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calconscious Oct 29, 2007 09:27 AM

Just made reservations for Sunday Dec.2nd at Davidburke & Donatella (was going for Le Bernadine - but didn't realize they were not open on Sundays) After i made the reservations I did some chowhound searches on it - now i'm second guessing myself - the chowhound reviews were old though - 2004 - 2006. What do you think Chowhounders - is this a good place to celebrate a 50th B-day? any other suggestions?

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    idia RE: calconscious Oct 29, 2007 05:00 PM

    I was just there recently and it was fine.
    There was no waiting, the waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing and the food was prepared creatively.
    The place itself is really neat looking.
    I think you will have a fine time.
    Happy Birthday!

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      rgfoodie RE: calconscious Oct 29, 2007 06:30 PM

      We have been 2 or 3 times in the past year, and enjoyed each time. Kind of a hipper vibe, impressive presentations, and very good food. 50th? Not sure if this is in the same league as Le Bernardin, as I haven't had the opportunity to eat at LB. My 40th is next week and we are going to Daniel. While I say d&d is different than LB, I will say that the last time we went, it was 3 of us for almost $450, with wine. Anyway, I don't think it is the best of the best, but I think it is quite good.

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        kobetobiko RE: calconscious Oct 29, 2007 06:32 PM

        If you were planning to spend at the Le Bernardin's level, there are much better options out there. Jean Georges will be my first pick; Eleven Madison Park or Daniel will also be great. MUCHHH better than D&D.

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          samiam123 RE: kobetobiko Oct 29, 2007 06:50 PM

          We just ate tehre on Friday night. We had to wait 45 minutes for our table. The hostess' had an attitude. The bartender was wonderful as he gave us a few extra drinks and several appetizers while we waited. When we finally sat down we had a wonderful meal. I highly recommend the short ribs-they were outstanding. Also the string beans on the side were fun and delicious. If you can get over the wait and the attitude up front you will have a great night.

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            idia RE: samiam123 Oct 30, 2007 06:32 AM

            Is the hostess Donatella?
            Others have complained about her attitude.
            I wouldn't allow that alone to stop me from a good meal but it is disconcerting if it is actually Donatella herself.
            We were seated immediately but I now realize that it might have been because it was before 6 pm.

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              samiam123 RE: idia Oct 30, 2007 07:59 AM

              I have no idea who Donatella is or what she looks like. Both hostesses were rather young so I doubt that either was the owner. When my husband finally complained to the maitre'd we were seated right away. But it shouldn't come down to that. Additionally, we watched others who walked in after us get seated immediately. It is too bad because it marred what could have been an exvellent eveing. Great food and a lovely space and the service was fine once we sat down as well.

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          calconscious RE: calconscious Oct 30, 2007 07:03 AM

          Thanks for everybodies suggestions - after reading your comments I am more apt to look for an alternative - I don't care how good the food is - attitude and long wait w/reservation = not fun restaurant experience (for me) - unfortunately from your suggestions I have found out that in addition to Le Bernardin, Jean George & Daniel are all closed on Sundays ... We've been to EMP and Bouley and loved both - looking for a new experience .... I really appreciate all your inputs

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            idia RE: calconscious Oct 30, 2007 08:17 AM

            Have you ever been to Blue Hill?
            This place is my all-time favorite so far in NY.

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              kobetobiko RE: calconscious Oct 30, 2007 10:23 AM

              Hi calconscious,

              Since it looks like your choices are mostly french, how about trying Gordon Ramsey at the London? It is certainly a top-notch experience for fine-dining.

              I love L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, but it is a bit causal, so I am not sure if it will fit your celebratory occasion. I thought I will just throw it out as an option.

              Blue Hill as suggested by Idia is also an excellent choice, albeit a bit causal.

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                Michael Ambrosio RE: calconscious Oct 30, 2007 11:25 AM

                I think this would be an excellent place for a 50th birthday. I've been there a few times... including a Valentine's Day meal with my wife. We experienced none of the problems I have read about on the boards. Service was excellent, waiting time was normal and the food was great. Also, they have one of the best brunch deals in the city. I've been treated with respect every time - even when I have ordered inexpensive wine, which sometimes uspets the high-end spots.

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