Aniversarry Dinner, please help!
Hi All, please help us decide where to go for our 1 year anniversary. We would like something very romantic, formal (i'd like to wear a sexy cocktail dress, don't want to feel like a overdid it), don't mind if it's a *little* on the stuffy side. In terms of food we're looking for something French or Nouveau american, i'm (sadly) allergic to seafood, so something that's not solely focused on fish. Would prefer something downtown, but that limits things. Budget is around 150/person (excluding wine/drinks). I also LOVE dessert. So it has to be fantastic.
Places we've loved:
The Modern - one of my favorite meals in NYC
Blue Hill - so simple and delicious
Cyrus ( not in NYC i know, but in terms of food, it was to die for)
Melisse (ditto. actually it was heavenly, is there a place like this in NYC??)
We've been to Bouley and thought it was overrated - the server dissapeared halfway through our meal, the food was good but not that inventive
Gramercy tarvern. sigh. where do i start? HATED IT. felt like it was compleatly not worth the money. Simply not enough food to justify a $400 meal. And what we had, while it was delicious, underwhelmed. So now i'm paranoid of places that are supposed to be amazing but leave you hungry.
OK, so after all that, my current short list includes:
Eleven Madison Park - is it romantic enough? formal and grand-feeling?
Adour Alain Ducasse
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Chantrelle - but i wonder if it's too "quiet" ? Is the food very traditional?
Which of these would you consider the best bang for your buck (in terms of food?) Most romantic?
Anything i've overlooked?? (esp. downtown) Anything to rule out categorically?
Thanks so much for all of your help!
I like EMP because you can request to sit next to your significant other (side by side or at a corner from each other). At JG I would request an alcove table or to sit in a booth. They have long booths with 2-3 tables and you might like to sit next to or at a corner with your SO. Neither are especially cozy or romantic, but both are on the grand/formal side. I would say EMP is more warm but only slightly so.
The decor at A Voce isn't really romantic: more like hip and bustling and modern. Also, A Voce may be too loud and more casual than what you want.
imho, the most romantic restaurant in Manhattan is La Grenouille. it is, however, pretty traditional French. The food is outstanding.
That said, I would recommend a restaurant for your dinner that is NOT on your list..... Tocqueville. The food is outrageously good, and while there is a definite French vibe, the owner/chef is Brazilian, so there's often a "twist." The atmosphere is very romantic, and the decor is beautiful. Their pastry chef may be the best in the city.
Be sure to let them know it is your special day. They always do something special.