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French resomendations for husband's b-day PLEASE!

Angelina Jul 19, 2006 04:06 PM

I want to take my husband out for his birthday tomorrow evening, and we really enjoy French restaurants. We always wind up going to Daniel or Cafe Boulod. (I know it is the same chef) I just was hoping to surprise hime with something different. Any suggestions? He also does not want to wear a jacket..too hot!


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    Jacey RE: Angelina Jul 19, 2006 04:19 PM

    Cafe Loup
    Eleven Madison Park

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      Michele4466 RE: Jacey Jul 19, 2006 09:56 PM

      Haven't been to Cafe Loup in years but I remeber it being very French, very dark and romantic...We used to sit in one of the curved banquets in the back...

      What about the back room at Chelsea Bistro and Bar? Glass enclosed ceiling, dried flowers, dark, warm and cozy...Another old fave... It has been a while but I remember very good French food and very decent wine list...

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      DaveS RE: Angelina Jul 19, 2006 04:23 PM

      Fleur de Sel

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        Pupster RE: DaveS Jul 19, 2006 08:38 PM

        Fleur de Sel -- so romantic, great food.

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          Non Cognomina RE: Pupster Jul 19, 2006 11:24 PM

          I second Fleur de Sel.

          Avoid Artisinal where the service has been horrible lately, and Payard where the food has gone down hill.

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            chocokitty RE: Non Cognomina Jul 20, 2006 12:10 AM

            Ditto to all your comments.

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            Pan RE: Pupster Jul 20, 2006 02:22 AM

            I had the lunch prix fixe at Fleur de Sel and found it very underwhelming.

            Do Daniel or Cafe Boulud actually require a jacket? I doubt it.

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              RGR RE: Pan Jul 20, 2006 04:20 AM

              Regulars on the board know that I'm a fan of Fleur de Sel. We've had many dinners and lunches there, including several different lunch prix-fixes, all of which have been superb.

              Cafe Boulud definitely does not require a jacket, and my husband does not usually wear one when we have dinner there. In fact, Daniel Boulud originally envisioned the restaurant as a place where people would come very casually dressed, i.e., jeans, sweaters, etc. However, as it has turned out, most of the men do wear jackets because the restaurant tends to attract a certain type of UES clientele who are used to "dressing" for dinner.

              I don't think Daniel has a jacket requirement either. However, my husband wore one when we had dinner there, and I don't recall seeing any men not wearing jackets. So, I think it's the kind of restaurant that just seems to call for that kind of attire.

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            Simon RE: Angelina Jul 19, 2006 08:34 PM

            maybe Balthazar, especially if you like oysters and bistro fare...

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              Angelina RE: Simon Jul 20, 2006 06:39 PM

              Thank you, Simon, nut in all honesty, I never cared for this place. We dined here quite a few times, and perhaps it is me, but I just do not like it. Thanks anyway for posting!

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              RCC RE: Angelina Jul 19, 2006 10:37 PM


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                Niki RE: Angelina Jul 20, 2006 02:27 PM

                > Fleur de Sel (took my French husband there for his birthday)
                > Le Bernadidn (the best, but , ah,..yes, jacket needed- check with them, though)
                > Daniel Boulud requires a jacket at Daniel

                We also really enjoy Le Jardin - I know this is not the caliber of Le Bernadin & Daniel, but they do a great job with standard French fare- rack of lamb, pickled herring, steak au poivre, their bread is addictively fresh & delicious and the garden is so romantic. Of course, if you prefer inventive cuisine, this is not it.

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