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HumanUnit Sep 3, 2010 12:27 PM

Hello everyone!

My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year! I'd like to surprise him with dinner out somewhere really special; not only because of the occasion, but because it'll be our first night out together after the birth of our second child. We, quite literally, never go anywhere anymore! Also, we are leaving New York early next year, so I want us to have had at least one really special, memorable evening before then.

Here are the considerations:

- we both love food, but aren't what you would likely call "foodies" in the sense that we don't really care for foams and froths or the use of gases in cooking or organ meat. I guess we're not on the cutting edge of food, but we love nice, fresh ingredients prepared well. We used to really like Gotham, but it started to get a little spotty in terms of service over the last few years, we found.

- I'm a vegetarian, my husband is not.

- price isn't really a consideration. I'd like to spend around $500ish max, but would pay more if there was something really incredible available.

We're very much out of the loop with what's new and exciting on the food scene, so we'd appreciate any of your thoughts. I was thinking Gramercy Tavern (we've only been for lunch before), Eleven Madison Park (never been), Daniel (never been, might not be affordable anyway?), Il Mulino (I've been for lunch - we both love Italian food), or Babbo (I worry there may not be sufficient vegetarian options, though).

Thanks in advance!

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

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Il Mulino
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

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    ml77 Sep 3, 2010 01:05 PM

    I think your request just screams for Eleven Madison Park. Food is amazing, and the setting is beautiful. It always feels like a special meal.

    Not sure about veggie options, but if you call and ask them I'm sure they would accommodate you. Service there is the best.

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

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      edwardspk Sep 3, 2010 03:18 PM

      Per Se is wonderful and has a vegetarian tasting menu that even non-vegetarians order, just because it's that good. A meal for 2 would definitely fall in the over $500 range, but it would be an unforgettable experience and a nice "au revoir" to the city.

      If, however, that's just too much of a budget buster, I agree you can't go wrong with Eleven Madison Park.

      If, however

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        HumanUnit Sep 9, 2010 06:08 AM

        Thanks everyone! The NYTimes just printed an article on Eleven Madison Park and now I'm really intrigued - maybe we'll go there if we can get in!

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

        1. re: HumanUnit
          ellenost Sep 9, 2010 06:23 AM

          I echo the recommendations of my fellow 'hounds: I think Eleven Madison Park will be a perfect restaurant to celebrate your anniversary (especially with their new format that I am eager to try myself).

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

          1. re: ellenost
            Spiritchaser Sep 9, 2010 06:41 AM

            To echo so many others I agree that EMP would be an excellent choice even though I haven't experienced the new format yet. I base my recommendation on things we know and we know the restaurant is beautiful, the service is beyond compare, and Chef Humm knows his stuff. My GF and I are in the same situation as you and husband, she is vegetarian and I am not, we have been to EMP numerous times and they have never failed to accommodate with vegetarian options.

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        bella7 Sep 9, 2010 06:45 AM

        Felidia on east 58th is another good option. We recently dined there and were blown away by the fresh, simply prepared ingredients and knowledgeable wait staff. I absolutely LOVED the truffle risotto (very expensive) and would go back just for that!

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        Felidia
        243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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          sassysyd64 Sep 9, 2010 08:08 AM

          You are so right about Felidia. It is my new favorite restaurant in Manhattan. You get treated like a queen there, and the food is so honest and simple. Absolutely delicious!

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          Felidia
          243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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