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What to Order: West Village

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Welcome to What to Order, a new feature where we pick three new restaurants in one neighborhood and find out what the critics, the average diners, and the staff recommend. Tried any dishes from a new restaurant that blew you away? Let us know.

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Krieger, 2/19/08

Commerce
The critic pick:
From the Bruni: "The kitchen did right, however, by sweet potato tortelloni, which were showered with hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds, and mushroom and Fontina ravioli, which were bathed in a Parmesan emulsion....Beautifully cooked red snapper was placed in a gorgeous broth in which lemon grass, curry, coconut milk and saffron all wafted in and out of the picture..."

The user review:
From Eater comments: "We shared tortelloni and escargot, then the chicken for 2. Best chicken I've eaten in NYC. It's served with what they call 'stuffing', but they are actually crunchy, chewy, salty, savory, lardon and foie gras enhanced bread cubes. LOVED it."

The staff rec:
From the reservationist: "We have market specials that change every day that are always good. Personally I love the chicken for two."

Bar Q
The critic pick:
From Paul Adams: "When the ideas and the execution do come together, it's great, as in that thick slab of spare ribs ($23). The pork is deboned, hollowed out, and replaced with different pork: finely minced stuff mingled with bits of mushroom and noodle. The effect is brilliant..."

The user review:
From Yelp: "The Stuffed Spareribs with Lemongrass BBQ, Peanut and Thai Basil is a MUST- GET ....best item on the menu. Homemade Cinnamon Chocolate sorbet was insane."

The staff rec:
From the host: "You should start at the raw bar and then try out our barbecue dishes. I like our pork wings and stuffed spareribs."

Elettaria
The critic pick:
Says Platt: "The menu contains many South Asian references...The best is the duck breast, plated over a cinnamon-and-cardamom-infused interpretation of the ground-meat dish keema, made here with minced duck leg."

The user review:
From Savory Cities: "Who orders Fried Milk for Dessert? I do now. YUM...I have to hand it to them. The gnocchi was delicious and the chicken dish with ravioli is to die for..."

The staff rec:
From the hostess/waitress: "Oh there are so many things. He's jut added some great seasonal dishes. The duck is really good. I love the mahi mahi, and for appetizers I always recommend the quail."

Commerce

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