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If you could pick 2 restaurants in the Manhattan area that serve meat, seafood, or Italian and your budget is 100-150/per person, what would your choices be?

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  1. - Meat: Keens and Minetta Tavern

    - Seafood: Le Bernardin (jacket required) and Oceana

    - Italian: Marea and Babbo

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    Babbo
    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Keens
    72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

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

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    1. Does your budget include tax, tip and beverages?

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        well maybe a little over 150/person with all those included

      2. Meat: pretty much any restaurant that's not seafood specialty or vegetarian serves meat. If you could be more specific - are you looking for a steakhouse? Or just a really great meat dish?

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        Marea - though i'd skip the secondi (I found them uninspired) and get an extra primi or couple extra antipasti instead.

        Le Bernardin - depending how fancy you wanna go.

        Morimoto - gets a lot of flak for being a "TV Chef" but, with selective ordering, some of his signature dishes are spot-on. Skip the sushi course and the tartares, go for more interesting composed dishes. My optimum meal there is cold app / hot app / entree. The Yellowtail Pastrami is excellent, the "Oysters Foie Gras" are little works of luxurious art, and the Red Miso Toban Yaki is amazing.

        Kyo Ya - a mix of seafood and meat if you get the Kaiseki dinner (must be ordered two days in advance) - but oh what a meal it is. Could break the budget a bit on the Kaiseki, though going a la carte can still be a great experience.

        Soto - a palace of uni. No chef knows how to work the subtleties of the little critters better than Chef Soto, in my book. Like Morimoto, skip the sushi, go for the kitchen plates. Amazing.

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        Del Posto - if you're looking for something with a bit more fancy atmosphere. Might stretch the budget slightly, with wine and everything.

        Babbo - hearty, big flavors, spectacular. If you can get a rezzie, that is.

        Falai - underrated gem, modernist Florentine. Brilliant pastas. Balances the more experimental flairs with a strong rustic base. As I've described him before, a bit like Batali meets Wylie Dufresne.

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        Soto
        357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

        Falai
        68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

        Morimoto
        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        1. Seafood: Oceana

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

          Italian: Lincoln

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

          Meat (Steakhouse): Keens

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

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          Keens
          72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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

          Lincoln
          142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

          1. Meat - Striphouse
            Seafood oceana
            Italian - Scarpetta or Locanda Verde

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

            Scarpetta
            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            Strip House
            13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003