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Apr 13, 2010 10:45 AM

Wedding present gift certificate for a foodie couple: Need restaurant ideas

As a wedding present, I want to get my foodie friends a gift certificate to a restaurant for around $200-300. They have been to many of the popular, nice restaurants in the city and have lived here for awhile. I'd like the food to be delicious and the experience memorable. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Jean Georges? That would be my recommendation if you're looking for a beautiful restaraunt and sexy food.

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: BeautifulVesper

      The most common response to this question (and one I agree with) is to buy a gift certificate to the Union Square Hospitality Group. That will give your foodie friends a choice among a number of top restaurants including Eleven Madison Park, the Modern, Tabla, Grammercy Tavern, and Union Square Cafe. One of those is likely to appeal and you can buy the card from the website

      Eleven Madison Park
      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

        1. re: kathryn

          I agree that this is the best way to go. The choice of restaurants allows them to decide if they want the gift certificate to cover the whole bill or to defray the cost of a splurge. And they can pick the menu and type of cuisine that interests them.

        1. re: edwardspk

          USHG is a great idea... I would also consider Daniel Bouloud group of restaurants. Other great places: Scarpetta, WD-50, Daniel, Blue Hill (Stone Barns in particular is amazing!), CIA (in Hyde Park... good for a weekend trip)...

          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Blue Hill
          75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      1. I agree with those who say that USHG is a good way to go.

        That said, try finding out if they have any particular restaurants that they would be looking to try. Maybe approach the question during a night of hanging out.

        Regardless of what you choose, I can say that I recently got married, and we got some very thoughtful yet unexpected gifts. It really is the thought that counts. Your friends should feel the same!