For many years my wife and I made an approximately monthly pilgrimage from the wilds of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey to the Vasata, a wonderful Czech restaurant in Manhattan on 75th Street off First Avenue. We always ordered what was for us the absolutely perfect meal: liver dumpling soup, roast duck with dumplings and sauerkraut, and apricot palacinky.
And then, one terrible evening as we rounded the corner of 75th Street and First, we saw that the Vasata was gone! Replaced by something called the Cafe Chopin, in our desperation we tried this upstart. It was lousy. Six months or so later it was gone, replaced by an Indian restaurant. We still drive by in the hope that this latest replacement has gone broke and that the original owners of the Vasata will be forced to come back and reopen.
Query: is there any restaurant in the greater metropolitan area that can even remotely replace this great restaurant, and more specifically, this magical meal?
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