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Valentine's Day Suggestions?

Nancy191 Jan 21, 2010 10:36 AM

I was thinking about Perilla, but I was wondering if anyone had some other good suggestions!

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    LauraDora Jan 21, 2010 06:09 PM

    I went to Ill bucco last year and had an AMAZING meal!!!! If you want super romantic request a table downstairs!

    www.ilbuco.com

    47 Bond Street
    New York, NY 10012
    (212) 533-1932

    1. Bob Martinez Jan 21, 2010 11:58 AM

      Wherever you go you should call first and see if they're offering their regular menu. Lots of places switch to a "special" menu on big holidays. There's a reason for the scare quotes. Those menus offer a limited range of dishes, often substantially different from those on the regular menu and often unappealing choices. Then they charge you 50% more for the privilege of eating mediocre food.

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        syrahgirl Jan 21, 2010 05:49 PM

        We had very meals at Le Bernardin, Esca and Cafe Boulud while in NYC this past November. :)

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          buttertart Jan 22, 2010 08:29 AM

          And enjoying sullen service from waitstaff who would understandably enough prefer to be with their SOs but in many cases are not professional enough to rise above it. V-Day is the second worst day for dining out in my opinion (the worst being New Year's Eve).

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            ttoommyy Jan 22, 2010 10:31 AM

            Funny, my partner and I have always had a lovely time dining out on Valentine's Day. This year will be our 15th together. I guess it depends on who you are with and where you go. And as for "sullen...wait staff," if one takes a job at a restaurant, one should know he or she will have to work on such "holidays." I'm sure the better restaurants have professional wait staff who can and do rise above the status of "sullen."

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              buttertart Jan 22, 2010 11:51 AM

              I am glad you've hit the right spots. It hasn't been our experience most of the time - and this in the "better" restaurants of several US and Canadian cities (last year at Tocqueville in NYC, the only time we did not enjoy eating there). I'm not talking about Valentine's Day at Olive Garden or something like that.

        2. smokeandapancake Jan 21, 2010 10:44 AM

          really depends...what exactly are you looking for? something just like perilla?

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            Nancy191 Jan 21, 2010 10:46 AM

            Could be but does not have to be.

            I am opened for ideas. Upscale, but not crazy priced.

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              smokeandapancake Jan 21, 2010 11:38 AM

              aldea.
              Aldea
              aldearestaurant.com
              31 W 17th St
              The Red Head
              www.theredheadnyc.com
              349 East 13th Street
              Apiary
              www.apiarynyc.com
              60 3 Avenue

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