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Birthday Dinner Recommendations

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lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 09:25 AM

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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    fm1963 RE: lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 10:29 AM

    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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      lalanyc RE: fm1963 Jan 11, 2011 11:33 AM

      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. ellenost RE: lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 10:33 AM

      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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        lalanyc RE: ellenost Jan 11, 2011 11:36 AM

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

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          uniqueusername RE: lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 01:34 PM

          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!

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            ellenost RE: uniqueusername Jan 11, 2011 01:52 PM

            Glad that you enjoyed it.

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          Steve R RE: ellenost Jan 19, 2011 12:44 PM

          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

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            ellenost RE: Steve R Jan 19, 2011 01:32 PM

            Have a great time and happy birthday!

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          lalanyc RE: lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 11:49 AM

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

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            gutsofsteel RE: lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 01:36 PM

            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.

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              kathryn RE: lalanyc Jan 11, 2011 03:16 PM

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

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                lalanyc RE: kathryn Jan 11, 2011 04:32 PM

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

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