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

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meldrom Jan 16, 2008 04:21 PM

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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    idia RE: meldrom Jan 16, 2008 04:44 PM

    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.

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      rrems RE: meldrom Jan 16, 2008 06:50 PM

      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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        thegreekone RE: rrems Jan 16, 2008 07:02 PM

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

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          financialdistrictresident RE: rrems Jan 17, 2008 02:06 PM

          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. ellenost RE: meldrom Jan 17, 2008 05:33 AM

          Choosing from your list, my vote is for EMP.

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            rathbone RE: meldrom Jan 17, 2008 07:26 AM

            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.

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              Lipsmackingood RE: meldrom Jan 17, 2008 08:55 AM

              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.

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                Leoville RE: meldrom Jan 18, 2008 11:40 AM

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

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                  meldrom RE: Leoville Jan 18, 2008 12:36 PM

                  Let me know how it is!

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                  foodwhisperer RE: meldrom Jan 19, 2008 09:36 AM

                  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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                    RGR RE: foodwhisperer Jan 19, 2008 03:43 PM

                    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?

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                    robinsilver RE: meldrom Jan 20, 2008 11:30 AM

                    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.

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