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Bday dinner for Mom - delicious, upbeat but not loud?

nattie23nyc Sep 24, 2009 10:08 AM

We'll be a table of 5, maybe 6, next Saturday night for my mom's birthday. We're from NYC, so it seems like we've been everywhere at this point. I'd like something that will be around $100 pp including drinks (or one drink), not stuffy or uptight but nothing too loud so we can easily talk. No sushi or Indian, please. Neighborhood not really a factor. And of course, hopefully I can get a reservation at a normal time (8ish) this close to the date.


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    stephaniec25 RE: nattie23nyc Sep 24, 2009 10:45 AM

    Where have you been and liked so we can get a sense of your preferences?

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      nattie23nyc RE: stephaniec25 Sep 24, 2009 11:27 AM

      Park Avenue (in any season) has always been good; for Italian, my parents are fans of Da Umberto; steak, Strip House, Sparks; recent misses include A Voce, Forge, the "new" Picholine. I don't think I'm leaning towards anything Asian or French, though if the French is not stuffy I could be convinced.

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        stephaniec25 RE: nattie23nyc Sep 24, 2009 12:00 PM

        What about Gotham Bar & Grill? You should be able to get a reservation at this point and it would fit your budget with one drink pp.

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          RGR RE: nattie23nyc Sep 24, 2009 01:37 PM

          Sorry to hear that Picholine disappointed you. We just had an absolutely spectacular tasting dinner there.

          I would suggest Tocqueville. Delicious food, good service, an elegant setting, and conversation-friendly.


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