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Apr 2, 2008 10:40 AM

First weekend away since our first child was born!

My husband and I are finally taking a weekend for ourselves to celebrate our ten year anniversary! I have been busy reading all the post and doing research on where to make reservations at for that weekend. Being that our budget will not allow for very high end meals , I have chosen the more moderately priced restaurants. This is what I have:
Crispo- Friday night dinner
Jo Jos- Sat. lunch
Lupa- Sat. dinner
The Stanton Social- Sunday Brunch
Does this sound good or does anyone have suggestions, being that it is so rare we get out alone we are looking for nice, cozy atmosphere. Thankyou very much for any tips and advice you may have. Oh yeah given that we are stuck in suburbia we love eclectic atmosphere and all cuisines.

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  1. I will suggest replacing Jo Jo with Perry St. Other than that your plan looks great.

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      1. re: askeenan

        I never argue with kobe because she is always spot on! lol And especially in this case, since I've not been to either JoJo or Perry St. That said....

        Since you mention wanting cozy atmospherics, I'll put in a plug for Fleur de Sel for Saturday lunch. It's one of our favs. Delicious contemporary French cuisine. The 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $29 is an excellent value. And if you want to splurge just a bit, there's the 5-course tasting for $46. FdeS will give you a little quiet respite from the other more boisterous destinations on your dining itinerary.

        Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your weekend getaway and Bon Appetit!

        1. re: RGR


          I will not argue with you either :D Good call on Fleur de Sel! Their lunch prix-fixe is certainly one of the best bargains in the city.

          askeenan, I think it will be the best if you look at their menus and see which one appeals to you more. Fleur de Sel serves more traditional French, while Perry St is more contemporary. They are both great in their own ways, so it is indeed a tough choice!

          1. re: kobetobiko

            I haven't been to JoJo's, but I haven't read the best reviews. I have been to Perry Street and Fleur de Sel and agree that they're both great choices. If you're interested in staying in the Jean Georges family, Jean Georges itself would be my rec--it's great.

            1. re: kobetobiko

              Well, kobe, it seems I'm going to have take back what I said about never disagreeing with you. :-o lol To me, traditional French leans toward heavy sauces with the use of lots of butter, etc. At Fleur de Sel, Chef/owner Cyril Renaud's cuisine is not anything like that. His style is definitely *contemporary* French and very seasonal.

              Lucia, If you are suggesting Jean Georges (the formal restaurant) for lunch on Saturday, I'm pretty sure they don't serve lunch on Saturdays though I think Nougatine does.

              1. re: RGR

                Thankyou all for the valuable input. It looks like I am going to try and get reservations for Sat. lunch at Perry Street or Fleur De Sel. Both menus look good. Is there any other changes to the itinerary recommended?

      2. I haven't had either Jo Jos or Perry St., either. But since it sounds like you have a broad palate, it might be fun to just head to a neighborhood of your choice, hold hands and wander, and find good eats along the way.

        Last weekend, I spent a romantic Saturday doing just this in Chinatown. We went to Nha Trang (Vietnamese; not the best pho place around, but it's the one we stumbled across), had a really inexpensive ($5) bowl of pho, putzed around and picked up warm black sesame cereal, egg custard tarts at Taipan bakery, and different kinds of kebabs, along the way. The weather was warm, we ate our purchases on a park bench. I can't think of anything more cozy (or better value).

        All that said, I think Lupa, Crispo and Stanton Social are solid choices.

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        1. re: cimui

          Is Perry St open for Lunch on Saturday?

            1. re: Lucia

              I see my mistake I read the website wrong - they have brunch on Saturday!!! Thanks for the help