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Leaving in 2 days!

My husband and I are flying to NYC Saturday morning and staying until Tuesday to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We have reservations at Bouley for lunch on Monday and Le Bernardin for dinner. We are going to see Billy Elliott Saturday night and need a pre-theater restaurant recommendation. Any other recommendations for lunch/dinner Sunday would be greatly appreciated. We are both Chefs from New Orleans and LOVE food! Thanks!!

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

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  1. I'd pick Balthazar for Sunday brunch and, as you are chefs, pick a fantastic NY chef for Sunday night and go to his restaurant (Batali/Vongerichten/Boulud/the list is endless), the only problem you'll have is the restaurant being open on Sunday night.

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    1. re: bronwen

      I'm not sure it's the best idea to choose based on chef. Better to choose based on restaurant.

    2. For your pre-theaterd dinner, Oceana, on 49th St., off 6th Av., is fish/seafood focused. Quite different in style from Le Bernardin but delicious. Much more casual as well, with friendly, professional service and very attractive decor.

      Oceana photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Another good option is dbBistro Moderne, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. It's 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant featuring contemporary French bistro cuisine.

      dbBistro photos:http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      For Sunday dinner:

      Cafe Boulud, on 76th St., b/t Madison & 5th. This may be Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant, but everything about it is first-rate. Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the very best food in the city right now. There are four different a la carte menus, and many of the dishes have global inspiration. An excellent wine list, polished service, and lovely ambiance.

      Cafe Boulud photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      or

      Adour Alain Ducasse, in the St. Regis Hotel. Wonderful cuisine, superb wine list, attentive service, and elegant surroundings.

      Adour photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Happy Anniversary!

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      1. re: RGR

        Made reservations at Oceana Saturday night, looks wonderful! Thanks!!

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        Oceana
        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

      2. I just recommeded this the other day for a Sunday meal so I'm suggesting it again. Go to Public for their Sunday Supper, it's a small tasting menu, great food but a very casual vibe, as Chefs I think you will enjoy it. For Saturday I was going to suggest an early reservation at Picholine (if you'll be a little dressed up for your play and want a top flight meal) but you may be rush to make your curtain. Maybe db Bistro Moderne or the Bar Room at the Modern.

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        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        1. Since you're both Chefs and love food, I highly recommend David Chang's new restaurant Ma Peche for pre-theatre dinner on Saturday. The food is creative and delicious! The momofuku website lists a fairly up to date menu to get an idea. Ma Peche has become my regualr pre-theatre restaurant.

          BTW, glad to see you have Bouley scheduled (another one of my favorite restaurants; I'm having dinner at Bouley tomorrow night).

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

          1. Since you are both chef's, I'd recommend Marea for Sunday lunch and Per Se for Sunday dinner,

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            Marea
            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: H Manning

              OpenTable is currently showing a reservation for two on Sunday, March 6, at 9:45 p.m. If they're interested, they should jump on it asap!

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              1. re: RGR

                What about Convivio? Have you been there?

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                Convivio
                45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                1. re: cocomac

                  Convivio was great under Michael White, but he left recently. It appears that the new chef, Giuliano Matareseis, has introduced a new menu but there hasn't been much feedback yet.

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                  Convivio
                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                  1. re: H Manning

                    Good to know, I will try Marea.

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                    Marea
                    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                    1. re: cocomac

                      While I'm a big fan of Michael White, Marea didn't thrill me the two times we've been there.

                      We recently went to his new restaurant Ai Fiori, in the Setai Hotel, on 5th Av. & 36th St., Loved the Frenchified Italian food (they're calling it "Riviera" cuisine). Good wine list, excellent service, and very nice atmospherics.

                      Ai Fiori photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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                      1. re: cocomac

                        Marea is a personal favorite and great choice.

                        Ai Fiori is good too, though it feels more French than Italian. The pasta menu is not as distinctive as Marea.

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                        Marea
                        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                        Ai Fiori
                        400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

                          1. re: RGR

                            Exactly, but either choice would be fine, IMO.