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Good, Expensive, Casual Dinner?

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Going to be in NY in a couple of weeks and I'm looking for a good spot, price is no concern since it's on the company, but it has to be relatively casual (no coat and tie) since I'm traveling light. Also, this will be my first time spending any time in NY so it shouldn't be too far off of the beaten path. Ethnic suggestions ok but not too far out because I don't want to wig out my traveling companion. Any suggestions?

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  1. Eleven Madison Park just received 3 stars from the "NY Times," though, in my view, Chef Humm's spectacular French-inspired cuisine is of 4-star quality. The wine list is excellent, service is perfect, and the setting is beautiful. People dress all along the spectrum, so you will feel comfortable without a jacket or tie.

    http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

    If you like Indian cuisine, the upscale Devi serves some of the best you will find anywhere. The space has unique, elegant decor. Casual dress is definitely acceptable.

    http://www.devinyc.com

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    1. re: RGR

      Second Eleven Madison Park. I would also suggest Perry Street and JoJo - great food but more causal than Jean Georges.

      If you like tapas to share with your companion, Casa Mono and Tia Pol are great! You can go in jeans! =)

      Babbo and Lupa for Italian

    2. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

      1. hearth would be a good choice.

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        1. I agree with Chundi- hearth is delicious. Also, you should know that there aren't too many new york restaurants that require coat and tie anymore.

          1. Balthazar should be fun and delicious for you

            1. i heartily suggest blue ribbon on sullivan at spring in soho. their raw bar is amazing and they have some of the best friend chicken ever. other favorites include the bone marrow, wor matzoh soup, shrimp provencal, goat cheese salad (even though it sounds boring), and the banana split or strawberry sundae for dessert. it's certainly busy so best to go very late (they're open til four a.m. every day) or very early, say five or six o'clock. enjoy.