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evstuytown Dec 8, 2009 05:16 PM

I'd like to get my father and his wife a gift certificate ( approx $250) for a top restaurant in Manhattan. Last year I got them a certificate to Gramercy Tavern which they loved. Any recommendations for an American, French or Italian restaurant that's not too stuffy??

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    rrems RE: evstuytown Dec 8, 2009 06:49 PM

    I think SHO is the best new restaurant (maybe even best restaurant, period). $250 will easily cover the 3-course prix-fixe and wine. Service is formal, but I wouldn't call it stuffy.

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      financialdistrictresident RE: rrems Dec 10, 2009 04:53 AM

      Second SHO or my personal favorite, Falai.

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      UES Mayor RE: evstuytown Dec 9, 2009 02:54 AM

      This is an easy one!!! Eleven Madison Park!!! Dining without being stuffy and extremely good!!!!

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        dyltf RE: UES Mayor Jan 5, 2010 02:10 PM

        You're right. EMP would be a great gift!

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          gutsofsteel RE: dyltf Jan 5, 2010 06:38 PM

          EMP is a great choice. It's wonderful.

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        taboo RE: evstuytown Dec 9, 2009 05:11 AM

        Alto or Babbo for great Italian or Blue Hill for American.

        1. buttertart RE: evstuytown Dec 9, 2009 11:02 AM

          Our second-best luxury category meal this year (first was at Per Se )was at the Restaurant at the Modern. Delicious and innovative food in a nicely understated room.

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            muppetdiner RE: evstuytown Dec 9, 2009 03:47 PM

            You could always do a BRGuest gift certificate and then they could choose from all of their restaurants. None are super fancy, but all nice. Blue Water Grill, Vento, Isabella's, Primehouse, Dos Caminos.
            If they liked Gramercy Tavern, maybe Gotham?

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              PetiteSyrah RE: muppetdiner Jan 9, 2010 10:54 AM

              Probably too late for this year, but we received a GC to Daniel and were thrilled!

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