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Birthday Help, With Specifics

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In past years, my husband and I have taken each other to Bouley, Jewel Bako, Cru, Eleven Madison Park. I'm more of a foodie than he, but he definitely likes to eat and has enjoyed all of these places.

I'm looking for something in the same price range as above or less, south of 34th Street. He doesn't eat pork, so anyplace that's pig-heavy wouldn't work. I would say American & Japanese (though someplace that doesn't have only sushi) are top choices.

I know all the usual places, but nothing is jumping out at me thus far. Maybe if someone's had a recent fantastic meal at a new-ish place (or new-to-me place) that would help me decide.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Blue Hill or Kanoyama.

    If you don't mind a little above 34th Street, Sakagura is an excellent non-sushi, authentic Japanese.

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    1. re: ShinjukuAce

      Kanoyama isn't special enough for a birthday. Maybe Soto?

    2. I haven't to 15 East, but I've heard good things about it, and the menu has both sushi and cooked fish. Also, if you would consider French/New American, 15 East's parent restaurant, Tocqueville, has delicious cuisine and understated elegant ambiance. It tends to fly somewhat under the usual radar but is a lovely place for a celebratory meal.

      http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com

      1. What about Kyo Ya for japanese? I have not been there but a friend of mine who is a big japanese food person loved her meal there.
        Matsugen is good too, although the room seems a little too cold for a birthday celebration

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        1. re: xigua

          Kyo Ya is nice and very modern, sleek in design. However, it's on the slightly less "celebratory" side.

          1. re: kathryn

            I think Kyo Ya is at the top of my list for the moment, with 15 East at number two. Thanks for your help -- I'll report back.