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Vegetarian Tasting Menus?

My partner and I are going to be in town for our Honeymoon. We are getting married in the Berkshires and spending a few days in NYC. As of now we are currently planning to do the Per Se Vegetarian tasting menu. He does not eat any fish or meat, and I eat fish. We have a $200 Open Table Cheque, so we are looking to go somewhere on OT. Any other suggestions?

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Would this be instead of, or along with, the Per Se vegetable tasting? If the former, I would strongly advice sticking with your Per Se reservation. Some of the best bites of food that I have ever had came off of that menu and I am not a vegetarian. If the latter, you might look into Bouley or Daniel, both of which are very accommodating to vegetarians.

    My sister and I had a meal at EMP recently and she thought her vegetarian offerings were only very good (my non vegetarian stuff was great), but others with more direct experience may point you in that direction.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    1. I have heard very good things of the per se vegetarian menu, but I have not personally tried it.

      Another very interesting option might be Dirt Candy. They are a vegetarian restaurant, but apply classic french techniques, and get great reviews, even from non-vegetarians.

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      Dirt Candy
      430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

      1. For a tasting menu, Kajitsu.

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        Kajitsu
        414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: Wilfrid

          Thanks! We may do Per Se, it is a once in lifetime opportunity and seems fitting for a honeymoon. I will check into other options.

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          Per Se
          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: chadradchad

            Ideal for a honeymoon (ate there the night that I got engaged and it was perfect).

        2. Congratulations!

          Do you eat seafood in general? Your husband can do the vegetarian menu at Per Se, and you can do the regular, without meat. They'll alter the regular menu for you to fit your restrictions. They have many signature dishes that are seafood based - oyster with pearls, salmon crouquets, butter-poached lobster, and their fish is expertly cooked.

          Or since you like fish (but say not seafood in general), you can do the vegetarian menu, but substitute one of the courses with the fish one from the regular.

          Per Se is on Open Table, but I've heard 2-spots are harder to book than 4-person reservations on there.

          I plan on going to Katijsu soon. Heard so many great things.

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          1. re: deepfry7

            Thanks! I do eat seafood. Love the idea of altering it, never thought of that. We don't have to make the reservation on Open Table, they just have to be on Open Table to redeem the cheque. Is it still very hard to get a reservation?

            1. re: chadradchad

              yeah, for a 2-top i would suggest calling a month to the day. you might be able to pull off a mon or tues otherwise, but not worth the risk.

          2. I haven't eaten there yet, but have a reservation for the tasting menu at HanGawi, a Korean vegetarian restaurant. They also have a less expensive teahouse, also entirely vegetarian.

            My vegetarian boss loved Dirt Candy when he ate there. They're on Open Table.

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            HanGawi
            12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

            Dirt Candy
            430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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            1. re: Windy

              Thank you everyone!! I will try next month. We have been to Dirt Candy, it was great!

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              Dirt Candy
              430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

              1. re: chadradchad

                Bummer. Found out that Per Se is closed the week we are in town. How about Daniel or Eleven Park Madison?

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                Per Se
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: chadradchad

                  Eleven Madison Park does not have a vegetarian tasting menu. However, if you make a request in advance, they will be happy to prepare one for you.

                  Daniel has a regular vegetarian menu. They do not list a vegetarian tasting on the website, but I imagine they would be willing to prepare one for you. Best to call and inquire.

                  Best wishes on your upcoming nuptials!

                  Daniel's Vegetarian Menu: http://www.danielnyc.com/daniel.html#...

                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

            2. I would strongly recommend Per Se especially given the occasion. A more casual option would be Blue Hill, as they can easily accommodate vegetarians. I have been to both restaurants, and while I am not a vegetarian myself, I got a gift card for my vegetarian friend for Blue Hill and she said it was wonderful. She also enjoyed her time at Dirt Candy (though much more casual).

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              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              Blue Hill
              75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

              Dirt Candy
              430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

              1. Le Bernardin may also be a good option (after reading the post that Per Se will not be open during your stay here in the city). It would be perfect for you as a pescatarian, and I am sure that if you called in advance they would be able to prepare something for your partner. I know they always have a pasta dish on the menu and could probably exclude any seafood components. Eleven Madison Park is probably my favorite restaurant in the city and I know they can accommodate vegetarians. Daniel comes in at a very close second on my list (maybe even tied with EMP) and the food there is soo satisfying (and delicious).

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                Per Se
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                Eleven Madison Park
                11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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

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                1. re: mjm1218

                  I absolutely love Le Bernardin, but it would be a bad choice for someone who doesn't eat fish and who wanted a tasting menu. They would be asking the kitchen to make half a dozen dishes they wouldn't otherwise prep. OP would be better off at a place like Daniel or EMP for whom this kind of request is more in line with the food they regularly serve.

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

                  1. re: nmprisons

                    Thanks! EMP it is! Now I just have to wait 28 days! Also, what are the options for the different menus?

                    1. re: chadradchad

                      @nmprisons I had similar thoughts about Le Bernardin, and you're probably right.

                      For dinner, Eleven Madison Park offers a four course menu priced at 125 and an eight course tasting menu for 195

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                      Eleven Madison Park
                      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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

                      1. re: mjm1218

                        EMP's tasting is actually 7 courses + the egg cream, amuses, and mignardises. You can also add a cheese course.

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

                        I agree that Le Bernardin is not a good choice for a non-fish eater, especially if one wants to do a tasting menu.

                        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                        1. re: RGR

                          Thank you! I think we will do the 7 + courses..

                2. Govinda's Kitchen 305 Schermerhorn st. Brooklyn.

                  $10 for styrofoam plate of everything. Another $5 or so will get you each desert. Beverage and Hindu religious music included. Best damn Harri Krishna restaurant in NYC. As far as that Open Table Check, don't know.

                  1. Not sure if you're here on a Monday night, but Dovetail has a vegetarian tasting menu and a veg-inspired tasting menu on Mondays, in addition to their a la carte and their regular tasting menu.

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

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                    1. re: JoLi

                      We have reservations for EMP. Now just deciding between the 4 course or tasting!

                      1. re: chadradchad

                        Headed to EMP tonight. Should we do the tasting or 4 course? Thanks!

                          1. re: chadradchad

                            Personally, I would do the 4 course but each get different items (if you so choose). Maybe you want to add a course and do 5 OR maybe request (ahead of time) the duck for the two of you to split as a course.

                            Sorry, I forgot your partner was vegetarian and you don't eat meat so strike the duck recommendation. I would still opt for the 4 course.