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Birthday lunch with Mom on UWS, UES or Midtown?

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We live on the UWS and my sister and I want to take my mom out for a birthday lunch, mid week. Any recommendations for awesome lunch menus / specials???

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  1. Felidia is amazing and I think it has a reasonably priced prix fixe lunch (or at least used to). Otherwise, midtown has a million amazing "special occasion" restaurants --- some of my favorites are Le Bernardin, the Modern, and Jean Georges. They're elegant and certainly upscale, but not too stiff or corporate/power lunch-y. Of the three, I find I can relax more easily at Le Bernardin and Jean Georges-- not sure if it's the color scheme or the service, but there it is.

    1. I second Jean Georges. They have amazing desserts and will definitely help you out on surprising your mom if you tell them about the speical occasion!