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swanky UWS dinner recs please!

My husband and I are going to something at the Beacon for his birthday and I'd like to take him for a memorable dinner before the show. All I can think of is Telepan but we've been there a couple of times already and I'd rather try something new. What are you favorites these days? Much obliged.

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Go a bit south and go to Picholine...

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

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Picholine is a good idea, especially if you like cheese...

      What time is the show?...you don't want to go to a nice full dinner and be rushed...i haven't been to Picholine since the renovation, but i used to like the bar area there and they were very amenable to light suppers, shared plates, etc...i.e. some chestnut soup w/ pheasant, salad, and the cheese cart and wines...

      depending the show time and the kind of meal you want before/after, it might be better to have snacks, light supper, and/or midnight snack, etc...along those lines, i don't care for the cooked food at Bar Boulud but it's a nice place for some chartcuterie and wine...

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

      Bar Boulud
      1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      1. re: Simon

        Picholine still has a great bar menu of small plates, similar to The Modern though not as many options. You can also order cheese at the bar.

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

        1. re: peter j

          great to know...i think it's time i revisit it, maybe after a Chamber Music Society at Alice Tully concert or an opera...

      2. re: gutsofsteel

        Another vote for Picholine.

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

      3. Had a great meal at Dovetail recently.

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        Dovetail
        103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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        1. I would go with Picholine, either the dining room or the bar. The bar menu is quite extensive and offers smaller portions of dishes on the restaurant menu at very reasonable prices.

          1. +1 for Picholine and Dovetail. Also, if you go as far south at Columbus Circle which is really 15 blocks from The Beacon you can add Jean George and Per Se, Asiate etc. Gari is memorable to some (not me...) and is convenient

            A level down from those but also good and def cheaper are Graffit and maybe Ouest

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

            Ouest
            2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            Asiate
            80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

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

            Gastroarte
            141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023

            1. Although the food at Dovetail is excellent, the atmospherics are a bit too casual for it to be considered "swanky." Picholine, however, does fit that description. I prefer the rear dining room to the front.

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

              per se and Jean Georges: Definitely swanky!

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

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

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              1. re: RGR

                RGR,

                What is it about the rear dining room that you like better? I always request the front because I like the high ceiling and spacious feeling, whereas in the back room I feel a bit claustrophobic due to the low ceiling.

                1. re: rrems

                  I can't say I totally mind sitting in the front, but with banquettes lined on either side of the walkway, it feels a little like being in a longish alley. The rear dining room is square with the banquettes ringing the room and some tables in the center. That and the lower ceiling give the room a cozier feel. I especially liked the left rear corner table we had last time we were there.

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                  1. re: RGR

                    Though I prefer the front, I do agree that the left rear corner is the best table in that room.