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Special occasion: Le Bernadin, WD-50 or Union Square

biscuit Aug 5, 2007 01:07 PM

Rethinking our options a bit. Thoughts? Maybe something not listed? EMP?

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    kam0424 Aug 6, 2007 06:15 PM

    Do the chef's tasting at le bernardin, so yummy and very special.

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      idia Aug 6, 2007 06:19 PM

      My vote is for Le Bernardin. It is one class place.
      I also respect their commitment not to use endangered species.

    2. Mandymac Aug 6, 2007 11:24 AM

      Union Square gets trashed a lot here as being mediocre, WD-50 and Le Bernadin are kind of in different worlds. Been to WD-50, glad to have had the experience, but at the same time, the ambience just didn't feel all that "special" to me. If you want to do something special/interesting and not break the bank, I'd take advantage of the season and have a tasting menu at Blue Hill. Another restaurant that gets a lot of props in that category is 11 Madison Park (haven't been myself but do a search). Somewhere else a little pricier and quite special-feeling--The Modern. Good luck!

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        Cookiepuss Aug 6, 2007 02:33 PM

        I ate at Union Square on Saturday night for a special occasion - I took my out of town guest there. The place was just too ordinary, they didn't "get it" - after hearing all the hype they just expected more (and so did I, and I have eaten there before!) Service was not great, though pleasant, just things were forgotten, including us, as we sat without even a drink order for over fifteen minutes.

      2. DesperateChefsWives Aug 5, 2007 07:57 PM

        I would also scratch WD50. When eating there, the FOOD is the special occasion and I doubt that you want to shadow what you are truly celebrating. Go back there at another time when you can focus on the food.

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          catsrus9 Aug 5, 2007 04:54 PM

          I wouldn't scratch WD50 from your list. I had an excellent experience there. You just have to enter the meal with an open mind and the understanding that you're about to be served a very unique, original meal. that being said, the food I had there (although it was about 2 years ago) was fantastic.

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            lanadai Aug 5, 2007 07:17 PM

            the desserts at WD-50 are amazing

          2. seal Aug 5, 2007 04:44 PM

            Love EMP and Le Bernardin. The tasting menu at either one is a very special meal indeed.

            1. LeahBaila Aug 5, 2007 03:15 PM

              SCRATCH WD-50 from your list

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