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Sep 16, 2011 06:55 AM

Special anniversary trip to NYC- seeking some advice!

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!

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  1. 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.

    120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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

    1. 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.

      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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      1. 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.

        1586 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

        370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        401 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        1. 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).

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