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I'm turning 35 next month and my family would like to take me out for a nicer then the daily norm lunch or dinner. We will be 4 adults (one who's allergic to fish, so it can't be all seafood). We are open to any type of cuisine. Cost per person around $50 (we are not big drinkers so maybe 3 out of 4 of us will have 1 drink)

PLEASE HELP

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  1. Does the $50 include food, tax, tip, and the single drink?

    Any preferred types of cuisines? Preferred atmosphere, neighborhood, features?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Yes, ideally but there is room for flexibility with budget. I live in the east 20's but would be willing to travel crosstown or downtown. Not to keen on upper west or east side. In terms of atmosphere we are open, but maybe nothing to loud.

    2. Do you think Tabla would be suitable. There's nice outdoor dining also. Artisinal Bistro is another nice choice. There's a Prix Fixe Menu $35.00 Special with some nice choices for your allergic guest. I love the room there. Happy Birthday.

      Tabla @ 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 212 - 889 - 0667.
      http://www.tablany.com/
      Artisinal @ 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 212 - 725 - 8585.
      http://www.artisanalbistro.com/

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      1. re: Littleman

        Tabla is wonderful but may be over their budget for dinner. Lunch would work though. Other places I would recommend for lunch are Perry St. and Allegretti. I have not been to Toqueville, but it gets high praise on this board and has an inexpensive prix-fixe lunch. A dinner possibility would be Lupa, but be sure to reserve exactly one month in advance or take a chance on a walk-in..

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Allegretti
        46 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

      2. Eleven Madison Park would be wonderful for lunch within your budget.

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