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Birthday Dinner Recommendations

Greetings,

I'm looking for a birthday dinner recommendations. Nothing too stuffy (i.e. jacket required) or overly expensive (i.e. Per Se). I'll be going to Blue Hill in February for another dinner, so that's out. I haven't yet had the opportunity to try Perilla and have been wanting to for a while now. We have one picky eater on board who's a "chick-a-tarian" (only poultry or vegetables), so some of the more adventurous menus are out. I was also considering Grammercy Tavern since it's been years since I went. Any other recommendations? I'm okay with something low key and it doesn't have to be the typical celebration spots. Thanks!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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  1. How about Tocqueville: low key, less pricey than Per Se, more special occasion than Perilla, seasonal like Blue Hill, contemporary American like Gramercy Tavern, and excellent crispy chicken with mushroom roulade and glazed autumn vegetables for the chick-a-tarian.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    Perilla
    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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

    Blue Hill
    75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: fm1963

      Thanks, I considered Tocqueville but was teetering since the reviews on Yelp seem very mixed. But since Chowhounders never steer me wrong it sounds like a good option. It looks absolutely beautiful.

    2. I've become a big fan of Riverpark. They have a delicious duck breast entree, in addition to other many wonderful things (scallops, lamb, lobster salad, pasta). Definitely more "wallet friendly". Service is very friendly and attentive.

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      Riverpark
      450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: ellenost

        Looks like another terrific option. Dining room looks lovely too. Thank you!

        1. re: lalanyc

          I'd second this - I went based on Ellenost's suggestions (and my very weird crush on all things Collichio) and had a delicious meal - would definitely return, despite the odd location!

        2. re: ellenost

          Okay, okay, you've convinced me. I'm going to Riverpark for my b-day in a couple of weeks.

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          Riverpark
          450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

          1. re: Steve R

            Have a great time and happy birthday!

        3. I just realized the birthday falls during Restaurant Week. Score!

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          1. re: lalanyc

            Be cautious. Many Restaurant Week meals can be quite disappointing. If I were you I would choose a restaurant that is NOT participating, or at least not for dinner.

            1. re: lalanyc

              The really high end places either don't participate or limit participation to weekday lunch. So I'd be careful.

              1. re: kathryn

                Good point as I haven't been to RW in a long while except for lunch. Thanks.