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jzungre Apr 22, 2011 03:22 PM

I need some help here. I'm looking for a place to take my girlfriend before I pop the big question!
I'm looking for suggestions for restaurants with a very classy and romantic feel. She loves classic anything.

I'm trying to find a place that Elizabeth Taylor or Grace Kelly would go. Thanks!

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    RGR Apr 22, 2011 03:29 PM

    Definitely La Grenouille!

    La Grenouille photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157617284703785/

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      gutsofsteel Apr 22, 2011 04:26 PM

      La Grenouille for sure.

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

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      edwardspk Apr 22, 2011 03:31 PM

      I think Daniel is perfect. Great food, great service, beautiful dining room. That's where I would go.

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        steve h. Apr 22, 2011 04:37 PM

        Daniel is a wonderful choice. Wife insists we return for our anniversary.

      2. ellenost Apr 22, 2011 05:56 PM

        I adore Bouley. The food is delicious, the service is very attentive, and the room is gorgeous! Ask to be seated in the main room.

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          RayP Apr 23, 2011 09:21 PM

          One If By Land on Barrow...Romantic...service and food great! AND it's haunted!

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          One If By Land, Two If By Sea
          17 Barrow St., New York, NY 10014

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            RGR Apr 24, 2011 09:23 AM

            The quality of the food at OIBL "great"? Hardly. Mediocre at best.

            ETA: Ah, I see that City Kid agrees with me. And it would be the overriding concensus on this board.

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            City Kid Apr 24, 2011 06:24 AM

            La Genouille, as mentioned above, is where Liz or Grace would want to go on such a special evening; I wouldn't be surprised if they had been patrons. Total glamor and romance with excellent food and warm, attentive service...One if By Land misses by a mile on both food and service points. It has always seemed kind of cheesy to me, not classy.

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              RGR Apr 24, 2011 09:42 AM

              I'm so glad you mentioned the service at La Genouille. One might expect the personnel there to be snooty, but they couldn't be more gracious. We've been there three times, twice for dinner and most recently for lunch on Thursday. Upon our arrival on Thursday, the owner, Charles Masson, welcomed us with a smile and shook our hands as did the manager who led us to what we felt was the best table in the house (granted that at 2:30 p.m. there were very few diners, but still...).
              Our captain couldn't have been nicer and more attentive, and everyone else on the staff we encountered had a smile and made us feel welcome.

              In light of a discussion we had at dinner a few nights ago with someone who had been to Le Bernardin and felt as we do about the icy style of service there (especially at the reception desk, we remarked to each other that La Grenouille's service is so NOT what service is like at Le Bernardin but should be.

              The food we had at lunch was outstanding, and the room with its gorgeous floral arrrangements is truly wonderful.

              Photos of our La Grenouille lunch: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626561877288/

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