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Expense Account Dinner - WHERE TO???

I am having dinner in May with a friend and she is expensing it. The sky is pretty much the limit. Any suggestions? I prefer below 42nd Street - and the boroughs are not out of the question though seem unlikely choices. I'm interested in Italian, Fish, Japanese, French or Indian. Thanks in advance!

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  1. I have been to all the fine restaurants in New York. If you can get the reservation, there will be no dinner better than one at Per Se.

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    1. re: Jumper46

      Definitely. If there is no limit whatsoever, Per Se is the best.

      1. It's Upper East Side so maybe ruled out, but Restaurant Daniel.

        1. Agree with the rest that Per Se is the way to go. Just in case you can't get a reservation, there are a few other options:

          French - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
          Fish - Le Bernardin
          Japanese - Masa or Omakase (just the $200 Omakase preferrably by Chef Morimoto himself, don't go for anything else) at Morimoto
          Italian - Babbo or Del Posto
          Indian - Devi is the only upscale one I can think of, but I will suggest any of the top instead of Devi (you don't need an expense account for this).

          You are so lucky! Enjoy!

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            Tamarind is my fave for upscale Indian...beautiful atmosphere, too!

          2. per se and masa are the only 2 restaurants forbidden by my expense account...

            veritas or bouley is the ticket.

            1. I haven't been yet, but given the four stars from Bruni and the raves on this board, I'd probably try Eleven Madison Park.

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              1. re: LJW

                EMP is not the place to waste a skys-the-limit meal on. While predictable, Masa, Per Se and the sushi bar at Morimoto are all good choices, even if Masa and Per Se are geographically undesirable.

                1. re: RICKO

                  thanks for all the suggestions - now i'll run it by the holder of corporate card...