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Romantic/foodie Birthday dinner - The Modern or A Voce Columbus

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Need a great, romantic restaurant for my husband's birthday. We're both definitely foodies so looking for combination of great room/great food. Thinking of The Modern or A Voce Columbus (more for the view). Any thoughts?

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A Voce
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Between the two, The Modern wins, in my opinion. However, although I have been to The Modern once, and it's certainly quiet good, I usually feel that for pretty much the same dollars, I would rather go to Eleven Madison Park, since, for me, the food interests me more. In fact, I am going to EMP tonight.

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

    1. The Modern. A Voce has been in a free fall decline in quality since Carmellini left.

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      A Voce
      41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. While I've had some decent food at A Voce, it in no way could be considered romantic.
        I'm not that sold on the Modern, either-I prefer the Bar Room for food v expense (though it is also not romantic) - I've got to agree with Nancy S- I'd go to Eleven Madison...not exactly romantic, but a very nice space, and the food is great.

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        A Voce
        41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: David W

          I find it EMP romantic - not cozy-romantic, but elegant-romantic if you get my vibe (I suck at descriptions today, apparently.) I certainly find it far more romantic than forced-romantic at One If By Land, for instance.

        2. The Modern without question. It will be especially nice if you are dining at night (as opposed to early evening or lunch) because it seems much more intimate when it is "dark" outside. Ask to be seated at the windows. If you get there early enjoy one of their incredibly inventive cocktails out on their patio.

          1. Are you intending to stay in that general neighborhood of Midtown? If so, then Eleven Madison Park (though I love it and would highly recommend it), would require a bit of a journey. Up in that corner of Midtown, I'd recommend Jean Georges (ask for one of the alcove tables) or Picholine (but only if you two adore cheese and can oversmell the pungent odor from the onsight "cave"), both of which I'd categorize as "romantic." Perhaps not quite as elegant as the other two (interior decor, that is), le Bernardin should be considered.

            Personally, I love the food at The Modern (though, I'd counsel you to sit along the south wall closer to the middle, as the noise from the opening into the Bar Room can be quite loud). I've never had the food at A Voce.

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

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

            A Voce
            41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

            Picholine
            35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

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            1. re: ulterior epicure

              Hmmm...we actually went to Picholine for my birthday and really enjoyed it. My husband was a trooper since I love cheese and he doesn't. But loved the service, coziness, etc. Jean Georges is a good recommendation - neither of us have ever been.

              Also good points about the romantic quotient. We can go anywhere in the city - what restaurant would you all say is the best combination of romantic and good for foodies?

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

              Picholine
              35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

              1. re: tmchome

                tmchome: I also failed to mention Corton, which is probably one of the most exciting restaurants in the city right now (caveat: you must be adventurous and open to ultra-modern, often experimental cuisine). But I wouldn't say it's entirely romantic. You can see my photos here: http://ulteriorepicure.com/2009/06/08...

                I vote for Jean Georges or Adour, where Didier Elena is making waves right now.

                Some might say that Daniel is romantic, but I have never had a stand-out meal there.

                Eleven Madison Park has very, very good food. And I suppose it could be romantic if you asked for a corner banquette, but it is more jazzy and celebratory than romantic, in my opinion.

                It's a shame Bouley no longer has his drop-dead gorgeous red room. To date, that is probably the most sumptuous and romantic NYC setting I've ever eaten in. It's also too bad that Bouley has forgotten how to serve and cook.

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

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

                Corton
                239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013