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EAST 60'S 70'S RESTAURANT HELP!!!!

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Houston2 Apr 15, 2011 05:22 PM

I am staying on East 61st and Lexington with Aunt Jane. Where could I take Aunt Jane on a
Saturday night , within 10 blocks either way to treat her to a wonderful dinner?? Any help would
be much appreciated!!

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    peter j Apr 15, 2011 05:28 PM

    Do you have a budget for food (i.e. not including drinks, tax, and tip)?

    If budget is not a concern, the most wonderful (and formal) options would be Daniel and La Grenouille, though reservations might be a challenge if you plan to take her out tomorrow night.

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

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    1. re: peter j
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      Houston2 Apr 15, 2011 05:46 PM

      Yes, I plan to take her out tomorrow evening. If I can not get reservations at either of those
      esteemed restaurants do you have another suggestion Peter?

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        peter j Apr 15, 2011 05:58 PM

        According to OpenTable, you can still get reservations for tomorrow at Cafe Boulud on 76th Street and Madison Avenue. I think this would be a fine place to take your Aunt for a special dinner.

        But call Daniel and La Grenouille tonight. They might have cancellations for tomorrow evening.

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        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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

    2. ellenost Apr 15, 2011 05:38 PM

      I've enjoyed my meals at Park Avenue Spring (Park Ave. & E. 63 St.).

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      Park Avenue Cafe
      100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

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        h
        Houston2 Apr 15, 2011 05:50 PM

        Thank you for the suggestion. This restaurant would be an easy walk for us.

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        RGR Apr 15, 2011 09:37 PM

        While the food at Park Avenue SummerFallWinterSpring is fine, it doesn't hold the proverbial candle to the stellar cuisine at Cafe Boulud, one of our favorite restaurants. Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the best food in the city right now, and we recently had two sensational dinners there. The wine list is superb, service is cordial and polished, and the ambiance is lovely. Cafe Boulud may be Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant (after his flagship), but everything about it is first-rate. I think Aunt Jane would love it!

        Cafe Boulud photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626251539228/

        Note: Jackets are not required though most of the gentlemen do wear them.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          ellenost Apr 16, 2011 04:20 AM

          I recommended Park Avenue Spring since it is within the OP's requested geographical zone (2 blocks-walking distance). Cafe Boulud (and other great restaurants) is beyond the 10 block radius.

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            RGR Apr 16, 2011 05:49 AM

            True enough about the geographical radius. But I think Cafe Boulud is totally worth going a bit further. Also, while our first experience at PAS was very good, we had problems the second time, which is the reason we've not rushed to go again.

            OpenTable is showing reservations available at La Grenouille. But they are early and late, so If those times won't suit him, the OP should call because prime time reservations on Saturdays are "restricted," i.e., the restaurant doesn't give them to OT, and there could be something available via direct contact.

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

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              Houston2 Apr 16, 2011 10:44 AM

              Ellen, we decided to go to Park Avenue Spring. The forecast is rain and we will be able to walk
              there. I will let you know how we like it. The menu looks wonderful!

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              Park Avenue Cafe
              100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

              1. re: Houston2
                ellenost Apr 16, 2011 10:52 AM

                Great! Look forward to your review since it's be several months since I've been there. My favorite side dish is the potato latkes (pancakes). We usually have fights over them :-). Hope you and your aunt have a wonderful time!

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