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Recs for Smaller, Chef-Driven Restaurants with Great Food

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Recs for Smaller, Chef-Driven Restaurants with Great Food

RChicago | Oct 14, 2010 09:02 AM

Hi! Hubby and I will visiting New York (from Chicago) next month for the first time in a few years and would appreciate some dinner recommendations. There are so many wonderful threads discussing the best fine dining options.

What we're having trouble with is finding the best smaller restaurants, with up-and-coming chefs working hard in the kitchen nearly every night. We'd greatly appreciate suggestions for where we can get great food from a restaurant with a chef that hasn't been profiled by the NYT and won't be bumping elbows with 200 other diners.

We'll eat any cuisine, although coming from Chicago, we'll probably skip Mexican and Chinese as we have perfectly acceptable options here. If possible, we'd like to find a great snout-to-tail spot, and we also appreciate restaurants with locally-sourced ingredients. Cost isn't a major issue, but what I'm thinking about are spots with $20-30 mains, so not cheap, but not super high-end either.

A friend and food writer just returned from New York and recommended Dell’Anima, Little Owl, and Cafeteria. Any of those good options? Is the Spotted Pig still a great choice, or has it been supplanted by another restaurant?

Thanks so much in advance!

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

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