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Le Bernardin or ?????

kikic Jul 9, 2009 05:52 PM

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 kids...lol). 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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    fulminating RE: kikic Jul 9, 2009 06:05 PM

    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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      RGR RE: fulminating Jul 10, 2009 09:47 PM

      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.

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      diprey RE: kikic Jul 10, 2009 05:54 PM

      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.

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        RGR RE: kikic Jul 10, 2009 09:40 PM

        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.


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          kikic RE: kikic Jul 11, 2009 10:54 AM

          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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            RGR RE: kikic Jul 11, 2009 11:23 AM


            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. :-)

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              seal RE: RGR Jul 11, 2009 11:35 AM

              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.

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            steakrules85 RE: kikic Jul 11, 2009 05:47 PM

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

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