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Apr 17, 2009 11:30 AM

Per Se quality b-day dinner

I am looking for a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday dinner. We've been to Per Se, Daniel, Jean-Georges, etc, etc. I need a recommendation for a very nice place in Manhattan. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much!

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  1. Eleven Madison Park, Joel Robuchon

    1. My husband and I recently went to Eleven Madison for my birthday. It was amazing! It far surpassed our expectations. The service was perfect, as was the food. We've dined at Per Se twice, and I don't think any other place can compare, but EMP was a wonderful experience. Better than our dinner at J-G, and far better than Daniel. Le Bernardin is also a great option if you are interested in mostly fish, but the room itself is very plain, almost like an office.

      1. Since EMP is our favorite NYC restaurant, if you haven't yet been there, I'd certainly agree with chow_gal and twiggles.

        Veritas is another excellent option. Since Chef Gregory Pugin took over the kitchen last summer, Veritas has once again become one of our favorite dining destinations. It has the whole package: superb French cuisine; extraordinary wine list; cordial, professional service; and wonderful atmospherics.

        1. In addition to EMP, I highly recommend both Aureole and Bouley. They top my list for special occasion dining.

          1. It might not be a food mecca, but I went to La Grenouillie again the other night, and I have to say it is the most elegant restaurant in NYC, with incredible, pampering, service from a time past. I had lobster ravioli and braised ox-tail...both very good. The souffles are ethereal...though it is not on the menu, I always have the Grand just have to ask, which attests to their whole gracious attitude.