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Mar 9, 2011 07:58 AM

Just moved to NYC. Looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary

We just moved from San Francisco to Manhattan so we are still learning the restaurant scene here. I am looking for a nice dinner spot to celebrate our anniversary this week.

Our budget is around $75 pp without drinks. One of us is a vegetarian, the other a pescetarian. But we don't want to limit our choices to only-vegetarian restaurants. Any restaurant with stellar two or three vegetarian entrees is fine. Any cuisine is fine too.

Am overwhelmed by the choices in Manhattan so would love some Chowhound advice!

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  1. Welcome to NYC!

    Cafe Boulud, one of our favorites, is 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant, but it's first-rate in every way that counts. Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the best food in NYC right now; the wine list is excellent; service is cordial and polished; and the space is lovely. There are 4 different a la carte menus, one of which, Le Potager, focuses on vegetarian dishes. Overall, a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

    Cafe Boulud photos:

    Happy Anniversary and Bon Appetit!

      1. Does SF have much Lebanese? Ilili does fish and vegetables beautifully and there's ample choice for both vegetarians and pescatarians. The space is cozy and romantic.

        The warm eggplant mezza (with tomato / tamarind molasses / scallions) is one of my favorite eggplant preparations in the city.

        236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

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        1. re: michelleats

          Tocqueville and llili sound great. We will try both since we have a birthday coming up soon. Thanks! Coppola is something we hope to try on a Saturday night.

          1. re: nuttie_cat

            If you mean Coppola on 3rd Av. in the 20's, the food is mediocre at best. There is really good Italian food in that general vicinity.


        2. Annisa may work, but do check to make sure they can do a vegetarian main course.

          13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

          1. Barbounia on Park Av & 20th has great fresh fish and many veggie dishes.
            Upscale Greek!

            250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: Motosport

              Greek is a great suggestion (and Mediterranean more generally), Motosport, though I haven't personally been to Barbounia.

              Along those same thoughts, a few other places to look into, nuttie_cat:

              Pylos -- Greek in the East Village (EV) w/ lots of vegetarian small plates and excellent fish preps

              Pasha -- Turkish on the Upper West Side (UWS) w/ a decent number of vegetarian small plates; there's a good value pre-theater menu, but I don't remember whether it includes any vegetarian options (


              Alta -- W. 12 St. Mediterranean tapas; I've never tried the seafood, but vegetarian small plates are good; it's on the casual side, but romantic and a very popular spot of dates

              Scarpetta -- W. 14 St. Italian with an entire vegetarian portion of the menu; feels a little more special occasiony

              128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

              1. re: michelleats

                Pasha is all right for pre-theater before Lincoln Center but I don't think it rises to the occasion of an anniversary dinner celebration.

                1. re: City Kid

                  I understand why you'd think that. Pasha is attractive enough and even cozy, but it's not known as a beautiful or glamorous restaurant. Neither is Alta or even Pylos, probably. But I think different people look for different things in anniversary meals -- it doesn't always have to involve glitz or glamour for my husband and me -- so I thought I'd put it out there for nuttie_cat to consider. Also, I think the vegetarian small plates at Pasha are very good.

                  128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009