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Top Secret New York Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 10/17/2012

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  • Bohemian
    57 Great Jones St., NoHo, Manhattan
    Bohemian shares a front door with the butcher shop Japan Premium Beef, but don't call and bother the butchers! They're not reservationists. The two business don't even share an owner. To get into Bohemian, it helps if you know someone to refer you, as you would for any private club. If you don't, simply stop by 57 Great Jones Street (the former address of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat) in the late afternoon and knock on the frosted glass door at the end of a narrow hallway. You may be turned away the first time or you may end up pocketing the number right away, depending on your luck. Reservations are required roughly two weeks out. Bohemian's Japanese owners also have secret restaurants in Bali, Fukushima and Nishiazabu, a district of Tokyo, so expect a jet-setting crowd. The prices are more reasonable than one would expect at this level, featuring a $58 six-course tasting menu. À la carte dishes can be shared family-style. Start with detail-oriented cocktails and move on to dreamy beef sliders and unimpeachable beef tartare (from the aforementioned butcher shop), uni croquettes, foie gras sobu and roasted branzino. If you can't get in, all is not lost: buy a beautifully marbled steak at the butcher shop and sear it yourself at home.

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