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Restaurant R&D – Chowhound's List of Manhattan’s Most Compelling Restaurants

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Restaurant R&D – Chowhound's List of Manhattan’s Most Compelling Restaurants

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JKCDN | | Aug 12, 2008 01:16 PM

A longtime fan of this site and a 15 year restaurant professional is finally getting to Manhattan. I am opening a restaurant and lounge this fall in San Diego with 200 wines by the glass and a seasonal/organic menu.

After many hours of research I have compiled the following list (in no particular order) of restaurants to visit during my upcoming 5 day trip 8/19 – 8/24. I am hoping to have your comments on which restaurants to REMOVE (different than most requests that I see on this board ) as I have 5 days and want to only hit those restaurants that are compelling for their exceptional physical design or a culinary style that is utterly unique.

Whenever possible I want to hit the most expensive restaurants at lunch time and the insanely popular restaurants at dinner opening (Babbo and Casa Mono etc.). I can schedule up to 4 restaurants a day based on my schedule and budget (plan on 1 item per stop) but restaurants that are prix fixe are automatically disqualified (Per Se is on the list because I have to see that space); as are sushi restaurants or other primarily ethnic restaurants.

My list of compelling lounges to visit can use some editing as well so any feedback is greatly appreciated!

RESTAURANT LIST

1.Degustation
2.Bar Blanc
3.L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
4.Gramercy Tavern
5.Scarpetta
6.La Pizza Fresca Ristorante (Una is closed)
7.Bar Boulud
8.DB Bistro Moderne
9.Momofuku Ssam Bar
10.Buddakan
11.wd-50
12.Upstairs at Bouley
13.Hearth
14.Casa Mono
15.Babbo
16.The Spotted Pig
17.Jean Georges
18.Craft
19.Blue Ribbon Brasserie 97 Sullivan St -
20.Picholine
21.Artisanal
22.Pastis
23.Per Se
24.Balthazar
25.Eleven Madison Park

LOUNGE LIST
1.Pegu Club
2.Employees Only
3.Please Don't Tell
4.Death and Co.
5.Angel's share
6.Little branch
7.Flatiron Lounge
8.Tailor
9.East Side Company
10.Stanton Social
11.Bar 89
12.merc bar
13.pravda
14.Fun - Under the Manhattan bridge.
15.Remote Lounge -
16.Idlewild - Shaped like an airplane.
17.Milk & Honey - "Private Bar".
18.Burp Palace - Bartenders are Monks. Serves hundreds of beers.
19.Chibi's - Sake bar.
20.Chez Es Saada - Moroccan
21.ñ - Small tapas bar.

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