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Veritas, Blue Hill, Anissa,11 Madison or somewhere else?? a splurge... I want it to be absurdly good!

I'm being taken out for my birthday next Thursday and price isn't too much of an issue. I'm not looking for super stuffy; but I recognize that one of these amazing meals doesn't usually come with a casual environment and that's fine. I never get to eat out at restaurants like this so I really want to go somewhere mind blowing. After doing some research online here and elsewhere these were the places that I'd narrowed it down to. What are some opinions? Is there any one I should definitely rule out? Or did I miss something? I'm much more well read on the scene that I can afford-- help!!

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  1. Been to A Voce? Oooooooo yum.

    1. I consider Eleven Madison 2nd only to Perse. Put aside 3 hrs and get the tasting menu. If you like wine ask for John Ragan and get a wine pairing

      1. Can you take a jaunt up to Tarrytown to go to Blue Hill at Stone Barns? That is one magical experience. The food is incredible and the setting is divine.

        1. I am a fan of Anisa (not so much of Blue Hill), but had the most fantastic, transporting meal at 11 Madison a few weeks ago. The space is beautiful and the food is delicious, interesting, and delicate. I went in good jeans with a nice shirt - it's not stuffy at all. It is a must in my opinion!

          In regards to A Voce, it is one of my favorite restaurants and I do love it, but if you are willing to splurge, I'd go for 11 Madison.

          1. My favorites for a special splurge are: Aureole, Bouley, Danube and Eleven Madison Park. Happy birthday!