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If you could eat at any restaurant..help!...

I won a bet with a friend a couple of months ago and am about to collect. The problem is that winning the bet was easy compared to deciding on the restaurant of my choice. There are so many great options that I can't decide. If you could eat at any restaurant in Manhattan, what would it be?

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  1. Price range? Preferred cuisines? Atmosphere (formal? informal? loud? quiet?) would you like?

    If you really want to collect on this bet, some more unkind folks might choose Masa or Per Se, for example.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Lol - I teased about Masa during the bet. Won't be that mean, but I would like it to be on the more formal side and can be in the higher price range -- loud or quiet -doesn't matter. I love all cuisines - that's why I am having such a hard time deciding.

    2. If it's my choice, it would be Masa, hands down.

      It may not have the best food, but no matter how much money I make, I don't know if I will ever have the strength and willpower to go to Masa on my own money. This is your best chance. If you really mean "any restaurant", there is no reason not to choose Masa - choose a restaurant that you would never want to pay for with your own money.

      1. Absolutely love Daniel but since I don't know the whole story it may be too romantic. If romantic is okay then that's the place. Otherwise you could try db Bistro Moderne, same creative chef as Daniel in a more relaxed enviornment or smack in between the two levels is cafe Boulud, also the same chef/creator as Daniel and db DM. I would gladly go back to any one of these and be guaranteed a wonderful meal.

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        1. re: Spiritchaser

          Per Se....creative/delicious food, spectacular service, you can converse w/o having to yell...all the better to gloat about your bet.

          1. I recommend Jean Georges. It will impress, yet the dining room is simple, sleek and can be romantic but not overly so with windows on 3 sides. Get to choose between a 98.00 3 course pre fix or 2 seven course 148.00 dollar tasting menus. The food is wonderful, service to match. This as far as I am aware of...with the 3 course pre fix is one of the cheapest and they give you more.

            Where ever you go...have a great time- lucky you :)

            Yes, a self confessed JG junkie :)