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Jan 31, 2012 07:34 PM

Fine Dining with a pregnant wife

My wife and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary in the middle of March, and we plan to go out to one of the best restaurants in the City to celebrate. Initially, we were thinking Le Bernardin, Per Se, Daniel, etc ... since we haven't been to any of these. A few weeks ago, we became ecstatic to learn that my wife is pregnant with our first child. Obviously, there are a lot of things my wife cannot eat. Looking at the menus, we are unsure where to go. Does anyone know if these types of restaurants are accommodating? Any suggestions? Thanks!!!

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  1. Definitely both Per Se and Eleven Madison Park will accommodate dietary restrictions. You should contact the restaurant in advance of your dinner so they can make a note on your reservation. Congratulations!

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    1. re: ellenost

      Just pick the best place. They will make adjustments to avoid raw fish and shellfish. Anything else I think a pregnant woman can eat without a problem. Congrats and Enjoy

    2. Every pregnant woman makes her own decisions about she will and won't eat. Best thing is to call the restaurant well ahead of time and tell them what she won't eat and they will accomodate her.

      1. First, congrats!

        What are the things your wife cannot eat? Is it because she is pregnant or is it because she is allergic to certain food? That said, being pregnant is not a disease. Unless she has a bad morning sickness or sensitive to certain smell, I am sure she can eat almost everything these restaurants offer.
        i am about 4 months pregnant myself and my diet has not changed. The only thing I do differently is I now avoid alcohol. But like gutsofsteel said, every woman is different.

        1. congrats! my wife (who is 6 months pregnant) and i just went to the modern this past weekend and they did a great job of accommodating us. my wife called the restaurant earlier, told her what she preferred not to eat, and they made changed up the menu. we had different amuses (most of mine had raw fish, hers were mostly vegetarian) and they made sure to tell us that all of the cheeses and butters were pasteurized.

          incidentally, i highly recommend the modern (dining room). haven't been to le bernadin or per se, but we have been to EMP and in my opinion this meal blew EMP out of the water and was much more pleasurable.

          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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

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          1. re: jon

            Thank you to all. I do not mean to imply that pregnancy is some sort of disability. To the contrary -- it is beautiful. My wife, by her choice, is not eating undercooked fish, eggs, poultry, or unpasteurized cheeses, butters, or milks. Each person should make whatever decisions they are comfortable with

            1. re: dhenry18

              With regard to poultry, when it comes to chicken and turkey, nobody should ever eat them undercooked. However, duck and squab are quite safe when prepared rare or medium rare and actually taste better than if cooked well done. These are just the facts and not meant in any way to criticize your wife's decisions in any way. As you say, she should do what makes her comfortable.

              I wish you the best as you look forward to becoming first-time parents. And Happy Anniversary!


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