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Feb 13, 2011 02:24 PM

Most Impressive Restaurant in Manhattan?

I am looking for the most impressive restaurant in manhattan.

In this case I am referring to the interior design/architecture/grandiose of the place.

Good food/service is a given... I am really looking for a place that gives you the "wow" feeling as you walk in. A place that has put alot of effort into making their guests feel like they are in a special place.

Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Eleven Madison Park

    The space is drop dead gorgeous - double story height ceilings, an art deco classic, huge windows facing Madison Park. And superb food and service.

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

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      I agree. While Daniel is as Steve h. says, EMP is a stunner and I think the perfect mesh for the what the OP is looking for.

    2. Daniel is an interesting dining destination.

      You walk into a fashionable yet cozy lobby where you can sit, order a drink, decompress after a day at the office while waiting for your dinner companion. It's comfortable and inviting, not stuffy. When your companion arrives, you are seamlessly led to your table. At your table, the service and food vie for supremacy. They care about you. Solo diners are treated especially well. All this is done with practiced excellence.

      The lobby and the dining room are wonderful to be in. Ask for a visit to the kitchen to see how the attention to detail you saw in the front of the house extends to all levels in this restaurant. Three-stars from Michelin so it's not cheap. Every guest is treated like an old friend.

      Only a churl could cavil.

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      1. re: steve h.

        I agree - Daniel is overall the most impressive restaurant I have visited in Manhattan.

        1. re: steve h.

          So call me a churl, but I will cavil. As I've talked about before on this board, the last time we dined at Daniel, there were several very serious service faults. We have not been back since the refurbishment.

        2. Per Se, with its tiered dining room and views of Central Park.

          Lincoln is a dramatic space too.

          The Modern Dining Room is starkly minimalist but has floor to ceiling views of the sculpture garden.

          I've heard that the Four Seasons restaurant is gorgeous, but I've never been there.

          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          The Four Seasons
          99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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          1. re: H Manning

            Four Seasons is flawless
            The Modern is a great idea

            The Four Seasons
            99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

            1. re: serious

              The Pool Room is stunning. Had an early NYE dinner there - fabulous Dover Sole. Only very odd thing was that they used plastic spoons for the salt and pepper.

              1. re: serious

                The Four Season's is a paen to mid-century modernist architecture and decor. It is without peer by that measure. Elegance objectified. The pool room exudes cool. IMHO one must vist FS prior to forming opinons on any worthy newcomers such as Daniel, PerSe or EMP.

                The Four Seasons
                99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

                1. re: serious

                  second the four seasons- simple, beautiful, classic. went there for the first time at 17 (which was quite some time ago) and its a model that I compare all elegant restaurants to

              2. Visually, Alain Ducasse's Adour is a beautiful restaurant.

                1. No matter how many times we walk through EMP's revolving doors -- and I've lost count of the number -- I'm always awestruck at how absolutely gorgeous the space is. Add to that Chef Humm's exquisite cuisine, a superb wine list, and one of the best -- if not THE best -- service teams in the city, all of whom go above and beyond to make guests feel very welcome. EMP is, indeed, a truly special place.

                  Photos of EMP's space: