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rpnewton Nov 17, 2011 05:27 AM

My parents are visiting on New Year's eve, and they would like to have a nice dinner for 4 at about 8 or 8:30. They are not there to celebrate, just enjoy the meal and company. All their first choice restaurants (Daniel, La Grenouille, JoJo) are offering only special menus, very expensive and either early or late seatings. Any ideas? BTW, they want to be above 55th Street, preferably on the East side. They are both in their 80's, gravitate towards sophisticated French food, and are not comfortable in noisy restaurants.
Thanks

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

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    Barcelonian Nov 17, 2011 06:36 AM

    Cafe Boulud? Are they doing a special expensive menu, too?

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

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      rpnewton Nov 17, 2011 06:46 AM

      alas, Cafe Boulud is also doing a special menu! They were one of the first restaurants that I thought of, thinking that they would be the Daniel restaurant that would not join the fray.

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

      1. re: rpnewton
        r
        RGR Nov 17, 2011 07:10 AM

        Not sure why you would think Cafe Boulud would "not join the fray." I'd be surprised if any of the Boulud restaurants is not doing a special New Year's Eve menu.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

    2. ttoommyy Nov 17, 2011 05:47 AM

      "BTW, they want to be above 55th Street, preferably on the East side...gravitate towards sophisticated French food, and are not comfortable in noisy restaurants."

      Do you really expect to find something not "very expensive" in NYC on new Year's Eve that fits this criteria?

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        rpnewton Nov 17, 2011 06:31 AM

        By "very expensive" I was referring to the NY Eve menus that are being offered at $350-600 for food alone. They were looking for "normal" high end pricing.

        1. re: rpnewton
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          RGR Nov 17, 2011 07:04 AM

          First off, there are only a very few upscale restaurants on the UES that serve sophisticated French cuisine in a non-noisy setting. In addition to the ones you've mentioned, there are Cafe Boulud and Jean Geoges at The Mark. I'd be surprised if they are serving their regular menus at regular prices, but it's worth calling to find out.

          You might consider L'Absinthe, the sophisticated French bistro, on E. 67th St. It's been a long time since we've been there, but the food was excellent, and I've heard nothing to indicate that isn't still the case. No clue what the menu situation will be on New Year's Eve, but OpenTable is showing reservations available for 4 people at 8 and 8:30.

          Since you mention La Grenouille, another option in that midtown vicinity is Adour Alain Ducasse, in the St. Regis Hotel.

          ETA: Posted after the posts below about Cafe Boulud. As I suspected....

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

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

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