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Apr 5, 2011 09:20 PM

Searchging for my next " WOW, that was amazing dinner". What would you suggest?

Any neighborhood or price is fine, but reservations are a must. Wow includes not only the food but the whole experience, atmosphere, service etc.

Here is a list of already been too: Per Se, Jean Georges, Bouley, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Mad., WD-50, Gordon Ramsey, Babbo, Marea, Alto, Scarpetta, both Blue Hills, Tocqueville, Veritas, Le Bernardin, Momofuku Ko, Picholine, Dovetail, Aureole...

On my radar is Anissa, Daniel, Mas, Del Posto..any suggestions, guidance, experiences that will help me decide. Thank you so much.

Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

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

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

Momofuku Ko
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Since you've already dined at some of my favorite restaurants (EMP, Bouley, Ko, Per Se, Gordon Ramsay), I think you might enjoy Michael White's newest restaurant: Ai Fiori in The Setai Hotel on Fifth Avenue and West 37th St. I tried it two weeks ago and had a delicious meal with excellent service.

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

    1. I strongly recommend Cafe Boulud, one of our favorites. Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the best food in the city these days, and we've recently had two sublime dinners.there. The wine list is excellent, service is cordial and polished, and the decor is lovely.

      Cafe Boulud photos here:

      and here:

      1. I would think Brooklyn Fare or Corton would be next on your list. Haven't been to

        Maybe Sushi Yasuda, Degustation or Compose (haven't been)?

        Sushi Yasuda
        204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        5 Replies
        1. re: howo5

          I have to stay in the city but I did LOVE Brooklyn Fare, Japanese is out as my friend I'm going with is not a fan (unlike me, I also love Yasuda). Does Degustation take reservations?

          1. re: misnatalie

            Degustation takes least it did some years back

            1. re: misnatalie

              Yes, only by phone. They're not on OpenTable or anything like that. Reservations highly recommended as it is a small space.

            2. re: howo5

              Degustation was one of my favorite meals ever - I would go back in a heartbeat. Daniel was an experience but I was actually underwhelmed by the food.

              1. re: howo5

                I second Degustation. For the full experience, do the 10-course tasting menu. Modern Bar Room is also a great small plate experience.

              2. I didn't think I would like Del Posto-but it was excellent!

                Del Posto
                85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                1. re: UES Mayor

                  Thank you, I've hear a lot of mixed reviews.

                2. I'm surprised no one has suggested La Grenouille yet. I just returned from my first visit to NYC, and loved the experience! Very elegant, service was superb, food was delicious, especially the chocolate souffle. Reservations needed.

                  Of course, I only know this one fine restaurant, but I certainly would recommend it.

                  La Grenouille
                  3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022