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Father's 75th Birthday Trip to NYC

Hi all,
I'm taking my father to NYC in the fall for his 75th birthday and I was wondering if you could recommend some restaurants. We were last in NYC about three years ago and we had varying success. We went to Chantrelle, Four Seasons and Fiama Osteria(sp?). I like all cuisines but my father is originally from Ireland and so he is pretty much a meat and potatoes guy...his idea of exotic food is Spagetti Bolognese. I am thinking probably along the lines of a great classic French Restaurant, old fashioned Italian and perhaps a great seafood place. Btw being a stodgy 75 year old he doesn't like loud places.


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  1. How about Le Bernardin? Top notch fish/seafood / comfortable quiet room / excellent service / expensive but for a big occasion worth it...

      1. Just out of curiousity, which of the restaurants that he went to last time did he like the most and like the least? It may help to narrow down some choices for you.

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        1. re: bobby06877

          To be honest I don't think he was particularily enamoured with any of them. I think the best meal he had was probably at Chantrelle but he would probably tell you that it was bit too nouveau for his liking. He very much liked the menu at the Four Seasons but in the end they failed to deliver. As for Fiamma Osteria I think he enjoyed it but I think he was looking for his Spagetti Bolognese. We did plan to go to Le bernadin but we were not able to make it. The last time we were in London he thourougly enjoyed La Gavroche and Angela Hartnett's.

        2. Try The Old Homestead (9th, 14-15.)

          1. how about a trip to brooklyn for steak at peter luger's?

            also, how does your dad feel about pub grub?

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            1. re: ceeceee

              He loves good pub grub, especially a good Steak and Kidney pie.

              1. re: Hart50

                st dymphna's on astor place might be a nice little spot for an irish breakfast...

            2. I think MMRuth's suggestion of La Grenouille is a good one. After all, it is the last of the great NYC classic French restaurants of a certain era. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've never been there, but I recently put it on my "must go to" list for the fall.


              Speaking of classic French restaurants, La Cote Basque is gone, having been replaced by Brasserie LCB. However, chef/owner Jean-Jacques Rachou continues to produce excellent versions of French classics in the same space that he refurbished a couple of years ago as a brasserie, albeit an upscale one. Service remains very polished and, while the beautiful murals are gone, the decor that replaced them is actually quite handsome. You can view the menu on menupages.com.

              If your dad likes meat and potatoes, he would probably enjoy going to Keens. Not only are the steaks, chops, sides, etc., well-prepared and delicious, but I'm sure he'll appreciate the old New York ambiance, i.e., walls filled with memorabilia and rows of clay smoking pipes supsended from all the ceilings + pipes belonging to famous people displayed in cases in the vestibule.


              Here's wishing your dad a very happy 75th birthday!

              1. How about something like 21 which has an elegant, but casual vibe to it. Went with a group recently and those who were older liked it. Pricey, but so are the others on your list.

                1. I agree with Peter Luger... or any of the other amazing steakhouses in Manhattan. Steak Frites? Strip House? I would consider Blue Water Grill, but it can be loud. Grammercy Tavern is another worth looking into. (in my opinion). There is a small Italian place on 22nd called Arezzo that has wonderful food and is not too loud. I have been there a few times and was never disappointed. Just some thoughts... One more - Angelo & Maxies.

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                  1. re: chef auletta

                    Have to strongly disagree that Steak Frites is an "amazing steakhouse." In fact, it's not really a steak house at all, but more bistro. Plus there are the service issues that I have had and that have been reported heavily on this board.

                    1. re: Lucia

                      Lucia is correct that Steak Frites is a bistro, not a steakhouse. What's more, in addition to the service issues, the food is mediocre.

                      Angelo & Maxie's is definitely not in the top tier of steakhouses as far as the quality of the steaks are concerned. Plus, when the room is packed, the noise level is so horrendously high that having a normal conversation around a table is next to impossible, to say nothing of leaving with a giant headache.

                  2. Thanks your suggestions are great. Keens looks especially interesting.

                    1. i third keens based on your criteria! have a great time :-)