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First Wedding Anniversary Dinner - visiting from DC

We'll be in NYC for our 1 year anniversary over Memorial Day weekend and want to go somewhere special. I've asked some friends who have recommended DavidBourke&Donatella, Jean Georges, and Le Cirque (we've been to the one in Vegas). Just wanted to see if any Manhattan ChowHounds had other suggestions/comments. We like good food, are willing to spend some moeny, and want a romantic atmosphere, but don't want a place with a $250 pp 9+ course tasting menu.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. I love davidburke & donatella. They have an amazing shortrib dish & I've had excellent meals everytime. If you go there, be sure to request a perimeter table (better yet the 1/2 circle booths for 2 which is romantic) because the middle tables are close together and not so intimate.

    I also love Union Square Cafe & Cafe Gray.

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    1. re: downtownstefanie

      Thanks. Going to Cafe Gray when I'm up there in a few weeks. And my folks are treating--even better!

      1. re: KWynn

        At Cafe Gray, ask for a table by the mirrors, so you can get a little bit of a view of Central Park, as well as seeing the cooks prep.

      2. oh the only thing i was disappointed with at db&d was my apple tart dessert. It was nothing special.

        1. I must say that after hearing incredible things abotu David Burke, I went there and was disappointed. The service was below average and I felt like the tables in the dining room were on top of one another. The food was good, but based on what I had heard, I expected better. For your anniversary, I think that Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, or Daniel would all be outstanding choices. I am sure you can see their menus on www.menupages.com if you are interested. What do others think of those three suggestions?

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          1. re: jrazzle

            The three restaurants you suggested are worlds better than DB&D.

            DB has lost a lot of credibility since he came out with these:
            http://www.flavorspraydiet.com/

            Worse than doing an Applebee's commercial.

            He's well on his way to becoming the next Rocco.

            1. re: CornflakeGirl

              Although I'm a DB fan, that is hysterical, Cornflake!!! Those sprays are HEINOUS!

          2. Someone just recommended Little Owl to us as well. Anyone have any comments on that place? Thanks.

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            1. re: KWynn

              It's a bit more casual than Jean Georges and Le Cirque. Totally different from the restaurants you have listed.

              1. re: KWynn

                I really like Little Owl--great food and good service. Some might consider it romantic because it is cozy and dimly lit, but it is also very casual and very cramped.

              2. If you're looking for something uber romantic AND in the most charmingly romantic nabe in town, check out: One if by Land, Two if by Sea. The food is good here, but it's really all about the location, service and atmosphere.

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                1. re: LFeinberg

                  It's old romance and charming, but the food isn't that good, especially for the price. in my opinion, there are MUCH better restaurants for food, value and romance. I think many people on here have found it to be subpar..

                  1. re: LFeinberg

                    The food at OIBLTIBS isn't very good and to add insult the prices are high. Avoid.

                    If you want to experience the atmosphere stop by to have a drink at the bar.