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Aug 27, 2008 06:25 PM

Special Birthday Dinner - Where to go?

I'm turning 30, and I have a one year old (translation: I don't get out much) and I want to celebrate in style. How should I do this? Tasting menu at Spago (I haven't been to Spago since it was in West Hollywood)? Melisse (Never been, but we recently returned from a trip to Paris)? Sona (Heard mixed reviews)? Providence? Osteria Mozza (Love Babbo in NYC but not sure it's special enough? I love the Pizzeria, too)? Hatfields? Anything else? Money isn't NO object, but I'm willing to splurge on a memorable special meal.

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  1. For style, and great food, your best choices are Melisse, Ortolan, Providence, Spago and Valentino's (they all offer great tasting menus). Your recent return from Paris might lead me to cut Melisse and Ortolan from that list presuming you dined well while there. While I love the food at O.M., I would tend to agree that (atmosphere and service-wise) it probably isn't special enough. Happy Birthday!

      1. Providence tasting menu. Enjoy!

        1. The tasting menu at Melisse is magnificent. I also enjoyed Sona's but we took a Japanese friend and were disconcerted to find the menu so Japanese. Also our guest, after a meal for three that hit four figures with tip was still hungry when we left! I would suggest Gordon Ramsay at the London. I went there for lunch on my birthday and was amazing. I can't wait to go back for Dinner. Happy Birthday!

          1. I have been to all and if you were my friend, I would suggest Osteria Mozza (ask for a table NOT in the back room) or the tasting menu at Sona.