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We received gift certificates for Christmas for any of the Starr restaurants ($225). Have been to Buddakan and while it was good, I didn't think it was over the top. I'm leaning toward Tangerine, but could be persuaded otherwise. Loud and boisterous is not our thing. Food, service and being able to hold a conversation would be priorities. Thanks.

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  1. I'm not a fan of most Steven Starr restaurants, but if I were in your situation I would go to Morimoto and order the omakase.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Barclay Prime if you like beef. The service is very good and you can talk there.

      1. re: Philly Ray

        I've only been to a few Starr restaurants. But the omakase was one of the best meals I've ever had. $225 won't cover teh whole bill, but obviously will help. Went w/one other person, we both had the omakase and split the wine that goes with.

        it's still kinda loud, though.

        i liked tangerine, the food was definitely good, but it wasn't at nearly the level of morimoto.

        1. re: Philly Ray

          Didn't Starr sell his stake in Morimoto? I thought I just heard that some place recently.

        2. If you are a steak house fan, I would suggest Barclay Prime, although I am sure there will be a list of people who disagree. It seems to be one of those places you either love or you hate. As far as noise goes, I would not call any of Starr's restaurants "quiet."

          1. The food at Tangerine was very good, I had a pomegranate glazed duck breast and my boyfriend had a strip steak. The lemon dessert-I forget the name-was amazing! The decor was nice and the restaurant was quiet.

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            1. re: Harley44

              I liked Morimoto but found it to be very pricy for what you get. Have been to Alma De Cuba a number of times and have been very happy.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                I agree on Alma de Cuba; I had a nice dinner upstairs there. I wouldn't call it hushed, but my wife and I had a nice conversation through dinner, and the tuna couldn't be beat.

                1. re: Bill E.

                  Striped Bass

                  1. re: Bill E.

                    I also enjoyed Alma de Cuba recently. We ordered multiple appetizers/salads instead of an entree - not to save $$ but just because they were more appealing to us and the waiter was wonderful with the pacing, etc.

              2. Tangerine would be my pick. It's quiet (but I've never been there on a Sat. night), romantic and I've always been very, very happy with the food and service. There's a scallop/shrimp dish that's devine, and the arugula salad is one of my favorites dishes anywhere. And you should be able to eat and drink very well for $225, which may not be the case at Striped Bass or Morimoto.