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Mar 29, 2012 11:47 AM

Celebratory dinner, $100/person for food, EMP, Annisa, Corton, or...

Hello -

We've got a 5-year anniversary coming up in May and are trying to decide where to celebrate it. We're thinking around $100/person for food only (not including drinks, tax, tip). Thoughts I've had:

EMP's 4-course dinner
Annisa's 5- or 7-course tasting
Corton (do they accommodate vegetarians?)
somewhere else?

Two caveats:
1) My wife is a vegetarian; I eat everything
2) We'll also hopefully be celebrating the one-month birthday of our first little one (who we'll be leaving with the grandparents), and so EMP's new 3-day cancellation policy might be a little tough (I've had enough friends with newborns who have had to cancel plans last-minute)

Any thoughts?


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  1. Well for dinner the minimum you will spend at EMP is 125 right out of the gate.

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    1. Corton's 5-course prix-fixe is $115. From what I've heard, they do accommodate vegetarians.

      Corton photos:

      We recently did Annisa's 7-course prix-fixe. Delicious! At $98, it meets your budget.

      Annisa photos:

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      1. re: RGR

        Thanks RGR. Any preference between the two (recognizing that they are very different places)?

        1. re: jaba

          This was our first dinner at Annisa, and I thoroughly enjoyed Anita Lo's Asian-accented cuisine. However, I'd pick Corton because we've been there several times, and I find Paul LIebrandt's very complicated cuisine both astonishing and seriously delicious. Plus, his pastry chef Shawn Gawle is amazingly talented. I've always loved his desserts, which I first had when he was at Veritas.

          P.S. jaba, please shoot me an email via my blog. Thanks! :)

      2. I assume you'll want to do this on a Friday or Saturday night; you should note that Annisa takes reservations up to 3 months in advance. I would book ASAP if you are set on dining at Annisa around 7-8pm on a weekend night.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Yep, this won't be until June, but already made the reservations there. Thanks!

        2. I like the intimate feeling of Annisa, perfect for an anniversary celebration. The food is superb and IMO better value than the others.