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Jan 26, 2012 01:16 PM

What hasn't been booked for President's Day weekend already?

My wife and I moved from New York to Boston last year, and are coming back down over President's Day weekend for our anniversary. This was a relatively late-breaking plan, but now it appears that just about everywhere I'd wanted to go for dinner is booked solid on February 18 and 19: in order of trying and rough order of preference, I've found that Eleven Madison Park, Blue Hill, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin and Marea are all booked solid (and so is Per Se, though I was reluctant to sell a kidney and so am somewhat relieved). With this list of unobtainables in mind, I'm wondering where I should turn to next. I could try for Ko in a couple of weeks, which I've loved in the past but don't find especially anniversary-ish (or worth multiple return visits). Maialino and Babbo feel too informal. The Modern has a couple of earlyish tables, but I've never been and don't know if it's in the same class - though as of now this will probably be my default.

I'm hoping for makes-you-grin-irresistably food in a decently romantic setting. I've been out of the loop for a little while, so is there anything I'm missing? Thanks!

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  1. Corton and SHO Shaun Hergatt have several tables available on 2/18.

    Picholine, Ai Fiori, and Lincoln also have availabilities on 2/18 and 2/19.

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

    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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

    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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

    1. I think the Modern would be a fine choice as long as you are not especially sensitive to noise.

      Also, I think you're having trouble booking because February 19th is a Sunday, many of the usual fine dining suspects are not open on Sundays anyway (EMP, Daniel, JG, Le Bernardin).

      Also note that some people may be doing a belated Valentine's Day dinner that weekend, making it more booked up than other Saturdays in February.

      Since you're willing to consider Ko, would you be willing to consider Kyo Ya or Jungsik?

      Here's also some recent discussion on both Jungsik and The Modern:

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

      1. Definitely try Jungsik, the food is Ko-ish in an upscale romantic setting (ask for the corner booths).

        Also... consider Brooklyn.

        Jung Sik
        2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013