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KLD1967 Jul 21, 2010 10:28 AM

I'm going to be in town in September and want to go to one very high end restaurant during the trip as I've not been able to do that on previous trips. I love good food. Of all kinds. I might be going by myself as the rest of my friends aren't foodies like me but I've said "the heck with them" and am going to plan one amazing dinner out on my own.

So....if you had to choose....what would it be? Per Se? A Mario Batali restaurant? A Daniel Boulud restaurant....or one of many others that I know are in town.

I welcome all your suggestions and tips.

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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    3crazydogs Jul 21, 2010 11:29 AM

    Per Se was one of the great meals of my life - can't recommend it strongly enough.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    1. ellenost Jul 21, 2010 11:25 AM

      If I were going to splurge, my choices would be: Momofuku Ko lunch or dinner, 11 course Gourmand menu at Eleven Madison Park, and Per Se. I've dined a number of times solo at Momofuku Ko and have always had a great time, and I have read great posts from fellow Hounds about their solo dinners at both Per Se (search for uhockey's great solo dinner report) and Eleven Madison Park. Have a great time!

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

      Momofuku Ko
      163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        grouchomarx Jul 21, 2010 11:04 AM

        Any of the places you mentioned will be a wonderful experience..but you might want to investigate how comfortable you'll be dining alone in any of those restaurants. Both Per Se and Daniel have lounge seating, which might be more relaxed and amenable to a solo diner. Good luck and enjoy!

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: grouchomarx
          Wilfrid Jul 21, 2010 11:12 AM

          Correct, and in fact I think it will be very difficult to get a reservation for one at Per Se or Daniel, although less of a problem at Jean-Georges and EMP. In any case, book at least four weeks ahead for any of these.

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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          edwardspk Jul 21, 2010 10:51 AM

          If you like sushi, Masa is probably the most extravagant experience I've ever had. There is no menu - they just serve whatever has been flown in fresh that day. And you definitely want to sit at the suchi bar (which is perfect for a solo diner). Your sushi chef only serves you until you're finished, and only prepares your sushi as you are ready for the next piece. It's not cheap (even more expensive than Per Se), but it was worth the splurge.

          If you're not a sushi fan, then any of the other 4-star restaurants (Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Daniel, Jean-Georges) won't disappoint. Take a look at their menus, read the write ups and decide based on what appeals to you. Just be sure to book 30 days in advance, as many of the best fill their reservation books on that day).

          Enjoy your visit!

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

          Le Bernardin
          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

          Masa
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

          1. LeahBaila Jul 21, 2010 10:35 AM

            Blue Hill at Stone Barns was, by far, my favorite and most memorable meal of all time: http://www.bluehillfarm.com/food/blue-hill-stone-barns

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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            1. re: LeahBaila
              melpy Jul 21, 2010 11:27 AM

              Wow, I want to go here badly now.

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