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Looking for recs for an anniversary dinner in early Sept. in Manhattan... we've eaten at lots of the "greats" in Brooklyn already quite a few times and some of our faves include Grocery, Saul, Vinegar Hill House, Lunetta, Good Fork.
A few things to keep in mind:
- We are willing to splurge on this dinner, since we're expecting our first child in January and don't anticipate going to fancy dinners for quite a while after this!
- I can't currently eat sushi or any other raw fish/meat, so no sushi places but otherwise seafood is ok
- I am not a big fan of eating beef or pork (although my husband likes steaks/burgers), so a steakhouse also would not be my first choice.
- I'm not drinking alcohol so a great wine or cocktail list is not too important

Any ideas?!

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  1. I would highly recommend Eleven Madison Park for your celebration, although you need to make your reservation immediately, since you're just about a month away...

    EMP is a beautiful room, the food is very good, the service a delight. My favorite festive meal location in the city. They will also accomocate any dietary request you have. And they have wonderful non-alcoholic cocktails too.

    Congrats on your anniversary and your expected child! Enjoy.

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

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      That is a great suggestion and seems like it would fit the bill perfectly. I'm going to see if I can get a reservation there. Thanks!

      1. re: brooklynbee

        EMP is our favorite NYC restaurant. You are in for a real treat! As was noted, they do serve delicious non-alcoholic cocktails. Because I don't drink, I have tried just about all of them. My current favorite is the "Orange Julius."

        You can see the "Orange Julius" in this EMP photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        When you call to reserve, be sure to mention that you are celebrating a special occasion as the staff loves to know about such things.

        Happy Anniversary and Best Wishes on the January arrival of your baby!

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        1. re: RGR

          is EMP closed for renovations or something right now? i think i saw someone mention that here when they tried to make a reservation

          1. re: Pigurd

            I think they are closed for one week for vacation, not sure of the exact dates.

            1. re: Pigurd

              EMP is definitely not closed right now. They will be closed the last week of August into the first week of September. Not sure exactly when they will reopen.

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