Racines NY

Racines NY

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.racinesny.com/
  • Phone: 2122273400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm -10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Frederic Duca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church
  • Public Transit: 1.2.3 - Chambers Street 4.5.6 - Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall A.C - Chambers Street R - City Hall J.Z - Chambers Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Racines NY
In this outpost of Racines Paris, Michelin Starred Chef Frederic Duca offers fresh and seasonal fine French cuisine. The wine list, put together by Arnaud Tronche, is composed of small growers, the majority of them certified organic or Biodynamic.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Racines NY reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (87)fit for foodies (86)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (28)romantic (22)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Pretty but bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    On the positive side-The wine list is interesting and very reasonably priced. The negative-The food, while very pretty on the plate, basically has no taste. Good choice for a bottle of wine and a cheese plate.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • snixVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Strange combination with wooden benches, exposed brick, pretentious food which ended up being a poor man's version of a 1,2,3 star GuideM establishment and indy music (Foster the People et al) coming out of the speakers. On the whole it just gave a strange vibe. Service was incredibly slow, could have been down to our designated waiter though as other waiters were more a tad more alert. Coming back to the food, far from impressive menu and just plain boring. I would not go back, nor would I recommend to friends.
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  • Inexperienced staff, decent food
    KSD1228VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I'd come back for the veal tartar, but other than that end the egg appetizer, this placed is nothing to write home about and severely overpriced. The wine list is quite extensive but in terms of offerings but most bottles were $100+, which is fine is you have service, ambiance and food to match. Something was off about this place. For a self described wine bar, it felt a little out of place with the urban decor, never ending construction on Chambers St., inexperienced staff and size of the place.
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  • Wine Bar Plus
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Racines is a great place to go for good conversation (you can hear the people at your table) and great food and wine. Some of the standout items were: veal tartare, tile fish and porcelet. The only disappointment was the burrata with truffles that was very pricey and pretty tasteless. Service was excellent. Surprised when I went to look for the bottle of wine that we loved at the Chambers Street wine store (a partner of Racines) but it was not there....
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service, food and ambiance were all very good. If I were in lower Manhattan for any reason, I would return. However, I would not call this a destination restaurant.
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    hot spot, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New restaurant is a winner
    LucyB
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant on Chambers St is just a few months old, but the food and service are highly polished. We sat at the chef's counter and it was fun and fascinating to watch the food preparation. We particularly admired how well the whole team operated together. We could watch the assistant prepare appetizers and desserts with smooth efficiency. Our wait person was very helpful in pairing glasses of wines with our courses. The food itself was very well executed and different. One of our appetizers involved a steamed egg with chanterelles which was delicious. The veal tartare was also very good. We enjoyed our entrees of tile fish in a bouillabaisse manner and the porcelet with gnocchi. We'd definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great wine bar with amazing food
    senna22
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Appetizers - the Squash Blossom, the Tuna, and the Steamed Egg. All three were excellent; my favorite - Steamed Egg which featured Chanterelles and a Parmesan sauce. Entrees – Tile Fish, Cod, and Porcelet (pork). Again, beautiful preparation with my favorite the Cod which was cooked to perfection with a translucent center. Deserts were on the same level as the appetizers and entrees, but don’t miss the Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta. We came for the wine which was beyond our high expectations. The food was a major surprise. While we expected really good food to go with our wine, the dishes were way beyond complimentary. It’s a great wine bar with great food. And that is exceptional. We’ll be there every time we’re in town.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Could... but no
    Barnabooth
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Where is the mood ? food is good, ingredients choose carefully , perfect no pretentious wine list, but something missing... pleasure to cook ?
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    notable wine list
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  • Wine geek and foodie fit!
    CabFrancGuy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Impeccable wine list of old world gems, many mature, priced very reasonable. Notable Chinon selection. The Sommelier was remarkably friendly. Small but unique menu. Hanger steak was savoury and tender, over an interesting purée. Excellent cheese selections. Host staff could use some retraining. Showed up 16 minutes late, got lost getting there. Was tersely told we were late, table was gone, nothing she could do. Offered seating at the bar. I noted some open tables so persisted, she went to the back of the restaurant to speak with someone, and viola, a table appeared. We were apologetic about being late, gracious they accommodated us, but the initial terse attitude was off-putting. I highly recommend just don't be late!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous new restaurant
    dianeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    the food was fantastic. the service was above and beyond. the menu was well planned and perfect, with a razzle dazzle wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tel que prévu!
