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Jul 20, 2008 05:58 PM

Need help picking a restaurant for "Girl's Getaway Weekend"

We are 3 women in our late "40's" going to NYC in September for a weekend. We would like to have a very nice dinner on one of the evening that we are there. We are looking for great food and a great atmosphere but nothing too stuffy.

We like seafood, italian and french food. Here are some restaurants that I am thinking of so far: Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Modern, Gotham Bar and Grill.

Is Eleven Madison Park too stuffy??

Any comments and or suggestions on these restaurants and other restaurant recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Any very nice Italian restaurant suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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  1. EMP - Definitely not stuffy.

    EMP and The Modern serve French-inspired cuisine. At Gramercy Tavern and Gotham B&G, the cuisine is Contemporary American.

    With regard to Italian, it depends on exactly what style of food you prefer and your budget. Here are a few options:

    Bar Milano - Opened a few months ago. Excellent contemporary Italian served in a space with attractive modern decor and a hip feel.

    Convivio (fka L'Impero) - Just re-opened with the same talented chef, a revised menu, and refurbished decor. Here's a rave review from Ruth Reichl, former "NY Times" restaurant critic and current Editor-in-Chief of "Gourmet":

    Campanile - A neighborhood "hidden gem." Delicious traditional Italian fare served in pleasing somewhat old-fashioned surroundings by a friendly, caring, efficient staff.

    For wonderful seafood, Tides, on the Lower East Side, is a teensy "shack" with sleek decor and a very unique ceiling.