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Mom passed away, need a memorable dinner for dad

So here is the deal, mom passed away 2 weeks ago. My M&D are lifelong nyer foodies. I want to take my dad out for a dinner for the two us on April 30. When I say price doesn't matter, I mean it. Anything under 1k for dinner is fine.

Now I need help. My folks literally ate anything. I have disgusted memories as a child watching dad eat a sows ear at a dominican place.

I know this is a crazy recommendation but where in the hell should I go. Masa is simply not worth it to me, and he has been to per se. We also eat cart food.

I just need help for an idea to help out dad.

Only boundary is it must be in Manhattan.

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  1. What about Eleven Madison Park? Go all out there....it's wonderful.

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

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      I went there two or three years ago and wasn't wowed. Maybe it has changed. I also remember dinner taking longer then it did when I was in Paris.

      1. re: bigds01

        There is a new chef since your visit (most likely). The restaurant is superb. Search here on CH for many, many posts about this restaurant.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Humm has been at EMP since 2006. The OP has had Humm's food and found it wanting. Granted, perhaps they'll like it this time around but in a city that has plenty of 3 and 4 star alternatives why not try another place?

        2. re: bigds01

          Sorry to hear about your loss.

          Re: EMP, Chef Humm has been improving over the last few years. Did you see the updated NYT review where it gained a 4th star?
          http://events.nytimes.com/2009/08/12/...

          And yes, if you order a tasting menu, the meal is indeed quite long, maybe 3-4 hours. Perhaps the prix fixe would be more your style?

      2. So sorry to read about your loss. I know it's difficult.

        I would recommend Eleven Madison Park (EMP).

        It has a beautiful room, superlative service, outstanding food, and they will do literally almost anything to ensure you have a memorable/special meal.

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

        1. Blue Hill

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          Blue Hill
          75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

          1. I think those are both great choices. This may be an obvious suggestion, but I think if you call and explain the circumstances you are likely to get even better service and special attention --- unless, of course, you are not into that. Am dealing with the aging parent thing myself and am sorry for your loss.

            1. I definitely agree with Eleven Madison Park. It's a great experience and they really take care of the customer.

              I haven't been, but if you wanted something that might be interesting enough to maybe distract yourselves from the sadness - why not try WD-50? Maybe other CHers could discuss it....

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

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