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aferenc Sep 16, 2011 06:55 AM

Hello from VT!

Husband and I are sneaking away to NYC next Fri (our 1st time there together) w/out the kids to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We're staying at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan- on Lexington Ave between 56th and 57th. Trying to get my sense of what that area is called- midwtown west? Upper east? Hoping to get some advice on places nearby (or a short cab ride away) for:

1. A romantic dinner out. We love creative, seasonal food. Hoping to avoid Italian. Looked @ Daniel and Le Bernadine but looks like no tables available.

2. Relaxed spot for breakfast. Yummy, hearty.

3. Casual place for an early dinner before a show in Central Park on Sat. Maybe Thai? Sushi?

Thanks for any words of wisdom and advice! Can't wait for an unforgettable weekend away!

  1. ellenost Sep 16, 2011 08:47 AM

    For a great casual place that's not too far from your hotel and near Central Park, I highly recommend Ma Peche (French-Vietnamese cuisine).

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    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    1. David11238 Sep 16, 2011 07:50 AM

      For sushi near Central Park I'd go either Inase Sushi or Sushi Sasabune. Inase is a pretty relaxing place with very good sushi and a laid back decor. Sushi Sasabune has delicious sushi as well, except that it's omakase. Or chef's choice. You get what they give you. You need to make reservations at any sushi spot when it comes to weekend dining. There are other sushi spots like Yasuda and Gari but they're not really near Central Park. Or you could dress up for the occasion, rob a bank and hit Masa in Columbus Circle.

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      Inase
      1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

      Gari
      370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      Sasabune
      401 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

      Masa
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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        edwardspk Sep 16, 2011 07:39 AM

        For your dinner, I would suggest looking at Cafe Boulud, The Modern Dining Room or Jean-Georges. But better do it fast if you hope to snag a table.

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        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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

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

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          City Kid Sep 16, 2011 09:12 AM

          The Modern = great suggestion!

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          City Kid Sep 16, 2011 07:21 AM

          Your hotel is in midtown east. If you checked out Le Bernardin and are interested in seafood, you might try Oceana, a nice walk from your hotel. One of my favorite breakfast spots near you is Certe, takeout in the front and a hidden, sweet little dining room in the back -- great if you want a step up from a coffee shop but not too fancy, great breakfast specials and home-baked goodies.
          http://www.certenyc.com/contact.html

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

          Cer Te
          20 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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