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Nov 3, 2010 07:26 AM

Special Dinner for Two

My husband and I recently eloped, and at the urging of Chowhounds celebrated our City Hall nuptials at EMP—which was, in a word, amazing.

We have been offered a dinner at any restaurant we want in Manhattan as a gift by a family friend, and now we have to choose a second experience. We'd like to go somewhere we haven't been. A few we've thought of:

Daniel (though we've heard it can be insufferably stuffy, and we don't like that)
Jean Georges
The Modern (have dined at the bar, but not at the restaurant with carte blanche)

We do not want to do a three-hour+ tasting menu, a la Per Se, as my husband gets fidgety and too much of even a very good thing is still too much. (EMP was amazing, but the three course tasting menu with wine left us feeling glutted and uncomfortable. Very rich, lots of variety, total sensory overload.)

Delicious cocktails are a plus, as is a good wine list with staff who know how to pair wines.


Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

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  1. I am a huge fan of The DIning Room at The Modern, completely different experience then the Bar Room (which I am also a big fan of). As far as Daniel is concerned I don't get why soooo many people complain about it, we have had nothing but great experiences and I think the room is more romantic then a lot of the other high end places. Jean George has never failed to please and the room is nice after dark (I think it is too open/exposed/bright in the light of day). You may want to also look into Picholine.

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

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

    1. wd-50 and the modern are both sublime, although very very different both in food and style.

      1. I want to echo Spiritchaser's comments about Daniel. I had an outstanding meal in terms of food and service. It was not stuffy in the least. The room is more intimate than EMP's room and I found the service actually friendlier at Daniel (although EMP's service was outstanding). I have only eaten lunch at JG and I had a great experience there. The Modern Dining Room is the first restaurant on my list for the next time I'm in NY (I had an excellent meal in the Bar Room). Congratulations on your elopement and I wish I had friends who gave me such a nice gift!

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        1. re: ChemWork

          I agree with ChemWork. Daniel did a very nice renovation several years back and the dining room is intimate and tastefully decorated. Good choice for a second wedding dinner!

        2. I would go to Gramercy Tavern or Tocqueville.

          We also LOVE the quietly romantic aura of Blue Hill (in the Village)

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

          Blue Hill
          75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

          1. Personally, I would pick either Daniel or Jean-Georges for this particular occasion. You would probably equally enjoy either, and both will definitely know how to pair wines.

            The Modern Dining Room and wd-50 are in a different category than the other two. The Modern Dining Room amosphere is a bit more vibrant than the quieter Daniel and Jean-Georges, and I just think of wd-50 as "cozy casual". Both are worth going to, but again, not in the same league as Daniel and Jean-Georges.

            And for the record - I wish I had YOUR friends! :-)