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skicrew Aug 15, 2007 01:02 PM

Looking for a great place to get dinner for 2 tonight - big celebration for someone special's promotion. Any thoughts?

  1. princeofpork Aug 15, 2007 01:05 PM

    How about some info;
    food type

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    1. re: princeofpork
      skicrew Aug 15, 2007 01:17 PM

      COST - OK with anything - would like it to be upscale but not a prerequisite...
      FOOD TYPE - Again, ok with mostly anything
      LOCATION - Downtown (Gramercy thru LES/Tribeca) or Midtown East

      1. re: skicrew
        RGR Aug 15, 2007 01:26 PM

        For me, nothing says "big celebration" like Eleven Madison Park. Chef Daniel Humm's sensational French-inspired cuisine, an excellent wine list, service that is both cordial and professional, and a gorgeous space!


        Congrats to the person who received the promotion and Bon Appetit!

        1. re: RGR
          skicrew Aug 15, 2007 01:29 PM

          That's what's at the top of my list... Thanks for you input!

          1. re: RGR
            princeofpork Aug 15, 2007 01:33 PM

            Although I usually agree with RGR, I have to disagree here. EMP is quite a dinning experience however I would not consider it FUN. Romantic yes, fantastic service yest but not fun. When I think FUN I would like something a little louder and not as "fancy".
            In Tribeca, I would say Landmark
            On the East Side below 28th, I would say Stanton Social, THOR, maybe Sushi Samba.
            However, if FUN means quite and attentive then EMP may be a better place.

            1. re: princeofpork
              Jel212 Aug 15, 2007 01:42 PM

              How about Lower East Side's Stanton Social? That's fun.

              1. re: Jel212
                LeahBaila Aug 15, 2007 01:48 PM

                Second that

              2. re: princeofpork
                RGR Aug 15, 2007 02:07 PM

                While EMP is not in any way noisy, there's a very pleasant hum that makes it far from hushed. Interesting that I never consider it romantic though I know others do.

                While I've not been to Stanton Social (I'm too ancient), from what I know of it, it does not strike me as the kind of place where just two people would go to celebrate a significant occasion. It seems more like a place that's fun to go to with a group. That was, in fact, what my daughter did with her friends a few years ago when she celebrated her birthday. However, she would not think of going there just with her b.f. when they celebrate special occasions together.

                I haven't been to the others you mention either, but I've never thought of them as celebratory-type places.

            2. re: skicrew
              asnet Aug 15, 2007 02:32 PM

              Le Bernardin, tho some chowhounds hate it.

            3. re: princeofpork
              sheronda295 Aug 15, 2007 01:52 PM

              Actually if you want fun and good food why not Sushi Samba? The creative menu and lively crowd always makes for a good celebration!

            4. LeahBaila Aug 15, 2007 01:29 PM

              What do you consider "fun?"

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              1. re: LeahBaila
                skicrew Aug 15, 2007 01:52 PM

                nice scene, a little more uppity - ie: ... I guess that 11 Madison could be a little stuffy actually... Too many options in this big city for someone indecisive.

                1. re: skicrew
                  sheronda295 Aug 15, 2007 01:53 PM

                  Actually if you want fun and good food why not Sushi Samba? The creative menu and lively crowd always makes for a good celebration!

                  1. re: sheronda295
                    pellegrino31 Aug 15, 2007 02:03 PM

                    Sushi Samba has a decent atmosphere and drinks but the food is not memorable at all. Stanton Social is a far better choice.

              2. erin07nyc Aug 15, 2007 02:27 PM

                Alta is fun, celebratory with great food and drinks.... actually a lot of small plates and tapas places seem celebratory to me.

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                  lanadai Aug 15, 2007 02:40 PM

                  L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, very upscale but laid back and fun when you sit at the bar.

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                  1. re: lanadai
                    john Aug 15, 2007 02:46 PM

                    For me, partly because I don't mind eating late, nothing is better for an impromptu celebration than Babbo. If you show up at 9.30 and have a quartino of wine you can usually get a table in less than an hour. There is good music, good scene, and great food. Cap it all off with a decent dessert and a glass of prosecco and it is a not overly expenseive, great celebratory dinner.

                  2. jinet12 Aug 15, 2007 03:39 PM

                    Balthazar for sure, just hard to get into this late, unless there has been a cancellation, or if you can dine really late...

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                      skicrew Aug 22, 2007 09:06 AM

                      Thanks to everyone for the input... we wound up at Babbo. Sat immediately at the bar and had wonderful celebration.

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                        nycgourmet Aug 22, 2007 09:29 AM

                        I don't understand why people are so crazy about Eleven Madison Park-- tiny squares of underseasoned food. Extremely disapppointed! I'd rather forego the extra amuse bouches and receive more substantial courses.
                        I'll go with Gotham Bar & Grill, Aquagrill or Balthazar for celebrations. Also, Peasant on Elizabeth St. is really lovely.

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