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Most serene/relaxing restaurant in NYC?

zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 10:58 AM

I'm wondering what your recommendation for the most relaxing, serene dinner setting is in New York?

Bouley comes to mind as a peaceful, quiet space, with the plush velvet-lined walls absorbing most sound.

But what other places offer an excellent dining experience in a quiet, peaceful setting?


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    Riverman500 RE: zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 11:08 AM

    Per Se and Le Bernardin.

    The restaurant at Petrossian is also very serene and the food is quite good.

    1. LeahBaila RE: zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 11:08 AM

      EN Japanese Brasserie

      1. ellenost RE: zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 11:14 AM

        Agree with you about Bouley. Per Se also offers the same type of dining experience (for more than twice the price though).

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          kathryn RE: zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 11:34 AM

          Kyo Ya, and their tatami room (private room).

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            Sneakeater RE: kathryn May 2, 2012 12:16 PM

            I'd say Kyo Ya, too.

            I might have said Annisa -- but I just learned that in fact it's loud.

          2. ttoommyy RE: zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 11:40 AM

            I always find Del Posto to be serene. The atmosphere is plush with tables spaced far apart. The just-quiet-enough live piano music also adds to the relaxing atmosphere. Plus the food is excellent.

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              RGR RE: zazzymcgrazz May 2, 2012 03:37 PM

              Jung Sik

              Tocqueville at lunch


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                jycnyc RE: zazzymcgrazz May 3, 2012 01:16 PM


                1. princeofpork3 RE: zazzymcgrazz May 3, 2012 01:18 PM

                  Bouley for lunch is quite serene. As is the Central Park Boathouse on a early weekday afternoon lunch in May.

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                    bronwen RE: princeofpork3 May 4, 2012 08:20 AM

                    Picholine, a window table at River Cafe, Aquavit

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