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Aug 16, 2007 04:25 PM

My little sister's 40th

Going to be in Manhattan in September for my little sister's 40th which will also happen to be her first time in NYC!! I want to take her out to dinner (on a Monday evening if that makes a difference) and it'll be just the two of us. I'd like someplace a little on the swanky side (because we'd like to dress up a little) but not horribly intimidating and it has to have GOOD FOOD! Money is an object but I'm willing to be fairly extravagant. Please help. Thanks!!

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  1. Can you be more specific on what type of cuisine you might want? Japanese, Italian, French, etc.

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    1. re: jenniebnyc

      Well, that's the thing: I don't really care. As long as it's a memorable experience, it doesn't matter. Could be steak au poivre, sushi and sashimi, saltimbocca, salmon... I think we might draw the line at eating bugs or intestines although I have never tried sweetbreads and have been wanting to... which I guess are technically glands and not intestines.

      I wish I could be more specific because I know I'd get a better answer but I really just want her to have a great first New York experience. Help?

      1. re: laurahutch

        No surprise to regulars on this board, top of my list of recommendations is Eleven Madison Park. Chef Daniel Humm's French-inspired cuisine is exquisite. There's an excellent wine list. Service is both cordial and professional. And the space is gorgeous! While it is expensive, the 3-course prix-fixe at $82 is still a good deal less than many other upscale restaurants. Certainly, for someone visiting NY for the first time, it's one of the best places to have a memorable dining experience, especially when celebrating a special occasion.

        1. re: RGR

          I agree that EMP is a great swanky celebratory NY experience! (Note that I would recommend it for a birthday type sisterly thing - I went with my folks for my birthday - over a more romantic ainversery occasion which I would think of as more elegant and formal).

          1. re: RGR

            Hey RGR, it's been an age but I wanted to let you know that I took your recommendation and it was PERFECT! The restaurant was beautiful, the food fabulous and the service?! OMG. That's what truly separates the men from the boys. Seattle's got some great restaurants, good food, etc. But I have never experienced service like we did at EMP. So, thank you so much for the rec.

      2. I'd take her somewhere with a great view...somewhere in the Time Warner building:

        1. For great italian I would look into L'Impero in Tudor City. The new chef is preparing some really fabulous food.

          Nobu 57 or the original are other good choices for a first time NY food experience.

          1. The River Cafe overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline really wowed visitors when we dined there last year. The interior is also beautiful- abundant flower arrangements everywhere.The food is very good , offers a prix fixe menu for $95.

            River Cafe
            1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201