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Where to Dine w/ $150 OpenTable Certificate

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sailorblue May 9, 2008 11:39 AM

My husband and I have managed to make enough reservations on opentable.com over the past few years to earn a $150 gift certificate (good at any restaurant on open table). We don't live in NYC but will be visiting at the end of the month. So, where should we spend it? We're looking for something unique that we can't find in Boston. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    RGR May 9, 2008 05:02 PM

    Too bad that the Gourmand at EMP is out for you because it is truly sensational! However, all is not lost. If you did want to go for brunch on the weekend, skip over the breakfast side of the menu and go to the lunch side of the menu where you will find Chef Humm's exquisite French-inspired cuisine. It is an a la carte menu, but your certificate should cover 3 courses for two even if you both order the most expensive dishes (the foie gras and the beef). Service at EMP is cordial and polished, and the space is gorgeous. During the day, with the (sun)light streaming in through the huge windows that face Madison Square Park, it's truly magical.

    http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

    Another excellent option is Fleur de Sel. Superb contemporary French cuisine is served by a professional staff in a small, cozy space with lovely ambiance. The 3-course dinner prix-fixe is $76, which would exactly equal your certificate. But to get a bigger bang for your certificate buck, lunch is the way to go. They serve it every day, and on Sat. & Sun., it is the same menu, not a different brunch menu. There is a la carte menu, but they also offer two prix-fixes: 3 courses for $29 and 5 courses for $46. I would recommend going with the 5 courses, and if you do the 4-course wine pairing, the total for both is $80pp, which comes to just $10 above your certificate.

    http://www.fleurdeselnyc.com

    Have a great weekend in NYC and Bon Appetit!

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      sailorblue May 10, 2008 07:17 AM

      Thanks for your help! Looking forward to a great meal.

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      chadradchad May 9, 2008 11:48 AM

      Congrats! If I were you, I would get the Gourmand lunch at Eleven Madison Park ($58 a person) and either purchase the wine parings or get a nice bottle. I think you will get the most bang out of your buck at lunch.

      http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/

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        sailorblue May 9, 2008 12:00 PM

        Lunch- what a great idea! Thanks!

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          sailorblue May 9, 2008 12:04 PM

          Chadradchad- again, love your idea and the Gourmand lunch menu but unfortunately it is not served on the weekends. Any other suggestions?

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            chadradchad May 9, 2008 12:14 PM

            That was my worry, that you would be here just for the weekend!
            Aquavit Lounge does a FABULOUS Smorgsaboard for $48 a person. http://www.aquavit.org/pdf/brunchmenu...

            Your money would get you a brunch for two and two flights of housemade Aquavit.

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