50 Birthday/Sunday in Manhattan
Trying to decide where to eat in NYC on my big 50th birthday. Will be in the city over the weekend of May 14th. On Saturday night we will be going to see Judy Collins at the Cafe Caryle and will have to have dinner there. So on my birthday on Sunday, May 16th, I would like to do brunch probably at Balthazaar and then either spend the rest of the day in a museum or in Central Park, depending on the weather. For the evening, it would be great to find someplace very comfortable, romantic and not too terribly expensive. Not really looking for the four star experience. Have been to NYC on several occasions and have done Union Square Cafe, Cafe Boulud, Esca and Luppa. Each time I have been disappointed in the experience. Never great service or a good table (particularly the table). Have had great dining experiences in other cities but just can't seem to find that perfect New York place. Any help would be appreciated.
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So sorry to hear you haven't found YOUR place yet.
Ideas (I'm thinking relaxing, nice, friendly service, leisurely, somewhere you can linger, reflect on your weekend and 50 years):
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re: Phil Ogelos
You are wrong about Convivio. They are definitely open for Sunday dinner. In fact, we've been there on a Sunday.
Perhaps, you are confusing Convivio with its more upscale sibling Alto, which is closed on Sunday.
And, btw, Marea (same restaurant group and chef, Michael White) is open for dinner on Sunday.
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I second Dovetail and would also consider the below:
- The Modern
- The Red Cat
- Da Umberto
- Palma (and other intimate Cornelia Street restaurants)
I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend in NYC and finally find that "perfect" place.
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The formal dining room at The Modern is not open on Sunday. However, the Bar Room is. While the cuisine there is stellar, it's kind of noisy and does not, imo, fit the o.p.'s desire for a place that's "very comfortable" and "romantic."
Photos of our dinner in the Bar Room at The Modern can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
Our one experience at Cookshop was extremely disappointing. The food was mediocre, service was slapdash, tables were uncomfortably close, and the noise level was extremely high. Nothing even remotely romantic about the ambiance.
Dovetail would be a good choice. The food is delicious, service is attentive, and though tables are a bit closer than I prefer, there is a romantic feel. Note that on Sundays, they serve a "suppa" menu, different from their normal menu.
Photos of our dinner at Dovetail can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...
I, too, was disappointed with Lupa. We were given the worst possible table. It seemed the better tables were for walk ins.
We enjoyed everything about Perilla. the food at Bar Blanc was pretty good and the space was cool but on a Sunday evening it was dead. I don't enjoy crazy loud restaurants but this was tomblike.
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Forgot to add that we went to Bridge Cafe for daughter's 18th birthday. Good table, good food, terrible service. Must have had three waiters for the whole room which was filled.
Happy Birthday!!! I am also planning my celebration-( same year), I was thinking of the Salon at Per Se - Felidia is wonderful- Check to see if Eleven Madison Park or Gramercy Tavern are open- great choices.We saw Judy Collins last year and she was amazing! Have a great time!
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