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Meatpacking District

The Asian-inflected instincts of chef-owner Zac Pelaccio at this spare, brick-walled duplex of dining rooms are as sharp as ever, but presentation can be precious; prices, high; and portions, model-sized. Thick chips of bacon teeter atop four tiny oysters, each on a spoonful of vivid-green sweet-pea puree; it’s a lovely balance of sweet, savory and salty, but the plate is clean in four bites. Poached lobster in a ginger beurre blanc is also too small (and too good) to share, though the kobe rib eye in chunky coconut chutney is more generously portioned. In the summer, sip a cocktail on the peaceful back deck.

Venue name: 5 Ninth
Contact:
Address: 5 Ninth Ave
New York
10014-15
Cross street: between Gansevoort and Little W 12th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–11pm; Sat, Sun 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V
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