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Mar 7, 2011 03:36 PM

Advice for visit

I have a short trip to NYC planned for later this month. I already have a lunch booked at Momofuku Ko and I am looking for a dinner the night before. Right now my shortlist is EMP, Colicchio & Sons, Jean Georges, and Lincoln. I really am struggling with this decision. My top choice is EMP but they are fully booked and I am on a waiting list. JG is almost full so if I choose that one I need to decide quickly. But Colicchio and Lincoln are both a bit cheaper than the other choices and uhockey's recent review of Lincoln looked very good but my wife is gluten intolerant and though the reservationist said they could do substitutions, I am obviously a bit concerned with how this will affect her meal. I recognize that the cuisines of these restaurants are very different but I am really open to all of these. Can someone offer a suggestion? Last year I visited Le Bernardin and Per Se and really loved those experiences. I guess that JG would offer the most similar experience but I just don't know if I am fully convinced with the menu.


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  1. JG would be a great choice, especially if you liked Le Bernardin (light preps, some asian flavors, formal dining). If it's your first time there, you and your wife to order both tasting menus.

    Lincoln is also wonderful, and I think your wife would have quite a few gluten free options. Marea, Scarpetta, and Ai Fiori are also fine alternatives.

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

    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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

    1. If you find yourself in need of a casual meal, I highly recommend Risotteria, on Bleecker Street. They mostly serve gluten-free risottos and pizzas that are really good. I'm not gluten-intolerant, but I absolutely love most of their risottos and their gluten-free breadsticks.

      270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      2 Replies
      1. re: loratliff

        thank you so much loratliff for that reccommendation. I showed the website to my wife and she is excited to go there.

        1. re: nextguy

          I second that recommendation. I love Risotteria and didn't even notice it was mostly gluten-free at first. My favorites are also the risottos and the yummy breadsticks, but they also have good sandwiches and pizzas. That neighborhood in general is great for reasonably priced good food.

          270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      2. I found that Bar at the Modern was extremely helpful in sorting out our dietary restrictions (gluten for me, milk products for my husband). The waiter had a cheat sheet which he referred to help us decide which dishes to order. If you wife is gluten-free, please plan on taking her to Tu-lu's (first choice) and/or Babycakes (second choice) for gluten-free treats.

        The Modern
        9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

        1. Take Colicchio & Sons off the list - nowhere near int he league of those other erstaurants.

          Have you considered Picholine?

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

          Colicchio & Sons
          85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011