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Jul 11, 2008 01:50 PM

Midtown for my birthday

My birthday is next week and my Manhattan-dwelling father wants to take me out to my choice of restaurant. I don't have a clue. I want to stay in Midtown because I don't want him and my stepmother (who has mobility issues) to have to travel too far.

Other than locations my requirements:

1. I don't like seafood, so I don't want to go to a place that specializes in it or has a seafood-heavy menu.
2. I like steak a lot, but my husband doesn't eat red meat, so for his sake, I'd skip steakhouses unless a particular steakhouse has really good other options.
3. I don't want to bankrupt the family, so I don't want to go too pricey.
4. I like most cuisines. What I tend to value most is creativity and new flavor combos, but those flavors can be Asian, Mediterranean, etc.

Anyone have any favorites that are along those lines?

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  1. dbBistro Moderne, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's take on contemporary French bistro cuisine. While it is upscale, it's not anywhere near as expensive as his eponymous temple of haute French cuisine. The menu has a good range of options, including steak for you and lots of non-red meat choices for your husband. Needless to say, the food is excellent.

    Happy Birthday and Bon Appetit!

    1. I had lunch at DB recently and wasn't impressed. Maybe try Molyvos, an haute-ish nouveau Greek place in midtown?

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      1. re: crinkle11

        I was not impressed with Molyvos. The quality of the food doesn't warrant the prices, which are higher than Greek restaurants where the food is better and the prices more reasonable.

      2. Perilla in the West Village is one of my favorite restaurants these days. Great, creative menu, and not too expensive.
        I have also rediscovered 5 Points in Noho for their wood oven grilled food which I think is better than it used to be.

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        1. re: maxine

          Oops, didn't notice the large MIDTOWN part. Sorry.

          Jojo's? Beacon? Vong?

        2. L'Impero in Tudor City is great, but I remember it being pricey:

          Dos Caminos on 3rd and 50th:

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          1. Definitely some interesting starting points - and thanks for the b-day wishes!

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            1. re: Avalondaughter

              Bar Americain, Bobby Flay's restaurant in mid-town has something for everyone and is mid-range pricing. You cannot got the wrong with DB Moderne suggestion above either. Tao is on 57th, Asian and spectacular. Town, also mid-town is a great place for all taste levels. I just sent my aunt and a friend and they loved it. I prefer it over Beacon, but that is just me. Beacon is certainly good. Good luck.

              1. re: hillster

                I am not a fan of Bar Americain. The food at the one dinner we had there was disappointingly mediocre. At the prices they are charging, the food should be rave-worthy.

                Town would be an excellent choice except for the fact that the subterranean dining room is down a long flight of stairs. Avalondaughter mentioned that her stepmother has mobility problems. So, unless there is an elevator, Town is out. Worth calling to find out.

                1. re: RGR

                  I have to say I like dbBistro Moderne and think it would fit the bill for a celebration, and find Bar Americain to be just OK. Its fine for when I need a dinner or lunch with clients but to me the food is not special enough for my own celebration. Another thought is Insieme, Marco Canora's (of Hearth) midtown installation. There may be a few steps down into the restaurant though.