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Last minute Father's 64th bday, downtown, NYT 3-star level

silencespeak Sep 19, 2009 11:02 AM

For 8 people, for this sunday!

anywhere downtown, west village/tribeca/east village wherever.
I've already taken him to Blue Hill, Annisa, Indochine, Fleur de sel (RIP), Gotham Bar and Grill.

Not too stuffy preferably. I was eyeing Corton as one possibility, maybe Wallse? Somewhere with a great fish dishes is preferable, since he is on a diet. 1-mich star level, or 3 star NY times level, or whatever, just that vibe.

With Love,
A Fellow Foodie

P.S. EMP is one of the restaurants on my list, if a reservation is possible. It is the only exception out the highest end restaurants. otherwise, the tier below like the restaurants mentioned above.

  1. karmalaw Sep 19, 2009 11:42 AM

    What about Aldea? 31 W. 17th Street.


    The meal I had there last week is still in my dreams....

    And there are a number of seafood offerings -- the baby cuttlefish app was sublime.

    oops.. nevermind.. I just checked -- they're closed Sundays. Sorry.

    But do put them on your list for another time.

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      kathryn Sep 19, 2009 12:05 PM

      Eleven Madison Park is closed on Sundays, BTW, as is Corton.

      Going through Open Table if you are willing to eat early you could do:
      Gotham Bar & Grill (again)

      It's going to be pretty difficult to get a 3 star NYT restaurant on a Sunday for such a large party on such short notice, so I would set expectations accordingly.

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      1. re: kathryn
        goodhealthgourmet Sep 19, 2009 12:42 PM


        having said that, according to Open Table, the following places have availability for a party of eight tomorrow:
        Gotham B&G

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          foodwhisperer Sep 19, 2009 02:30 PM

          Well, im not sure what to recommend based on this 1 Michelin star requirement. I doubt if Landmarc has a star, if they do then Michelin has lowered their criteria.
          I would recommend the Acqua Grill for fish, possibly Lure. Or Bouley's new restaurant. Otherwise 15 East for some sushi. Another choice might be Chanterelle.

          1. re: foodwhisperer
            RGR Sep 19, 2009 02:39 PM

            15 East is closed on Sunday, as is its older wonderful sibling, Tocqueville.

            Chanterelle is closed for renovations until sometime in October.

            Tabla's formal dining room is closed on Sunday. The more casual Bread Bar is open.

      2. ellenost Sep 20, 2009 06:59 AM

        I highly recommend Bouley. I celebrated my birthday at Bouley last month, and it was wonderful!

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        1. re: ellenost
          goodhealthgourmet Sep 20, 2009 07:37 AM

          unfortunately, i checked for the OP and they're booked for tonight.

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          silencespeak Sep 20, 2009 08:30 AM

          Hearth it'll be!

          Thanks a lot everyone for the feedback. The input was helpful as always. Several years ago I went to Hearth regularly, so I'll be looking forward to the visit, perhaps write a brief report if up for it. The vibe/decor suits him best for this round. Thank you!

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            stephaniec25 Sep 20, 2009 10:37 AM

            Try Gramercy Tavern, Babbo, Esca (fish is the best)

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            1. re: stephaniec25
              RGR Sep 20, 2009 01:46 PM

              Don't know about Esca (which, btw, is not downtown), but there's little doubt that neither Gramercy Tavern nor Babbo would be able to accommodate a party of 8 for *tonight*! In any case, the o.p. posted at 11:30 a.m., that they are going to Hearth.

              1. re: RGR
                stephaniec25 Sep 21, 2009 06:55 AM

                I've actually gotten into both same-day. You can often luck out with a cancellation by calling on the same day you want to eat.

                1. re: stephaniec25
                  RGR Sep 21, 2009 07:30 AM

                  Same day with *8* people?

                  1. re: RGR
                    stephaniec25 Sep 21, 2009 08:38 AM

                    Missed the number! Def a tough reservation with 8.

                2. re: RGR
                  amp_mod Sep 21, 2009 09:18 AM

                  How was your experience at Hearth?

                  1. re: RGR
                    kathryn Sep 21, 2009 09:41 AM

                    Babbo's largest table fits 6.

                    Gramercy Tavern has a 1 round table that fits 8 (I know this only because we tried to plan a work function there).

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