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12th Anniversary Suggestions for late August?

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Greetings, all...

We are two ex-New Yorkers, currently settled in San Francisco, and coming back to New York to explore some Graduate School opportunities.

I would really love some suggestions for a nice dinner place -- one that combines a romantic ambience with good food. Price, dare I say it is not much of an issue.

Any suggestions? I have been combing through the Boards and just getting confused.

Many thanks!

Richard

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  1. Cru

    1. I checked out their truly lovely website, but fear that we as non-drinkers (due to health and medication issues) may be a bit out of place. C'est vrai?

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      1. re: RickFromNYC

        No, I do not think you would be out of place. No more so than at any other restaurant in NYC. The service at Cru is very professional

      2. I would second the Cru recommendation, and also suggest Bouley, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, or Le Bernardin. Avoid 'One if by land..'...its not really in the same ballpark in terms of food. Really, drinking or not-drinking is not a problem at any good restaurant. Some will even pair non-alcoholic drinks with your meal if you like (I've seen this done at Aquavit).

        1. My favorite...my wife and I celebrate most big occasions at Chanterelle... Beautiful small restaurant with fantastic food...romantic and elegant.. Trust me on this one....

          1. I would recommend Aureole, Bouley, Danube or Eleven Madison Park. I've always had great meals (food/service/ambience) at each of these restaurants. They're all similar pricewise. I've never felt out of place not ordering wine at any of the restaurants. Enjoy!

            1. Definitely Bouley

              1. Well. If price is REALLY not an issue, what about Per Se or Cafe Gray?