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Best Restaurant for 30th B-day

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My 30th birthday is soming up and I want to celebrate with a spectacular meal, and for the first (and maybe only) time in my life money is no object. I'm debating Le Bernardin and Per Se, but I'm open to other suggestions. I've lived in New York for about 4 years but haven't been to any of the top restaurants except Jean Georges for lunch. Help is appreciated!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

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  1. I would recommend Eleven Madison Park.

    When do you want to do this?

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

    1. Per Se will certainly make you *feel* the most special for your big day. It's pretty much the crown jewel of NYC dining. But you will pay dearly for it. Also, it's a hard reservation to get and if you do get a table, you'll probably end up with a very late or very early seating time. If you're able and willing to pay for it, I think it would be a wonderful way to ring in a new decade. Le Bernardin is excellent and one of my personal favorites but, as you may already know, it's seafood centric and the room is a bit stuffy/corporate cafeteria. Food is divine though. Eleven Madison Park, suggested below, is a Chowhound favorite but not a personal favorite. I've been a few times and never been blown away. But plenty of people absolutely love it so could be worth considering. Happy Birthday!!!

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

      Le Bernardin
      155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: mla19

        Agreed. Per Se has a broader menu and a more dramatic room. But if you want seafood, Le Bernardin would be a great choice.

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      2. All the places listed before are great. If you want something different and like sushi you can go to masa.
        http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/

        1. If your palate leans toward seafood, delicately prepared, easily Le Bernardin. Also has far and away the best desserts in the city, IMO. The room is in need of a refresh, but there is a renovation scheduled sometime this year.

          If you can manage to get a reservation at a reasonable time, Per Se is built for special occasions.

          I've repeatedly found the food at Eleven Madison Park to be very pretty, but yawn-inducing.

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

          Le Bernardin
          155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

          1. If you have any taste for Japanese food and want something other than sushi at Masa, consider going for kaiseki at Kyo Ya (reserve that at least a couple of days in advance). I haven't been to Per Se, but I sure liked Kyo Ya a hell of a lot more than 11 Madison Park, although I didn't get a tasting menu at 11 Madison, so it's not a direct comparison. But still, the sustained excellence of the food and the wonderful service I got at Kyo Ya made it a very special experience.

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            Kyo Ya
            94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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            1. re: Pan

              Eleven Madison Park has had a new chef for a couple of years now and is much, much better than it was previous to that. The room is one of the most beautiful in the city, in my opinion.

              Masa, in my opinion, is not worth the price of admission. Per Se is lovely, but I find it a bit stiff, although certainly it is worthy of a special occasion.

              Le Bernardin serves exquisite seafood, but I find the service somewhat stiff and the room outdated and hotel lobby-ish.

              Have you considered Bouley? The room is so lovely.

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

              Le Bernardin
              155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

              Kyo Ya
              94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              Masa
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                I went to 11 Madison Park after Humm became Chef. He's still Chef there, isn't he?