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Mom in town - where to go for a nice dinner ($300 tops for 2)

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Losothai Sep 14, 2006 08:52 PM

My mom's in town and as usual we would like to go to a really nice dinner together. Preferably somewhere with a tasting menu, but that's not a must. Some nicer restaurants we have been to:

Le Bernadin - were underwhelmed - food was good, but we were not wowed and the atmosphere had something of a train station with about 20 waiters running around in such hectic that you had the feeling you needed to hold on to the table cloth that it doesn't fly away.

Bouley - liked it a lot - the food was very good and we liked the atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

WD-50 - interesting to do it once, but there was a lingering feeling that the cook was so excited about what he could do to the texture and look of ingredients that he forgot about taking it to the next level and making sure that it also is a great combination of tastes.

Veritas - it's been a while, so I only recollect that we liked the wine selection but were not too impressed with the food - but that might also have been because it was right after eating at Bouley the week before

Tabla - tasting menu - liked it - The Food was not consistently great. About 3 course were great, 3 were good and 2 were below par (overcooked, etc). Overall, we still found it worthwhile because it was definitely something different.

We've been to more place (I just can't come up with more right now), but maybe that helps as a guideline for suggestions?

In a way, we are looking for something that compares to Bouley and/or gives us a somehow "different" eating experience why not compromising on the food quality (too much). We like any type of cuisine.

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    fschil Sep 16, 2006 05:38 PM

    Try Cafe Gray, unstuffy atmosphere and great food.

    1. csw Sep 16, 2006 01:59 PM

      Danube, Tocqueville, Daniel

      1. ellenost Sep 15, 2006 09:29 PM

        Based on your likings, I would recommend Aureole, Danube or Eleven Madison Park. Great food (great tastings menus), great wine, great service and great decor!

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          mle18 Sep 15, 2006 05:07 PM

          Chanterelle

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            chow_gal Sep 15, 2006 02:48 PM

            Aureole. Older people tend to like it. Hell, I am not that old and I liked it!

            1. jenniebnyc Sep 15, 2006 02:53 AM

              Jean Georges has a great tasting menu.

              Also, Fleur de Sel

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                CornflakeGirl Sep 14, 2006 10:39 PM

                Eleven Madison Park

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                  nancyl126 Sep 14, 2006 10:20 PM

                  L'Impero would be a great choice...

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                    ChrisZ Sep 14, 2006 09:28 PM

                    I will recommend Cru

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                      Lucia Sep 14, 2006 09:26 PM

                      If you liked Bouley, you might want to try Danube. And if you like the idea of Austrian, you could also try Wallse. While I haven't been, I've eaten at all of Gutenbrunner's other restaurants and enjoyed them.

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