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Me and the wife will be in NYC soon. I'm trying to go and grab a nice meal somewhere, although we're not on the Per Se budget... I've sorta come up with some options. They may be different as hell but I'd like opinions or suggestions. Thanks...

Here's the list.

wd-50
DB Bistro Moderne
Aquavit
P-Ong
The Modern
Nobu (Lunch)
Bouley
Babbo
Cru

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  1. Do you want us to choose ONE of these places? Is this for one meal only?

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Yeah, I'd like help to make up my mind. Most likely it will be one meal only... so yes and yes...

    2. You've got sushi, Italian, French and Swedish on your list. Is there one cuisine, in particular, you'd like over the others?
      Personally, of those, I'd knock out: Nobu (there's even a Nobu in Texas!), wd-50, DB, Aquavit and P.Ong.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Additionally, what's your upper limit? Does that include wine? Why did you write "Nobu (Lunch)"? How special do you want this occasion to be?

      2. To be a little negative, I would skip all of the places on your list if that is an option. Do some research on chowhound and newyorkmetro.com to pick a few other places to pick from.

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        1. re: MIKELOCK34

          From your above list I guess I would choose either Bouley or Aquavit.
          Definitely NOT WD-50!!!

        2. Bouley or Babbo. The other ones are not of the same caliber (Price-wise they are probably the most expensive as well). You may not be able to get a reservation at Babbo if you are coming really soon. If that's the case you can either walk in at 5:30pm or pick Bouley for French.

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            I'm guessing I'll try babbo as a walk in, however, I've been around some other topics here and two other suggestions have come up: Blue Hill and Five Points.

            1. re: cookiejesus

              Five Points is good, don't get me wrong, but it is NOT in the same league as Blue Hill

          2. id only go to bouley on your list. its a beautiful room and a great night out. go to brandy library for drinks before or after...great scotch selection...very friendly too.

            for other high end dinners, please go to veritas...incredible meats, incredible wines. also, wallse in the fall is a nice place for upscale austrian.

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            1. re: sam1

              I hadn't heard of Veritas since reading Bourdain's book... thanks for the reminder.

              1. re: cookiejesus

                Veritas has always been one of our favorites. However, Chef Scott Bryan, who has been in charge of the kitchen since the restaurant opened, is about to leave to become chef at a new restaurant downtown. Until we know who will be replacing him and how the cuisine fares, I've stopped recommending Veritas

            2. Your last three are your best bets for a memorable meal. Got to Bouley if you want great high end NY French food, Babbo if you want the star chef experience and some adventurous pasta dishes, and Cru if you really love wine.

              Five Points is a really nice place with good solid food, but it's more of an everyday restaurant, not a special occasion place.

              1. Try otto..batali restaurant, more reasonable...Sit at the bar...Great experience.

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                1. re: kcijones001

                  Aquavit is a good choice.. but also another fabulous one is Oceana. Amazing!

                2. In case anyone stops by... This is what I ended up doing:

                  Fiamma with newcomer Fabio Trabocchi at the helm... he's still doing his awesome food he used to do in Maestro. Tom Well's peach soup is an excellent dessert.

                  DB Bistro Moderne...

                  wd-50... I enjoyed it a LOT. Roasted foie was very good, as was the wagyu. Alex Stupak's desserts are top notch.

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                  1. re: cookiejesus

                    Thanks for reporting back, cookiejesus. Fiamma is definitely on my "go to" list, so I'm happy to hear that Chef Fabio's cuisine is as superb as reputed. Since you've not included any comments about dbBistro, does that mean you found it disappointing?

                    1. re: RGR

                      I second RGR's thanks, a follow up report is always such a great addition to these posts. Even though I don't particularly care for WD-50, not that you can't get a good meal there, it's just that I feel like a guinea pig. Now, if they want to pay ME for eating there - like some sort of sleep experiment - that would be different.

                      1. re: fgf

                        I've never been interested in going to WD-50 because I don't want my meal to be a science experiment.