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Apr 6, 2010 05:36 PM

Upscale, quiet dinner for grandma's 80th birthday between 20s and Tribeca?

I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants that might be good for hosting a dinner for 8 to 10 in a quiet environment with excellent food and great service.

If we had the budget, we would do something like Daniel - calm, fine dining, European (or possibly American) cuisine. Price wise we are looking for something in the $$$ as opposed to $$$$ range.

The group is interested in something no further north than the 20s, and willing to travel as far south as Tribeca. I had thought of Maialino or Gramercy Tavern, but have not been to either.

Any ideas would be MUCH appreciated! I am a 20-something who is more familiar with Brooklyn area restaurants and young, hip, excessively loud establishments in the city.

Thanks in advance!

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Gramercy Tavern is fabulous but not sure it will cost that much less than Daniel. For a similar but slightly less pricey experience, you might try Braeburn in the West Village at Perry and Greenwich St. It is quiet enough for Grandma's birthday with a creative but not over-the-top take on American food. We went there for Mother's day brunch last year and it was really lovely.

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    117 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

    1. Grandma's 80th??? Spend the money and go to Eleven Madison!!! She will remember you in her will!!

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      1. re: UES Mayor

        Are you trying to make the OP feel cheap and/or poor and/or guilty? You may have succeeded! Extra points for the reminder that people die - that should be the focus of every birthday celebration.

      2. You might look into Moran's Chelsea (19th Street & 10th Ave). It's not the same caliber of food as Gramercy Tavern but if your GMa is 80 she might really love the space. It's very old fashioned with lace curtains, Waterford crystal, brass, fireplaces, and such. The staff there is just amazing.

        146 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        1. Perry St. might work for you. Very nice modern dining room, excellent food, rather quiet and falls nicely into your $$$ range.

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          1. re: edwardspk

            Perry St. is an excellent suggestion. You should also consider SHO, Cru, Aldea and Tabla. All of these have wonderful food, nice atmosphere, and low noise level. SHO is the most expensive at $69 for 3 courses, but that also includes canapes, amuse, mignardises, more comparable to the top-end restaurants.

          2. I do love Maialino a lot, but it is neither calm nor fine dining. Rather, a very lively vibe, casual ambiance, and rustic-style Italian food.

            I am not a fan of the food in Gramercy Tavern's dining room (though I do like the mopre casual Tavern Room). For the same price (3-course prix fix in the mid-$80's), you can go directly across the street to Veritas and have exactly the kind of experience you are seeking. Superb French cuisine, one of the most extraordinary wine lists in the city (10th Anniversary special = 20% discount on bottles), excellent service, and calm, understated elegant ambiance.

            Veritas Photos can be viewed here:

            Another place to consider is Tocqueville. Excellent French/Contemporary American cuisine served by an attentive staff in one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city.

            Tocqueville Photos here:

            Best wishes to you grandmother on her 80th birthday and Bon Appetit!