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Please Help Me Spend a Gift Card

JoanN Dec 14, 2006 06:36 PM

I just received a $150 B R Guest gift card and none of the restaurants interest me much. (Please tell me the person who sent it doesn't read this board!!!!) The choices are: Isabella's, Atlantic Grill, Ocean Grill, Fiamma, Blue Water Grill, Ruby Foo's, Blue Fin, and Dos Caminos. Ruby Foo's is out (can't stand it); Isabella's? enh; Ocean Grill, maybe. Who among these has the best food? the best wine list? Maybe I should just pay for my own meal and blow the $150 on a great bottle of wine? Where best could I do that?

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    Lucia Dec 14, 2006 06:46 PM

    This question has come up before: http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?q...
    In the past, I would've said Fiamma, but their chef left recently, so I'm not sure how the kitchen is doing. Blue Water Grill would be fine--not great, but pretty good food. I don't like Dos Caminos, have had a lousy meal at Isabella's, and have avoided the others.

    1. MMRuth Dec 14, 2006 09:51 PM

      I've heard good things recently from friends who have gone to Blue Water Grill and are pretty picky (though not CH obsessive!) about restaurants.

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        Captain Dec 14, 2006 09:59 PM

        Third on the Blue Water Grill.

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          RGR Dec 14, 2006 11:46 PM

          Blue Water Grill is the only brguest restaurant we've been to. While it's been a while since our least meal there, whenever we have have eaten there, the food has been very good, sometimes even bordering on excellent. I think the space is super, and the vibe, while upbeat, is never so noisy that it makes dining there unpleasant.

          1. jenniebnyc Dec 15, 2006 12:42 AM

            Vento is actually good. Although, I do like the atmosphere at Ocean.

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              Happygirl Dec 15, 2006 01:12 AM

              Fiamma - in hopes that the chef change will not negatively affect the food.

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                saritaeatsnyc Dec 15, 2006 01:29 AM

                I've heard amazing things about Fiamma recently..I feel like out of all of your options it would be your best bet

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