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$400 gift certificate- where would you dine?

What is the ultimate dining experience in NYC these days? What is your favorite?

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  1. Is there a top list somewhere? Open to all cuisines.

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    1. re: lillotis

      Masa, Nobu, or Babbo

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Nobu
      105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

      Masa
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: julilouie

        $400 wouldn't get you dinner for one at Masa (if you were to do the omakase, that is...)

        That said, I'd put Babbo high on the list as well. Also Eleven Madison Park, Del Posto, and WD-50.

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        WD-50
        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Masa
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        1. re: tldmatrix

          I'm assuming the OP is planning to purchase a gift certificate for someone else? If so, the minimum amount for a gift certificate at Per Se is $550.

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        2. Assuming there are 2 of you I would split it in half. Locande Verde for one meal and Strip House for the other. 2 different but delicious meals.

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          Strip House
          13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: princeofpork

            Is that $400 for one person or for two people? Because if it's 2 people it's not enough for "the ultimate dining experience" in NYC these days.

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              I would go to Masa or Per Se. You will have to pay more but you are $400 ahead. This is really an opportunity to splurge.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              Masa
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: bronwen

                Masa is $450 per person prix fixe, which does not include tax or beverages.

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                Masa
                10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  Masa makes Per Se look like an abolute bargain in comparison.

          2. If the $400 is for two people, my recommendations are: Bouley (tasting menu), Eleven Madison Park (regular menu), and Momofuku Ko (dinner).

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

            Momofuku Ko
            163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: ellenost

              If they do EMP, it could be over $400 with service, tax, wine...

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Not if they stick with the 4 course dinner for $125 and don't order an expensive bottle of wine or just order one or two glasses of wine.

            2. Restaurant Daniel or Per Se or Le Bernadin.
              Or as one person wrote, split it: Esca and Locanda Verde.
              Or 8 visits to Bubbe's.
              www.shrinkinthekitchen

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              Esca
              402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              1. Based on the recent discussion of Family Dinners in Chinatown, I would gather up my closest friends and family and get the Ultimate menu offered at one of the better restaurants.

                If you have ever been invited to a Chinese Wedding Reception, you'll know exactly what I mean, and why the recommendation.

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                  1. re: scoopG

                    scoop,

                    400 dinner for two....extravagant.

                    400 dinner for 10-12......generous and thoughtful

                    lobster, abalone, squab, suckling pig and etc.....a no brainer.

                1. Definitely EMP. I've been to most of the restaurants mentioned below and EMP is definitely a great experience.

                  1. I'd take it to Ocean Jewels in Flushing, and have a 1-table Chinese banquet with a bunch of friends. At an average max price of $40 per dish, that would give you no fewer than 10 superlative dishes.