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VealParmGuy Dec 15, 2006 02:10 AM

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. Reeter1 RE: VealParmGuy Dec 15, 2006 03:29 AM

    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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      chica RE: Reeter1 Dec 15, 2006 03:49 AM

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

    2. mstinawu RE: VealParmGuy Dec 29, 2006 01:39 AM

      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. =(

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        JBC RE: VealParmGuy Dec 29, 2006 02:09 PM

        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).

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          USCott RE: VealParmGuy Jan 4, 2007 11:45 PM

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

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            carter RE: USCott Jan 9, 2007 04:31 PM

            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.

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              mstinawu RE: carter Jan 9, 2007 06:51 PM

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

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                RicRios RE: mstinawu Jan 9, 2007 07:31 PM


                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.

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            hilbaby RE: VealParmGuy Jan 5, 2007 12:01 AM

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

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              deek RE: VealParmGuy Jan 5, 2007 02:13 AM

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

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                JSny RE: deek Jan 7, 2007 05:47 PM

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

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                  tuttifrutti RE: JSny Jan 9, 2007 04:26 PM

                  when and where is the auction?

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                mjalz RE: VealParmGuy Jan 9, 2007 03:21 AM

                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'

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