    GBertrand
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    J'ai visité le restaurant après avoir lu une critique favorable sur le NY Times. Le critique ne s'était pas trompé . Nous avons beaucoup aimé notre souper. Bouffe excellente, belle carte de vin soutenue par un personnel qui sait en parler adéquatement. Belle sélection au verre. Le service était impeccable. Si nous habitions NY, nous y retournerions!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Great addition to Tribeca
    AAugVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful meal, decor and customer service. They were a tad slow, but other than that, I have nothing but praise.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A terrific new place with innovative food and gracious service. waiter even steamed off the label from a wine bottle for me!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off to a great start
    DemandingDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It is a pleasure to visit a new restaurant where everything is under such complete control. The chef offers a relatively limited menu, but trade-off is that each dish is flawlessly executed and totally representative of what the restaurant is all about. Meticulously prepared elements, and the chef is there to provide the final assembly and tweaks. It doesn't get any better at this price point.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding.
    Ray884VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Fantastic food. An incredible wine list. I'd recommend going by the glass for wines -- it will let you try things you've never tasted. The service is exceptional and extremely knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fine meal and excellent service
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here, even though we're not real wine connoisseurs and only had one glass of wine each. Our server, Jennifer, was superb - professional, friendly, helpful and genuine. (Some servers tell you they're pleased you've enjoyed a dish, and you feel like they're on auto pilot. Here, her smile of pleasure lit up the room). While this isn't a cheap night out, but we felt quite content. Appetizers were fluke and a squash blossom stuffed with smoked ricotta and mains were snapper and a superb tuna. And we shared a chocolate caramel tart for dessert. Well worth trying, and if you're into wine, you can really find some unusual selections here.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively, delicious, great wines
    CasaLVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our appetizers were excellent, and the main courses surpassed them. The red snapper was outstanding. An excellent wine list, both by the bottle and by the glass.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in NY
    truffle
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delicious food, an exceptional wine list, lovely ambience and attentive service with the feeling that the table was ours for the evening. We loved every minute and we really felt as if we were in a high end Parisian bistro. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent. Unique. Bravo.
    LTPNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Racines NY is a gem. It offers a unique menu of seasonal food prepared carefully and with much detailed attention. Wine offerings are from small producers, organic or biodynamic in process and filled with terroir. The offerings by the glass are diverse and encourage you to try new wines and pairings with each course. Enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    sarahFVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I read the NY Times review and Racine's lived up to expectations.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • overly sophisticated
    ibanezPM120
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    sophisticated preparations, knowledgable staff, but small portions and not satisfying. maybe too sophisticated. hangar steak tough and tasteless.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Dynamite
    Ulysses
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were, at first, won over by the wine. This may be the only place in NYC where you can find some of the most promising French & Italian vignerons intermixed within a list that also contains cult biodynamic names. You immediately understand that the owner hand-selects what he believes to be beautiful representations of the terroir. He is happy to discuss each and every wine, and it was amazing to have a roundabout conversation ranging from viticultural methods to physical tasting notes. The food was quite good as well. The veal tartare was deceptively delicate and a perfect match for Chenin Blanc. We tasted both the tuna and lamb; both were the stars of the evening's savory offerings. Best Corsican selection I've seen!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Excellent wine list.
    Wineguy4love
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very fun. Worth the trip downtown. Superb service and inventive cuisine. NY Times review very accurate.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fly to Paris instead!
    Freser
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Yikes!!! Big space, small kitchen, not enough staff, goopy cumin sauce on a perfectly fine piece of steak, food served hour & half after it was ordered. They need to work out some serious kinks. The steamed egg starter was SUBLIME! The wine list is great. Stop with the fussy food. Keep it simple, get more staff and possibly rethink the faux industrial interior. If you have been to Racines in Paris, don't think you are going to have a similar experience here. 180 degrees apart! Yes, I know the NYT gave it two stars and a nice review....for my money I'll fly to Paris and have the real thing.
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    notable wine list
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  • underwhelmed
    lawroo79VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I really really wanted to like this place, particularly after a relatively glowing review by the NY Times. However, from beginning to the end of the meal, I was consistently underwhelmed - by the food, the service, the decor, everything... Good wine list, well prepared food, but completely overpriced even for NYC standards. Service was slow, and a dinner that should have taken 1 hour took 2. The decor was also lacking. Too sparse, restroom was near seating, not inviting.
