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LA couple's first visit to NYC, fine dining suggestions.

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I'll be in NYC May 5 - May 10. I've been briefly looking at restaurants online and its a bit overwhelming.

Let me start by saying I'm staying in the Times Square area (about two blocks away) I dont mind traveling for something exceptional if needed. I'm looking for something with great ambiance and obviously good food. I'd like some fine dining suggestions as well as anything else you may think would suit me. Dress code etc wont bother me, I almost would prefer a few suggestions where a jacket is required. Also, price isnt really a huge factor but I'd like to keep it around $50 plate, if some place is worth an extra cost i dont mind. I just want to make this trip as exceptional as possible.

We dont really have a preference on the type of food, Italian, French, American, Steakhouse etc are all fine.

In my brief internet searches on Village Vines I've looked at Le Cirque, Kittichai and Delmonico's those look pretty nice but since there is so many different places in NYC I figure I'd ask for a little help.

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

** Edit: When I say $50 a plate I meant pre tax, not including appetizers, drinks etc. I would like to spend roughly $100 - $140 per person, not including tip. After a little more research and a couple comments I realize I've clearly underestimated the difference in NYC and LA prices.

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Kittichai
60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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  1. $50 per person before tax, tip, and wine, is not really "upscale" for Manhattan prices, unfortunately. For fine dining, expect to pay much more per person.

    How high are you willing to go for truly exceptional fine dining?

    For the best of the best, a good place to start is the New York Times' four star dining list:

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/referen...

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    1. re: kathryn

      Yeah I can see where the confusion is. I meant $50 per plate before tax, not including any appetizers, desserts, or wine. I was thinking in the range of $100-$140 a person including everything (not including tip).
      I'll also check out the link you posted.

    2. If you meant $50 per entree, you'll find that most of the fine dining establishments aren't priced that way. Rather, most of them offer prix fixe and tasting menus which generally start at around $85 for three courses (Corton) to $295 for nine courses (Per Se), and can go even higher with supplements and VIP menus.

      Restaurants that require jackets for dinner include Daniel, Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, and the Modern Dining Room.

      Le Cirque, Kittichai and Delmonico's are generally not considered among the best in NYC in terms of food.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

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

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      1. re: H Manning

        ok thanks. I also edited my original post, I've underestimated the extreme difference in price from LA to NYC. As you mentioned, I also saw most of the nicer restaurants offer prix fixe menus. Jean Georges and La Bernardin look pretty good.

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

        1. re: setesami

          You will have to order carefully especially where wine is concerned to stay below $140 per person including tax but not tip.