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REC's please!!! Great food/ambience downtown....Dad's 65th bday

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hi all,
looking for a good place for the Family. 5 of us for dinner this Wednesday. He loves Italian but would do other cuisines as well. Scarpetta, Scalini Fedeli and a few others all booked. Any suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      we have been over 100x. love it but looking for something different and a bit more special. Thanks!

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          have heard just it's just so so.
          Thanks

    2. Not sure how far "downtown" you're looking, and know it's not Italian, but since you mention possibility of other cuisines, I'll suggest SHO. Lovely atmosphere, lovely food, you can probably still get a reservation, and definitely will feel like a special occassion.

      1. I'm a huge fan of Peasant. In fact, I like all of LaFamina's restaurants. Great food with great wine. Have you been?

        www.inbundles.com

        1. I second the motion on SHO.
          If it's in your budget, do the tasting menu with wine pairings.
          If that's too steep, do the regular menu, but ask the wine director to pair each course, keeping within your budget