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30th Birthday Dilemna- Morimoto, Perry Street or Gramercy Tavern?

Ok- I have narrowed the list down of venues for my husband's 30th birthday dinner. Would like votes on Morimoto, Perry Street or Gramercy Tavern please?

Dietary requirements are that we do not eat meat and eat fish but not seafood. Looking for a unique, buzzy, NYC experience and the wow factor!

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Perry Street
176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

Morimoto
88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Can anyone help me with this one? Many thanks

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    1. re: ginger6104

      Of those three I think you would most enjoy Gramercy Tavern, but none of the three would probably come to mind as a "wow" or "buzzy" place. They've all been around for quite awhile and aren't quite held in as high a regard as some other places out there today. That said, I think you'll have a very good meal if you choose Gramercy Tavern (Morimoto is eh and I've only been to Perry St for lunch years ago). You might want to also look at Eleven Madison Park, which is another Danny Meyer restaurant that certainly gets a lot of hype and buzz and is well liked on this Board. Enjoy!

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

      Gramercy Tavern
      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    2. "Fish but not seafood" - ? Not sure what that means. Do you mean "seafood but not shellfish" - are you (or members of your party) kosher?

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      1. re: sgordon

        Yes members of the party are kosher s- don;t eat non kosher meat or shellfish.

        1. re: ginger6104

          Definitely go with Gramercy Tavern.

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          Gramercy Tavern
          42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

      2. Though I like the Tavern Room, I'm not a fan of Gramercy Tavern's dining room. It has never wowed me and after having the worst meal of '09 there, I've taken it off the list.

        Have you considered Oceana? It's perfect for fish eaters. The food is seriously delicious, service is top-notch, there's an upbeat vibe without it being unpleasantly noisy, and the large space has very attractive decor.

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

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

        1. Gramercy Tavern. I've been to all three, and Gramercy Tavern is the one I'd go back to (wallet permitting).

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          1. re: small h

            Only been to Gramercy and Perry Street. Found Perry street underwhelming.

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            Perry Street
            176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

          2. of those 3 GT for sure. i have not been in a few years, but i used to go often and was never disappointed