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Hey all,

I grew up in NYC but have been on the West Cost far too long. I'll be in NYC for one night only this coming week and will be meeting an old friend for dinner near midtown (could be uws, ues, hell's kitchen, etc). Any recs for the ONE restaurant you'd suggest if you were a one-night-only new yorker in that area? Am open to any cuisine. Thanks!

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  1. Budget, including tax, tip and wine/booze?

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      To give you an idea of where I'm looking: Daniel's, Ma Peche, Dovetail. That kind of a place. :)

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

      1. re: sommeralisa

        Eleven Madison Park.

        I don't see the three you listed as similar to each other in ANY way.

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

        1. re: sommeralisa

          I'm a big fan of Ma Peche, so since it's on your list, I highly recommend it. BTW, there's a huge diffeence in price between Daniel and Ma Peche (Daniel being among the more expensive, and Ma Peche being among the less expenisve - mid priced restaurants. If you like duck, I highly recommend Ma Peche's duck preparation.

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

          1. re: ellenost

            Just a dissenting voice: I like much of the food at Ma Peche, but I cannot stand the vibe or sitting there and I dislike the room.

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

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              I agree that Ma Peche may not be ideal for you; while the food is great, you may be seated at a long table between other diners. My dining experience was somewhat uncomfortable and service was spotty.

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

              1. re: sheio

                A few months ago Ma Peche got rid of the long "X" shaped communal table to which you referred. Service has greatly improved too.

                1. re: ellenost

                  I'm having lunch there this week....we shall see...last time I was there I found the service, shall we say, lacking and full of attitude, but I liked the food a lot.

                  But the 1 restaurant not to miss if you have one night in NYC? No way is that Ma Peche, in my opinion.

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

                  1. re: gutsofsteel

                    Since Ma Peche was on the OP's list, and I like it (a lot), I thought I would let the OP know that I thought it was a good choice for the area.

                    BTW, the Ma Peche lunch menu has added sandwiches and cut back on the traditional entrees. I miss the old format since I don't much like sandwiches for lunch (no matter how delicious they may be). I'll probably go more often for dinner.

                    1. re: ellenost

                      Hmm, maybe I should change my plan...

                      1. re: gutsofsteel

                        I wouldn't change your plan, but take a look at their online menu to make sure there's something that you want. It's all still great. BTW, the lunch prix fixe now includes a choice of the corn cookie or the chocolate-chocolate cookie for dessert. I wish they'd add the compost cookie (my new favorite).

      2. per se...if $ is no problem
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        1. re: tldmatrix

          If the OP is a west coaster then s/he could probably make it to French Laundry so Per Se wouldn't be must do.

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: reatard

            Yes , been to French Laundry. It is amazing. I'm looking for somewhere fun/delicious. That's about it. And it's a one-night chance :)

        2. Would help to know if you have a craving for any particular type of food. But when out of towners come to me for a NYC style restaurant, I always send them to Gotham Bar and Grill.
          One place I have never had a bad meal (other than the one time a 6-top was celebrating someones birthday and they were a bit loud).

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          Gotham Bar and Grill
          12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

          1. If you don't care whether it's "hot" or trendy, Gramercy Park Tavern is my vote - great food, great atmosphere, great service and you can actually hear your friend talking to you!