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Going to NYC... Need help!

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