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Mar 23, 2010 07:57 PM

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.

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

Esca Restaurant
402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

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  1. Some ideas, open on Sunday:

    Perry LSt.
    Bar Blanc

    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: rrems

      Adding Tabla and Degustation to my above list.

    2. 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):


      158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      1. I celebrated my 50th at Savoy [Prince @ Crosby] and they took very good care of all of us;
        ask for upstairs.

        Convivio is not open on Sundays, FYI.

        P.S. Please make sure to return and tell us how it went!

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        1. 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.

          45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        2. I second Dovetail and would also consider the below:
          - 81
          - Ouest
          - Asiate
          - Felidia
          - The Modern
          - Cookshop
          - The Red Cat
          - Da Umberto
          - Palma (and other intimate Cornelia Street restaurants)
          - Kittichai

          I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend in NYC and finally find that "perfect" place.

          243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

          2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

          80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

          Cornelia Street Cafe
          29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          Red Cat
          227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Da Umberto
          107 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: myknyc

            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:

            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:

          2. Wallse
            Allen & Delancey
            Marc Forgione
            Bridge Cafe


            Marc Forgione
            134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

            The Delancey
            168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

            344 W 11th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10014