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Upscale restaurant nr. E. 59th & Madison

idia Aug 11, 2007 11:31 AM

Any ideas?

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    RGR RE: idia Aug 11, 2007 04:56 PM

    Alto, on 53rd, b/t Madison & 5th - http://www.altorestaurant.com

    The Modern, on 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th - http://www.themodernnyc.com

    Town, on 56th, b/t 5th & 6th - http://www.townnyc.com/town.html

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      Cpalms RE: RGR Aug 11, 2007 05:06 PM

      Joel Rubichon (sp?) at the Four Seasons

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        idia RE: Cpalms Aug 11, 2007 07:35 PM

        We knew a Chowhounder would come through for us.

        RGR you hit the nail right on the head.
        We cannot wait to try Alto and hope it lives up to its beautiful menu.
        Thanks for the heads up.

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          RGR RE: idia Aug 11, 2007 08:11 PM

          Glad I could help, idia. :-) Please report back because Michael White recently became executive chef there (as well as at L'Impero), and I'm interested in knowing how his food stacks up.

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        Elvis Goldberg RE: RGR Aug 18, 2007 12:04 PM

        My last dinner at the Modern was not so impressive. I actually liked dining at the less formal Bar Room and their small plates servings.


      3. SweetPea914 RE: idia Aug 11, 2007 09:02 PM

        My favorite in the area is David Burke and Donatella, here's their link... www.dbdrestaurant.com.
        It's not "old NY" upscale, but the food is wonderful IMHO.

        1. ellenost RE: idia Aug 14, 2007 06:52 AM

          I would recommend you try Aureole (61 St. & Madison); it has wonderful food, service and decor.

          1. LeahBaila RE: idia Aug 14, 2007 07:15 AM

            Zoe Townhouse

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              idia RE: LeahBaila Aug 18, 2007 09:49 AM

              I just noticed that at Alto jackets are required for men.
              My mate would rather die than be jacketed in the summertime.(frankly I don't blame him!)
              So, sadly we must change our reservation and a tip of the hat to Sweet Pea on Burke & Donatella for her recommendation. (unless you give me the bad news that .... (you know!)

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                RGR RE: idia Aug 18, 2007 10:29 AM


                Where exaclty did you notice that Alto requires jackets? I couldn't find anything to that effect on their website. Alto is not on Zagat's "jacket required" list. And OpenTable states, "Jackets preferred." Therefore, the way I see it, a gentleman who does not want to wear a jacket during the summer should feel comfortable going there without one. Of course, to be absolutely certain, you could call the restaurant directly. It would be a shame to miss out on dining there because of incorrect information.

                Re: the other two restaurants I suggested. The Modern does require jackets, but Town does not.

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                  idia RE: RGR Aug 18, 2007 11:13 AM

                  and another place said: attire: Dressy

                  I am beginning to see where my word "upscale" might have led people to believe I preferred fancy (as in Per Se etc.) nay, not so.
                  My mate took umbrage to that word, saying it sounded too snooty. I never meant it to sound that way and I'm not sure he is correct to be sensitive to that word.
                  At any rate, we don't need killer prices and fancy digs.
                  We DO require really good (can't I please say "upscale"?) food.

                  I have e-mailed Alto about their jacket requirement.
                  I have since made a rez at David D & Donatella's but again, are beginning to feel a bit out of the "fancy digs" loop. (sigh
                  )Any other ideas out there of maybe a bit "simpler" nature?

                  BTW: There is no Zoe restaurant (at least that I could find anywhere, except on Prince St.)

                  1. re: idia
                    Orly RE: idia Aug 18, 2007 05:14 PM

                    It's Zoe Townhouse - 135 E 62nd Street
                    New York, NY 10065
                    I think it's 62nd str and Lexington Ave

            2. matt5150 RE: idia Aug 18, 2007 06:50 PM

              Aquavit is a wonderful experience

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                kobetobiko RE: idia Aug 19, 2007 09:57 AM

                Second the suggestion of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Upscale yet very casual. Best place for anyone who want to indulge in foie gras in a variety of ways. One of the best places to get desserts IMO.

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                  kalyse RE: kobetobiko Aug 19, 2007 08:18 PM

                  im a fan of la goulue on 64th and madison - a bit less fancy than some of the other restaurants mentioned


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