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L'Orangerie

So a friend and I have decided in lieu of giving each other holiday gifts that we want to go all out for dinner one night.
We figured that since it was about to close, we should try L'Orangerie before it's gone for good.
1) Is L'Orangerie truly somewhere that is not to be missed before its gone?
- Also, is it definitely the type of place you would only go with a date?
2) Given the cost, are we better off getting the tasting menu at Sona (a place we love) or someone else?

All thoughts appreciated.

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  1. Good luck getting a reservation. We just tried calling on Tuesday and there's almost nothing left for the rest of the month!

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    1. re: Reeter1

      Though the reasons for closing may be different, the same phenomenon occurred with Norman's. Ironic, isn't it?

    2. Why is it closing down? I've heard only good things about this place but have never been. Too bad there's only a few more days left before they're gone for good. =(

      1. Go to L'Orangerie for a drink at the bar and absorb all the atmosphere you can; then go to Sona for dinner (or dinner first, then the bar area at L'O).

        1. forgive the ignorance, but why did l'orangerie close?

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          1. re: USCott

            Because they were losing money and the owners got tired of running the place after waaaay too long and the $$$ was too good to pass up.

            1. re: carter

              Wow so they were actually losing money after so many years? How'd you find THAT out?

              1. re: mstinawu

                mstinawu:

                a)You count the number of customers eating at peak time, you know Income.

                b)You count the number of waiters, bus boys, runners &etc, you know Payroll.

                c)You estimate the SqFt, you know Rent.

                If a - b - c is already in the red, you don't need to go any further.

          2. Nobu has bought the l'orangerie space INCLUDING the wine celler -

            1. I heard that New Year's Eve was their last night open...you're probably too late!

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              1. re: deek

                I'm devasted. I'm going to attend their auction. I just hope I dont break down in tears.

              2. I ate at L'Orangerie in December and the memory of this very upscale classy restaurant was better than the experience. Besides it being "Through The Roof" expensive, it was tired and just not happening. Go to Sona! Sona is more than a good memory........It's kickin'