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Jose J Valverde
New York City
Sommelier at Toro NYC
Contra is chefs Jeremiah Stone's & Fabian van Hauske's LES hip place offering an amazing tasting menu. The food is a modern approach to local, fresh and seasonal cooking. The menu is a 7-course meal for $67. I'd suggest you add the delicious bread and creamy butter for $3 and/or the cheese plate for $8 to compliment your dining experience. Dishes change regularly to reflect produce availability. The restaurant also offers a full selection of Spirits, Cocktails, Beer and a great Wine List.
Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living
Can't go wrong with bread & butter for $3...thanks :)
over 1 year ago
Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
Ditto -- We loved everything about Contra's food when we ate there. Their wine program is really unique too. Natural wines are fantastic for those who like some funk!
Sommelier at Terroir Wine Bar | MD/MBA NYU
Contra is value of the best kind.
An extraordinary dining experience with unanticipated culinary creations that change almost daily, dinner at Contra provides no dull moments. The tasting menu is $67 for 7 courses, 2 (read: two!) of which are desert. Believe me you'll be begging for a 3rd.
This is a place where you only take the ones you care about.
Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic
Sounds so good! Love menus where you can try something new every time you go back
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Wine Director at Piora, Writer and Instructor.
Any place that serves delicious pizza and chinese food is bound to be a mecca for those seeking comfort foods. The standouts here are their $40 tasting menu(dinner sets). Yes, it is as magical as it seems. The hip restaurant is all the rage these days and the dinner set allows you to try a lot of what makes them so great without having to think. Also, on the way to the bathroom the theme song from "Twin Peaks" seems to play on repeat. They're also open relatively late which is great for us industry folk keen on a late-night bite such as their green papaya and banana blossom salad.
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
This sounds amazing! What do you get with the cocktail cart? Is it a pairing for the dishes?
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
Hahaha love that they play Twin Peaks theme song. At least we know they have great taste in tv shows!
Service Manager at La Sirena
Beautiful platings and delicate food are coming out of the kitchen at The Musket Room from Chef Matt Lambert (AKA Musket Matt). The dining room is a perfect cozy getaway from busy Elizabeth street in soho. They are serving up Matt's interpretation of New Zealand fare and their $75 6 course tasting menu is the best way to sample highlights from his menu. They have a wine list comprised almost entirely of New Zealand wine, a spectacular cocktail program and you can even add a few more courses for just $15 each. Enjoy this feel good spot and don't miss any rendition of his foie gras torchon!
Invented the concept of second breakfast
Matt Lambert is doing incredible things at Musket Room -- very underrated spot!
Part-time private chef, full-time foodie
Heard great things about this place, sounds like a great option if you can do a tasting for $75. Thank you Tom!
Sous Chef at Marea
Pig and Khao is the LES restaurant of Top Chef alum Leah Cohen. She draws on heavy Thai and Filipino influences for her Southeastern Asia inspired menu. During the week (and sometimes on a slow Sunday) she offers a $45, 5-course tasting menu. Items that can’t be missed include: the ‘Sizzling Sisig,’ a kind of pig’s head hash served in a blazing hot cast iron plate and topped with a whole egg for you to break and stir in at the table; and the ‘Singaporean Skate Wing,’ a succulent skate wing steamed to perfection inside of a banana leaf and served with a sambal and kalamansi sauce. Her menu changes with the seasons, though there are some favorites that remain constant. The chicharrons are a must and go great with a pork slap beer, indicative of the well-assembled, eclectic beer and cocktail selection. They offer seating on the outdoor patio during the warmer weather, and I highly recommend a seat at the chef’s counter if it’s available.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
For $45 I feel like I'd be losing money not to try this ;) Thanks for the recommendation~!
I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
Sounds so good! Love it!
Totally underrated spot, you really said it well!
Sommelier at Aureole Restaurant
Hearth is one of New York's most consistently excellent restaurants. The tasting menu is only $78 bucks for six courses out of Chef Marco Canora's traditional Italian kitchen. The food is always thoughtful and the ingredients top-notch. While he doesn't learn on any particular region out of the Italian cannon, you are also not eating the this-came-from-nowhere style of Italian-American cooking that passes at so many of America's red sauce joints. There will be no baked ziti or chicken parm here. And even if there is a dish that resembles those, it'll be better than anything you've ever tasted. There are few other dining experiences that offer better dollars-in to satisfaction-out in New York. Service is relaxed and casual, but relatively precise.
It should also be noted that while legendary sommelier Paul Grieco is no longer involved in the restaurant his iconoclastic spirit is indelibly infused into the beverage program here. You can count on drinking something of value that's also unique and delicious. It's a wine list that matches the rustic ethos of the restaurant.
Favorite restaurant in the EV -- well said Morgan!
Restaurant Consultant, former Sommelier at Le Bernardin
Babu Ji opened last June in Alphabet City and offers playful Indian street food with a modern twist. The classic flavors of indian curries and spice are all there yet those spices are mixed with underlying tones that you can't quite pinpoint. Babu Ji is a fun way to experience Indian cuisine. Try the Colonel Tso's Cauliflower, the Butter Chicken and Babu's Daal. A word of warning though, the place is ALWAYS busy with excruciating wait times. Try making a reservation online for the $60 tasting menu.
VP at Peter Luger Steak House
Meadowsweet in my opinion, is not just one of the most underrated restaurants in Brooklyn but in NYC in general. They have a great mix of ambiance and food. The music, drinks, vibe are always on point and the food is killer. They have some delicious pastas (think truffles) and and a must-order artichoke salad! If you go there Sun-Thur, they have 5-course Chef's tasting menu for $75. Have always had A+ meals there.
Culinary Manager at The Brooklyn Kitchen
I am confident to say that the best dining experience I had in all of 2015 was my birthday dinner at Semilla. They offer a tasting menu for $85. The chefs and servers all shared their food with genuine joy- making us feel like extended family as they delivered one breathtaking dish after another. The night turned into an endless blur of 'food moments'- when you take a bite of something unknown and don't know what to expected, but the experience really moves you. It was like being whisked away: the diners do not receive menus; instead you are taken through an unexpected journey of flavors and textures. The bread course was so amazing I begged for seconds and they were happy to oblige and make our meal more special. I highly recommend this comfortable and unassuming spot the next time you're looking for a meal that makes you really feel something special.
I don’t often leave the Island but for Patti Jackson it's worth the trip. She does amazing work with unique ingredients from local suppliers. This isn’t a fancy restaurant, and I appreciate the casual yet hip vibe. It’s only $54 per person, and has a selection of great beers and ciders with very reasonable pricing. And be sure to try the buttermilk spaetzle, it's so good!
Sounds fantastic and like a steal at $54 bucks!
12 months ago
Whaaa? A michelin-starred establishment for only $54? I had no idea it was that inexpensive.
Regina Myers Maganzini
Owner/operator of four small establishments in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Black Mountain Wine House, Bar San Miguel, Union Grounds and PDQ.
Battersby offers a 5-course tasting for $75 and a 7-course tasting for $95. It’s “improvised” and you will usually receive several courses that are not listed on the menu. Every time we're here the menu is consistently delicious and creative. It's an excellent night out without the pretentiousness that comes along with a lot of Michelin-starred places. You can actually relax and enjoy yourself and your company while still being served in quality fashion.
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Jose J Valverde
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