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Breaking the bank!!!! need some input

Hey hounds, I am taking my girlfriend out for a belated Bday dinner, so I think a tasting menu is order. I am leaning towards Perigee or Susur, but I have been to neither and have read good and bad reviews for both.
Not to sound cheap, but I feel I will be obliged to do a wine pairing at Perigee which sounds like fun but also a will turn the cost of meal into the per capita GDP of a third world country. From what I have gathered the wine list at Susur is kind of an afterthought and the both us like to guzzle back the vino. In the end it's the food that counts, but I am also taking the whole experience into consideration.
So what do you guys recommend for the big blowout dinner, any other suggestions will be considered.
Thanks!!

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    1. re: Frenchie

      I actually went there last year for her Bday and did the tasting menu (a first for the both of us) we both loved, but I figure I should try something new. Thanks anyways

      1. re: Frenchie

        I found George disappointing. The same things kept appearing over and over again in our meals. They weren't so much 5 different dishes as 5 different proteins with the same garnishes / sides.

      2. even if the wine at susur is an afterthought, it's might mighty expensive compared to perigee. of all the things that i've heard, the dessert tasting at perigee gets consistently rave reviews.

        my friends just got back from amuse bouche a couple weeks ago and couldn't stop talking about it and even mentioned during the dinner that it was a shame i was out of town for it. the space is also fairly intimate which might be rather nice for you and your gf.

        1. Go to Perigee & only one of you get the wine pairing-especially if you are driving there. I ate there w/my wife on a visit last year & it was incredible. I had driven in from Buffalo so I didn't get the wine pairing buy my wife did & the pourings were liberal-she was tipsy after 2 courses... We live in NYC & eating out is our big vice & I can honestly say that our dinner at Perigee was a top 5 highlight-very unique & well worth the cost...

          1. I love Perigee and have only done the wine pairings once. I found I was so toasted by 2/3 of the way through the meal (they are very generous with their pours) that I couldn't enjoy the food as much anymore. I prefer to just order a bottle of wine or just go by the glass. There is no attitude if you don't order the pairings. Not everyone drinks and heck, someone has to drive!

            1. Splendido has a number of interesting tasting menus going on right now and the food/ambience is great. Intead of the usual 5oz wine pairing, you can request a smaller 2-3oz one. They'll price them accordingly. You can check out the menu at www.splendido.ca Have fun!

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              1. re: Charles Yu

                I don't remember ever getting a 5oz serving for the wine pairings at Splendido. I was there last week and had the Sept. tasting menu, along with the wines. I'm sure each serving of wine was less than 3 oz. If they were 5 oz each, we'd each be drinking at least a bottle of wine and I know I had nowhere near that.