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spike74 Oct 20, 2011 06:52 AM

Looking to take my wife somewhere nice for her birthday in about 2 weeks on a Saturday night. Don't want to spend more than $100 - $125 for the two of us inluding tax and tip. We don't drink much (maybe one each) so that shouldn't jack up the bill too much. Would also consider BYOBs. Last two dinners were at Modo Mio and Kanella.

We have a car so that isn't an issue. She likes continental, French, Mediterranean. Would like to avoid Steak, Italian, Asian this time. I made a reservation at Bistrot La Minette but wanted other ideas. We will be staying in City Center.

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    sylviag Oct 20, 2011 02:26 PM

    Bistrot La Minette is one of our favorite places. I think the reason you can often get a reservation there is because of its location.

    We had a wonderful dinner at Meritage. If you can get a reservation there, go for it.
    We thought the prices were quite reasonable for the quality of the food, and it is much better than most of the other places mentioned IMHO. Take a look at the menu. Craig Laban gives it three bells, and considers it underratedd. I can't wait to go back!

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      barryg Oct 20, 2011 07:04 AM

      Lots of choices in your price range but Zahav's Tayim tasting menu (4 courses incl. dessert) is $38pp, with two drinks plus tax and tip should be right around $125. I just had another stellar meal there this week, this restaurant just keeps getting better and better. Great service too.

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        spike74 Oct 20, 2011 07:50 AM

        I guess I should have been more specific with my mention of the dinner being "in two weeks". I meant that some restaurants would be impossible to get into in that time frame at a reasonable hour (say 6 -8:30pm). According to Open Table, that includes Zahav, Bibou and others.

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          phillyjules Oct 20, 2011 08:00 AM

          I like Fond (chi-chi american) but that might be booked up already. What about Bistro 7 (chi-chi American) and Cochon (French)? These are all byob suggestions.

          I also like Fork restaurant. I'm not sure if they list their prices on their website. Entrees are in the high 20's. Great place for a romantic bday dinner.

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            barryg Oct 20, 2011 08:16 AM

            Wow didn't know they booked up that far in advance, but it makes sense.

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              InSearchOfTacos Oct 20, 2011 08:18 AM

              hmm zahav has plenty of openings on OT on nov4 and 5- id check again or give them a call- are those the dates youre targeting?

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                spike74 Oct 20, 2011 08:23 AM

                I see 6pm on the 5th now available. Maybe someone canceled. That's the date, the 5th.

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                  barryg Oct 20, 2011 08:30 AM

                  Yea sometimes calling gives a few more options than OpenTable provides.

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              Nancy S. Oct 20, 2011 06:58 AM

              Farm and the Fisherman. Chef is from Blue Hill in New York and sources excellent ingredients and prepares them perfectly. Prices are reasonable.

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                Buckethead Oct 20, 2011 08:57 AM

                I would not recommend the Farm and Fisherman, I had a not so great meal there, and I wasn't the only one:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774965

                Also, the prices may be "reasonable" in your estimation, but the least expensive of the 1st course is $10 and the least expensive 3rd course is $25. So you'd have to order pretty carefully (and skip one of the three courses, or skip dessert) to come in under $125 including tax and tip.

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                  Nancy S. Oct 20, 2011 11:29 AM

                  I thought the portions were so generous that having a first or second plus a main (and then dessert) is sufficient. I also think that the restaurant is improving and has improved since your visit. Nevertheless, it's a matter of opinion

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