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30th Birthday Dinner - George, Trevor or Perigee?

gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 10:17 AM

Hi there,
It's my husband's 30th birthday at the end of May and we are both really into tasting menus. I have done a lot of reading on past posts and am trying to determine whether to go to George, Perigee or Trevor.

1) I am hoping that we can do tasting menu with wine flight for around $300.
2) It's important that the chef is open to preferences as neither of us will do organ meat, and I won't eat octopus/eel or pork
3) Good service is a must!
4) I'd like somewhere that has nice ambience and feels special
5) Ideally, the chef is willing to do slightly different tasting menus for each of us so we get to try more things

I really like what I have read about Perigee's tasting menus but it sounds like the price-range may be a bit high and the ambience is nothing crazy (though the open kitchen concept sounds pretty cool). Trevor's price range looks better and I've heard great things about the food but I've heard that the dining area also feels like nothing special and it sounds like the service is somewhat hit or miss. George looks like it has the ambience and service but I'm not so sure about tasting menu prices and how good the tasting menu is (as it sounds like most items are just pulled from the menu).

Any advice or alternate suggestions would be so appreciated!

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  1. Fwagra RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 12:10 PM

    Perigee will not disappoint. They accommodate any preference with a smile.

    1. Charles Yu RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 03:09 PM

      Toss up between George and Perigee. George's ambience is definitely better. Tasting menu is also very good and chef Lorenzo was very accomadating. As for Trevor. No!!!!!!!!!! No!!!!!!!! No!!!!!!!!! Place is claustraphobic with low ceiling and hence very noisy when busy. Food was only so-so. Nothing 'wowed' us when our party of 3 ate there.

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        estragon RE: Charles Yu Mar 20, 2007 09:29 PM

        Funny, that's the complete opposite of my experience. I've been there a couple of times for dinner, a few times for drinks and snacks, and once for a no-expenses-spared company Christmas party. Always loved the food and the ambiance. I'm over 6' tall, and I don't find it claustrophobic in the least.

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          spigot RE: estragon Mar 21, 2007 08:36 PM

          I didn't find it claustrophobic (5'3"), but I did find it irritatingly noisy. The tables were WAY too close together and it was impossible to not hear the conversations at the next table. Annoying!

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            CChan126 RE: spigot Mar 22, 2007 02:31 PM

            I have to echo Charles Yu - Trevor's food is ok but service was HORRENDOUS. It took a very long time to get us seated, even though we had a reservation (and were on time) and nobody was standing in line in front of us. When we finally sat down and started looking over the menu, one of us was starving and so asked for some bread while we considered the menu. We were told by our waitress that usually, they bring the bread after we ordered. And, as it turns out - she was right, no bread showed up until after we ordered. Then, after every course, they cleared our cutlery, but didn't bring any replacements until after our next course arrived and only after we asked for them. It was particularly bad at dessert when there was ice cream melting on one plate while we patiently waited, and waited and waited for dessert forks and spoons. When we were finally done, we stood by the hostess table for what seemed an eternity (but was probably 10 mins) before someone bothered to ask us for our coat check. Again, no one was standing in line so it wasn't like the hostess was helping someone else. We were just ignored. Also, it IS irritatingly noisy. I won't go back and certainly not for a special occasion.

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              pescatarian RE: CChan126 Mar 23, 2007 12:51 PM

              I agree. I've always said I wasn't overly impressed with the food. We were in the bar area. The service was OK too.

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                DDD RE: pescatarian Mar 23, 2007 12:57 PM

                I also agree, we got some atitude at Trevor, food was good first time we went but mediocre the next (last). We like George, been a few times, never dissapointed, very nice service as well. I've read/heard great stuff about Perigee, but it may be more expensive.

      2. TorontoJo RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 03:14 PM

        Go for Perigee. I think you can the 5 course, with wine pairings for your budget. But that does not include tax or tip. Make sure you reserve for a table next to the kitchen.

        1. skylineR33 RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 03:17 PM

          I like George's food better, for atmosphere, I prefer Perigee, the open kitchen is interesting. Both restaurant's service are nice. George has good ambience but nothing special to me though.

          1. redearth RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 03:20 PM

            George, in my experience, is not worth it. Snooty service, over-priced food, and dishes that I found to be inspired but ultimately confused and forgettable. Pretentious high-end cuisine at its worst. Over-rated and over-priced. I haven't tried Perigee, but, for what it's worth, it's gotta be better than George.

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              fleurdesal RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 07:02 PM

              I can only comment on George, but had an experience extremely different from redearth. The service was very warm and accommodating. We didn't do the tasting menu but ordered 5 appetizers each, all very good. The room lends itself to an intimate and romantic evening. I sent friends there for their 10th anniversary. First of all, George prepared a beautiful, personalized gift certificate for me to give to them. My friends really enjoyed their evening and appreciated the food & wine pairings suggested by their server.

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                gomoxie RE: gomoxie Mar 18, 2007 07:08 PM

                Thank you so much for the comments and quick response. I think I will need to call both George and Perigee as both sound great. Trevor is definitely off my list now, so thank you!

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                  orangewasabi RE: gomoxie Mar 19, 2007 07:49 AM

                  as a frame of reference, I recently went with a friend recently and we had 4 courses each and wine pairings (3oz pours) for $260.

                  Courses: 2 were the same, 2 were different, but ordering all different wouldn't have been a problem. We just both wanted the same dessert and didn't want to share. My friend had one course that wasn't on the menu as he is a non-red meat eater. Wine pairings were dish based, so sometimes we had the same wine, sometimes not.

                  Service was excellent

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                    TorontoJo RE: orangewasabi Mar 19, 2007 07:52 AM

                    Just to clarify -- you're referring to George, yes?

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                      orangewasabi RE: TorontoJo Mar 19, 2007 08:06 AM

                      oops, yes George

                2. spigot RE: gomoxie Mar 19, 2007 05:55 PM

                  I second the vote against Trevor; you're right, it's not special enough.

                  I have never been to Perigee but the ambience at George, as Charle said, is lovely. I've been twice and found the service thoughtful and the experience pleasant. It wasn't amazing, but I bet it's consistently good.

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                    brab RE: gomoxie Mar 22, 2007 12:34 PM

                    Can't guarantee criterion 1 but it won't be far off. 2-5, Perigee wins hands down on all esp. 3.

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                      chromatin RE: brab Mar 24, 2007 08:38 PM

                      Just in case anyone is still considering Trevor, you may want to check out my experience there;

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