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Apr 29, 2010 08:31 AM

A french foodie's birthday dinner?!

My boyfriend and I are both foodies and it is our last year living in NYC before moving to europe. He is french, and generally is not impressed by american versions of french food. However, we've had some excellent meals in NYC: I think our favorite was Corton when we went in october. We also really enjoyed Momofuku Ko a few months back and Anthos a few years ago.

I'm trying to find a place for his birthday in ~ 2 weeks. I was thinking EMP but it's already all booked up. Per Se is just too expensive. I was pondering Gilt, SHO, Grenouille and Bouley. I've been to Bouley and really enjoyed it. However I'm shying away from Grenouille and Bouley because they are so french and i don't want to risk disappointment.

Suggestions? Anyone tried SHO? Other recommendations?

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

36 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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  1. Why not do something that is NOT French? What about Sugiyama?

    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    1. If you liked Corton and Ko, then perhaps asian inspired french (rather than traditional french) might be the way to go. SHO, definitely, also Jean Georges.

      Also The Modern Dining Room - there's nothing asian about the food, but the sensibility is similar to Jean Georges, where the Chef Gabriel Kreuther used to work.

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

      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013