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Aug 24, 2007 06:58 AM

1-year anniversary approaching

Hi all,
My boyfriend and I's one-year anniversary is approaching, and I need your help in making the best decision. I've narrowed our choices down to: Gramercy Tavern, Bouley, Estiatorio (sp?) Milos, Blue Hill and Picholine.
Neither of us have been to any of the above restaurants, but all are on our lists to try. Which one do you find the most romantic? Which one do you find to have the best overall food?
Thank you in advance!

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  1. From your list I have only been to Gramercy Tavern, but I can tell you that it is divine. Pefect service and amazing dishes. The braised short rib was the best I have ever had...and the desserts were over the top. Great atmoshpere, too. Perfect place for a 1-year celebration. Congrats!

    1. From your list, I would choose Bouley: lovely atmosphere, attentive service, and delicious food. If you like foie gras, they make a divine preparation. Wonderful duck breast too.

      1. Having read your posting over the past few months, I would immediately think Blue Hill or Gramercy Tavern would be up your alley. I especially like Blue Hill. I think the room is reserved and romantic, as is the food. Plus it's convenient to your neighborhood.

        1. Romantic: Bouely for sure.

          Food: Bouley (best), Blue Hill and GT (tie) - I think the seafood at Bouley (esp the line-caught cod) is exceptional!

          1. Of the restaurants you've listed, we've been to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill and Picholine.

            With regard to cuisine, our experiences at Blue Hill and Picholine were too long ago for me to make any valuable contribution. We have been to Gramercy Tavern since Chef Michael Anthony took over the kitchen. But it was in the Tavern Room so, even though the food was delicious, it's better for you to rely on the opinion of Hounds who have eaten in the dining room.

            With regard to ambiance, because we haven't been to Picholine since the major redecoration, I have to rely on photos. And from those I've seen, the current decor seems kind of cold and not very romantic. The major problem with Blue Hill is the seating. All the tables for two are along the banquettes and are really, really, really close to one another. To me, uncomfortably cramped seating is not romantic! So, of these three, I'd choose Gramercy Tavern. Seating in the dining room is comfortable with tables reasonably spaced, and the Tuscan-style decor, artwork, and floral arrangements have warm and something of a romantic feel.