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HELP! Fish...Cheese....

Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 04:22 PM

Hi Chowhounds in Manhattan. I don't live in your city, however, I do know a very special couple who is going there in a few days to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
Being an older couple, they're not exactly computer saavy, so I am trying to help them out with 2 things:

1) They are staying at a hotel around 7th Ave and 55th. They would love to go somehwere within walking distance that offers really excellent fish (for her) and really great meat (for him).


2) I would like to surprise them with a very nice gift basket of really fine cheeses. Can anyone reccomend a market/or cheese shop that would put together a nice basket and deliver it to their hotel?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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    gutsofsteel RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 04:35 PM

    Murray's Cheese Shop. Best in the city.


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      JeremyEG RE: gutsofsteel Jan 4, 2010 05:08 PM

      Murray's Cheese. Hand down.

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      JeremyEG RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 05:08 PM

      How many blocks is 'walking distance'?

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        Lynndsey Rigberg RE: JeremyEG Jan 4, 2010 06:16 PM

        I think a 1 - 1.5 mile radius would be OK. Thanks! Look forward to your recs!

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          JeremyEG RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 09:02 PM

          That's good. I recommend walking towards/along the park and going to Telepan.
          I know it doesn't get much buzz here but I had a great meal there last year with superb fish and meat as well as a beautiful room. I think they'll really enjoy!

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            RGR RE: JeremyEG Jan 4, 2010 09:54 PM

            The one meal we had at Telepan in the fall of '08 was good but not great. Though I agree with you about the room, imo, there are restaurants with far superior cuisine as well as beautiful spaces located much closer to where they are staying. (See my post below.) Considering the exceedingly cold weather we're having, it's not exactly the time for a long walk.

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        yebo RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 06:01 PM

        And what do you think they'll be comfortable spending (including drinks, tip min. 15%, and tax 8-3'4%)

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          Lynndsey Rigberg RE: yebo Jan 4, 2010 06:17 PM

          The couple's friends are going to treat them to any restaurant they want, so the sky's the limit!

        2. pikawicca RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 06:05 PM

          I'd talk to Murray's and set up a gift card. Have your friends go and taste lots of cheeses, then use your gift to get what they like.

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            Lynndsey Rigberg RE: pikawicca Jan 4, 2010 06:17 PM

            Thanks so much - it seems that everyone reccomends Murrays! DONE!

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            RGR RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Jan 4, 2010 07:36 PM

            For dinner, I would recommend either Adour Alain Ducasse, in the St. Regis Hotel, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., or The Modern's Dining Room, in MoMA, on 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th.

            Photos of our meals at Adour can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            Photos of our meal in The Modern's Dining Room can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ulterior...

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              Lynndsey Rigberg RE: RGR Jan 4, 2010 09:04 PM

              Thanks for this. And BTW, WOW, gorgeous photos!

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