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Dear knowledgeable New York foodies,
My wife and I will be traveling to NYC in November for the Chocolate Show and I am looking for advice on where to take her for dinner. We'll be staying at the Waldorf (thanks to rewards points) so somewhere in that general vicinity would be great. We are both big Top Chef, cooking competition show, etc. fans so I'd love to take her someplace with a chef she'll have heard of to make it a special night. Thinking somewhere around $150 for the two of us, if possible. Thanks so much for the advice!

Michael

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  1. Does that $75pp include tax, tip, wine/drinks? It's easier if you can give a food only price range for each person.

    It's going to be tough to do $150 for two people at the most famous Top Chef judges/guest judge restaurants, especially if you choose to stay in Midtown near your hotel since that is an expensive area to begin with.

    For example, dinner at Eric Ripert's restaurant Le Bernardin will run you $115 each for the prix fixe.

    Dinner at Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant Daniel is $108 for the prix fixe but you could probably do one of his other restaurants.

    My recommendation would be to go downtown, away from your hotel. You can do Craft (Tom Colicchio) or WD-50 (Wylie Dufresne) for $150 for two people as long as it doesn't include tax, tip, or any wine, as long as you order carefully a la carte. Same for Scarpetta (Scott Conant), especially if you split the entree. Again, this is $150 before any alcohol, tax, tip.

    You can also look into Top Chef season 1 winner Harold Dieterle's two restaurants: Perilla and Kin Shop. For a special meal, I think Perilla is more appropriate in terms of menu and decor. They also offer a tasting for $70pp.

    I would also not recommend Les Halles to you since Tony Bourdain hasn't really cooked there in years (save for one-night stints) and they have greatly increased the number of seats without increasing the size of the dining room over the years as well.

    How far are you willing to go from the Waldorf ?

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    WD-50
    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Perilla
    9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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

    Craft
    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

    Les Halles
    411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

    Scarpetta
    355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

    Kin Shop
    469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Casa Mono would be nice even though Elan totally cheated when he won and was a jerk to Marcel as well.

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      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: kathryn

        Thank you so much for the thoughtful reply! I guess I was shooting for $150 total, but I'm pretty sure that's not such a realistic expectation. Scarpetta looks like it might be a winner so far

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        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      2. You might enjoy Ma Peche since it's not too far from the Waldorf. You probably remember the episode last year where some of the cheftestants had dinner at Ma Peche.

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

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        1. re: ellenost

          from that same episode, David Burke Townhouse has a $37 prefix three course lunch. I was there last Sunday and really enjoyed everything, especially the mushroom cavatelli with truffle. Ms. Coasts raved about the crab cake starter and we both thought the cheesecake lollipops were as fun as they were tasty.

          Ellen, DC should put you on his payroll! Be sure to spread the word once apple pie cake truffles drop. i'm watching my calendar closely.

          1. re: coasts

            lol, for sure. Ellen helped turn me into a Momofuku Ko fan.

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            Momofuku Ko
            163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: coasts

              I lucked out and found my favorite pretzel truffles at Noodle Bar when I took my sister to lunch this weekend. Noodle Bar also has a yummy lemon and ricotta soft serve. I'll keep my eye out for the apple pie cake truffles for you.

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              Momofuku Noodle Bar
              171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: ellenost

                Noodle Bar updates their menu quite a bit, it's worth checking in online periodically to see what soft serve and truffles they have on the menu.

                1. re: ellenost

                  We had dulce de leche and pistachio this weekend, following pork/veggie buns at Milk Bar UWS. Holding reservations for the duck dinner at Ssam Bar this Sunday. Been?

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                  Momofuku Milk Bar
                  251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: coasts

                    Yes, the whole rotisserie duck at Ssam Bar is wonderful! My sister and I had it in July, and it was a ton of delicious food. I had leftovers for 2 days.

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                    Momofuku Ssam Bar
                    207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: ellenost

                      How much was the whole rotisserie duck, do you remember? This sounds like something right up my and my boyfriend's alley.

                      1. re: Cheeryvisage

                        http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/s...

                        1. re: kathryn

                          Oh, thanks. Did not see this since I was just looking at the menu.

              2. re: ellenost

                Thanks for the suggestion Ellen and Prince! Both look great. I'm thinking that we may try Degustation, looks like a great value for a tasting menu. Does anyone have any experience there? My only concern is my wife doesn't eat pork...

                1. re: jumbolaw

                  Reports have been a bit mixed since Chef Wesley Genovart moved to Vermont.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7865...
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806468

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                  Degustation
                  239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: jumbolaw

                    While I haven't been to Degustation, I take my sister to Ma Peche often since there are many dishes without pork on the dinner menu (my sister doesn't eat pork either).

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