HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice
TELL US

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!

Thanks!

  1. n
    Niki 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.

    1. r
      RCC Jul 19, 2006 10:37 PM

      Bouley.

      1. s
        Simon Jul 19, 2006 08:34 PM

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

        1 Reply
        1. re: Simon
          Angelina 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!

        2. Angelina Jul 19, 2006 04:23 PM

          Merci!

          1. d
            DaveS Jul 19, 2006 04:23 PM

            Also:
            Artisanal
            Chanterelle
            Fleur de Sel
            Triomphe
            Payard

            5 Replies
            1. re: DaveS
              p
              Pupster Jul 19, 2006 08:38 PM

              Fleur de Sel -- so romantic, great food.

              1. re: Pupster
                Non Cognomina 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.

                1. re: Non Cognomina
                  c
                  chocokitty Jul 20, 2006 12:10 AM

                  Ditto to all your comments.

                2. re: Pupster
                  p
                  Pan 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.

                  1. re: Pan
                    r
                    RGR 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.

              2. j
                Jacey Jul 19, 2006 04:19 PM

                AIX
                Pastis
                Cafe Loup
                Tocqueville
                Eleven Madison Park
                Arabelle

                1 Reply
                1. re: Jacey
                  Michele4466 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...

                Show Hidden Posts