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Corton-Birthday dinner for a food writer

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Hi all, I posted awhile back when I was choosing a restaurant for my boyfriend's birthday a couple weeks from now. We settled on Corton, and we'll be having dinner there on a Friday at 9p.m. (We won't be doing the tasting menu--too pricey.)

I've been doing some reading and many diners have been disappointed and have posted reviews that aren't the rosiest. I would love to hear advice from those who have been. I'm just looking for some opinions and any insight is much appreciated.

239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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  1. You'll enjoy Corton if you:

    - have an "liberal" palate
    - like subtle, asian-inspired flavors
    - enjoy small plates and lots of side dishes
    - don't mind a bit of fussiness in the presentation
    - prefer service that's a bit reserved
    - appreciate unusual wine pairings

    I've had dazzling meals there, though I do understand where some of the negative reviews are coming from. Hope you and your BF have a great time.

    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: fm1963

      I love that description! A "liberal" palate! I'm stealing that one and using it later.

      1. re: kathryn

        Lol, I'm sure you know what I mean. Some unusual flavor combos there, in a good way.

    2. Whenever I'm taking someone out for a special occasion, I always let the restaurant know that it is a special celebration, and what that celebration is. Most times the restaurant will rise to the occasion, and ensure that our time there is really special. I know Drew Nieporent, and I know he's committed to the happiness of his patrons. I cannot imagine that you won't have a memorable meal and evening.

      1. I am very glad you posted - I'm actually taking my boyfriend there for his birthday as well! We are going for an 8pm seating on a Wednesday and I am leaning towards not doing the tasting either...$85 for three courses versus $145 for the tasting is a huge price difference, especially if we're doing wine as well.

        But with that said, has anyone tried the three course and the tasting? Is the difference worth it...part of me wants to be convinced to do the tasting...heheh

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        1. re: kathyyl

          I am not a big fan of tasting menus generally, and if there are two of you you can order three courses and share them, thereby getting to taste six different dishes. So my recommendation is to save your money, have the three-course, and see how you like the food. I was not thrilled with it and the wines are way overpriced, and I think there are far better places where you can spend less, but there was nothing that I would call bad, and I'm sure there are many who would disagree with me, it's just a matter of personal taste.

          1. re: kathyyl

            I haven't had the three course, but I went there 2-3 months ago for the tasting menu (special occasion). While we both really enjoyed it, my only negative comment was "palette fatigue." By the time we were done, I was exhausted by the whole experience. It was spectacular, but a little OTT. Every single course had so much going on, it was hard to focus after a while.

          2. Don't second guess yourself. We love Corton, and actually think it's the best 3-star restaurant in the city. You will be fine with the 3-course meal, especially for your frat experience. Many of the selections actually appear on the table as 3-4 different variations on the theme, each one wonderful. Ask your server to guide you with recommendation, and they will be very helpful. The dining room is very understated, and I think you an your food-writer boyfriend will have a terrific experience in every way.

            239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: edwardspk

              Thank you so much!

              1. re: ahoffman1202

                Did you already visit for dinner? If so, how was your experience? Am going tonight - my stomach can hardly wait!! :D