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Sep 24, 2010 05:07 AM

Need low-noise, memorable, upscale place near Central Park South

Hi All,

I have an older guest, somewhat hard of hearing, coming to town, so we're looking for help finding a great spot to dinner (near Central Park South, if possible) that is also low-noise.This is for tomorrow night, so reservations need to be easy to get, or unnecessary. We'd like an upscale experience, price not especially important. For example, Ma Peche ($10 apps, $27 entrees) is perfect for us, but pork/shellfish dominate the menu and one in our party eats neither. It's our guest's only night in town, so we want it to be memorable.

In sum: Dinner tomorrow, low noise, upscale and memorable, near Central Park South (we are flexible on this last one).

Any ideas?

Thanks so much!

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Brasseire 8 1/2 comes to mind. Memorable and last-minute do not go together, alas, since the memorable places require reservations well in advance. You could check to see whether Le Bernadin has any cancellations. Or possibly a place like Alto....

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    1. re: 280 Ninth

      Thanks so much for the suggestions. Alas, you are right about the reservation. We don't mind waiting at the bar for a while, although perhaps I'm unrealistic about how long the waits will be.

      1. re: MiriamWoodstock

        You may want to see what's available on Open Table. I found Petrossian under "Midtown West" (7 p.m. table for two available) and Alain Ducasse at the St Regis under "Midtown East" (admittedly not quite Central Park South), for example.

        182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

        1. re: uwsgrazer

          Those are great recommendations. I really like the Petrossian menu, and you are right that open table is the way to go. Thank you.

    2. How about Picholine? It pretty much hits all your points and they are showing a couple rez open. Also encourage you to call restaurants because quite a few do not list all tables available.

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

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      1. re: Spiritchaser

        I agree, Picholine (assuming the menu suits MW's guests) could make for a "memorable" experience and while I haven't been in some time I know other CHs have pretty much given very favorable reports.

        Good point about calling a restaurant directly for availability, in the event you really want to go to a particular place and Open Table doesn't show availability.

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

      2. Park Avenue Autumn is also not too far away from Central Park South. I see there are a bunch of reservations available for tonight on OpenTable. Nice decor, delicious food (if not necessarily creative, but might be better for "safe" eaters) and as far as I remember, low noise level.

        1. Jean Georges. I'm not sure how many people are in your party, but I just looked and there are tables open for dinner for 4 tomorrow night. It's certainly upscale, memorable and quiet.

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

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          1. re: umai

            If you can get Jean-Georges, that's perfect! Quiet, upscale, right on the SW corner of Central Park, and one of the best in the city. Grab it if you can.

            Haven't looked at Opentable, but if it's available another option might be Cafe Boulud.

            Cafe Boulud
            20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

          2. If you can get a rezzie, and price really isn't important, I'd go with Marea.

            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019