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Dec 10, 2007 07:05 AM

Picking a good place, but not looking like a snob.

Hey Chows,

I am trying to pick a place for lunch to go with my mother. She often thinks I am snobby and pick high-brow places. She is up for $30 or below prix fix, but she will think I am rude by suggesting a place that isn't it too stuffy. Any ideas of GOOD places that won't make me look like a snob?

I can go downtown or midtown.

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  1. I'm confused. She thinks you're snobby because you pick high brow places, but also thinks you're rude (like disrespecting her?) if you choose a more casual place?

    1. Look into Maze at The London.

      1. Where did you take her last time and what were her reactions:

        Might help us hone in on suggestions.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          This is the step-mother, not the mother. She likes fancy, but I always feel bad suggesting such places when she is the one taking me out.

          1. re: chadradchad

            Ah - sorry - what about Telepan? I think their prix fixe lunch might fit w/n your budget. A little up from mid-town though.

            1. re: chadradchad

              What about the $28 prix fixe lunch at Jean Georges (weekdays only)?

          2. Blue Water Grill has a prix-fixe below $30 and is classy without being snobby, IMO

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            1. re: kpsquared

              We are going to Tocqueville. I gave her some suggestions and she decided on which place. It was a guided "choice" I will let you know how it is. Chowhounds seem to love it.

              1. re: synergy

                Tocqueville was a smash! We ordered the $24.07 menu. The soup was fantastic, the salmon was even better! The dessert wasn't amazing, but it was a great lunch. Nice and leisurely. Get yourself over there!