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French Romantic Birthday Dinner in NYC?

moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 12:10 PM

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. LeahBaila RE: moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 12:27 PM

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


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      rrems RE: moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 12:39 PM

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

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        moomoo60 RE: rrems Apr 10, 2008 12:45 PM

        Thanks. I'll check it out.

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          RGR RE: rrems Apr 10, 2008 08:48 PM


          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.

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            rrems RE: RGR Apr 11, 2008 05:11 AM

            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.

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              RGR RE: rrems Apr 11, 2008 06:43 AM

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

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          Squeaky RE: moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 01:02 PM

          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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            LeahBaila RE: Squeaky Apr 10, 2008 01:08 PM

            Good call...August rocks.


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              moomoo60 RE: Squeaky Apr 10, 2008 01:46 PM

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

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                rrems RE: moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 02:13 PM

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

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                  moomoo60 RE: rrems Apr 10, 2008 02:18 PM

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

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              iforman2001 RE: moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 01:20 PM

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

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                erin07nyc RE: iforman2001 Apr 10, 2008 01:32 PM

                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.

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                  Carol Gardens RE: erin07nyc Apr 10, 2008 04:20 PM

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

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                    moomoo60 RE: Carol Gardens Apr 10, 2008 08:31 PM

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

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                      Lucia RE: moomoo60 Apr 11, 2008 10:57 AM

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

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                kobetobiko RE: moomoo60 Apr 10, 2008 03:13 PM

                Try Allen and Delancey

                1. Jel212 RE: moomoo60 Apr 11, 2008 11:37 AM

                  Try this place: http://www.jubileeny.com/

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                    flowr646 RE: moomoo60 Apr 11, 2008 12:59 PM

                    Raoul's is really great and romantic

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