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Great restaurants with a view? 1 night in town, English dude wants "fancy", but tasty. Experimental OK.

I don't know how else to put it!

I used to live in Manhattan but it's been years. Will be with a British transplant who's lived in the U.S. a long time on the West Coast. We've got access to Vegas restaurants and L.A. so that's the background.

I was trying to think of any fabulous Manhattan restaurants (or even bars) that are left that also have a great view. Either that or if there aren't really any, just some wonderful New York warmth and glitz and experience. On the food, he's probably going to like some intricate wild game dish or interestingly-put-together entree (even molecular gastronomy would be OK) over a great simple steak. He likes French. It doesn't have to be French though. By fancy I think (goodness, hope) he means kind of hip and fun, and not fidgety-fancy.

So far Charlie Palmer Aureole is looking like our top billing from just a quick look-around. But we haven't been studying up so what do you recommend? There are just so many good choices it's easy to get swamped. (Gramercy Tavern is booked that night and 11 Madison Park is closed that night.)

Thanks for any recs.

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  1. try Robert @MAD for drinks- spectacular view of the park, and stunning space- food is not great tough. Maybe you could dine at Per Se Salon first.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    1. per se should fill the bill.

      1. SHO Shaun Hergatt. No view (other than of the open kitchen), but the room and the food are both pretty spectacular.

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        SHO Shaun Hergatt
        40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

        1. When are you coming? What's your price range, including tax, tip, wine/drink? I think your money will go a lot further if you choose a restaurant that doesn't necessarily have a view, but still has some nice atmosphere.

          What restaurants do you like in Las Vegas and LA?

          Since you mention game, interestingly-put-together entree, and French, I would recommend Jean Georges to you, but it's not necessarily "hip and fun." But then again, neither of Eleven Madison Park or Gramercy Tavern. But it's not super stuffy either.

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

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

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

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          1. re: kathryn

            We could go up to $100 a plate outside of wine. (Less is fine too!)

            In L.A. we like Animal and Melisse and Jiraffe. In Vegas we loved Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay, liked StripSteak. At Venetian we really liked Thomas Keller's Bouchon, loved Batali's Enoteca San Marcos. (I mean the *chicken* - the plain *chicken* was amazing.) From my own perspective I just adored a little place called SushiSamba that claims to be Brazilian/Japanese/Peruvian, I believe. It was just very tasty.

            Some comfort and ambiance and sort of an interesting venue go a long way too.

            1. re: Cinnamon

              $100 without wine, but are you including tax (nearly 9% here) and tip (20%) in that $100? I ask because you were considering EMP, which is $95 before tax and tip for the dinner prix fixe.

              Sushi Samba has several branches including some here in NYC:
              http://www.sushisamba.com/

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              SushiSamba 7
              87 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

          2. WD-50
            no view but a leader of the molecular gastronomy pack

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            WD-50
            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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            1. re: Chuck Lawrence

              WD-50 certainly fits the "hip" and "experimental" requirement. Maybe Corton? Do you like Bazzar or Providence in LA? Too bad EMP is closed, it would've been perfect (fancy with a touch of molecular gastronomy.)

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              WD-50
              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

              Corton
              239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013