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Nov 16, 2011 10:38 AM

Recs for special occasion

looking for a place in mid december for an anniversary dinner
first and foremost, place needs to have great food
been to le bern, marea, emp, ko, daniel
right now i'm considering kajitsu, jean georges, sho, brushstroke
nothing jumping out at me right now
lately been enjoying more low key places (st anselm, buvette, jones wood)
so anything that slants toward lower key but great food is good too
any additions or subtractions from the list appreciated

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  1. I would highly recommend Jung Sik, the new upscale Korean restaurant. We just had dinner there on Saturday, and the Modern Korean cuisine is sensational! There's an excellent wine list, and I saw cocktails being brought to several tables. Service is very,cordial, quite polished, and attentive. The ambiance is lovely. Imo, a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

    Jung Sik photos:

    Jung Sik
    2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Good choices above - I especially like Kajitsu, and I'm as unabashed a meat-eater as you'll find. Similar but a little fancier (and with meat) might be the Kaiseki dinner at Kyo Ya. Really extraordinary. If you can get the private room (don't know if they'd do it for two) even more amazing. Do a search you'll find a number of glowing reviews - one of the great "in the know" places in NYC. Keep in mind the Kaiseki dinner usually needs to be specified in advance, as they fly in special ingredients for it.

      I've been quite fond of Aquavit lately - I think the new chef has really hit a stride. Haven't dined in the new dining room yet, only seen it, but it's always been pretty low-key, if a little midtown-corporate. The tables are nicely spaced apart, though, so there's a bit of privacy. Service is up and down. At worst it's been a bit perfunctory - at best, nearly on a Danny Meyer level, but it's a crap shoot. Never, like, actively BAD though. (Except back during Samuelsson's time, but that was many years ago.) That said, I have a particular affinity for Scandinavian flavors - shellfish, game, pickled and smoked things - for whatever reason, so maybe it just speaks to me more than the Haute French places do.

      Could say many of the same things for SHO as well, too - excellent food, better than they used to be, though a touch bland/corporate in the ambience.

      That said, going Japanese - Kajitsu or Kyo Ya (Soto might also be worth looking into) - or Korean as RGR suggests - could be an interesting change of pace, as the places you've been to are all Euro / New American for the most part.

      65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

      357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

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

      414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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