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La Vara vs Isa vs The Elm vs Glasserie

I know this is a hodge-podge of restaurants, but they were chosen based on being able to accommodate a party of 7 for dinner. It's a reunion dinner for old friends, some visiting from out of town. All diners are adventurous eaters, and 1 person needs non-spicy options. Can anyone speak to the quality of the food at Isa post Chef Mattos? On the basis of food quality alone, which restaurant would you choose? What about on the basis of value (quality/price ratio)? Lastly, what's the noise level of these places? I'd like a place where it's not too raucous, we have a lot of catching up to do!

Jan 12, 2014
tigercub in Outer Boroughs

brushstroke vs kyo ya

I think Brushstroke was $135 for 10 course tasting menu and the Kyo Ya kaiseki dinner was $150. What made Kyo Ya an exceptional dining experience (beside it being my birthday dinner last year) was that the space was intimate, we sat in front of the chef who was very pleasant, and the food was inventive and memorable. For tea, I highly recommend the soba-cha. Great toasted flavor, not something offered by other restaurants, but should be!

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Kyo Ya
94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Jun 29, 2011
tigercub in Manhattan

brushstroke vs kyo ya

I've been to both and had their tasting menus. Kyo ya hands-down. Brushstroke, while the food was perfectly good, did not bowl me over.

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Kyo Ya
94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Brushstroke
30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 29, 2011
tigercub in Manhattan