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10th wedding anniversary, need to score a table in a week! *Please help*!

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No, I did not wait until the last minute- I have had reservations at a place for months- a place which- when my wife found out about it- she nixed.

Anyway, any recommendations for a cute, not-super-expensive place with good food and a pretty room where we could actually score a table on what is admittedly very short notice? I know you're not maitre'Ds, so you can't guarantee anything- but at this point I'll take any and all suggestions and then do the legwork.....

Our budget is around $300 total (including everything), so we're obviously not looking for Le Bernardin....

Just someplace sweet, with good food and nice service. We're easy as far as cuisine goes- and neighborhood as well.

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  1. You can do the three course prix fixe at Corton or SHO Shaun Hergatt for less than $300 if you only have one or two drinks. Here are some other ideas for a last minute reservation, listed in descending order of formality:

    Tocqueville
    Dovetail
    Oceana
    Telepan
    Aldea
    Ouest
    La Sillhouette
    Perilla
    Nuela
    Millesime (can be noisy though if the band is playing)
    Raoul's
    Jean Claude
    Shorty's .32

    Perhaps Junoon, Annisa, and Marc Forgione, though I haven't been to these places yet.

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    Perilla
    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

    Tocqueville
    1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

    Raoul's
    180 Prince St., New York, NY 10012

    Ouest
    2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    Annisa
    13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

    Jean Claude
    137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Shorty's .32
    199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

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

    Oceana
    120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    Marc Forgione
    134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

    Corton
    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    Aldea
    31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

    SHO Shaun Hergatt
    40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

    Nuela
    43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

    Millesime
    92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Junoon
    27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

    La Silhouette
    362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

    1. Which place did she nix and why? That would help to know...

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        Applewood in Brooklyn.

        The reason: she wanted to try someplace new.

        We live in Brooklyn but are willing to travel.

      2. For $300 you can do pretty well, all but the most expensive places. A quick opentable search shows a number of openings, my top choices of the ones that show up would be, in no particular order:

        Cafe Boulud
        Corton (might come close to your budget, sneak slightly over, depending how much you drink / what wine you order)
        Hearth
        SHO Shaun Hergatt
        Soto
        Tocqueville
        Ai Fiori
        Soto
        Dovetail
        Falai
        Colicchio & Sons
        Marea
        Savoy

        A number of restaurants hold tables from OT as well, so it wouldn't hurt calling a few others that might not be listed there, or places that might get last-minute cancellations: You could give WD-50, Babbo, Gramercy Tavern a call... Kanoyama or Kya Ya for Japanese... nice thing about doing it last minute is you can decide what kind of food you're in the mood for..

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        WD-50
        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

        Soto
        357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

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

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Tocqueville
        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Hearth
        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        Cookshop
        156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Savoy
        70 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

        Kanoyama
        175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Falai
        68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        Kyo Ya
        94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        SHO Shaun Hergatt
        40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

        Colicchio & Sons
        85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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

        1. Il Buco fits the bill for a place that is special enough for an anniversary and won't break the bank. In a former antique store on Bond Street in Noho, it is rustic Italian with excellent food and charming service. Romantic without trying too hard.

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          Il Buco
          47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012