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May 30, 2010 03:30 PM

Need an upscale restaurant thats not too expensive

I was going to go to a BBQ restaurant for my graduation celebration but i changed my mind and wanted to go to a place less casual and more upscale but not expensive. Il take any kind of cuisine as long as its very good.

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  1. What's your price range? People define "expensive" very differently.

    1. As whitneybee says, you need to be more specific about your budget. Please give us a per person figure for food only (drinks, tax & tip additional). Also, will this be for lunch or dinner? Any particular neighborhood(s)? And what day of the week is your graduation taking place?

      Edited to add: How many people will there be?

      1. Otto.

        also, how does less casual than BBQ equal upscale?

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        1. re: coasts

          I dont really have an exact price range in mind. I was thinking maybe a step down from those restaurants such as Per Se and Grammercy Tavern. This will be for dinner. I'm looking to go to the place on June 5th, Saturday. Just give me anything and il see if its too expensive. Thanks

          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: icychill

            People want to help you, but between Per Se and a casual barbecue place is every restaurant in the city.

            One way you could do this yourself is go to Open Table (, fill in date, time and number of people and see what comes up as available.

            It's hard for us to help you without a lot of narrowing down to type of food, price range, neighborhood, etc, etc.

            1. re: Wilfrid

              Since it's coming up rather soon, using Open Table would work well. You could always come back here with a list of available restaurants and get feedback that way.

            2. re: icychill

              I consider Per Se and Gramercy Tavern to be in two completely different price ranges, but if you're looking for something cheaper than Gramercy Tavern, that does narrow it down a bit.

              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

          2. the board might kill me for this (and I wouldn't blame them), but what about Plataforma? it's somewhere between BBQ and Per Se.

            1. If you're flexible enough to do lunch rather than dinner on Saturday, Jean Georges or Bouley might work - very reasonable, upscale, and suitable for a celebration. Bouley in particular offers a lovely tasting menu for $36 - six courses, plus "gifts" from the kitchen and petit fours.

              For dinner, you can do a four course prix fixe at Convivio for a relatively reasonable $62.

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

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              1. re: fm1963

                Im pretty set on having dinner due to the fact that i wont have enough time to have lunch before the ceremony and it will be too late after. The avg i want to spend per person is about $40. Like i said before im no longer looking for a BBQ and i also do not have a particular type of food in mind.

                1. re: icychill

                  This is very helpful as $40 in NYC is not really in line with costs of any 'upscale' spots for dinner. Do you mean for this amount to be 'all in', or not including tax and tip? $40 all-in might not even get you out of a BBQ place, unless it is that crappy Dallas BBQ. Maybe try downstairs at Blue Ribbon Bakery in W. Village?

                  1. re: chow_gal

                    I can go up to around 50 a person and i would also settle for a place outside the city.

                    1. re: icychill

                      "I can go up to around 50 a person...."

                      You really need to be specific. Is that $50pp just for food? Or does it have to include beverages (wine, beer, etc.), tax (nearly 9%), and tip (20%)?

                      1. re: RGR

                        Yeah, not to mention it's a pretty big step down from Gramercy Tavern, never mind Per Se.

                      2. re: icychill

                        For outside the city, you should post a separate thread on the Outer Boroughs board.

                        Seconding Nougatine below.

                        1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023