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Dec 26, 2011 05:46 AM

birthday request (slightly odd)

So today is my birthday and I had plans to go with my family out to dinner tonight. But, as luck would have it, I had a bad case of the stomach flu yesterday and am still feeling a little off. We'd still like to go out to dinner tonight, but I'm looking for something a little lighter than the steakhouse dinner we had planned. Any location, any price in Manhattan should do. Odd request, I know, but I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

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  1. Only difficult part of your request is that it is too wide open. Give us a neighborhood or cuisine type.

    A day off the flu, I would avoid steaks or any heavy, creamy sauces or anything too acidic. Sushi might work but that isn't so festive. There is a best sushi thread going on now. (some people don't eat sushi on Sundays or holiday Mondays.. for freshness reasons... not sure if that is valid or an urban legend)
    Tocqueville might fit your needs
    there are literally 100 choices...

    1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    1. While we adore Tocqueville and just had another superb meal there, I'm not sure I agree with dyrewolf that it's a good choice in this situation since I don't think the food is well-suited to someone just recovering from a stomach flu.

      I think a better option would be Ciano. I'm particularly thinking of the chicken for two baked in a clay pot, which is seriously delicious. Tender, juicy but not spicy, which would extremely work well, imo, for your situation.

      Ciano photos:

      If you like Morrocan food, Bistro Lamazou would be a fine choice. We had a superb beef tagine there last week, but if you want to avoid meats and fish, there's an excellent vegetarian couscous on the menu.

      Bistro Lamazou photos:

      But I do agree with dyrewof that your request for "any location, any price in Manhattan" is so broad, it's impossible to list all the choices here.

      Happy Birthday!

      45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

      Bistro Lamazou
      344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: RGR

        +1 on Ciano. Had my b-day dinner there this past summer.

        Funny - I was thinking of the roasted chicken at Tocqueville... and the fish. I am eating there on the 30th and was going over the menu to decide on a wine to bring and thought the menu quite light (too light for the wines I tend to have and I don't want a bordeaux to dictate the meal... ) Anyway, one cannot go wrong by heeding RGR's advice....

        1. re: dyrewolf

          Your very sweet to say that, dyrewolf. :) In thinking about Tocqueville, the chicken did occur to me. But since I haven't had it, I wasn't sure if or how it might be sauced. We did start our dinner with the Sashimi and Tartar of Blue Fin Tuna, which was fantastic. But I'm not sure it would be the best thing for someone in detroit1010's situation. And my husband's Rice Flaked Crusted Striped Bass was also fabulous but it is sauced, so again, maybe not a good thing in this case. My overall view is it doesn't make much sense to go to a restaurant like Tocqueville and not have the food as it's intended to be served, i.e., asking for items to be served plain, which I'm sure they'd do. Of course, you might want to consider having these. The tuna especially is a don't-mis-it dish! Btw, my husband was delighted with the pairings suggested by the sommelier.

          Enjoy your dinner on the 30th! :)

          Tocqueville photos:

          1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      2. Ciano is also what came to my mind.

        Nougatine, if you have the endurance for a busy room. There are some lighter options, with more delicate saucing.

        Edi and the Wolf, because it's a lighter version of normally hearty food, (go easy on the spaetzel) where the flavors and smells are subtle enough to please without hitting you over the head. This is only a real option if you have a party of 6 or more, otherwise the way they handle the door cancels out this suggestion.

        Scarpetta is pretty light. The dishes are on the rich side, but seems like it would be easy on an upset stomach.

        Finally, this isn't the most ideal birthday location, but Miles End has soup, and some fun options for a group. The seating is unfortunately all highboys, if I recall, so probably not ideal with a larger group.

        I would go easy on sushi if I were in your position.

        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

        1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

        Edi & the Wolf
        102 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009