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ACME or La Promenade des Anglais?

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This is the dilemma I'm facing.

As a tradition my wife and I will secure a few reservations at special restaurants for the other's birthday. The trick is to chose just one. This year the list has been narrowed down to the two above. Without going to deeply into what my tastes are, because they are quite broad–from Kyo Ya to Parm–I'm interested to know what your recommendation would be.

Personally, I'm torn because I think the food at Promenade would blow me away, yet the experience of eating at ACME right now would be equally memorable.

Any thoughts?

Chick

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Acme
9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

La Promenade des Anglais
461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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  1. The food at La Promenade is quite good but I don't think it will blow you away. I've had more memorable meals at Jean Claude, La Silhouette, Cercle Rouge and other restaurants that are not as high profile.

    I haven't been to Acme though so I wouldn't know how it would compare.

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    Jean Claude
    137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    Cercle Rouge
    241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    La Silhouette
    362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

    La Promenade des Anglais
    461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: H Manning

      Thanks H, that's still a valuable personal insight.

      1. re: ParkingChicken

        If you do go to La Promenade I'd recommend the honey glazed duck breast with vanilla brown butter (not as cloying as it sounds, quite delicious actually) or the farroto with braised veal cheeks, paired with the roasted mushrooms side dish. Also, if you reserve through Savored.com you'll get 30% off your final bill.

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        La Promenade des Anglais
        461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

    2. Regulars on this board know that I'm a huge fan of Chef Alain Allegretti. We were really sorry when his eponymous restaurant closed and so, of course, we're thrilled that he's opened La Promenade. We've been there several times, and the food has been superb. The wine list is excellent, service is friendly and attentive, and the decor is very attractive. My only caveat would be about the noise level. I've heard that when it's packed, it's extremely loud. However, we've avoided the problem by dining there on Sunday early (6 p.m.), when it isn't too crowded, and for lunch when it isn't busy.

      La Promenade photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      We have not been to Acme.

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      La Promenade des Anglais
      461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: RGR

        Yes, thanks, in fact your reviews can be partially attributed to my expecting food that would blow me away. My cousin filed a similar report from her dinner experience in December. Competing with this is the sense that being at a restaurant during its 'in the moment' time, can be particularly fun, if you appreciate that energy (previous experiences at Minetta Tavern and Babbo come to mind), if that makes sense.

        1. re: ParkingChicken

          We normally do not go to restaurants that are new/"in the moment" but made an exception with La Promenade and went the day after it opened. We did it because we knew what to expect from Chef Allegretti with regard to the cuisine and had confidence service wouldn't be a disaster. Of course, going early on a Sunday helped.

          Not rushing to go to Acme but will get there eventually.

          We've never been to Minetta or Babbo. I have no interest in going to Babbo because (a) I refuse to do the telephone tango, (b) the kind of music played turns me off, and (c) friends who have been tell me it's extremely noisy. As for Minetta, I don't put up with restaurants that limit when I can get a dinner reservation. However, now that they are serving lunch a few days a week, and those reservations have no restrictions, I may finally go. But, again, I'm in no rush.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

          1. re: ParkingChicken

            I think that what you need to understand is that neither of these places will blow you away.

            La Promenade is very good by-the-book let's say upper-mid-level Provencal food. If you like that kind of food -- as RGR and I do -- you'll like this restaurant a lot. But I don't think it's blow-away food. It seems very valuable mainly because, these days, very well-done upper-mid-level French food is such an unfortunate rarity in New York City.

            ACME, on the other hand, is a sort of bistro version of New Nordic cuisine. It's very exciting because it's exciting to have ANY version of that cutting-edge cuisine here in New York -- and even more so when it's cooked by one of that style's originators. But it's still a modest version. It's not going to blow you away like eating at a top place in Copenhagen, because it doesn't seek to be a top place. It seeks to be someplace you'd drop into on a night out.

            ACME might be fun because, as you say, it's "the place of the moment." But if you're looking to be blown away, I think you should think of some other places.

            1. re: Sneakeater

              Sneakeater,

              Which restaurants are serving what you would consider "blow-away" food?

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              1. re: RGR

                Definitely appreciated, but in this scenario I'm working within a pre-set number of options and these are my final two. While your thoughts about level of the food being served is well taken Sneak, going to one of these two is the only choice.

                1. re: RGR

                  In New York:

                  EMP

                  Sushi Yasuda

                  Ayada

                  Jean Georges

                  Takashi

                  Corton

                  Yakitori Totto

                  Le B although it's so subtle you don't realize you've been blown away till later

                  Minetta for what it is

                  Luger's for what it is

                  The special monthly regional dinners Alex Stupack used to cook at Empellon Taqueria

                  Whatever The Chinese Place Of The Moment is

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                  Yakitori Totto
                  251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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

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

                  Sushi Yasuda
                  204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                  Minetta Tavern
                  113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

                  Corton
                  239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                  Takashi
                  456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011