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Birthday Dinner - what restaurant will be my next?

Hello! I'm hoping you can help me choose the spot for my birthday dinner with the husband. I'm looking for an upscale meal at a place I have not yet been, so I've listed the spots that I HAVE been to in hopes that will narrow it down for you. We eat everything so open to any and all cuisines.

Places I have already been:
Marea
EMP
Gramercy Tavern
Babbo
Blue Hill
Yasuda
Crispo
Scarpetta
Perry Street
L'Artusi
Degustation

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  1. How about The Dining Room at The Modern? Get a table along the windows and look out on to the sculpture garden, wonderfully creative food perfectly prepared and World class service, we love it and it's always high on our list for special occassion dinners.

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

    1. Locanda Verde, Bouley

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      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      Bouley
      163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

      1. In rough order of preference for an upscale birthday:

        Per Se
        Le Bernardin
        The Modern
        Jean Georges
        Corton
        WD-50

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

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

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

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: nmprisons

          I agree (and have been to on my bday)
          Le Bernardin
          Fabulous, but not on a bday were:
          Corton
          Four Seasons Restaurant
          Ermenia
          Jean George
          Daniel
          Enjoy.....

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

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

          Erminia
          250 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10020

          The Four Seasons
          99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

          Corton
          239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        2. Which ones on your list were your favorites?

          1. Many good suggestions already made. I would add the following (in no order of preference):

            Tocqueville
            La Grenouille
            Cafe Boulud
            SHO Shaun Hergatt
            Adour
            Ai Fiori

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

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

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

            Adour Alain Ducasse
            2 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

            SHO Shaun Hergatt
            40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

            Ai Fiori
            400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

            1. Jung Sik

              If you like Japanese, consider kaiseki restaurants like Kyo Ya and Sugiyama.

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              Sugiyama
              251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

              Kyo Ya
              94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              Jung Sik
              2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

                1. I'd pick Ai Fiori or Corton. Happy birthday!!

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                  Corton
                  239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                  Ai Fiori
                  400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

                  1. Seems like most of the places I'd recommend are covered. I'm not a big Haute French / "white tablecloth" guy, so I'll withhold my opinions on Per Se, Daniel, etc (which are well-documented in these boards anyway...)

                    So, second votes for...

                    WD-50
                    Kyo Ya
                    The Modern
                    SHO Shaun Hergatt
                    Cafe Boulud

                    Can't comment on Corton since I haven't been since the new menu went into effect - but they've always been solid in the past, and I thought getting better since they opened.

                    ...and I'll add to your confusion with:
                    Del Posto (won't say it's "better" than Babbo, just different, fancier room - I actually prefer Babbo overall, though, I admit)
                    Momofuku Ko (if you can fathom the idea of sitting on stools for your birthday dinner... and if you can get a rezzie...)
                    Aquavit (been REALLY on their game lately, and the new room looks MUCH nicer than the old one. Something different than the usual French or Italian.)

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                    Per Se
                    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

                    Aquavit
                    65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

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

                    Babbo
                    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

                    Del Posto
                    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

                    Kyo Ya
                    94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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

                    Corton
                    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                    SHO Shaun Hergatt
                    40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

                    1. I forgot to suggest Picholine

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