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Blowout, romantic 50th birthday for 2 NYC foodies - suggestions?

I really want to take my husband to an amazing dinner for his 50th. I'd like it to be romantic and the food has to be great - love a dining experience. We've been to Per Se, Daniel, Le Bernadin, Eleven Madison Park (though we'd go back)

current thoughts are Le Grenouille, Jean Georges, Babbo (he's never been) - or maybe back to one of the ones we've been to.

I guess I'm asking for a (close to) ideal meal/experience - thoughts?

thank you!!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Annissa. Amazing food, a small intimate room. I had a romantic dinner there a few months ago, and it's the best meal I've had in New York so far this year.

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    Annisa
    13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

    1. The food and atmosphere at Jean Georges would be on the same level as the other restaurants that you've experienced. The only other restaurant that I'd suggest would be Corton. The Modern Dining Room has a lot of fans but my last meal there a few months ago was not as memorable as previous visits.

      The cuisine at La Grenouille a bit predictable but the restaurant has its charms. Babbo is energetic and much more casual. The food is rustic but generally delicious and well executed.

      I'd go with Jean Georges, though you'll have a fine meal at any of these restaurants.

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Jean Georges
      1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

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

      Corton
      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      1. Congratulations!

        Certainly not Babbo, it seems too loud and too casual for a truly romantic amazing dinner.

        I think both Daniel and Jean Georges may be a bit too hit or miss in both the food and service department to trust to such a special occasion. You could do La Grenouille, and have some wonderful souffles, but the food will be a step down from Per Se, Daniel, Le Bernardin, and EMP. And so might not be the "amazing" experience you are looking for.

        I think your best bet is to return to whichever of Per Se, Le Bernardin, and EMP you preferred. However, Blue Hill at Stone Barns (complete with a evening at a nearby bed and breakfast to celebrate this wonderful occasion) might be the best choice of all. The food is often great and the setting, particularly if you score a reservation around sunset, is divine.

        Picholine might also be worth considering.

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Jean Georges
        1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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

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

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        1. re: nmprisons

          Blue Hill at Stone Bars is a great experience. The only flaw would be if you happen to really dislike the use of the same ingredients more than once (I think we had 2-3 dishes that contained strawberries, peas, etc.).

          It's a very easy train ride and cab ride to the facilities. The produce is extremely fresh. You can have a snack at their cafe, walk around the grounds (I'd consider a change of clothing at your B&B in between -- we didn't, and it was really warm/no shade on the farm), and then settle in for dinner.

          The service we received was excellent and they sent out a dish or two that others didn't receive when we told our server "we eat everything, including organ meat."

        2. I would suggest Corton....or Blue Hill Stone Barn if you don't mind traveling..

          1. I celebrated my 50th birthday at Bouley; I had an exquisite time. Already made my reservation at Bouley for my upcoming birthday for what I know will be another fantastic dinner!

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            Bouley
            163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013