HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >


10 year anniversary - one night to do it up.

In August, my husband and I have one night in the city to celebrate our anniversary. We will be staying at The Standard in the Meatpacking District. (We used to live in Chelsea and love downtown). Some of our favorite dinners have been at Cru, Tocqueville, Gotham, EMP. We now live in Miami and are out of the loop of where to go in the city. Would love to try something new. We are open to Italian, Seafood, New American, European. Nothing stuffy. Romantic a plus. Suggestions please. Thank you for helping me make our night special!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I really like Degustation (it's romantic). Though they changed their menu a bit from the last time I went so I can't say for sure how it is now, but I was wowed by all 10 courses.
    EMP is a favorite on the boards so maybe you can go there again and try other things on the menu?

    2 Replies
    1. re: daffyduck

      Degustation may not be everyones definition of romantic. It's bar seating only and it's an open kitchen.

      1. re: bookhound

        im probably automatically thinking it's romantic because when I went I was surrounded by couples.
        here's their website for the OP to see what the setting and vibe is like.

      1. If you've already dined at EMP, I highly recommend Bouley (it's in Tribeca); I love the food and decor. I find the service very attentive. I'm celebrating my birthday next month at Bouley.

        1. Daniel is pretty special. Deb and I celebrated our 36th there last week.
          Definitely not stuffy.

          1. Have you already booked? All the foodies I know have been raving about Marea, though it's a ways uptown from the Standard and sadly I haven't made it there yet myself. Second Degustation which is one of the cooler dining experiences in town...was just at Daniel on Weds and not blown away by the food (esp for the $) but the room and cocktails are terrific. The stuffy question really depends on your sensibility! Also, a fun & fancy place in the Standard's neighborhood is Perry Street - location makes it feel like you found a secret hideout.

            Perry Street
            176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

            3 Replies
            1. re: starvomarvo

              plus one on perry st
              go when the sun is going down on the hudson
              sit on a sofa have some bubbly and be proud you made it to ten
              mozel tov and many more

              1. re: starvomarvo

                thanks so much. Yes, we are booked at Degustation. Looking forward to their tasting menu. Yes, we have been to Daniel. Food was good but I did not want to do the required jacket thing this time. I will look into Perry Street - maybe we can have a pre-dinner drink there.

                Perry Street
                176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

                1. re: kewlegal

                  If you're dining at Degustation, I'd suggest a pre-dinner cocktail at Death & Co or Cienfuegos.

                  95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              2. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA

                1 Reply
                1. re: foodismylife

                  Too bad nobody has had anything good to say about the food in ages. What did you order there that was memorable?


                2. I agree with Degustation and Perry St. Aldea is another good possibility. One If By Land is a bad idea.

                  31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                  1. thanks all for the ideas. We wil be heading to Degustation for the tasting menu and maybe Perry Street for drinks (and to check it for our next trip to the city in Jan).

                    We will are also looking forward to lunch at Blue Ribbon Bakery- one of our old fav lunch spots when we lived in the city. Love the catfish sandwich and different homemade breads. Hard to get good bread down here in Miami.

                    Perry Street
                    176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

                    Blue Ribbon Bakery
                    33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: kewlegal

                      With all the great choices in Manhattan, I have to say Perry Street is one of the most boring places I've ever been. Not at all representative of Jean Georges. It's one of his outposts that mainly serves residential or hotel clientele. You can do better!

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

                      Perry Street
                      176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

                      1. re: grouchomarx

                        I completely agree. Granted we went on the earlier side in order make an 8pm show, but that room really is the opposite of everything I associate with romance.

                      2. re: kewlegal

                        if u go to degustation i would do the 10 course tasting not the 5, their portions are pretty small so dont be intimidated by the 10 course.