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Crispo, Picholine, Eleven Madison, Lugers or Adour for V-day?

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I know I have several different levels of restaurants listed but....any recommendations? Adour isn't open yet so I guess I am looking for a recommendation from someone who has eaten any of Ducasse's food.

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  1. Anything on that lists looks really good (with Crispo, my favorite, taking the lead) but Luger? (ugh!)
    They are living on their past reputation. Believe me, there is much better now.

    1. I love Crispo for the food but if you are looking for romantic it doesn't make it. If the price difference doesn't matter, I would go for Picholine. Oh, and yes, I have eaten Ducasse's food, both here and in France. I think it's good but overrated. The quality in his restaurants varies wildly depending who is actually running the place at any given time, as M. Ducasse ain't likely to show up.

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      1. re: rrems

        I agree with Luger's not exactly being V-day material. Picholine would be nice, EMP would be better, IMHO.

        1. re: rrems

          IMO, Crispo's is not a good choice for Valentine's Day. Large and lively, good food, large portions, reasonably priced. Not small, intimate, special.

        2. Choosing from your list, my vote is for EMP.

          1. 11 Madison Park for sure. Do the tasting menu!!! It is not exactly romantic but the service is top notch and the food is amazing.

            1. I find Daniel's food a little too precious (and it's not food I crave), but you will not be disappointed with a V-day at EMP.

              1. Adour will be open on to the public on January 28th. Going tonight for dinner.

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                1. re: Leoville

                  Let me know how it is!

                2. Luger's on Valentine's day is more like April Fools Day. Go to Danube or Jean Georges or even Gotham. 11 Madison is too strange a vibe. I dont like it at all. Food is good though.

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                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    foodwhisperer,

                    I'm puzzled by your comment about the vibe at Eleven Madison. I have always found it to be very pleasant and relaxing, and despite the fact that the space is huge, the noise level is manages to remain comfortably conversation-friendly. So, what about it do you find strange?

                  2. I know that some people have not been thrilled with it, but we went to Gordon Ramsay's at the London and loved it. We had the tasting meal with paired wines. It was terrific.