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Apr 10, 2008 12:10 PM

French Romantic Birthday Dinner in NYC?

I am looking for a great spot for a french b-day dinner on Monday night. We have done Jean Georges and though I am considering Daniel, first I doubt we can get a reservation this late in the game and second I was hoping not to have to spend $400... The budget is between $250 and $300 including wine. It is a dinner for two so somewhere with some privacy would be nice. Any thoughts??

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  1. L'Absynthe or Bistro Chat Noir would both be pleasant and romantic

    1. Olana. Great food and sumptuous atmosphere and it fits your budget easily.

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        1. re: rrems


          Looking at Olana's menu on their website, I would not consider it French. More like contemporary American with decidedly Italian leanings. I also checked MenuPages, and that's how they describe it.

          1. re: RGR

            Yes, I know, but neither is August, despite what one poster says, and yet OP is considering it. Nor is Allen and Delancey, recommended by another poster. And is Park Ave. Spring French? Doesn't seem like French is imperative here.

            1. re: rrems

              Point taken, especially now that the *o.p.* has asked about P.A. Spring, which is definitely not French.

        2. August on Bleeker is wonderful rustic french country. They have a romantic back room, cozy. I loved the onion tart and the shot ribs. Hinting to my BF that my birthday dinner should be there...

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            1. re: Squeaky

              I don't know why I didn't think of August! I've been wanting to go there for a while Thanks!!

              1. re: moomoo60

                August is very good, but I don't think of it as a special occasion kind of place.

                1. re: rrems

                  Hmmm. I have passed by it and think I know what you mean. Have you tried Park Ave. Spring??

            2. Le Gigot on Cornelia Street
              Tree - 1st Ave near 12th Street

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              1. re: iforman2001

                Le Gigot first came to mind for me. The space is very dark and small. The down-side is that you might be close to other diners.

                1. re: erin07nyc

                  I have done birthday dinner at Le Gigot and really enjoyed it. I also like Provence in Soho.

                  1. re: Carol Gardens

                    Wow. So Provence still rates. Cool. I've never been but when I moved to NY in 84 it was all about Provence...

                    1. re: moomoo60

                      New owners (Cookshop/Five Points clan) were installed last year (or the year before?). I haven't been back since the change.