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mommystar Mar 6, 2011 02:37 PM

Going to visit my daughter next month and want to take her and a few of her friends for a blow-out dinner. Where to go? Which of the amazing restaurants in NYC would make for a memorable meal? We both are wonderful cooks and open to any food and (I've always wanted to say this) money is no object. She and I are going to a few neighborhood favorites, but I would love to take her for something special one night. (She's about to get her PhD, but I'm not bragging - not much!) Thanks for the help.

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    gutsofsteel Mar 6, 2011 02:42 PM

    How many people in the party? Do you want formal or casual? Is the wine list important to you?

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      kathryn Mar 6, 2011 02:49 PM

      Does she have a favorite cuisine?

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        pasuga Mar 6, 2011 02:53 PM

        You might want to take a look at Per Se, Thomas Keller's NY restaurant.

        http://www.perseny.com/

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          Riverman500 Mar 6, 2011 03:26 PM

          Per Se has a smaller private room which would be perfect for parties of 10 or less.

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            loratliff Mar 6, 2011 03:50 PM

            Depending on when the OP is going, it might be too late to get reservations.

            Also, OP, you don't mention where you're coming from. "Blow-out" to someone in Kansas is going to be very different to "blow-out" in New York. I know you say money is no object, but Is $275 per plate at Per Se in line with what you are thinking for a "blow-out"?

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              Riverman500 Mar 6, 2011 03:54 PM

              Now $295, service included.

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              Littleman Mar 6, 2011 04:30 PM

              Per Se is the most highly over rated restaurant in America. I would not go if it were free. Getting reservations for lunch takes an act of congress. Take your daughter to Eleven Madison Park and have a great night.

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                RGR Mar 6, 2011 04:53 PM

                per se serves lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and it's actually not that difficult to get a reservation.

                http://thewizzardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  small h Mar 6, 2011 05:03 PM

                  <Per Se is the most highly over rated restaurant in America. I would not go if it were free.>

                  Heck, I would. You must have had a miserable experience there - it's conceivable. My dinner in the Salon was lovely, and I'd recommend the place to anyone comfortable spending the money (or capable of pretending to be comfortable, as in my case).

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                    rushbikes Mar 6, 2011 06:49 PM

                    Well, I think we found the over-the-top contrarian on the board...

                    I think I reserved 3 weeks in advance last time I ate there for lunch. Via phone. Not congress. I've been twice and I still feel it's the most special meal in NYC.

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                  scotty27 Mar 6, 2011 04:55 PM

                  Daniel for great food and sheer fun.
                  Ignore the cracks about Per Se: "The most overrated restaurant in America?" Nyah. That's gotta be Micky D's.

                  www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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                  10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                    mommystar Mar 7, 2011 10:51 AM

                    Thank you all so much! My girl -child suggested Per Se or Daniel. So, I'll try to get us in one or the other. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again.

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                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                      rmbeatty Mar 7, 2011 01:01 PM

                      I have eaten at almost every top retaurant in NYC and even with outrageously high expectations, Per Se blew me away. I did the private dining room and the experience was incredible. Two things to be aware of, Per Se will only seat up to 6 people unless you do the private dining room (up to 10 ppl). Second, the wine list is not cheap, so be prepared to spend ~$20 to $30 per glass. it is a farily long meal (3.5 hours) so quite a bit of wine can be consumed if yrou not careful. This coudl easily add $100 or more per person. Still, highly recommended as an experience to remember.

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                      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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