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Vegetarian food tasting menu for first anniversary help?

Hi there!

I have been trying to do some home work to prepare for my 1st wedding anniversary. After a lot of research, I thought the advice available on this site was the best.

So, I was hoping to get some help please.

My wedding anniversary is coming up in a few weeks and I was hoping to take my wife out to a place with a tasting menu for dinner. She's a vegetarian, loves cheese and is obsessed with Top Chef.
I really want to take her to an interesting place (i.e. has interestingly prepared dishes) given how much fascination food holds for her. Point in case:
Part of her grad program is writing about food, which is perfect for her given she reads menus of restaurants from all over the world at night in bed...I on the other hand read a book. To each his own.

So, if you could suggest a place with:
- tasting menu
- vegetarian
- interestingly made food
- dinner
- budget $100-$130 per person (ideally with one glass of wine each)
- anywhere in manhattan

I would *really* appreciate it. It's our first anniversary and I wanted to find her the ideal place.

Thank you very much!

PS: I went through older posts on 'vegetarian' and 'anniversary' but the last update was in May 2009. I was wondering if there was anything new beyond that post.

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  1. Gramercy Tavern has a vegetarian tasting menu.

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    1. re: visciole

      I believe Gramercy Tavern's tasting menu is a "Vegetable" tasting menu (which isn't quite the same). Though I understand they will make it vegetarian if one asks (ahead of time, of course).

      1. re: LNG212

        Correct -- it's a vegetable tasting that can have different sauces, etc. that may have meat-based components like chicken stock.

        What's nice about GT is that you can have the chef's tasting and your wife can have the vegetable tasting (with only vegetarian) components. And they're very flexible about allowing for substitutions if something on the prix fixe catches your eye.

    2. Aww this is such a cute post! It's nice to see a hubby go out of his way to treat his wife to a nice surprise.

      Let's see, my bf and I eat a lot of vegetarian food but not too many fancy places come to mind. We just received a gift certificate to Dirt Candy which I've heard very good things about and looks amazing.

      Also, a place we've been dying to try is Pure Food and Wine. It's raw food which might sound not so good, but people say it's incredible. I walk by there all the time and it's very romantic looking and possibly a good choice for you guys.

      Good luck!!

      1. I'd recommend Daniel for this one. I went there for a special date in April, and it was terrific. The food was delicious and well-presented, the service was particularly solid, and the whole night was very memorable for both of us.

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        1. re: thousandrobots

          A little update: I went to Jean Georges the other night and had the three course menu with a vegetarian entree. All the food was good, but not spectacular. In consideration of food, service, and atmosphere, I preferred Daniel.

          1. re: thousandrobots

            But the OP won't be getting the veg tasting at Daniel with their budget. If a tasting menu is a must it gets a little more difficult.

        2. I can tell you what I DO NOT recommend, we went for a veg. tasting menu to Blue Hill, it was a disappointment, most of the dishes repeated the same ingredients in different ways and it happened to be ones we don't particularly care for... and one of the dishes contained an ingredient that we specifically told the server that one of us is highly allergic to, luckily we noticed on time.
          Unfortunately I can't give any positive recs.

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          1. re: daniagee

            That's a shame! I took my Aunt to Blue Hill for a veggie tasting menu and we found it wonderful and not at all repetitive. Sorry you had a bad experience.
            JeremyEG

          2. i know two people that have had the vegetarian menu at daniel and say it was an amazing evening. the food the service everything was fantastic.

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            1. re: mch

              Dirt Candy is wonderful. My wife and I were there this past weekend. We didn't have a reservation, but they were able to get us in. Both the food and service were great. I don't recall a tasting menu though.

            2. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

              maybe its not exactly what you mentioned, but Hangawi is vegetarian, romantic and different. good luck and congrats!

              1. Thank y'all very much! I will try Daniel and let you know how it went!

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                1. re: Sid1983

                  If you are willing to expand your budget by that much then I would also encourage you to check out The Modern. Although not listed they will do a vegetarian tasting with advance notice, my GF's was spectacular just recently. But this is just to give you a choice, Daniel's veg tasting is equally incredible.