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Former New Yorkers back in town: new restaurant recommendations (post-2008)?


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Former New Yorkers back in town: new restaurant recommendations (post-2008)?

carbonara | Jun 18, 2011 09:55 AM


We lived in New York awhile but haven't lived there since 2008 (we now split our time between SF and the Mid-Atlantic area). Lately we've been going back more often, but we keep revisiting old favorites instead of trying something new--partly because we miss our old haunts so very, very much, and partly because we hate the thought of wasting a meal on what could be disappointing food.

Anyone have recommendations on new, Chowish places that have opened since mid-2008? Cheap to mid-range is nice, though if there's something truly outstanding yet expensive, we're willing to splurge. If it's helpful, here's a list of our beloved old haunts:

Corner Bistro
15 East (for lunch = a little less expensive)
Sparks (for their sirloin, cheesecake, and wine list)
Blaue Gans
Momofuku Ssam
Pearl Oyster Bar (for their lobster roll)
Snack Taverna
Grand Sichuan (the Chelsea branch)
Le Bernardin (for lunch)
Peter Luger
Brandy Library (for Scotch and cheese puffs)
Little Branch

And these aren't in Manhattan, but:
Al di la
Di Fara

Also, not long after it opened, we did try Momofuku Ko, but we were disappointed--we thought it was badly overpriced for what it was, and not nearly as satisfying as the food from Ssam or even his noodle bar. We also used to love Little Owl, though we haven't been there recently.

170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Little Owl
90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

Snack Taverna
63 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Blaue Gans
139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

Little Branch
22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Brandy Library
25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

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