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  • Overpriced
    mike
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Bland food, good wine, prices are ridiculous. Service was low average.
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  • Django
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Another excellent dinner at my new favorite restaurant. I would travel far for a place as good as this, but fortunately I live right around the corner and don't have to. I will be back soon.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Chef's Counter was wonderful!
    tiredracerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We lucked into swinging by this wonderful restaurant on a wine list recommendation from my girlfriend's industry contacts. We were not disappointed. The true pleasure of the evening was enjoying the Chef's counter and seeing the team in full flight. As the evening wound down we had the pleasure of speaking with the guys and were given some wonderful insights into how the restaurant has been doing since opening a few months ago. Thank you Jose for your hospitality! We will be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Lovely spot. The service was very gracious, and the food was delicious. We'd been to Racines in Paris, so it had special meaning to us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A gem
    sarasefVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    After reading the New York Times' review of Racines NY, I was eager to visit. This restaurant definitely lived up to expectations and the food, wine list and service were all wonderful. Despite being on a somewhat nondescript block, Racines NY is a gem in the area and I'll definitely be going back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Racines NY
    Lion26KingVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    If you can find it, it's a great place. For full write-up go to www.celluloidclub.blogspot.com.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • My new favorite place on the planet
    Tribecan26VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The wine list is outstanding, with many organic and biodynamic hard-to-find choices. The small menu is perfect and the dishes, always seasonal and locally sourced, are terrific. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven over the morels with burrata and the delicate, perfectly spiced tuna. Go there but shhh, don't tell anyone.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition
    InterloperVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Limited menu, but what's there is fantastic. And it puts the focus on the wine, which is front and center here. Great food, wine, and service. This is a welcome addition to NYC's culinary landscape. And Uptowners, this is well worth the journey to this corner of downtown.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing
    DealguyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Racines' food is disappointing. The dishes (I had the morels/burrata app and lamb main) sound good but feature odd flavor combinations that don't meld. The restaurant's air conditioning underperformed on a hot, humid day. The service is very friendly and the wine list extensive, although Bordeaux lovers will be disappointed.
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    notable wine list
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  • Great but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food was fenomenal but the cool Brooklyn is somewhat out of touch with the expensive bill. Regardless, this is my own opinion, I am sure that it will please lots of people as it really is good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Service needs to catch up
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time to Racine this sat weekend. The food was excellent, but the waitress was holding back the kitchen and even the bus boys from getting 5 stars. We sat for a long time before she even came to the table to take drink orders, in fact we had to flag her down. This was the pattern throughout the meal. We will go back in hope of a different wait person.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    Django
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Accommodated my last-minute reservation very pleasantly. First class wine list, knowledgable and helpful sommelier. Excellent food for both of us, and both the chef and the proprietor came by to make sure we had everything we needed for a great dining experience. So happy this is just a block away from home.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it whatsoever
    diningout
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This restaurant was a true disappointment! We were very excited for a new restaurant to open on our block, and made a date to go there. What we found was a very expensive menu that did not deliver outstanding food to match, very very small portions, and poor wait service. When we asked for some bread, at 9pm, our waiter told us that they had run out and brought a thin film of asparagus soup as an "amuse bouche" instead. They had also run out of the fish, when there were only 4 entrees on the menu. Finally, as this place seems to be trying to serve a wide selection of wines, the waiter poured the smallest glasses of wine I've ever been poured. I highly DO NOT recommend going here.
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  • Disappointing
    TBCSJW
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had a special occasion dinner here last week with friends on a hot, humid night. We walked in and wondered why the front door was propped open, then realized that there was no A/C. The hostess confirmed in an offhand manner that the A/C was broken. It was late, and no one in our party wanted to wander around looking for another place to eat, so we stayed, sweat literally dripping on the table. We ordered 2 different Rose wines by the glass before dinner. These were the shortest pours we've ever seen in any restaurant in any country! We even asked (never done that before) and the waitress said no, that was it. Food was so-so, tiny portions. No apology, no complimentary drink or dessert and no alert about A/C when calling to confirm res.
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  • Great experience
    nycdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    A great find with a superb young french chef. Everything was done to perfection with delicious simplicity. One page menu and a great wine list that is truly out of the ordinary. Sommelier was very helpful in finding just what you are looking for without breaking the bank. The chef came out and chatted with us after our meal and was very friendly and open about his style. Will definitely add this to our "go to" spots…...
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.