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Reasonable, yet terrific French for 25th Anniversay

Hi All,
My bro is looking to celebrate with his wife and come in from NJ. He doesn't want to go top tier (Daniel, Corton, etc.) is really looking for something truly french, rather than inspired like EMP or the like. I've always thought Tocqueville is a great place and reasonable for what you get, but could use a little help and suggestions. On behalf of my older brother, thanks!!!

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

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      thanks for the replies. For reasonable, I would say up to $125 pp, though under a hundred is better, w/o wine, tax, tip.
      Also, I thought of Sirene, but I think it's a little to rustic, funky for this occasion.

      1. re: gonnif

        If your brother and his wife want to go truly French and classic, I highly recommend La Grenouille, one of the last of NYC's Grandes Dames of haute French cuisine. The dinner prix-fixe is $98 though there are some supplements. The food's delicious, service is cordial and attentive, and the space adorned with the famous gorgeous floral arrangements is lovely. Perfect, imo, for a special occasion.

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

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

        1. re: RGR

          The chef at La Grenouille moved to La Silhouette just a few weeks ago.

          http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/07/...

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

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

          1. re: H Manning

            Are you implying that there might be a problem with the food at La Grenouille? Or are you recommending La Silhouette (which we haven't been to)?

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            1. re: RGR

              I'm recommending La Silhouette. I like La Grenouille but it is too "top tier" for the OP, since the prix fixe of $98 just a few dollars less than Daniel.

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

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

              1. re: H Manning

                You are not up-to-date on what's happening at Corton re: the menu. They recently eliminated the 3-course prix-fixe (which I'm presuming you were referring to). Now, it's either a 6-course prix-fixe for $115 or the tasting menu for $155. In any case, the OP stated $125 in the post above, so Grenouille fits that budget.

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                Corton
                239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                1. re: H Manning

                  I love the food at La Silhoutte but the room doesn't have that big event feel that the OP may be looking for.
                  How about Picholine?

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                  Picholine
                  35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

              2. re: H Manning

                Has anyone been to either of the two since the change?

              3. re: RGR

                Totally agree, RGR, La Grenouille is the perfect choice for the occasion!!!

          2. Following on what gos posted, it would be helpful for you to be specific, so give us your per person budget for *food only* (drinks, tax & tip additional).

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            1. If you're willing to go pretty rustic and down to earth, I love La Sirene. Itty bitty restaurant, BYOB and very good food. I would say it certainly meets most people's expectations of reasonable, too.

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              La Sirene
              558 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

              1. Bistro Vendome is fantastic

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                Bistro Vendome
                405 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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                1. re: merhas

                  We've had dinner once at Bistro Vendome. While the food was fine, service was so horrible that we would never go back.

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

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                  1. re: RGR

                    that's too bad. i've never had that experience there before. The mussels are amazing there.

                2. Are you saying you don't want to recommend Tocqueville to them? Or that you're looking for something different?

                  I think Tocqueville would be a great choice, personally.