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chadradchad Jun 13, 2011 05:30 AM

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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    nmprisons Jun 13, 2011 05:38 AM

    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

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      InfoMofo Jun 13, 2011 08:18 AM

      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. Wilfrid Jun 13, 2011 10:38 AM

        For a tasting menu, Kajitsu.

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

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          chadradchad Jun 13, 2011 10:57 AM

          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

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            nmprisons Jun 13, 2011 11:02 AM

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

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          deepfry7 Jun 13, 2011 12:31 PM

          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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            chadradchad Jun 13, 2011 06:19 PM

            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?

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              nmprisons Jun 13, 2011 06:34 PM

              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. Windy Jun 13, 2011 11:14 PM

            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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              chadradchad Jun 14, 2011 05:53 AM

              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

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                chadradchad Jun 25, 2011 03:17 PM

                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

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                  RGR Jun 25, 2011 06:32 PM

                  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#daniel_menu

                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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              mjm1218 Jun 25, 2011 07:06 PM

              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

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                mjm1218 Jun 25, 2011 07:12 PM

                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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                  nmprisons Jun 26, 2011 03:35 PM

                  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

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                    chadradchad Jun 27, 2011 09:09 AM

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

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                      mjm1218 Jun 27, 2011 07:49 PM

                      @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

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                        RGR Jun 27, 2011 11:53 PM

                        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@N03/sets/72157626924655596/

                        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

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                          chadradchad Jun 28, 2011 07:21 AM

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

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                  Geo8rge Jun 29, 2011 08:16 PM

                  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.

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                    JoLi Jun 30, 2011 09:18 AM

                    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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                      chadradchad Jul 21, 2011 09:25 AM

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

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                        chadradchad Aug 9, 2011 06:18 AM

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

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                          kathryn Aug 9, 2011 06:33 AM

                          Here are two recent reviews of the tasting menu:
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798250
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790606

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                            Spiritchaser Aug 9, 2011 06:43 AM

                            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.

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