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Jul 9, 2009 05:52 PM

Le Bernardin or ?????

Hi everyone! I am surprising my husband with a night in NYC (at the Royalton) for his birthday. We will be seeing Rock of Ages at 8pm (on a Sat night). I am looking into making dinner reservations, but am a bit stumped. I read over a ton of reviews on Tripadvisor, but wanted some input here. I was able to get a 5:30 res at LB, but men have to wear a jacket and tie. Normally that would not be a problem, but I don't know that DH will want to wear something like that to Rock of Ages afterward. I would like to go somewhere nice, romantic (not kid-oriented, as this is a night AWAY from our We like all kinds of food except for steakhouse types (well, that would be me, since I don't eat red meat). I wanted to go to Per Se, but reservations are not available. Any other ideas?

Thanks so much!

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  1. go to le b. best restaurant in nyc not named per se. would not say it's very romantic though--more biz meeting-oriented. alternatively, convivio (meaty) and marea (italian equivalent to le b) are excellent but pricey. maybe blue hill in west village? apparently romantic enough for the obamas!

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    1. re: fulminating

      While I really like the food at Convivio, romantic it definitely is not -- unless you dine al fresco at one of the half dozen tables on the small, charming front terrace.

    2. Le Bernardin. If you like French-style seafood or aren't quite sure I'd suggest going to ????? some other time. I believe a jacket can be rented on the spot.

      1. While the jacket is required at Le Bernardin, a tie is not. I don't love the space and do not find it in any way romantic. However, if you and you husband love fish and seafood, you can't do better as the cuisine is superb!

        You might want to consider Adour Alain Ducasse, in the St. Regis Hotel. Jackets are not required. Delicious cuisine and elegant ambiance.

        1. Thanks everyone! I think I will ammend my original post after doing some reading & more research. I am now leaning towards finding some really good 'ethnic' food that we can't find at home...Turkish, Greek, Spanish, etc. We have really good Italian, decent French, decent Japanese/Chinese & Mexican locally. Doesn't have to be a romantic looking place, I guess. And I suppose it should be close to the Theater District so that we could eat before the show. Maybe I should make a new post??? Thanks so much!

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          1. re: kikic


            Yes, if you are changing the parameters of what you are looking for, you should definitely compose a new post. And please be as specific as possible so Hounds can make appropriate suggestions. Looking forward to helping you have a great visit to NYC. :-)

            1. re: RGR

              For food you can't get anywhere else, with a very casual atmosphere, and was recently ranked #31 out of the top 100 restaurants in the world, I vote for Momofuku Ssam Bar.

              My wife and I recently spent $550 on our meal at Alinea in Chicago (ranked #10) and while we absolutely loved it, I wonder if it was really worth five meals at Momofuku. The same goes for the three other ranked restaurants in NYC, Daniel (maybe my top choice for a dressed up gourmet meal in NYC today), Le Bernardin, and Per Se.

          2. How about Eleven Madison Park? Incredible restaurant experience and the service is flawless.