difficult to score a reservation than some of the other names mentioned here.

Le Bernadin, Per Se, Jean Georges, Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare, and even Marea are all booked 30+ days in advance for dinner unless you like eating at 5:30pm
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Old 13 October 2017, 06:22 AM   #53
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Many of the restaurant mentioned will be difficult to find a reservation on short to medium notice.
As a veggie the michelin starred NIX is a great choice. Great meal!
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After all this fine dining you will need a good relatively inexpensive place for lunch.

Go to Katz's Deli and split a pastrami sandwich with fries and cole slaw.

An iconic NYC experience.
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I'm from NYC myself and Del Posto and EMP are personal favorites for fine dining. However, as what a few people have said, there should be no need to spend a lot in Manhattan when there are so many economical but amazing choices here.
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Old 13 October 2017, 06:52 AM   #56
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Planning a NYC trip myself - keep the recommendations coming!
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In my humble opinion, I would put very little thought into a NY Times restaurant review. They are notorious for their bias that favors NY restauranteurs and writing unfavorably against successful restauranteurs making a move to NYC.

Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Masayoshi Takayama (Masa) are all prime examples of NY Time bias yet they have all received top honors and countless accolades from culinary experts and writers around the globe.

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Just sayin'
Interesting.. Thanks or the story. I totally remember the guy who had made thousands of egg sushi trying to prefect it in the documentary.
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A nice thing about Gramercy Tavern is the flexibility

You can grab drinks and casual food in the bar area, or grab a 1 or 2 course dinner in the dining room, or you can do a full tasting menu with wine
I'm sold on this place. Definitely going here. Thanks friend!
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After all this fine dining you will need a good relatively inexpensive place for lunch.

Go to Katz's Deli and split a pastrami sandwich with fries and cole slaw.

An iconic NYC experience.
Now we are talking! All I need now is a great spot for hot stacks or an omelette.
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