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Out of Towners Need Help for Sunday Dinner

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We will be in Manhattan for a couple of nights, late October. I made reservations at the Gotham Bar and Grill for Sunday night after seeing the high marks on Zagat and Gayot. However, when browing the food and restaurant forums, it seems that this restaurant does not live up to it's former reputation as one of the best. Any opinions?

In past trips, we have eaten at Grammercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, DB Bistro Moderne, L'Impero, BLT Steak, 11 Madison Park and Aquavit.

Any suggestions for some other restaurants about the same price range as Gotham would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Tocqueville, at 1 East 15th Street is fabulous, and Blue Hill on Washington Square West has great food and a wonderful low-key vibe. but I have not heard anything about Gotham slipping...

    1. I too went to Gotham B & G with some trepidation after reading things like, "past their prime" "shell of their former self" etc.
      Boy am I ever glad I didn't listen to them.
      Our experience was delicious all around.
      Nice quiet table not on the banquettes, fine service without being obtrusive, knock-out decor, and food that was absolutely delicious.
      Don't worry about a thing. It was truly wonderful.

      Another suggestion in the same category which was also a lovely dinner: David Burke & Donatella.

      1. Absolutely, positively do not cancel your Gotham reservation.

        1. I agree- Gotham is fabulous - for years it has maintained its reputation as one of the best restaurants in NY. We go there reguarly and the food and service never disappoints and the beautiful space makes for a lovely evening. Gotham is always on the top of my recommendation list. Go to Gotham!