100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Conosci

Pork belly with pickled persimmon, broccoli and chicharron at Conosci. Photography by Michael Schlow.

Months after opening, there was still no sign outside restaurateur Michael Schlow’s seafood spot—designed to be a hidden gem. Word is out, though the candlelit tasting room still exudes the charm of an undiscovered find. (Also: date night with soft jazz and sake cocktails from a tableside bar cart.) A model parade of seafood dishes—raw to gently cooked—arrive in three prix fixe options. The wallet-friendly $45 tasting might include tuna poke and octopus salad with fermented chilies and mango, while a $135 splurge can bring gin-spritzed oysters and hamachi crowned with uni and caviar. If the ambience doesn’t make you swoon, the crab risotto will. Expensive to very expensive.

Also great: Arctic-char crudo with celery and chilies; snapper ceviche with purple potato; sweet shrimp crostini with lardo; Negroni-san (sake, gin, plum wine).

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

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