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Feb 5, 2002 02:14 PM

i am becoming a citizen of the u.s.a, and ..

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.. want your ideas of what a celebratory dinner ought to look like.

my parents-in-law will be driving up from washington d.c., and i thought of taking them to dinner somewhere symbolic (so dosa hutt in queens doesn't work, but one if by land just might).

an idea is to rent the boathouse in central park and call a whole bunch of friends ... but then who should cater it? i'm taking this very seriously and i hope you will too.

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  1. Congratulations!!!
    We are a nation made up of nations...Must it be catered? Why not ask your friends to bring the most authentic dish of their immigrant ancestors, and you bring the dish that you feel most symbolizes yours!!

    1. Congratulations! Can't make a restaurant rec., but will say this. My husband became a citizen during that huge snowstorm a few years back and despite the weather, my local fish guy actually had fresh scallops in the shell! I made a sort of Scallops Rockefeller and woven fish (salmon and sole, I think) with Frenched potatoes. Champers, of course. At the ceremony, the ladies' auxilary served tea and cookies and the county sherrif sang American folk songs and played guitar. It was so much fun. Who knew the government could be so human? Enjoy the experience.


      1. Congratulations. My first thought was the restuarant at the WTC, as that is (sorry....was) a prominent symbol of the U.S. Now, getting past my initial sadness, I am thinking of the restaurant at Rockefellar center - another symbol of achieving the Ammerican dream ,as Rockefellar did.

        One if by Land is a great idea, in regards to symbolism. I've never been there so can't comment on the food.

        If you want to rent a place and cater, I would suggest a place that has great views of the city rather than the boathouse. I wouldn't think the boathouse is particularly nice this time of year. Here is a link to a loft space that i just read about that might work for you.

        hope this helps.


        1. Not sure if you're looking for a place that's the "most American", whatever that means. But, if you want the name of the restaurant to have "America" in it:

          For upscale, there's "An American Place" at Lex and 50th. I've never been there, but it's got a good reputation.

          There's also "America" on 18th near bdway. A little more casual. I think there's a huge flag inside.

          Corny ideas, but what the hey.

          If you're specific about a neighborhood, cuisine type, desire for view, or whatever else, I'm sure people here will have more specific suggestions.


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          1. re: Uncledave

            I had a chance to go to Le Cirque 2000 for a celebration for about 15 people in an upstairs room-prearranged menu- and it was highly disappointing except for the dessert (Jacques Torres was still there at the time). Could be OK in the downstairs rooms with a smaller group. Have also been to An American Place for lunch with a group of about 8 and it was pretty good.

          2. Well I've never been but have only heard that Le Cirque is one of the most celebratory type places in NYC. It's totally not the type of place I'd usually go to celebrate(that would be the Union Square Cafe or if I'm paying New Green Bo)

            It sounds like the type of over-the-top experience you'd be looking for. Symbolic, well isn't Cirio an Italian Immigrant who made a success for himself based on hospitality.


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            1. re: iron frank

              Unfortunately, the food at Le Cirque is pretty awful these days. I've eaten there 3 times in the past year and the meals have ranged from uninspired to inedible. I don't think you've been missing anything, Iron Frank.

              1. re: Elaine(Snutteplutten)

                Sorry to hear that. I guess I'll have to pick a new over the top, 'just won the lottery' type place now if Le Cirque is no good and Nobu was disappointing to me.

                Thanks for the warning Elaine.