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40th birthday restaurant/cocktail venue near The London Hotel

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dnavan Feb 24, 2010 10:26 AM

need recommendation for restaurant and cocktail bar near hotel. restaurant should have good atmosphere, great food, budget is 300 for dinner. Dont mind taking short cab ride to the right venue.

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    chorosch RE: dnavan Feb 24, 2010 10:42 AM

    Any other parameters, such as type of cuisine or atmosphere? There are a lot of choices around there. Also, are you looking for a restaurant with a lively bar, or two separate venues?

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      dnavan RE: chorosch Feb 24, 2010 10:47 AM

      We like any cuisine (love asian, vietnamese. french) bar does not need to be in the restaurant, no small portions:)

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        RGR RE: dnavan Feb 24, 2010 01:04 PM

        The London has a very nice bar (called, not surprisingly, The London Bar). That's where we relaxed and had drinks before heading to Seasonal Restaurant and Weinbar, a few blocks away, on 58th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs. The Austrian cuisine served there is superb, service is friendly and attentive, and the ambiance is lovely. Open a little over a year, Seasonal has been deservedly awarded a Michelin star. You should have no difficulty meeting your budget.

        Photos of our meal at Seasonal can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        The Modern, located in MoMA, is very close to The London, on 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th. We have not eaten in the very popular Bar Room, but it has lots of fans. We have been to the formal Dining Room (jackets required at dinner). The Alsacian-inspired French cuisine is sensational, service is faultless, and the appropriately modern space has a soaring ceiling and a lovely view out to the Sculpture Gardens. Presuming you want that $300 to be your out-the-door cost (food, wine, 9% tax & 20% tip), the 3-course prix fixe @$88pp + carefully chosen wine should work.

        http://www.themodernnyc.com

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          feynmix RE: RGR Feb 24, 2010 01:09 PM

          IL Gattopardo for fantastic Italian. 54th between 5th and 6th.

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