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Jun 27, 2010 06:58 PM

Elopement Lunch Recs, Weekday in October

One Wednesday in October, we're gettin' hitched at City Hall in the morning, then catching a 9pm flight to Madrid. Between our City Hall experience and the airport, we'd like to have a nice leisurely lunch in an intimate setting.

A friend recently did something similar at Daniel, but Daniel is a little stuffy for us. Here are the criteria for our post-city hall lunch:

- preference for French/Italian/Austrian/continental
- tasting menu option for lunch preferred, wine pairing option would be an added delight
- below 59th Street, with strong preference for downtown
- upscale but not uptight
- cost not an issue

And lastly: I'm just shy of 6ft. tall and will be wearing a fitted, long dress. I'd prefer not to have to scoot into a booth, or sit at a table without ample room for me to adjust both legs and skirt. The bf is also tall, and likes his leg/elbow room, but not at the expense of canoodling ;-)


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  1. I'm going to wait on RGR and Kathryn but Eleven Madison Park would be my suggestion. It's not French Italian Austrian but it's American. There's ample room and great atmosphere. I will let RGR fill in the blanks but it's a gorgeous place. Good luck and best wishes.

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

    1. I'd go to Scalini Fedeli, great Italian and elegant for after a wedding.

      Scalini Fedeli
      165 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

      1. Definitely Eleven Madison Park. It's quite European influenced - the chef is Swiss and extremely talented. The room is beautiful and comfortable and service is a delight. The atmopshere is festive - casual elegance defined. And the food is excellent. At lunch it is particularly lovely, with the light streaming in the huge windows across the street from the park.

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

        1. Strong recommendation for EMP. Food is delicious, service is fantastic and tables for 2 are among the most generous sized table I've seen. It's a lovely space. I think you will be very happy with EMP to celebrate your special day.

          5 Replies
          1. re: ellenost

            Thanks everyone, I think it will be EMP. Heard only good things. Will report back!

            1. re: ellenost

              Hello everyone, just wanted to report back that EMP was amazing. They gave us a tour of the kitchen, where we were made kir royale mise-en-bouches....and that was the just the beginning. A truly marvelous experience. Thanks!

              1. re: goumandette

                Congratulations on your wedding and thanks for reporting back.

                1. re: goumandette

                  "Elopement Lunch Recs ..." !
                  Even given the dilution in social meaning of 'elopement' as scandalous, and much as I'm left cold by Cindy Adams, I have to say this thread must must be included among the 'Only in New York, friends' potpourrie.

                  1. re: Phil Ogelos

                    Ah, Phil, you never cease to entertain me.