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cantik Dec 27, 2007 04:59 PM

Hi all,
My husband and I are in New York for a couple of weeks, and my 50th birthday is coming up! He and I are sitting here trawling the board looking for a great New York restaurant with an emphasis on taste and presentation -- and, of course, a true love of food. Regionally speaking, we're more or less open to anything. But we're hoping to spend no more than $500 for two (with wine) -- this is considerably more than we would ever usually consider spending! -- and would be grateful for any suggestions toward a truly memorable restaurant evening.
Many thanks and best wishes for the holidays!!!
Bu Cantik

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    RGR Dec 28, 2007 09:49 AM

    Hey, Bu,

    While the cuisine at Daniel is superb, we recently had some major service issues, so I'm hesitant to recommend it right now, particularly for a special occasion.

    My pick would be Eleven Madison Park, which regulars on this board know is my favorite NYC restaurant right now. Chef Daniel Humm's French-inspired cuisine is exquisite, the wine list is excellent, service is very cordial and polished, and the space is gorgeous! With a $500 budget, I suggest you do the 11-course tasting menu (all the little "extras" brings it to about 14). Though the wine pairings would put you well over, the sommelier will help you find a bottle of wine that will fit. I'm confident that at EMP you will have a truly memorable dining experience.

    http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

    Note: You might be interested in this q&a on eater with Laura Wagstaff, Guest Relations Mgr. at EMP. She really is the best!

    http://eater.com/archives/2007/12/the...

    Happy 50th Birthday and Bon Appetit!

    1. Spiritchaser Dec 28, 2007 03:41 AM

      If you are okay with a bottle of moderately priced wine (as opposed to wine pairings) you could do Bouley or Daniel. Both are very romantic, big on serivce, and have wonderful wonderful food. I feel these are the NYC standouts for special occasion dining because of the "total package" experience.

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        cdog Dec 28, 2007 04:53 AM

        i second daniel. you could also give david burke a shot. i might also consider chanterelle.

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        rrems Dec 27, 2007 05:06 PM

        I'd go for the tasting menu at Picholine or Jean Georges.

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