HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What have you made lately?


snowcatxx22xx Nov 4, 2007 09:01 AM

hi my name is anna and im orginally from germany. i just moved to ny for about 3 weeks ago. my boyfriend is coming to visit me over the christmas holidays. his bday is on jan. first and i wanna take him out for dinner in nyc. i want him to have the best bday ever. ill look amazing and now all i need is a very nice romantic restaurant. i planned on spending up to 100$. we both dont like sushi and fish, but beside that pretty much everything. i hope u guys know a couple fine dinning restaurants.

thanks so much for ur help!


  1. r
    RGR Nov 4, 2007 10:56 AM

    Hey, snowcat,

    Welcome to NYC and to this board! :-)

    Unfortunately, your $100 budget will not get you dinner for two at any of the best restaurants on the city. Instead, you might want to consider taking your boyfriend for a lovely lunch at one of the upscale restaurants which offer bargain prix-fixes. Depending on exactly what you drink, with tax and tip, you should be able to keep within your budget, or maybe go slightly over. Here are a few of those possibilities:

    Jean Georges - 2 courses for $28 + $14 for each additional course. Consider sharing a dessert.

    Fleur de Sel - 3-course prix-fixe for $29 - http://www.fleurdeselnyc.com

    Tocqueville - 3-course prix-fixe for $24 - http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com

    Best wishes to your boyfriend on his upcoming birthday and Bon Appetit!

    5 Replies
    1. re: RGR
      idia Nov 4, 2007 12:00 PM

      If you will read my review above of Vice Versa I think maybe there is a possibility that you both can get out of there with a glass of wine each and tip included for $100.
      I say that because we paid $184 for 3 people and had appetizer, entree and dessert, including a full bottle of wine and tip included.
      Bon appetit.
      Here is a menu that you can google.


      1. re: idia
        snowcatxx22xx Nov 4, 2007 02:21 PM

        oh wow i didnt know its gonna be that expensive....since i just moved here is my budget a lil small. i unfortunately bought a very nice black evening dress and i def. wanna take him out on dinner. so maybe u still know a nice restaurant which is maybe not one of THE BEST ONES but still nice enough to take someone there on his bday. i just want him to have a good time and that he can enjoy a good meal. he knows about my budget and he doesnt expect anything big from me. by the way he doesnt like wine,so i dont need to spend any money on it.good for me i guess lol

        thx for ur words tho u were a big help....u def. opened my eyes

        1. re: snowcatxx22xx
          financialdistrictresident Nov 4, 2007 03:09 PM


          I know you just moved here, but do you have a neighborhood in mind? Maybe you can find a local gem that is delicious, romantic and affordable. You may also want to consider going to a top restaurant's bar (maybe a place with a view or lots of NYC history) for a cocktail and going somewhere else for dinner. I'm a fan of The River Cafe (see outer borough board). That is the type of place I'm thinking of for a cocktail. Another place in Manhattan that has a nice view is the top of the Marriott Marquis hotel in midtown. You don't want to eat in the View restaurant (next to the bar area) but it might be nice for a pre-dinner cocktail or after dinner coffee and it won't "break the bank." There have been many posts about bars with views.

          You will also save alot because you're not into wine. Sometimes the wine costs more than the food! You may also want to explore opentable.com (lists the Michelin winners, etc.) and menupages.com (you can sort by neighborhood and see the different menus and prices).

          .As a reminder if you plan to celebrate ON your boyfriend's birthday, January 1st, many restaurants will be closed.

          1. re: financialdistrictresident
            snowcatxx22xx Nov 4, 2007 03:44 PM

            thank ya´ll so much.....im glad i joined chowhound...u r all very nice and a huge help.... u all have a good week

            1. re: snowcatxx22xx
              idia Nov 4, 2007 06:38 PM

              Okay snowcat, let's pare it down a little.
              Try La Fenice, a typical Southern Italian restaurant on 68th & Broadway that will be kinder to your pocketbook.

    Show Hidden Posts