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Sep 16, 2010 02:49 PM

Romantic, but GOOD!

I'm seeking recommendations for an anniversary dinner -- a romantic restaurant that also has really good food. As a reference, my bf and I have alreddy been to the following this year: EMP, Bernadin, Gramercy, Gotham, A Voce..... Thanks!

A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Now, many have disagreed with me on this, but I can think of no other more romantic of a place than The Carlyle Restaurant. It is quiet, and so very elegant. You will be seated at a cozy, and comfortable "couch style" table, and most of all, the staff will treat you as if you were royalty. The staff at the Carlyle's main focus in life is making the customer feel like they are the only customer there, and it is divine. The food is also amazing, and certainly anniversary appropriate. There will definitely be things you want to splurge on, and it will be well worth it. I highly recommend it!!!

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    1. re: sassysyd64

      I've eaten exactly once at the Carlyle. It was during a Patti Lupone show, so my experience isn't relevant as far as romantic atmosphere goes. I can certainly speak to the food, however. I had the Dover sole, which was well-cooked but very plain. It cost $50 and came with half a boiled potato, also very plain. The fish was fine. But for $50 - and this was 5 years ago, it's probably more now - I expect a lot more than fine. I expect fantastic. And maybe even a whole boiled potato.

      I'd go to Per Se. My own anniversary dinner there - in the salon, 'cause if I'm bitching about $50 Dover sole you can bet I'm not springing for a tasting menu - was very romantic. And the food was spectacular.

      1. re: small h

        It sounds like you ate in the Cafe, if you were seeing a show. There isn't any entertainment in the dining room.

        1. re: sassysyd64

          I just did a side-by-side comparison of the two menus. There's a lot of overlap, and the prices vary by just a few dollars (sometimes the cafe is pricier, sometimes the dining room is). This indicates that - unsurprisingly - the dishes are prepared in the same kitchen, by the same staff, using the same ingredients. Therefore, I think my opinion of the food in the cafe is valid for the dining room as well. I'm prepared to be wrong, if someone has eaten in both and wants to chime in.

          P.S. The Dover sole is now $55.

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      1. Annisa

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