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Apr 16, 2010 07:17 PM

Special Occasion Bar Dining

This is a bit of a specialized request. Every year for our birthdays my BF and I treat each other to an upscale restaurant (or 2!) where we have the tasting menu (examples include Jean Georges, Le Bernadin, Daniel, etc), as I'm sure many can relate. Well, his birthday is next month and I am unfortunately struggling with a back injury where it is very painful for me to sit rather than stand (I have not been able to sit through a dinner for over a year). I would really like to give him a special dining experience, especially since he has been so patient and kind to me through this experience. Can anyone recommend a restaurant where we can we can have a tasting menu at a bar or high table. Preferably it would be a place where we can make a reservation for such seating, as standing for long periods is also difficult for me. I know this is a bit of a specialized request, but he is very special and I would greatly appreciate any thoughts!

Many Thanks!

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

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  1. You might look into Picholine - they have a lovely bar area, but I'm not sure if their tasting menu is available there. Beautiful room.

    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Many thanks for your quick response! We actually go to the Picholine bar as well a tradition for our birthdays (we love cheese) but we also do something in addition to that! They do actually offer their full menu at the bar menu and the bartender, Eric, is very friendly and accomodating! We indulge a bit and we always have an extra dinner in addition to Picholine. This is exactly the type of dining we are looking for though so I would welcome additional suggestions.

      35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    2. I myself have never been, but a fellow restaurant working friend works at Mas Farmhouse and raves about Chef Gamen Zamarra's tasting menu. From my own poking around their wine list, this seems like an amazing place to celebrate.

      1. I know that Veritas offers their regular prix fixe menu at the bar a la carte. I would suggest that you give them a call, explain your special circumstances, and see if they would be willing to serve either their seasonal 5-course tasting or the 9-course tasting at the bar. If not, you might just put together your own tasting menu by sharing a variety of dishes from the regular menu. In any case, Chef Pugin's French cuisine is sensational! And, of course, Veritas has one of the most extraordinary wine lists in the city. I believe they are still offering the 10th anniversary 25% discount on all bottles.

        Photos of the 9-course tasting we had at Veritas in February:

        I sincerely hope you recover and become pain-free very soon.

        Happy Birthday to your BF and Bon Appetit!