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Oct 10, 2009 05:02 AM

amazing dinner wanted--price is no object

We will be coming to the city for what we hope to be an amazing dinner. We have been to (and loved) Per Se, Daniel, Masa, and Le Bernardine. One requirement--we don't eat meat, so the restaurant must have a good fish and/or vegetarian option. Any thoughts? Many thanks!!

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    1. Though they are not specifically fish-centric, I think your next logical stop would be Eleven Madison Park. And if you explain your dietary restrictions when you reserve they may even be willing to arrange a menu for you.

      1. Momofuku Ssam bar is the best restaurant in the city! Absolutely a fabulous meal, you can't go wrong!

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        1. re: Allieschwa

          The OP specified that they don't eat meat. Any David Chang restaurant will be out of the running on that count.

          1. re: LNG212

            Ditto -- if you don't eat pork/beef/chicken, then about a lot of the menu is out of the running for you, even if you do consume fish.

        2. The obvious choice missing from your list of "have done" is Jean-Georges. I think it's time!

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            1. re: nycfoody

              I think that I have posted somewhere else on the Board, but I was disappointed with my meal at Jean Georges in August. It was good, but not memorable. We had a better meal the last time we went to Bouley, and I can think of other more memorable meals eaten in Boston, Vancouver, Italy, and Amsterdam.

          1. I would agree with either Jean Georges or Eleven Madison Park; those seem to be the top restaurants you haven't tried yet. If you're interested in doing a tasting menu, you should call ahead and see if they can construct a modified vegetable or seafood tasting for you.

            However, at price no object, the absolute best vegetable option is Per Se, and the absolute best pescetarian option is (obviously) Le Bernardin, unless you're looking for sushi/sashimi. If you want to do a repeat visit, those two would be the best IMO. I think the other Michelin 3 stars / New York Times 4 stars perform better without dietary restrictions. Note that Per Se's vegetable tasting is not strictly vegetarian at all, as there are plenty of eggs and meat-based stocks used throughout.

            Another option is Gramercy Tavern as they have a separate vegetable tasting menu. I think that like Per Se, it is not strictly vegetarian either.

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            1. re: hcbk0702

              Yes GT has a fantastic vegetable tasting menu. They will cook it to be specifically vegetarian if you request, though. I would do so in advance.