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Tourist Seeking Advice: Small Plates, Gastropub and American New


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Tourist Seeking Advice: Small Plates, Gastropub and American New

jlrobe | | May 8, 2009 02:00 PM

I am visiting Manhattan from CA again and wanted some food recs.

I have been to Eleven Madison, the modern, babbo, a voce, blue hill, gramercy tavern, Balthazaar, WD-50, Spotted Pig, Prune, Inoteca, Momofuku Ssam Bar.

In Summary I am trying to find good replacements for Gramercy Tavern, Spotted Pig, Inoteca, momofuku ko, Prune

Of the bunch, I thought Eleven Madison and the modern had the most "refined" food, WD-50 the most "creative" but I enjoyed my meal best at Gramercy Tavern. I don't need ultra refinement and white glove service or overly precious and engineered food. I want bold global flavors and Gramercy Tavern delievered. Blue Hill was super fresh and natural, but it was a bit too similar to the seasonal simple market driven cooking we get here back in CA.

Places like Jean-Goerges, Le Bernadin, Boluod, etc just don't seem to appeal to me.

Are there any other choices for American New like Gramercy Tavern? Places that are very updated and global but maybe lack a little refinement. Places that use things like foie gras, pork belly, short ribs, fish crudos (like hamachi krudo), sweetbreads, . Sort of like the big bold combinations at momofuku ko. I also love seafood, but in the same vein as the food above.

I LOVED spotted pig. That's my kind of place. I certainly want to go back there, but again, I want to try some place different this time. Any suggestions.

I liked prune a lot for brunch. It was a small neighborhood brunch spot that served very pleasing yet updated brunch food. Are there any other places like this?

I liked inoteca for wine and small plates. Great atmosphere and good concept, but I want something a little more Spanish and or global and less italian this time around.

I went to a place in Boston called Toro.
It was more of a spanish/american new tapas place that felt like Inoteca, except it had very good cocktails (almost as good as milk and honey's) and great beers to go along with the great wines. They served a few basque dishes, but they mostly had very good "global american new" type dishes as well. The tapas place also has to have a very nice charcuterie and cheese platter.

I will try to get into Momofuku ko, but I doubt I will be able to. What is the best replacement? I looked into degustation, but it just didn't seem the same. And all of the other American New with slight Asian influence type cooking is similar to Jean-Goerges style places like Spice Market, which I don't really care for.


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