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Best Place for a special OCCASION

mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 10:13 AM

Price is really not an object as long as it's not insane , Let's say under $200.00 per person
Been to 11 Madison Park and loved it, anything like it,
Did Not care for Per Se

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    Riverman500 RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 10:39 AM

    Assuming $200 per person before wine, tax and tip:

    Daniel
    Jean Georges
    Le Bernardin
    Corton
    Picholine

    What didn't you like about Per Se?

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

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

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

    Corton
    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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      mizzanonymous RE: Riverman500 Jan 17, 2012 10:59 AM

      Been to them all except Corton. I just goggled it and it looks very good,
      Daniel
      Jean Georges
      Le Bernardin
      Picholine

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        nmprisons RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 11:18 AM

        It would help immensely if you answered the "what didn't you like about Per Se question." Since many on this board (myself included) think it is one of the two or three best places to eat in the city, knowing what you didin't like might help us choose a place you will.

        Also, if it is the case that you have ruled out places you have already been, which the above post implies, perhaps you should share that list so we don't spin our wheels here.

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          ellenost RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 11:20 AM

          Corton is excellent. You should also consider Bouley.

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          Corton
          239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          Bouley
          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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        RGR RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 10:44 AM

        Is that $200 per person for food only? If not, since people's drinking habits can vary considerably, give us the per person figure just for food.

        Btw, looking at the list Riverman has provided, unless your are drinking tap water, there is no way you will get out for uner $200pp.

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          mizzanonymous RE: RGR Jan 17, 2012 10:54 AM

          Oh please, the $200. per person is not carved in stone.

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            nmprisons RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 11:15 AM

            but what is the actual budget?

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            sgordon RE: RGR Jan 17, 2012 11:31 AM

            I don't know about that. If they drink, say, two glasses of wine at $15 per glass, they could come in just under $200 quite easily. Using EMP as one of the more expensive examples - more expensive than any of the above listed ones, $125 prix fixe + $30 booze = 155, plus tax and tip would be just a squidge under $200. So, any of the above would come in under that, maybe even leave room for three glasses or two fancier ones. Depends how fancy you want your vino, I guess. If they're drinking bottles, then yeah - they might go over the limit by a little bit. None of them are known for having budget bottles on their lists.

            That said, I'd add Del Posto, Bouley, The Modern Dining Room, SHO Shaun Hergatt, and Aquavit to the above list as well as possibilities - also note the latter two are both regularly offering tables on Savored.com for 30% off the entire bill. At $200 per person, you could go pretty crazy at either of them with that deal.

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

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

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

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

            Bouley
            163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          3. Cheeryvisage RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 11:00 AM

            I'll also chime in to recommend Jungsik. Just celebrated my own birthday there. Absolutely fantastic.

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            Jung Sik
            2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

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              mizzanonymous RE: Cheeryvisage Jan 17, 2012 01:32 PM

              I was really thinking of Jungsik, but I noticed some real negative reviews there.
              My other choice was going to be Corton ,,
              As far as drinks, I'm concerned about that, it's for my wife and myself. for a very special occasion. And I know what we drink.

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                Cheeryvisage RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 01:57 PM

                Not knowing what your concerns are, I can't comment much. After my dinner last night, I sure hope the sublime sea urchin with quinoa dish I had never gets taken off the menu so I can order it every single time I visit. I'm going to be dreaming about this one for a while. Jungsik's service is excellent and dining room, with the most perfect dinner lighting, is great for a special occasion.

                I actually dined at Corton soon after I first ate at Jungsik last year. I personally thought the food at Jungsik was better and more memorable. Corton, while good, did not inspire much excitement in me. The dining room was also rather sterile and cold, I felt.

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                Jung Sik
                2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

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                  mizzanonymous RE: Cheeryvisage Jan 17, 2012 02:04 PM

                  Thank you that helped.

                  We have been to just about all or most of the places named above but for this special night, I wanted something new.
                  Thanks again.

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                    Cheeryvisage RE: mizzanonymous Jan 17, 2012 02:11 PM

                    No problem. Hope you have a great time.

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                    BrettLove RE: Cheeryvisage Jan 18, 2012 10:22 AM

                    That uni & quinoa dish is one of the best things ever; it has haunted me since my Christmas Eve visit. I described it to my sister as "a culinary thesis of my favorite Asian tastes and textures", but that really doesn't do it much justice. It seemed rather simple at first, like yamakake or something, but it was positively transcendental and decidedly complex in it's own right.

              2. ttoommyy RE: mizzanonymous Jan 18, 2012 12:25 PM

                Del Posto. It is a beautiful space with excellent service and great food. To me, it's the perfect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

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

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                  mizzanonymous RE: ttoommyy Jan 21, 2012 06:17 AM

                  Great, thanks

                2. Cheeryvisage RE: mizzanonymous Jan 31, 2012 10:46 AM

                  So, looks like you picked Jungsik and enjoyed it? :)

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